Saint Matthew e-News | December 18th
A Neighborhood Church Making A World of Difference
"Mary"
Sunday Sermon

The story of Mary reminds us that the good news of Christmas is that God through Jesus will not stop breaking into our world. God will never stop turning us upside down with his love. Join us Sunday as we look to Mary the mother of Jesus for the lessons she can teach us.

Our Deepest Sympathy

Praise for the life of John Hebing, husband of Amy Vrins who died on December 1st. We extend sympathy to Amy for her loss. Amy also wants to express gratitude to Saint Matthew’s TLC team for meal support during John’s final days on hospice.
2020 Congregation Meeting

Thanks to all of you who attended the virtual Congregation Meeting and who submitted ballots. We reached the quorum requirement of 151 eligible voters. There were 218 eligible ballots received.

The 2021 Budget passed with 211 approval votes and 4 disapproval votes.

The 2019 Congregation Meeting Minutes with 215 approval votes.

The following people were elected to serve terms beginning in 2021. Thank you for agreeing to serve.

Church Council
Mark Hearn
Gary Klintworth
Bill Kopper
Sherry Whitmarsh

Foundation
Deb Adey
Gwen Ross

Nominating
Surekha Borra
Cathy Fuller
Heather Maddox
Bring the (Candle) Light
Please submit by TOMORROW!

We invite all of our Saint Matthew community to send in a 10-second video of them and/or their family holding burning candles, which we will incorporate into our “Silent Night” moment at the end of our pre-recorded Christmas Eve service. Please send your video to Mike Basil.
Gift Cards Available

If your family could use extra support at this time, we have Target and grocery store gift cards available to share with families in need. Please let us know if we can provide a gift to you and your family by contacting Tami Gomez or (925) 932-1955 x107.
November Council Highlights

In November, Council spent much time reviewing and approving financial information. Replacement of the chairs, ceiling tile and floor in the preschool classroom was approved. Other highlights can be found here.
Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center so appreciates our assistance to families in need, especially during this holiday season. Since May, we have been able to deliver at least 20 bags of groceries each week.

This past week, 25 bags of groceries were delivered to Monument . Thank you for your steadfast generosity!

We will continue to collect food donations Monday through 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.
We Want Your Old iPads!

Have an old iPad laying around your house? We are looking for some iPads that are looking for a purpose. We have people in our community that do not have access to a computer to watch our Sunday service and we want to enable them to do that. There are just three steps that you need to take:
  1. Turn off "Find My iPad" in the device settings.
  2. In settings, click "Erase All Contents and Settings" (Click here for more information.)
  3. Drop off your iPad at the church office.

If you have any questions or need help with this process, contact Mike Basil (510) 295-7120. If needed, we can also set up a no contact pickup.
Reminder

In order to claim a charitable contribution for the 2020 tax year, checks must be received or postmarked by December 31st.
Saint Matthew's tax ID# is 94-6125222.

End of the Year Gifts of Stocks & Mutual Funds

As you consider your tithes and offerings for the end of the year, please note that Saint Matthew has a brokerage account with Vanguard Brokerage Services. Donations can be made by DTC transfer from your broker to Saint Matthew’s account at Vanguard Brokerage Services. For information relating to the transfer, please call Kathy Frattini at the church office, (925) 932-1955 x112, and specify the donation being made to Saint Matthew. For transfers of securities between brokerage accounts, please allow several days for delivery of the securities to Vanguard Brokerage Services.
Contributions of physical stock certificates must be received by Dec. 31st.
DivorceCare in January 2021

Separation and divorce are tough. If you’re in the midst of separation and/or divorce, you may not have someone to speak with who understands what you’re going through. Walnut Creek Pres has invited us to share that they are offering a DivorceCare program that can help. The groups meet weekly online on Monday nights from 6:30-8pm starting January 11, 2021 to help you face the various challenges associated with healing and rebuilding your life. For more information, contact Harriette Heibel at 925-383-9821.
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Upcoming Birthdays

1/8 Martin Duehring
1/8 Nancy Pierce
1/9 Dylan Klintworth
1/9 Peter Plante
1/9 Ian Wright
1/10 Phil Gomez Jr.
1/10 Carolyn Jones
1/11 Blakeleigh Agustin
1/11 John Masschelin
1/12 Micah Burke
1/14 Dianne Urhausen
Upcoming Anniversaries

1/9 Bill & Konie Collins
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