Parish Annual Meeting, Sunday, March 8, 2015
The St. Matthew's / Iglesia San Mateo Parish Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8th. There will be one bilingual church service that day at 10:00 am, with the meeting immediately following. We will gather for a potluck lunch and social hour in the Parish Hall after the meeting is over.
Please plan to attend and vote for your new vestry members and Junior Warden.
Thoughts by Rev. Ana
Isn't it true that all of us seek connections? Throughout our lives we're affected by our connections more than we realize. In the winter, when we're faced with snow storms, we remember how vital our connections are. We start to worry about our family members and friends, or we ourselves need to ask for their help. That's why I love the image Jesus uses when he says, "I am the true vine and you are the branches."
As I look around and reflect on the life and witness of St. Matthew's/San Mateo, I thank God for our church's blessed connections to the past. I saw the 200th Anniversary bulletin, and couldn't help but thank God for those who worked to found St. Matthew's and all those who followed them. In good times and in hard times, God nourished their work and caused it to bear fruit.
But we cannot only dwell on the past. We need to turn to the future God is holding out for us. In the last several years, God has sent us a large number of new branches and new sprouts, in the form of our loving and dedicated Latino members. We are no longer St. Matthew's, but a growing and vital Saint Matthew's/San Mateo; all of us are branches of the same vine. How can we support one another through the sharing of our different gifts, cultural traditions, and spiritualities? How can we be the kind of vitally connected branches that allow for a new flourishing of God's work in the next days and years?
Let's allow God's love to flow through our life-giving connections on the vine, to glorify God and give blessings to others!
En la paz de Cristo,
Rev. Ana Langerak