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Parish Life

The ministry of hospitality and fellowship involves the people of God sharing the joys and sorrows of life in the assurance of God’s power and presence in our lives. We come together in fellowship to renew, and become renewed, as a community of pilgrims journeying with God.

In addition to those opportunities to participate in the active parish life of St. Matthews listed in this section, we have many other opportunities as well:

Our Annual Parish Picnic, usually held in September in conjunction with the visit from our Bishop, provides an opportunity for us to visit as a parish family and really relax together.

Foyer Groups, which meet in parishioners’ homes on a monthly basis for the enjoyment of a common meal and the pleasure of good company.

We are always looking for new ways to bring people together in fellowship. These activities are just a sampling. If you would like to get involved in planning an event, or working to set one up with someone else, call the office and we will get you started.

  • Foyer Dinner Groups
  • Mid-week Bible Study
  • Parish Picnics
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Parish Retreats
  • Rummage Sale
  • Swim & Bar-B-Q Parties
  • Lenten Soup Suppers
  • Cinco deMayo Fiesta
  • Quilting Groups
  • Mardi Gras Celebration
  • Field Trips
  • Inquirer’s Classes
  • Annual Parish Meeting & Chili Dinner
  • Bowling Parties
  • Dinner Seminars
  • Concerts
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Annual Golf Tournament
  • Annual Convention
  • Parents Night Out
  • Adult Costume Parties

Parish Clean-up Day!

WE ARE PLANNING A CHURCH GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY. The church grounds need some general cleanup & maintenance, trimming & grooming. Please join the effort on Saturday, Sept. 20th, 8:30am – Noon. We need everyone’s help in getting our grounds ready for the parish picnic & Bishop’s visit! Please bring your lawn & garden tools and […]

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Quilter’s Meeting

If you are a quilter or enjoy other sewing, the St. Matthew’s Quilters Group invite you to join us the first Monday of the month at 6:30 in Gruman Hall. We help each other by offering hints and support, and the fellowship is priceless. Come and join us. Please contact the church office if you […]

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Beginning the 10th of August, all St. Matthews adults may sign up for the Fall Foyers. Sign-up will run from August 10th to the end of August. The groups will be organized, a Kick-Off Party will be announced, and the dinner groups will begin in September. We hope you will join us for fun, fellowship, […]

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Pig Roast Time! Volunteers Needed!

Friends itʼs that time again to start the planning of our annual Parish Pig Roast. Weʼre looking for Volunteers “Young” and “Old” to help with the planning and executions of this great annual celebration. The pig roast marks the celebration of St. Matthewʼs Feast day along with the thanksgiving for all our many blessings we […]

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Mardi Gras Party!

We will have our annual Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. Watch for details in bulletins & in Gruman Hall. Cajun Fun, Cajun Food, Cajun Music. So get your green, gold & purple beads ready and find your mask!

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The City Training

The City training will be conducted in Gruman Hall on January 12th after the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Anyone is welcome to attend whether you currently have an account on The City or not. We will cover the basics of setting up an account and using The City. We will also have time to answer […]

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Art Angels Art Sale

The Art Guild members have voted and have named their group the Art Angels! In October, members submitted designs and ideas for prospective Christmas cards and note cards to be used by the ECW and various outreach ministries. On Dec. 8th, (at both coffee hours) they will be offering art objects for sale with a portion of […]

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Advent Series for Children

Fr. Rick will lead a series for adults Monday night during Advent. What about the children? Come to the adult program and drop your kids off at the youth building. Have them dress in their PJ’s. I’ll get some of the older youth to assist me. We will feed them and tell them stories of Christmases […]

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Advent Series 2013: Reclaiming our Souls

The advent series for 2013, titled “Reclaiming our Souls: The Spiritual Wisdom of the Enneagram” will take place on Mondays in December. Those dates are December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Dinner at 6:00pm & Program at 6:45 – 8:00pm. Everyone is invited to hear Fr. Rick teach on this very meaningful subject!

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Advent Wreath Making

On Sunday, December 1st, we will have our annual intergenerational Advent Wreath Making. Supplies and an Advent prayer book will be provided with a donation request of $6.00 per wreath. This is always a wonderful experience for families to share and I highly encourage that your family participate in the Advent prayers each night. We will […]

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