We had a wonderful time of fellowship and food after worship on Sunday!
Saint Matthew e-News | January 10th
A Neighborhood Church Making A World of Difference
"Buckle Up"
Sunday Sermon

This week in our sermon series ​ New Path, New Life: The Journey Changes Everything ,​ we witness Jesus’s baptism, the first action we see in his adult ministry. The heavens open and affirm that Jesus is beloved and blessed. Buckle up, as we look toward what is ahead for us when we live into God’s blessing.

Matthew 3:13-17 | Worship: 9 & 10:30am
White Rose on the Altar

The white rose on the altar last Sunday was to honor the life of Karen Krauth who entered her heavenly home on Christmas.
Call Committee Update

The call committee thanks the congregation for the amazing outpouring of support last Sunday. The search for our new lead pastor has already begun.

The Council and Call Committee met with Bishop Holmerud this week and the Call Committee is ready to kick off the interview process as soon as candidate profiles are received. We look forward to updating the congregation as we have news to share and ask for your continued prayers.
Email message scams targeting church members by impersonating clergy

If you receive an email that appears to be from a Saint Matthew staff or council person, asking you to take some kind of unusual action – click a link or download an attachment, wire money to a specified account, purchase gift cards, or simply to reply quickly, watch out – it is probably fraudulent. Because these emails are usually crafted more carefully than your standard “phishing” email, they can be more difficult to detect.

A few people have received fake email messages purporting to be from Pastor Tim. The email accounts in question have not been hacked. Instead, they are being “spoofed” – a fraudulent email account is configured to look like a legitimate one. 

Please always verify the “from” email
The people behind these emails are counting on people springing into action as soon as they see an important name on an email. You can outsmart them by looking beyond the name and checking the “from” email address to see if it matches what you know the alleged sender’s email to be. If you only see a name, you can cause the “from” email address to be displayed by hovering the cursor over the name.

All staff emails will come from ____@saintmatthew.org (normally the staff person's first name and the first initial of their last name, for example: amandah@saintmatthew.org) and no other variation of staff email addresses are official. We will never write to you from our personal email accounts.

Confirm requests with a conversation
Even if the email or text seems legitimate, if a request seems even remotely “off,” don’t act on it until you confirm it with a phone call or face-to-face conversation.

If you do receive an unusual email from a staff person, you may want to reach out to that person using their contact info in the staff directory. DO NOT reply to the suspicious email. If you receive a fraudulent email, please report the email as "phishing" to your email provider so that they can investigate further.
Visitor from Krasnodar

This Sunday we are delighted that John Blond (Evgeny Pisarev) will be worshiping with us all the way from Krasnodar, Russia! John is the Young Life Area Director there, a city we’ve partnered in ministry with for the past twenty years. He’s eager to thank Saint Matthew and update us on all that is going on there. He will be in Fellowship Hall between services for “meet and greet” time. John will be staying with the Ashlocks, so if you’d like to hear more updates of Young Life in Krasnodar, please come join us at our home for a Drop-In lunch at noon.

Dennis and Lin Ashlock
1050 N. Gate Rd
Walnut Creek

Please RSVP to Lin here if you’re planning to come.
Saint Matthew is Hiring

As part of our on-going staff position realignment, we are looking to hire a 20 hour per week Office & Facility Coordinator.  Click here for the job description.

We are hiring part time nursery staff! We are looking for anyone who has a heart for our littlest followers of Jesus to work on a rotating basis to help us keep the nursery appropriately staffed. Nursery is open during both worship services on Sundays, and for occasional special events. Teens are welcome to apply and must provide a valid work permit if hired.

Applicants should send their resume to jobs@saintmatthew.org.
Office Volunteers Needed

Would you be interested in serving a few hours a week in the office? These shifts are very flexible and can be shared.

If you have questions, contact Tami Gomez
Women of Wednesday meets weekly on campus and will spend the next season studying Children of the Day by Beth Moore which is an in depth look at 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Contact Cathy Fuller for more details.

Dads of School Age Children will be meeting for six weeks before church on Sunday mornings to study Colossians. Contact Mike Basil for more details.

Wine, Women and the Word meets off campus and is doing a six week study on the Miracles of Jesus. Contact Renate Schoenberg for more details.
Dine With Nine in 2020
January 19th

Gather together in groups of nine for food and fellowship. Dine With Nine will Meet for brunch/lunch once a month. Sign up here.

Childcare will be available on campus for young families as Parents Day Out for ages 1 through 5th grade will run concurrently with these monthly gatherings. Sign up here.
Prayer Vigil: The Journey Forward

On Saturday, January 25, we are holding a prayer vigil from 6am until 6pm in the Gardenside room. Partners in mission and friends of Saint Matthew are invited to sign up to pray for 30 minute time slots so that we can be in continuous prayer as a community for 12 hours for the future that God has in store for Saint Matthew. We invite you to pray for the Call Committee, for the Lead Pastor God is preparing to serve at Saint Matthew, and for the growth and impact of our ministry in the community and around the world. Sign up online here or at the Welcome Center. Families, you are welcome to bring your children along with you and pray in this space together.

Register Today!
Women's Mini Retreat
Saturday, February 8
Men's Breakfast
Save the Date!
Saturday February 22
Sierra Pacific Synod Mission Support Recap 2019
This video recaps the amazing partnerships of the Sierra Pacific Synod (ELCA) from 2019 both near and far, including Misión Esperanza, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (Berkeley), Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee (Mt. Cross), Salvadoran Lutheran Church, Taiwan Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Church of Rwanda.

Your Mission Support makes it possible for the Sierra Pacific Synod to be a Church Together and a Church for the sake of the world.
St. Olaf Band 2020 Tour

The St. Olaf Band, conducted by Dr. Timothy Mahr, will perform throughout California and Minnesota as part of their 2020 Winter Tour. The St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band, producing an exciting, crowd-pleasing style. Tickets for all concerts are $10 for adults and free for students. Click below to see the full tour itinerary and get tickets to the concert nearest you!

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Saint Matthew | Save the Dates!

Jan. 14 - Healing Prayers (7:30-8:30pm)
Jan. 19 - Parents' Day Out (11:30am-2:30pm)
Jan. 19 - Dine with Nine (12-2pm)
Jan. 20 - Administrative Offices Closed
Jan. 26 - Mission Beyond Reception
Jan. 28 - Healing Prayers (7:30-8:30pm)
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 - Teen Winter Retreat
Feb. 2 - Farmers' Market (between services)
Feb. 8 - Women's Mini Retreat - 9am-12pm
Feb. 22 - Men's Breakfast (more details to come!)
Upcoming Birthdays

1/17 Suk Jeong Choi
1/17 Donna Locher
1/17 Sheila Walsh
1/18 Hank James
1/19 Ann Farrow
1/19 Barbara Sorum
1/20 Nick Carmichael
1/20 Nick Durham
1/20 Mary Koll
1/20 Ray Kozak
1/20 John Linster
1/21 Gah Johnson
1/21 Mike Riley
1/21 Heather Salter
1/21 Will Sharp
1/22 Mark Ferguson
1/23 Barb Andrews
1/23 Helen Davis
Upcoming Anniversaries

1/23 Paul & Elaine Laderer
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