Vol. 7 - No. 33 | September 6, 2018
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This weekend we celebrate Rally Day. The theme of our worship will be For Even the Son of Man Came Not To Be Served but to Serve   based on Mark 10:45.

Worship Services this week:

Saturday - 5:30pm
Classic Worship with Holy Communion

Sunday - 8:00 & Classic Worship
Sunday - 10:45 Contemporary Creative Worship
HEARTWORK

 Joshua 24:15
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting September 9 , Bible readings are provided to assist you in daily reading and prayer. Click on the Bible passage to read the Scripture lesson at BibleGateway.com.

Sunday
Jesus heals the Gentiles

Monday
The return of the exiled

Tuesday
Faith without works is dead

Wednesday
The widow and the unjust judge

Thursday
Return to your God

Friday
Jesus gives a boy speech

Saturday
Praise for God’s help

Sunday
Taking up the cross
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
Do you love technology? We are looking for help in our Sunday Contemporary service. Our video software - ProPresenter - is not difficult to use, but it takes dedicated hands that would not be occupied else where (like preaching or leading worship).
If this is something you are interested in, contact Pastor Blonski!

And join us for our new Contemporary Worship Service each Sunday at 10:45am.
NOTE FROM PASTOR AND NANCY BLONSKI
Thank you ALL for your gracious and loving greetings as we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary with a renewal of our wedding vows and a reunion of our friends! The love we feel from you here at St. Matthew gives us a sense of what heaven will be like! You mean so much to us and we thank God that we get to serve Him with you here!
COMFORT DOG MINISTRY - We welcome our new Comfort Dog Team member - Malachi!


His Bible verse is Exodus 15:2
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him."

Thank you, Members of St. Matthew, for coming to Malachi Comfort Dog's Puppy Shower and for providing many items for our new Comfort Dog! We will have an official "Passing of the Vest" ceremony on Sunday, September 9 , at the 10:45 service . Lutheran Church Charities will be here to swap out Malachi's "In Training" vest for his official LCC K-9 Comfort Dog vest. Other Comfort Dog teams have been invited to share in our celebration. Please join us!
VIDEO RECORDING AND EDITING - Do you have a passion for making videos? We are looking for people to record our sermons and devotional moments and edit them for broadcast on Facebook and Youtube and elsewhere. If you are interested, contact Pastor Blonski by email here or call him in the church office at 847/438-7709.
COMMITTEES FORMING - WE NEED YOUR HELP
The following committees are forming now. Contact the church office if you are willing to serve on one of these important groups:
New Organ (Main Sanctuary) Committee
Ad Hoc Contemporary Worship Committee
Director of Church Ministry - Youth & Family Ministry Call Committee
Building Feasibility & Use Committee
LECTORS - Would you like to read the Old Testament & Epistle Readings in a worship service? Contact the Church Office to sign up for this important worship ministry!
FACILITY REQUEST   Just a friendly note to ask all groups and organizations to please fill out a facility request for your activities. This information assists us in the set up, programming of the electronic doors and the safety of all involved.
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH OF LUTHERANS (COOL) -  A food pantry for some of the neediest families in Lake County. Please bring a can of food/box of cereal with you when you worship and place them in Luther Hall. Thanks for helping those in need. September food item: canned fruit.
SHARING THE JOY Are you or somebody you know in need of meals? Sharing the Joy ministry of St. Matthew would like to help. Please contact the church office to set up meal deliveries.
THE YOUTH CONFIRMATION MINISTRY - of St. Matthew  Lutheran Church, Hawthorn Woods is currently on a four-year schedule which normally will include 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The Pre-Confirmation course is expected of all students in grade 5. The three years of Confirmation instruction include Year 1 (grade 6); Year 2 (grade 7); and Year 3 (grade 8). The purpose of the instruction is to help baptized Christians identify with the ministry and mission of the church. It is also a way for Christians to learn more about their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to develop a more personal relationship with Him that is intended to last a lifetime.

Pre-Confirmation Classes are held on Sunday mornings at 9:20 in the Library.

Confirmation Classes are held on Sunday evenings in the Autumn through November 11.
6:00pm - Open Gym for all students and parents
6:30pm - Opening Devotions
6:45(ish) - disperse to classroom areas.
SENIOR PICNIC - The Evangelism & Parish Service’s are sponsoring the last of the senior events which were made possible by an anonymous member. All Senior’s are welcome, Sunday, September 30 @ Noon in Krueger Hall (or the outside patio depending on weather). RSVP Required, Sign-up sheet on the church office counter.
 
2020 EUROPEAN TRIP & OBERAMMERGAU is an 11 Day Classic Classic European Tour (September 20-30, 2020) which will include Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Nurnberg, Rothenburg, Heidleberg, a Rhine River Cruise, the Neuschwanstein Castle and culminating in Oberammergau for the 2020 production of the Passion Play.
The Passion Play is produced by the citizens of the Village of Oberammergau every ten years in thanksgiving to the Lord for keeping the Black Plague away from them ever since 1634. See Pastor Kinne for more information or to sign up for the trip.
UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 9
9:20am Rally Day, Sunday School, Adult Bible Study & Pre-Confirmation Classes begin.
10:45am Beginning of the new Contemporary Creative Worship Service!
SEPTEMBER 22 & 23 - Rev. George Black, Food For the Poor - Special Door Offering.

September 29 & 30 - Blessing of the Cradle Roll.

October 13 & 14 - LWML Sunday.
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY - CSI Sunday morning bible study will begin on Sunday, September 9 at 9:20am in the north end of Krueger Hall.
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY - will resume on THIS Saturday, September 8 at 9:00am in Luther Hall
SUNDAY SCHOOL - Sunday School begins on THIS Sunday, September 9 at 9:20am . Please meet in the Sunday School Wing that is located in the lower level school classrooms.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - Begins on THIS Sunday, September 9 at 9:20am in the upper level conference room (above the church office). This is an information class for those desiring to study the teachings of the Christian Church from the Lutheran perspective. The study is designed for those seeking membership in our congregation, and is also strongly encouraged as a review for all current members.
LCC BIBLE STUDY WITH TIM HETZNER - “Who is Jesus According to Jesus”  will resume on Monday, September 10 at 9:30am & 7:00pm in Luther Hall.
TUESDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY - will begin on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00pm in Luther Hall. (This is a change and delay due to Nancy Blonski's work schedule)
THURSDAY MORNING LADIES’  - “Twelve More Women of the Bible” BIBLE STUDY - will meet on Thursday mornings from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Luther Hall. Please contact Deb Kinne  (224-360-2015 ) with questions.
DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES
Taking Faith Home is available each week in the service folder and as an attachment with the Weekly e-News. 
In My Father’s Footsteps is provided by Pastor Blonski and is a bi-weekly devotion available via email here .
Monday Bible Study Leader Tim Hetzner also offers a daily devotional via email here .
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
NATIONAL LUTHERAN YOUTH GATHERING
Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The next Gathering will be held July 11-15, 2019  in Minneapolis, MN. During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod.
If you - or your youth - is interested in going and will be 14 years old at the time of the Gathering OR entering his or her ninth grade year at the time of the Gathering - sign up in Luther Hall or contact Pastor Blonsk i.

There are Youth Participate Worksheets on the Church Office Counter.


Fill out and return it to Pastor Blonski ASAP - registration opens in October! You don't have to send any money at this time. We'll be working on raising all the funds needed!
LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL NEWS

During our ‘Welcome to Preschool’ week, the Preschool class explored the different materials throughout the classroom, while developing friendships and social skills. A highlight of the week was voting on a name for our ‘Comfort Dog’ that we adopted at Malachi’s celebration. Next week we will reveal the winning name!

As the school year begins, stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page:



Important Dates:
September 9 Rally Day/Teacher Installation – 10:45am Service
September 17 Picture Day - 9:00am-11:00am
September 20 Curriculum Night Open House - 6:30pm-7:30pm