Welcome to St. Matthew’s!

St. Matthew’s is a vibrant, welcoming parish of the Episcopal tradition located in Madison, Alabama. We love welcoming guests to our church, whether you’re just in town for the weekend or are looking for a new church home. We hope you will enjoy your visit with us!

Vacation Bible School!

JULY 13 – 16, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Ages 4 years through completed 4th Graders
*Completed 5th Graders will help with the Nursery for volunteers. Sign up in the Narthex

Lessons and Carols 2015

Our annual Lessons and Carols will take place on December 6th, 2015 at 5pm in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Come join us for this joyous event!

Art Angels Art Fair

The Art Angels will be hosting their Annual Christmas Art Fair on Sunday, Dec. 6th – after both morning services. Lovely works of art (paintings, photography, jewelry and glass work) will be on display and for sale – just in time for holiday shopping! Mark your calendars and come see some unusual pieces created by the hands of the St. Matthews Art Angels!

Musical Musings, November 2015

TWO PERSPECTIVES: One of my most invaluable resources for this column has been the writings of Debbie Skillman, organist/choirmaster at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina. Debbie once wrote of a “new” hymn text her choir sang during their Christmas Eve service, titled “Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor.” The lyrics run in part as follows:

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour, all for love’s sake becamest poor; Thrones for a manger didst surrender, sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising, all for love’s sake becamest man; Stooping so low, but sinners raising heavenwards by thine eternal plan.

Thou who art love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship thee. Emmanuel, within us dwelling, make us what thou wouldst have us be.

In researching this hymn text recently, I discovered it was set to music more commonly associated with the text “Whence Comes This Goodly Fragrance?”. Those lyrics run in part as follows:

Whence comes this goodly fragrance flowing, stealing our senses all away? Never the like did come a-blowing, shepherds, in flowery fields of May.

Bethlehem! There in manger lying, find your Redeemer. Haste – away! Run ye with eager footsteps hieing! Worship the Savior born today.

While these two texts stem from a common theme (Christ’s birth), what radically different viewpoints they take! The latter offers a more-or-less traditional, pastoral perspective of shepherds running to the stable to see the new-born King. But the former text is much more introspective, more deeply personal: this King gave up all of heaven to become poor; this God became man, stooping low to raise us up. I particularly appreciate the final phrase: “Make us what thou wouldst have us be.”

May the rapidly-approaching Advent season bless you richly; and may the living Christ make us what He wouldst have us be.

No Wednesday Holy Eucharist Today

Due to the holiday, there will be no Holy Eucharist celebrated today.

Stephen Ministry is here for you

Plans for Thanksgiving have likely started and Christmas decorations have started to show up in stores. For kids and the young at heart, this is the start of magical time of the year. Halloween costumes, talks at schools about Pilgrims and Indians and the first Thanksgiving, and letters to Santa listing the latest ‘must have’ toys and (for the older kids) the latest gadgets are at the forefront of their minds and imaginations.

For others, though, this time of year is something to be endured as quickly as the calendar allows. Family relations may have gone awry, the atmosphere at work might be deteriorating, and things in general are ‘going south’. In short, those folks feel like they’re in a hole but they continue to dig as fast as they can.

If you find that this describes you, I might have a way for you to climb out of that hole and throw the shovel away. It’s called Stephen Ministers. This is a group of folks who have been trained to walk with you through the dark times and help guide you to the light. We’re not counselors, trained psychologists or anything of the kind. However, we have been trained to listen, we care, we are confidential, and we firmly believe that Christ does have the answers and that He is that light at the end of the tunnel. Life may not end up being a bed or roses, but it surely won’t be a briar patch.

If this has struck a chord with you, please see either Debbie Heckler or Father Steve. They will point you in the right direction.

Annual Parish Meeting and Chili Cook-off

The annual Parish meeting and chili cookoff is scheduled for Sunday, November 22nd. Judging starts at 5:30pm and dinner starts at 6pm.

This year’s competition includes: our traditional chili cookoff, best casserole, and best dessert! We need cooks, competition judges, and set-up/clean-up crews. Signup sheets for all of these are in the parish hall.

The annual parish meeting & celebration will follow in the sanctuary. You will hear the state of the Parish report, treasurer’s report, individual ministry reports, we will elect delegates to the Diocesan Convention, and we will select three new Vestry members.

ECW News, November 2015

St. Matthew’s ECW would like to congratulate our two ECW 2015 Scholarship winners — Katherine Ruth Mack and Kristen Marie Alley.

Are you asking: “What ECW Scholarships? Free money? How, where, how much?” If so, the information is posted on the latest ECW bulletin board. The applications are in a white envelope in the ECW mail box. It would be a shame if upcoming high school graduates did not apply.

I found this in the latest issue of the Reader’s Digest and thought it was not only appropriate for our RUMMAGE SALE, but funny too.

“I spotted several pairs of men’s Levi’s at a garage sale. They were sizes 30, 31, and 32, but I was looking for size 33. So I asked the owner if he had a pair. He shook his head. “I’m still wearing the 33s,” he said. ‘Come back next year.’ ”

If last year was any indication, this won’t happen at our RUMMAGE SALE. I saw tables and tables of jeans and people scarfing them up as quickly as they could – bags of them! RUMMAGE SALE November 6th and 7th – POD is already on site and ready for you to bring your “stuff”.

This current executive board’s term ends in December. Please consider serving on this wonderful church mission (no airplane tickets required!). This group will help your soul — we make money to give money. Many church committees, Community organizations and the Alabama Diocese have benefitted from our church’s communitys’ generosity. (Ask around the Church Committees Chairs – you’ll be surprised how many have received funding from us.)

Remembering the words attributed to St. Francis – “For it is in giving that we receive.” And I can assure you, he didn’t mean money only. Time and talents are just as valuable and probably even more so — one can always bring out the checkbook or wallet, but to give your talents and especially your time …..

Matthew 19:24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Again, thank you Parishioners, for helping us be so successful!

CASA Weatherization Project

Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? CASA Weatherization Support to local residents is the perfect way! KEY DATES: November 4-6 Working/Prep Days at Trinity Methodist Church & November 7th Actual Work Day. Sign up in the Narthex or contact the Church Office for more information.

No Wednesday Holy Eucharist Today!

Due to setup for the rummage sale, there will be no Holy Eucharist today.

Men’s Fellowship, November 2015
  • The St. Matthew’s Men’s Bible Study group meets every Monday at 6:15am at the IHOP on University. Contact the Church office for more information.
  • The Men’s Fellowship and Prayer Group meets every third Tuesday for wings & prayer. In November, we will meet Tuesdays the 3rd and the 24th @ 6:00pm at Crickets in Madison.
  • The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is every Tuesday morning at St. Matthew’s prepared by Chef Jeff. Coffee is ready at 6:30am, breakfast at 7:00pm. Men of all ages & stages are invited to attend!

Worship Schedule

8:30am - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
11:00am - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
5:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Contemporary

12:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Traditional

Visit our worship page for more information.

Parish Events

Holy Eucharist & dinnerTime: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Men's Bible StudyTime: 6:15 am – 7:15 am
Bells' AngelsTime: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Men's BreakfastTime: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
DOK Christmas PartyTime: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Holy EucharistTime: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
ADVENT dinner & programTime: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ChoirTime: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Holy EucharistTime: 8:30 am – 9:45 am
Christian EducationTime: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Holy EucharistTime: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
LESSONS & CAROLSTime: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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