Announcement Letter

January 10, 2019

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Happy New Year!  We are excited to share the details about several important upcoming events and make some exciting personnel announcements about our parish!

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After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are excited to announce the Reverend Ophelia Laughlin as our new Priest-in-Charge.   Rev. Laughlin grew up in the area and has deep personal and family ties to Pennington and St. Matthew’s!  Most recently, Ophelia was the rector at St. George’s by the River in Rumson, NJ.  She and her husband Eric Pearl, will be relocating to Ringoes, NJ.  Her start date is February 1st and she will be celebrating Eucharist with us on February 3rd.

We are very happy to report that Mark Dolan has accepted the position of Director of Music Ministry.  Mark has a long music career including extensive experience in the Episcopal church.  He will join us on January 20th and will assume the lead of all aspects of our music ministries including the adult choir director, the hand bell group, and the children’s choir.  Mark is also the head of the music program for the Council Rock School District in Pennsylvania.  Mark lives here in the Hopewell Valley and is a welcome addition to our staff.

We cannot thank Rev. Mark Van Sant and Susan Johnson enough for their help, leadership and friendship during our time of transition.  Susan will be handing off the musical lead to Mark Dolan in the middle of January.  Rev. Mark Van Sant will continue to spend Sunday mornings with us through the end of the month.  On January 20th, we will have a special coffee hour send off for Mark (yes, a week early!) to recognize him and thank him for his spiritual leadership.

Also, we need to postpone our Confirmation service that was previously scheduled for January 27th.  Due to the death of a close personal friend and former Bishop, Bishop Stokes will need to reschedule.  This service will be rescheduled for early Spring.

Finally, we would like to remind all of you that our Annual Meeting is scheduled for February 10th in Belmont Hall.  There will be one service that day at 9:00am, with the Annual Meeting to follow immediately thereafter. 


Best regards,


William Compton & Debbie Linthorst



********* Upcoming Events *********

January 20th - Mark Dolan’s First Day & Coffee Hour for Mark Van Sant

January 27th – Mark Van Sant’s final day with St. Matthew’s

February 3rd – Ophelia Laughlin’s first service

February 10th – Annual Meeting