Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Memorial Service Laurel June Andersen

There will be a memorial service for Laurel June Andersen, who died recently in Colorado, at St. Matthew's on Saturday, July 7 at 11 AM. A reception will follow at the Clubhouse at "The Meadows at Pheasant Run Townhouse Community" (1035 Deer Crossing in Ashland).

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Free Concert

Kechi Okwuchi — You may remember her from the 2017 season of "America's Got Talent" — will be at St. Matthew's Saturday evening, July 7 and Sunday morning July 8 for our Sunday service. Kechi is a young Nigerian woman who sings like the angels.
Saturday, July 7
  • 4:00 to 5:00 pm: Kechi will share her story and answer questions.
  • 5:30 pm: Light supper will be provided
  • 6:30 pm: An evening of testimony and praise
Sunday, July 8
  • Kechi will be with us for our regular 10:00 am worship service

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Joanne Is Back

Long-time member, friend, and organist Joanne Fessenmeyer was back on the organ bench this Sunday. Health problems, including some shoulder surgery, had kept her away for several weeks.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lay Preaching College Attendees

Curt Allen and Dawn Peters attended the diocesan Lay Preaching College at the Church of the Redeemer, Lorain, on May 11 and 12. The purpose of the college is to prepare and oversee people in each parish for the task of preaching and teaching. With lay preachers available, the parish priest can occasionally take a Sunday off from preaching, and the parish gets to hear other voices as well.

There's more to the process than a two-day seminar. Before being licensed, the lay preacher must preach a sample sermon, be critiqued, and be recommended to the diocese. After becoming licensed, there is a series of continuing education events to keep the preacher's skills fresh.

Ann Shelly and Sister Nadine are already licensed preachers, so we will now have four lay preachers.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Youth Group Thanks

Thanks to the youth group for weeding and planting flowers. The two pots of flowers on the steps to the Parish Hall are their creation.

The youth group meets every other Thursday at 4 PM.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Our organist is moving on

Kevin Jacque has been one of our organists for the last ten years. He was still in high school when he began and has played for us through college, veterinary school and now as a professional veterinarian. Kevin and his wife, Ashley, will be moving to Seattle, Washington, in June because Ashley has found a new job there.

Kevin's last Sunday at St. Matthew's will be May 27th. We will miss him greatly as he has been a valuable resource and a good friend.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

New Torch Bearers

Three of our youth have been trained as torch bearers for Sunday worship. Thanks to Casey, Rylie, Kylee, and Emily.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Passing of Kathy Mambourg

Former member and dear friend Kathy Mambourg passed away on March 12, in Columbus. While she was at St. Matthew's, she contributed on all levels: as a choir member, member of Vestry, gardener, and organizer of the youth group.

Here is a link to her published obituary.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Passing of Rev. Ransom

We have recently heard of the unexpected death of the Rev. Charles W. (Chuck) Ransom last week from an aneurysm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

For additional information, you may contact St. Paul's or the Rector, the Rev. David Kendall-Sperry.

Please hold Chuck, his wife, Daryl, and their family in your prayers. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Passing of Carolyn Young's Father

Carolyn Young's dad, Brig. General James Eddy Young, passed away on Feb. 11th 2018.

Carolyn is a fairly long time member of St. Matthew's church. She has been residing in NJ taking care of her parents for the last 8 or more years. However, she has remained a member of St. Matthews and has helped support both our church through pledging and giving to the Capital Funds (which has allowed a lot of our recent upkeep on our building and grounds). Carolyn hopes to return to Ashland and St. Matthew's after everything is settled in New Jersey.

The vestry will let you know about contributions to our memorial fund in memory of her mom and dad.