Church Office Hours: June-July

Fr. Michael will not be here June 28-July 19 (The Rev. Canon Ed Morgan will be here on Sunday, July 1, 8, 15).  Christine, Parish Secretary will be out June 28-July 17.

St. Matthew’s Ministry Plan for 2018

Dear Friends,

We are behind in funding St. Matthew’s Ministry Plan for 2018. Last month we were about $13,000 behind and now we are about $19,500 in the red for the year. Obviously we can’t continue to run the church this way and we need everyone’s help. We need your help. Please consider making a further gift to St. Matthew’s in the next few weeks as we enter into Summer.

I know that we have money in the congregation, because we just raised $24,000 from the Fundraiser! But ALL of that goes to the projects we raised it for, not for salaries or programs or lights or anything else. Our Ministry Plan gives us a way to know where we are spending money and how we are serving you. It’s not extravagant. Please help by giving to St. Matthew’s. You may put a check in the plate with “Additional gift” in the memo line or send it by mail. Or just start giving!

Thank You! 

Fr. Michael+

Parker Task Force Collection for June

School’s Out, But What About the Kids?

During the school year, many families depend on our local schools for providing nourishment for their children thru subsidized breakfasts and lunches. However, with schools no longer in session, the Parker Task Force Food Bank, needs your help in keeping “the kids” fed! This month, please consider dropping off breakfast food items (cereals) as well as lunch items (peanut butter, jelly, etc.) in the PTF basket located in the Parish Hall. St. Matthew’s volunteers will then deliver your contributions to the Food Bank for distribution. 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.  Thank you! Your donations are greatly appreciated.


Church Pictorial Directory – Round 2

Bettinger Photography will be back at our church on August 17-18.  http://www.bettingerphoto.com/

The appointment calendar for St. Matthew’s is now online and ready to accept appointments for our in-house sessions on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18.


If these dates do not work for you, please contact Bettinger Photography NOW at 303-400-6023 to schedule your professional portrait session at a date/time that is convenient for you. 

You will still receive a free session, a copy of the directory and a free 5x7 for participating. And discounted portrait prices will apply.

If you have any questions contact Alice Ciaccio at 303-953-9954




Church Pictorial Directory – Round 2

I would like to have a table set up in the hall after each service to assist people with making their online photo appointments.  I’m looking for volunteers to help with this.  Must have a laptop or tablet with internet access. Please contact Alice Ciaccio at 303-953-9954 if you are interested in volunteering.

Focus Group for Parents in Douglas County

Here is an opportunity for parents living in Douglas County to help put together a group to study and prevent teen suicide. Please click on link below to fill out the form and volunteer:

As you may be aware, the counties of El Paso, Mesa, La Plata and Pueblo are experiencing the highest rates of youth suicide in Colorado. As one of several responses to this alarming trend, the Colorado Office of the Attorney General/Office of Community Engagement is partnering with the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and stakeholders in those four counties on a project to better understand the youth suicide trend in Colorado and inform strategies for prevention. Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA), a national research and consulting firm with an office based in Colorado, is being engaged to lead the work on this project. 

The primary goal of the project is to support communities in developing local solutions to prevent youth suicide. A secondary goal is to foster the relationship between local communities and state government efforts. Central to the project will be focus groups with community members in each of the four counties, as well as in counties that are not seeing as high of rates in to act as "control" focus groups. The focus groups will help to identify needs, gaps, strengths, key partners, and community-specific efforts and concerns to inform prevention priorities and strategies for each unique community.

We are looking to create three control groups in Douglas County. These will be most likely done virtually (participants will be sent a link to log onto a shared web conference) on or before June 15th

Three groups of 10-12 people needed: 

-Parents: ideally with kids in high school 

-Two (2) groups of School staff: teachers, school administrators, counselors, social workers, support staff, etc.

To sign up click on this link:


Wine Walks 2018

June 29, 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: jody.shoemaker@smecp.org or Ruth Ann Nelson at: ruthann.nelson@smecp.org.  

Downtown Parker Wine Walks take place May through November. Enjoy wine samples provided by Parker Area Chamber merchants and learn more about the goods and services they sell and provide. Tickets are $20 and include 10 - 1oz. samples of wine, a wine glass, and a Wine Walk map. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate.


Mid-week Worship and  Discussion Group

Wednesday, July 11, 2018. We are starting 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.  Our first meeting will be July 11 where Mark Williams will present an outline for a Christian Rule of Life.  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 kf6yu@msn.com or 720-354-5199.

Men’s “Meat Burning” Gathering

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 5:30-8:00pm

All the men of St. Matthew’s, ages 21 and older are invited to a special time to meet and greet, eat and pray together. Please bring your favorite cut of “meat” (steak, hamburger, hotdog, pork chop, chicken, salmon, etc.) to be grilled outside the Parish Hall by YOU! You are also encouraged to bring another male friend (neighbor, relative, acquaintance) along with your favorite drink(s) (water, soda, and/or adult) and a side dish (appetizer, chip/dip, vegetable, fruit, dessert) to be shared with all of men attending.

We will eat, drink, meet and greet each other in the fellowship of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Ice, a pot of pinto beans, potato salad and plates, napkins, plastic ware. Sign up sheet located in Parish Hall. For more information, contact Danny Flores at: 575-937-3423, flores-dfloresdirector@yahoo.com or Graham Moran at: 303-789-1234, grahamandelizabeth@outlook.com.

Loaves and Fishes 2018

Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”-John 6:1-14

On July 29th, we will hear the Gospel reading of “The Loaves and Fishes”, a story that most of us have heard many times since being young children in Sunday School. It’s a story of providing for all, by sharing of our bounty. Beginning Sunday, July 15th, St. Matthew’s parishioners will have the opportunity to follow Christ’s example of feeding those in need by supporting the Diocesan Wide Loaves and Fishes ingathering and donating non-perishable food items or cash to benefit the Parker Food Bank. This year, volunteers at the Food Bank have requested single serving “non-cooking” food items that can be easily place in school backpacks for children living in single adult households, allowing the kids to pack their “breakfast/snack items” when leaving home for the day. 

 These single serving food items, have been requested by the food bank:

    Canned fruit (with pop-tops)            Healthy single serving Breakfast cereal 

    Breakfast Bars                    Cracker/Peanut Butter sandwiches

    Pudding Cups                    Granola (regular & non-nut)

    Raisins/cranberries (dried fruit)        Pretzel/Cracker dip



If donating by check, please make the check payable to “St. Matthew’s” with “2018 Loaves and Fishes” in the memo field, then drop it in the offering plate.

All donations of food, grocery gift cards and checks need to be delivered to the church for Loaves and Fishes by Sunday, July 29th. St. Matthew’s parishioners will deliver the donations to the food bank on Tuesday, July 31st. For more information on how you may support this annual ingathering or other St. Matthew’s Community Outreach Events, please contact parishioners Dixie Creason at Dcreason01@gmail.com    or Susie Chapin at dwsjchapin@msn.com.  Thanks to everyone for being a part of this annual summer outreach tradition.


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.

Co-ordinator for ECW

The ECW of St Matthew’s has been a popular ministry here at St Matthew’s and a great way to meet other women in our parish, we need a new coordinator, chair or co-chairs of this ministry with new ideas and organizing events such as bunco, holiday tea, cookie exchange and other fun activities . Please contact Barb McNish 303-910-9362 or mcnishcolo@aol.com with any questions  and I am willing to help the new coordinator transition . Thank you.

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: ruthann.nelson@smecp.org or 630-240-6266.

Youth Group News  

Officially our youth group year has come to an end with no more regular meetings. We still have exciting things coming up so here are a few reminders of our summer activities. 


We will be hosting one or two summer nights here at our house with games and fire pit time. Those dates will be set after I get back from the WV trip. I will send emails as we plan these hang out events. 

Faith Day at the Rockies - July 29

Family event, if you want tickets to Fatih Day please RSVP to:  youthgroup@smecp.org

Game time 1:10 vs the Oakland A’s

Concert Guest “Passion”

Mission Kids and Families

Please save the date now for the Shareholders Dinner

Sunday August 19, 4-7pm

All youth and families who participate in the mission trips need to be on board

To help serve and share our mission experience with the parish and as way to say “thank you"

for their support of our trips.

Save the Date!! Fall Quest October 5-7

Youth Group Planning Calendar:

July 9-16 Honduras Mission Trip

July 22-27 Denver JUICE Mission Trip

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  

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!

The St. Francis Center Spring 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 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

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Readings for Sunday, June 17, 2018

Old Testament

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

The Response

Psalm 20 BCP page 608

Exaudiat te Dominus

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, *
the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 Send you help from his holy place *
and strengthen you out of Zion;

3 Remember all your offerings *
and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4 Grant you your heart's desire *
and prosper all your plans.

5 We will shout for joy at your victory
and triumph in the Name of our God; *
may the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; *
he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
with the victorious strength of his right hand.

7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *
but we will call upon the Name of the Lord our God.

8 They collapse and fall down, *
but we will arise and stand upright.

9 O Lord, give victory to the king *
and answer us when we call.


The Epistle

2 Corinthians 5:6-17

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

[Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.] For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

The Gospel

Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.