Sacred Spaces Community Art Show

The opening reception for the Sacred Spaces Community Art Show is Sunday, November 10 at 12:00 pm following the 10:30am service.  The show runs through January 4, 2014.

 What is Sacred Space?  Everyone has their own interpretation and it is different for each person.  Examples might be a favorite park, a particular space inside a home or apartment, a summer or winter retreat, a childhood home or the sanctuary at St. Matthew's.  What makes the space holy or sacred is a strongly felt understanding that God is there..

For further information, or questions, please contact Susan Hardman at sagesusan71@aol.com

WITT (We're In This Together)

The WITT group provides a source of support for those who are living their lives after the death of a spouse or partner.  The main purpose of the group is to provide time and space to share stories and ideas, and support each other through social activities.  WITT will have minimal agendas at meetings, but they may try to have a topic or two to discuss.  Please contact the church office at office@stmatthewsmn.org if you would like more information. The group's leader will send out reminder emails a couple of weeks prior to each gathering. Please confirm whether you will be attending so she can make reservations if needed.

Choral Evensong

November 1st, St. Matthew’s will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Music Director, J Michael Compton.  Festivities will include a choral evensong, featuring the Parish Choir, parish instrumentalists and guest singers.  Jayson Engquist (St. Matthew’s Music Director from 1979 to 1982) will be the organist for the service; Engquist was recently named Music Director at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. Paul.

Evensong is a service which has its roots in the nighttime liturgies of the Catholic Church.  At the time of the Reformation and the creation of The Book of Common Prayer, aspects of Vespers and Compline were combined to form a single office.  Evensong usually includes psalms, readings, prayers and sung canticles.

The November 1st evensong will depart from the usual pairing of canticles, typically composed by a single composer.  Choir and instrumentalists will perform a Magnificat (the Song of Mary) by French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, which Compton edited from the original 17th century manuscript.  Quite possibly, the choir’s performance of the Charpentier Magnificat in December, 2011, was the North American premiere. 

The second canticle will be Herbert Howells’ monumental setting of the Te Deum, written in 1944 for King’s College in Cambridge, England.

A reception will follow the evensong in the undercroft.

Used Book Sale

The Used Book Sale is Coming…

Keep saving those books you have read and would like to donate!  The sale will take place Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am – 3:00pm and Sunday, Oct. 11 from 9:00am - 1:00pm  under the direction of Elizabeth VanderSchaaf.  This important fundraiser stocks our library with up to date materials and equipment.  

Here is how you can help make this a success:

  • Volunteers are needed on Friday afternoon and evening to set up, sort books, and prepare for the sale.
  • Volunteers can also assist during the sale hours on Saturday and Sunday, plus the important task of clean up on Sunday afternoon.     
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  • For more information or to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth VanderSchaaf,  at elzvds@msn.com or 645-6628

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