This Week’s Services

Dear Friends, beloved sisters and brothers in Christ,
Following the Bishop’s directive along with Gov. DeWine’s mandates for Ohio, we are suspending all services at St. Matthew’s until further notice.  I know for many of you this is one of the main ways you connect with God and one another.  I am looking into the idea of having a ‘buddy’ system whereby you would contact one another and if necessary help each other with grocery shopping should that be necessary.  I am also speaking with Rev. Beth who used one of our PowerPoints yesterday to have a Zoom morning prayer with her congregation.  I want to hear her feedback which will help me evaluate the possibility of using technology for us to keep connected should this continue for more than two weeks.
In the meantime, I believe we should all continue to take care of our minds, bodies and spirits.  We can do this through prayer, reading of scripture,  saying the services of Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer and Compline with our families, avoiding public places unless absolutely necessary,  staying home if ill, frequent hand washing and disinfecting of all surfaces.   In many ways this is a Lenten journey into the wilderness.   It is a time when we can connect more intentionally with our children who are home from school and many of whom may be scared about this situation.  Please view this  as a gift of time to make space for God, self-reflection and prayer, into our normally busy days of running from here to there.
Please email or text me if you are willing to be a caregiver in the ‘buddy’ program or wish to help with technology.
I am keeping each of you in prayer during this difficult and scary time!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you need to talk.
Many blessings,
Stephanie EhrmanThis Week’s Services