The mission of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is to love, welcome, nurture, and serve all people
by following the example of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy contains current info. This is an aggregate of best information as of Monday 8pm.


You should be inside unless you are evacuating to safety or an emergency responder.

As winds pick up we will get downed power lines. Please call them in to the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), 201-319-3871. PSE&G is staffing that office 24 x 7 and they will get it into the system. For trees on county roads (such as: Grand, Summit, MLK/Monticello, Bergen, Kennedy, Westside, Mallory, Communipaw, Sip) or parks, report to Hudson County OEM.

Due to high winds, heavy rain and low visibility, residents are prohibited from operating motor vehicles on all Jersey City streets and highways beginning at 2:00pm on Monday 10/29 and continuing until further notice. All public transit is suspended including PATH, light rail, and buses.
Curfew from 6pm Monday 10/29, through 1pm, Tue 10/30 in the following areas:
1) Washington Blvd. east to Hudson River
2) Areas of State Highway 440 West to Hackensack River & Bayonne City Line
3) All pedestrian traffic prohibited in Port Liberte as well as Country Village.

Mandatory Evacuations Effective at 7am on Monday 10/29, in the following locations in Jersey City:
• Residents residing in ground floor/1st floor buildings for all streets EAST of Green Street from Essex Street North to Columbus Drive.
• Residents residing in ground floor/ 1st floor buildings for all streets EAST of Washington Boulevard from Columbus Drive North to 18th Street.
• Residents residing in ground floor/ 1st floor buildings in Port Liberte.
• Residents residing in ground floor/ 1st floor buildings in Society Hill and Country Village.
Follow evacuation orders. LEAVE NOW; do not wait.

• All evacuees with existing medical problems should go to MS#4 on 107 Bright Street downtown due to its proximity to the Jersey City Medical Center.
• Other shelters are PS #7 on 222 Laidlaw Avenue, Dickinson High School on Palisades Avenue, PS #17 at 600 Bergen Avenue, and PS#41 at Wilkinson and Ocean Avenues.
• Those with pets must go to Pershing Field. All cats must be crated. All dogs must be crated or on a leash. Residents need to provide food for them.


Parking enforcement for all meters and street sweeping is suspended through Wednesday 10/31. Greenville residents who need to move their cars to higher ground should park in the lots at Public Schools 30 & 40 in Greenville. List of municipal parking lots available for parking below.

Transportation to city evacuation shelters will be provided by vehicles from the Department of Recreation & Dept. of Health & Human Services/Senior Affairs. Hourly Pick-ups will commence on 8am on Monday, October 29th, through the duration of the storm at the following locations:
• Society Hill
• OLM/Country Village
• Pavonia PATH Station
• Port Liberte/ Strip Mall on Chapel Ave
• CLOSED (Under water): Newport Center/McDonalds

404 2nd St
Boland Street off Bergen
277 Central Ave
340 Central Ave
352 Central Ave
388 Central Ave
477-79 Central Ave
Fairview Ave & Bergen Ave
Hoboken Ave [Reserved parking along street]
Mongomery St & Orchard St
174 Newark Ave
693 Newark Ave
Sherman Place
522 West Side Ave
754 West Side Ave

For emergencies, call 911. For information or for non-emergency aid, call Paul Bellan-Boyer 201.238.5987.

Please be safe and help your neighbors !!!

This is the storm surge probability map. Click on storm surge of 6 feet and look at your area. Right now we are looking at 6-11 feet).

God of heaven and earth, the eyes of all wait upon thee. We seek to be far from the tempest and storm. Yet turbulence and danger swirl around us. Our preparations can only carry us so far. Surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach the faithful, O Lord, our rock and refuge. See us to a place of shelter. Strengthen and sustain us, that even in the midst of the storm, we may stand secure in faith, surrounded by your love, in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Storm Line, by Joel Torres
Used by permission.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sunday 10/28 - Reformation Sunday

Friday 10/26 6:30pm Family Game Night - Board games, jigsaw puzzles, and other non-electronic entertainments for children and adults, refreshments provided
Sunday 10/28 11am Reformation Sunday worship - wear red!

The most important concepts of the Lutheran Reformation are not easy to illustrate. Luther's understanding that God's love was boundless, God's grace was all-important, that there was nothing he could do to earn his way into heaven - By grace you have been saved through faith - don't translate readily into a picture.

But these portraits of Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora help show one thing. As monk and nun, both were bound by vows to never marry. Yet in the ferment of Reformation and revolution, the church re-examined its understanding of how the church worked. Luther came to know a God of love and mercy, who was not seeking to damn him, but to free him.

They saw that the rules the church had made went beyond the rules God had given, which themselves were impossible to fully keep. "Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself" defines a lifetime of practice. When Martin and Katies celibate vocations ended, God led them to practice love in marriage, a relationship to which many are called.

This Sunday we will listen to God's word and practice living in its light, Pr. Hans Arnesen preaching and presiding at a service of Holy Communion.

Grace & peace to you.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sunday 10/21 - worship at 11am

The early Christians turned to their scriptures, the Hebrew Bible, to understand what had happened in the ministry of Jesus. In this week's New Testament reading we see a little-mentioned character, King Melchizedek. They see him as a forerunner of Jesus, who is "designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek" (Letter to the Hebrews 5:10)

Melchizedek only gets a brief mention in the book of Genesis, but in a way that made him a symbol for those early Jesus followers. He was king of Salem (peace), and after a battle, brings an offering of bread and wine to the returning Abram and his men. This is the setting for a peace treaty between Abram and the local kings. Also, in seeing Jesus as a high priest "according to the order of Melchizedek," the early Christians are claiming high priestly status for Jesus, but outside the hereditary priesthood of the Temple.

So it is with us. Jesus' offering brings peace between divided humanity. And Jesus' ministry brings all people into the holy place, declaring us worthy to make a new kind of sacrifice. Instead of blood, we offer our time, our treasure, our pride, that God might make us into servants.

This Sunday as God ministers to us, we minister to one another, Rev. Lisa Bellan-Boyer preaching. Special music from our Campers' Choir.

God bless and keep you always.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City

NEXT SUNDAY: Reformation Sunday. Wear red! International potluck lunch!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sunday 10/14 - worship at 11am

A man ran up and knelt before Jesus, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Mark 10:17

The answer the man eventually received confused him, because it required him to change, to do something he was unwilling to do, something that seemed impossibly hard.

Perhaps it is so with us. We may see or know the way that is best, yet are unwilling to do what we need to. Let's face it. It's easier to watch TV than to exercise or attend a meeting. It's easier to cling to what we have than to open our hands and heart and life to others. The really big things might seem as impossible as fitting a camel through the eye of a needle, so we attempt so much less.

This Sunday, like every day, God reaches out to open a new world of possibility. Pr. Hans Arnesen will preach and preside at a service of Holy Communion.

Come, know what is possible with God.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City