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  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

Men's Retreat

The third annual retreat for the men of St. Matthew's is scheduled for Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. at ARC - Association Retreat Center, 2372 30th Ave, Osceola, WI 54020.  We will be gathering for dinner on Friday evening and adjourning after dinner on Saturday.  The retreat topic is "People of the Way"  following the theme we have been using for Adult Education Classes.  We will be using Dwight Zcheile's book, titled  People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity.  If you wish to obtain a copy of this book, it is available on or from the Luther Seminary Bookstore.

Registration:  Contact Dave Wilkowske at to reserve a spot.
Cost:  The cost will be $120.00 for lodging and 4 meals payable to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.  Scholarship help is available.
Lodging Facilities:  Single occupancy dorm rooms with bunks-bring your own sleeping bag/bedding.
Transportation:   Car pooling is encouraged.  St. Matthew's would be a good place to gather those riding together.  If you are able to drive and have room for riders, or are in need of transportation, Dave McKenna is the contact person.

Cook's Night Out

Once a month, we check out a local restaurant on University Avenue to support businesses struggling through light rail construction and a challenging economy.  Our next Cooks' Night Out will be at Little Szechuan at 422 University Ave, near Western Avenue.  Please join us! For more information, check out the restaurant's website,, or contact Karen Pfeifle, To read the Star Tribune's feature article on our unique ministry, please visit

Faith Forum: The Lord's Prayer

Praying for Revolution: The Lord’s Prayer in Ancient Context and Modern Voice

The St. Matthew's Faith Forum will explore the Lord's Prayer. Examining the prayer line by line, the group will look both back towards the prayer's original context and meaning and forward to what it means to us today. In the process we will explore the fact that that the prayer is both communal ("our father" rather than "my father") and one that calls for God's Kingdom, a revolutionary way of living in relationship with God, one another, and the earth.  We will use a DVD series developed by Darkwood Brew, a UCC church in Omaha to frame the relevant issues and stir up a lively conversation. Each segment includes a different guest with a background in everything from Hebrew language and culture to how the Lord's Prayer is understood in North Africa

The conversation will be facilitated by Blair Pogue and continues Oct. 21, Oct 28, Nov 4 and Nov 18



Faith Forum: Discussion Series

Human Flourishing in an Uncertain Age: A Three Part Class at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul

Our first three Faith Forum sessions on September 9, 16, and 23 will feature a discussion series on community engagement and social justice, "Human Flourishing in an Uncertain Age: Biblical, Theological and Sociological Perspectives on Community Engagement," led by Morris Goodwin, Jr. and Dwight Zscheile.  The series will begin with an exploration of human responsibility and vocation in a fragmented and violent world, learning through Jesus' example of what it means to be fully human, and moving toward relationships and communities formed by the Holy Spirit and characterized by hospitality, reciprocity, collaboration, and trust. Please join us in the St. Matthew’s Library from 9:15 to 10:15 am for these important times of co-learning and wondering together about what human flourishing might look like in the days ahead.  How can we can participate in God’s work to bring healing, reconciliation, and new life?

All are welcome!

The Rev. Dr. Blair Pogue has been the rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul since 2005. Before that she was the Associate Rector for Adult Christian Formation at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia. A desire to understand God’s missional nature as well as the changing nature of church leadership led her to undertake a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership and Mission at Luther Seminary. She grew up in a secular family in Southern California, and is interested in helping those inside and outside the church participate in God’s life more fully by developing a biblical imagination and engaging in intentional spiritual practices including prayer, simplicity, discernment, hospitality, generosity, gratitude, and reconciliation. Before completing a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School in 2000, she was a doctoral candidate in American history at the College of William and Mary. In her free time she likes to read, play tennis, go to the theatre, and spend time with her husband Dwight and son Luke.
Operations & Building Manager
Mike is responsible for the St. Matthew's office and building operations. He has a background as a freelancer in videography, photography, graphic art and filmmaking. In his spare time, he is an artist specializing in sculpture.