This past Sunday, September 5th, was the 10th anniversary of Fr. Allen's induction in the parish. The congregation surprised Fr. Allen with a reception, gifts, and cards afterward. Both our former Archbishop Melissa Skelton and our present Bishop, John Stephens offered words of encouragement to both Fr. Allen and the Congregation. The journey of St. Matthew over the past 10 years has been interesting, to say the least, many interesting, uplifting moments have been interspersed with difficult challenges. Through it, all Christ's presence has continued to call us forward. St. Matthew is an affirming parish that draws from all that is great in our tradition, especially as that heritage interacts with all that God continues to teach us in the modern world.