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Greetings St. Matthew's, 
As we approach the season of Lent, a season for pausing, breathing, reflecting, and taking a look at how we are doing in life, I wanted to address a few things that I hope will help us do just that!
You will notice some changes in our worship and worship space that are designed to facilitate healing, reconciliation, and health. Nancy McFarland in conversations with our new Worship Committee will be creating signs and symbols that evoke these virtues and helping our prayer space. In addition, we will be using silence and musical tones that will also enable us to enter more deeply into the spirit of this season. For example, 10 minutes before each service we will call you to the sanctuary. As you enter the nave, we would like for the space to be quiet for personal prayer and reflection. The ministers and choir will process in and out in silence. Announcements will be moved from worship and into the Narthex at the beginning of coffee hour. We will use a microphone to speak, post the announcements on the large TV screen, and have paper copies of announcements for everyone to take so that all will hear and see and have the important information that you need.
For the Penitential Litany at the beginning of the service, we will be using the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. After the bombing of Coventry Cathedral in 1940, Provost Richard Howard put the words "FATHER FORGIVE" on the wall behind the charred cross in the ruins of the destroyed cathedral in 1948. Not "Father forgive Them" - because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). These words moved generations of people and are prayed in the Litany of Reconciliation every Friday at noon outside in the ruins, and in many other places around the world. The Litany of Reconciliation, based on the seven cardinal sins, was written in 1958 by Canon Joseph Poole, the first Precentor of the new Cathedral. It is a universal and timeless confession of humanity's failings, but it evokes us to approach these sins and weaknesses in the forgiveness of God's love. The litany was prayed during the gathering of Primates in Canterbury a few weeks ago.
I will be using a Eucharistic Prayer that was written especially for Lent and Passiontide in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is a beautiful prayer of praise that calls to mind our need for reconciliation, healing, and health in God's abounding and abiding love. In addition, we will be using Prayers of the People that come from the Episcopal Church, but are tailored to each specific week in Lent around the message of the readings. Finally, I will be making an open inviting to the congregation on several occasions for those who wish to receive prayers and anointing for healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
I am looking forward to celebrating a holy, healing, and reconciling Lent with all of you.
God's love to you all, Fr. Frank
Calling ALL children, grandchildren, great grandchildren....YOU are invited EVERY Sunday to gather and listen to Fr. Frank present a children's/family homily. 
Following the Gospel reading, Fr. Frank will deliver a child friendly homily to be enjoyed by all. 
We hope you will come and join in this new and exciting service addition. See you on SundayREMINDER THIS SUNDAY @ 9:30am
Sunday, February 7 
, Last Epiphany
        Blood Pressure Clinic @ 9:00 am
        Holy Eucharist
   @ 9:30  am - The Revd Frank Impicciche
        99th Annual Parish Meeting @ 10:45 am  
Templo Gracia @ 3:00 pm
St. Simon AA @ 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 9: Shrove Tuesday
       Pancake Supper @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 10: Ash Wednesday
        Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes @ 6:30 am
       Holy Eucharist  w/ ashes 10:00 am - Fr. Frank
        Holy Eucharist w/ ashes @ 5:00 pm
        IAM Lenten Series @ Gethsemane @ 6:00pm
        Choir Rehearsal @ 7:00 pm
        BSA Troop 161 @ 7:00 pm
Templo Gracia @ 7:30 pm
Friday, February 12
        Templo Gracia @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 13
        Triangle AA @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 14: Lent 1
        Holy Eucharist @ 8:00 am
        Centennial committee meeting at 9:00 am
        Holy Eucharist @ 10:30 am
        Lenten Adult Forum: Good Christians @ 11:45 am
        Templo Gracia @ 3:00 pm
 St. Simon AA @ 8:00 pm
Blood Pressure Clinic This Sunday @ 9am
REMINDER: This Sunday, February 7, 2016

ONE service only @ 9:30 am followed by the St. Matthew's 99th ANNUAL meeting

Plan to stay to review 2015, look forward to this upcoming year together, and elect Vestry members and Diocesan alternates. 
** NEW ** Adult Forums in Lent
Christianity has been around for over 2,000 years! Over the centuries and up to the present day, huge differences in Christian thinking and practice have emerged. While these differences help us to see and experience the comprehensiveness of the Christian faith, many people find themselves wondering what Christians believe. It can be like a puzzle - they have a piece here and a piece there, but nothing that makes a whole lot of sense. For some, it leaves them with an incomplete picture. For others, faith has become like going through a series of motions without having the time or space to stop and really consider what is essential to their belief.
Questions are a natural part of learning about things, so it is expected that you will find yourself asking questions about your faith during the reflective season of Lent. During the season of Lent and in preparation for the Easter resurrection, I invite all of you to participate in an Adult Forum series where, together, we will read a short book by the (former) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Being Christian.In this book, +Rowan Williams explores four essential components of the Christian life: baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and prayer.  He notes that despite differences in orthodoxy and practice, these four basic elements have remained constant and indispensable for the majority of those who call themselves Christians. He discusses the meaning and practice of baptism, the Bible, the Eucharist, and prayer, inviting us to really think through the Christian faith and how to live it out. Questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter will help us to dig deeper and apply his insights to our lives.
Several copies are on order and will be available soon, or the book can be purchased for your Kindle or Nook. 
We will meet at 11:45 am Sunday, February 14  and then between services at 9:15 am on February  21 and March 6, 13.Hope to see many of you there!  

Fr. Frank
Here are just a few items on the calendar
Come to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Buffet, hosted by Amanda Lloyd-Jones,February 9th begins at 5:30 pm with food being served through 7:00pm
February 10: Ash Wednesday services will feature Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes at 6:30 am10:00 am and 5:00 pm, with Fr. Frank as the Celebrant. 
The 11th Annual IAM (Irvington Association of Ministers)
Lenten series begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10.Theme: The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-9
This weeks gathering will be at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 6810 E. 10th St. with guest speaker: Jay Deskins, Simple Soup Supper @ 6, and Worship @ 7
Full schedules are available in the narthex or by clicking here.
Save the dates:
Sunday, February 21, is Boy Scout Sunday. Pack 161 and Troop 161 will be guests at the 10:30 service and will host a bake sale. Bring your dollars and change to help support the group and enjoy homemade goodies. 

Sunday, February 28, for a Farewell Reception for Father Mark Van Wassenhove and family. Father Mark will be at both services, and the
reception will follow the 10:30 service.
Book, yarn, and prayer:
A book club meets yarn crafts and ministry.    
We gather the first Monday of each month to discuss current books and work on our yarn projects for various charities.
Join the facebook page to follow along with the group. 
Our new book to study. Orphan Trainby Christiana Baker Kline. Available on Amazon for under $10.
The luncheon will be at St. Alban's, 4601 N. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, April 30th.   Click here for the flyer. 

Please continue to advise the Parish Office with pastoral

concerns, upcoming surgeries, hospitalizations, illness, etc.


We ask that you continue to hold all those persons listed on our prayer list in your hearts and prayers. 

Service Times

Sunday (Two services):
     8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Nursery Care is available

     10:00 a.m. (year around)

Christian Formation for ALL ages
    See calendar for dates

Parish Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday
     9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Mission of St. Matthew's is "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ". We do this through worship of God, education of ourselves and our children, care for each other and outreach to others, sharing faith stories with others, and caring for all our resources (our time, treasure, and talents).