Posts by Chips Lanier

Search for a New Rector Update: Oct 2017

You will recall that in August the Search Committee received from the diocese a list of several approved and vetted candidates to
be considered. During the month of September, the Search Committee conducted a series of Skype interviews with each of the
candidates. By the time you read this article, the committee will have met and narrowed the list to a few that we will now arrange
to visit in their home parish.

What happens during these visits to the candidates who are still under consideration?
• We will listen to the candidate preach, and we will interact socially with the candidate on their “home turf.”
• During our visit, we will explore in greater depth some of the subjects that we covered during the Skype interview: their theology, their method of interacting with parish members, their style/role in conflict management, etc.
• We will meet with their family members, if any, and come to an understanding of their level of participation in the rector’s ministry as well as any special needs they may have should the candidate be called to our rector.
• We will conduct interviews with individuals listed as references to confirm and/or expand upon the information available to us about the candidate.
Once the “home turf” interviews are completed, we will:
• Refine the list #2: The committee will further refine the list to the top candidate(s) (no more than three) who we will invite to come to Madison. The purpose of these visits is for them to become familiar with the area – housing, schools, culture, etc. – and to further engage with them socially and philosophically. They will NOT be invited to preach.
• Refine list #3: After the local visits are complete, the committee will make its final recommendation to the Vestry.
• Extend the call: The Vestry, if they agree with the choice, will extend the call to the candidate and we pray the candidate will accept. After that, it’s just a matter of timing – when they can transition from the current position and when they can transition to their new position with us.
As always, as your Calling Committee Chairman, I invite your questions and/or commentary at any time. You can reach me at 256-468-9981 or

Annual YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast

Veterans, Patriots, and fellow members of St. Matthew’s,

The Heart of the Valley YMCA in Madison sponsors an annual YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast, which will be November 3rd at 0730 this year.  In the past, a few of us have chipped in to split the cost of a table, on behalf of the Church.  This year I’d like to ask if any other members of the congregation would like to participate.  Cost of a table is $300, which could be split by 8 members at a cost of $37.50.  Value of a table comes from the YMCA advertisement of St. Matthew’s participation in their program and announcements.  Some consider this a form of Outreach to the community.  If you are interested in joining me for this charitable event, please contact me.  Thanks.

Bill Pope

Mobile: 706-726-8977

Men’s Events


The men of St. Matthew’s meet every three weeks on Tuesday for wings & prayer. This month, we will meet on Tuesday, October 17th @  6:00pm at Crickets in Madison.  POC: John Lewis,


every Tuesday at 7:00am at St. Matthew’s.     Coffee is ready at 6:30am and breakfast is served at 7:00am.    All men are invited.      POC: Jeff Anderson,

Outreach Opportunity

Let’s Help Break Bread with our Neighbor!

By Kathi Pope
We will be collecting canned food items to share with our local mission groups who disburse food to our neighbors. The need is ever growing in our communities. Any non-perishable food is welcome.  Please, nothing expired.  We will be collecting the 2nd Sunday of the month. October 15th will begin this opportunity to share. Thank you in advance for your contribution.
Always Needed Items:

  • Soup
  • Beans
  • Fruit
  • Meat

Any questions contact Kathi Pope 256-489-9117 or

The Rummage Sale is Coming!

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Women’s Rummage Sale is Friday and Saturday November 3 and 4!

The Rummage Sale is a week-long process with many ways to participate.

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Fall Flower Arrangement Workshop

Exciting news!!! Please plan to join us for a Fall Flower Arrangement workshop presented by St. Matthew’s Flower Guild.

  • WHERE:    St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Gruman Hall
  • WHEN:    Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 2pm – 4 pm (approximate ending time)
  • COST:     $10 per person and bring a bouquet of fall flowers and a small to medium vase or container
  • WHO:    St. Matthew’s Flower Guild members, St. Matthew’s parishioners and any friends/family you want to invite
  • RSVP:     Please RSVP to Mallory Murray (text or phone call or email) NLT Wednesday, October 18th.  (Headcount is important so we will have enough greenery and  additional flowers on-hand).

Any remaining  funds will be put into the Flower Guild account.

St. Matthew’s Flower Guild will supply greenery, oasis (if needed), and fill-in flowers (if needed).  Payment may be made by check or cash at the workshop.   Please let me know if you have any questions!
Mallory Murray
St. Matthew’s Flower Guild
Mobile: 256-777-9948

Introduction to Spiritual Direction

Offered by Karen Price, Sunday, Oct. 15 in the Library

In our busy, techno-savvy culture, we talk easily about sex.  We talk uneasily about death.
And almost never…
Do we talk about our personal relationship with God.

Spiritual direction is the tradition of meeting with a trusted guide, teacher or friend to talk about God’s action in your life and your awareness of that action. Many people feel called to seek spiritual direction because they are restless, dry or hungry—why or for what, they aren’t sure.

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