Saint Matthew e-News | August 21st
A Neighborhood Church Making A World of Difference
"Farewell, Saint Matthew!"
Sunday Sermon

Join us as Pastor Tim looks to Paul’s words in Romans 12:1-8 for mutual encouragement as we say goodbye, give thanks for our journey together, and anticipate the future.

Romans 12:1-8 | Church Online Here
A Special Update from Pastor Tim

Beloved Partners in Mission and Friends of Saint Matthew:

This is my last opportunity to give you an update and to thank you for faithful support of the ministry at Saint Matthew before my season of service as your interim pastor concludes. What a joy it has been to do
ministry with you over the past two years! You will forever have a special place in my heart.

I know that the process has had some unexpected twists and turns and has taken longer than any of us expected, but there is much good news to share about where things stand today and there is a bright future ahead,
by the grace of God, for Saint Matthew.

Now seven months into a year in which we have found ourselves learning to do ministry in new ways due to a global pandemic (as I have often quipped: “building the plane while flying it”), I am happy to report that Saint Matthew is currently in a very stable financial position and ministry is thriving.

This is due to several factors:
  • First and foremost, your faithfulness and generosity in maintaining your financial support for the ministry. Thank you and God bless you for this!
  • Careful stewardship of funds and creative ministry leadership by the Congregation Council and staff
  • The Paycheck Protection Program loan which you approved
  • Some generous giving toward special projects
  • Generous gifts to the Foundation from the estates of long-time Partners in Mission (These for the Foundation’s specific purposes, not the general budget.)

That said, now is not the time to lean back, but to lean in! The whole point of the Council’s faithful stewardship of the congregation’s financial life during the interim season was to position the congregation to be able to take leaps of faith to expand your ministry when the new Lead Pastor arrives. You are ready for new dreams and opportunities as God brings them your way.

We are currently experiencing a bit of a summer slump so I want to encourage you, one last time, to continue to be faithful in your giving, which is easier to do if you set up recurring gifts through your bank, Simply Giving (contact Paula to set up Simply Giving), or online.
You have the capacity to help Saint Matthew soar!

Another critically important update I am delighted to share with you is the work the Congregation Council and staff has done to strategically upgrade the audio, visual, and recording technology on campus. It better supports the worship content being created today, and will allow you to have a much more robust digital presence as a congregation after you have returned to in-person worship. Much of the cost of this project has been underwritten by a generous financial gift from a congregational benefactor.

You have a wonderful and faithful staff that has been hard at work to keep ministry as vibrant as possible under challenging circumstances. It has been a delight to work with them. Please continue to thank them and support their ministry in your midst.

The Congregation Council is engaged more than ever in working with pastoral leadership to set the vision and direction of the congregation for the future. Pray for them and encourage them to lead boldly.

Finally, let me say that I could not be more excited about Pastor Rustin and his family coming to join with you for the next season of life and ministry at Saint Matthew. I will joyfully follow God’s work in this wonderful faith community in the years ahead.

Thank you for the sacred privilege of serving as your Interim Pastor.
May God bless and keep you always,
Tim Philips, Interim Pastor
The Drive-through Parade for Pastor Tim is Tomorrow!

Saturday, August 22, 9-11am
Make a sign, decorate your car, go wild and stop by to say farewell! We ask that you sign up here for a 10 minute parade time slot to limit the number of cars gathering at any one time on campus.When you arrive, please enter through the North Parking Lot Driveway and exit through the South Driveway. There will be a basket and table available at a safe distance near Pastor Tim and Mimi if you would like to leave a card as you say farewell.
Update from Pastor Rustin
Food Drive Continues

Monument Crisis Center continues to need our support. Please drop off your donations of non-perishable food (no glass) Monday through Friday, 10am-7pm at Saint Matthew.

Current needs are spaghetti, tomato products (15 oz or less), peanut butter, and baby diapers sizes 4, 5, and 6.

Always needed are other non-perishable items: tuna, cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, rice, canned meals, soups, mac and cheese, beans, and baby food.

Due to your continued generosity, we were able to drop off donations for our 14th consecutive week. Thank you!

If you have questions, please contact Gail Dutcher.
Memorial Garden and Columbarium

Saint Matthew has a beautiful and tranquil Memorial Garden and Columbarium adjacent to the sanctuary which is overseen by the Foundation. If you would like information on purchasing a niche in our columbarium, or naming a loved on the memorial plaque in our garden, please visit our website (foundation link) or contact Tami Gomez for more information.
Thanks from Our Friends at Points of Light in Oakland

"Thanks to all of you at Saint Matthew for your partnership with Points of Light as we serve the children and youth of Oakland.  Because of you, we have helped distribute more than 125,000 meals during the pandemic and have continued all our programs via social media. With school now in session we have turned half of our office space into a place where small groups can gather and get the extra help they need. We provide transportation, a short devotion to begin each session, meals and/or snacks, two or more staff to interact with the youth, breaks with activities, incentives for good behavior and academic improvement, and video games once homework is done.  We are also continuing our “pizza ministry,” delivering pizza to families to continue relationship building, including inter-active Bible studies and a fun game or activity. We have thirty six families per week. The photo is from our “Easter in August” event. We had to cancel this in April, but took time to celebrate the real reason for Easter with our leftover eggs containing Bible verses and hopeful messages of Jesus’ resurrection and new life in Him. Many hearts were touched and decisions made to follow Jesus.”

It is a joy to partner with these friends in Oakland. If you would like to know more about the ministry and how to be of help please contact Don Raymond or Dennis Ashlock.
Looking for a Small Group?

Check out our Happening Now section on the Saint Matthew Website to find information on Bible Studies and Small Groups that are finding creative ways to meet as we continue to shelter in place. If you are interested in leading something, or if you want to plug into an existing group, contact Tami Gomez for more information.
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