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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.)



STEWARDSHIP Season at St. Matthew's has begun!



Caring for Our St. Matthew's Family Home Letter

 


Service Times:

Holy Eucharist, Rite I  ~ 8:00 am
 
Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~  10:00 am 


Church School and childcare during the 10:00 am service



 Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
 



Ministries Booklet 2014-2015

 

News and Announcements



The results of the Wi-ACT Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging event this past Saturday were 160,272 meals packaged by 697 shift volunteers plus 25 Boy Scouts from Troop 125 and their adult leaders (who did 2 hours of set-up work before the first shift began) and 30 Steering Committee members who were not included as shift volunteers because they staffed the event: 752 volunteers total.   

Paul Breitenbach, Wi-ACT's Director of Volunteer Registration and creator and manager of Wi-ACT's computerized registration system, reports that 255 of the meal-packaging volunteers were St. Matthew's parishioners, composed of 178 adults and 77 children and youth (about evenly divided between those over 13 and those under 13).  Many, many thanks! 

Those meals will feed 439 otherwise starving children for an entire year.  Three full car loads of food for the Wilton Food Pantry were also donated by the meal-packaging volunteers. 

It was a great day in every respect, and we thank all of you who volunteered and also our Outreach Committee for its generous support of this critically important, life-giving work!

-- St. Matthew's Members of the Wi-ACT Steering Committee:  David Bloomer, Paul Breitenbach, Pam Ely, Char Griffin, Maria Haljun, Pat Hoeg, Margie Holcombe, Jamie Hewitt, Steve Hudspeth, Peter Kaskell, Endy Perry, Connie Tate, and Mary Grace Williams





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
 
Looking for opportunities to meet with others to talk about the bible, your faith, and spiritual practices here at church?  Go to “With Others” tab to find out about the adult education classes offered at St. Matthew’s and WPC.
 
Want to hear from the experts in a class that you can take anytime and anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection?  We have an on-line school for that?  Just go to “On Your Own” tab and scroll down to “Church Next”.
 
Need a simple reflection to ground your spirit as you begin each day?  We’ve got an app for that?  Explore all the apps listed under the “On Your Own” tab.
 
Want to provide faith-filled conversations with your children at home?  We’ve got that covered too.  Check out the “With Your Family” tab.
 
Beyond Our Windows is a one-stop (with no costs) for learning in the midst of your busy life.  You make the choice.  No homework.  No grades.  Just enrichment.  Take a few minutes today to acquaint yourself with all that we have to offer at Beyond Our Windows; it’s a website built with plenty of opportunities to feed your body, mind and soul.
 
We thank Sharon Pearson, member of St. Matthew’s and Editor at Church Publishing Incorporated, who made this website possible!
 
 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

All Saints' Sunday Family Service

No Church School

Presentation of Fourth Grade Bibles
Commissioning of Second Grade Choristers





Sunday, November 2 at 12 p.m.

Cemetery Service in Honor and Memory of Loves Ones
at
St. Matthew's Cemetery







Sunday, November 2 at 5 p.m.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Evensong for All Soul's 
Commemoration for all Faithfull Departed

As people have worshipped for centuries,
come join in this timeless experience -
a respite of prayer, scripture, beautiful music, meditation,
and remembrance of loved ones who have gone before us.

Special Music sung by the St. Matthew's Youth and Adult Choirs

Psalm 130, Anglican chant by Howells
T.Tertius Noble: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
Noble: Souls of the righteous
Charles Villiers Stanford: My soul, there is a country

If you wish to be a part of this prayerful service and have your loved ones remembered during this service, please email their names to Kristi at office@stmatthewswilton.org by Oct 29th. Forms will also be available in this weeks bulletin.




Rake and Roll

Tuesday, November 5th from noon to 2:30 pm all of our youth from 6th to 12th grade are invited to join us at 17 Fairview Lane, Wilton, for our annual community service project- Rake & Roll. We will rake the yard of an eld- erly citizen who can really use our help. Adults are invited also! Please be sure to bring: your own rake with your name on it, work gloves, a tarp, a gas-powered blower, if you have one (no electric blowers, since we won’t have access to an outlet) and dress in warm layers. We will provide snacks and all will have fun helping others. Come join us!
For more information, contact Becky Hudspeth - beckyhuds@gmail.com. 






St. Matthew's Outreach Ministry Fair

Please make plans to visit the St. Matthew's Outreach Fair on Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 following the 10am service from 11am-12:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Social services agencies supported through our Outreach Ministry will share the news about the good work that they provide to their respective communities.  The following agencies have accepted our invitation:  Elder House, Habitat for Humanity, George Washington Carver Foundation, Homes with Hope, Open Door, Person to Person, Pivot Ministries, St. John's GAPP Program, Wilton Social Services. 
We anticipate hearing from several more. We look forward to seeing you there. 




Church School Give-a-Smile Mission Project

On November 9th all of the Church School classes will be busy making their creations for our annual Thanksgiving Give-a-Smile Mission Project. Some classes will cook and others will create small gifts which will be gathered together into a gift bag to be delivered on the following Sunday, November 16th, to friends

within our two churches. This is a meaningful and fun experience for our children as they learn to be givers to others. Join us on November 9th to be part of this special project. For more information contact Becky Hudspeth - beckyhuds@gmail.com. 








St. Matthew’s Talent Show
Postponed until Winter 2015!

 




Workshop for Parents who Adopted Their Children Internationally. 

On Saturday November 15th from 1:30pm-3:30pm here in the WEPCO Lounge, our Joint Youth Ministries program will be hosting the Ties Program's workshop: "TEENS AND TWEENS:  WHAT I WOULD TELL YOU IF I COULD FIND THE WORDS."  This is a parents-only workshop that is open to the public.  There is no charge, but accepting donations of $5 to $10 per person is welcome and will go towards the "Gift of Identity" program to provide scholarships to international adoptees who could not otherwise afford a visit to their birth country. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Becky Hudspeth at beckyhuds@gmail.com.





Advent Calendars

On Sunday, November 16th through Sunday November 24th, we invite anyone who is a friend or parent of a child to make a unique Advent calendar that is de- signed to help children focus on the spiritual meaning of the holidays at home in a way that is both inviting and meaningful. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles

and friends of children are all welcome. For each day of Advent there is an envelope containing a message, activity, and token gift focusing on our faith. Just stop by the Discovery Room when Church is open Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:30 to assemble as many calendars as you need. A $12.00 donation to cover the cost of the materials is appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Hudspeth - beckyhuds@gmail.com. 












Announcing the 2014-2015 Arts at St. Matthew's Season...
 
Ben Verdery
Inspirational guitarist
November 16, 2014

North Shore Acapella
Five man a capella sensation
December 14, 2014

John Pizzarelli Quartet
Celebrated jazz singer and guitarist
February 22, 2015
 
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!
 
Season Tickets: $80 Regular  / $160 Patron (Preferred Seating)
(You get a 3% discount when you buy all season tickets.)
 
Get more details and tickets at: www.artsatstmatthews.org






Imagine spending this coming winter with no coat.  Please consider donating a clean, gently worn child, teen, or adult sized coat for our neighbors in need.  We will be collecting coats "curbside" at St. Matthew's on Oct 19, 26, and Nov 2.  Or you can drop them off in the bin outside the church office anytime.  These coats are being distributed by Person to Person, one of our outreach agencies.  Person to Person is a volunteer driven, community supported agency which, through the sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families in Fairfield County who lack the basic necessities or resources to improve their lives. Questions?...contact Pat Hoeg 203.762.9318, Lisa Williams 203.563.0053 or Kadee Alonso 203.834.0089.





WEPCO WORKDAY

Saturday, November 22 from 9 AM to Noon. Members of Wilton Pres- byterian and St. Matthew’s will gather to tidy the grounds of our churches. This is a wonderful time of work, fun and fellowship for people of all ages.  Coffee and refreshments will be served. Activities will include: Fall cleanup of lawns and planting beds. Helpful if you bring gardening tools, rakes, tarps, garden carts/wheel barrows and your work gloves. 





 

OUTREACH

Edward's Chest:  OCT: Domestic Violence Crisis Center - Sharon McKenna.  They need TWIN size sheet sets and comforters, Towels and Pillows.  Show your support for St Matthew's everywhere you go!







St. Matthew's Habitat for Humanity Workday at WORK!

On Saturday, September 27th, Jamie Hewitt & Ralph Walker, Elizabeth Harleman, Ann & Chip Newton and Jan & Dave Hapke joined me for St. Matthew's Habitat for Humanity Workday.  Below you can read all about this amazing Workday!  The weather was fantastic, which allowed us to get a lot done.  We spent the day painting a house that will be turned over to a wonderful family by the end of October.  We also gave our muscles a real workout by moving several wall frames from the warehouse to a future home site.  A great time was had by all.  Hope you can join us next time when we have another Habitat Workday.  If you would like to learn more about Habitat and how you might be able to volunteer, please contact me....

Stuart Holcombe at Stu.Holcombe@gmail.com or 646.894.0855. 

 

The Caraballo-Batista Family

Future homeowners

710 Shelton Street, Bridgeport

Juana Caraballo and Domingo Batista with their teenage daughters, Keiry (17) and Crismeylin (15), are looking to the future and the day they will have the keys to their own home. For them there is a world of difference between being a renter and a homeowner. As a homeowner "you can enjoy something that is yours. At the end, when you retire, you have your 'casa' (home). We are all immigrants; we all have this dream." 

Read more......




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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