MISSION WITHIN

There are various opportunities for you to get involved in the mission within the Saint Matthew community. From the process of spiritual growth and transformation to care for others—we are focused on the question, "What is my next step?"


To get involved in a group or class offered this season, contact any the leader of a group of interest listed below, or pick up any of the Next Steps group cards at the Saint Matthew Welcome Center in the lobby.


For more information about Next Steps groups or to become a Next Steps group leader, 

please contact Jill Okimoto.

To reserve a meeting space at Saint Matthew, please contact Kathy Frattini to make arrangements. 

  • ALPHA

    Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.


    Please contact Kevin & Lynne Morgan for more information.

  • priscilla shirer:

    discerning the voice of god

    wednesdays starting 5.1 | 7-8:30pm

    green classroom

    Please join WOW (Women of Wednesday) as we begin the new bible study Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. This 12-week study will begin on May 1st and continue through July 17th. Don't worry if you can't make every session. "A little word is better than no word," as Beth Moore told us in our last study. 


    Please contact Cathy Fuller or Donna Noonan for more information.

  • BIBLES & BREW

    THURSDAYS | 7-8:30PM

    CONCORD

    Get to know other Saint Matthew guys in a low-key, casual atmosphere. Attendees can talk about their lives and the Bible, while sipping on a craft brew or your favorite non-alcoholic beverage.


    Please contact Phil Gomez for more information.

  • BOUNDARIES CLASS

    If setting personal "property lines" that influence all areas of your life - physically, emotionally, and spiritually - has been challenging for you, then this 10-week Boundaries class may be just right for you. This DVD course is based on the bestselling book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend.


    Please contact Harriette Heibel or Morgan Murray for more information.

  • god, grace, & girlfriends

    Join fellow Saint Matthew women in a study and discussion group based around the ELCA's Social Statement on Women and Justice and how it applies to us and our community. 


    Please contact Tami Gomez or Juliana Basil for more information.

  • walk 'n' talk

    Taking a break for the Winter, but will start meeting regularly again in the Spring!


    Get to know your fellow Saint Matthew adults. Friends welcome! Join us for casual walks around our beautiful surrounding neighborhood. Share ways to have balance in your life and keep in step with the spirit.


    Please contact Marty Campbell or Jenny Hammond for more information.

  • GOLF & GROW: THE NINETEENTH HOLE

    FRIDAYS MONTHLY | 12PM

    DIABLO HILLS GOLF COURSE

    Join your fellow Saint Matthew men for casual golf outings for all levels. We will meet at the Diablo Hills Golf Course in Walnut Creek once a month starting in October on Friday at noon (and a couple of times a year on Saturday morning). Afterwards, we will enjoy some grub and a round at The Greenery to share our experiences.


    Please contact Gerry Long or Kevin Morgan for more information.

  • Lean on me

    MONDAYS | 4:30-5:45PM

    SMLC GARDENSIDE ROOM

    An adult bible study/small group for women, focusing on God's life-changing wisdom, compassion, and grace. We emphasize understanding and care for others as well as self-care.


    Please contact Ann Clausen for more information.

  • DINE WITH NINE

    sundays | Spring 2019

    Dine with Nine is an opportunity to bring the Saint Matthew community together around dinner tables of nine. These casual potluck meals provide a welcoming place for adults to share our stories and build friendships. Table hosts will open their homes four Sunday evenings, rotating guests weekly.


    Stay tuned for more information!

  • griefshare

    GriefShare is a 13-week program designed to assist those that have had recent losses using videos from grief experts and through meaningful discussion.


    For more on GriefShare, visit their website. Cost is $15 for the workbook.


    Please contact Linda Cole or Erick Onishi for more information.

  • DIVORCECARE

    varying times and locations

    Separation and divorce are tough. Too many decisions to make, too many emotions to navigate. If you are like most people who are contemplating or in the midst of separation and/or divorce, you may not have someone to speak with who understands what you're going through.


    DivorceCare groups meet all over the Bay Area and includes a DVD series for discussion on topics including: How to find help, facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial planning, new relationships, dealing with children, forgiveness- to name a few. Visit their website to find a meeting location and time that work for you.


    Please contact Harriette Heibel for more information.

  • WINE, WOMEN, & THE WORD

    WEDNESDAYS | 7-8:30PM

    Wine, Women, & the Word is a group of great ladies experiencing the joys of mid-life. Over the year are four studies and one summer event. This is a "not so small" group with book formats that make it easy if someone can't attend all sessions. They will be starting a 7-week book study titled Broken Crayons Still Color - From Our Mess to God's Masterpiece by Shelley Hitz.


    Please contact Renate Schoenberg for more information.

  • PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

    MONDAYS | 1-2PM | SMLC RED CLASSROOM

    The Saint Matthew Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of knitters and crocheters who create beautiful prayer shawls - many including the triune stitch representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The shawls are prayed over and given to those in need of feeling wrapped up in God's love, the abiding peace of Jesus, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. This casual group is for all levels. Beginners are welcome, and we will help guide you along. 


    Please contact Ann Dunn or Sylvia Ortlieb for more information.

  • PIECEMAKERS QUILTERS

    THURSDAYS | 1:30-3PM

    SMLC GARDENSIDE ROOM

    The Piecemakers Quilters have been meeting at Saint Matthew for more than 20 years. The quilters gather weekly - stitching together quilts made with love, service to others, and to God. This is a casual gathering for women of all levels. You may work on your own project, or help make quilts and receiving blankets for the Layette Ministry.


    Please contact Sharon Mazanac for more information.

  • LEARNING TO PRAY THE SCRIPTURES:

    THE PRACTICE OF LECTIO DIVINA

    Learning to Pray the Scriptures is the practice of Lectio Divina. There are currently three Lectio groups at Saint Matthew. If you are interested in starting a new group, please contact Lin Ashlock for guidance.


    Please contact Lin Ashlock or Tracy Delony for more information.

  • BLACK BEAR DINER GROUP

    WEDNESDAYS | 7-8AM | 700 BANCROFT RD

    Come have breakfast while studying scripture and getting to know other Saint Matthew men. The Black Bear Diner group has been meeting for more than 20 years. Feel free to attend every week or whenever your schedule permits! 


    Please contact Duane Ludwig for more information.

  • HUBCAPS GROUP

    FRIDAYS | 6:30-7:30AM | 660 YGNACIO VALLEY RD

    Join us at Buttercup Pantry as we come together to look at faith, learn about God's love, and gain understanding about who we are called to be in Jesus. We are an open and ongoing group and you are welcome to join us whenever you can make it!


    Each week we read and discuss a short text by various authors along with a Bible passage. This is followed by a time of sharing prayer requests. Periodically we also serve in various outreach opportunities. 


    Please contact Jerry Hanson for more information.

  • GATHER GROUP

    3RD TUESDAYS | 12:30-2:30PM   

    SMLC GARDENSIDE ROOM

    Join your fellow Saint Matthew women for a small group gathering to discuss a mixture of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help you grow in faith and engage in ministry and action.


    Please contact Phyllis Arthur for more information.

  • deeper devotion group

    sundays | 10:30am

    smlc gardenside room

    This is an open community of people in all stages in the spiritual journey who share life together while seeking to deepen their affection for Christ and their understanding of how to "walk in a manner worthy of His calling." 


    Please contact Lynnie Morgan for more information.

  • THE EARLY RISERS

    WEDNESDAY | 7-8:30AM | SMLC RED CLASSROOM

    The Early Risers greet every Wednesday morning with reading God's Word and by asking for His direction and guidance to glean what He wants us to know. 


    The time is divided between directed Bible reading and prayer. The group is always open to new participants and invites anyone who wants to explore God's daily presence and the application of His Word in their daily lives to join. 


    Please contact Gwen Ross for more information.

  • PRISCILLA CIRCLE

    2ND FRIDAY | 9:30AM-12PM

    The Priscilla Circle is a women's small group that has been meeting for decades that do different bible and book studies together.


    Please contact Barbara Crews at 925.933.5674 for more information.

  • TUESDAY SERVICE GROUP

    TUESDAY | 9:30-11:30AM | SMLC RED CLASSROOM

    Join your fellow Saint Matthew women for a small group service gathering on Tuesday mornings. 


    On the second Friday of each month we provide a meal for YEAH, a year round shelter for 18-25 year olds. We also prepare snack bags to carry a person through the day. Our other service is organizing the all congregation Layette Ministry contributions for the County Hospital in Martinez. 


    Please contact Barbara Groenveld for more information.

  • saturday morning groups

    We have several different guys' groups that meet every Saturday morning! 


    To find one that interests you, please contact Tom Aragon for more information.