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Saint Matthew Online Newsletter
Weekly Good News
January 4, 2019
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Calendar This Week

 Jan. 4th-Jan. 13th 
 Sundays Resume 
 1/8 Healing Prayers
 1/9 SPARK Wednesday 
 1/10-13 Trinity Winter
 Evening Program 
 1/11-13 SnowBlast 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Birthdays This Week

1/4 Linda Cole
1/4 April Gentry
1/5 Celeste Quam Graham
1/5 Linn Green
1/5 John Helgeson
1/5 Gian Schauer
1/6 Dellyn Donohue
1/6 Rob Pattison
1/6 Greg Reimers
1/8 Martin Duehring
1/9 Ron Lochhead
1/9 Peter Plante
1/10 Phil Gomez Jr.

Anniversaries This Week

1/9 Bill & Konnie Collins
1/10 Chuck Deutschman & Cheryl Hines
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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"Who Is Jesus?"
Sunday Sermon
On Sunday we kick off a sermon series for the season of Epiphany entitled "Who Is Jesus?" Epiphany means to "manifest" or "make known," and the gospel reading for each week reveals some aspect of Jesus' identity.
Pastor Tim begins the series this Sunday, with the story of the visit of the Magi as told in Matthew 2:1-12. Through this story we discover that "Jesus is Good News for Everyone," as we are challenged to see how these "outsiders" play an important role in God's redemptive story by pointing us to Jesus, the light of the world.

Matthew 2:1-12
Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 am
Trinity Winter Evening Program  
January 10th-13th | Fellowship Hall 
Saint Matthew is hosting the Trinity winter evening program starting next Thursday night thru Sunday night, and we need some volunteers to help prepare and serve dinner. If you are available, please contact Bob Johnston (925.956.9666) or Dennis Ashlock (925.525.5305). 
SnowBlast Registration 
January 11th-13th | Sugar Pine 
IGNITE and FORGE teens are headed to Sugar Pine for SnowBlast from January 11-13, 2019. The price is now $220, and registration closes when the last couple of spots are filled. The registration fee covers two nights lodging, retreat costs, transportation, and most meals. Register here. 
Healing Prayers 
January 8th | 7:30-8:30 pm | Fellowship Hall  
We have a prayer team that gives individual, private prayer for all needs: physical, emotional, and spiritual. The time in the Fellowship Hall is like an open house - come anytime, leave when you are done. 
We also have a dedicated team of more than 80 people willing to pray for any need that you have through our email prayer tree. Contact the prayer tree at
Chili Cook-off | Register Now Here 
Wednesday, January 23rd | 6:00-7:30 pm 
Saint Matthew family ministries is hosting a Chili Cook-off and we want you to be a part of it! Join for an amazing night of delicious chili and prizes for the tastiest of them all! Feel free to pass this invitation on and invite friends that would also be interested in participating. Please bring a chili topping or side to share.  
SPARK Wednesday Registration 
SPARK Wednesday will kick off the winter 2019 session on January 9th. 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
Prayers for Craig Cole
Engineering Ministries International Mission Trip 
Prayers for Partner in Mission Craig Cole who is leaving on Saturday for a two week ministry trip to Haiti. Engineering Ministries International invited him to go to Haiti to help assess buildings for Compassion International. 
Interim Process Forum  
Sunday, January 27th | 10:15 am 
Save the date for the next Interim Process Forum with Pastor Tim on Sunday, January 27th at 10:15 am in the Green Classroom to review a draft of the Saint Matthew Ministry Site Profile. 
Student ministries (SPARK, IGNITE, FORGE) resume their regular weekly schedules beginning on Sunday, January 6, 2019.  
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. 
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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