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Worship Service: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:12-16

"A Reality Check from the Preacher"

Rev. Allen Mothershed

Masks are now required for everyone while indoors at St. Matthew, regardless of your vaccine status.

Donation Drive on Saturday

Betty Greer will be at church this Saturday from 1-2:30pm to collect donations for People's Resource Center and the Interfaith Food Pantry. See the sidebar on the left for specific needs, although anything is appreciated. Please do not donate opened or expired items.

She will be at church to collect dontaions on September 25th also.

Kitchen Refresh Registry

Our church’s kitchen and fellowship hall are looking a bit old and tired these days. Now that we will be returning to fellowship coffee after services, we think it’s time to freshen things up!

We have created a registry for easy shopping! Thank you to everyone who has generously purchased items from the regitsry so far. We are still in need of several items.

Click here to link to the registry.
or copy and paste:

Items purchased this way will be delivered to the Petersons and brought over to church. Be sure to select the Peterson's address aOr, you can ship them to your home and bring them to church. Or, you can donate $$ directly to the church, clearly marked for the St. Matthew Kitchen Registry.

All purchases are considered in-kind donations for tax purposes. Just provide Edie DeBoard with your receipt.

Please purchase only those items listed in the registry, so we can be sure to coordinate! (No used items, please.) Our goal is to have everything spruced up by the end of September! Questions? Contact Tracey Blake, Dorothy Peterson, or the office.

Save the Date! Outdoor Worship

We will celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 3rd with an outdoor worship service, weather permitting. We will need volunteers to help set-up beforehand. This is an easy volunteer opportunity for people who cannot offer a lot of time. Please contact the office if you can help. 

Scrip Cards

While we are not going on the Biloxi mission trip this year, we will still support Back Bay Mission by sending them Manna/Scrip Walmart cards to distribute to those in need.

You may donate Walmart cards yourself, just be sure to get them in $25 denominations, and mail them to the office or drop them in the mailbox outside of the office door. Please write your name on the envelope so that we can give you credit for your donation.

If you would like us to order the cards for you, just bring a check made out to St. Matthew and give to Edie at the Manna table on Sundays or send your check to the church with a note that it is for Back Bay.

The deadline for all Walmart cards or Scrip orders for Back Bay is October 17th.

Yoga in the Sanctuary

This is a gentle class, suitable for beginners, those over 50, or anyone looking for a slower-paced yoga class. Yoga can be practiced with a chair, if needed.

If you can breathe, you can practice yoga! 

Marla welcomes all members and friends to attend. Her last class in September is the 23rd at 10am (no class on the 30th). Cost is $10/class. Her October 4-week series begins October 7th. 

Masks will be worn, and we have plenty of space to social distance. For questions or to sign up, contact Marla Mothershed at 630.441.5963.

DuPagePads Run 4 Home

This year, DuPagePads Run 4 Home will have opportunities for both virtual and in-person this year! Join our St. Matthew team (St. Matthew United Church of Christ). Virtual is from September 15th-30th, and in-person will be at the College of DuPage on September 26th from 12-5pm. Join the fun to support DuPage Pads this September. For more details or to register, please see the website at Contact Erin Walsh at 630.660.4651 or or Jeannine Adams with any questions. 

Brunch is Back!

Membership Life is planning to have brunch after church on Sunday, October 3rd, at The Courtyard Banquets, located at 3S200 State Route 59 in Warrenville (the west side of Rt. 59 between Batavia and Butterfield Roads). The price is $12.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes coffee. 

Click here for the Sunday brunch menu. 

Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex and let us know you’re coming!

Feed My Starving Children - October 11th

The Mission Committee is organizing a Feed My Starving Children event on Columbus Day, October 11th from 11:30am-1pm. Children should be off school this day so this is a great volunteer opportunity for families. This is in addition to our annual Feed My Starving Children event on Martin Luther King Day. Please contact Erin Walsh ( or 630.660.4651) or Alex Johnson ( if you are interested in attending or have any questions. We have 30 spots available.

Back Bay Mission Walmart Gift Card Collection

Even though our trip is canceled, we would still like to send Walmart gift cards as a donation. Any amout is appreciated. Walmart gift cards in any amount. Gift cards can be dropped off at the church office. You can also mail them to the church, leave them in the black mailbox hanging outside of the office doors, or place them in the offering plate during church.

Mask Update (updated August 31st)

Click here to read the updated guidelines. 

Masks are now required for everyone while indoors at St. Matthew, regardless of your vaccine status.

Please do not attend if you are sick or have recently been sick. As always, everyone's health and safety is important to us and we will adjust plans as necessary.

Prayer Requests

Please send prayer requests via the following link and we can share them (or keep them private, if you prefer). You can also email them to the office.

You can make a prayer request here:

Online Sunday Worship

The St. Matthew worship service will be streamed every Sunday at 9:30am. The service will be available on our website after the service.


Access the service through the St. Matthew YouTube page:

**Once you are on YouTube, you have the option to turn on closed captioning and resize the font. Once the video is playing, click on the setting wheel in lower-right of your screen, choose Subtitles/CC, then choose English.**

You can also go to the St. Matthew homepage ( to access the online service. 

Online Giving

Go to our website for instructions on how to donate to St. Matthew. Thank you!