A message from Father Bill Garrison
We are so glad you decided to check us out, so please know we won’t keep you long as we do our best to quickly tell you a little bit about us.
Saint Matthias is a friendly place where everyone is welcome. We truly believe that the people who walk through the doors here (or visit our website) were sent by God, just like the rest of us were. We respect the fact that all people are created in the image of God.
At Saint Matthias we are not required to leave our brains at the door. Discussion is open and honest, and all people are respected for their opinions. We journey with God together. And we emphasize doing the loving thing. We believe this is the simple way Jesus has asked us to show that we are his disciples — it's something we talk about a lot.
We have programs for all ages — from the littlest tyke in the nursery through adult classes held several times a year on Sunday mornings and Thursday nights during Lent. Our Bible study on Wednesday morning is lively and a lot of fun as folks are encouraged to express their individual opinions on Scripture. We also have special programs during the week for both our prime timers and our youth.
And we believe strongly in social justice and community outreach. For example, at our Soup Hour we feed the hungry five days a week, for a total of 20,000 meals a year. We also administer a mail service for approximately 300 homeless neighbors, provide sanitary kits and other items most of the rest of us take for granted, and host a nurse practitioner who meets with out guests every other Tuesday.
In short — in the words of our mission statement — with faith and joy we seek God with open minds, serve all in the spirit of Christ, and share God's love with kind hearts through open discussion, common worship, and compassionate action. If these words pique your curiosity, then there is likely a place for you here, no matter your background. As we note every week before we take communion, “Wherever you are on your journey of faith, all are welcome. Won't you please come?"