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his Week Starting May 4 2016
A Word at Midweek
Greetings Everyone!
You are receiving this new format for "A Word at Midweek" and I hope you will enjoy it. This format will now be sent on Wednesdays and will include the midweek email along with the weekly happenings at St. Matthew's. There will not be an email blast on Fridays going forward.
Also, please note that after today, we will be taking the names off of the prayer list both on this site and from the Sunday Prayers of the People and will be creating a new list. A new list will be generated on the first part of each month. Please send me names of people who are ill or have asked for our prayers and I will get them on the prayer list and on the Sunday Prayers of the People for the month. This will include the Homeless Camp residents as well. Please use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to send names.
This week, Jesus challenges us with his question, "Do you want to be made well?" It is a question that on the surface may appear harmless or obvious - "Of course we do!" But, at a deeper level Jesus is helping us to confront the truth in ourselves about our resistance to give up old patterns and behaviors, to give up nursing anger and resentments, to give up being bound by grief - to give up on the things that hold us back from living an abundant life. As we begin to really ponder this question, to really think if we want to be made well, to begin to embrace the truth of our resistance to change, Jesus reminds us that it is through truth - even when it is difficult to admit - that we are set free in him. Please see my sermon, below.
This past week we celebrated Linda Dernier's retirement after 11 years as the Parish Administrator. We wish her well as she follows new interests and pursuits. This coming week, we will be celebrating several things including, Mother's Day, Joe Weaver's retirement from teaching for the past 50 years, and Dave and Doris Wilkinson will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!!!St. Matthew's is blessed in so many ways and I, for one, am looking forward to the Sunday celebrations!
The position for Parish Administrator has been posted and I am beginning to receive applications. I will keep you posted as we progress to identifying a candidates and setting up interviews. Please pray for this hiring process.
Many of you may have seen the announcement that Revd Canon Debra Kissinger is one of four people on the ballot for Bishop of the Diocese of Central New York. Bishop Cate has asked us to please hold Debra and all involved in our prayers as the process of discernment and election continues.
You will note in the May issue of sMATTeringsmany exciting things including the recommendations from the Centennial Committee on projects to improve the church building, as well as some up and coming planning over the summer that will help us improve our common life together. In connection with this, I have asked Greg Staab to lead the Vestry in creating a strategic plan that will help us to prioritize goals and provide direction and a way to track progress so that we will meet these important goals. As we celebrate the gifts that God has bestowed on St. Matthew's over the past 100 years, this is a great opportunity to move with this momentum into the next 100 years, discovering the continued gifts that God has given us.
God's love to you all,  Fr. Frank
   Frank's Sermon
FridayMay 6       
Homeless Deliveries
Cub Scouts @ 7:00pm 
Templo Gracia @ 8:00pm

Saturday, May 7
         Triangle AA @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 8 
, Seventh Sunday of Easter
Mother's Day
Holy Eucharist @ 8:00am
BP Clinic @ 9:00am
Handbell Rehearsal @ 9:30am   
Holy Eucharist @ 10:30am
Templo Gracia @ 3:00pm
St. Simon AA @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 11 
Holy Eucharist  10:00am Revd Cathy Gray
BSA Troop 161 @ 7:00pm
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:15pm
Templo Gracia @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 13      
Templo Gracia @ 8:00pm
Saturday, May 14
         Triangle AA @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15: Day of Pentecost, Whitsunday
        Holy Eucharist @ 8:00am
 Handbell Rehearsal @ 9:30pm  
Holy Eucharist @ 10:30am
        Templo Gracia @ 3:00pm
 St. Simon AA @ 8:00 pm
Dave and Doris Wilkinson 
May 6, 2016 is a special day for Dave and Doris Wilkinson. This year they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. 
Be sure to read the article about them in the May issue of Smatterings!
Reminder: May 8 is next BP Clinic


Are you ready for the Episcopal Fund for Human Need campaign?  
Pentecost Sunday, May 15 is our designated collection day! 

There are several ways to give this year:
  • You may text "GIVE" to 317-316-3664 anytime in April or May to make a donation on your cell phone. 
  • PayPal option to make a donation is available on the diocesan website.   
  • Or place a check in an EFHN envelope (available in church on Pentecost, May 15). 

Enclosed please find a flyer about the Radical Disciple Making Conference we are hosting at Irvington United Methodist Church on October 1. Bill Easum and his team will be here as one of the stops on their national tour. You can register at Radical Disciple Making - The 2016-17 Effective Church Tour and go down the list to October 1
Feel free to call if you have any questions.
God Bless,
Keith Adkins
IUMC  317-356-7231

Please contact Father Frank 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.

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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).