About Brother Silas
Brother Silas is a professed member of the Society of the Divine Savior (the Salvatorians). With nearly 20 years in religious life (including 11 years as a Benedictine monk before becoming a Salvatorian), Brother Silas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Joseph Seminary College, St. Benedict, Louisiana, a Master of Theological Studies from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and a Doctor of Ministry degree (in Liturgy) from Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. He is a prolific author and sought-after speaker. You will be blessed by him this Sunday, August 6th while Pastor Erin is away!
We are pleased to announce that Brian Dobbelaere is now our Director of Music and Wendee Passini has joined our staff as the new Sanctuary Choir Director. Along with KC, we know that the music ministry is under talented leadership, and we look forward to their collaborations.
Roll Call, August 8th
St. Matthew will host the Wheaton Police Department’s Roll Call on Tuesday, August 8th, at 6:30pm. Hear from several officers regarding local police issues. Family-friendly. Officers will be on hand to play games with kids. It would be great to have a nice turnout from our St. Matthew folks!
Potluck Picnic at Seven Gables Park
Have a potluck picnic dinner with your St. Matthew friends on Thursday, August 10th, at 5:30pm at Seven Gables Park in Wheaton. Limited parking is available at the end of Thompson Drive. Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic only, per Park District rules), place settings, and an appetizer, salad, side dish, chips, or dessert to share. Membership Life will provide sloppy joes and buns, and games. Sign up in the narthex or online.
Click here to sign up for the picnic!
Sunday School Update
Sunday School will be on hiatus for a few weeks (July 30th - September 3rd) and will resume on September 10th, Come Together Day. We hope to see you and your kids at our services, including our outdoor services on July 30th and August 27th.
Kira Mothershed's last day in our nursery is August 6th, as she leaves for college the following week. Please stop in and thank her for her love and care of all of our kids over the years.
We will not have nursery care for the rest of August. Our nursery care will resume on Come Together Day, September 10th, with our new nursery attendant, Nicole Poglitsch. If you need nursery care during those few weeks, please contact Kenna Anderson.
Do you receive calendars for the next year from vendors or charities that you just don't use or need? We'll take them! Drop them in the box in Dobstaff and Karen Fenney bring them to the DuPage Convalescent Center. The residents really appreciate them!
Marge Hall Art Show
Marge Hall is having a one-person art show at Gallery 200 (103 W. Washington St., West Chicago) in the month of August. You are invited to her reception on Friday, August 4th, from 6-9pm.
Men's Social Group Event, August 22nd
Save the Date for the next Men's Social Group event:
Trivia Night at Warren’s Ale House (51 Town Square, Wheaton) on August 22nd at 7pm.
For more information on the group or to sign up for an event, interested men can contact Bruce Anderson or Brian English.
We will have outdoor worship services on the last Sunday of the month, weather permitting, June—September.
August 27th and September 24th. Please bring your own chair.
There will not be a nursery caregiver on outdoor worship Sundays. We encourage your children to stay with you outside.
We will not have coffee after outdoor services.
Women's Fellowship is taking a break in August.
Pencil in September 21st for our next gathering. More details will follow closer to the date.
It's that time of year again, when our dedicated music ensembles take a much-deserved break and reenergize over the summer for a return in the fall.
We invite all musically inclined folks to consider sharing your talents with us this summer by signing up for a Sunday (or two, even) to offer special music. It doesn't need to be long or elaborate and doesn't need any more of a theme than to be joyfully presented. If you sing or play an instrument and need accompaniment, talk with Brian.
The sign-up sheet can be found in the narthex.
Our Church Directory is Online!
Download the Instant Church Directory app from the Apple® App store in iTunes®, Google Play™ store and the Amazon Fire App Store. Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download.
You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app.
To view the directory online, go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com and follow the prompts under “Sign In” to “Create a login now.” Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in.
Contact the office with questions.
Interested in Becoming a Member of St. Matthew?
Pastor Erin would like to engage with you in person about involvement in this beloved community. Reach out to Pastor Erin via email to setup a time to chat or contact the office.
Sunday Coffee Hour
For coffee after church, please consider bringing a treat on the following weeks:
Last names A-C, 1st Sunday
Last names D-H, 2nd Sunday
Last names I-O, 3rd Sunday
Last names P-Z, 4th Sunday
Anyone, 5th Sunday
Please contact Wendy Fanning if you are able to set up or clean up coffee hour. Thanks for your help.
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: https://www.youtube.com/user/StMatthewUCC
**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 (stmatthewucc.org) to access the online service.
Go to our website for instructions on how to donate to St. Matthew. Thank you!