Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Schedule

  • Christmas Eve 7 PM, Saturday, December 24
  • Christmas Day service 10 AM, Sunday, December 25
  • Lessons and Carols 10 AM, Sunday, January 1
By the way, the Bishop will be with us on January 15.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Advent and Candy

  • Advent Wednesday Evening Taize Prayer Service will be held at 5pm. It will be around a half an hour service. Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th , Dec. 14th, and Dec. 21st. In case of inclement weather on any of those dates please call Rev. Ashby for service scheduling information.
  • Mary Weber is making her Christmas candy this year only by special order. So, if you want a box of her awesome candy please email or call her. There will be a sign up sheet on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Camile Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio

Parish member Curt Allen is singing in the chorus for this grand piece of religious music.


St. Peter's Catholic Church in Mansfield on Sunday, December 11 at 3 PM. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Harvest Dinner

This has been an annual event for years, always hosted (with an incredible amount of work on his part) by David Eisel.

Turkey! Ham! Dressing! Mashed potatoes! Gravy! Noodles!

Sunday, December 4, following the 10 AM service.

Please find the sign-up sheet posted in the Parish Hall and tell us your name, the number attending, and what side dish or dessert you are bringing.

Questions? Ask David!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

St. Francis Day

This coming Sunday, October 2, is St. Francis Day. Everyone is welcome to bring pets (or pictures of pets) to be blessed.

Note: If your animal friend is in the range of a horse or cow for size, let us know in advance. We will probably do the blessing in the parking lot.

This is one of those odd fun moments when it is good to be an Episcopalian, and affirms the idea that God's blessing extends to his whole creation.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Evensong at Grace

Mid-Ohio Opera will be resident at Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, OH to provide classical vocal music for their Evensong service. Don't miss this transcendent musical experience.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Convention Volunteers Needed

We received an email today asking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Diocesan convention in Bowling Green. (I don't know if volunteers have to pay for the convention, but will probably have to pay for their housing. There might be MAC money available for that.)

The email is below:

Please visit our website if you would like to sign-up online at www.dohio.org go to 2016 Convention Volunteers.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

St. Matthew's Day

September 18 we will celebrate St. Matthew's Day with a  special Bluegrass Eucharist at 10 AM., followed by a potluck.

Our band is Upriver Music, and we're pretty excited to have them coming to our parish. Here is a link to their video: Together This Time

For the potluck, the church is supplying chicken, so please provide side dishes. We also need volunteers to set up and clean up.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Parish Outing

Parish Outing Sunday evening! Dinner at the Ashland Applebee’s, followed by “Wild Carrot and The Roots” live! at the Ashland Band Shell in Brookside Park. The concert begins at 8 pm.

We’ll meet at Applebee’s at 6 pm.

“Wild Carrot and The Roots” has a "foot in traditional American music, their repertoire branches in diverse directions from award winning original tunes to swing, blues, and traditional songs". Instrumentation includes: guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina, bass, percussion as well as vocals.

If you need a ride, contact Kay Ashby or Joanne Robinson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Coming Parish Events

  • July 31 Parish Outing at Ashland Band Shell. The concert featuring Wild Carrot and The Roots begins at 8:00 pm. Before the concert is dinner at Applebee's in Ashland. Please sign up or tell Joanne Robinson for dinner reservations. Time for dinner to be announced. Wild Carrot and The Roots has a "foot in traditional American music, their repertoire branches in diverse directions from award winning original tunes to swing, blues, and traditional songs". Instrumentation includes: guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina, bass , percussion as well as vocals.
  • September 18 is our annual St. Matthew's Day Celebration
  • October 1 (Saturday) car pool to the Wakeman camp groundbreaking ceremony. (details to come)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wedding Celebrations

This Sunday, July 3rd Buck and Nellie will be celebrating their 70th anniversary a bit early. Actually, their anniversary is in the Fall. However, their family has vacation now and will be in town to celebrate. There will be a short "renewal of wedding vows" during the 10am service. Their son, Jim Harrison (a priest) will be the guest celebrant and officiant of their vows. Kay will be the preacher. Please bring a celebration card.

On Sunday July 10th we will be having a SURPRISE Wedding Shower for Kevin Jacque during coffee hour. Tracy Gibbs hopes to decorate by using framed wedding pictures of many of us, so bring your wedding picture this Sunday or next. We will not be providing a parish present, so cards with or without money are appropriate. Also, Kevin will be playing a short recital after our 10am service.

Also, remember this Sunday is a Pot Luck.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Grubby Sunday

This coming Sunday (June 12) is Grubby Sunday—a time when parish members work together on clean-up projects.
  • Just after morning worship
  • Wear your old clothes
  • Bring cleaning supplies and equipment (we have a limited amount at the church)
  • Contact Andi Shifley if you want more details or have ideas for projects we need to do

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why old announcements are still here

While I do delete old announcements that might cause confusion (for example, outdated "Gifts of Time" charts), I tend to leave most of the old announcements in place. I've got two reasons for doing so:
  1. When a visitor comes to our website, I want send the message that we actually are doing things. We have a lot more going than a single one-hour Sunday morning service.
  2. Looking back over the months, it's fun to see where we have been. Yes, we did a Lenten study series. There was a mid-day Bible study group. (By the way, it's stopped for the summer, but will resume in the fall.) 

Coming Events


  • Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 29, will be an all-church potluck.
  • Grubby Sunday June 12 (Following Eucharist)
    • This is our time to work together on church cleaning and small maintenance.
    • Plan on wearing work clothes and bringing cleaning supplies that day.
    • If you have any questions, contact Andi Shifley.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Red for Pentecost

Just a reminder: This coming Sunday, May 15, is the Feast of Pentecost, so make sure to wear some RED.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Schedule and health news

Change of Sunday Schedule

  • April 17th (This Sunday) will be Holy Eucharist, not Morning Prayer
  • May 1st will be a Morning Prayer Service (Ann Shelly is the Officiant and Curt Allen is the Preacher)

St. Matthew's Field Trip


Everyone is invited to attend a mid week service at St. Alban's in Cleveland Hts. on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:15 pm. For those who can we will meet for dinner at the Melt Restaurant in Cleveland Hts. at 5:00 pm on April 20th then head to St. Alban's Episcopal Church. This is a service featuring Taizé Music. Rev. Kay will bring maps to the church and restaurant on Sunday April 17th. If you won't be in church on Sunday and would like directions please contact Rev. Kay BEFORE Sunday the 17th.

Health News


Please keep Sharon Broeder in your prayers. She is having surgery on her foot Wednesday, April 13.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Martha Unger Memorial Service

The memorial service for Martha Unger will be April 2nd, at 3pm (reception beforehand, details tbd), Trinity Episcopal Church, Alliance, OH.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

E-mail

A great deal of information goes out to the parish through email. If you are not receiving these email messages or if you would like to change your email information, please send a note to the webmaster at st.matthew.ashland@gmail.com

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Pictures for Bulletin Board

The pictures on the church bulletin board are now quite old, so it's time for an update. Beginning Sunday, January 24, we will be taking pictures, so remember what your mama used to say before class pictures, and show up with your hair combed and your face washed.

Tyler Phillips Baptism

Tyler Phillips, son of Tom and Melissa Phillips, will be baptized during the 10 a.m. worship service on January 24.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, February 7 is the date for two long-standing traditions:
  1. The St. Matthew's Chili Potluck Cook-off
  2. Super Bowl 50
Obviously, the first is the more important.

So bring a pot of your favorite chili recipe and be prepared for the voting, the tension, and the excitement!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Annual Meeting and Potluck

The parish Annual Meeting and Potluck will take place after worship on Sunday, January 17. We will be electing two new members to the Vestry, reviewing the past year, and looking forward to the new year.