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Follow St. Nick on Facebook!

All during Advent St. Nick will pop up around the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew! Learn fun facts about our glorious church building and community throughout Advent until Christmas day.

St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in the 4th century, beloved as the patron and protector of seafarers, sailors, brides & grooms, bakers, travelers, and especially children. In his life and ministry, he was an advocate for the poor, expressed generosity to those in need, and had many legendary stories of faith attributed to his great love for Jesus Christ and people.

Follow St. Nick’s adventures on Facebook. Like our page to get updates on his whereabouts on your News Feed!

Scenes from the First Day of Advent

Our church year begins in Advent and it is here! How can you tell? The altar is draped in blue representing Mary. Come join us for Advent Sundays as we prepare the church for Christmas!


Fr. Jay and parishioners spruced up the signs on El Camino Real. This month’s Taizé service is on Tuesday, December 4th at 7p in the Side Chapel. Proceeds from the Thrift Shop benefit Episcopal Relief & Development, CORA, Mission Hospice & Home Care, just to name a few. And again with the blue for Advent!

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There was a successful Garden Guild Plant Sale last Sunday as well. Every holiday season the Garden Guild sells traditional topiaries along with small pots of cyclamen, pomanders, and a limited edition of homemade toffees. The proceeds from the sale help the Garden Guild maintain the beautiful gardens and trees at St. Matthew.


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Advent Series “Contemplative Living in Conflicted Times” Starts Sunday December 2

Advents starts this Sunday, December 2nd and this Advent we welcome back Patrick O’Halloran to assist us in developing a practice of contemplative prayer and living. Over the span of three sessions, participants will be invited to step out of the world of instant communication, multi-tasking, and increasingly complex personal issues to recharge their spiritual batteries. Quiet, inner peace and a renewed zest for life are the goals for taking time to tend to our spirit and soul.

We will gather in the Conference Room in St. Matthew’s Hall on three consecutive Sundays, December 2, 9 and 16 at 9:10 am. You may attend any or all three sessions. Invite a friend!