Faith & Ryan Taylor's First Sunday Worship at Saint Matthew
Saint Matthew Online Newsletter
Weekly Good News
March 8, 2019
In This Issue
Calendar This Week

 Mar. 8th-Mar. 17th     
 3/10 Spring Forward
 3/10 Farmers' Market 
 3/10 Hume Lake
 Pre-registration due
 3/12 Healing Prayers
 3/13 Holden Prayer
 3/17 Call Committee
 Applications Due 
 3/17 First Communion
 (First Class) 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Birthdays This Week

3/8 Rebecca Carr
3/8 Norm Simitz
3/10 Wayne Mazanec
3/10 Jean Slominski
3/10 Wayne Ward Jr.
3/12 Ramona Davenport
3/12 Sherry Whitmarsh
3/13 Forest Borene Jr.
3/13 Robin Davidson
3/14 Gary Thompson

Anniversaries This Week

3/14 Marlene & Joe Ciminera
Congregation Council Members
Pres:   Mark Hearn
VP: Karen Ball 
Treasurer/CFO: Bill Stark 
Sec: Sherry Whitmarsh
Frank Anders
Gail Dutcher 
Art Fabsits 
Gary Klintworth
Therese Long  
Donna Noonan
Dave Rower 
Pastor Tim Philips 
Pastor Andy Smith

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Called for God's Purposes
Sunday Sermon
Pastor Tim will lead us into the first Sunday of Lent through an encounter with the story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness as told in Luke 4:1-13. It is the Spirit that drives Jesus into the wilderness. Could it be that God felt this experience was necessary to clarify Jesus' calling? Challenging experiences do that for us. They clarify what God is calling us to do and to be as followers of Jesus. 
Luke 4:1-13 
Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 am
Spring Forward This Weekend!   
Sunday, March 10th  
Reminder to set any manual alarms forward Saturday evening so you don't arrive to Saint Matthew an hour late. Most mobile phones adjust automatically to the change in time, but check to make sure. 
Here is an article on how to help kids ease into the new schedule. 
Lent at Saint Matthew  
Weekly Worship on Wednesdays at Noon
Holden Prayer in the Worship Center
Spiritual Practices on Social Media
Follow @saintmatthewwc on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for guidance with self-examination and repentance, sacrificial giving and works of love, prayer, and fasting. Posts will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays weekly.
Holy Week at Saint Matthew
Palm Sunday, April 14th
    Worship at 9:00 am and 10:30 am 
Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 pm
Good Friday, April 19th at 7:30 pm  
Easter Sunday, April 21st
    Worship at 9:00 am and 10:30 am
    Kids Easter Treasure Hunt 10:00-11:00 am
Easter Ensemble  
Ryan and the Worship Ministry team invite you and your family to join our Easter Ensemble! We are looking for enthusiastic faces and voices to help lead singing from the Choir Loft on Easter. Singing ability would be a plus, but most importantly, we're looking for people who are available for five rehearsals, have a heart to bless our community, and possess a passion for God. You and your family can sign up this weekend at the Welcome Center and/or by emailing Ryan Taylor expressing interest. 
Rehearsals are Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm starting March 24th leading up to Easter, plus a dress rehearsal. We will be singing at both the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Easter services. 
Wings As Eagles
Help Build a Cafeteria 
Last Sunday you had a chance to hear Lori and Gary McAfee from Wings As Eagles share about their ministry on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Because of Saint Matthew's abundant generosity, they were able to provide lunch meals throughout the summer and even continue a meal program in the fall. This was the first time they were able to offer something like this! Their next big project is creating a place for kids and seniors to get a warm meal year round and they are gathering funds to create a cafeteria to make this possible.  
The total cost of this project is a little over $200,000. They are not asking us to fund the entire cost, but to help launch their fundraising for the project as we partner with other local churches to turn this dream into a reality. If you are feeling called to help in any way towards this project there are two ways to give. 
1. Any donations made to Saint Matthew with "Wings As Eagles Cafeteria" in the memo will be given directly to this fund.
2. You can also visit the Wings As Eagles website below and give directly to them with a designation towards cafeteria.
We are also creating two trips this year that will travel to the Pine Ridge Ind ian Reservation. Our trip in June is focused on working with their summer programs geared towards children and teens. In September or October, if there is enough interest, we will take a team of adults that will help with building and other hands-on tasks. If you are interested in being a part of either trip, please email Mike Basil or Amanda Diehl
For more information about the Pine Ridge Indian reservation check out this TedTalk
To learn more about Wing As Eagles, visit   here.
Healing Prayers
Tuesday, March 12th 
If you or a loved one have a physical, spiritual, or emotional need, let the Saint Matthew Healing Prayers Team partner with you in prayer to see what God will do! Come to the Fellowship Hall anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 pm this Tuesday, March 12th. 
Farmers' Market 
Sunday, March 10th | Fellowship Hall 
Guys' Kick-off Breakfast & Panel
Saturday, March 23rd | 8:30-10:00  am
Register here or at the Welcome Center. Cost is $5 per attendee at the door. Please spread the word to other guys in your faith community (whether or not they attend Saint Matthew)! Our Council President, Mark Hearn, will be moderating a panel on Faith & Family. 
Discover Saint Matthew 
Due to scheduling changes we are holding individual meetings for Discover Saint Matthew rather than a breakfast in March. If you are ready to take the next step in your faith journey and become a Partner in Mission (member) at Saint Matthew, please contact Jill Okimoto to set up a time that works for you to learn more about the process and our Saint Matthew community. All are welcome! 
Mission Beyond Reception
Sunday, March 24th | 10:00-11:00 am
Guys' Golf Gathering
April 27th | 11:00 am | Boundary Oaks 
We are rescheduling the Guys' Golf & Grow Getaway until November 1st-2nd so Pastor Andy can be a part of it.

Instead this spring we are securing some foursomes at Boundary Oaks on Saturday, April 27th. If you are interested in playing, please contact Kevin Morgan.
Kids' Easter Treasure Hunt 
Easter Sunday | April 21st | 10:00-11:00 am  
Lead Pastor Call Committee 
Now Accepting Applications | Deadline March 17th 
Saint Matthew's Congregational Council is now accepting applications for the Lead Pastor Call Committee. To learn more about the Call Committee, please read The Work of the Call Committee. To apply please complete the Call Committee Application electronically. The Work of the Call Committee and Call Committee application will also be available at the Welcome Center. The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 17th. If you have additional questions, please contact Sherry Whitmarsh at 925.899.4731 or email her at
Stay in Touch with Saint Matthew
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If not, sign up here today to stay informed of events! 
Saint Matthew Day Camp 
July 8th-12th | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Saint Matthew Day Camp registration is now open. Cost is $50 per child. Registration closes June 15th, or when all our spots fill up. Don't delay, sign your child or grandchild up today here
Get Social with Saint Matthew!
Get social with us and always know what is going on at Saint Matthew! 
Guys' Ministry Instagram 
Guys' Ministry Facebook  
Women's Ministry Instagram 
Women's Ministry Facebook 
SPARK Children's Facebook  
SPARK Children's Instagram 
IGNITE Middle School Instagram 
FORGE High School Instagram 
Saint Matthew ~ Save the Dates! 
March  10th - Farmers' Market 
March 17th - First Communion (1st Class) 
March 23rd - Guys' Breakfast + Panel
March 24th - Mission Beyond Reception
March 24th - First Communion (2nd Class)
March 31st - Burke Ministry Celebration
April 7th - Farmers' Market 
April 14th - Palm Sunday/First Communion Celebration 
April 21st - Easter Sunday/Baptism Sunday
April 27th - Guys' Golf Gathering 
May 5th - Farmers' Market 
May 18th - Guys' Cards, Brats 'n' Beer Night
June 9th - Farmers' Market 
June 13th-16th - Family Campout at the Coloma Resort
July 7th - Summer Farmers' Market (start date) 
July 7th-12th - IGNITE at Sugar Pine Summer Camp 
July 8th-12th - SPARK Summer Day Camp
July 13th - Oakland A's Family Day 
July 14th-20th - FORGE at Hume Lake Ponderosa Camp 
The memorial service to honor Myrtle Brumm will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 10th in the Worship Center. Memorial gifts in honor of Myrtle can be sent to the Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Foundation. 
Missed a previous sermon? You can always view sermon recordings at Saint Matthew's website under Media and Resources. 
The Weekly Good News is published by Saint Matthew Lutheran Church. Items may be submitted for publication by emailing Jill. All submissions are subject to editing and/or exclusion.
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