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.St. Matthew's, being a manifestation of the Body of Christ, is a community that respects the dignity of every human being. We worship, learn, and serve together as we experience the light and love of God in community. Embraced by God's grace, we are joyfully sent forth in service and mission, as we each strive to be examples of Christ in the world. 
("Vision Statement" adopted by the Vestry on October 14, 2012. Learn how we strive to live this out here.)
 

LESSONS AND CAROLS SUNDAY AT 10:00 A.M. 
COME JOIN US!!!


Advent/Christmas Service Schedule

4th Sunday of Advent, December 21
  8:00 am        Eucharist
10:00 am        Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
                       (Family Service)

Christmas Eve, December 24
  4:00 pm        Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist
                       (Childcare for Nursery through 3 yrs old)
10:30 pm        Music Prelude
11:00 pm        Festive Holy Eucharist

Christmas Day, December 25
10:00 am        Eucharist

1st Sunday After Christmas, December 28
  8:00 am        Eucharist
10:00 am        Eucharist with Music
                       (Family Service)

 
 
December Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Office will be closed 12/25/2014 - 1/2/2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 




STEWARDSHIP Season at St. Matthew's 


Letters from our Stewardship Commitee

Stewardship News   12/17/2014
Stewardship Update  12/7/2014
Bring Your Pledge Card to Church this Sunday   11/12/ 2014
Caring for Our St. Matthew's Family Home     10/31/2014

 




Ministries Booklet 2014-2015


Our Outreach Ministries Booklet
Agencies Supported by St. Matthew's
 

News and Announcements
 
 
Church School

 
Upcoming Church School Programs
On Christmas Eve for the 4 pm service, there will be childcare up to 3 years old downstairs in the Nursery. 
Sunday, December 28 at the 10 am service, there will be childcare for children up to 4 years old in the Discovery Room.
 
IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE 7TH AND 8TH GRADE SEXUALITY SEMINAR.  Parents should have received an email with details about this comprehensive sexuality education program for 7th and 8th graders being offered on Wednesday evenings in January from 6-8 pm.  Copies of the registration form are available in the narthex.   If you did not receive the letter describing this important program, or you have any questions, please contact Becky Hudspeth (beckyhuds@gmail.com, 203 834-0943).  The deadline to sign up is Monday, January 5, and the cost is $45 (scholarships available).
    


 



December 24 at 4pm

It’s time to prepare for our annual children’s Christmas Pageant: All children are welcome!
The pageant will be presented at the 4pm Eucharist on Christmas Eve.

 
3 Rehearsals
Sundays, December 7, 14 & 21 11:30am-12:15pm
 
Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 23 1:30-3:30pm
 
If you have questions, please contact pageant directors Beth Cristini (beth@cristini.net)
 or Dawn Breakey (dawnbreakey@sbcglobal.net)
 





Creche Display
Sunday, December 21
The crèche displays the figure of the Nativity story and many families set them up during Advent as a preparation for Christmas. Everyone is welcome to come to the narthex on December 21st before and after the concert, to view these beautiful displays.  Anyone who would like to bring their own crèche set, we will place it in the narthex for everyone to see. 







The Gift of Christmas Catalog 

Looking for that perfect gift?  Here is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, and purchase a thoughtful gift.
 
ORDERS can be placed beginning Sunday, December 7th before and after the 10:00am service. We will continue to fill orders through Christmas Eve!
 
We are supporting 19 LOCAL agencies through Gift of Christmas this year.  Our help is needed now more than ever.
 
If you haven’t received your catalog in the mail, there are extras located on the table in the Narthex.
 
Gift of Christmas
Here’s how it works:
You will soon receive a Gift of Christmas catalog in the mail. Browse through it to see the gift items available. Fill out the order form located at the back of the catalog. Bring or mail the form and payment to church.  There is also a mailbox in the office marked “Gift of Christmas”.  After your order is placed you will receive a gift tag naming the items that you are donating, along with a beautiful ceramic star ornament or adorable angel for the recipient’s tree.
 
It’s as easy as ABC!
· Agencies have defined specific items of critical need which are listed in our Gift of Christmas catalog. For example, you could donate a holiday meal basket or warm clothing for the homeless in honor of a friend or loved one.  
· Buy one or more of these items from the catalog as a Christmas gift in honor of your relatives…friends…neighbors…teachers (along with a star ornament for their tree). 100% of the proceeds go to the designated agencies.
· Celebrate the joy of Christmas knowing your gift will be appreciated by both the honored recipient and the deserving agency.
 
AmeriCares Free Clinics, Homes with Hope, and Wilton Social Services are just a few of the
agencies this program supports.
 
If you have any questions please call:
Kadee Alonso (203) 834-0089 or e-mail kadee@alonso.us
Charlotte Griffin (203) 210-7822 or e-mail chargriffin3@gmail.com

 




Please help fulfill a child’s holiday wish by participating in our giving tree!  St. Matthew’s is responding to requests from Covenant to Care for Bridgeport children who are living in poverty or have been neglected and/or abused.  We are also seeking donations of gifts for children and the elderly through Wilton Social Services.   Please choose a gift to donate from our Giving Tree poster board in the Narthex.  Gifts should be unwrapped and dropped off at St. Matthew’s no later than Friday, December 19.  There is also a bin outside of the office labeled "Givng Tree" for your convenience.  If you have any questions email Katherine Kenneally at toomanybooks101@gmail.com or Elizabeth Kenneally at 17kenneallye@wiltonps.org or phone 203-762-9318.  Thank you for your generosity and for making this Christmas season brighter for these children and the elderly!




There is still time to stuff those stockings at the St. Matthew’s Gift Shop!  Key chains, golf balls, stationary, jewelry, car magnets and more?  All proceeds go to St. Matthew’s Church.  Stop by after church or email
Jennifer at theangerames@gmail.com or call 203.253.9813. 
Merry Christmas!

 




 



John Pizzarelli Quartet
Celebrated jazz singer and guitarist
February 22, 2015
 

North Shore Acapella
Five man a capella sensation
Dec 21, 2014 @ 4pm

 

For 17 seasons, the Arts at St. Matthew's has fulfilled its mission to bring the beauty of the arts and the warmth of our parish to the community-at-large. We have been graced with fabulous artists. The one constant that makes each performance such a special musical event is our venue. We invite you to enjoy world-class entertainment in an intimate, acoustically superb setting right here in Wilton. Come join us!
 
$25 Regular  / $50 Patron (Preferred Seating)
Get more details and tickets at: www.artsatstmatthews.org

             

 

OUTREACH

Edward's Chest:   DEC: Christmas gifts from Giving Tree – WSS and Cov. to Care for Children - Pat Hoeg




NEW Date for the Talent Show!!
Saturday, January 24th

Please help make this event an even bigger and better success than last year – on and off the stage. On Stage: Be creative! Show off your dancing, singing, magic acts, ukulele playing, or stupid pet tricks. Last year’s acts ranged from singers to basketball tricks to gymnastic flips. If you have an idea for an act, but need more help putting it all together, see Janet Nobles (noblesj@optonline.net). Off Stage: We need help with the ticket sales, food reception and program booklet.
See Pam Carlson for details (carlsons@optonline.net).
An event not to be missed! Guaranteed fun for the whole family. 





Beyond Our Windows


At Home, At Church, On the Train, In the Car……
No matter where you are “beyond the windows” of St. Matthew’s there are lots of opportunities for growing in your faith and relationship with God.  And now there is easy access to a variety of adult education opportunities that will fit your lifestyle and learning style at Beyond Our Windows, the new website for adult Christian Education & Spiritual Formation at St. Matthew's and Wilton Presbyterian Churches:  Please visit this website for more information: http://beyondourwindows.weebly.com.
 



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Annual Report 2013
                                                               

We are called to be a welcoming community of faith in which we are invited to share our journey of inspiration and service to others - leading us to become examples of Christ in the world.
("Mission Statement" adopted by the Vestry on September 16, 2007)
 

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is a part of

 
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut
 

The Episcopal Church


The Anglican Communion

 
Holy Eucharist

Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am
Wednesdays 11:00am


Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church
36 New Canaan Road Wilton CT 06897
203-762-7400

The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Rector