We had a great turnout for our Fall Kick-Off!
A Neighborhood Church Making a World of Difference
Saint Matthew e-News | September 13th
"Pushing Back the Chaos"
Sunday Sermon

Join us on Sunday as Pastor Tim explores how the separating of the waters described in Genesis 1:6-8 reflects how God pushes back the primordial chaos so that life can flourish. We will go deeper to see that the full flourishing of life is found in the cross and empty tomb of Jesus.

Genesis 1:6-8 | Worship: 9 & 10:30am
A Red Rose On The Altar
A red rose will be placed on the altar on Sunday to celebrate with Partners in Mission Garrett and Kaitlyn Drew who welcomed Ward William Drew Sunday, September 8, around 1am at 10lbs!

Proud grandparents are Partners in Mission Gary and Janette Drew.

A Message from Lutheran Disaster Response

Hurricane Dorian has hit with devastating force, leading to major damage and a growing number of reported deaths in the Bahamas, and threatening the Carolinas with dangerous winds and storm surge.

In the Bahamas, where the impact of the hurricane has been devastating, Lutheran Disaster Response and the Florida-Bahamas Synod are collaborating to assess the immediate need for relief and recovery. Lutheran Disaster Response is also in communication with the South Carolina Synod, the North Carolina Synod, Lutheran Services Carolinas and other partners who are preparing to respond.

With your support, Lutheran Disaster Response can provide survivors of this hurricane and others like it with immediate relief and can accompany them on the long road to recovery.

If you would like to make a donation, please give directly to Lutheran Disaster Response by clicking here . Saint Matthew is not accepting donations on behalf of Lutheran Disaster Response at this time.
Dear Ministry Partners, 
A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who helped to make this ministry such a success again. All of you (workers, donors, and buyers) add so much to this ministry, and it gives me so much joy to know that it is this commitment to Christ which compels us to give and share with those who are less fortunate than we are. Some of you baked, worked and bought every week, and I am most grateful for different parts of contributions each one of you made.

As St. Teresa of Avila said, "The Lord does not look so much at the magnitude of anything we do as at the love with which we do it." Many of us put so much love into what we did for the Market, and I thank God for all of you. 
On our last Sunday, we made $1,033.00 (includes generous $524.00 donations) making the total funds of $4,937,50 in 7 Sundays. This fund will be sent to help those who are still struggling to get back to their normal life in Paradise.

We will start our Fall & Winter "First Sunday Market" on November 3.

Looking forward to gathering again at our "Happy Place" in November.

  With Joy in Christ,
Special Fall Appeal for Seminary Support

As you now know, we have kicked off the "Seminary Fund," as approved by our Congregation Council, with the goal of raising $35,000 to support Mike Basil in his journey through seminary and the candidacy process to become an ELCA pastor.

Raising up the next generation of leaders for the church of Jesus' is a responsibility that we all share in the body of Christ. We already have the capacity to provide some support for seminarians through our Foundation, but this fund will allow us to go much further. Our goal is full tuition support and candidacy costs for Mike's program. 

If we exceed our goal, we will be able to use the funds to support other seminarians on their journey toward ordination. What a joyful opportunity to support our future leaders.

To participate in this special appeal, you can donate through the app under give or through the website under give, or by clicking here . Be sure to select "Seminary Fund" from the dropdown list. Let us do what the Saint Matthew family does so well, and respond with joyful generosity.

Our initial appeal runs through the end of October. We will keep you posted on our progress. 

A Parent Education Night
Open to the Community
It's that time again to invest in the community we live in! Project Peace East Bay invites you to come get your hands dirty for three hours on a Saturday morning! 

Their next Day of Service is on October 5th, 2019 from 9am-12pm

With a few hours of sweat and service, let’s support our community organizations and contribute to the betterment of our neighborhoods. Projects help meet the needs of your local school, homeless shelter, center for youth development, and other partners.

Come and work together with other congregations and over 500 volunteers at 17 sites across the East Bay! 

Mount Hermon Women's & Men's Retreats
Women's Retreat | Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Mountains | Sept. 27th-29th

The perfect place for women to gather to get away and take time to reflect on God’s love and purpose for your life. Leave your distractions and busyness at home and come to experience refreshment of mind, body, and soul in the presence of Jesus.

Register here soon since spots fill up quickly! Call 831.335.4466 if you have questions.

Please let Tami Gomez know if you are planning on attending.
Men's Retreat | Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Mountains | October 4th-6th

Mount Hermon's Fall Men's Retreat is the place where you can j oin others for inspiring teaching, incredible worship, wonderful fellowship, and an unforgettable weekend while being challenged by other men walking similar journeys to you.

Register here soon since spots fill up quickly! Call 831.335.4466 if you have questions.

Please let Mark Hearn know if you are planning on attending.
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Saint Matthew | Save the Dates!

Sept. 13 - Parents' Night Out (5-8pm)
Sept. 24 - Healing Prayers (7:30-8:30pm)
Sept. 25 - The Like Movie Screening & Discussion
Sept. 27-29 - Mount Hermon Women's Fall Retreat
Oct. 1 - Mission Beyond Meeting (7pm, Green Classroom)
Oct. 4-6 - Mount Hermon Men's Fall Retreat (Santa Cruz)
Oct. 8 - Healing Prayers (7:30-8:30pm)
Oct. 11-12 - IGNITE Broomball (7:30pm-8:30am)
Oct. 15 - Congregation Council Meeting
Oct. 18 - Parents' Night Out (5-8pm)
Oct. 22 - Healing Prayers (7:30-8:30pm)
Oct. 27 - Trunk or Treat (4-6pm)
Birthdays This Week

9/16 Bob Johnston
9/16 Virginia Rood
9/16 Ryan Taylor
9/17 Diane Borene
9/17 Sue Longacre
9/18 Jesse Charles Gentry
9/18 Mary Anne Mulvihill
Anniversaries This Week

9/13 Neal & Dolores Van Doren
9/15 Denny & Jane Watkins
9/16 Kent & Wendy Krauth
9/16 Larry & Anne Peterson
9/19 Bruce & Janet Constantinides
9/19 Tom & Chris Gill
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