Saint Matthew eNews | January 15th
A Neighborhood Church Making A World of Difference
Sunday Sermon
"Interruptions are Invitations"

This is the power of an interruption. An interruption can ruin your day, throw you off schedule, can make you feel like you are not achieving anything, or an interruption can be an invitation.  

This is what we see in following the way of Jesus… in following the way of love. 

Interruptions are invitations to act with compassion and love our neighbors. 

Luke 10:25-37 | Church Online Here
We're Hiring!

At Saint Matthew, we believe the church of today and tomorrow begins with students and their families. The Director of Student Ministry will provide leadership and direction to all aspects of Saint Matthew’s Student Ministry. The Director of Student Ministry will be capable of overseeing and delivering innovative, sustainable, and reproducible ministry systems for maximum spiritual impact with high school and middle school students. The Director of Student Ministry will be a creative leader of leaders and inspirational advocate for future generations of the Church. At the core of the Director of Student Ministry should be an inclusive, meaningful, faith-forward life that inspires students and families with the love of Jesus. For more information and to apply, please email your resume to Rustin Comer.
SPARK Curriculum

Calling all parents and caregivers of children Preschool - 5th grade! Did you know that our SPARK children's program curriculum is available to you each week on our website? You can find a parent guide, video lesson, and printable activity on the Children's page here. This can be used as a simple, low-to-no prep extra lesson you can do with your kids on Sunday mornings, as a midweek bible study, or anytime it works for your family!

These lessons are updated weekly and are separate from the weekly Children's Message incorporated into our YouTube worship services, but don't worry! Sue will still be doing the Children's Message as well. Here is a link to print a coloring page to go with this week's service.

As always, if you have any questions or need help implementing these resources Sue would love to help you! Please contact her directly at sueb@saintmatthew.org.
Christ in Our Home is Finally Here!

The Christ in Our Home devotionals have finally arrived and are available for pickup. They will be outside the office doors Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm.
Walk 'N' Talk
Starting January 23rd

Walk and Talk will gather--weather permitting--on January 23, 2021. The group will meet in the Saint Matthew North Parking Lot at 9:00am. Walkers of all ages and abilities begin with a group time of devotion and then walk at a variety of paces while wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. New walkers are always welcome! Please let group leader Lisa Bell or 707-771-5606 for more information.
Women of Wednesday
Starting January 27th

WOW meets on Wednesday nights at 7pm and will study Priscilla Shirer’s book Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer. LifeWay.com has it on sale for $10 right now! (If you are unable to purchase the book, we don't want finances to be a barrier and we will supply one for you.) Please contact Cathy Fuller or text her at 925 899-0187 for more information.
Contra Costa Residents Age 75+ now eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

The County has moved into the beginning of the Phase 1B roll out, meaning all Contra Costa County residents aged 75 or older are now able to get the vaccine. In the early stages of this roll out, Contra Costa County residents can request a vaccine appointment online here. The County will be working with our health care providers and pharmacies to bring more vaccination sites and options to the county as time goes on. Eventually, you will be able to access the vaccine through your health care provider but at this time, all appointments will be routed through the county. Contra Costa County will be adding an appointment call center in coming days but all appointments will be made online in the meantime. The vaccine offered to all eligible county residents free of charge. If you see someone charging for a vaccine, or saying to pay a fee to secure a spot in line, that is a scam. You can learn more about protecting yourself from COVID-19 related scams by looking at this information from the US Federal Trade Commission.
Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center so appreciates our assistance to families in need. Since May, we have been able to deliver at least 20 bags of groceries each week. Most weeks we have collected 25 + bags. Thank you for your steadfast generosity! Because of you, families are able to receive groceries each week.

We will continue to collect food donations Monday-Friday from 10am-7pm.

The current needed items are:
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tuna
  • Canned meals

Canned vegetables or fruit, pasta, soup, macaroni and cheese, rice, beans, oatmeal, and baby food are all always welcome. PLEASE- no glass or perishable food items.
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Upcoming Birthdays

1/30 Jim Kohl
1/31 Lin Ashlock
1/31 Wendy Krauth
1/31 Danielle Sill
2/1 Karin Caldwell
2/1 Susan Griffin
2/1 Aveline Schoon
2/2 Tim Delony
2/2 Barbara Groenveld
2/3 Joanna Aragon
2/3 Mira Clark
2/3 Caleb Salter
2/3 Dick Seibert
2/3 Mark Sorum
2/4 Lin Gaylord
2/4 Curtis Joseph
2/4 Lily Koschmann
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