A Miracle in Arcade

A Miracle in Arcade

St. Matthew’s Bridges the Gap Between Church and the World

by Pat Cole, Inside Publications

When I met with Deacon Cindy Long at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church to learn how this church has served Arcade over the years, I thought about my father, who managed a paint store on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena in the 1950s. We used to watch the Rose Parade from inside the store, perched on painting scaffolds, warm and cozy, eating doughnuts and drinking hot chocolate. Pasadena was charming.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 2300 Edison Ave. was built in 1952, when my dad managed that paint store in Pasadena. In the 1950s, women wore hats to church and weren’t priests or deacons, and St. Matthew’s mission was to provide Sunday school for children. In the 1970s, St. Matthew’s opened a food closet for neighbors looking for help. It was the big church in the area, and smaller churches sprouted from under its wings. Now, its attendance and revenues are smaller, and it has few traditional churchgoers from those early years.

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