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!

Art Angels Meetings, May 2015

The Art Angels meet on the 4th Thursday each month. Join us on Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm. Anyone with a talent or with an interest in art of any form is invited to join us. For more info contact the church office.

Help Needed

We are in need of parishioners to sign up to provide Altar Flowers and Bread & Wine on Sundays. The sign up sheets are on the worship bulletin board in the education hallway. These can be given in honor of a loved one, in memory of someone, or in celebration of a special occasion. The cost to donate flowers is $30 per arrangement. The cost to provide bread & wine is at your discretion. Place your check for payment of these in the collection plate, made payable to St. Matthew’s and noted for “altar flowers” or “bread & wine”. Your help is always appreciated!

2015 Parish Retreat

It’s that time of the year! The 2015 St. Matthew’s Parish Retreat is June 5th-7th at Camp McDowell! Sign up to spend a weekend with your fellow St. Matthew’s members at beautiful Camp McDowell. Enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing, nature walks, etc. So much to see and do in a most beautiful environment. Spend one night or the entire weekend. It’s a great place for our new members to meet the St. Matthew’s family. Look for the Parish Retreat poster & sign up sheet coming soon in the Narthex. We look forward to having a great time this year, as always! Contact the church office for more information.

Wing and a Prayer Men’s Fellowship, May 2015

The men of St. Matthew’s meet every third Tuesday for wings & prayer. We will meet Tuesday, May 19th @ 6:00pm at Crickets in Madison. For more information, contact the church office.

Musical Musings, May 2015

HOLD-OVER: I was somewhat surprised that no one submitted the correct answer to the “bonus- points” hymn posed in last month’s column. Granted, there wasn’t much to go on in the way of clues – just one of the hymn’s verses (and not the first verse, at that):

So has the Church, in liturgy and song,
In faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
Borne witness to the truth in every tongue. Alleluia!

So here’s one other clue: the word “music” is central to this hymn, both in its first verse, and as its overall theme. Any ideas? Let me know; and as usual, the first to respond correctly will win a big box of nothin’…

ANOTHER BULLET DODGED: For those who weren’t present at one of our Sunday morning services on April 19 (and for those who were there, but were unaware of the substitution), there was a change in personnel, which largely went unexplained. Marlene Brown, our organist, was out of town that day to attend to family matters. She had arranged for a substitute to cover both services, as well as the Wednesday rehearsal prior to that Sunday. The substitute did accompany the choir at the rehearsal, but then became ill and was unable to play on Sunday morning. To make matters worse, I didn’t learn of the looming absence until Saturday at 5:00 PM. It wasn’t until after 10:00 PM that I finally managed to get in touch with Debbie Heckler, my personal “life preserver” at the keyboard, to see if she could substitute for the substitute. With virtually no rehearsal time to prepare for the services, Debbie stepped in and once again pulled my fanny out of the soup. Thank you, Debbie, with all my heart.

Now; flash forward to some point in the future when this unexpected absence happens again (and it will – trust me). What do we do if (when) Debbie can’t cover for us? I suppose it wouldn’t kill us to sing a service unaccompanied – or perhaps have a service with no music at all. But that is so blasted unnecessary! I know for a fact that we have several people in our parish who are quite capable of playing piano or organ for a service. And I’m not talking concert quality here; just enough proficiency to accompany five congregational hymns and the Doxology, with perhaps a solo piece thrown in as a prelude, postlude or Offertory. If a full service is too much, then volunteer for part of the music needed; I’ll get others to cover the rest. What will it take to get you to step forward? Let me know, and I’ll give it a shot. But don’t leave us in the lurch, when you have the ability to help. Your church family needs you; and I need you. Thank you.

Mother/Daughter Banquet

Come join us on May 11th at 6:30pm for a treat. Our own sous chef, Fr. Steve & his trusty assistants, will be preparing a feast to celebrate our mothers and daughters in honor of Mother’s Day. The men of the parish will serve your meal and clean up. This event is for ALL ladies, be they Mother/Daughter, Mother/Sister, Sister/Sister, Daughter/Mother, Member/Friend. Sign up in the Narthex if you plan to attend and we will set a place for you!

Christian Education End of Year Announcements

The Christian Ed. School Year is coming to an end. Important dates to remember:

  • May 10 – Sr. Recognition Sunday, 11:00 Service – Baskets will be presented. We have eight graduates this year, 7 girls, 1 boy. Please donate fun items for the next stage of their lives in the baskets in the Narthex.
  • May 17 – Teachers’ Appreciation Sunday, both morning services.
  • May 17 – Last day of Sunday school for 2014/2015 year. We will have refreshments available during the Christian Ed. hour.
Youth News, May 2015

Thank you to everyone who made our April Lock-In a great success. Because of the cooperation of some great parents, we were able to provide this really fun night for the EYC! Thank you to: Dave West, Rob and Margaret King, Mike Tyler, Barbara Combs, Lee Ann Mack, Miranda Cassell, Peter Scott, Todd and Ellen Clem, and Marcia and Matthew See!

The EYC Spring Retreat will be held at Camp McDowell on Friday, May 8 – Saturday, May 9. This is a great time to get away with your EYC friends and some great times in “God’s backyard!” Here is how the retreat will go: We will gather at St. Matthew’s at 5PM, have dinner on the way down and be at Camp McDowell in time for a hayride and bonfire. On Saturday, after breakfast and morning prayer, we will hike, canoe and swim (if warm enough) before having a cookout lunch and possibly a game of kickball! We will return to St. Matthew’s by approximately 5PM. The cost for the retreat is $20 per person plus money for Friday’s dinner (and money for a possible stop at Jack’s for a milkshake on the way home!). This trip is always a blast so plan on being a part of the fun!

As of the writing of this article, we only have one parent who has volunteered to drive/chaperon our Spring Retreat at Camp McDowell. Parents, as always, these fun activities are only possible with your support. Please consider helping us make this really
great retreat happen!

The EYC will be serving at the ECW Italian Night on May 2. All EYC members (this is Sr. High) should arrive at church at 5pm, dressed in black pants and a white shirt. We will serve and help clean up. This is a great way to help the ECW which has been so very supportive of our EYC!

Here are some things to keep in mind for summer:

  • Summer camp at Camp McDowell…for more information go to www.campmcdowell.com/summer.
  • VBS will be July 13-16 and Mrs. Mack is looking for teen volunteers. Let her know if you can help!
  • The EYC year begins with the annual pool party in August. If you are entering 7th grade next year, you will be able to join Jr. EYC then. If you are entering 9th grade, you will move from Jr. High to Sr. High EYC then.

Youth Calendar:

  • May 1 …. Mission Trip payment ($100) due, as well as your notarized permission form.
  • May 2 …. ECW Italian Night, EYC serving. (see above for details)
  • May 8… EYC Spring Retreat to Camp McDowell (see above for details)
  • May 10 …. NO SECOND SUNDAY THIS MONTH due to Mother’s Day.
  • May 18 …. Pizza With the Padre. PrEYC will meet in the Jr. High classroom for pizza, conversation and fun from 6:00-7:15.
Sewing Sisters Meeting, May 2015

Whether you quilt, knit, or do handwork we are looking for you! Come and join us in Gruman Hall for fellowship and fun. Bring a machine or something to do in you lap. We can all learn from each other and share our talents. We meet the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Hope to see you there. Any question contact

From Fr. Steve – May 2015

A movie was being made in my hometown and I got to watch some of the scenes being filmed. One of the film crew would be with the director. When everything was set up the way the director wanted, this one would step in front of the camera and put a sign with the scene number and the director would call “action.”

April 5 was Easter Sunday. We had a glorious day with lots of people reliving the Easter story – Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! After this event some 2000 years ago, the followers of Jesus got busy. They began to spread the news that Jesus had risen from the dead. We wouldn’t be doing this 2000 years later had they not done this.

There are people whose lives have been torn apart by the problems they have faced. We see these in the store, at restaurants, and in our neighborhoods. When we are facing obstacles so great, we don’t know what to do or think. Jesus carried the weight of these to the cross. He wants to continue this through us.

When we encounter someone that has something quite terrible going on, do we think to ask if they would like our prayers? Do we ask if they have a church family? Do we tell them how much being part of a church family has helped us to move through difficulty?

On pg. 305 of the Baptismal liturgy, we say we will proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ “…with God’s help.” Get busy doing this and watch your world change. Those men and women that gave their lives up proclaiming the Good News way back in the days of the early Church believed that the imperative to do this was greater than any risk they might be taking.

The director has set everything up for us. He has given us the tools to carry out his story. Now, it is up to us to tell the story. Action! Peace,
Fr. Steve+

Worship Schedule

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

Wednesday:
12:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Traditional

Visit our worship page for more information.

Parish Events

24May
Holy EucharistTime: 8:30 am – 9:45 am
24May
Holy EucharistTime: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
24May
Holy EucharistTime: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
26May
Men's BreakfastTime: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
27May
Holy EucharistTime: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
27May
Growth CommitteeTime: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
27May
ChoirTime: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
28May
Stephen MinistersTime: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
28May
Art AngelsTime: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
31May
Holy EucharistTime: 8:30 am – 9:45 am
31May
Holy EucharistTime: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
31May
Holy Eucharist & dinnerTime: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
01Jun
Sewing SistersTime: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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