Thank you, St. Matthew’s Parishioners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 Loaves & Fishes collection benefiting the Parker Task Force Food Bank-it was a great success! We collected 28 bags of non-perishable food items for school lunches and snacks as well as many canned goods. Your generosity was also reflected in the giving of $510 in cash which the Food bank will use towards perishable food for it’s clients. All of your donations were greatly appreciated and will help feed many needy people in the Parker, Elizabeth and Franktown communities. Again, thank you for your support in feeding the hungry of Douglas County!


Will You Teach Us?

The children and youth at St. Matthew’s enjoy fun, exploratory learning during the Sunday school hour each week of the school year. As with any program, these classes cannot happen without fun loving teachers so help them discover their faith, who God is in their world and life. Think back to your upbringing and faith journey. Who was there to guide your path? Inspire you? Someone you may have been able to rely on for support and guidance. 

Would you be that person for the young people of St. Matthew’s? We are seeking adults who would like to be a part of that journey for our young people today. Please reach out to Whitney Tomlin (303-880-5689) or Kimberley Hubbs (303-803-6872) if you are interested in working in our Sunday school program this year. This does not have to be a weekly commitment and all lessons and materials will be provided.



WANTED!  Parish Life Submissions!

We are in search of photos that depict our parish life for inclusion in our Church Pictorial Directory.  If you have taken any good quality digital photos of any of our church activities, events, holidays, worship, etc. please forward them to Robbin Thompson for review. 

Questions? Contact Alice Ciaccio at 303-953-9954




Thank you to everyone who has supported our parish photo directory project!

While participation has increased during this second photo attempt, we still have a long way to go to capture our entire parish family.


My statistics show that we have184 members who claim St. Matthew's as their home.  Currently, only 41 have actually had their pictures taken and 26 more have existing appointments for Aug.  Sadly, that means that we are still missing 117 parish families.  That's more than half of our congregation!  Now, while some of those numbers do consist of inactive members and our homebound, the majority of them are active.  With only 2 weeks left before picture day at the church I urge you to contact one of the following resources and set up your appointment now!

Alice Ciaccio at 303-953-9954 or Bettinger Photography at 303-733-6076,



Riches of Grace Support Groups

Beginning August 22 - December 12, 2018 on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Are you or a loved one dealing with a mental health difficulty?

Life can feel chaotic, lonely and hopeless when you face challenges alone. We want to provide  a space for you to connect with others and learn tools to help. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please visit our website at:

To reserve a place in a group go to:  





Breakfast Sundays

Sunday, September 2. We will begin our Breakfast Sundays for Fellowship. This is Labor Day weekend, but for those who are staying in town, please plan on having breakfast at 9am, between the 2 services and enjoying some fellowship time with folks from both services.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the Fellowship Counter on Sunday.  Please consider sharing your favorite breakfast casserole or favorite sweet bread and sampling yummy food from others.  Any questions, please email Jo Ellen Richardson at




Mid-week Worship and  Discussion Group

Wednesdays at 7:30pm. We have started a mid-week Worship and Discussion Group.  We’ll meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, upstairs in Balcomb House.  We begin with Evening Prayer followed by a topic for discussion.  We all have a routine we follow for rising, eating, working and so forth.  An important part of Spiritual Development is to insure that God is part of our routine.  Future meetings will cover topics of interest to those who attend.


Questions or comment?  Contact Mark Williams at or 720-354-5199.



Centering Prayer

Saturdays at 9:00am. 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: Donna Gardner at: or 303-841-8054.



Youth Group News

Our youth group year will wrap up with our annual Shareholders Dinner, August 19 at 5:30 pm. Youth will need to arrive at 4:00 to set up and prepare meal. Please save the date if you are a parishioner. We look forward to you joining us for dinner served and provided by our youth group. See a slide presentation and listen to the youth share about their mission experiences. Youth and families a sign up genius will be sent the week of August 6 for meal needs. 


Youth Group 2018-2019 will begin with our annual Youth Group Kick Off & Potluck Dinner, Sunday September 9, 4-6 pm, youth and parents invited. Food, Fun and Info for the coming YG year. 


Fall Regular meetings will begin Sunday, September 16, schedule of meetings/events will follow in August. 


Fall Quest is Oct. 5-7


Youth Group Planning Calendar:

August 19 Shareholders Dinner 4-7:30 pm

September 9 Youth Group Kick Off and Potluck Dinner

October 5-7 Fall Quest

RM=Regular Meeting

To learn more about the Youth Group please contact Kimberley Hubbs, Youth Director at:    
303-803-6872, or



Wine Walks 2018

August 31, 5-8:00pm. St. Matthew’s will be participating in the Town of Parker’s monthly Wine Walks on the last Friday of every month. We hope this will let people know who we are and where we are! Come on down and help pour and meet new people in our community. If you would like to help host any of these events, provide snacks, music, or contribute to the purchase of wine, please contact Jody Shoemaker at: or Ruth Ann Nelson at:  


So far, 407 people have stopped by St. Matthew's. The Wine Walks have been a great way to open our church doors to the community!   Many visitors have lived in Parker all their lives and didn't know we were here. Everyone who has helped host a walk has had a great time interacting with visitors and answering questions about St. Matthew's. The Parker Chamber of Commerce has generously donated a case of wine for each event.



Volunteers needed for Lawn Mowing  

Now that we are approaching the summer season, it’s time 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. If anyone knows how to tune and/or repair lawn mowers ours is in need of some attention. The self propelling feature is not working.  Questions???  Please contact Jr. Warden, Ruth Ann Nelson at: or 630-240-6266.



Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel is for all children preschool through 3rd grade. The children join the procession at the beginning of the 10:30am 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 Christine Rodriguez at



Altar Flowers   

The flower chart for 2018 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 ..., 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 Barb McNish @303-805-2414 or, or Christine at 303-841-0121, or email  Thank you for making our church beautiful!



The St. Francis Center Update


Thanks to everyone for your continuing donations of clothing, toiletries (see below) and reading material to the St. Francis Center this past winter season. However, with the changing of the seasons, the needs of shelter guests are changing. The following items are currently in need: 

Clothing, Men’s New Underwear* (small, med. & large), Refillable Water Bottles, Ties, Men’s Tennis Shoes* (sizes 9-11), Men’s Jeans (all sizes), Men’s T-shirt* (All sizes), Shoe laces, Drug Store Reading Glasses*, Belts (all sizes), warm hats, Men’s work boots, New White Athletic socks, Men’s shoes. (* indicates in Great Demand)

Toiletries, Cologne and aftershave, Vaseline, Shaving Cream, Shampoo, (individual bottles), Sunscreen, Lotion, Bars of soap, Foot Powder, Hair gel, Deodorant (individual size), Feminine Hygiene Products, Peroxide and Rubbing Alcohol.     

Also, your continued donations of paper back books and magazines are greatly appreciated by the guests of the shelter. However, before donating, be sure to remove or “line through” any mailing addresses.

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, or contact parishioner Susie Chapin  at 303.841.1789 or with questions regarding acceptable items. Thanks again for your ongoing efforts to help this Episcopal Diocese of Colorado Jubilee Ministry.



Shop at King Soopers: Support St. Matthew’s

On the First Sunday of the month, we will have King Soopers Reloadable Cards - available in the parish hall following both services. Thank you for your support! 


For the period of 06/17/18 thru 07/14/18, parishioner’s cards were reloaded for $6,595.00, so we earned $378.89.


This is how it works:  Every time we reach $5000.00 or more in reloads within a 4-week cycle we earn 5% on total amount. If we don't reach $5000, the money carries over into the next 4-week cycle. We average +/- $300/month. The KS cards have $2.50 on each and were generously donated by a parishioner and can be given out free of charge.  If you are not familiar with how this works, we have instruction sheets available on how to use the card.  Basically, before checking out you will load an amount of money on the KS card using a debit, credit card, or personal check and St. Matthew’s gets 5% of that amount. Then use the KS card to pay for groceries,  gas, prescriptions, etc. If you have questions, or would like to help this ministry, please call or text Whitney Tomlin at 303-880-5689.



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Readings for Sunday, August 5, 2018

Old Testament

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’“ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’“

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

The Response

Psalm 78:23-29 BCP page 697

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23 So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.

25 So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
and led out the south wind by his might.

27 He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
and winged birds like the sand of the sea.

28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
and round about their dwellings.

29 So they ate and were well filled, *
for he gave them what they craved.

The Epistle

Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said,

"When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people."

(When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

The Gospel

John 6:24-35

The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”