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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




 

SATURDAY, OCT. 25TH

SIGN UP NOW!!!   More St. Matthew’s Meal-Packaging Slots are Now Open

St. Matthew’s already has 160 volunteers registered for meal-packaging shifts on Sat., Oct. 25th, and there are now over 500 volunteers registered in total for the event!

If you tried to register and found that the shift you wanted was filled for St. Matthew’s volunteers, please know that the limits on St. Matthew’s volunteers have now been raised for all shifts.  So please try again!  

St. Matthew's will be participating with nine other Wilton faith institutions in the fourth annual Stop Hunger Now all-day outreach event on Saturday, October 25th.  A combined force of 600 volunteers from all of these Wilton faith institutions, Christian, Jewish and Muslim, will be working together to get the job done -- and will have a wonderful time doing it as our Wilton faith community comes together to meet pressing needs. 

Help the organizer of this event, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee(Wi-ACT: "We Act Together for Good") meet Wi-ACT'sfood packaging goal of 150,000 highly nutritious meals in one day -- up from 115,000 last year, 100,000 the year before, and 76,500 meals the first year.  That's enough meals to feed over 400 malnourished children, likely in Africa but wherever the need is most pressing, for an entire year.  These meals will be served in school settings where the children can learn as well as eat.  Just like last year, the highly rated nonprofit Stop Hunger Now, Inc., will be providing the materials and equipment as well as the instructors on-site for the packaging operation.  Teams of volunteers will gather in our Parish Hall (as in past years) to work in four two-hour shifts (morning [9-11], mid-day [11-1], mid-afternoon [1-3], and late afternoon [3-5]) to do this packaging work, using supplies of bulk ingredients and special packet-sealing equipment.

St. Matthew's Outreach Committee has been a strong financial supporter of this event from its start four years ago, and St. Matthew's has also committed to supply volunteers.  A computerized sign-up system will be in operation for volunteers from all of Wi-ACT's member faith institutions.  Signing-up for St. Matthew's parishioners can be done beginning today at http://vols.pt/yocbHE   Sign-ups will be on a first-come/first-served basis.  No prior experience is needed or required!  This is intended to be a multi-generational event; so youth as young as 13 (on or before Oct. 25th) may sign up in their own names; children under that age can accompany parents who volunteer, and those children may work alongside them as they are able (but no childcare is being provided).  We find that kids as young as 7 can be gainfully employed in important aspects of this work and have a great time doing so!  Each volunteer is also asked to bring to the Event a non-perishable food item for our town food pantry to help those in need locally.

The four shifts throughout the day are listed on our sign-up site.  Choose the shift time that works best for you of course, but please remember that we have found that we can use even more volunteers on the last two shifts.  





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, October 26th
Church School

Grades Pre-K-5:  TALKABOUT Luke 10:1-23; Jesus appoints seventy leaders.
Talk about the Bible story children and youth explored this week.  Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story.  (1)  Read Luke 10:8-9.  (2)  Recall a recent trip.  Where did you eat?  Where did you sleep?  (3)  Write an email to someone who is sharing God’s love in a faraway place.  Did you know?  In Jesus’ time, people said shalom aleichem (peace be unto you) to greet each other.  It was like saying hello.  Prayer of the week:  God, thank you that your love goes with us wherever we go.

6th and 7th Grade Lesson for today is about “Having A New Attitude” by discussing the Beatitudes in the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5:5-7.  Today focuses on “Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy” and explores how we can show mercy to others in our everyday lives.

 
 

EAT, PRAY, TEACH:  A time for Church School teachers to meet, reenergize, and learn.  We invite all teachers...veterans, newbies, and wannabes to a one hour gathering on Sunday, October 26th from 11:30-12:30 in the Youth Room located in the Lower Core.  Delicious food will be provided by JCCEC (Joint Children’s Christian Education Committee.)  Childcare will be available only if reserved by Thursday, October 23rd.  Come join us for this unique and fun gathering.  Contact Becky @ beckyhuds@gmail.com for childcare reservations or any questions you may have.
 





St. Matthew's is fortunate to have a very dedicated group of young people serving each Sunday at the 10am service.  We see them dressed in robes of red or white, quietly carrying torches, crosses, alms basins and cruets.  A vital part of worship, they blend into the background helping our liturgies flow smoothly.  Anyone in Grade 4 and up is invited to explore this ministry. Training for all acolytes will be offered after the 10am service on October 26th.  For more information please contact Sharon or John Pearson...sharonepearson@gmail.com or jfpcpa53@mac.com OR call Sharon @ 203.291.9607.







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 Souls Commemoration of All Faithful Departed

Sunday, November 2 at 5 p.m.

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.





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. 





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.






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.




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