Welcome to St Matthew's Episcopal Church

We are an Episcopal church community seeking to live daily with Christ. We are old and young, and in between.  We gather for fellowship, and learning for all ages.  We are active in our community and local outreach.  As an Easter people year long, we seek and share God in our daily lives transforming this world into God's kingdom on earth.  Come open the doors and see for yourself!  


News and Events

Ash Wednesday begins Lent 2018 at 7:00 PM at St Matthew's.  We will experience this evening worship with the imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist.  Everyone is welcomed to enter into this time of Lent, with intentions to honor God with our own soul searching, discernment, and trust that our 40 days of self inspection will lead us closer to our Lord, and change our lives forever with the good news of God in Christ.  

Shrove Tuesday February 12 at 6:00 PM.  It is time to eat and be merry as we come to Shrove Tuesday on our Calendars.  Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins.  It is a time to clean our cabinets of fats and sugars and enjoy consuming foods that bring delight and fill us fully in the company of friends at our annual pot-luck feast.  Shrove Tuesday is not unlike Mardi Gras, a time of merriment before the quiet season of Lent begins.  Bring your family and your friends to St Matthew's in the joy of meeting and sharing in one another's company.   

Ladle of Love Soup Outreach Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM St Matthew's people have prepared  a variety of endless bowls of soup for eat in or take out.  A bowl of soup comes with drink and dessert (eating in). $8.00 for a bottomless bowl, or purchase a quart for home. All proceeds support local out reach including Habitat for Humanity, Saline Safe Haven Shelter, Christian Care Clinic and more. 

Ash Wednesday will be observed at 7:00 PM on March 1.  Begin a holy Lent with the imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion at St Matthew's. 

Holy Week Begins Sunday April 9th with Palm Sunday.  Palm Sunday brings together two extraordinary events.  The first is Jesus entrance into Jerusalem, riding a donkey (colt) and the crowds waving palms and cheering cries of Hosanna.  Once the church is entered, the the glorious mood swings towards the direction of the upcoming Holy Week.  The juxtaposition of a celebratory event and the emptying and stark contrast of crucifixion we begin to observe the last week of Jesus life, with continued services on Maundy Thursday (April 13) and Good Friday (April 14).  The only place from there to go is the long three day wait for Easter (April 16).  Help us to observe Holy Week, together.  Service schedules are to your right. 

Worship Schedule

Vicar, The Rev Lorrie Slaymaker
Deacon, The Rev Nancy Cook

St Matthew's Worship Opportunities

Sunday Morning Worship (Holy Eucharist*)
8:30 and 11:00 AM 

Sunday adult Christian Education at 9:45 to 10:45
  
Adult Class occur Sundays led by either The Rev Lorrie Slaymaker, Vicar or The Rev Nancy Cook, Deacon or The Rev Gwen Fry, supply priest. 

Lent Services

Ash Wednesday
6:30 PM February 14
Preacher The Rev Lorrie Slaymaker, Vicar
Begin a Holy Lent, with the imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion on Wednesday Evening. 
Maundy Thursday
7:00 PM,  March 29
Preacher, The Rev Nancy Cook, Deacon 
Maundy Thursday highlights John's Gospel and the foot washing at the last supper. Following the Holy Eucharist, the Altar is stripped. 
Good Friday
7:00 PM, March 30
Preacher The Rev Lorrie Slaymaker, Vicar
Good Friday is a solemn service witnessing the crucifixion of Christ through scripture, and shared by the community.