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Weekly Good News
May 11, 2018
In This Issue
Calendar This Week
May 11-20
5/13  Deadline for Layette donations
5/13  Mother's Day Celebration
5/15  Layette Assembly
5/18-19  Homeless sleepover experience (4th- 8th grades)
5/20  Retirement Seminar
5/20  SPARK end-of-school-year 
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays This Week

5/17  Kathy Frattini
5/17  Mike Sigler
5/18  Jeanne Dellio
5/18  Nancy Schott
5/19  Sarah Ely

Anniversaries This Week

5/14  Ben & Maggie Carmichael
5/18  TJ & Sue Burke
5/18  Jim & Sandi Vandersloot

Church Council Members

Pres: Art Fabsits
Vice Pres: Gail Dutcher
Sec: Sherry Whitmarsh
CFO: Bill Stark

Pastor Andy Smith
Pastor Tim Philips 
Joanna Aragon
Dave Rower
Karen Ball
Donna Noonan
Therese Long  
Gary Klintworth
Mark Hearn  

Questions or Comments?
Quick Links

"The Victory of Hope"
Sunday Sermon

Our Easter Sermon Series, Living Hope concludes this week with Rev. Karen's message. Writing to followers undergoing persecution, Peter exhorts the leaders of the faith community to humility and gentleness in caring for those entrusted to them. Join us this Sunday as we discover what kind of victory is our's in Christ.

1 Peter 5:1-11
Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Mother's Day Celebration
Sunday, 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Tulips Join us between services from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a celebration of mothers (and those women who are mentor moms to others). There will be crafts for the kids, food and a photo booth.
Layette Ministry Donations
Due Sunday

Last chance to bring your new baby items to give to needy mothers at the county hospital. Items needed are (sizes 0-3 months and 3 months): onesies, footed sleepers, sweaters, socks, blankets, teething toys, beanies, diapers and donations of money for books to the crib in the lobby near the Welcome Center.
Layette Assembly
Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. and/or 6:00 p.m.

There are two opportunities to participate in the preparation and assembly of the layette kits. In the morning, each item has to be de-tagged, and sorted. If you can help, meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Teen Center. In the evening, you are invited to come and assemble the kits from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Please sign up at the Welcome Center to help. For more information, email Barbara Groenveld .
End of Life Planning Seminar
Sunday, May 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Foundation and SMLC Care Ministry invite you to attend the Ultimate Retirement: Good End of Life Planning seminar on Sunday, May 20 from 11:30-1:30 pm in the Teen Center.  Those who have parents facing end-of-life issues, or want to make your own wishes clear and avoid confusion for your family, come hear from those with legal, medical and pastoral experience. Lunch will be provided (free will offering).  Additional information and a sign-up sheet for the seminar are available at the Welcome Center in the lobby, or you can sigh up online here.  Contact Tami Gomez or Gwen Ross for more information. 
Gail Penny Retires
by Pastor Andy

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the news of the retirement of Gail Penny from the staff of Saint Matthew. I am happy for her, yet sad for the staff. Gail's deep commitment to Jesus and the Saint Matthew community will be dearly missed around the office. For 16 years, Gail has served as the Communications Associate and has had oversight of bulletins, newsletters, announcements, website, APP, social media, church directory and printed materials. Gail's deepest passion is prayer. She will remain very active in the life of the church through her leadership of Healing Prayers, the Sunday morning prayer team and her engagement in the prophetic team. We wish Gail the best as she begins the exciting journey of retirement. We love you, Gail!!!
Roses On Altar

The red rose on the altar celebrates the birth of Isaac Nathan Tsoi, born May 7 to parents Julie & Nathan Tsoi, proud grandparents are Dave & Phyllis Rower.

One white rose on the altar celebrates the life of Darren Kaplan, beloved son of Pat Fabsits, who passed away on April 30. Our Christian sympathy goes out to Pat, her husband Art, and the rest of the family and friends.

One white rose on the altar celebrates the life of Amy Ferguson, Partner in Mission, who went to be with our Lord on May 2. Our Christian sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

One white rose on the altar celebrates the life of James Raymond, beloved brother of Don Raymond, who passed away on May 4. Our Christian sympathy goes to Don & Barbara and the rest of their family and friends.
Memorial Plaque
Remembering Our Loved Ones

The Saint Matthew Foundation offers an opportunity to commemorate your deceased loved ones who may be resting elsewhere.  Names may be listed on the Memorial Plaque on the wall of our Memorial Garden; presently the cost is $250 per line of engraving. The first plaque is nearly filled and the Foundation will be adding a second plaque soon. If you would like to symbolically bring your loved ones to our garden, please pickup a request form at the Welcome Center or contact the church office.
4th Annual Gala Benefitting Trinity Center
Thursday, May 17 at Boundary Oak

You are invited to the major fundraising event at the beautiful Clubhouse at Boundary Oak (3800 Valley Vista Rd., Walnut Creek). You and your guests will enjoy a memorable evening as you socialize over wine and hors d'oeuvres, relax with a delicious dinner, and have the opportunity to bid on extraordinary packages at the silent and live auctions. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., tickets cost $150 per person. To purchase tickets, visit

Honduras Mission Trip is July 28-Aug 3, deadline to sign up is June 1. Join Mike and Cheryl Sigler serve the people of Teupasenti and surrounding villages. Find out more from Mike and Cheryl by calling 212-0726.

Graduate Information Needed by June 3. Send the name of your graduate (high school and above), name of school they are graduating from, type of degree (if applicable), where they are moving on to and a photo to Gail Penny.
Guys and Kids A's Game & Tailgate is Saturday, June 30 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Oakland Coliseum. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through this link. Deadline is June 15.

Family Camp is July 26-29 at Coloma Resort with pool, rock wall, playground, ropes course, exclusive river front access and wireless internet. Sign up at the Welcome Center or by emailing Tom Aragon by July 1.
The Weekly Good News is published by Saint Matthew Lutheran Church. Items may be submitted for publication by emailing Gail (click on the link below). Submissions are subject to editing or exclusion.


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399 Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, California 94598