Parish News

January 2019

Parish News

Alpha! As we celebrate the coming of Christ into our lives, we encourage you to consider joining with us in exploring how we can more deeply respond to his call to Come Follow Me. One way to consider is through becoming part of Alpha this winter/spring. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It's just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life's big questions together. Each session takes a look at a question people have about faith and following Jesus. Some of the topics include: Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How can I have faith? Why and how do I pray? Why and how should I read the bible? Who is the Holy Spirit? Does God heal today? How does God guide us? How do I make the most of the rest of my life? Come and break bread with others, listen to a talk, and then discuss it with others in your small group. There is also a weekend retreat day mid-way through Alpha.The course is absolutely free and open to anyone inside or outside the parish. Our next Alpha Course will begin the week of February 17. Plan now to be part of things. Watch this space or the Parish Facebook page for more information.

Annual Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace & Justice Honoring Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church—ELCA 330 South Broadway - Green Bay featuring Renita Robinson CEO of the YWCA-Green Bay “MLK, School to Prison Pipeline, YWCA: They Are All Connected” A Free Will Offering will support YWCA Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women Efforts All are welcome to come together in shared prayer, song, and sign. A light social will follow. This annual Interfaith Prayer Service is sponsored by G.I.F.T. - - Gathered In Faith Together - - an interfaith coalition of greater Green Bay area churches & faith communities.

CCD – GOF – Faith Formation CCD….everyone still says it but few can tell you what the letters stand for. It actually was a shortened way of expressing the name of a program of faith formation – kind of like we say GOF for our Generations of Faith program. CCD stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – a specifically structured program for children in public school which featured memorizing answers to prescribed questions from a catechism. Although most parishes haven’t had “CCD” programs for fifty years, the call letters seem forever etched in Catholic culture. If you have children in public school and haven’t been part of things yet, we hope you will join us in our Generations Of Faith program.  GOF begins again on January 9. More information is available on the website stmattsgb.org/gof  or by calling the parish office at 435-6811.

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 (anissalodzinski@stmattsgb.org) if you are able to help!!

Updated as of 1/21/2019