Parish News

November 2018 

Adopt a Family for Christmas Would you like to make Christmas special for a local family? There are so many families in our area that, through a varied combination of limited skills and education, low-paying jobs, medical problems, family and cultural challenges, poor choices and a myriad of other factors, find themselves struggling as we approach Christmas.Through a partnership with an area school, we are able to match families willing to adopt a family with a family who is struggling this holiday season.  These are families that are trying to make it, working multiple jobs in some cases, but whose life challenges make “succeeding” extremely difficult.  These are not families playing the system during the holidays. These are families identified by the school as quietly struggling. The staff interviews all of the families to see if they would be willing to be adopted by friends from a local church for Christmas.  As part of the arrangement the family cannot be receiving gifts through any other similar program. We ask the families for lists of clothing sizes as well as gift ideas for each member of the family. The idea list is just that – ideas……there is no expectation to get every item. The lists often move us with their simplicity and make us chuckle with the limitless dreams of children. The families range in size from three to eight, including adults and children. While we try for a variety of family sizes, sometimes the families are larger. In the past some people have teamed up with other family or friends to take on one of the larger families. Would you like to adopt one of these families for Christmas? Or perhaps team up with friends or relatives to provide Christmas for one of these families? If so, please contact Mike Westenberg at the parish center 435-6811, or email him at 

Generations of Faith Next session is Wednesday, November 14th with dinner beginning at 5:15 pm in the church hall. The session begins at 6 pm in church.

Holiday Help for Those Who Grieve On Sunday, November 18, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm at St. Matthew Parish, we invite parishioners and guests to join us for a special holiday program “Holiday Help for Those Who Grieve” (sponsored by St. Matthew and Resurrection Parishes). This program will offer suggestions on dealing with the holiday season after experiencing the loss of a loved one – whether a month, a year, five years or more.  Please invite family and friends for this program in St. Matthew Gathering Space. RSVP to Ann Froelich at St. Matthew 435-6811 or

Living Beyond (Widow’s Group) The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:30 – 11:45 in the Gathering Space.  All widows of the parish are invited to this gathering. Topic for this meeting will center on “aloneness and loneliness, finding your way after the death of your spouse”. For further information, please contact Ann Froelich at 435-6811.

Snow Boots Collection This year we will again have a collection of winter outerwear to be distributed to low income children attending at risk schools in our area. The collection will begin the first weekend of November. The drive will end Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you for your generosity!

Ushers, Servers & Greeters - oh my!! St. Matthew Parish is a hub of activity and hospitality! Help us keep that spirit alive and active by volunteering to be an usher, greeter or server! All of these vital liturgical roles could use some new members! Please prayerfully consider serving our parish community in one of these ministries! Training is provided, and ministers are generally scheduled every 4-6 weeks. Please contact Anissa at the parish office or via email ( if you are able to help!!

Updated as of 11/14/18