St Matthew Ministries

Family Life

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

College Outreach

Anne Tarwater
615-550-5109, atarwater@stmatthewtn.org

This program maintains contact with parishioners who are away at college. Cards and care packages are sent to help encourage and strengthen our college students. Volunteers are needed to write letters and assemble care packages. Click here for more information about College Outreach.

 

Community Weekend

Brad Bishop
615- 557-8015, b.bishop01@comcast.net

Community Weekend is held once a month August -May following the 5:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. This event gives parishioners an opportunity for fellowship over coffee and pastries. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, preparing coffee, serving and clean-up.

 

Lunch Bunch

Ellen Wade
615-414-8996, ellendwade@comcast.net

The Lunch Bunch meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in the church narthex for lunch and bingo. A small fee is charged for lunch and white elephant prizes

 

Men’s Club

Ben Buckner
taekwondude@bellsouth.net

All male parishioners over the age of eighteen, both Catholic and non-Catholic are eligible to become active members. In addition to providing a social forum for the men of the parish, the Club sponsors many activities and events. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. Click here for more information about Men’s Club.

 

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Amy Walton Phillips
amywaltonphillips@gmail.com

Rachel Jansen
rachelajansen@gmail.com

This group is for mothers of preschool age children to connect, share, and pray together. This group meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in The SMS Learning Lab (Room 113). Click here to fill out a registration form for more information.

 

Prayer Chain

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

This group prays for the needs and special intentions of parish members. Volunteers may sign-up to be on the prayer chain list.

 

 

Quilting Ministry

Eva Coursey
615- 646-3064

This group meets every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Conference Center. Beginners and experienced quilters are welcome. They will teach anyone who is interested.

 

Boy Scouts

Sean DeCoster
615- 878-4580, skdecoster@gmail.com

Boy Scouts is for boys aged 11-17. The program achieves the Boy Scouts of America’s objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness through boy-led activities and outings. Click here for more information about Boy Scouts.

 

Girl Scouts

Anna Garfinkle
615-483-8849, anna.garfinkle@yahoo.com

The Girls Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts pledge to serve God and their country and to help others at all times. Click here for more information about Girl Scouts.

 

Cub Scouts

Aeron Lucus
615-347-9597, alucas@cowanbenefit.com

Cub scouting is for boys in grades 1-5. Through den meetings, pack meetings, campouts, and work at home, the Cub Scout program focuses on character development, team building, confidence and family oriented fun. Click here for more information about Cub Scouts.

 

Youth Group/Life Teen

Leslie Robertson
615-550-5102, lrobertson@stmatthewtn.org

Youth Group is open to youth in the parish (regardless of school attended) and is divided into two groups; Junior High and Life Teen. The Junior High Youth Group is for youth in 7th-8th grade. The Life Teen is for all high school teens in grades 9th-12th. Various activities are offered throughout the year for both groups.  Activities are spiritual, social and service oriented.

Click here for more information about Life Teen.

Click here for more information about Jr. High Youth Group.

Women’s Club

Stacy Brunner
615-428-9555, stacymbrunner@yahoo.com

All female parishioners over the age of eighteen, both Catholic and non-Catholic, are eligible to become active members. In addition to providing a social forum for the women of the parish, the Women's Club sponsors many activities and events. Meetings are held four times a year. Click here for more information about Women’s Club.



Liturgy

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

Altar Servers

Deacon Bill Forte
615-495-7664, rheaf@bellsouth.net

Altar servers have the important responsibility of assisting the priest during Mass and other special events. Potential servers must be in the 5th grade or higher and willing to attend training sessions. Click here for more information about becoming an Altar Server. 

 

Eucharistic Ministers

Church Office
615-646-0378, info@stmatthewtn.org
 
Eucharistic Ministers serve at Sunday Liturgies and also bring communion to the sick and homebound of the parish. This position is appointed by the Pastor.

 

First Friday Adoration

Kitty Gomez
615-646-5553, kitty.gomez@hotmail.com

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place the first Friday of every month after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, ending with Benediction on Saturday morning. Participants may sign up for desired time slots.

 

Lectors

Kim Baldinger
615-662-3921, kbaldinger@stmatthewtn.org

Lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass. New lectors complete a one-hour microphone check and training period; and workshops and other sessions may be required if liturgical needs merit them.

 

Minister of Hospitality

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

Hospitality Ministers greet those attending Mass with the objective of instilling a sense of belonging. Duties include participating in the offertory, distributing bulletins and straightening the Sanctuary after Mass. Eligible volunteers include men, women and young adults with a warm, welcoming personality.

 

Music Ministries

Joel Bolen
615-550-5108, jbolen@stmatthewtn.org

The Music Ministry is open to everyone, amateur, professional or anywhere in-between, who is interested in sharing their musical abilities. There are adult choirs that sing for each of our weekend Masses. They combine to sing for major Liturgies throughout the year. Cantors and Psalmists facilitate congregational singing and instrumentalists support the singing at all of our weekend Liturgies. Handbell choirs play at various Liturgies throughout the year. High school and children's choirs sing at various Liturgies throughout the year.  Click here for more information about Music Ministry at Saint Matthew.

 

Wedding Guild

Melissa Mosteller
615-679-9302, Melissa.mosteller@ey.com

This committee provides assistance to the priest or deacon, the wedding party and their families during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony. Volunteers are needed to assist during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony.

Parish Life

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

Art & Environment

Anne Tarwarter
615-550-5109, atarwater@stmatthewtn.org

This committee’s objective is to plan a liturgically correct and attractive environment for prayerful liturgies. Members meet monthly to determine needs and set plans to improve the church environment. Click here for more information about Art for Inspiration Art Show.

 

Blood Drive

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

Blood drives are held at St. Matthew three times during the year for the American Red Cross. Volunteers are needed to provide assistance the day of the drive.

 

Bulk Mail

Graham Honeycutt
615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

This group assists office staff with folding, stuffing and sorting parish mailings. Volunteers are needed several times during the year.  

 

Cursillo

Gina & Stephen Scott
615-376-7874, gina@techrt.com

If you are seeking a way to make Christ the center of your everyday life, you are invited to experience Cursillo. It is a life-changing experience for adults, married or single people, which begins with a three day weekend. It is an encounter with yourself and an encounter with God. Cursillo weekends are announced in the bulletin and are held twice during the year.

 

Funeral Luncheons

Olga Olenick
615-646-7505

Members of this committee prepare and serve food at the luncheon following the funeral Mass for parishioners who have lost a loved one. Volunteers are needed to prepare a salad or dessert when called upon, and to provide assistance for the luncheons.

Levi Committee

Graham Honeycutt
615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

The Levi is the parish newsletter published every other month. The Levi staff welcomes writers, editors, and graphic designers. Volunteers are also needed to fold the Levi and prepare it for mailing.

 

 

 

Library Helper

Anne Tarwater
615-550-5109, atarwater@stmatthewtn.org

The parish library is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses, when Religious Education is in session. Volunteers are needed to enter data into the library computer, assemble cards and pockets in new books and help with the annual inventory.

 

 

Office Assistance

Darcy Rowe
615-550-5140, drowe@stmatthew.org

Volunteers are needed throughout the year for filing, computer work and other general office tasks.  

 

 

 

Parish Health Ministry

Diane Ralph
615-662-9861, dralph0313@aol.com

This program consists of our own parish’s health care professionals (nurses, doctors, pharmacists, etc.). The objective is to bring an awareness of holistic health to members of the congregation and to provide for any unmet health care needs. In addition to offering flu shots in the fall, blood pressure checks are administered on the third Sunday of the month after all Masses.

 

 

Martha Ministry

Gina Marsden
615-377-5974, marsdenlodge@bellsouth.net
Sandi Simpson
615-479-7843, phinnycat222@gmail.com

This group cares for the altar linens in the sanctuary and chapel. Volunteers are needed for a one month rotation. 

 

 

 

Reception Committee

Sue Geisen
615-373-5922, sgeisen@comcast.com

This committee plans and staffs receptions for parish celebrations. Volunteers are needed to shop, prepare food and host.

 

 

 

Welcome Home

Church Office
615-646-0378, info@stmatthewtn.org

Established parishioners welcome inactive Catholics back to the church. This ministry is for those who have been away from the Church and would like to return.

 

 

 

Welcome Team

Graham Honeycutt
615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

This committee contacts new parishioners with the objective of helping them get acquainted with St. Matthew Church and its many ministries and programs. Volunteers are needed to call on new parishioners and attend a Wine & Cheese reception for new members.

Religious Education & Formation

Staff Liasion: 

Erin Stracener 615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

Adult Faith Formation

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

This committee provides educational opportunities throughout the year to help our adult community grow in faith.

 

Adult Scripture Study

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

Participants read, study and share their faith experience in small group sessions. Prayer is an important element in the Scripture study experience. Notices of upcoming studies are posted in the bulletin and on the website.

 

Book Clubs

Joan McGranaghan (Daytime)
615-500-4981, joanmcgranaghan@gmail.com

Molly Wuller (Evening)
615-595-9320, dwuller@aol.com

A variety of books are discussed at the St. Matthew Book Club. A daytime group meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The evening group meets the first Monday of each month.

 

Catechists (Religious Education Teachers)

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

Catechists are ministers of the Word who require sound orientation, preparation and dedication. Because of their love of the Catholic faith, these volunteers must be enthusiastic about sharing their faith with their students. Classes are held Sunday mornings during the school year.

 

Religious Education

Erin Stracener
615-550-5100, estracener@stmatthewtn.org

The Religious Education program of St. Matthew Parish seeks to provide our children, youth, and adults with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to become faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus. Click here for more information about our Religious Education Program.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

David & Lisa Wright
615-305-0837, lmwright55@me.com

RCIA is a process for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, and who are considering the possibility of joining. It is open to all non-Catholics who would like to learn more.

 

Small Christian Community

Marye Pat Skinner
615-476-2423, maryepatskinner@gmail.com

Join us for a faith sharing experience in a small group environment. Groups of 6 to 12 meet once a week for a six week fall program and a six week Lenten program. Discussion focuses on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, share life experiences and build community.

Vacation Bible School

Regina Fernandez
615- 969-1763, rmb221@comcast.net
Hope Patterson
615-668-1171, murrayhope@hotmail.com

Vacation Bible School is held for one week during the summer for children ages 4 through 10. Volunteers are needed to teach classes and provide administrative support. Click here for more information about Vacation Bible School.

 

Social Action & Outreach

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131, ghoneycutt@stmatthewtn.org

Caritas

Mike Tant
615-300-4961, metant1@comcast.net

The purpose of this group is to promote a better understanding of Catholic Social teaching, its challenges and directives, which is a central and essential element of our faith from conception to natural death. This group provides programs and advocacy opportunities as an educational experience for our parishioners, encouraging them to focus on how to overcome injustice in our community and be voices of life, peace and the environment. Click here for more information about our Caritas Ministry.

 

Food Drive

Jenny Knapp
630-408-8072, jennyknapp6@gmail.com

Two food drives are held during the year; one benefitting Catholic Charities, North Nashville Outreach and Project Reflect at Thanksgiving and another benefitting Bellevue United Methodist food pantry and Catholic Charities during Lent.  Help with loading and transporting is needed for both drives.

 

GriefShare

Frank & Donna DeCoster
615-794-2963 nanapapadecoster@yahoo.com
 
If you have lost a loved one and are in need of support we have a 13-week program twice a year. In this program you will share your grief with others who have also lost loved ones in a very supportive environment. Visit GriefShare.org for more information.

 

Haiti Ministry

Ursula Heitz
615-370-3850, ursulajean@gmail.com

The Haiti Ministry supports our sister parish, Our Lady of Miracles in Gobert, Haiti. The group provides support through prayer, funding, education, medical support and other general needs. Click here for more information about our Haiti Ministry.

 

Helping Hands

Stacy Brunner
615-662-3099, stacymbrunner@yahoo.com
Christianne Thomas
615-646-9008, ihearu@att.net
  
This group prepares meals for parishioners who are in need; this would include families with someone who is ill and new mothers.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver meals. Meals are organized via email so please ensure that your current email address is provided.

 

Ladies of Charity - Nashville

Arlene Smith
615-473-2226, asant226@aol.com

The Ladies of Charity organization began with the mission "To Serve Rather Than Be Served." We strive to serve all residents of Davidson county with food, or financial help if they are experiencing a hardship in their life. We provide help in those times of crisis. Click here to visit their website.

 

Loaves and Fishes

Bill Thomson
615-948-1782, bthomson7504@gmail.com

Loaves and Fishes - Brownie Makers

 

Darcy Rowe

615-550-5140, drowe@stmatthew.org

This group prepares and serves lunch to the homeless on the first Wednesday of every month at Holy Name Church.

 

 

Military Ministry

Arlene Smith
615-473-2226, asant226@aol.com

Members keep a list of those serving in the Military on the bulletin board so that parishioners can pray for them. This group supports all branches of the military. Care packages are sent to deployed troops twice a year. Volunteers are needed to collect items, pack and send the packages.

 

 

Ministry to the Sick / Homebound

Church Office
615-646-0378, info@stmatthewtn.org

Eucharistic Ministers visit those who are homebound and those who are sick. Special training will be given to those who would like to serve in this ministry.

 

 

Nursing Home Ministry

Jennifer Rafoth
615-618-0850, jmrafoth@gmail.com

This ministry visits those living in nursing homes and brings Communion when requested. Volunteers are needed to visit and pray with the elderly.

 

 

Room in the Inn

Angie Von Mann
615-500-5441, angievonmann@jis.nashville.org

This group provides a warm, safe place to sleep for a small group of homeless men during the winter months. Volunteers are needed to drive, prepare dinner, prepare bag lunches and spend the night in the Cohan-Hansom building.

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Bill Forte
615-550-5130, rheaf@bellsouth.net

This ministry serves the needs of those in the community with financial help in paying a bill as well as delivering food and household items such as dishes, clothes and furniture. Our goal in this ministry is to grow in spirituality as we assist others, providing a hand up as opposed to a hand out. We meet the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Stephen Ministry

Taffy & Gerry Armbruster
615-866-9895, taffyarm1@comcast.net

Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals struggling with a life crisis such as grief, divorce, loneliness, terminal illness or unemployment. Volunteer Stephen Ministers must complete 50 hours of instruction and commit to at least a two-year term as a minister.

 

 

Veterans Hospital

Phil Walsh
615-210-6312, pwal182@att.net

St. Matthew parishioners visit patients at the Veterans Hospital. Volunteers are needed to visit with the ill.

 

 

Women’s Prison Take One Program

Julie Perrey
615- 662-9912

The Tennessee Department of Correction has a prison ministry initiative that provides an opportunity for citizens to provide mentoring services both before their release and after an offender's release from incarceration. We will offer encouragement, support, and guidance that could be the difference between a successful transition home or return to prison for another crime.

 

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