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Newsletters — St Matthews Chatfield

Newsletters

April , 2015

Note that there will be a candlelight prayer vigil in the Chatfield City Park for one of our community’s first graders.  He has been battling leukemia and Mayo has given the word that there is nothing more that they can medically do.  Some of the parents of other first graders have organized this  prayer vigil.  Please come out to support this family and our community.

May Events —2015

The youth group will be selling some home baked goods at the Chatfield Area Garage Sale Event.   This Fund Raiser for them, so please support them in their efforts.

Mark your calendar for the Bishops visit on May 17th.

Church on May 17th 1 p.m.  There will be no morning service.

May –2014

  3rd –City-widegarage sale booth in park

4th – Hymn Sing – 3:00 PM

10th – Confirmation Service at Faribault – 11:00 AM

11th – Guild Meeting after the service

18th Vestry Meeting after the service

Season: Easter and Pentecost (May through August)

Officiant

Acolyte

Reader

Chalice

Greeter

Guardian

5/4/14

3rd   Sunday of Easter

Lynn   Harstad

Aisha   Casler

Helen   Finley

Dorothy   Billmeier

Alice   Applequist

5/11/14

4th   Sunday of Easter

Alice   Applequist

Jada   Escalera

Bill   Sullivan

George   Rodgers

Dorothy   Billmeier

Alice   Applequist

5/18/14

5th   Sunday of Easter

Bill   Sullivan

Celeste   Siewert

Abbie   Siewert

Dorothy   Billmeier

Alice   Applequist

5/25/14

6th   Sunday of Easter

Alice   Applequist

Abbie   Siewert

Luana   Meeker

Bill   Sullivan

Dorothy   Billmeier

Alice   Applequist

6/1/2014

7th   Sunday of Easter

Cindy   Tester

Dominic   Billmeier

Keagan   Anthony

Lynn   Harstad

Luana   Meeker

6/8/2014

Day   of Pentecost

Alice   Applequist

Alex   Coe

Laurel   Hansel

Cindy   Tester

Lynn   Harstad

Luana   Meeker

6/15/2014

Trinity   Sunday

 Lynn Harstad

Jada   Escalera

Cindy   Tester

Luana   Meeker

Luana   Meeker

6/22/0214

2nd   Sunday after Pentecost

Alice   Applequist

Rodney   Coe

Jada   Escalera

George   Rodgers

Lynn   Harstad

Luana   Meeker

6/29/2014

3rd    Sunday after Pentecost

Bill   Sullivan

Aisha   Casler

Sandy   Sullivan

Lynn   Harstad

Luana   Meeker

7/6/2014

4th   Sunday after Pentecost

Cindy   Tester

Jada   Escalera

Betty   Balcome

George   Rodgers

Laurel   Hansel

7/13/2014

5th   Sunday after Pentecost

Alice   Applequist

Abbie   Siewert

Helen   Finley

Bill   Sullivan

George   Rodgers

Laurel   Hansel

7/20/2014

6th   Sunday after Pentecost

Lynn  Harstad

Celeste   Siewert

Sandy   Sullivan

George   Rodgers

Laurel   Hansel

7/27/2014

7th   Sunday after Pentecost

Alice Applequist

Dominic   Billmeier

Keagan   Anthony

Cindy   Tester

George   Rodgers

Laurel   Hansel

8/3/2014

8th   Sunday after Pentecost

Bill   Sullivan

Alex    Coe

Laurel   Hansel

Helen   Finley

Sandy   Sullivan

8/10/2014

9th   Sunday after Pentecost

Alice   Applequist

Aisha   Casler

Luana   Meeker

George   Rodgers

Helen   Finley

Sandy   Sullivan

8/17/2014

10th   Sunday after Pentecost

Cindy   Tester

Jada   Escalera

Abbie   Siewert

Helen   Finley

Sandy   Sullivan

8/24/2014

11th   Sunday after Pentecost

Alice   Applequist

Rodney   Coe

Jada   Escalera

Bill   Sullivan

Helen   Finley

Sandy   Sullivan

8/31/2014

12th   Sunday after Pentecost

Lynn   Harstad

Celeste   Siewert

Bill   Sullivan

Helen   Finley

Sandy   Sullivan

9/7/14

13th   Sunday after Pentecost

Bill   Sullivan

Dominic   Billmeier

Betty   Balcome

Nickie   DuChesne

Helen Finley

Betty   Balcome

 

If you are unable to serve the Sunday you are scheduled, please find a substitute and contact Sandy with the change so that it can be reflected correctly in the bulletin.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Hymn Sing

Sing your favorite hymns and enjoy musical selections by special groups at the Community Hymn Sing on Sunday, May 4th at 3:00. This event will be held at the United Methodist Church and the free will offering will go to Help Our Neighbors.

Team Meeting

The Team is working with our mentor, Tom Harries, on ways to implement four goals that they have developed: 1) learn how to be more effective in evangelism, 2) Work on renewing the team, adding new members, 3) promoting the ministry of all believers, helping identify each person’s ministry within the church, 4) increase collaboration between the two congregations. These goals will be discussed with the vestry and, if adopted, will become a focus for St. Matthew’s. Our next meeting will be on June 19. As always the congregation is welcome to attend.

 

Western Days Float

The Western Days parade seems a long way off but the Vestry has decided that St. Matthew’s will have a float and we need to begin planning now. The youth are enthusiastic but we would like to hear from all members as to what the theme should be. All ideas will be welcomed and considered…just let a vestry member know your thoughts.

 

Youth Events

There are two middle school (grades 6-8) coming up this summer: Summer in the City – June 23 – 26 and Music Camp the week of August 3rd. We have 6 boys and girls eligible to attend the Summer in the City mission trip. We have done some fund raising and will be doing more in May to provide scholarships for these youth. If you would like to contribute to the fund, either drop a check in the offering plate indicating the donation is for the Scholarship Fund or contact Sandy for more information.

Service Schedule

Notice that the next four month’s service schedule is on the back of this newsletter. Assignments are random and you may not be able to attend your assigned day. Please find a replacement and let Sandy know so that the bulletin is correct.

Urgent Request

On May 3rd during the city-wide garage sales, St. Matthews will be having a booth in the park to sell bars and cookies. The proceeds from this sale will go to the Help Our Neighbor organization. We urgently need contributions of cookies and bars. If you can provide these items, contact Dorothy Billmeier (867-2920) or George Rodgers (273-4789).

 

Baptisms

This year our Easter service was especially glorious. Not only did we celebrate our risen Lord, we also were witness to the Holy Baptism of seven of our congregation. Those being baptized were: Aisha Casler, Jada Escalera, Nickie DuChesne and her 3 children Keagan, Magan and Damian Anthony. Daisey Anthony, infant daughter of Magan Anthony and Ryan Stamer, was also baptized. We joyfully welcome each of them!

 

HON Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, April 29th, a seminar called, “Helping Your Parents Age in Place” will take place at the Chatfield Library. A light supper will be served at 6:00 PM followed by the informational presentation. This session is sponsored by Help Our Neighbors

 

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

                                    Psalms 100:1 (NRSV)

Regional Confirmation

On Saturday, May 10, at 11:00 AM at the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior in Faribault, Bishop Prior will be confirming many from the Southeast Mission Area (formerly Region V). Two of our members, Alex Coe and Dominic Billmeier will be confirmed at that service. All are welcome to attend. Following the confirmations there will be a luncheon served.

                         May Birthdays                                                                                      

15 – Mischel Stehlik                    27 – Jim Burnap

23 – Zoe Malinchoc                   27 – Brittany Burnap

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Birthdays

 1 – Tony Billmeier            15 – Kathleen Malinchoc

11 – Celeste Siewert        20 – Jeremiah Siewert

14 – Luana Meeker            21 – Nickie Duchene

Fruit Cake

The first batch of fruit cake will be ready to sell at the November 2 craft sale at the Center for the Arts. Help out by letting friends and neighbors know they are available.

Veteran’s Day Pork Chop and Sauerkraut Dinner

The 4th Annual Veteran’s Day dinner will be on November 11th from 5-7:00. The menu will include pork chops, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberry salad, roll, and sherbet. All profits go to support veterans and active military family activities. This is a good opportunity to invite family and friends to St. Matthew’s.

 

Beads for Missions:  Gods Work, Our Hands

We have a great volunteer opportunity to help with missions around the world without leaving town!  Join an ecumenical group on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 1pm-4pm as we meet in the Chatfield Lutheran church basement to assemble bead necklaces for missions in Jamaica. The arrangement of colored beads on the necklace is used to tell the gospel story.  Beads and instructions are provided. Ages 12 and under, please bring an adult with you.  Hope to see you there!!

 

Craft Project Sleepover

On Saturday, November 23 at 3:00 through lunch on Sunday, November 24th, children and youth are invited to gather to create Christmas gifts for family and friends. The event is open to all ages.  Those children, who do not wish to stay overnight but who would like to participate in parts of it are encouraged to join us on Saturday from 3-7 pm and/or from  our church service at 9:30 am until lunch at 1pm. Some of the crafts will include: candle-making, potpourri bags, wreaths, holiday cookies, and lots more. There is no cost. Contact Alice Applequist with any questions.

Dates to Remember

November

2rd – Holiday Craft Fair – 9-2:00

8th–House Blessing–George and Jamie’s in Elgin

10th – Guild Meeting after church

11th – Pork Chop and Sauerkraut Dinner 5:00-7:00

17th – Necklace project (see article below)

17th – Vestry Meeting after Church

21th – Team Meeting at 6:00 in Rushford

23rd-24th – Craft Project Sleepover

25th – Bundles of Love – 2:00 – 8:30 PM

30th – Hanging of the Greens at 9:00 AM

 

November is UTO Month

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. UTO monies go to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church. Please bring your contribution this month.

Christmas Giving

Many of the local churches are joining efforts again this year to provide gifts and food donations for local families in need. This effort is in conjunction with the Sharing Tree sponsored by Fillmore County Social Services but only local families are included. Each church will adopt as many families as they are able and will be given a specific list of requests by the children in those families. Monetary donations will go to providing gift certificates to Sunshine Foods to buy groceries for a Christmas dinner. All family names are anonymous.  Early this month a list of food and household items will be available on the bulletin board. You are encouraged to choose several items from the list and place them in the box provided in the fellowship hall.  If you want to make a monetary contribution to this effort, please contact Sandy Sullivan. Once the Vestry approves our participation, we will need to take all our gathered gifts and food items to the Chatfield Lutheran Church on December 15. More information will be in the weekly bulletins.

 

Hanging the Greens

Advent begins on the first day of December so we will hang the greens, clean and decorate throughout the church on November 30 beginning at 9:00. Please come and help prepare the church for the Advent/Christmas seasons. Treats and a beverage will be available after the work.

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday, November 4. Turn your clocks back 1 hour.

 

Thanksgiving Service

There will not be a Thanksgiving service at St. Matthew’s this year. You are encouraged to attend a service at one of the other community churches.

 

 

 

October Birthdays

  1 – Glenna Berquam

13 – Keagan Anthony

19 – Chasta Boley

24 – Laurel Hansel

25 –Sydney Burnap

Ambulance/Police Dinner

It has become a tradition for St. Matthew’s to honor the volunteer ambulance crew and the local police officers with a dinner at the church. October is National Volunteer Month and this year the event will take place on Tuesday, October 22. Gathering will be at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 PM. We will be contacting people to help with the food preparation.

October Activity

On October 27th, following coffee, we will travel to Harmony for a joint roller skating party with the youth from Emmanuel in Rushford. Skating will be from 12:00 until 2:00 and the cost  is $3.00. After skating, we’ll returnar to St. Matthew’s to carve jack-o-lanterns and eat pizza. Those of you not interested in skating are welcome to join us at the church at 2:30 for the pumpkin carving and pizza. We’ll provide the pumpkins. You are encouraged to invite friends to join us.

 

Sunday School News

If you weren’t in church on September 22nd, you missed quite a sight. The choir wore their bright yellow, hand-decorated St. Matthew’s t-shirts that they made in Sunday School. We will be wearing them from time to time for other occasions.

 

Apple Juice

Don’t forget that the apple juice-making activity that was postponed from September will happen on October 6th right after church. The apples are ripe and ready to be squeezed  into juice. Bring a container so you can take some home with you. Lunch will be served.

Dates to Remember

October

6th – Apple juice activity at Sullivan’s

7th – HON speaker (see article below)

13th – Guild Meeting after church service

17th – Team Meeting at 6:00 PM in Chatfield

20th – Vestry Meeting after service

22nd – Ambulance/Police Officer’s dinner at 6:00

27th – Roller skating/pumpkin carving activity

28th – Bundles of Love

 

Have You Heard About “The Lady Pastor?”

She grew up in Dunkerton, Iowa and has been a

Lutheran pastor in Stewartville, MN since 2009.  Emily

Carson is not only a pastor but is a blogger, sister,

photographer, daughter, and friend.  You may have

read her weekly column, “The Lady Pastor” in the

Rochester Post-Bulletin.

During her seminary Emily joined a volunteer clergy

group who served as chaplains at a local hospital.  The

meetings often were attended by 29 men and 1 woman.

She was the woman.  She did not mind being called

“the lady pastor” – in fact she eventually liked it and

embraced it.  Pastor Emily Carson is especially

interested in writing and public speaking. Monday,

October 7, 2013,  Help Our Neighbors and the

Chatfield United Methodist Church’s  Gathering

Place will host Emily Carson as a guest speaker.  Her

program is titled, “Building A Balanced Life.”  Begin

your day with Coffee & Conversation at 10:00

AM and enjoy the program  at 11:00. The goal of this

presentation is to provide participants with tools for

their “balanced life toolkit.”

During her talk Emily will provide conversational

food-for-thought.  She says about this program, “As

we learn from one another we will explore the

importance of healthy relationships, meaningful

spiritual outlets, creativity and physical activity.

Join us at 10 AM  for Coffee & Conversation and

stay for the 60 minute program at 11 AM.  A free will

offering will promote and help sustain services

provided by Help Our Neighbors.

 

 

 

 

St. Matthew’s – September 2013

September 1 – Morning Prayer – 9:30 AM,

September 8 – Holy Eucharist 9:30 AM, Sunday School Begins

Guild Meeting after coffee

11 – Safe Church Training for Youth Workers at 6:30

 

September 15 – Morning Prayer – 9:30 AM, Sunday School and Nursery

Vestry Meeting after Service

Fund raising for Food Shelf meal from 11:00 – 1:00. Public invited –                                   freewill offering or non-perishable items for food shelf. Menu is                                              macaroni and cheese casserole, green salad and dessert.

18 – Safe Church Training for Adults at 6:30

19 – Team Meeting in Rushford at 6:00 PM

 

September 22 – Holy Eucharist 9:30 AM, Sunday School and Nursery

Lunch and making Apple Cider at Sullivan’s after church

 

September 29 – Morning Prayer – 9:30 AM, Sunday School and Nursery

30Bundles of Love Sewing Group

 

August Birthdays

3 – Alex Coe

5 – Terri Applequist

6 – Jada Escalara

11 – Don Burnap

14 – Lynn Harstad

19 – Betty Lou Balcome

Migrant Ministry  On August 25th, St. Matthew’s will again  team up with St. Peter’s Kasson to     provide a meal for the migrant workers at the canning plant in Montgomery. We attend the Spanish service which is followed by a shared meal of barbecue sandwiches, chips, and bars. This is a great experience so we hope more of you can participate this year. Contact Bill or Sandy for more information or to volunteer to go.

Vacation Bible School St. Peter’s in Kasson is having a one-day Bible School on Saturday, August 24 from 9:00AM until 2:00 PM. There is no cost and it is for all ages (toddlers to teens). Please let Sandy know if you are interested in sending your children so she can arrange rides.

Joint Team/Vestry Meeting On August 16 at 6:30 PM, there will be a joint meeting with members of the Vestry and the Team. As part of our discernment process, this meeting will discuss ways to improve communications and begin an evaluation of the Team’s effectiveness. The congregation will have input into the Team evaluation process at a later date.

Thank you to those who were able to be present for the house blessings of Chasta and Ben Boley’s home, Cindy Tester’s home, and Christopher Stehlik’s home.  It has been a great time to celebrate our being a church family, as well as, to share in the blessing of their homes.

We look forward to the house blessing of George Rodgers and Jamie Brotherton’s.  They will let us know when they are all moved in and ready for us to come and celebrate their new home.

August Dates to Remember

1st – Team meeting in Chatfield

7th – Alice does Care Center service

11th – Western Days Service in the Park – 9:00     No service at St. Matthew’s.

16th – Joint Vestry/Team Meeting at 6:30 PM

18th – Vestry meeting after the service

24th – Bible School in Kasson 9:00-2:00

25th – Migrant Ministry in Montgomery, MN

Looking Ahead

September 8 – Sunday School will begin.

September 11 – Safe Church for youth workers

September 18 – Safe Church Training for adults

Western Days Service  On Sunday, August 11, there will be no service at St. Matthew’s.

As part of the Western Days activities, there will be a community service in the city park. Everyone is encouraged to attend that event beginning at 9:00.

Lynn Harstad to take Sabbatical  Beginning in August and ending in April, Lynn Harstad is taking a much deserved break from the responsibilities of the Team. She will not be attending St. Matthew’s during this time. Bob Johnson has agreed to work with the choir in Lynn’s absence. We hope it is a renewing and relaxing time for Lynn.

Mission Statement

At the final meeting with Ben Scott in June, those present adopted the following mission statement for St. Matthew’s: To share and realize God’s Word and Sacraments supporting and moving God’s people to action. A list of goals for St. Matthew’s was also generated. You should have received this list either by email or in the mail. If you didn’t receive a copy, contact Alice Applequist for one.  The Goals are posted in the next section, if you keep scrolling down.  Thank you.

 

 

July News

July is a “slow” month as far as activities at St. Matthew’s so Sandy is  taking a break and not doing a newsletter this month. Any announcements will appear in the bulletin. However she didn’t want to neglect the July birthdays.

3 – Kayla Siewert

11– Charles Harstad

11– Aisha Casler

21– Chris Kern

24– Skylar Boley

Happy Birthday to each of you!

 

Thank you to those who were able to join us for our last meeting with Ben.  We were able to approve our new goals and our new mission statement.  This mission statement is for 3 years.

Thank you to Bill and Sandy for attending the Total Ministry Summit.  We will look forward to hearing your thoughs abou all that was discussed.

Thank you to those of you who were able to come and share in the Fellowship of our Church Picnic.  The food and conversation were reported to be excellent.  Helen, thank you for bringing part of your extended family.  It was wonderful to see them.

June Minutes of the  All-Church Conversation Meeting with Ben

June Conversation Meeting with Ben

June 23, 2013 was an all-parish meeting with Ben.  It was the meeting where we were to review and discuss the purposed goals and purposed mission statement for St. Matthew’s.  The Goals and     Mission Statement came out of the “Health Survey”, that we did with Ben, our monthly “Mtgs. with Ben”, “Phone Call Conversations”, Small Group Conversations” “One on One Conversations” that     were led by Luana and Sandy, along with the “Interim Goal Reports” composed by each person that   led each of the conversation topics each month with Ben.

Before the meeting began, Cindy Tester, Senior Warden, asked for everyone’s attention.  She shared  that our congregation had lost a dear member, Dick Fenwick.  She spoke of his years of service as a licensed lay reader and Junior Warden and Vestry person. Cindy shared that she had enjoyed      working with him, when he was Junior Warden.

Cindy then explained that she and Luana Meeker, Guild President, had talked and decided that        since Dick was buried out of the Chatfield Lutheran Church, we had not given our stewardship in serving the meal or gift of using our space. Therefore, Luana and Cindy discussed that St. Matthew’s should do something as a memorial gift for Dick.

Luana spoke with Arleta (Dick’s wife) and Arleta felt that a large meat and cheese tray delivered to      the house would be most appreciated.  Luana did this in the name of the Guild.

Cindy said had contacted the Vestry members. The Vestry decided they would make a memorial donation to Season’s Hospice in Dick’s name. (Season’s Hospice was one of the things suggested in     the obituary for memorials). The Vestry, also, decided, at their next meeting, they would decide       what things they could buy for St. Matthew’s as a memorial to Dick.

When Cindy finished, it was time for Ben to begin our meeting.  It was 10:40 a.m.

Ben began his time in having everyone stop and do some centering.  This was done by sharing in a      few minutes of silence.  We were asked to center ourselves and to clear ourselves of all the things       that had been weighing heavy upon us.  We were to relax and feel the Spirit at work within us. After    the few minutes of silence, Ben and those present joined in an “Amen”.  Ben then began his      reflection.

Ben’s reflection was one of re-capping what we had done during the last several months of Strategic Planning.  He listed each of the topics that had been covered and the person (s) that had led it.  He spoke of how he had met with each leader, after our meetings, to create a list of interim goals that       had come out from the meeting.  He shared that he felt very positive about the process that we had done, the tools we were developing and the growing we were doing.

Ben shared that the book we were using was the one that had been strongly suggested to the Team        by the mediator (from Rochester).  The mediator was the one that the Team had met with to work through issues that needed some re-solving with the Moses family.  The mediator suggested that the Team use this book with our congregation to continue to heal and move forward.

Ben spoke of how he had revised some of the material in the Strategic Planning book to make it        more appropriate for us as a Total Ministry Congregation and as a small rural church.  Ben pointed    out that our church, our congregation, was more systemic as “family based” rather than as a     “program church”.

Ben pointed out that he was honored that we had asked him to be the facilitator for us.  He shared     that he and Sally and their daughters, Mary and Rachel, had strong spiritual ties to St. Matthew’s.       He pointed out that both St. Matthew’s and he and his family had changed a great in the past 20     years.  He shared that we had all aged and that things were not the same for any of us.  Ben shared     that he and Sally felt great joy in being with us for the worship services and Strategic Planning meetings.  He could remember that when he was our priest, we had shared many up and down moments.  Therefore, he felt that our shared history was helpful in addressing the things that we      were working on now.

Ben commented on his delight over the many people who shared in the leadership of each of the monthly topics, the many members of the congregation that came and spoke at each of our      gatherings, and for those who participated in the small groups either physically or by phone or           one-on-one conversations.  He shared his great appreciation of the diversity of people who had participated in this Strategic Planning process to make a mission statement and to make goals. Ben    felt that everyone had really been trying to be honest in their comments of strengths and         weaknesses of St. Matthew’s.

Ben shared that St. Matthew’s had lost some very dear members both by leaving and by death and     that the loss had changed us. However, Ben pointed out that we had some new members and some   very involved children/youth and that had, also, changed us.  He concluded that both the gains and losses were a normal part of church life. He stressed that because of our size the impact and need for strong goals and mission were very important.

Ben affirmed that he was seeing changes in our interactions. He, also, felt that we were using and expanding how we interacted with one another.  He affirmed that we were using new tools in how        we problem-solved and viewed differences of opinions and perspectives.

Ben talked about how silence can breed disease and cause the destruction in a family system.  He stressed how talking about and discussing things (airing things) promotes health, growth and     strength in a congregation/family.

Ben concluded his reflection with comments about how he sees strengths in St. Matthew’s.  Ben,       also, pointed out that he saw recognition, on our part, of the family systemic problems that can     occur.  He stressed that at larger churches, program size, that the systemic problems are there, but      how they are dealt with are different. Ben explained that the leadership in the larger churches is       paid staff, and so firing and re-hiring are often done to solve issues or to change the leadership dynamics.  In small churches, this isn’t an option since the leadership is not paid. If the person or  family leaves, in a small (family) church, the effect is felt by all. Ben stressed that family systemic problems are real and painful and are felt and shared by all.

Ben finished with saying that he felt that we had accomplished all that we had set out to do.  He felt strong growth and tools were being utilized. He believed, we would be voting in our new mission statement and goals, at this meeting, which would be giving us a solid path to travel.

Ben, thanked us, again, and turned the meeting over to Cindy Tester and Chris Kern.  Cindy and      Chris explained how they had come up with the proposed mission statement. They had looked at the current one. Then, they looked at the interim goals and purposed goals and wrote the mission   statement that reflected what they were reading and had heard at the meetings.

Cindy read the current mission statement aloud to the congregation.  Cindy and Chris gave a brief summary of how that had been appropriate before but that we needed to change it now.  They spoke about how we were not in the same place that we were then and about the interim goals that had     come out of each of the meetings. Cindy and Chris gave a quick review of a few of the interim goals     and referenced the purposed goals that had been emailed to everyone or the hard copy that had       been given to those without email.

Cindy and Chris had us look at the purposed mission statement.  After hearing Cindy read it and   looking at it on the power point, Cindy turned the meeting over to Laurel Hansel and Alice      Appequist. Laurel and Alice then presented the purposed goals.

The purposed goals were on a power point for everyone to see.  Alice began by explaining the goals    were centered on four goal topics…1) Youth, 2) Job Descriptions, 3) Adult Enrichment        Opportunities and 4) Accountability. (Under each of the four topics, there were goal bullet points.)

Laurel read each of the Goals and the goal bullet points.  Laurel explained why we were  each of the measurable bullet points.  After each of the measurable bullet goal points, a discussion was held        with the congregation.

It was decided that all of the goals and their measurable bullet points were viable.  Some words were changed to make the goals more fitting and appealing for St. Matthews.  After the changes were      made, a final discussion was held.

After the reviewing the Purposed Goals and discussing and revising them, a vote was taken to accept them.  The motion to accept them was made by Bob Johnson and seconded by George Rodgers.  The motion was voted upon and was accepted.  The goal list is enclosed in this mailing.

After the goals were accepted a vote and final discussion were done on the mission statement. The discussion led us to change some of the wording of the Mission Statement.  The Revised Purposed Mission Statement was read and was on the screen for everyone to see. A motion was made to     approve the mission statement by Bill Sullivan and seconded by Chris Kern.  A vote was taken and     the Mission Statement was approved.

This Mission Statement is enclosed in this mailing.

The Mission Statement and Goals will be for three years.  At that time, they will be reviewed and        new ones will be made to reflect where we are at that time.  However, in our accountability goal, we acknowledged and accepted that each year we will look at the Mission Statement and Goals and     gather feedback at our semi-annual all- church meeting in July.

A brief discussion was done around the questions of…“Do the Mission Statement and the new Goals include ways for us to begin a gifts discernment process?  And, if it does, “How does it?”  The       answers were both “yes”.  Alice A. explained in her answer just how and why it worked.  Those      present were nodding in agreement. Bill Sullivan, who had raised the question, acknowledged that      he could see how that would work.

It was shown that the Adult Spiritual Enrichment Coffee times of either or both of the Vestry and    Team could be used to introduce the “Gifts Discernment Process” and begin to do the gift     discernment, or the gift discernment could be introduced at the Adult Spiritual Enrichment Coffee   time and a date set for an all- church meeting to do the gift discernment.

The hour was drawing near to when all stomachs begin to growl and the minds begin to drift to        smell of food, so Cindy thanked Ben and everyone for their help and time. Cindy asked if Ben had anything to add.

Ben finished the meeting with his thanks to everyone.  He restated his feelings that we had accomplished a great deal. He stressed his support that we were headed in a good direction.  Ben       said he would be sending a letter Bishop Brian. In the letter, Ben would be summarizing all that we    had done and would be including our new Mission Statement and Goals.  He would affirm to the  Bishop that we had sufficiently finished the Strategic Planning and were ready to continue our work     on being a healthy Missional Church.

Ben was asked to do a final prayer.  He offered a very moving prayer on our behalf.  Bob Johnson       was asked to say grace.  Bob said grace and all began the process of making their way to the food.

Notes from listening after the meeting…

Thank you to Ben for facilitating the meetings and process.

Thank you to Sally for supporting both Ben and us as we worked through this process.

Thank you to Ben and Sally for their support and presence and faith in us.

Thank you to the Episcopal Church of Minnesota for giving us time to go through this process.     Thanks, also, for giving us the time to begin to heal and reconcile before beginning the Strategic Planning.  We needed to start trusting and healing.

Thank you to each person who shared their honesty, truths and feelings as we shared in this process.

Thank you to all who provided the delicious potluck food for our dinner.

Thank you to God for God’s grace and patience as we muddled through to find our call/mission as      one family of God.

Thank you to Jesus for walking with us and helping to carry our pains and promise of healing and reconciliation.

Thank you to the Holy Spirit for keeping the winds blowing and the fires burning for us…who        needed the guidance and vibrancy of hope and undeniable strength.

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Faith Family, Chatfield, Minnesota

To share and realize God’s Word and Sacraments supporting and moving God’s people to action.

 

Goals

Goal 1:   Youth

  • We, the congregation, adults and youth, will be welcoming to other youth in the community     who need a safe place to be with other kids and adults for worship, education and fellowship.
  • We, the congregation, the adults, will promote youth participation in the service, utilizing      them as readers, greeters, intercessors and co-guardians of the church each month
  • We, the congregation, the adults, will invite a youth representative to be a youth liaison to the monthly vestry meetings.

 

Goal 2:   Job Descriptions, Responsibilities and Clarifications

  •  The Team will be reviewing/writing and updating their job descriptions/ roles and responsibilities. Their completed summary will be added to the Customaries
  • The Vestry will be reviewing and/or writing the job descriptions and defining the roles of        each Vestry position. Their completed summary will be added to the Customaries
  •  The Guild will be reviewing/writing/updating the job descriptions/roles and responsibilities. Their completed summary will be added to the Customaries.
  • The Licensed Lay (lay readers, Eucharistic visitors etc.) will write/review and update their job descriptions/roles and responsibilities. Their completed summary will be added to     the Customaries.
  • The current Sunday School Teachers will write their job descriptions/roles and    responsibilities…identifying their current roles and responsibilities. This will be added to our Customaries.
  • The Rev. Brenda Ziebell and The Rev. Alice Mae Applequist will review/write and update the Customaries and present them to the Vestry for additions/corrections and approval.  The  various job descriptions will be reviewed, each year, by each group and presented to the      Vestry for additions/corrections and approval, after reviewing the feedback from the semi- annual Parish meeting.  (This mtg. will be in July.)
  • The Vestry Approved Final Customary will be made available electronically on our                        St. Matthew’s website and in hard copy in the file cabinet in the Vestry Room.  For those who wish a copy and do not have internet, a hard copy can requested by contacting the current   Senior Warden.

 

Goal 3:   Adult Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

  • The Youth will present quarterly presentations, at the coffee time.  Such presentations could include things such as…updates on what they are doing in their Sunday School activities,   mission trip recaps, power points of  particular topics or items of interest…like what they      want to do for victims of specific disasters.  (Time of presentation can range from (5-20 minutes). (Jan., April, July, Oct.)
  • The Vestry will present or will arrange quarterly presentations at the coffee time.  Such presentations could include speakers, videos or discussions on current events). (Feb., May,    Aug, Nov.)
  • The Team will present quarterly presentations at coffee time that will  proclaim the Good     News, Engage Meaningful Christian Rituals in Our Daily Lives, and/or Promote the Sharing      of God’s Love, Healing and Reconciliation in the World. This will help to affirm the message      of Grace, Faith, Hope and Love of God and our fellow humans in our daily lives. Such          presentations could include speakers, videos, power points, instructional services from the    BCP, discussions and/or forums on Rubrics, Traditions and/or history of the Episcopal  Church.) (March, June, Sept., Dec.)

 

Goal 4:    Accountability

  • We, the Congregation of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, will have a semi-annual (July) All-Parish Meeting.  The Congregation and Leadership Persons of Team, Vestry, Guild, Sunday School Teachers, Licensed Lay and Youth will openly discuss a progress report of how things    are going.  This will be a respectful dialogue of affirmations, concerns, suggestions or ideas       for change or improvements.  This will be a time to hold all of us accountable to being       invested members in our church.
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June Newsletter

June Birthdays

3 – Baylee Boley                  13 – Russell Burnap

6 – Jamie Washington         18 – Abbie Siewert

8 – Rodney Coe                    22 – Mary Harrison

9 – Don Berquam                 29 – Juan Castillo

 

Ecumenical Picnic in the Park

On June 9th, rain or shine, you are invited to join with other churches for a picnic in the park. Brats, hamburgers, chips, beverage and dessert will be served. There is no cost but a free-will offering will go toward the activities of the Chatfield Ministerial Alliance. Since seating is limited, you are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

 

Congregational Meeting

For the past six months, we have been meeting with Rev. Ben Scott to discern the future of St. Matthew’s. On June 23, there will be a final meeting with Ben to summarize our work, to discuss goals for our congregation and write a mission statement. The whole congregation is urged to attend this important meeting. Following the meeting there will be a pot luck lunch.

 

Team News

The Rooted in the Spirit joint team continues to meet to study the book, “Born of Water, Born of Spirit”.Did you realize that there are over 30 Total and Shared Ministry congregations in practice or formation in Minnesota? St. Matthew’s was the second team to be commissioned. This year’s Total Ministry Summit was held in Little Falls on June 28-29th. Bishop Prior will be there to talk with representatives of Total and Shared Ministry congregations around the state about projects and plans. There will be representatives from Emmanuel and St. Matthew’s in attendance.

 

June Events

  9th – Ecumenical Picnic in the park

13th – Team Meeting in Rushford at 6:00

16th – Youth Service

23rd – Final Conversation with Ben Scott

28th – 29th – Total Ministry Summitat Little Falls

 

 

Youth Service

This has been a good year for the Sunday School. The children have been faithful in their service as acolytes and choir members. As a celebration of the contributions of these youth, the kids will take a large part in the morning service on June 16. They will be taking on many of the adult roles and sharing their talents with you. The kids have grown a lot this year, physically and spiritually, please show your support by attending that service.

 

Mission 2013 Update

You may recall that the Mission 2013 project for Lent this year was to raise money for the Mama Ada Foundation in Kenya. The foundation provides seeds for farmers whose crops have been devastated by drought and also scholarships for students who would otherwise be unable to attend school. The Episcopal Church in Minnesota raised nearly $40,000 for the foundation. St. Matthew’s contributed $440. The local funds were collected at the youth’s pancake supper, loose offering during the month of March, and the free-will donations at the Easter breakfast.

 

Youth Will Attend Summer in the City

Thanks to the financial support of the Vestry, three of our 6th graders (Baylee Boley, Jada Escalera and Abbie Siewert) will be attending the “Summer in the City” mission experience. They will be staying at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis from June 18 until June 21. During the day they will work in groups with Minneapolis charity organizations. The evenings will be filled with activities such as swimming at a water park, a scavenger hunt, singing, games, etc. It should be a great mission experience, as well as a lot of fun.

St. Matthew’s  Picnic

The annual church picnic will again be in Groen Park on Sunday, June 30.

There is a shelter and electricity is available. Beverages and meat will be provided.

You are asked to bring a dish to share as well as your own plates and utensils

 We will gather around 11:30 and plan to eat at noon. Invite a friend to come with you.

 

 

 

May Birthdays                                                              May Events

15 – Mischel Stehlik                         27 – Jim Burnap                              9th – Team Meeting at 5:30

23 – Zoe Malinchoc                                                                         12th – Guild Meeting after service

 

19th – Vestry Meeting after the service                                                                                                                  26th – Conversation with Ben Scott after                                                                                                                                   service                                                                                                                                                             27th – Bundles of Love

 

Game     Night Rescheduled

Because of a number of conflicts, the Game Night     scheduled for last month has been rescheduled for Friday, May 31. We will     begin with a pizza supper at 5:00. Following supper, we’ll break out the     board games, cards, and have an evening of fun. This is a good chance to     invite a friend. Hope you can make it.

Regional Confirmation

On Saturday, May 18, at 11:00 AM at the Cathedral of     our Merciful Savior in Faribault, Bishop Prior will be confirming many from     the Southeast Mission Area (formerly Region V). One of our members, Jamie     Brotherton, will be confirmed at that service. All are welcome to attend. Following     the confirmations there will be a luncheon served.

Tongues of Fire Chili Feed

Emmanuel Church in Rushford will be     celebrating Pentecost Sunday with a “Tongues of Fire” Chili Feed. The lunch     will be served following the service and will begin at around 11:30.     Several degrees of “hotness” will be available. This is a free event and     open to the public.

Congregation Assessment – A report of information, NOT A FINAL PLAN

The bulk of this newsletter is devoted to a report of a congregational assessment done in

connection with our discernment work with Rev. Ben Scott. Luana Meeker and Sandy Sullivan were charged with gathering information and feedback from the congregation to help with the

discernment of the future for St. Matthews. Twenty-five members (children were included

in one group) were interviewed in small groups and one by phone. Keep in mind that this

is a summary and that these comments may have come from a single individual or from

multiple people. We have tried to be true to the notes we took and apologize if we haven’t stated everything the way it was intended. This is a work in progress and we would be happy to edit the content and include other comments that you may want included. Feel free to contact either Sandy

(867-3082) or Luana (867-4976) to amend or add to this document.

 

What St. Matthew’s is doing well

  • Sunday School is going well. Alice’s Sunday with the children is especially valuable.
  • Services are good and sermons are usually relevant
  • Many people involved in services.
  • Attitude in general is good…friendly… coffee time pleasant time of fellowship.
  • Lots of involvement in the community. (Police, ambulance, firefighter’s appreciation
  • dinners, Help Our Neighbors, World Day of Prayer, Veteran’s Day Dinner, etc.)
  • Migrant Ministry good outreach.
  • Getting all members involved in some way at St. Matthew’s…including children.
  • Good variety of activities …most offer opportunity to include all ages.  Suggestion….bingo for adults and children.
  • Appreciate Alice’s willingness to meet with individuals to explain things from sermon,
  • doctrine, why we do things like we do, to anyone who asks.
  • Children like doing things with adults and for the church.
  • St. Matthew’s lets anyone come here.  We should be a safe haven for anyone regardless of
  • color or religion.

 

What St. Matthew’s could be doing better

  • Service leaders need to be sure to announce page numbers, several have had difficulty
  • finding their places in the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Could use even more chalice bearers, guardians, greeters, readers, etc. Make people aware
  • of what training and commitment is involved in these roles.
  • Total Ministry is important but need to better define roles of Team, Vestry & Guild…. Job descriptions? dust off customaries? Would improve communications.
  • Pre-service time could be quieter and more meditative. Set a better tone for service.  Conversations, business should be done in the fellowship hall.
  • Be sure to welcome visitors & new members without overwhelming them.
  • Keep church news in the paper updated and include more things…care center services and birthday celebrations. etc.
  • Are we being overwhelmed with Sunday meetings?
  • Consider ways to make Hunger meals more successful (change focus, change name, etc.)
  • How can we better involve Sunday School parents and others who don’t attend regularly?
  • Send out reports and agenda’s ahead of annual meetings.
  • Miscellaneous
  • Be sensitive to difficulties in fellow parishioners lives…cards to sick, grieving, and visits when appropriate, etc.
  • Don’t like the minister.
  • More coordination between choir, organist and music leader.
  • All visitations should be reported to Vestry.
  • Some things should not be put on the internet.

Recommendations

  • Put Rev. Alice’s name and phone number on the telephone and perhaps in the paper.
  • She is the minister.
  • Adult education lacking. Maybe 1/month adult sessions with child care. Doesn’t have to
  • be just Bible Study…speaker, video, discussion, etc.
  • Bible/Episcopal doctrine class for anyone interested (child care available).
  • Do we need to change locks to keep better track of who has access?
  • Let’s quit talking about conflicts that happened in the past. We are here to serve God
  • and our fellow men with love.
  • Smile more!
  • Get young people involved on Vestry.
  • Children would like to make the Sunday School area brighter and more welcoming. (from children). St. Matthew’s needs to “spruce up” a little”. (adult comment)
  • Make the June meeting a potluck lunch.

 

There are two meetings left with Rev. Scott…May 26 and June 23. We especially encourage

to make every effort to attend these meetings. The future direction of St. Matthew’s will be

discussed and we really want your input.

 

 

 

 

April Newsletter

 March Newsletter

February Birthdays

  5 – Dick Fenwick

25 – Chris Stehlik

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held on January 20 after the morning service. The following people were elected to offices: Cindy Tester–Sr. Warden, Russell Burnap–Jr. Warden, Bob Johnson–Treasurer, and Rodney Coe, George Rodgers, Jr., Helen Finley, George Rodgers, Sr. vestry members. Mischel Stehlik will continue on the vestry since her term has not expired. Chris Kern will continue to serve as Region V/Convention delegate, Luana Meeker and Bill Sullivan will be convention alternates. Financial reports from the Vestry, Team, Sunday School and Guild were given and the budget for 2013 was adopted. The complete minutes of the meeting are posted in the Vestry Room.

 

Shrove (Fat) Tuesday Pancake Supper

Our annual pancake supper will be held on February 12th from 5:00 until 6:30 PM. There is no charge but a free-will donation will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Mama Ada Foundation (see separate article). If you can help flip pancakes or serve, contact Lynn or Sandy. This activity will be open to the public.

 

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Lenten Focus

During the five Sundays of Lent, there will be a 30 minute time of meditation and information during the coffee hour. We will be focusing on outreach projects that we at St. Matthew’s can be involved in. Please plan to stay as often as you can as we prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week and Easter.

 

Ambulance/Police Officers Dinner

As a thank you for their service to the Chatfield area, we will host a dinner for the ambulance crew and the police officers. The dinner will be on Monday, February 11 at 6:00. Luana will be contacting volunteers to help with the meal.

Special Birthday

On February 5th, Dick Fenwick will be observing his 80th birthday. He’s had a rough year battling cancer so cards from St. Matthew’s people would surely cheer him up.

 

February Events

  4th – Dinner for volunteer firefighters 6:00

11th – Ambulance/Police Dinner 6:00

12th  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:00-6:30pm.

13th – Ash Wednesday service at 7:00

17th – Vestry Meeting after the service

24th – Conversation with Rev. Ben Scott

– Bowling at Rushford…(the sledding at Harstad’s

has been cancelled.  Please Note…it is now bowling at

Rushford.

25th – Bundles of Love at 2-8:30

28th – Night Without Hunger Dinner 5:00-6:30.

– Team Meeting at 6:00.

Looking ahead: March 1, World Day of Prayer service and light dinner at St. Matthew’s beginning at 5:30.

 

February Activity

On the 24th of February, we will join the young people of Emmanuel church in Rushford at for a couple of hours of sledding at the Harstad’s. As with all outdoor activities in Minnesota, there is a back-up plan. If the weather takes a turn toward the warmer side and no snow is available, we will head for the Rushford bowling alley for a few frames of bowling. A light lunch will be served at noon at St. Matthew’s then it’s off to the sledding hill. Please bring your own sled and a snack to share.

 

Mama Ada Foundation

The Mama Ada Foundation is a unique partnership between Minnesota and Kenya. The Mama Ada Foundation strives to release the Rift Valley Province in Kenya from the bonds of poverty. During Lent 2013, the faith communities of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota will learn about, pray for, and raise funds to help The Mama Ada Foundation provide hope to our Kenyan brothers and sister through the gift of seeds, and a future of possibilities to students through the gift of scholarships.

 

Dinner for Volunteer Fire Fighters

On Monday, February 4, St. Matthew’s will host a dinner for the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department as a thank you for their service to the community. Lynn Harstad and Rodney Coe are responsible for the planning and several volunteers will assist them in serving the meal.

 

Daily Online Lenten Meditations

For those of you who are interested, the link below will enable you to sign up for daily email Lenten Meditations. The meditations are provided by Episcopal Relief and Development.

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001f-KEXzn5tO3rDXWGxacNKg%3D%3D

 

January Birthdays

   4 – Alice Johnson

7 – Alice Applequist

10 – John Castillo

13 – Dylan Billmeier

31 – Dallas Burnap

Pledge Cards

If you haven’t already done so, please return your pledge card as soon as possible so that the Vestry can finalize the 2013 budget at their January meeting. Pledge cards are available at the church.

Many of us put cash in the collection plate. This is good! Treasurer Bob Johnson reminds that if we want to track these contributions for tax purposes we need to put them in an envelope with our name. Anonymous donations are also welcomed as always.

 

Epiphany Potluck

The annual Epiphany bonfire and potluck dinner will be a little different this year…the event will be held at the church. For anyone who can come at 4:00, we’ll take down the greens in the sanctuary. At 5:30 everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner. After, we will have the burning of the greens in a patio fireplace outside the church. We hope you can attend.

 

Fruit Cake

The Guild would like to wind up the “fruit cake season”. Several people who took fruit cakes to sell or for your own use need to try to pay Alice Johnson as soon as possible so that project can be finished up.

 

Vestry News

The Annual Meeting and potluck lunch will be held on Sunday, January 20 following the morning service.

 

Team Activities

We took the month “off” due to all the holiday activities.  The Team’s next meeting is Thursday, January 17th, at 6:00 P.M. via SKYPE – if all goes well with set-up for 3-way capabilities. So we’ll have Tom Harries, mentor,  at home in Bloomington, Emmanuel team in Rushford, and St. Matthew’s in Chatfield. We will discuss Chapters 2 and 3 of “Born of Water, Born of Spirit”

January Events

6th – Taking down the greens at 4:00 PM. followed by the

Epiphany pot-luck dinner and burning the greens at

around 5:30 pm here at St. Matthew’s.

6th  – Vestry Meeting at 10:45 am

13th – Second Conversation with Rev. Ben Scott during the

morning coffee hour.

17th – Team Meeting at 12:30

20th – Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner after the

morning service

30th – Bundles of Love  2:00–8:30 pm

 

 

Sunday School News

After a very busy Advent and Christmas season, the Sunday School will be turning our attention to the Bible stories that we all love. If you missed the Christmas Program, you missed a great “performance” by the Bell Plate Choir, Drummer Boys and the kids did beautiful of sharing the Christmas story!

 

Conversations with Rev. Ben Scott

Our second conversation with Rev. Scott will be on January 13 during the morning coffee hours. Volunteers have taken responsibility for the six tasks that will provide the data for our later efforts to find the mission that God is calling us to. We want to encourage every member of the congregation to attend even though you may not want to read the book. Your input is valued and should be a part of the decision-making.

Other Announcements

Gathering Place at the Methodist Church

Sunday, February 24, 2013

What is Hospice:  Presentation 4:30 PM & Sunday Supper 5:30 pm. Presenters: Season’s Hospice, Rochester, MN

The presenters will tell us how hospice may be helpful to the

dying, to family  and to all during the grieving process?

 

Bishop Prior would like to inform you of two recent services. A memorial service for Sally Swenson, wife of Rt. Rev. Daniel Swenson, was held in Northfield on December 29. Rev. Swensen visited St.Matthew’s on several occasions and was very supportive of Total Ministry. That same day, the funeral for Paula Zotalis, wife of Rev. James Zotalis, was held at the Cathedral. Rev. Zotalis is the serving Dean of the Cathedral in Fairbault.

 

On Tuesday, January 15, you are invited to  join St. Peter’s Kasson for a Celebration of their New Ministry together. Rev. Colin Maltbe has been called as full time rector and other changes in their mission are occurring. The service begins at 7:00 pm, with Bishop Prior presiding. A reception will follow the service.

 

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December Birthdays

  5 – Helen Finley

18 – George Rodgers

28 – Pat Applequist

31 – George Rodgers, Jr.

Taiten Siewert

 

This Advent season prepare in us, O Lord, a cradle that we might learn to love and cherish YOU.

 

.     Sunday School Christmas Program

During the morning worship service on December 16th, the Sunday School children will again present the Christmas story. There will be all of the familiar characters and, of course, the manger scene. Bring your friends and relatives.

 

Special Church Meetings

On November 25, after the morning service, the congregation met with Rev. Ben Scott to begin a year-long process of discernment of St. Matthew’s mission for the future. We will be meeting monthly (except December) to explore six areas of church life. Each of the sessions will provide information for the writing of a mission statement to guide us in our activities and outreach. The next session will be on January 13 during the coffee hour. Your input is welcomed and needed.

 

Merry Christmas and may your New Year be filled with happiness and good health.

December Events

9th – Guild meeting

9th-Stewardship Sunday

16th – Vestry Meeting

16th – Sunday School Christmas Program during

the morning service

24th – Christmas Eve Eucharist Service-Caroling

at 7:00 pm – Service begins at 7:30

No Bundles of Love meeting this month.

No team meeting this month

 

Monthly Outreach Project

The December outreach activity will be the Chatfield Christmas Project. This provides Christmas gifts to needy families in Chatfield. St. Matthew’s is sponsoring 4 children and will provide a supply of groceries for three families. If you would like to take responsibility for some of the items from the children’s wish lists, contact Sandy at 867-3082. All donations will be delivered to the Chatfield Lutheran Church on December 9th. Thanks for helping to make it a great Christmas for these children and their families.

 

Fruit Cakes

The first batch of fruit cake is gone and more has been baked. Fruit cakes are $6.50. We hope each of you will make a special effort to help with the sale of the fruit cakes. Thanks to Luana Meeker and Bob & Alice Johnson for baking the cakes.

 

Team News

On November 1, at Emmanuel Church in Rushford, St. Matthew’s team participated in the service of ordination for Brenda Ziebell to the priesthood and the commissioning of their Total Ministry team. The teams from St. Matthew’s and Emmanuel, jointly know as the Rooted in the Spirit Total Ministry Team, will continue to meet together monthly for study and activities. In November, about 30 youth and adults people from both congregations went roller skating and nearly 50 attended the pumpkin carving and pizza party after the skating.

 

 

      Third Annual Veterans Day Supper

MENU

Pork chops, Sauerkraut,

Mashed potatoes, Gravy, Glazed carrots,

Salad, Roll and Dessert

Coffee/Milk

5:00 until 7:00 on Monday, November 12

AT

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

100 FILLMORE ST SE, CHATFIELD, MN

Adults $10

6-12 years $5

5 and under free

(Adult takeouts available)

All profits go to organizations that support veteran

and active duty military families

November Birthdays

 1 – Tony Billmeier

 15 – Kathleen Malinchoc

 11 – Celeste Siewert

 20 – Jeremiah Siewert

 14 – Luana Meeker

 21 – Alex Malinchoc

Fruit Cake

 The first batch of fruit cake is baked, wrapped and ready to sell. Help out by letting friends and neighbors know they are available.

 Community Choir Chatfield Community Choir is preparing for a Holiday Concert along with the Chatfield Brass Band on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00! Rehearsals have begun on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Chatfield United Methodist Church. Adults and teens of all ages are welcome to join.

 Ronald McDonald House Wish List In lieu of a small monetary gift, the Guild is encouraging everyone to pick items from the Wish List provided by the Ronald McDonald House.

A box will be in the fellowship hall for your donations from the following list:

 Laundry detergent

Liquid hand soap

 Dishwasher detergent packs

 Paper towels

Antibacterial disinfectant wipes

 Toilet paper

 Individual wrapped snack items

 All purpose cleaner

Nonperishable food items

 Please bring all items by Thanksgiving.

 Come Holy Spirit Accept my thanksgivings for your many blessings; Open my heart and help me be still and listen to you; Be with me as I go about my daily work – give me joy in my dealings with others – in my home, work, places, churches; Guide me in love and peace as I meet all persons – on the streets, stores, offices: Eliminate the fear of the unknown: Let me grow where you plant me – your grace provides all I need to do the work you have given me. Amen

Dates to Remember

November 3rd – Holiday Craft Fair – 9-2:00

11th – Guild Meeting after church

 12th – Pork Chop and Sauerkraut Dinner 5:00-7:00

 16th – Care Center Birthday Party

 18th – Vestry Meeting after Church

18th – Team Meeting at noon in Rushford

 25th – Coffee Hour Discussion with Rev. Ben Scott

 26th – Bundles of Love – 2:00 – 8:30 PM

 December 1 – Hanging of the Greens at 9:00 AM

 

 Conversations with the Venerable Ben Scott

 The Vestry, after an initial congregational meeting with Rev. Scott, has endorsed a series of coffee hour discussions about the future and mission of St. Matthew’s. The first session will be on Sunday, November 25.

 Rev. Scott will facilitate the discussions at all sessions and we hope all will come with a willingness to speak openly. There are tentatively seven meetings planned throughout the coming year. Please participate in as many as possible.

The exact dates will be set during the Nov. 25th session.

November is UTO Month United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. UTO monies go to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. Please bring your contribution this month.

 Christmas Giving

 Many of the local churches are joining efforts again this year to provide gifts and food donations for local families in need. This effort is in conjunction with the Sharing Tree sponsored by Fillmore County Social Services but only local families are included.

 Each church will adopt as many families as they are able and will be given a specific list of requests by the children in those families. Monetary donations will go to providing gift certificates to Sunshine Foods to buy groceries for a Christmas dinner.

 All family names are anonymous. Early next month a list of food and household items will be available on the bulletin board. You are encouraged to choose several items from the list and place them in the box provided in the fellowship hall. If you want to make a monetary contribution to this effort, please contact Sandy Sullivan.

 Once the Vestry approves our participation, we will need to take all our gathered gifts and food items to the Chatfield Lutheran Church early in December. More information will be in the weekly bulletins.

 Daylight Savings Time Ends Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday, November 4. Turn your clocks back 1 hour.

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

October

3rd – Nov. 14 – “Living Well with Chronic Conditions”  

        workshop 5:30-7:30 at Public Library

13th – Help Our Neighbor leaf raking service (see

          article below)

14th – Guild Meeting after church service

21st – Vestry Meeting after service

       – Team Meeting at 12:00 PM in Chatfield

22nd – Ambulance/Police Officer’s dinner at 6:00

25th – Night Without Hunger dinner at 5:00.

28th – Roller skating/pumpkin carving activity

29th – Bundles of Love

 

Alice Applequist’s Home Burns

On Wednesday evening, Alice Applequist’s home on Winona Street burned. She has lost many precious possessions and the place where she has so many fond memories of family and friends. Keep Alice in your prayers.

Help Our Neighbors

St. Matthew’s is cooperating with other community churches and organizations to implement measures designed to help keep seniors in their own homes as long as possible. Help Our Neighbors is sponsoring two events in October:

1) October 3-November 14 a Living Well With Chronic Conditionsworkshop. The 2-hour workshop meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 until 7:30 at the Chatfield Library and is presented by Olmsted Medical Center. To register or get more information, call 507-288.3443 ex. 2593

2) Help Our Neighbors, in partnership with the Chatfield High School Service Club and the Root River Rabbits 4-H Club, are offering a leaf raking service to local senior citizens on Saturday, October 13, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To register contact Bill Sullivan (867-3082).    Seniors are asked to provide their own plastic bags for city pick-up on Oct. 22.

For more information see bulletin board.

 

Night Without Hunger Dinner

The October Night Without Hunger dinner will be

served beginning at 5:00 on Thursday, October 31st at

St. Matthew’s.  There is no charge for the meal and

anyone in the community is welcome to attend.

 

 

October Birthdays

  1 – Glenna Berquam

 20 – Sara Harstad

 24 – Laurel Hansel   

Ambulance/Police Dinner

It has become a tradition for St. Matthew’s to honor the volunteer ambulance crew and the local police officers with a dinner at the church. October is National Volunteer Month and this year the event will take place on Monday, October 22. Gathering will be at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 PM. We will be contacting people to help with the food preparation.                                                                

                       

 

October Activity

On October 28th, following coffee, we will travel to Harmony for a joint roller skating party with the youth from Emmanuel in Rushford. Skating will be from 12:00 until 2:00 and the cost is $5.00. After skating, we’ll returnar to St. Matthew’s to carve jack-o-lanterns and eat pizza. Those of you not interested in skating are welcome to join us at the church at 2:30 for the pumpkin carving and pizza. We’ll provide the pumpkins. You are encouraged to invite friends to join us.

 

Discerning a Mission for St. Matthew’s

On September 16th the congregation met with Rev. Ben Scott to talk about the possibility of his facilitating a year-long discussion based on the book, Discerning the Future of Your Church by the Alban Institute.  Rev. Scott suggested that there would need to be approximately seven sessions over the coming year…the dates have not yet been set. The week following that meeting, the vestry met to consider Ben’s plan and has subsequently sent a letter asking him to move forward with the conversation, subject to mutual agreement on the logistics. Once the details are decided, we hope that you will plan to attend as we seek God’s direction for our congregation.

 

September Dates to Remember

  8th – Paint St. Charles Church 9:00

9th – Sunday School begins

– Guild Meeting after coffee

– Bike Ride and Picnic (see article below)

16th – Congregation Meeting with Ben Scott

17th – Team Meeting – 6:00 PM

23rd – Vestry Meeting at 10:45

24th – Bundles of Love – 2:00-8:30

27th – Night Without Hunger spaghetti supper 5-7:00.

Migrant Ministry

St. Matthew’s and St. Peter’s, Kasson, joined forces again on August 26 to serve a meal of barbecues, chips, jalapeno pickles, and cookies/bars for the migrant workers at the corn packing plant in Montgomery. Spanish language services are held before and after the meal to accommodate the two shifts of workers. Bill Sullivan, Cindy Tester, Bob and Alice Johnson represented St. Matthew’s.

Night Without Hunger Meals

The Vestry has designated the last Thursday of every month to provide a “Night Without Hunger” meal. The first meal was served in the park on August 2nd; all following suppers will be at the church. This meal is free and open to the whole community. The next meal will be a spaghetti supper on September 27. Serving will be from 5-7.

September Birthdays

  1 – Chelsa Kern

2 – Russell Applequist

4 – Anyslea Kern

23 – Savannah Webster

Discerning the Future of St. Matthew’s

In keeping with our efforts to discern the future and mission of St. Matthew’s, Rev. Ben Scott has been ask to facilitate a series of discussions with the congregation. He has requested to meet with the whole congregation during the coffee hour on September 16. The meeting will be limited to one hour and it is very important that everyone has input. Please plan to participate.

Sunday School and Choir to Begin

On Sunday, September 9th, Sunday School and choir will begin again. We will kick off the year with some fun activities and ice cream treats. Cindy Tester, Mischel Stehlik and Sandy Sullivan will be the teachers this year and Lynn Harstad will be in charge of the choir. New singers are always welcome. Each Sunday the children will begin as part of the regular service and will go downstairs for Sunday School following the Gospel reading. They will return to the sanctuary for Eucharist.  We’re looking forward to a great year.

Bike Ride

Our September (9th) activity will be a bike ride from the Old Barn or Fountain (for those who want a bigger challenge) and a picnic in Sylvan Park in Lanesboro following the ride. We want to keep our activities intergenerational so those not interested in biking, please join us in the park for hot dogs and brats around 12:30.

Cupola Project

As reported last month, the cupola project has been discontinued due to the high estimate for the work (over $18,000). This is a reminder to anyone who made a donation to that specific fund. Please contact treasurer, Bob Johnson, before the next vestry meeting concerning your wishes for that contribution.

 

Trinity Church Painting

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rushford, needs help with a service project they have undertaken… painting the outside of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles, MN. Painting will take place beginning at 9:00 AM on September 8. Breakfast and lunch will be provided but please RSVP to Audrey so meals can be planned. wenzelfam2005@gmail.com or 507- 458-4472. Trinity is no longer serving as a church but is on the registry of historic buildings and needs to be maintained.

 

Back to School

Keep students of all levels of education in your prayers as they head back to school. There are students in middle and elementary school from our congregation.

 

 

August Birthdays

   3 – Alex Coe

   5 – Terri Applequist

   6 – Jada Escalara

  11 – Don Burnap

  14 – Lynn Harstad

  19 – Betty Lou Balcome

Migrant Ministry

On August 26th, St. Matthew’s will again           team up with St. Peter’s Kasson to    provide a meal for the migrant workers at the canning plant in Montgomery. We attend the Spanish service which is followed by a shared meal of barbecue sandwiches, chips, and bars. This is a great experience so we hope more of you can participate this year. Contact Bill or Sandy for more information or to volunteer to help

Night Without Hunger

Beginning at 5:00 on Thursday, August 2,

we will  be serving a free community dinner

in   the  city  park  just   before  the   band

concert. The meal will consist of hot dogs,

chips  and  cookies  or bars. You  will  be

contacted to help provide the desserts.

 

Cupola Project

 

At an all-congregation meeting on July 8, an

 

 estimate for the replacement of the cupolas

 

from Markham  Builders  of  Rochester  was

 

presented.   The  estimate,  which   excluded

 

any,    modifications   to   the  roofing,   was

 

$18,745.  After  a  great  deal of discussion a

 

vote was taken as to whether to continue the

 

project.  The  vote  was  overwhelmingly  in

 

favor   of   discontinuing   the   project.   A

 

 number  of  donations  specifically  for that

 

 project have already  been  received.  If  you

 

have  made  a  cash donation  directly to the

 

Cupola fund, would  you please contact Bob

 

Johnson,  Church  Treasurer  by  the   next

 

Vestry  meeting  on  August  19th, to redirect

 

your donation to another fund.

 

 

 

August Dates to Remember

   2nd –Night Without Hunger meal

 12th – Service in the Park – 9:00  No service at  

           St. Matthew’s.

19th – Vestry meeting after the service

26th – Migrant Ministry in Montgomery, MN

31st – Bundles of Love – 5-8:00

 

Looking Ahead

September 9 – Sunday School will begin.

 

Western Days Service

On Sunday, August 12, there will be no service at St. Matthew’s. As part of the Western Days activities, there will be a community service in the city park. Everyone is encouraged to attend that event beginning at 9:00..

New Lay Reader

Beginning with the first service in August, Bob Johnson will be officiant at the Morning Prayer service in rotation with Lynn Harstad and Bill Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

                                       

Discerning Your Congregation’s Future

 

This is the title of the book the congregation has chosen to be a guide as we look to the future of St. Matthew’s. Cindy Tester, Mary Harrison and Sandy Sullivan are serving as the committee responsible for determining the logistics for getting started. They will choose the first meeting date and a process for deciding who will serve a facilitator/s for the subsequent meetings.

August Birthdays

 

3 – Alex Coe

 

5 – Terri Applequist

 

6 – Jada Escalara

 

11 – Don Burnap

 

14 – Lynn Harstad

 

19 – Betty Lou Balcome

 

Migrant Ministry

 

On August 26th, St. Matthew’s will again           team up with St. Peter’s Kasson to    provide a meal for the migrant workers at the canning plant inMontgomery. We attend the Spanish service which is followed by a shared meal of barbecue sandwiches, chips, and bars. This is a great experience so we hope more of you can participate this year. Contact Bill or Sandy for more information or to volunteer to help

 

Night Without Hunger

 

Beginning at 5:00 on Thursday, August 2,

 

we will  be serving a free community dinner

 

in   the  city  park  just   before  the   band

 

concert. The meal will consist of hot dogs,

 

chips  and  cookies  or bars. You  will  be

 

contacted to help provide the desserts.

 

 

Discerning Your Congregation’s Future

 

This is the title of the book the congregation has chosen to be a guide as we look to the future of St. Matthew’s. Cindy Tester, Mary Harrison and Sandy Sullivan are serving as the committee responsible for determining the logistics for getting started. They will choose the first meeting date and a process for deciding who will serve a facilitator/s for the subsequent meetings.

 

 

 

Note:  July 8, 2012–All Congregation Mtg will follow our Morning Service.  Please try to attend. 

June Birthdays

 1 –DarlaFischer                    13 – Russell Burnap

6 – Jamie Washington             18 – Abby Siewert

8 – Rodney Coe                      27 – Darien Webster

9 – Don Berquam                   29 – Juan Castillo

 

Ecumenical Picnic in the Park

Rain or shine, you are invited to join with other churches for a picnic in the park. Brats, hamburgers, chips, beverage and dessert will be served. There is no cost but a free-will offering will go toward the activities of the Chatfield Ministerial Alliance. Since seating is limited, you are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

 

Moses’ Leaving

Mike and Susan Moses have submitted their letter of resignation effective immediately. We wish them well and thank them for their many years of faithful service at St. Matthew’s.

 

Church Picnic

On June 24 we will gather for our annual picnic. There is a change in the location. This year we will gather at the shelter in Groen Park here in Chatfield. There is paved bike path and play equipment for anyone interested. Each person is asked to bring a dish to share. Brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers and a thermos of ice water will be provided. Plan to gather around 11:45 and the meal will begin at noon.

 

 

Congregational Meeting

On July 8, there will be an informational meeting  for the whole congregation during the coffee hour. You are encouraged to attend so that you can have input and help with several decisions that will be made.

 

 

Youth Workers Conference

On May 29-31, Alice Applequist, Sandy Sullivan and Brenda Ziebell attended a 3-day workshop in Buffalo, MN. Nearly 30 paid and volunteer youth workers gathered with Bishop Prior to discuss ways to better

engage young people and children in worship and activities. Youth workers from St. Matthew’s, Emmanuel and Christ’s Church, Austin discussed the

possibility of holding joint activities between our three churches as well as working with other youth groups in our Mission Area. More information will be shared as plans develop.

 

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School until September but if any youngsters want to attend during the summer there will be supervised crafts and play time during the sermon.

 

July Birthdays

 3 – Kayla Siewert                   21 – Chris Kern

11 – Aisha Casler                     22 – Tyler Mix

Charles Harstad               31 – Tanner Fischer

Dates to Remember

June

1&2 –Total Ministry Summit in Little Falls

10 – Picnic in the Park sponsored by Ministerial Alliance

18– Team Meeting at 6:00 at Emmanuel

24 – Church Picnic & Bike Ride

Vestry Meeting after service

25 – Bundles of Love – 5:00-8:00 PM

July

8 – Congregation informational meeting after service

15– Vestry Meeting after the service.

16 – Team Meeting at 5:30 PM

30 – Bundles of Love at 6:30 PM

 

Looking Ahead: There will be an ecumenical service in the park on Sunday of Western Days (August 12) …no service that day at St. Matthew’s. More details in the August newsletter

Total Ministry Summit

Did you realize that there are over 30 Total and Shared Ministry congregations in practice or formation in Minnesota? St. Matthew’s was the second team to be commissioned. This year’s Total Ministry Summit was held in Little Falls on June 1 & 2. Bishop Prior was there to talk with representatives of Total and Shared Ministry congregations around the state about projects and plans. There were 6 representatives from Emmanuel and St. Matthew’s in attendance.

Guild News

At the May meeting, Guild elected officers for the next year. They are: President– Luana Meeker, Vice President– Lynn Harstad, Co-Secretaries–Alice Applequist andChrisKern, Treasurer–Alice Johnson. Cindy Tester will be the Sunshine representative. Thanks to all of these for being willing to take on these responsibilities! Just a reminder that there are no Guild meetings scheduled until September but if you have something that should come to the attention of the Guild, contact Luana.

And the King will answer them,” Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40

May News

 

NOTE THAT WE HAVE A DATE FOR BRENDA ZIEBELL’S ORDINATION TO THE DEACONATE. IT WILL BE THE 1ST SUNDAY OF MAY AT 10:00 A.M. IN RUSHFORD.  PLEASE NOTE THIS SERVICE AND COME AND JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION!
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May Birthdays        

15 – Mischel Stehlik                         27 – Jim Burnap

23 – Zoe Malinchoc

 

Bishop Prior’s Visit – No Service at St. Matthew’s

On  Sunday, May 6th, there will not be a service at St. Matthew’s. Instead, the congregation is encouraged to attend the Bishop’s service at Emmanuel Church in Rushford. The service begins at 10:00 AM. At that service, Brenda Ziebell, a member of the “Rooted in the Spirit” Total Ministry Team, will be ordained to the deaconate. Brenda, will be seeking ordination to the priesthood but must first serve 6 months as a deacon. Following the service a light luncheon will be served. Transportation will be provided. Contact Sandy at 867-3082 if you want a ride. The Bishop will be visiting other area churches as part of his 4-day visit to Region V.

 

 Readyfor Success

I was naked… In 2009, 11 percent of Minnesotans were living in poverty and the media income for households fell to $55,604, a decrease of about $1,000. (Source: US Census Bureau)  As of August 2011, the unemployment rate in Minnesota was 7.2%. (Source: US Department of Labor)

… and you gave me clothing.

Faith communities throughout Minnesota will collect accessories including men’s and women’s wallets, handbags, personal care items, ties and jewelry to be available to low-income individuals preparing for job interviews. The items will be distributed through the Episcopal Community Services Ready for Success Programs.  Please bring any of the following items:

        New personal care items for men and women

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion

Men’s and women’s deodorant

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Jewelry, watches and handbags for women

Wallets, watches and ties for men

Boxes are available in the fellowship hall for donated items.

 

 

May Events

  1st-3rd – Clergy Conference in Buffalo, MN

6th – Bishop’s service in Rushford – no service at

St. Matthew’s

13th – Guild Meeting after service-election of officers

20th– Vestry Meeting after the service

20th – Team Meeting at 1:00 in Chatfield

27th – Bundles of Love  2:00-9:00

                   Maundy Thursday Luncheon

Thanks to all who provided food and helped serve for the luncheon. About $744 was raised and will be used for activities of the Guild.

St. Matthew’s Website   

Need some information about an upcoming event? Misplace your newsletter? You can find all this information and more at St. Matthew’s website http://stmatthewschatfield.org/ While you’re online you might also check out the “Rooted in the Spirit” Total Ministry website http://rootedinthespirit.org/. Thanks to Alice Applequist for her work on these sites.

 

Total Ministry Summit

The Total Ministry Summit will be  held  on  June 1- 2 in  Little  Falls. Representatives  from all many  of the Total Ministry churches statewide will gather,worship and  share  information  from  their congregations.  A number of our, “Rooted  in the  Spirit” team from both Rushford and St. Matthew’s will be attending.

 

 

 

“In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame: deliver me in your righteousness, Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me. Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe. For you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.”

Psalm 31:1-3

 

 

 

Season: Easter and Pentecost (May through August)

Officiant

Acolyte

Reader

Chalice

Greeter

Guardian

5/6/2012

No Service in Chatfield

 Join us in Rushford  for the ordination  of Brenda Ziebell

5/13/2012

6th Sunday of Easter

Michael Moses

Savannah Webster

Helen Finley

Bob Johnson

Helen Finley

Alice Applequist

5/20/2012

7th Sunday of Easter

Bill Sullivan

Michael Moses

Jada Escalera

Luana Meeker

Bill Sullivan

Helen Finley

Alice Applequist

5/27/2012

Day of Pentecost

Alice Applequist

Aisha Casler

Bob Johnson

Dick Fenwick

Helen Finley

Alice Applequist

6/3/2012

Trinity Sunday

Lynn Harstad Alice Applequist

Sandy

Sullivan

Betty Balcome

Alice Johnson

Helen Finley

Alice Applequist

6/10/2012

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Michael Moses

Rodney Coe

Bill Sullivan

Amy Moses

Lynn Harstad

Bob & Alice Johnson

6/17/2012

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Lynn Harstad Michael Moses

Susan Moses

Sandy Sullivan

Bob Johnson

Lynn Harstad

Bob & Alice Johnson

6/24/0212

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Alice Applequist

Alex Coe

Lynn Harstad

Cindy Tester

Lynn Harstad

Bob & Alice Johnson

7/1/2012

5th Sunday after Pentecost

Bill Sullivan

Alice Applequist

Savannah Webster

Bob Johnson

Bill Sullivan

Lynn Harstad

Bob & Alice Johnson

7/8/2012

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Michael Moses

Lynn Harstad

Amy Moses

Alice Johnson

Sandy Sullivan

Laurel Hansel

7/15/2012

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Bill Sullivan

Michael Moses

Susan Moses

Helen Finley

Bill Sullivan

Sandy Sullivan

Laurel Hansel

7/22/20112

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Alice Applequist

Cindy Tester

Laurel Hansel

Bob Johnson

Sandy Sullivan

Laurel Hansel

7/29/2012

9th Sunday after Pentecost

Bill Sullivan

Alex Coe

Betty Balcome

Sandy Sullivan

Laurel Hansel

8/5/2012

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Lynn Harstad Alice Applequist

Rodney Coe

Luana Meeker

Dick Fenwick

Bob & Alice Johnson

Sandy Sullivan

8/12/2012

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Western Days

Worship Servie in the Park

Come

Join Us In

The Park….

8/19/2012

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Lynn Harstad Michael Moses

Amy Moses

Bill Sullivan

Cindy Tester

Bob & Alice Johnson

Sandy Sullivan

8/26/2012

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Alice Applequist

Jada Escalera

Sandy Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

Bob & Alice Johnson

Sandy Sullivan

If you are unable to serve the Sunday you are scheduled, please find a substitute and contact Sandy with the change so that it can be reflected correctly in the bulletin. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

The bulletin insert of Bishop Prior’s Easter message is now available for download:

The prepared inserts were sent to the smaller faith communities last week. These are intended for distribution at Easter services.

The message will be delivered electronically from the Bishop’s email to the regular e-newsletter mailing list on Easter Sunday. In addition, it will appear in the featured articles on the website at 7 am on Easter morning.

April Birthdays

  1 – Cindy Tester                      17 –SandySullivan

8 – Bill Sullivan                        22 – Dominic Billmeier

10 – Josh Harstad                     30 – Susan Moses

Maundy Thursday Luncheon

On April 5th we will be hosting the annual Maundy Thursday luncheon. The menu includes a barbecue sandwich, assorted salads and pies. Serving will begin at 11:00 and go until 1:00. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for youth 5-12 and free under 5 years old. There will be door prizes. This is a good opportunity to invite a friend to St. Matthew’s.  We will be setting up for the luncheon on Wednesday, April 4th at 4:30 and would appreciate having anyone who can help.

 

Mission Project 2012

If you’ve thought about doing something that will make a difference in someone else’s life, here’s your opportunity. Through Mission Project 2012, Episcopalians across Minnesota are taking action by joining forces with Episcopal Community services to help those in need and struggling. There are four areas of focus:

*I was hungry and you fed me – churches all over the state collected items and donations for food shelves, offered free meals and other food-related efforts. St. Matthew’s offer a free soup supper to the community on March 21 and there are containers in the fellowship hall for your donations of non-perishable food items.

 

*I was homeless and you built me a houseMinnesota Episcopalians are building 2 homes: one in Brooklyn Park and another on the White Earth Reservation. The build in Brooklyn Park begins in April through the end of May. The White Earth home is being built during the coming summer. If anyone 14 years and older is interested in the summer project contact Sandy or Bill Sullivan. They plan to help with this one.

 

*I was naked and you gave me clothes – Faith communities throughout Minnesota will collect accessories including men’s and women’s wallets, handbags, personal care items, ties and jewelry to be available to low-income individuals preparing for job interviews. A box is available for collection of these items in the fellowship hall at St. Matthew’s.

 

*I was alone and you welcomed me –

Prayer for Mission Project 2012

Most gracious and merciful God, whose well beloved Son taught that in serving the needs of the poor we are in fact serving You, help us to reach out to those who hunger, thirst, and are in need of shelter and warm clothing. Give us the will to make a difference in the lives of those in our community who are in need. May we be nourished at Your table and strengthened to go into the world in service and love. All this we ask in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

March Events

26th – Bundles of Love from 2:00-8:00 PM

April Events

  1st – Palm Sunday service

5th  – Maundy Thursday luncheon – serving 11- 1:00

6th – Good Friday service at 7:00 PM

7th – Help set up for Easter breakfast

8th – Easter Service at 7:30 AM

15th – Vestry Meeting – 10:45 AM

18th–Service at the CVCC

19th-CVCC Birthday Luncheon

21st-Region V mtg in Austin

22nd – Team Meeting in Rushford

30th – Bundles of Love Sewing Group – 6:30 PM

 

Easter Service and Breakfast

The Easter service will begin at 7:30 AM and will be followed by breakfast. If you can help set up, cook and/or serve the breakfast Easter morning breakfast, meet in the kitchen at 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 7th.

 

Team News

The Rooted in the Spirit joint team met with the Examining Chaplains on February 11 and “passed” the oral examination. This permits the Rushford folks to move one step closer to their commissioning. The joint team continues to meet monthly. After studying for the Examining Chaplains visit, we have returned to the Life Cycles curriculum. Emmanuel Church does offer an Easter Vigil with Ben Scott presiding. They have invited our congregation to worship with them at that Saturday evening service. The Easter Vigil begins at 7:00 pm. If you would like a ride to Rushford on Saturday, contact Sandy Sullivan.

 

Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner

The appreciation dinner for the Chatfield Volunteer Firemen was served on February 6th. The menu included roast pork loin, au gratin potatoes, green bean casserole, carrots, coleslaw and cheesecake dessert. 23 firemen attended the dinner, and seemed to really enjoy themselves – Rodney has gotten a number of positive comments from people since. Thanks to Alex ,Bill, Sara and Charles for helping out! If it takes place next year, the “help” pool will certainly be extended as there is already talk of inviting spouses the next time. Thanks to the vestry for allowing it to take place and setting a budget!

February Birthdays

5 – Dick Fenwick and Mike Moses

20 – Bob Johnson

22 – LeAnn Donahoe

25 – Chris Stehlik

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held on January 22 after the morning service. The following people were elected to offices: Cindy Tester–Sr. Warden, Dick Fenwick–Jr. Warden, Bob Johnson–Treasurer, Russ Applequist–1- year vestry term, Russell Burnap–2-year vestry term, and Mischel Stehlik–3-year vestry term. Alice Johnson will continue on the vestry since her term has not expired. Chris Kern will serve as Region V/Convention delegate, Susan Moses, Luana Meeker and Bill Sullivan will be convention alternates. Financial reports from the Vestry and Guild, the adopted budget for 2012 and the complete minutes of the meeting are posted in the Vestry Room. Thanks to Chris Kern and Laurel Hansel for their years of service as their terms end.

Shrove (Fat) Tuesday Pancake Supper

Our annual pancake supper will be held on February 21st from 5:00 until 6:30 PM. There is no charge but a free-will donation will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Heifer Project. If you can help flip pancakes or serve, contact Lynn or Sandy. This activity will be open to the public.

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Request

Anyone who has photos of the kids from the Christmas program, would you please let Lynn Harstad know.

 Events

11th–Rooted in the Spirit Team meets with Examining Chaplains in Rushford

19th – Vestry Meeting after the service

15th -16thClergy Lenten Retreat, King’s House Retreat        Center, Buffalo.

21st – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:00-6:30pm.

22nd – Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00

25th – Joint St. Matthew’s/Emmanuel Sunday school

Sleepover

25th – Bundles of Love Appreciation Luncheon at 10:00.

27th – Bundles of Love at 2-8:30

 

February Activity

The activity this month will focus on the Sunday school children. We are planning an overnight with the Rushford Sunday school kids on Saturday, February 25. We will gather on Saturday afternoon, have lots of games, food, and activities. We’ll spread our sleeping bags on the floor in the fellowship hall and hopefully get a few hours sleep before we get up, clean up, eat breakfast, and get ready to attend the morning service at St. Matthew’s. If anyone wants to volunteer to come in early and fix our breakfast, we would greatly appreciate it.

 

Lenten Meditations

The following is an excerpt from the ERD web site:

During the season of Lent we are called to slow down and consider our baptismal vows as we move toward the celebration of the resurrection of Christ and season of Easter. It is also a time for us to prayerfully consider how we can heal a hurting world.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2012 Lenten Meditations is a tool to help guide us to a deeper understanding of God’s call in our lives. This year, it provides a particular emphasis on promoting health and fighting disease while preparing ourselves for healing. It is co-authored by a group of leaders from across The Episcopal Church, who bring particular theological and spiritual perspectives to these writings as they reflect on their favorite scripture passages and other sources of spiritual wisdom.

The daily meditations will be sent out to the church email list. If you haven’t been getting the email announcements, contact Lynn so that you can be added to the list. Please enjoy the opportunity for reflection.

 

Dinner for Volunteer Fire Fighters

On February 6, St. Matthew’s will host a dinner for the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department. Lynn Harstad and Rodney Coe are responsible for the planning and will contact individuals with ways you can help.

 

 

January Birthdays

   4 – Alice Johnson

7 –AliceApplequist

10 – John Castillo

13 – DylanBillmeier

31 – Dallas Burnap

 

Pledge Cards

If you haven’t already done so, please return your pledge card as soon as possible so that the Vestry can finalize the 2012 budget at their January 9th meeting.

Epiphany Potluck

The annual Epiphany bonfire and potluck dinner will be a little different this year…the event will be held at the church on February 6. For anyone who can come at 4:00, we’ll take down the greens and clean the sanctuary. At 5:30 everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner. Following the meal, we will have the burning of the greens (in small increments NOT a bonfire) in a patio fireplace outside the church. Beverages will be provided.

Fruit Cake

The Guild would like to wind up the “fruit cake season”. Several people who took fruit cakes to sell or for your own use still need to pay for them. Would you please try to pay Alice Johnson as soon as possible so that project can be finished up. Thanks in part to a great article in the Chatfield News, the fruit cake sold very quickly. Thanks again to Luana Meeker, Bob and Alice Johnson for doing the baking and also to all those who helped buy ingredients, glaze and wrap the fruit cakes.

 

Team Activities

The joint Emmanuel/St. Matthew’s team continues to prepare for the session, on February 11, with the Examining Chaplains. The Examining Chaplains are a group of clergy and lay people who will question the team on seven areas of church life and history. Following the questioning, they will determine if the team is ready to move to the next step toward commissioning. This session is mainly for the Rushford folks on the team but, since we are a shared team, we want to support them.

                          

January Events

6th – Taking down the greens at 4:00 PM. followed by

the Epiphany pot-luck dinner and burning the

greens at 5:30 PM

8th – Guild Meeting following coffee

9th –Church lady law training 7:30 pm

15th – Team Meeting at 12:30 in Rushford

16th – Church lady law training 2 pm

16th –  Vestry Meeting at 7:00 PM

22nd–Church Mtg following the church service…followed by a potluck

30th – Bundles of Love – 2-8:30- Working on cutting out

materials for quilts

 

Sunday School News

After a very busy Advent and Christmas season, the Sunday School will be turning our attention to the Bible stories that we all love. Be sure to notice the Christmas banner that the children helped design and make. They will also be working to finish the altar that is being built with Bob Johnson’s help. This will be used by the Sunday School one Sunday a month for a communion service downstairs with the children. We are also going to begin to engage the older Sunday School children in some outreach activities along with their lessons. If you missed the Christmas Program, you missed a great “performance” by the Bell Plate Choir and the kids did a beautiful job of sharing the Christmas story! Thanks to Lynn Harstad and Mischel Stehlik for their huge part in preparing for the program.

 

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting and potluck lunch will be held on January 22. The meeting will begin immediately after the service and will be followed by the potluck dinner. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Beverages will be provided.

Thinking Ahead

Instead of individual parish visits, Bishop Prior is hosting events within each region in 2012. He is scheduled to be in Region V May 5 through 8. If you have an idea of what you would like to see planned with him, tell your Region delegate or priests, so that they can pass it on at the Region mtg.

 

 

Season: Epiphany, Lent & Easter (January, February, March & April)

Officiants

Acolyte

Reader

Chalice

Greeter

Guardian

1/1/2012

2nd   Sunday after Christmas

Bill   Sullivan

Alice   Applequist

Cindy   Tester

Betty   Balcome

Bill   Sullivan

Helen   Finley

Mischel   Stehlik

1/8/2012

1st  Sunday after Epiphany

Michael   Moses

Amy   Moses

Helen   Finley

Dick   Fenwick

Helen   Finley

Mischel   Stehlik

1/15/2012

2nd   Sunday after Epiphany

Bill   Sullivan

Michael    Moses

Alex   Coe

Susan   Moses

Bill   Sullivan

Helen   Finley

Mischel   Stehlik

1/22/2012

3rd   Sunday after Epiphany

Alice Applequist

Rodney   Coe

Alice   Johnson

Cindy   Tester

Bill   Sullivan

Mischel   Stehlik

1/29/2012

4th   Sunday after Epiphany

Bill   Sullivan

Celeste   Siewert

Luana   Meeker

Helen   Finley

Mischel   Stehlik

2/5/2012

5th   Sunday after Epiphany

Bill   Sullivan

Alice   Applequist

Abby   Siewert

Laurel   Hansel

Bill   Sullivan

Cindy   Tester

Cindy   Tester

2/12/2012

6th Sunday after Epiphany

Michael   Moses

Susan   Moses

Bob   Johnson

Amy   Moses

Cindy   Tester

Cindy   Tester

2/19/2012

7th Sunday after Epiphany

Bill   Sullivan   Michael  Moses

Jada   Escalera

Lynn   Harstad

Bill   Sullivan

Cindy   Tester

Cindy   Tester

2/22/2012

Ash Wednesday

Alice   Applequist

Sandy   Sullivan

Cindy   Tester

Dick   Fenwick

Cindy   Tester

Cindy   Tester

2/26/2012

1st   Sunday of Lent

Alice Applequist

Amy   Moses

Helen   Finley

Alice   Johnson

Cindy   Tester

Cindy   Tester

   3/4/2012

2nd Sunday of

Lent

Bill Sullivan

Alice   Applequist

Aisha   Casler

Alice   Johnson

Bill   Sullivan

Dick   Fenwick

TBD

3/11/2012

3rd   Sunday of

Lent

Michael Moses

Alex   Coe

Betty   Lou Balcome

Dick   Fenwick

Dick   Fenwick

TBD

3/18/2012

4th   Sunday of

Lent

Bill   Sullivan

Michael Moses

Rodney   Coe

Susan   Moses

Bill   Sullivan

Dick   Fenwick

TBD

3/25/2012

5th   Sunday of Lent

Alice Applequist

Abby   Siewert

Alice   Johnson

Bob   Johnson

Dick   Fenwick

TBD

4/1/2012

Palm   Sunday

Alice   Applequist

Cindy   Tester

Sandy Sullivan

Dick   Fenwick

Alice   & Bob Johnson

Lynn   Harstad

4/6/2012

Good   Friday

Michael   Moses

Sandy   Sullivan

Luana   Meeker

Alice   Johnson

Alice   & Bob Johnson

Lynn   Harstad

4/8/2012

  Easter

Michael  Moses

Jada   Escalera

Bob   Johnson

Amy   Moses

Alice   & Bob Johnson

Lynn   Harstad

4/15/2012

  2ndSunday ofEaster

Bill   SullivanMichael Moses

Rodney   Coe

Amy   Moses

Bill   Sullivan

Alice   & Bob Johnson

Lynn   Harstad

4/22/2012

3rd  Sunday ofEaster

Alice Applequist

Celeste

Siewert

Mischel   Stehlik

Cindy   Tester

Alice   & Bob Johnson

Lynn   Harstad

4/29/2012

4th  Sunday ofEaster

Bill   Sullivan

Aisha   Casler

Laurel   Hansel

Alice   & Bob Johnson

Lynn   Harstad

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunday School children invite you to attend their program as they tell the age-old Christmas Story and celebrate Jesus’ birth in song and bell plates. Their presentation will be part of the morning worship service at 9:30AM on December 18 at St. Matthew’s. Plan to stay after the service for food and surprises.

 

St. Matthew’s Happenings

December

 

December Birthdays

  5 – Helen Finley

18 – George Rodgers

28 – Pat Applequist

31 – George Rodgers, Jr.

        Taiten Siewert

December Events

No Guild meeting this month

12th – Vestry
Meeting

18th – Sunday
School Christmas Program during

          the morning service

18th – Team Meeting 1:30

24th – Christmas Eve Eucharist Service-Caroling

          at 7:00 pm – Service begins at 7:30

No Bundles of Love meeting this month.

Monthly Outreach Project

The December outreach project will be the Chatfield Christmas Project. This
provides Christmas gifts to needy in Chatfield. St. Matthew’s is sponsoring 6
children and will provide food for the family. Details on how you can
participate are on the back of this newsletter. Thanks for helping to make it a
great Christmas for these children.

Fruit
Cakes

The first batch of fruit cake is nearly gone so more has
been baked. Fruit cakes are $6.00. We hope each of you will make a special
effort to help with the sale of the fruit cakes. Thanks to Luana Meeker and Bob
& Alice Johnson for baking the cakes.

Scott
Tester Being Deployed

After a brief stay in Chatfield, Scott returned to his base in preparation for
deployment to Kuwait. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers.

Team News

The St. Matthew’s and Emmanuel team continues to study together and make
preparations for the Examining Chaplains. We are working through a list of
practice questions. The Examining Chaplains date has not been determined but should               happen in the next few months.

This Advent season prepare in us, O Lord, a cradle that we might
    learn to love and cherish YOU.

Pledge Cards

   You will find a pledge card attached to this newsletter. The Vestry will begin
   to work on the 2012 budget this month so please turn in your pledge card as
   soon as possible and before the Vestry meeting on the 12th.

 Sunday School Christmas Program

   During the morning worship service on December 18th, the Sunday School
  children will again present the Christmas story. There will be all of the
  familiar characters and of course the manger scene. Bring your friends and
  relatives.
   Special Church Meeting

On December 11, after the morning service, the team will be talking
 with the congregation about meetings they had with a consultant this fall.
 The information is very important and your input is needed. The meeting
  will last approximately an hour and it is critical that as many as possible
  of the parish family attend.

November Birthdays

 1 – Tony Billmeier
15 – Kathleen Malinchoc

11 – Celeste Siewert        20 – Jeremiah Siewert

14 – Luana Meeker            21 – Alex Malinchoc

 

Dates to Remember

November

11th – Pork
Chop and Sauerkraut Dinner 4:30-7:00

13th – Guild
Meeting after church

14th
Vestry Meeting at 7:00 PM

21st  – Team Meeting at 1:30 PM

26th
Hanging of the Greens at 9:00 AM

27th – Advent
begins with Lessons and Carols

28th – Bundles
of Love – 2:00 – 8:30 PM

 

November
is UTO Month

United
Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of
the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women and children
nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving
start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who
participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank
Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and
to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the
Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the
developing world. Please bring your contribution this month.

Christmas
Giving

Many of the local churches are joining
efforts again this year to provide gifts and food donations for local families
in need. This effort is in conjunction with the Sharing Tree sponsored by
Fillmore County Social Services but only local families are included. Each
church will adopt as many families as they are able and will be given a
specific list of toy requests by the children in those families. Monetary
donations will go to providing gift certificates to Sunshine Foods to buy
groceries for a Christmas dinner. All family names are anonymous.  We would like to have all the gifts and food items to the
Chatfield Lutheran Church by December 8th.  We are planning on packing
everything up for the families on Sunday December 11th, with the families
coming either the 12th or 13th. A
list of food and household items are available on the bulletin board. You are
encouraged to choose several items from the list and place them in the box
provided in the fellowship hall.  If you
want to make a monetary contribution to this effort, please contact Sandy
Sullivan.

 

Ambulance/Police Officers
Dinner

Thanks to all who planned, provided food and worked at the Volunteer
Ambulance and Police dinner on October 17. They always appreciate being
recognized for the important work they do.

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday, November 6.
Turn your clocks back one hour.

Fruit
Cake

It’s that time of year, once again! Luana
Meeker will head the project with the assistance of Bob & Alice Johnson. The
first batch is decorated, wrapped and ready to go. All parishioners are
encouraged to help in selling the cakes.

 

Community
Choir

Chatfield Community Choir is again
preparing for a Holiday Concert along with the Chatfield Brass Band on Sunday,
December 4th in the afternoon!    Rehearsals began Sunday, October
23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Chatfield United Methodist Church and will be held
each Sunday, same time, same place!     We would love to
have adults and teens of all ages join!  The group will be directed by
Nate Raabe and Carmen Narveson.  Even if you can’t make all the
rehearsals, come for as many as you can – we’d love to have you participate!

 

Come Holy
Spirit

Accept my
thanksgivings for your many blessings;

Open my heart
and help me be still and listen to you; Be with me as I go about my daily work
– give me joy in my dealings with others – in my home, work, places, churches;

Guide me in
love and peace as I meet all persons – on the streets, stores, offices:

Eliminate the
fear of the unknown:

Let me grow
where you plant me – your grace provides all I need to do the work you have
given me. Amen

October Birthdays

  1 – Glenna Berquam

20 – Sara Harstad

24 – Laurel Hansel

Ambulance/Police Dinner

It
has become a tradition for St. Matthew’s to honor the volunteer ambulance crew
and the local police officers with a dinner at the church. October is National
Volunteer Month and this year the event will take place on Monday, October 17.
Gathering will be at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 PM. We will be contacting
people to help with the food preparation.

 

October All-church Activity

On
October 2nd, following coffee, you are all invited to the Sullivan’s
to make apple juice and share the noon meal. There are lots of apples this year
so bring several plastic containers to take home some juice. You are encouraged
to invite friends to join us.

 

Our God of Abundance

“Our God is not a God of scarcity but of
abundance. The words of Jesus make this crystal clear, “I have come that
they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The life that Jesus proclaims is a life
where everyone has enough: livelihood, love of neighbor, and most importantly
love of God. That is why, wherever there is scarcity, whether economic or relational,
with either neighbor or God, we are called to do whatever we can to make sure
everyone has enough.

This will only happen if we, as witnesses
to the abundant life, work to end all forms of oppression that hold back any
one of God’s children from living the abundant life.”

From
Bishop Prior’s weekly blog at  news@episcopalmn.org

Dates to Remember

October

2nd – Apple juice pressing at
Sullivan’s after church

9th – Guild Meeting after church

10th – Vestry Meeting
7:00 PM

16th – Team
Meeting at 2:30 PM

17th
Ambulance/Police Officers dinner at 6:00

25th – Bundles of
Love

Scott Tester Completes Training

Scott
Tester has completed his diesel mechanics training with the U.S. Army. He
returned to Minnesota in mid-September and will work with the Army Recruiter in
Rochester for two weeks. Scott will then have 2 weeks leave followed by an
assignment at Fort Hood in Texas. Keep him and all of our military personnel in
your prayers.

Help Our Neighbors

The
Vestry has approved St. Matthew’s cooperation, with several other Chatfield
congregations, in distributing a survey from a local task force called “Help
our Neighbors”. Bill Sullivan has been representing St. Matthew’s at the
meetings of this group. The group’s mission is to empower neighbors to serve so
people of all ages may live with independence and dignity. The survey will be
given to all parishioners fifty years of age or older and the results will be
used to determine what services could be offered to allow seniors and others to
remain independent and safe in their homes. The survey will be distributed in
early November.

Sauerkraut and Pork Chop Dinner

St
Matthew’s will again be hosting a Veteran’s Day sauerkraut and pork chop dinner
on November 11, 4:30-7:30. Tickets will be presale $10.00 and $11.00 at the
door. Susan Moses and Sandy Sullivan will serve on the planning committee. The
menu will include grilled pork chop, sauerkraut, squash, mashed potatoes/gravy¸
rolls and dessert.

Minutes Posted

In
order to help keep everyone informed as to what takes place in the various
meetings, minutes of the Vestry, Team and Guild meetings will be posted on the
white board in the vestry room. Please feel free to look them over to be
updated on activities of those groups.

 

 

July Birthdays

3 – Kayla Siewert

11 – Charles Harstad

22 – Tyler Mix

21 – ChrisKern

31 – Tanner Fischer

 

                          August Birthdays

 

3 – Alex Coe
14–Lynn Harstad

5 – TerriApplequist

19 – Betty Lou Balcome

11 –Don Burnap

 

Shared Service with Chatfield Lutheran

 

In celebration of the 10th
anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America-Episcopal Church full
communion agreement a combined worship service will be held at the Chatfield
Lutheran Church on July 24th at 10:30 am.  The full communion agreement of the ELCA and The Episcopal
Church has been a remarkable opportunity for Lutherans and Episcopalians to
recognize that what we share is far greater than what distinguishes one part of
the Body of Christ from the other. This is a joint service and
will integrate members from both congregations. We will NOT have a service at
St. Matthew’s the morning of July 24th. St. Matthew’s will be represented by
Luana Meeker as greeter, Dick Fenwick will assist with Eucharist, and Bob
Johnson will be one of the readers. We hope that you will make a special effort
to attend this important worship service.

Migrant
Ministry

On August 28th,
St. Matthew’s will again team up with St. Peter’s Kasson to provide a meal for the
migrant workers at the canning plant in Montgomery. We attend the Spanish
service which is followed by a shared meal of barbecue sandwiches, chips, and
bars. This is a great experience so we hope more of you can participate this
year. Contact Bill or Sandy for more information or to volunteer to help.

Family in Need

On June 12, the Dale Rodger’s  home was
destroyed by  fire. All of  their
home and  personal  belongings were lost. A fund is being raised
to  help
them  with replacement   costs.
Donations   may  be
dropped  off  or mailed to
the  Root  River
State  Bank  or  the
Chatfield VFW.
July Birthdays
3 – Kayla Siewert

11 – Charles Harstad

22 – Tyler Mix

21 – ChrisKern

31 – Tanner Fischer

August Birthdays

3 – Alex Coe
14–Lynn Harstad

5 – Terri
Applequist

19 – Betty Lou Balcome

11 –Don Burnap

Shared Service with Chatfield Lutheran

In celebration of the 10th
anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America-Episcopal Church full
communion agreement a combined worship service will be held at the Chatfield
Lutheran Church on July 24th at 10:30 am.  The full communion agreement of the ELCA and The Episcopal
Church has been a remarkable opportunity for Lutherans and Episcopalians to
recognize that what we share is far greater than what distinguishes one part of
the Body of Christ from the other. This is a joint service and
will integrate members from both congregations. We will NOT have a service at
St. Matthew’s the morning of July 24th. St. Matthew’s will be represented by
Luana Meeker as greeter, Dick Fenwick will assist with Eucharist, and Bob
Johnson will be one of the readers. We hope that you will make a special effort
to attend this important worship service.

Migrant
Ministry

On August 28th,
St. Matthew’s will again team up with St. Peter’s Kasson to provide a meal for the
migrant workers at the canning plant in Montgomery. We attend the Spanish
service which is followed by a shared meal of barbecue sandwiches, chips, and
bars. This is a great experience so we hope more of you can participate this
year. Contact Bill or Sandy for more information or to volunteer to help.

                        Family in Need

On June 12, the Dale Rodger’s  home was
destroyed by  fire. All of  their
home and  personal  belongings were lost. A fund is being raised
to  help
them  with replacement   costs.
Donations   may  be
dropped  off  or mailed to
the  Root  River
State  Bank  or  the
Chatfield VFW.

Dates
to Remember in July

11th
Vestry Meeting at 7:00 PM

18th
– Team Meeting at 6:30 PM

24th
– Shared service with Chatfield Lutheran at

10:30 AM

25th
– Bundles of Love at 5:00-8:00 PM

Dates
to Remember in August

 8th – Vestry Meeting at 7:00 PM

13th
Team Meeting at 6:30 PM

28th
– Migrant Ministry in Montgomery leave church

at 1:00

29th
– Bundles of Love at 5:00-8:00 PM

Team News

The Team has
resumed its study of Life Cycles with the folks from Rushford. A Total Team
Summit was held in June in Mankato. Bill Sullivan and Alice Applequist attended
representing the Rooted in the Spirit Team composed of St. Matthew’s and
Emmanuel Rushford members. Unlike other years, this was a gathering of southern
teams only. A separate meeting for the northern teams was also held. Sandi
Holmberg presented information on Total Ministry as a transformation process
for churches of all sizes. Much of the time was spent sharing activities of the
various southern Total Ministry congregations. There were representatives from
8 Total Ministry teams: Chatfield/Rushford, Eagan, Marshall, Laverne,
Redwing/Lake City, Hastings, Sauk Center area, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in
Minneapolis.

 

                Dorothy Billmeier Recovering

Last week Dorothy fell and broke bones in her foot.  She has
had surgery and is recovering at home. If you want to drop by, call beforehand.
Address for cards is:

5 Twiford Street NW

Chatfield, MN 55923

Lloyd Meeker at Care Center

Lloyd is in
the Care Center while he regains strength after his last
hospitalization. Address for cards is:

Chosen Valley Care Center – Room 105A

1102 Liberty Street

Chatfield, MN 55923

Or feel free to drop in on him for a short visit!

 

 

 April Events

9th – Region V meeting at St. Matthew’s.

10th – Guild Meeting after coffee.

10th – Team Meeting in Chatfield at 5:00 PM

11th – Vestry Meeting – 7:00 PM

15th – Care Center Birthday Party – 1:30 PM

20th – Set up for luncheon – 4:30

21st – Maundy Thursday luncheon – serving 11- 1:00

22nd– Good Friday Service – 7:00 PM

23rd – Easter Vigil at 7:00 in Rushford

24th – Easter Service – 7:30 AM, Breakfast following.

25th – Bundles of Love Sewing Group – 6:30 PM

 

 

Easter Service and Breakfast

The Easter service will begin at 7:30 AM and will be followed by breakfast. If you can help set up, cook and/or serve the breakfast Easter morning breakfast, meet in the kitchen at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 23rd.

 

Region V Meeting

The April 9th meeting of Region V will meet at St. Matthew’s beginning at 9:00 AM. We will be responsible for providing light breakfast items and coffee before the meeting before the meeting and will also serve a soup and sandwich luncheon at the conclusion of the meeting. If there is an interest, Susan Moses will be having a concurrent informational/work session for the Diapers for Haiti Project for anyone interested and not directly involved in the Region V meeting.


Care Center Birthday Party

On April 15th, St. Matthew’s will be providing the treats and gifts to all Care Center residents who have April birthdays. Thanks in advance for those who will be able to help with the event.

 

Nets for Life

St. Matthew’s is participating in a diocesan-wide project to provide mosquito nets for people in malaria-prone areas of the world. The Shrove Tuesday pancake supper raised $250 for the project. A free will offering will be taken at the Region V meeting for Nets, on April 10th we will be taking a 2nd offering for the project, and the Easter breakfast donations will also go to Nets.  St. Matthew’s goal is for 60 nets @ $12/each (($720).

 

Team News – Sharing Services

The joint team continues to meet monthly. We are studying a series of lessons on Ethics. This Holy Week, we will be having the Good Friday Service at St. Matthew’s with an invitation to the Rushford congregation to join us. Since Emmanuel Church does offer an Easter Vigil with Ben Scott presiding, they have invited our congregation to worship with them at that Saturday evening service. Both the Good Friday service and Easter Vigil begin at 7:00 pm. If you would like a ride to Rushford

on Saturday, contact Sandy Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Birthdays

1 – Cindy Tester                      17 – Sandy Sullivan

8 – Bill Sullivan                        22 – Dominic Billmeier

10 – Josh Harstad                     30 – Susan Moses

 

 

Dick Fenwick to Retire as Lay Reader

Dick’s last service as a Lay Reader will be April 3. He began doing Lay Reader Services while Rev. Marvin Nordmier was serving our church.  In addition to leading some Sunday Morning Prayer services, Dick took his turn leading Wednesday night Lenten services (over the years), leading CVCC services, serving on the Chatfield Ministerium Committee, picking up random extra services when the priest was going to be gone, and taking communion to our shut-ins for years. Dick was asked by Rev. Ben Scott to be the mentor to both Harvey Bernard Jr. and Alice Applequist, when they decided to begin their lay reading time at St. Matthew’s.  Thanks, Dick, for being such a gracious and faithful servant/teacher/mentor/lay reader. We look forward to your continuing service as chalice bearer, greeter and other duties so important to St. Matthew’s.

Maundy Thursday Luncheon

On April 21st we will be hosting the annual Maundy Thursday luncheon. The menu includes a barbecue sandwich, assorted salads and pies. Serving will begin at 11:00 and go until 1:00. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for youth 5-12 and free under 5 years old. There will be door prizes. This is a good opportunity to invite a friend to St. Matthew’s.  We will be setting up for the luncheon on Wednesday, April 20th at 4:30 and would appreciate having anyone who can help.

 

Service Changes

At the Annual Meeting in January, input was gathered as to whether a Eucharist service should be offered more often than twice a month. That input indicated that, among those who responded, there was an overwhelming desire to have more Eucharist services but to somehow include the lay readers. With this information, the Vestry agreed that: 1st & 3rd Sundays will begin with morning prayer and

followed by a brief Eucharist service.

2nd & 4th Sundays will be the normal Eucharist

Service.

5th Sunday will be determined each quarter.

In April, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays will be Eucharist services due to Palm Sunday following on the 3rd Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Events
4th – World Day of Prayer at St. Mary’s Church at 5: 30
8th – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5-6:30
9th – Ash Wednesday service 7:00
13th – Guild Meeting after morning
14th – Vestry Meeting 7:00
20th – Team Meeting at 2:30
26th – Game Night at 6:30
28th – Bundles of Love
Looking Ahead
April 21 – Maundy Thursday Luncheon served from 11-1
April 22 – Good Friday Service at 7:00
April 24 – Easter Sunday Service at 7:30 AM
Pew Cushions and Kneelers
The beautiful blue cushions are now completely installed in the sanctuary. The congregation kneelers will be covered with new blue vinyl by the end of the February. This is, again, part of Mary Harrison’s memorial gift for her mother, Dorothy McConnell.
Ministerial Alliance Active Again
The newly reactivated Chatfield Ministerium will be meeting in late March. It will be hosted at St. Matthew’s. If you have any items for discussion, please let Alice or Mike know.
One topic will be how the area churches can promote a community that is supportive of military families.  Pastor Mark from the Chatfield Lutheran Church and Alice+ from St. Matthew’s attended a Red Cross seminar in Rochester that was led by Chaplain Morris of the National Guard.  Minnesota is a leader in using faith communities and Yellow Ribbon groups to spearhead programs that will aid transitions and be of support to the whole military family from their pre-deployment time to their post deployment times.  It was excellent presentation.  Some congregations and/or groups are even “adopting” a military family.  This means they will help with chores, do daycare, give breaks etc. as scheduled between the family and organization.  More information will be sent out as it becomes available.
Singing the Psalter!!
It’s been a while since we last did this, but we are once again going to use Lent as an opportunity to sing the Psalm of the day rather than read it responsively. So loosen up those vocal cords and get them ready for a little extra workout starting March 14th.
Ash Wednesday Service
The Ash Wednesday Service that marks the beginning of the Lenten season will be held on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00
Scott Tester in Basic Training
Scott will be “celebrating” his 22nd birthday at Fort Jackson, NC. on March 2nd. He can’t receive gifts or food but can receive a note in a plain envelope…no birthday cards. I know that he will appreciate hearing from you even if it’s a little late. His address:
E-1 Tester, Scott
Company Eco, Platoon 1
1/34 IN REGT 165th INBDE
5500 Marion Ave.
Ft. Jackson, SC   29207-6019
March Birthdays
2 – Scott Tester
9 – Dorothy Billmeier
18 – Jesse Donahoe
28 – Melissa Castillo
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be on March 8 from 5:00-6:30. A free-will offering will go to buy mosquito nets to help people in malaria-prone areas of the world. Come and bring a friend.
World Day of Prayer
On Friday, March 4th, 2011, people in more than 170 countries and regions will join together in celebrating World Day of Prayer.  This year’s service was written by the women of Chile and centers around the theme: “How many loaves have you?”
This year’s service will be held Friday, March 4th at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield, MN.  Ceci Elliott will be our guest speaker with dinner to follow.
Invite your friends and family to join the women of Chile in prayer and song to support women’s ecumenical ministries toward justice, peace, healing, and wholeness.  The annual offering will support the work of World Day of Prayer USA and help meet the needs of families who are victims of many forms of poverty, violence, and human trafficking.
Game Night
Due to a death in the extended Moses family, the annual game night has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 PM. This has been a popular event in past years and is an inexpensive “night out”. So bring a friend, your favorite board games and a snack to share. Beverages will be provided.
New Lavado Table
Bob Johnson is making us an oak lavado table.  The table will be of help to both the acolytes and priests.  He is donating both his time and the materials for this project.
Guild News
Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 13th, at coffee after the service. It’s time once again to be discussing/planning the Maundy Thursday Salad Luncheon, so please do a preliminary check of your calendar to assess whether you’ll be able to help out. There are a number of other items on the agenda that need to be addressed at this time, rather than wait for the April meeting, so please do your best to attend.
Feed Us Lord.
St. Matthew’s Happenings
January Events
8th– Taking down the greens at 9:00 AM.
9th – Guild Meeting following coffee
– Sliding party at 3:00 followed by the Epiphany
–luck and burning the greens at 5:00
10– Vestry Meeting at 7:00 PM
16th– Team Meeting at 12:00 Noon
31st– Bundles of Community Service Day 12:00-9:00 PM
St. Matthew’s
Outreach
What is outreach? Outreach is going beyond, to reach out to others. The
need in our world at times surpasses our understanding. In response,
we do what we can to lessen the burdens of others less fortunate than
us and to thank those who are able to make that effort. Most of us
have been involved in St Matthew’s outreach projects in one way or another.
When we give of ourselves to the community either by being there for
someone in need or giving our monetary support, we are providing outreach.
A few of the activities we were involved in this past year were painting
and cleaning at Lakewood, Migrant Ministry in Montgomery, Care Center
services and the  birthday parties, Shrove Tuesday pancake
supper, Haiti Earthquake relief, and providing an appreciation meal
for Bundles of Love and the Chatfield ambulance crew.  St Matthews
sponsored 3 families including 7 children for the Community Christmas
project. In addition, Bundles of Love gave 6 layette bundles to
the Community Christmas Project and distributed 120 layettes/bundles to
needy babies.  BOL also distributed 700 individual items. The value of
the bundles and individual items was approximately $2500.00. Volunteer
hours total approximately 9000 hours. The Haiti diaper project shipped
2900 diapers to Haiti, a value of approximately $8700.00.  As we
continue our outreach efforts in the coming year, know that each of your
efforts starts a ripple effect in helping others. Quoting Tiny Tim
“God Bless us Everyone!” by Susan Moses
Sunday School News
After a very busy Advent and Christmas
season, the Sunday School will be turning our attention to the Bible
stories that we all love. Thanks to Alice Applequist for coordinating our
Christmas Program and for producing the CD with the children’s pictures
In Memorial
On December 14, a celebration of the life of Christine Rodgers was
held at St. Matthew’s. We pray God’s comfort for her family. There will be
a benefit to help the family with medical expenses on Friday, January 7 at
the Eagle’s Club in Rochester. A bake sale begins at 6:00 followed by a
silent auction and door prizes through the evening.
January Birthdays
4-Alice Johnson
7 – Alice Applequist
10 – John Castillo
13 – Dylan Billmeier
31 – Dallas Burnap
Pledge Cards
If you haven’t already done so, please
return your pledge card as soon as possible so that the Vestry can finalize
the 2011 budget at their January 10th meeting.
Sliding and Epiphany Potluck
The annual Epiphany bonfire and potluck
dinner will be held on Saturday,  January
9th
at the Harstad’s. All interested in sliding should come
at 3:00…those less adventuresome will gather at 5:00 for the potluck
followed by the burning of the greens after supper. Bring a dish to share,
beverages will be provided. Trees and other greens may be brought out ahead
of time if it is more convenient – call Lynn for directions. (867-3877)
Fruit Cake
The Guild would like to wind up the
“fruit cake season”. Several people who took fruit cakes to sell or for
your own use, still have “not paid” by their names on the list. Would you
please try to pay Alice Johnson as soon as possible so that project can be finished
Vestry News
The Annual Meeting and potluck lunch will
be held on January 23. It was
decided to use the memorial money of Dorothy McConnell to have cushions for
the pews made. The material has been ordered and construction will begin
soon. This should greatly improve the comfort in the sanctuary. Also new glasses
and soup bowls were ordered and have arrived just in time for the Annual
potluck dinner. Other items for the kitchen are being considered.
Team Activities
The joint Emmanuel/St. Matthew’s team is
concluding its study “From Jesus to Constantine” and will begin another
series in February.
St. Matthew’s Happenings
Wishing each of you a Happy, Healthy, and
Peaceful
2011