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If you would prefer to have the monthly The Spirit of St. Matthew's emailed rather than mailed, please contact Mardi Galvin (895-3485 or mgalvin@stmatt-ky.org.) Remember - you can also read The Spirit of St. Matthew's any time on the parish website! Click on the Newsletters link below.

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Save the Dates!


November 24: Alternative Gift Market

The Rev. Dan Matthews' Sermon

The audio of the Rev. Dan Matthews' sermon on Sunday, October 27th is on the web. Click on the Sermon Audio link below. The audio of the entire service is also on the web. Click on the Service Audio link below. The video of Dan's adult education class can be watched from the Audio and Video link below.

We invite parishioners to recommend candidates for Rector of St. Matthews.  Click on the Rector Nomination Form "button" above to make a nomination online.

Monday Morning Bible Study

 Tom Momberg in the Library at 10 A.M. All past participants as well as all interested in participating in challenging and thoughtful discussion of scripture are welcome.

Please join us for yoga classes every week:  Monday and Wednesday morning (9 a.m.), Thursday Evening (6 p.m.) and Friday morning Seated Yoga (9:30 a.m.) in Clingman.   No prior yoga experience needed!  Questions, contact Margaret Bond (margaret@augustmarch.com or 228-5967).

Our Newsletter - The Spirit of St. Matthew's - can be found by clicking on the Newletters link below. The November 2013 Spirit has been posted.

Ministry Opportunity List Online


The Ministry Opportunities page has been updated. Click on the image above to view the list and to express an interest in joining one of these ministries. There is also a "Ministry Opportunities and Signup" link below.

Click on the button above make your 2014 pledge online

Click here to visit our Stewardship page where you can:

  • Read some of the stewardship testimonials.

  • Listen to the Rev. Dan Matthews' sermon last Sunday on Stewardship.

  • Watch the video of Dan's Stewardship Adult Forum

  • Listen to the stewardship witnesses

Thanksgiving Day Service and Dinner

Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 12:00 Noon - Holy Eucharist followed by hors d’oeuvres and dinner.

Reservations for dinner are required and due by Thursday, November 21st!

Click here to make dinner reservations
Kentucky Refugee Ministries Winter Coat Drive

Kentucky Refugee Ministries is conducting a Winter Coat Drive for newly arrived refugees. There will be a collection bin in the Narthex for new or gently used coats, blankets, hats, gloves and scarves. Thank you for whatever you may contribute.

Sunday Forum
next Sunday, November 17th:
Theologian and Bellarmine University professor,
Greg Hillis, PhD,
will talk about Pope Francis

Greg Hillis, Assistant Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University and a Roman Catholic, will discuss the impact of Pope Francis on the Roman Catholic church, as well as the potential implications of Pope Francis for Roman Catholic-Episcopalian relations.  Come prepared with questions you would like answered about Pope Francis.

Christmas on the River

Individually wrapped hard candy, chewing gum, unscented lip balm, unscented hand lotion, microwave popcorn, personal size facial tissue, playing cards and Sudoku or word search activity books are being collected for the Seamen’s Christmas on the River.   These items will be included with the hand knitted and crocheted scarves and are due by Sunday, November 17th

Hearts for Kenya Open House, Sunday, November 17th

2013 has been a productive year for Hearts for Kenya! Our new medical clinic is moving forward, the farm coop continues to grow, our school alliance is strong and our board of directors has been busy working on a new strategic plan.

Please stop by an open house on Sunday, November 17th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the home of Janet Hodes, 201 Loganberry Court, Louisville 40207. You'll get the chance to meet other friends of Hearts for Kenya, have some tasty refreshments and get an update on our work in Oyugis, Kenya.

No need to RSVP, just drop by! Please note: parking is available on ONLY one side of the street. There is a clubhouse just three blocks away for those who enjoy a nice little walk. For directions, please contact Janet at 899-7820 or JWHodes@aol.com.

Men's Breakfast Group

All men are invited to join us the third Tuesday of every month for breakfast at our NEW location: Wild Eggs on Dutchmans Lane located across the street and down a block from Denny's. We will meet next Tuesday, November 19th at 8:30 a.m. Please join us! 

Dave Harrity's new book "Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand."

Christianity Today's Books & Culture recently reviewed parishioner Dave Harrity's book "Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand." A new edition of the book was released this month, as was a digital edition. You can purchase a copy from Dave, the publisher's website (click link), or borrow the book from the St. Matthew's library.

2013 Thanksgiving Ingathering

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving"    W.T. Purkiser

Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here! Many of us will celebrate with our families or in at St. Matthew's with our church family. November 24th is St. Matthew's annual Thanksgiving Ingathering.  This is an opportunity for us to share the many gifts God has given us with less fortunate people in our community. This year a portion of our contributions will go to our own food Pantry here at St. Matthew's. See Sunday's bulletin for more information.


During the 186th Convention of the Diocese of Kentucky, the following Members of St. Matthew's were elected to the following positions:

  • Bob Nesmith - Trustees and Council

  • Bill Bond - Standing Committee

  • David Brooks - Treasurer of the Diocese

  • Lynn Miller - Lay Deputy to General Convention

  • Margaret Krantz - 1st Alternate Deputy to General Convention.

  • Debbie Rodahaffer - Appointment to the Commission on Ministries

Red Cross Blood Drive

 “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

St. Matthew’s parishioners and people from our community donated 30 units of blood to the Red Cross during our November 8th blood drive.

Almost everyone kept their scheduled appointments and additional donors showed up to fill in the extra time slots. For those people who came and were unable to donate, thank you for coming.  We hope you will be able to donate in the future.

A special thanks to Ellie Britt for co chairing the drive with me and for all the calling she and Peggy Enriquez did to schedule appointments. I also want to thank the many wonderful parishioners who volunteered the day of the drive.

The Red Cross extends its thanks and appreciation to St. Matthew’s for hosting another successful blood drive.

Jody Fletcher


How Open IS Our Table?
Join us for a three-week Advent conversation 

Thursday evenings, 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
December 5th, 12th and 19th, 2013

 “All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion” has been the standard invitation to the Eucharist in the Episcopal Church until recently.  Many Episcopal congregations, including St. Matthew's, have begun issuing an invitation to “all people,” including people who have not been baptized and may even be adherents of another faith.  What happened?

Why do some believe that the Eucharist should be available to anyone who chooses to receive while others reserve it for baptized Christians? What should be the practice in the Episcopal Church?  In a church that claims to offer an “open table,” what might that really look like?  What do the words “open,” “table” and “our” mean to 21st century seekers and followers of Jesus?

Join us as the Rt. Rev. Terry White, the Rev. Anne Vouga and the Rev. Tom Momberg take turns sharing their theological understandings of important dimensions of our Christian faith, such as Baptism, Eucharist, hospitality and community.  There will be time for reflection, questions and responses.  Come and bring a friend!

http://www.eielson.af.mil/shared/AFImages/CareTeamLogo_d6_13.gif Care Teams: Progress!

In recent weeks there has been steady progress made toward the formation of St. Matthew’s new parish Care Teams.

Sarah Johansen and Mickey Peck agreed to function as Coordinators for the Care Teams.  Rev. Tom Momberg, Sarah and Mickey will meet with potential Care Team Leaders to explain their job description and begin to form the new Care Teams, with the goal of launching the Care Teams in early December.

It’s not too late to join a Care Team!

If you are interested, please contact Sarah, 502-499-0249, dsjohansen99@gmail.com; or Mickey, 502-327-8264, hauser40222@aol.com; for more informatio

http://www.thepetprojectmidwest.org/images/blessing-logo.jpg Pet Food Pantry

Thank you for your contributions to the Church of the Advent Pet Food Pantry this month! There is an on-going need for the 4-legged friends of people in need in our community. Please continue to donate directly to the Church of the Advent Pet Food Pantry, 901 Baxter Avenue, 502-451-6066. 

http://www.riversideca.gov/publicworks/trash/images/battery-recycle-2.jpg Creation Relations Battery Box

Thank you to everyone who has brought used batteries and light bulbs to our Creation Relations box in the narthex coat closet!  We have made our environment a little better by keeping these items out of landfills.  Our team will continue to take these recyclables to Batteries Plus at the Shelbyville Road Plaza.  Questions?  Contact Rhody Streeter (rhodenstreeter@mac.com) or Gaylee Gillim (ggillim@gillimlaw or 473-0956).

St. Mam
Auction and Banquet

St. MAMs (St. Matthews Area Ministries) “Pulling Together” Auction / Banquet – “Life is like MONOPOLY, take a CHANCE and join us for a fun filled evening”, is Thursday, November 14, 5:30-9 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3515 Grandview Avenue. Cost $30 per ticket or $216 for a table of 8. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Lynn Miller (lmiller@stmatt-ky.org), Nathan Adam (kaylin10@hotmail.com), or call St. MAM (893-0205).  Donations of Auction items – Bronze, Silver & Gold Sponsorships and cash contributions – are deeply appreciated. Please email Dan Lane (danglane@stmam.com) or call with any other questions concerning the Auction / Banquet.

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