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!
Wednesday, March 5th - Ash Wednesday services at 7am, 12pm and 7pm, all with imposition of ashes. Sunday, April 13th – Palm Sunday services at 8am, 11am and 5pm. Monday, April 14th – Service at 7am. Tuesday, April 15th – Service at 7am.
- Wednesday, April 16th – Services at 7am and 12pm.
- Thursday, April 17th – Maundy Thursday service at 7pm, including foot washing.
- Friday, April 18th – Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 12pm, service at 7pm.
- Saturday, April 19th – Holy Saturday, vigil service at 8pm, including baptisms.
- Sunday, April 20th – Easter Sunday services at 8:30am and 11am. No 5pm service!
Evening Prayer will be led each Wednesday during Lent, at 5:00pm, by Daughters of the King. We are inviting you to be present with us as we pray for our church family and the world around us. The first offering will be Wednesday, March 12.
Lenten Series: Let Us Pray: LifeSource A Five Lesson Series on Prayer:
At times prayer can seem like hard work or a bit of a mystery. At other times it’s an encounter with the Living God. Wherever you are on the journey of faith, Let Us Pray will encourage a discovery of new-found joy and delight in prayer – for novices and old-hands alike. The course combines Bible study and discussion with a creative, hands-on exploration of five prayer patterns drawn from the richness of Christian heritage. This series will be held at 5:45pm beginning with a soup supper, followed by the program at 6:30pm. The dates are:
- March 10th
- March 17th
- March 24th
- March 31st
- April 7th
Spring and Easter are fast approaching and with Spring comes “Spring Cleaning”. We have a clean up day scheduled for Saturday, April 5th, beginning at 8:30am. I invite everyone to help and we will make it a day of fellowship along with the cleaning.
April 26 from 9am-4pm, the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham will be hosting the inaugural Acolyte Festival for the Alabama Diocese. We will be celebrating all things Acolyte. There will be fun & games in the Acolyte Olympics with the winning Church bringing home the coveted Lavabo Bowl! Lunch will also be served. If you are interested please contact the church office can have a head count so we know how many want to attend. We will try to plan a carpool and logistics for getting all who want to attend there.
It’s March and we’re one month closer to Italian Night. Your new ECW board has been VERY busy planning for a wonderful evening of food, fun and fellowship. We’ll be selling tickets for $25 each starting Sunday, April 6 after each service and will continue to sell them every Sunday until we’re sold out. Remember, we only have room for about 80 people in Gruman Hall, so plan to purchase your tickets early!
For those of you who haven’t yet been to Italian Night, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. So let me tell you. Starting at 6:00pm on Saturday, April 26, you’ll stroll through the lovely Gardens of St. Matthew’s, sipping your wine or fruited water and nibbling on tasty aperitivo. You can stroll among the twinkling lights or find a wooden panca to sit and chat. Around 7:00pm, your luscious Italian dinner will be served by the finest waiters in the provincia, our own EYC youth. (And be sure to give them a big tip!!) During all this time, there will be a plentiful display of silent auction items upon which you may bid; a range of offerings to fit every pocketbook, big or small. At the end of the evening, the winners of each item will be announced and you may pay for and take home the lovely item, which you have won. (And I’m told there is some pretty stiff competition out there!)
Please make plans to join us as we transform St. Matthew’s into an Italian villa for the evening. If you’ve ever said “Mi piacerebbe visitare l’Italia un giorno di questi!” (I’d like to see Italy for one day!), this is your chance!
We have a full team now that will be heading to Honduras in July. If you would like to contribute toward the expense of the trip, please make your contributions payable to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and write “Honduras” in the memo section of the check. Your financial assistance will be used to offset expenses for those going on your behalf.
Do you have time to have a chat, read a book or just take a walk with someone who’s lonely and in need of company. Time to write a note, make a phone call or mow a lawn. It’s really such a small thing in the scheme of your life, but it can make such a big difference to someone else.
If you are interested in being on the parish Care Team, please contact the church office for more information.
The Art Angels will meet on Thursday evening, March 27th at 6:30pm, in the church library. The art course will continue at 7:00 pm. For more info contact the church office.
Have you considered placing your prayer concerns in the DOK PRAYER BOX? As you enter the Narthex, look to your left. You will notice a narrow table located under the window. On that table is a small brown wooden box with a lock. Paper and pencil sit nearby. That box holds many of our church family’s prayers, requests, hopes, fears, hurts or maybe just names. But they are quiet often personal prayer concerns, regularly slipped without notice into a small brown box with a a lock. The box is earthly; the faith that fills it is heavenly.
The last Sunday of each month a Daughter of the King carries the box, unopened, to the altar for prayer by Fr. Steve or Fr. Rick. After the 11:00 service, the box is taken to the prayer garden by members of the DOK. In that beautiful place the box is opened only to place those concerns in a burn box located at the base of the cross where Daughters pray during the moment of burning. The prayers are NEVER opened, NEVER read, and only lifted in prayer as the smoke lifts from the ashes.
Please consider placing your prayer concerns in the DOK Prayer Box and consider joining us in the garden. We are most blessed to pray for our church family.
Keep this date: June 6-8, 2014 for this years Parish Retreat at beautiful Camp McDowell. A wonderful way to spend your day in God’s country with our fellow parishioners. Sign up sheets are available in Gruman Hall. Lots of pictures too of past retreats. Contact the church office for more information.
The St. Matthew’s Flower Guild will be meeting on Saturday, March 15th, 9:00am, at Panera Bread (Hwy 72 W, Madison). Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be an existing member and we love to have new folks join us. No experience is necessary to become part of this lovely Guild, so please don’t let that thought keep you away!!! We will be discussing Easter plans and schedules. Please join us for a lovely time of fellowship and great plans.
A seminary professor taught me that a “professional” is someone that knows who he/she is and what she/he is about. With this self- understanding in hand, a person is prepared to “profess”, or better yet, to be a “professor”.
When I was in the financial services industry, if I was going to be successful I had to develop a business model that would separate my firm from the pack. It became clear to me and my employees that we must be able articulate what we were uniquely about in a clear and concise statement. Think about it this way. I’m in an elevator (or at a cocktail party, or dinner or luncheon) and someone asks what sort of work I do. If I respond that I’m in the financial services business, the best response I can hope for is a stifled yawn. But what if I say something like, “I have an independent financial planning and asset management firm that works very hard to deliver financial advice unique to each client and with personal care and understanding”? My experience was that interest was piqued and probing questions ensued.
At our Vestry Retreat there was a lot of conversation around the question, “Who are we?” Seems simple enough, but when you start to mine the topic at a deeper level, it fast becomes clear that the task is more complex than it appears.
“Why go to the trouble,” you might ask. Because at St. Matthew’s we have a great thing going; just have a conversation with a few of our newer members and ask them why they chose to affiliate with our parish. What we have going is truly Good News in a world beset by depression and anxiety, a world yearning for spiritual connection, a world bereft of place and belonging. Don’t we want to share what we have with others? Aren’t we excited about who we are and what we’re about? And if indeed we are, how do we articulate this succinctly and with passion?
“Hey, you really should try us out at St. Matthew’s because…..” What follows the “because”? Your Vestry is working hard on this: as a Super Power Summit and as Ministry Teams. Got any ideas? Please share them with Poppa, Queenie, Rock, Slick, Whisperer, Alien, Sherlock, Hot Rod, Shaman, El Toro and Maverick.
Of course I couldn’t end this piece without sharing a few of my ideas. I know I’m still the new guy, but here are a few bullet points: Intentionally Anglican; committed to openness and inclusion; sacramental world view; spiritually seeking; prayerful; healing; open arms; fun; hugging; concerned; giving; trying to follow Jesus; gifted; grace oriented …..
So, how do we put this into an “elevator statement”? Blessings,
8:30am - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
11:00am - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
5:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Contemporary
12:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
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