Chili Cook-off (TJ in costume and Cook-Off winner Tami Gomez and daughters)
Saint Matthew Online Newsletter
Weekly Good News
November 10, 2017
In This Issue
Calendar This Week
Nov 10-19

11/12  Budget Forum
11/14  Healing Prayers
11/19  Budget Forum
11/19  Stewardship pledges due
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays This Week

11/13  Ross Heil
11/13  Julie Ann Tallman
11/14  Carole Miller
11/15  Mark Carlson
11/16  Gerry Long
11/16  Sarah Schwartz
11/17  Robert Anderson
11/17  Tim Stiller
11/19  Bob Greulich
Anniversaries This Week

11/14  Dave & Phyllis Rower
11/18  Forest & Diane Borene
11/18  John & Helen Linster

Church Council Members
Pres: Art Fabsits  
Vice Pres:  Joanna Aragon 
Sec:  Sherry Whitmarsh 
Treas: Rob Anderson
Pastor Kevin Murphy
Pastor Andy Smith 
Dave McCargar
Gail Dutcher 
Dave Rower
Karen Ball
Donna Noonan
Bill Stark
Therese Long 

Questions or Comments?
Quick Links

"We Are a Diverse Family"
Sunday Sermon

This Sunday, our sermon series from Ephesians, "This is US" continues with Pastor Andy's message about God's dream for creating a new kind of humanity where diversity is celebrated and peace reigns. Paul says, " Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody." (Eph 2:15) Walls that divide us in the world crumble in the presence of Jesus. Regardless of age, race, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious background, disabilities, or different abilities, everyone is welcome and everyone is equal in the church. Everyone. Join us this Sunday as we explore God's dream for the church today.
Ephesians 2:11-22
Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Budget Forums
Sundays, Nov. 12 & 19, 10:00-10:30 a.m.

The Church Council is hosting two forums on Sunday morning between services on November 12 & 19 in Fellowship Hall. If you would like to find out more about what our plans are for 2018 and the budget to complete those plans, come to one of the forums. This is the place to get your questions answered.
White Rose on Altar Sunday
Lanning Bryant

It is with a heavy heart that we report that Lanning Bryant, Partner in Mission, passed away on Friday, November 3. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Nov. 18 at noon, followed by a luncheon reception. We extend Christian sympathy to his wife Carolyn, their family and friends.
Healing Prayers
Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Our youth today are under a lot of stress, especially as they wait to hear of their college acceptances. One young woman came to Healing Prayers for just this reason. The stress had caused her to feel separated from God. After prayers, she had a huge smile on her face and a return to her closeness with the Lord. A man with arthritis and pain in his shoulder prevented him from being able to lift his arm straight up. After prayers for his healing, he was asked to try, and up his arm went! We all have needs - bring them to Jesus and let Him heal you. Our team is available to pray with you on Tuesday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Join the Christmas Choir
Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Christmas is fast approaching and the Saint Matthew Choir is getting together to prepare for the celebration! We have great music selected and a great team of people leading the way. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. No experience required, jsut come as you are and be ready to sing loud and proud. Join us!
Stewardship Pledges Received
Stewardship Sunday is November 19

Your pledges are important to being able to continue the mission of Saint Matthew. You should have received a stewardship packet in the mail including a letter, pledge card, and return envelope. If you did not receive these, extras are available at the Welcome Center. Please fill out a pledge card and return it by November 19. Help us to fulfill our goal of receiving 200 pledge cards this year. So far, we have received 31 pledge cards.
Thanksgiving Worship & Pie Fest
Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Each Thanksgiving Eve, we gather in worship to give thanks to the One who gave it all to us. This year's message is "We are a Grateful Family" and will be given by our Worship Leader, TJ Burke. After worship, join us for pie in Fellowship Hall. We ask that each family bring one pie of any flavor to share. Homemade pies will be eaten that evening and store-bought pies will be taken to Thanksgiving for Everyone to share with the needy people they serve on Thanksgiving Day.
Baptism Meeting
Sunday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m.

If you would like you or your child baptized, we have specific Sundays throughout the year in which we baptized people. The next Baptism Sunday is December 10. There is a required meeting for all participants on Sunday, November 26 at 11:30 a.m. Please contact Jack in the office to register for the meeting.
A Message of Thanks From Pastor Andy

Paul's sincere words of gratitude to his dear friend Philemon express exactly my appreciation for all of you and your prayers for me and my daughter this past week. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. After spending four days at my daughter's side this past week, my heart is refreshed and encouraged by your love. My daughter Aimee is healing. Our God is faithful. Lynne and I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful church family.
Donation Update for New Life
Northern California Wildfire Relief

Just after the wildfires devastated our neighbors in northern California, we committed to help immediately and in the long-term as it will take years to rebuild the area. An immediate appeal was given for money for New Life Church in Petaluma who opened their doors to the displaced families and then turned into a resource center. We have collected $6,590 in that appeal, with another $5,000 in matching funds given by a generous family in this congregation, making a total of $11,590. Thank you to everyone!
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Saint Matthew Lutheran Church
399 Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, California 94598