September Events


Outreach Meeting September 15


Anyone interested in St. Matthew’s Outreach Program please join us September 15 after the 10:30 service. There is lots of exciting new and old business to discuss. If you are unable to attend but are wanting to help please contact office@smecp.org.  It’s going to be an exciting year for Outreach.
 

We Are Sending Her Out!

As we learned during Fr. Michael’s instructional liturgy, the prayer after communion contains the words "send us out (into the world, in peace) to do the work you have given us to do.” That time has come for Morgan Scheinin, who will be spending the next 27 months in Cameroon with the Peace Corp. Many of you have asked how you can keep track of her adventures, here is how. Morgan has put together a blog which you can see here: Morgan Scheinin's Peace Corp Blog. If you follow this link and read the post to the bottom, you will be able to subscribe to the blog so that you will get alerts every time Morgan posts about her adventures.

Thank you to this community for being part of Morgan’s development and strength that allows Morgan to take this next step in life. If you have any questions, please contact office@smecp.org.
 


Douglas County Religious Liberty Event

Saturday, September 21st
6:30 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
11755 Tara Lane Parker, CO

Panelists:
Ms. Jenny Kraska, President, Colorado Catholic Conference
Pastor Del Phillips, Senior Pastor, The House of Worship Center
Judge Ryan Nelson, 9th Circuit Court Judge

Public Question & Answer to Follow Panelist Presentations

Breakfast Sunday October 6th

In Parish Hall at 9am between services

Our next Fellowship Breakfast is coming up fast!!! Consider sleeping in or having a less hectic morning by joining fellow parishioners between services for a tasty repast provided by volunteers. If you would like to donate a breakfast item this time, please see the sign-up sheet on the Fellowship counter each Sunday or email office@smecp.org. We are always in need of pre-cooked bacon/sausages (2 doz), breakfast casseroles (meatless and GF are always appreciated), sweet breads or fruit offerings. Ovens are ready to keep your pre-cooked item warm during the 8am service. You may bring your offering by 8:50am if you worship at the 10:30 service. Sunday school starts at 9:30 on breakfast Sundays.   

Calling All Musicians

Our regular chancel choir will soon begin with the first choir anthem being sung on Sunday, September 8th. Regular rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 5th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. All singers from 6th grade to 99+ are welcome to come and join our group.

Remember, this is an important ministry of worship and no auditions are necessary. Choir rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and again on Sunday mornings from 9:45 am to 10:15 am. If you have further questions concerning this group, please contact office@smecp.org.

Next Big Thing Update 

Dear Friends, We will pay $24,290 in September for the mortgage principal. That’s great news and saves us roughly around $6,000 in interest. We also have a few more pledges to the campaign, 32 pledges at $180,240. That is also great news. If we have about 150 families, and 32 have pledged to the mortgage, then if we have the other 118 families all pledge a minimum of $285 a year we can pay off the mortgage. I know not everyone can afford that, but I also know many can afford more than that. Please help us pay off the mortgage so we can spend our money on YOUTH, OUTREACH, and MUSIC!! THANKS! Fr. Michael+

To print a pledge card, Click Here

Parker Wine Walk  5 to 8 PM

Sept 27, Oct 25, Dec 6

We have had over 740 guests visit during this year's Wine Walks and many opportunities to share with newcomers about St. Matthew’s! Please join in this fun event to let people know who we are and where we are! We've had many more people inquire about the times of the services and enjoy hearing the church's history. Several families have come to service on Sundays after learning about us from the wine walk. At the walk, people are telling each other that everyone needs to go to the friendly Church around the corner. So, come on down, help pour, and meet new people in our community. It really is helping to get the word out about our church.

Please help out by volunteering, donating appetizers or desserts, or reimbursing wine purchases. To volunteer click here

Questions? Contact office@smecp.org

Downtown Parker Wine Walks take place May through October. For all the details go to: www.parkerchamber.com/events/details/wine-walk-3046 


Youth Group News and Dates


Join us this Sunday in the YG room for a regular meeting, 4-6 pm. Catching up YG stuff and hanging out together. See you there!!

Quest!!! Yes that’s right! It’s time to register for Quest. Quest is our Fall youth retreat at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista. We leave Friday 10/25 at 4:00 and return Sunday 10/27 at around 4:00. If you would like to make cash or check payments, half in Sept and half in Oct, please let Kimberley know. Here is the link to register and please email Kimberly once you've done so.
Quest Registration

Sept.15 Regular Meeting
Sept. 22 Regular Meeting
Sept. 29 Fall BBQ @ Hubbs House 4-6 pm
Oct. 6 Regular Meeting: Care packages to college kids
Oct. 13 Regular Meeting
Oct. 20 Corn Maze Event 2-5 pm
Oct. 25-27 Fall Quest Retreat
Nov. 3 YG Serves Breakfast Sunday Tamale/Wreath Sales Begin
Nov. 10 Regular Meeting
Nov. 16-17 Tamale Weekend!
Nov. 24 Movie Day
Nov. 30 Pick up wreaths/label 9:00-11:00 am
Dec. 1 NO YG Happy Turkey Day Weekend
Dec. 8 Christmas Family Shopping 1-4 pm
Dec. 15 Lessons & Carols Reading 7:00 pm
Dec. 20 Family Caroling Event
Dec. 23 YG Christmas Party & White Elephant Exchange 6-9 pm @Hubbs House
Dec. 22 NO YG Winter Break
Dec. 29 NO YG Winter Break
Jan. 5 NO YG Winter Break


Women of St. Matthew's 

Please mark on your calendars some important dates coming up for the ECW.

October 11 6:00 pm: A card making class! Make 4 cards, cost is $12. Bring a snack and also bring monotape/taperunner. Please RSVP to office@smecp.org

November 15: Christmas craft hosted by Robbin Thompson, details to follow

November 17: assemble bags for our parishioners that are not able to come to church, details to follow but start thinking of items to put in the bags for approx. 12

Events in December will be our annual Tea in Elizabeth, possibly Dec 14th, and our annual cookie exchange, potluck, ornament exchange possibly December 22.

Any questions contact office@smecp.org


Calendar

Saturday, September 14
    Centering Prayer (Balcomb House Children’s Chapel) 9:00 am
    Women’s AA (Balcomb House) 9:30 am

Sunday, September 15
    Worship Services 8:00 & 10:30 am
    Sunday School 9:15 am
    Adult Sunday School 9:30 am
    Children's Chapel (Balcomb House) 10:30 am
    Youth Group 4:00

Monday, September 16 
    Prayers and Squares 10:15 am

Tuesday, September 17 
    Staff Meeting 10:15 am
    Midweek Worship & Discussion (Balcomb House) 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 18
    Riches of Grace 7:00 pm

Thursday September 19 
    Choir Practice 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 21
    Centering Prayer (Balcomb House Children’s Chapel) 9:00 am
    Women’s AA (Balcomb House) 9:30 am

Sunday, September 22
    Worship Services 8:00 & 10:30 am
    Sunday School 9:15 am
    Adult Sunday School 9:30 am
    Children's Chapel (Balcomb House) 10:30 am
    Youth Group 4:00 

Tuesday, September 24 
    Staff Meeting 10:15 am
    Midweek Worship & Discussion (Balcomb House) 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 25
    Riches of Grace 7:00 pm

Thursday September 26
    Choir Practice 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 28
    Centering Prayer (Balcomb House Children’s Chapel) 9:00 am
    Women’s AA (Balcomb House) 9:30 am

Sunday, September 29
    Worship Services 8:00 & 10:30 am
    Sunday School 9:15 am
    Adult Sunday School 9:30 am
    Children's Chapel (Balcomb House) 10:30 am
    Youth Group 4:00


Upcoming Events


Fellowship Volunteers needed 

Do you enjoy coffee or tea and a few goodies after church while visiting with friends and newcomers? Volunteers who provide these goodies do so about once a month or every 6 weeks. We are in need of more volunteers, especially for the 10:30 service. This ministry involves refreshing the coffee before the service and setting out home-made or store-bought goodies. Clean up after the service is quick and easy and is usually completed by 12:15.

If you are able to assist in this ministry, please contact office@smecp.org

Volunteers needed for Lawn Mowing  

It’s time to mow the lawn. A tradition at St. Matthew’s has been to have this weekly task (on Fridays or Saturdays) performed by members of the congregation, similar to snow removal. All of the required equipment is available in the shed. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Building and Grounds section of the large bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Questions??? Please contact office@smecp.org.



First Aid Volunteer List

We would like to create an on-going list of parishioners who would be able to help out in a medical emergency during service. If you are trained in first aid or have medical training and would be available to help out if someone needed medical assistance during services on Sundays, please contact office@smecp.org. A list will be compiled and given to the ushers each week. Once you've volunteered, we ask that you let the ushers know when you are at a service so they can call on you if there is a need.


Ever Wanted to Visit the Holy Land?

Sandy Schwindy is putting together another tour to the Holy Land for next year. The travel dates are July 28th through August 6th of 2020. The cost for the trip is $3,600. Stops include the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem. Sandy is taking deposits now. Questions? Contact her at 2schwindys@gmail.com


Ongoing Weekly Events


Riches of Grace Support Groups 

Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm starting Sept 4


Are you or someone you care about living with a mental health difficulty? Life can feel chaotic, lonely, and hopeless when we face challenges alone. Riches of Grace is a mental health support group that provides a space for you to connect with others and learn tools to help.

We will be meeting each Wednesday starting September 4th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. The Family Grace group is for people with family members who are going through mental health difficulties. The Living Grace group is for those who themselves experience mental health difficulties. Sessions are free, confidential, and everyone is welcome!

If you are interested in becoming a small group facilitator for the Riches of Grace small groups, contact office@smecp.org. We will be setting up an upcoming training date based on interested peoples' availability.



Midweek Worship & Discussion Group


Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Our Mid-week Worship and Discussion Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7pm, upstairs in Balcomb House. We begin with Evening Prayer and then move to a topic associated with adult spiritual development.

Currently, we are discussing meditations by CS Lewis, Mark Nepo and others.

Our goal is to offer group spiritual direction through sharing. We’ve covered topics as varied as using the Book of Common Prayer, meditation, and developing a Christian Rule of Life. Future topics will be recommended by the group. Questions or comments? Contact office@smecp.org


Centering Prayer 


Saturdays at 9:00 am. Centering Prayer is a renewal of an ancient form of Christian prayer. It is a method of consenting to the presence and action of Christ in the stillness of our being. It is an exercise of faith, hope and love, moving beyond conversation with Christ to communion. The fruit of this prayer is a growing sense of God’s leading us beyond anxiety into an inner stillness and peace, and outward in compassion and service. Anyone desiring to deepen his or her prayer life will benefit.

When: Saturdays at 9:00am
Where: Balcomb House - Children’s Chapel room on first floor.
For further information, please contact: office@smecp.org


Children’s Chapel 


Children’s Chapel is for all children preschool through 3rd grade. The children join the procession at the beginning of the 10:30 am service and gather together in the Balcomb House to hear the gospel story. From there we discuss and learn the meaning of the gospel using activities and crafts to enhance the story. The children come back to “big church” during The Peace. We always welcome additional teachers! If you would like to join the teaching team or have any questions please contact office@smecp.org.



Altar Flowers for 2019


The flower chart for 2019 is in the parish hall on the bulletin board. To request a remembrance, please write your name on the chart. Add appropriate language such as: In Loving Memory of…, In Thanksgiving for …, or in Celebration of ..., and please print clearly. The suggested donation for Sunday flowers is $40 payable on or before date requested and may be shared with another family. Please mark check in memo area Flowers for … If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 303-841-0121 or office@smecp.org. Thank you for making our church beautiful!


Outreach


The Parker Task Force Collection for September:

Paper Towels, Cleaning Supplies, Glass Cleaner, Lysol Wipes


Items listed each month are from the PTF’s current needs list and may be dropped in the basket in the narthex. Thank you for your donations!

The Parker Task Force is a non-profit organization operated entirely by dedicated volunteers. The Parker Task Force is dedicated to providing individuals and families in our community with food, limited financial assistance and other support services to help them become self-sufficient. These services will be delivered with compassion, dignity and respect by their 100% volunteer staff. For more information about the PTF, please visit: parkertaskforce.org.



The St. Francis Center   


Thanks to everyone for your continuing donations!

Current Needs:

Men’s Clothing: Jeans, Tee Shirts (all colors) in sizes L, XL, XXL and XXXL, Athletic shoes, Work Boots, and Hiking Boots, White athletic socks, underwear – boxers and briefs in S, M, and XL

Women's Clothing: Only highly practical women's wear. No fashion or business wear. Jeans, outerwear, athletic socks, work boots, and hiking boots.

Other: Body Towels, hand towels, washcloths, floor towels, Depends briefs (all sizes), reading glasses, eye glass cases, back packs

Toiletries: petroleum jelly (Vaseline), shaving cream, shampoo, lotion, body wash/liquid soap, foot powder and body powder, hair gel, deodorant, peroxide and rubbing alcohol

All donations may be dropped off in the St. Francis LARGE STORAGE BIN located in the parish hall.

A friendly reminder, please keep your donations limited to the above listed items. If you have any questions, please contact office@smecp.org.



King Soopers: New Rewards Program-Easier than Ever


King Soopers launched a new program that will allow us to support St. Matthew’s by simply using our registered King Soopers loyalty card to earn funds. Enroll your King Soopers Loyalty Cards online at their secure website www.Kingsoopers.com/communityrewards.

Please note that when you search for St. Matthew's be sure to select "St. Matthew's, Parker" and not Grand Junction. - Thank you!

Thank you for being a part of the King Soopers Neighborhood Rewards Program. Please send any questions to kingsooperscommunityrewards@kingsoopers.com.

For the period of 04/01/19 thru 06/30/19 St. Matthew’s received a rebate check for $545.93 from 27 households. The more households, the bigger the rebate. Please sign up today!


Bulletin and Email Items


Bulletin items are due by Wednesday mornings and Parish Weekly Update items are due by Friday mornings each week. If you have any questions, please contact office@smecp.org. Thanks!!!


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Readings for Sunday, September 15

Exodus 32:7-14

The Lord said to Moses, "Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, `These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'" The Lord said to Moses, "I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation."

But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, "O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, `It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, `I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'" And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
 

Psalm 51:1-11

Miserere mei, Deus
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.
5 And so you are justified when you speak *
and upright in your judgment.
6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother's womb.
7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10 Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.
11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.
 

1 Timothy 1:12-17

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-- of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
 

Luke 15:1-10

All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."

So he told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

"Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."