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.St. Matthew's, being a manifestation of the Body of Christ, is a community that respects the dignity of every human being. We worship, learn, and serve together as we experience the light and love of God in community. Embraced by God's grace, we are joyfully sent forth in service and mission, as we each strive to be examples of Christ in the world. 
("Vision Statement" adopted by the Vestry on October 14, 2012. Learn how we strive to live this out here.)
Memorial Service

A memorial service for Frank E. Davidson, son of Don and Barbara Davidson,
will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 1:00pm at St. Matthew's.
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Please continue to keep the Davidson Family in your thoughts and prayers.
 


Service Times:

St. Matthew's will be closed on November 27th and 28th 
Happy Thanksgiving!


Holy Eucharist, Rite I  ~ 8:00 am
 
Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~  10:00 am 


Church School and childcare during the 10:00 am service



 Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.



STEWARDSHIP Season at St. Matthew's 


Letters from our Stewardship Commitee

Bring Your Pledge Card to Church this Sunday   11/12/ 2014
Caring for Our St. Matthew's Family Home     10/31/2014

 
 
  



Ministries Booklet 2014-2015


Our Outreach Ministries Booklet
Agencies Supported by St. Matthew's

News and Announcements

 
Church School Lesson
11/23/2014
 
TALKABOUT Luke 14:1–24; Come to the banquet
Talk about the Bible story children and youth explored this week. Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story. (1) Read Luke 14:12–14. (2) Tell about a special or surprising invitation you received. (3) Create a
special seat, placemat, or plate at your table. Take turns sitting at the honored place this week. (See Luke 14:7–11.)  Did you know? What animals can replace a tractor for plowing and can pull heavier loads than horses? Oxen.  Prayer for the week Welcoming God, remind us to invite people who are usually left out.
 
6th and 7th graders are reading the story of the transfiguration of Jesus- a complicated story for all of us- adults and tweens.  The emphasis in the lesson  this week is on how sometimes something or someone is so familiar to us that we don’t fully understand it until we see it in a new way.  Likewise, we can always look at Jesus in a new light.
 
Joyful Noise Church School this Sunday!

 
   




Donations Due by Sunday, November 23rd. 
Thanksgiving Basket Collection has begun.
  St. Matthew's is reaching out and working with Wilton Social Services and Covenant to Care again this year.  We have eight wonderful families who will benefit from the true sense of Thanksgiving through your generosity.  Please take a moment and sign up on the poster in the Narthex for whatever you can give this Thanksgiving. Donations for the Thanksgiving food baskets are due Sunday, November 23rd.  Additional items for the baskets are still needed so please check the sign up sheets or email PatHoeg@optonline.net.  Donated items should be left in either the baskets in the hallway between the Narthex and church office or in the WEPCO refrigerator and please be sure to mark your item with your name and “St Matthew’s”. Gift Cards can be left in the office mailbox marked Thanksgiving Basket Gift Cards. Thank you in advance for your generosity!







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December 24 at 4pm


It’s time to prepare for our annual children’s Christmas Pageant: All children are welcome! The pageant will be presented at the 4pm Eucharist on Christmas Eve. We’ll begin rehearsing on Sunday, December 7 right after church. A sign-up list will be on the choir room door starting this Sunday, November 16. Please sign up before Thanksgiving if possible. Parent helpers are also welcome!

3 Rehearsals
Sundays, December 7, 14 & 21 11:30am-12:15pm
 
Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 23 1:30-3:30pm
 
If you have questions, please contact pageant directors Beth Cristini (beth@cristini.net)
 or Dawn Breakey (dawnbreakey@sbcglobal.net)
 








ADVENT CALENDARS

Beginning this Sunday, November 16th through Sunday November 23rd, we invite anyone who is a friend or parent of a child to  make a unique Advent calendar that is designed to help children focus on the spiritual meaning of the holidays at home in a way that is both inviting and meaningful. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and friends of children are all welcome.  For each day of Advent there is an envelope containing a message, activity, and token gift focusing on our faith.  Just stop by the Discovery Room when Church is open Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:30 to assemble as many calendars as you need.  A $12.00 donation to cover the cost of the materials is appreciated.  This year for the first time ever, you have the option of buying pre-assembled calendars for $20 each.  High school youth group members are assembling 20 calendars as a fundraiser for the D.C. Mission Trip.  Only 20 pre-assembled calendars are available.  To reserve yours, please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Becky at beckyhuds@gmail.com.  Cash or checks accepted.  Please make checks payable to JCCEC.
 





 




The Gift of Christmas Catalog COMING SOON!
 
Keep an eye out for your red Gift of Christmas catalog to arrive in the mail! Get some holiday shopping done early this year and help our neighbors in need!  Kadee Alonso will begin accepting orders beginning December 7th.  Here's sneak peek of this year's catalog......

The Gifts of Christmas Catalog






 



 Announcing the 2014-2015 Arts at St. Matthew's Season...

North Shore Acapella
Five man a capella sensation
December 14, 2014

John Pizzarelli Quartet
Celebrated jazz singer and guitarist
February 22, 2015
 
For 17 seasons, the Arts at St. Matthew's has fulfilled its mission to bring the beauty of the arts and the warmth of our parish to the community-at-large. We have been graced with fabulous artists. The one constant that makes each performance such a special musical event is our venue. We invite you to enjoy world-class entertainment in an intimate, acoustically superb setting right here in Wilton. Come join us!
 
Season Tickets: $80 Regular  / $160 Patron (Preferred Seating)
(You get a 3% discount when you buy all season tickets.)
 
Get more details and tickets at: www.artsatstmatthews.org





 

              

Volunteers needed for WEPCO Workday!

On Saturday, November 22 from 9 AM to Noon, members of St. Matthew's and Wilton Presbyterian will gather to tidy the grounds of our churches. This is a wonderful time of work, fun and fellowship for people of all ages.  Coffee and refreshments will be served. Activities will include: Fall cleanup of lawns and planting beds. Helpful if you bring gardening tools, rakes, tarps, garden carts/wheel barrows and your work gloves. For details please contact Sandy Muschler.









It is that time of year again St. Matthews!
             The boy scouts of Troop 125 are once again selling holiday wreaths. Sponsored by St. Matthews, our troop sells wreaths each year as part of our only fundraiser to fund the many wonderful campouts and community events we run each year. Our wreaths come fresh from Maine each year and are now available to you. In addition, we sell fresh pine garland and collect donations that go toward the decorating of the Veteran’s Memorial in Town Center as well as the gravesites of Wilton Veterans at Hillside Cemetery. Our prices and sizes are as follows:
All wreaths are measured from the inside and come undecorated or decorated with an elegant red bow and seasonal pinecone clusters

 
SIZE UNDECORATED DECORATED
Small (18") $15.00 $18.00
Medium (30") $35.00 $40.00
Large (48") ------ $85.00
~ Garland is also sold at $1 per foot ~
                                                                                                                                                                                         
For sales and question, please contact: 
 Endy Perry:  203.762.0534 or oep211@yahoo.com
OR
Andrew Woods: 203.761.6715 or andrewdavidwoods@gmail.com
OR
Alex Cameron: camclan5@gmail.com
 
We accept either cash or check made payable to “BSA Troop 125”. Please inform us if you would like to receive your wreath on a specific date. We can accommodate deliveries prior to Thanksgiving if notified in advance. For those who have no preference, we will be selling wreaths in the Courtyard after church on Sunday December 7th and you could pick them up then. Thank you for your continued support of Boy Scout Troop 125.
Happy Holidays!
 






OUTREACH

Edward's Chest:   NOV: Elder House - Char Griffin  - Advil, Tylenol, Large Colored Markers, Cookies, Chocolates,Crossword and word search books, Blue, Red, Black Poker Chips.




NEW Date for the Talent Show!!
Saturday, January 24th

Please help make this event an even bigger and better success than last year – on and off the stage. On Stage: Be creative! Show off your dancing, singing, magic acts, ukulele playing, or stupid pet tricks. Last year’s acts ranged from singers to basketball tricks to gymnastic flips. If you have an idea for an act, but need more help putting it all together, see Janet Nobles (noblesj@optonline.net). Off Stage: We need help with the ticket sales, food reception and program booklet.
See Pam Carlson for details (carlsons@optonline.net).
An event not to be missed! Guaranteed fun for the whole family. 





Beyond Our Windows


At Home, At Church, On the Train, In the Car……
No matter where you are “beyond the windows” of St. Matthew’s there are lots of opportunities for growing in your faith and relationship with God.  And now there is easy access to a variety of adult education opportunities that will fit your lifestyle and learning style at Beyond Our Windows, the new website for adult Christian Education & Spiritual Formation at St. Matthew's and Wilton Presbyterian Churches:  Please visit this website for more information: http://beyondourwindows.weebly.com.
 



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Annual Report 2013
                                                               

We are called to be a welcoming community of faith in which we are invited to share our journey of inspiration and service to others - leading us to become examples of Christ in the world.
("Mission Statement" adopted by the Vestry on September 16, 2007)
 

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is a part of

 
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut
 

The Episcopal Church


The Anglican Communion

 
Holy Eucharist

Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am
Wednesdays 11:00am


Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church
36 New Canaan Road Wilton CT 06897
203-762-7400

The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Rector