Living Creche Christmas Eve Family Service

Living Crèche All Ages Service: 4:00pm
 

A simple, Godly Play-style retelling of the Christmas story narrated by The Rev. Blair Pogue.  All children are invited to participate, including visiting friends and grandchildren.  No rehearsal required!  The service includes readings, prayers, Christmas hymns, and communion celebrated on the Children’s Altar. 

Please contact the office for more information.  We are always in need of angels, shepherds, and animals - bring your own costume or borrow one of ours!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 10:00pm with carols, full choir and sermon by the Rev. Blair Pogue

Christmas Day Service at 10:30am with Communion and Christmas hymns


 

Christmas Traditions with the Girls of the Blue House

This Sunday, November 11, we will hold another “Living Faith” gathering for ages kindergarten and up at 9:15 a.m.  Building on our knowledge of the girls and daily life at the Blue House from our previous gathering, we will spend some time learning more about Christmas in Africa and sharing some of our own traditions from the U.S. with our friends in Uganda.

Karen Lilley, A Blue House Board member, will talk about what Christmas is like at the Blue House. 

Kennedy Nyenya, a St. Matthew’s parishioner and vestry member will also share a folktale and some family traditions about growing up in Zimbabwe.

Children and adults are welcome to visit several craft stations, where we will make some simple paper crafts to send to the girls.  They include bookmarks, paper trees, paper snowflakes and short greetings from the children.

We hope you will join us! 

Indian Cooking Class

An Indian Feast

On Sunday, November 18, Dr. Udai B. Singh, a friend of Blair and Dwight’s, will teach a cooking class at St. Matthew’s from 3-5:30 pm.  Participants will learn how to prepare an Indian meal, including two different curries.  If you want to participate please let Blair know by emailing her at rector@stmatthewsmn.org by Monday, November 12.  Participants will prepare the meal for the 5:30 Drop in Dinner, and will be asked to bring specific foods (carrots, cauliflower, etc).

Dr. Udai B. Singh is an Agricultural and Civil Engineer and works as Water Resources Manager for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Singh is also an adjunct faculty member in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Udai grew up in a small farming village in the Bharatpur District of State of Rajasthan in India. He completed his elementary school education in the village school. There were about fifty to sixty students in the school, and there was only one teacher for grades 1 to 5. Udai completed his middle and high school education in a nearby town. He then was admitted for his engineering studies into a program in agricultural engineering. He received his bachelors of engineering degree from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. After completing his undergraduate degree, Udai received a scholarship to study for his master of engineering studies at Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. He came to USA to study for his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

After completing his PhD, Udai and his wife Sunita moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Udai initially worked at the University of Minnesota, St Paul campus. Udai and his wife now live in Shoreview with their two sons.  Udai learned how to cook out of necessity when he was an undergraduate and did not enjoy the food served in his college hostel.

Udai wants to start a one room library and community center in his native village in India to honor his parents.  He is raising funds for this project by selling $50 spice sets containing cumin seed, mustard seed, chile powder, turmeric, garam masala, coriander powder, and salt.  If you are interested in purchasing a spice set you can let Blair know ahead of time, or purchase one at the cooking class.  There is no expectation or pressure to do so.

Cook's Night Out

Cooks' Night Out, Wednesday, October 17, 6 pm     

Our next Cooks' Night Out is coming up next Wednesday, October 17, at Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, 799 University Avenue in St. Paul. There are parking lots to the west at Ryan Plumbing or the the east at Phil's. You can check out the menu at www.ngonbistro.com.  Please join us in supporting local restaurants during challening light rail construction!  For information, contact Karen Pfeifle, kmpfeifle@gmail.com.

In Memoriam: A Concert of Remembrance

On All Souls Day, plan to attend a concert for healing and remembrance for those who have lost loved ones.  Featuring cellist Kirsten Whitson, the evening includes works by Rautavaara, Sculthorpe, Taverner and Takach.  A special world premiere will be presented in memory of the 38 lives lost in the US-Dakota War.

There is no charge for the concert - a freewill offering is provided.

You are also invited to visit our Altar of Remembrance in the side chapel, a place to remember those who have died.  You are welcome to bring pictures, mementos or other belongings to honor those who have graced our lives.  Two stations are also available to light candles in their memory.

A reception follows the concert in our parish hall and everyone is warmly invited downstairs for refreshments.

Advent Half Day Retreat

Advent Half Day Retreat: Recognizing God in the Advent Season

Join retreat leaders Dan and Judy Johnson for an Advent half day retreat on Saturday Dec 8th in the St. Matthew’s Library from 9-12 noon.  As a church we have been discussing how we live out our faith. But what do our individual lives of faith look like? Generations waited for the Messiah. Once Jesus arrived, did they recognize him in their midst?  Do we recognize how God is present  in our own life? Through scripture, reflection, prayer, and discussion we will take time to look at our own lives of faith as we await the Christmas Child.

Blue House Boutique

The Blue House is an orphanage in rural Uganda for 40 girls and boys who have lost their parents to AIDS.   Our mission is to support these children by providing them with a home, education, medical care, clothing and other vital support.

 
Our annual sale and benefit provides much needed funding to support the Blue House.   We offer unique hand crafted items for the holidays, including hand knits, crafts, cards, gifts, table centerpieces, ornaments, gourmet foods and much more. Sale hours are Saturday, December 1, from 9:00am -3:00pm and Sunday, December 2  from 9:00am to noon.
 
All proceeds directly benefit the girls of the Blue House.  Please  join us!

Blue House Boutique

The Blue House is an orphanage in rural Uganda for 30 girls who have lost their parents to AIDS.   Our mission is to support these children by providing them with a home, education, medical care, clothing and other vital support.
 
Our annual sale and benefit provides much needed funding to support the Blue House.   We offer unique hand crafted items for the holidays, including hand knits, crafts, cards, gifts, table centerpieces, ornaments, gourmet foods and much more. Sale hours are Saturday, December 7, from 9:00am -3:00pm and Sunday, December 8  from 9:00am to noon. On Saturday only, join us for a homemade lunch (11:00-1:00), coffee and homemade pastries.
 
All proceeds directly benefit the girls of the Blue House.  Please  join us!
 
For more details about the sale, including new sale items that will be featured this year, visit the Blue House website: http://www.hopemultipurpose.org/boutique2013.html

All Saints Sunday

St. Matthew's will celebrate All Saints Sunday with a festive eucharist and coffee hour.  During the 10:30  service, Ralph Hepola and Route 3 will play Dixieland Jazz.  Afterwards, the festivities continue with dancing, food and music in the parish hall.  This is a special Sunday to celebrate the communion of saints and remember the beloved people who have shaped St. Matthew's and graced our lives.

A reminder! Daylight Savings ends this Sunday - remember to fall back one hour.

St. Matthew's Thanksgiving Service and Feast

A Thanksgiving day service and celebration has become a tradition at St. Matthew's!  We gather for the Eucharist (Rite II) at 10:30 am, followed by a festive holiday coffee hour, and Thanksgiving Dinner at 12:30 pm.  We especially welcome anyone who otherwise would be alone on Thanksgiving ... international students, seniors, singles, as well as families who would like to be a part of a larger gathering.  Please invite co-workers, neighbors and others who would like to be a member of our "parish family" on Thanksgiving.  It works well if everyone brings something to share. We need appetizer contributions for the festive coffee hour and vegetable dishes and salads for the dinner. Coffee hour will follow the service and dinner will be served about 12:30 pm.

Marilyn Grantham has agreed to accept reservations and keep track of food donations.  Please contact her at m.grantham@comcast.net  or 651-644-5422 with specifics on what you can bring to coffee hour and/or dinner and the number of people you've invited, or sign up in the parish hall

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