A Garden Party for God

Saturday, April 14 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

19580 Pilgrims Place, Parker, CO  80138

Thank you to all who have donated to our annual fundraiser and we’d love your continued donation items, but our caterer needs to know if you are planning to come! Even if you don’t purchase a ticket, please let us know that you are planning to attend by contacting Elizabeth Flores-Moran at 575-649-0800, emailing at grahamandelizabeth@outlook.com, or by purchasing a ticket thru our link below.

Cost:  $30 per person, $50 per couple

(credit card, checks payable to St. Matthew’s, and cash accepted)

Purchase tickets at: https://squareup.com/store/st-matthews-episcopal-church-3, or church office Tuesday-Friday or following Sunday services.  

To donate auction items, beverages, or volunteer, please sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409094EAAA82DA1FD0-agarden 

**Friends and family are welcome! Child care and food for children provided on premises**

Donated Items can be dropped off by contacting Elizabeth Flores-Moran & Ann Williams directly or on Monday, April 9: 4-6pm, Thursday, April 12: 7-9pm, & Friday, April 13: 10am-2pm.


A Big Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who supported the St. Matthew’s-Bonfils 2018 Blood Drive during the Lenten Season by donating whole blood. Twelve pints were collected at Parker’s Bonfil’s Donor Center, with each pint helping up to 3 different patients in need of blood. If you weren’t available to donate during Lent but are still interested, you are encouraged to contact Bonfil’s at 303.363.2300 and schedule an appointment at the Parker’s Bonfils Donor Center or any of the regularly scheduled blood drives in the area. When donating at other locations, be sure to use the St. Matthew’s donor code of “1715”, so that Bonfils may credit the church for future drives. Again, thanks for making a difference in the lives of many!


It’s Not Too Late……

St. Matthew’s ECW Spring Road Trip

April 28th at 1:00 p.m. There are still “spots” available for St. Matthew’s women interested in attending the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s regional premiere of the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls - ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years! Group (10 + tickets), Non-Member Tickets (including museum admission) for the exhibit are $23.35 per adult or $19.75 for seniors. If interested in attending this event, please contact ECW members Barb McNish at mcnishcolo@aol.com, Linda Parker at lindaparkerscot@gmail.com or Susie Chapin at dwsjchapin@msn.com by Sunday, April 22nd.  


Words of Wisdom

Due Sunday, April 22

Dear Friends,

In the spirit of the book “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, we are compiling advice from the people of St. Matthew’s. Please pick up a form in the narthex to give a small bit of advice (one or two sentences) to our young teens celebrating an important rite of passage (Rite 13) on Sunday, April 29 at 10:30am. 

Your advice can be something practical (like “Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth.”) or something profound (like “Be content to seem who you really are.”) Both are important to know!

Please put your completed form in the offering plate, the church office or return to Kris Karge or Armando Rodriguez by Sunday, April 22.

You may also email your advice to office@smecp.org  or Kris Karge at: kriskarge@live.com                                       


Thank you!

Are you a “Grown-Up”?   

In our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often a fuzzy one. Unlike other cultures, we don’t have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that we use attempts to do just that. 

During the regular 10:30am service on Sunday, April 29, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. This liturgy is formally called “The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood”, but is more well-known as “Rite-13” since it takes place in the year of the candidate’s 13th Birthday – much like a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.

During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood or manhood that God bestows on each one of us. This is a free gift which we cannot earn and need not prove. This gift is the essence of who we are. As we grow and mature in the journey to adulthood, our knowledge and skills increase, but the magical core of who we are remains the same.

A summary of the dates:

Kids Meeting - during Sunday school 

Parent Meeting - Sunday, April 15 @ 4 to 5pm (during youth group)

Rehearsal Dinner - Saturday, April 28 @ 6 to 8:30pm

Rite 13 Ceremony - Sunday, April 29 @ 10:30am service


Kris Karge                               



Armando Rodriquez




Women’s Rest & Renewal Retreat

~ April 28-29, 2018 at Cathedral Ridge ~

The Episcopal Church in Colorado is excited to announce our first Women's Rest and Renewal Retreat, April 28-April 29, at Cathedral Ridge. The retreat is being organized by Spiritual Direction Colorado, Walk2Connect, and The Episcopal Church in Colorado and is free of charge to all participants.

Women who will most benefit from the retreat are those with limited resources who have experienced challenging life circumstance such as death of a loved one, loss of a job, or recovery from addiction or illness.

The retreat will provide women much-needed time and space away from daily concerns to be pampered and nurtured, and to connect to their deeper selves. Led by SDCO and Walk2Connect staff, time will be spent:

    •    Walking in nature through guided reflections

    •    Listening and sharing stories

    •    Enjoying personal time and nutritious homemade meals

    •    Engaging in hands-on creative activities

    •    Gathering for fellowship, fun, and celebration

The retreat includes:

    •    Shuttle to and from downtown Denver. (We ask for help coordinating travel from other locations.)

    •    Single room at Lupine Lodge

    •    All meals and retreat materials

If you are interested in attending this retreat, please contact Fr. Michael at

frmichael@smecp.org or 303-842-4664 for a referral.


Quarterly Pledge Statements   

Pledge statements for the 1st quarter of 2018 are now available in the narthex. If you submitted a pledge card for 2018 you will receive a statement. If you have any questions, please contact church office @303-841-0121 or office@smecp.org.


Lay Eucharistic Visitor 

Finding Jesus today is in one another.  The ministry of Lay Eucharist Visitor stands at the heart of that understanding.  It may be the finest gift of ministry you can offer to our church, and it may be the greatest blessing you will ever receive.   What you will share of yourself depends on the gifts of ministry God has given you, and different from any other L.E.V.   God himself resides in our hearts.    Now He has only our hands, our feet, our hearts to do the work that must be done. 

An on-line diocesan course is required to acquire a two-year license.   Quarterly, you could sign up to make the commitment once a month, once a quarter or more.  There is a schedule of those parishioners who look forward to their once a month visit.  Personal training available as well as going with licensed L.E.V. until you are ready to go alone or as a team.   Pray about this ministry and contact Dixie Creason, Dcreason01@gmail.com or Fr. Michael Richardson, frmichael@smecp.org  with any questions.



National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:30pm.  

Parker United Methodist Church

11805 S. Pine Drive, Parker, CO 80134

The Prayer Ministry of PUMC invites us to join them and other community members and others across our nation in this ecumenical program that reminds us of the importance of prayer for our homes, communities, state and nation. 


Honoring Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 5 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Seven Stones Botanical Gardens Cemetery

9635 N Rampart Range Rd, Littleton, CO 80125

Events include the Second Annual Seven Stones Blood Drive. Bonfils Blood Center’s mobile unit will be on site with the vital goal of saving lives. Seven Stones will be hosting a free Time & Togetherness family event honoring Cinco de Mayo. Along with art and music celebrating Mexican culture, two families with loved ones at Seven Stones have partnered to bring amazing empanadas from family recipes, served from “Gramma Shorty’s” food truck.  (We at St. Matthew’s also know her as parishioner, Joanie Simon!)


Attention All Graduates!!! 

On Sunday, May 6 we would like to honor all High School/ College graduates during the services, and Breakfast Sunday.  To list their names in the bulletin please contact church office by Tuesday, May 1 via email: office@smecp.org, or call 303-841-0121 and leave students name, school, future plans, degree, etc.



Dive in for FUN!

Shipwrecked VBS sets sail June 11-15, 2018. We will venture onto a deserted island where kids strive and thrive. Your kids will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through all of life’s storms. Join us from 5:00 – 8:00PM. Online sign up form coming soon. Sea vouchers are $25 per child, $20 each additional sailor. Bring your friends and neighbors – the more sailors, the merrier on the high seas! If you have questions about VBS please contact Bobbi Scheinin at rscheinin@q.com.



Centering Prayer

Saturday 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: donnadgardner@q.com or 303-841-8054.


Sunday School for Children/Youth  

April 15, 2018 at 9:15am in the Balcomb House.

Please call or text Whitney Tomlin at 303-880-5689 if you have questions or need more info.


Adult Sunday School    

April 15, 2018.  Adult Sunday School will meet on at 9:30am in the Parish Hall.

Please join us as we study the Gospel of Luke.  No class on Breakfast Sundays.


Youth Group News   

Garden Party for God

This Saturday evening the Youth Group will support the parish fundraiser 

by providing childcare, kitchen help and serving the food for parishioners and friends attending the fundraiser. Please plan on arriving by 4:00 to help get things set up. 

Please RSVP to: youthgroup@smecp.org. so we know to expect you. See you there!

Youth Group Planning Calendar:

April 14 **Parish Fundraiser (Saturday Event)

April 20-22 Quest

April 29 RM

May 6 Senior Breakfast 9 am, RM 4-6pm

May 13 NO YG Mother’s Day

May 20 Pentecost Picnic Celebration

June 3-9 West Virginia Mission Trip 

June 10-15 VBS 

July 9-16 Honduras Mission Trip 

July 22-27 Denver JUICE Mission Trip

RM=Regular Meeting

To learn more about the Youth Group please contact Kimberley Hubbs, Youth Director at:    

303-803-6872, or  youthgroup@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 10:30am 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 cricket61980@gmail.com.


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 mcnishcolo@aol.com, or Christine at 303-841-0121, or email office@smecp.org.  Thank you for making our church beautiful!


Parker Task Force Collection for April: Cereal Fruit Bars

The Parker Task Force Food Bank is a non-profit organization operated solely by dedicated volunteers.  The Mission of the Food Bank is to provide short-term support to those in need in the Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth areas and we at St. Matthew’s have a long standing history of supporting The Parker Task Force. The items listed each month are from the PTF’s current needs list. You may bring your donations to church and put them in the basket in the Narthex.  Thank you! Your donations are greatly appreciated.


The St. Francis Center    
Thanks to everyone for you continuing donations of clothing and toiletries (see below) to the St. Francis Center this winter season. With shelter guests spending more time indoors due to the colder weather, they are in need of paperback books, to chase away the boredom of long days. Your old paperbacks (crime mysteries, sci-fi and “non-girly romances” as well as old magazines with addresses crossed out are very popular) can be dropped off in the St. Francis bin located in the parish hall. 

Clothing, Men’s New Underwear (small, med. & large), Refillable Water Bottles, Ties, Men’s socks, Men’s Tennis Shoes (sizes 9-11), Men’s Jeans (all sizes), Men’s T-shirt (All sizes), Shoe laces, Reading Glasses, Belts (all sizes), warm hats, Men’s boots, Men’s/Women’s outdoor wear, Women’s Underwear.                

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.                                

Your greatly appreciated 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 dwsjchapin@msn.com with questions regarding acceptable items. Thanks again for your ongoing efforts to help this Episcopal Diocese of Colorado Jubilee Ministry.


Grocery Card Update

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! 

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.


For the Complete Calendar of Events Go to: www.smecp.org

Follow Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StMatthewsParker 


Readings for Sunday, April 15, 2018

The First Lesson

Acts 3:12-19

Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

The Response

Psalm 4  BCP page 587

Cum invocarem

1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 "You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?"

3 Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5 Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the Lord.

6 Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7 You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

The Epistle

1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

The Gospel

Luke 24:36b-48

Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.