By Darlia Clerico
Roger has been attending St. Matthew’s ever since his mother first brought him and his three brothers to church back in 1964! The family had moved to the area from Evanston, Illinois. Though such a move can be challenging, Roger says that, “St. Matthew’s became a touchstone for stability, family togetherness, and contentment.” Roger has been a faithful servant of our church ever since.
Roger began his volunteerism at St. Matthew’s as a youth coordinator for high school students. He enjoyed planning winter ski trips, service activities, and movie outings. Roger sang bass in the church choir for over two years. In his current roles as veteran greeter and usher, he is a natural at making people feel welcome at St. Matthew’s. He warmly greets everyone as they enter the church for services and hands out programs. Roger’s genuine way of making people feel comfortable comes from his heart: “I continue to serve my friends as Sunday usher.” He greets communicants, offering an arm as he assists them down the stairs or gives a high five to the young ones as they proceed back to their pews. Roger is an excellent listener and has a knack for sensing when a parishioner needs assistance, which he offers gently and with dignity to the person in need. Roger says that he “feels right at home and in just the right spot on Sunday mornings.”
Thank you, Roger, for your heartfelt and sincere commitment of time and talent to St. Matthew’s.
Join us for joyful Easter services on Sunday, April 21 at 8:00am or 10:15am. After the 10:15am service, there will be an all parish photo immediately after in front of the big window facing El Camino Real.
The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:45 am followed by an Easter feast and crafts for the kids!
By Darlia Clerico
While relocating to San Mateo, the Hagerty family attended a summer service. They were so warmly greeted at coffee hour, they immediately knew St. Matthew’s would be their church home. The Hagerty family is exceptionally active at church and the Day School. Each one of them is always willing to do more for St. Matthew’s and we are blessed to have them in our church and school community.
Diane and Jeff stated, “We feel truly blessed to have a deep experience of both our church and school. Collectively, it is such a nurturing, loving, and fun community.” Some of their favorite activities are Blessing of the Animals, Easter Services, the Gala, and the Youth Group Overnight. They love the unending hospitality, cherished friends and many wonderful experiences at St. Matthew’s.
Diane serves on the Vestry and is a member of St. Catherine’s. She did an outstanding job as the Gala Co-Chair. Diane is always making delicious goodies for our church functions.
Jeff serves as an Usher. His project management skills came in handy to lead the Joint Church and School Master Planning Committee. One significant project he undertook was the bench work over the bioswale as part of the update to our beautiful Memorial Garden. Jeff also served on the Day School Board of Trustees.
Lauren and Patrick are Acolytes. They participated in the Confirmation Class of 2017. They help in the church nursery during services and attend Youth Group. Lauren and Patrick are two respectful, well-mannered, wonderful young adults.
Diane, Jeff, Lauren and Patrick, thank you for all that you do and give of yourselves for the Glory of God.
By Darlia Clerico
Stannie moved to San Mateo in 2000 and after visiting several local Episcopal churches, she found her home at St. Matthew’s. Stannie was initially “attracted by the antique charm of the St. Matthew’s church building and the energy and originality of the rector’s preaching.” Immediately after joining, a member of the hospitality committee brought Stannie a delicious pound cake to welcome her. She never forgot the kindness of a stranger who made her feel so very welcome in her new church.
Stannie has wonderful energy. From helping in the kitchen during coffee hour and countless other church events to stacking chairs, she can be counted on to jump right in with elbow grease to get a job done. She has lent her wide array of talents to St. Matthew’s, including editing the Tau Cross and producing fundraising and marketing pieces. She has served on the Vestry and Deanery as well as the stewardship and hospitality committees. She also served on the interview committee to procure clergy and music director candidates. For three years she gave Janine invaluable assistance as a Sunday School teacher in the Godly Play program. Stannie joined the Bell Choir 12 years ago to contribute her understanding and love of music. She is a member of St. Catherine’s and the book club.
We thank you, Stannie, for your special, gentle touch of contributing behind the scenes. Your willingness to introduce yourself to new parishioners and make them feel at home is yet another gift you give to our parish.
By Darlia Clerico
St. Matthew’s has been Sally and Roger’s place of worship for over 63 years. Married in 1951 at St. Augustine’s By-the-Sea Episcopal church in Santa Monica, they moved to San Francisco as bride and groom and then to San Mateo three years later. They were attracted to St. Matthew’s by the Gothic architecture, and because “stepping inside felt like home.”
The Krakows’ second baby, Bradford, was baptized at St. Matthew’s. Days later, a charming woman appeared at their door, inviting them to join the Young Marrieds Club. The group met each month in the Fireplace Room for fellowship, complete with a potluck supper and sometimes a sherry hour. The Krakows’ children’s godparents, and most of their Peninsula friends, originally came from that group.
Sally loved teaching Sunday School, and Roger regularly gathered supplies for it. He also painted the babysitting and Sunday School rooms. Sally joined the Garden Guild. Roger has served as an usher for thirty years, faithfully counting the offerings as part of the Head Usher’s job. Their four sons served on Sundays as acolytes (which was Sally’s inspiration for the petit point Unicorn Banner that hangs near the organ.)
This active couple enjoys spending time with family, volunteering for the Burlingame Library Foundation, and entertaining friends in their home. They have a deep connection to each other (always holding hands when walking together). Sally is a go-getter and networker with a dozen projects on her to-do list. Roger is a charming, soft-spoken, true gentleman with a twinkle in his eye. This picture of them was taken on Veteran’s Day. Roger is a World War II Veteran of the Eighth Air Force, flying out of England over Germany (Sally calls him Wonderman). Both of them “feel a spiritual connection” to St. Matthew’s and consider their lifelong attachment to the church a major part of their well-being.
We thank you, Sally and Roger, for your devotion of time, talent and treasure to St. Matthew’s.