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Weekly Good News
January 18, 2019
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Calendar This Week

 Jan. 18th-Jan. 27th 
 1/20 Farmers' Market
 1/20 Jack Niemi
 Resolution Presentation  
 1/21 Office Closed
 1/22 Healing Prayers  
 1/23 Chili Cook-off
 1/27 Interim Process
 1/27 Change4Change   
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Birthdays This Week

1/18 Hank James
1/18 Heidi Woolf
1/19 Ann Farrow
1/19 Barbara Sorum
1/20 Nick Carmichael
1/20 Nick Durham
1/20 Marty Koll
1/20 Ray Kozak
1/20 John Linster
1/21 Gah Johnson
1/21 Mike Riley
1/21 Heather Salter
1/21 Will Sharp
1/22 Mark Ferguson
1/23 Barb Andrews
1/23 Helen Davis

Anniversaries This Week

1/23 Paul & Elaine Laderer
Church 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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"Kingdom Surprises"
Sunday Sermon
It is interesting that the first miracle of the New Testament era did not occur in one of the traditional holy places like the temple, or even in a synagogue. Rather, it happened at a week-long wedding celebration with singing, dancing, and drinking at a home in a small town. Jesus changed 150 gallons of water used for washing hands into 150 gallons of the finest wine and most of the guests had no idea of what had just happened. Why? This Sunday, Pastor Andy will share insights in his message, "Kingdom Surprises" of why Jesus would choose this "sign" as his initial miracle.  

John 2:1-11
Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 am
Chili Cook-off | Register Now Here 
Wednesday, January 23rd | 6:00-7:30 pm 
This week is the Chili Cook-off so make sure you are signed up to attend! This is a family-friendly, community outreach event. Feel free to pass this invitation on and invite friends to this casual evening of fun and yummy, comfort food. Pastor Tim and Teen Ministry Associate Amanda Diehl will be making vegetarian chilies, and Care Ministries Coordinator Tami Gomez will be defending her title as #1 chilimaster. We are asking everyone to sign up here by Monday to bring a chili topping or side to share. We will also have a lighthearted competition with prizes for those that want to participate in the actual chili cook-off.
White Rose on the Altar   
Sunday, January 20th 
The white rose on the altar on Sunday celebrates the life of Eunice Hart, beloved mother of Carolyn Bryant. Our Christian sympathies go out to Carolyn and Eunice's family and friends.
Worship Arts Director Search Update (1/16/19)

Our worship arts director search team continues its work, having met nearly 20 times since the team formed at the end of last July (we have been meeting every week, with time off only between Christmas and the New Year). The team has reviewed more than 45 submissions, has conducted at least eight telephone interviews, and has conducted two in person interviews.

As part of our interview process, the team invited a select group of past and former worship arts participants, Council members, and other partners in mission to a time of worship last Sunday afternoon with a promising candidate. This session provided the search team a venue for committee members to assess the candidate in a setting beyond oral or telephonic interviews. The team appreciates the time invitees provided to assist in vetting this candidate.

The committee approaches the stage where it may propose a candidate to the Church Council for final decision. Our committee of Pastor Andy, Kim Niebuhr, Donna Noonan, Rob Pattison, Shahien Shahkar, Heather Salter, and Jan Selby appreciates your on-going prayers for wisdom, insight, and the Lord's leading as its work continues. 
Winter Farmers' Market   
Sunday, Jan. 20th | Fellowship Hall | 10:00 am 
Come enjoy the savory and sweet treats and fresh produce this Sunday. Reach out to Toshiko Barrett if you have donations or would like to help with this worthwhile ministry. 
Jack Niemi Resolution  
Former Saint Matthew Senior Pastor, the Rev. Jack Niemi, is retiring from ministry on January 31, 2019. Hope Lutheran in Rossmoor, where Jack and Ruth have been serving for the last several years are having a reception for him after their worship service on Sunday, January 20th.
The Congregation Council at Saint Matthew passed a resolution of thanksgiving to be presented at the reception, which you can view here.
Office Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
Monday, January 21st
Healing Prayers
Tuesday, January 22nd | 7:30-8:30 pm 
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, January 22nd.
Interim Process Forum  
Sunday, January 27th | 10:15 am 
Save the date for the next Interim Process Forum with Pastor Tim next Sunday, January 27th at 10:15 am in the Green Classroom to review a draft of the Saint Matthew Ministry Site Profile. 
Change4Change Offering  
Sunday, January 27th  
Bring your lose change next Sunday, January 27th to support the SPARK children and IGNITE middle school students in their Change4Change offering!
FORGE Pizza & Glow Bowling  
Friday, Feb. 1st, 9:00 pm to Feb. 2nd, 1:00 am 
The cost is $20 and includes pizza and unlimited glow bowling. Register your high school teen here today to save their spot and spread the word to other high school students that might be interested in the Saint Matthew FORGE teen ministry. 
Yarn Donations Still Needed
Worsted Weight 

The prayer shawl knitting group is in need of more worsted weight yarn for their ministry. If you're doing any "Kondo" decluttering and have any you can part with, please bring them to the Welcome Center. Link
Parents' Day Out Save the Date
Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

On Sunday, February 10th we are offering Parents' Day Out! This community event will provide childcare including lunch for all kids from three years old (must be potty-trained) to 5th grade. Check-in will begin at 10:30 am in the Saint Matthew Teen Center (right after SPARK Sunday) and kids must be picked up by 2:30 pm.
Registration will remain open until space fills; $10 fee per child. We'll provide games, crafts, lunch, dance party, and a movie! Register your kiddo here today and spread the word to others!
SPARK Summer Camp Save the Date
July 9-11, 2019

Save the date for Saint Matthew's SPARK summer camp from July 9-11, 2019. Camp registration will occur at a later date and is open to three-year-olds through fifth graders (that are incoming six graders next year).
SPARK Wednesday Registration 
SPARK Wednesday winter 2019 session has begun. It is not too late to sign-up, and it is now open to second graders! The fee is $60, which includes dinner each week and materials. Please register here. Volunteers are needed. If you are willing to help, please contact Sue Burke
If you haven't already turned in your 2019 pledge form, please do so soon to help us continue Saint Matthew's amazing ministries and add new ministries. Here is the link to the online pledge form. You can also turn in your pledge form at the Welcome Center.  
Missed a previous sermon? You can always view sermon recordings at Saint Matthew's website under Media and Resources. 
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