Vol. 8 - No. 11 | March 13, 2019
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
The Season of Lent continues with our Lenten Mid-Week Service. Our theme this year is " Let My People Go" a series based on redemption and freedom from slavery.

Mid-Week Lenten Suppers & Worship Services, Wednesday's @:
5:30 p.m. - Lenten Supper served by the Women's Guild of St. Matthew. Menu is "Sloppy Joe & Hot Dogs".
7:00 p.m. - Service w/Communion

This weekend we observe the Third Sunday in Lent. The theme of our worship will be "Citizenship That Lasts" based on Philippians 3:17-4:1. The Guest Preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, from the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington D. C., who will also lead a discussion during the Adult Bible Class Sunday morning at 9:20 a.m. in Krueger Hall.

 Worship Services this weekend:

Saturday - 5:30pm
Classic Worship

Sunday
8:00  Classic Worship w/comm
10:45 Contemporary Worship w/comm
HeartWork: Philippians 3:20-21                                     

20  Our citizenship is in heaven. We look forward to a savior that comes from there—the Lord Jesus Christ. 21  He will transform our humble bodies so that they are like his glorious body, by the power that also makes him able to subject all things to himself.
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting March 17, 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' sorrow over Jerusalem

Monday
God's covenant with Abram

Tuesday
Stand firm in the Lord

Wednesday
Lament over Jerusalem
Thursday
Be strong and courageous

Friday
Paul's exhortations

Saturday
A song of trust

Sunday
Parable of the fig tree
MARCH EVENTS:
16 - Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty Event with the Rev.
Dr. Gregory Seltz from LCRL
16 - Lake Zurich Chamber Expo - Concorde Banquet Hall, 10-3
16 - Glow Party, Youth Event 
17 - the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, from LCRL guest preacher
23 - Super hero & princess party
27 - Special Voters' Meeting, after the 7:00pm Lenten
Midweek Service
 
APRIL EVENTS:
13 - Feed My Starving Children - 2:00-4:00pm
19 - Good Friday, Choir from Concordia St. Paul, to sing @
7:00pm service 
THIS SATURDAY, March 16, 2019 the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz from the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty will lead a Champions for Religious Liberty Event at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.

Dr. Seltz will lead sessions on:
·     Christian Confidence when Worldviews Collide.
·     Set Free to Live Freely.
·     Two Kingdoms – One Mission for the sake of unity of the Gospel.

The Champions for Religious Liberty Event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Lunch is included. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Please call St. Matthew Lutheran Church 847-438-7709 , or email to: smlcs@stmatts.net to indicate your attendance at this Event.
Dr. Seltz will also serve as the Guest Preacher for the Weekend Services at St. Matthew, Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING -  There will be a special Voters’ Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 after the 7:00pm mid-week service. This meeting will consist of the following:
· Snow Plowing & Landscaping Contracts
· Organ Project Update
LWML - We meet on March 24 following late service in Luther Hall. ALL ladies are invited to join us for a lite lunch, devotion, and meeting. Please sign up on the church counter by March 21. You can also RSVP to nblonski@truemen.org.
PICTORIAL DIRECTORY - We are thinking about updating the Pictorial Directory to reflect additions and changes to membership. If you would like to update or add a picture please stop in the church office for more information by April 21.
PASSOVER SEDER DINNER
Will be presented on Palm Sunday evening
 April 14, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Reservations are needed!
Reservation forms are available on the Church Office Counter.
Cost is $10.00 - Adult / $5.00 - Children (under 12).
The Sacrament of the Altar will also be celebrated at the conclusion of the meal.
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY of St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School is intended to provide critical emergency financial support. Please contact one of the Pastors if such support is needed. Contributions to this ministry are also welcome. 
Choir from Concordia St. Paul, Minnesota to sing Good Friday.
The Christus Chorus of Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, will assist in leading the Service of Tenebrae Vespers at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School, on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The 32-voice choir, under the direction of Dr. David L. Mennicke, will present a variety of music at appropriate times throughout the worship service. The choir is grateful for the opportunity to present some of the great music of the Church and to witness through music as an expression of faith. A freewill offering will be taken to support the music ministry of the choir.
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WILLING WORKERS

Contemporary Service Helpers  We are looking for helpers in the 10:45am Contemporary Worship Service. 
Needed are:
·  Screen Coordinators (persons who assure the projected images are displayed in sync with the songs, readings, and prayers),
· R eaders
·  People to join our Committee to plan our community      outreach. 
Please contact Walt Buchwald or Pastor Blonski to volunteer for this important ministry.

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!
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
SUNDAY
CSI BIBLE STUDY - Meets Sundays at 9:20am in Luther Hall .
THE BOOK OF EXODUS: LET MY PEOPLE GO!
The Sunday Morning Bible Class will look at the exciting history and theology connected with the book of Exodus. It will all be very practical and useful! 
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings at 9:20am.  Please meet in the Sunday School Wing that is located in the lower level school classrooms.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - THE ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS meets Sunday Mornings during the Education Hour, 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Upper Level Conference Room. This is an eleven (11) session, one-hour informational class for those desiring to study the Basic Teachings of the Bible from the Lutheran Perspective. The study is designed for those individuals seeking membership in our congregation, and is also strongly encouraged as a review for all current members of St. Matthew.
THE YOUTH CONFIRMATION MINISTRY 1st, 2nd, & 3rd year classes are held on Sunday's at 6:30p.m.-7:45p.m.
Pre-Confirmation are held on Sunday's 9:20 a.m.
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY
Meets this Sunday 9:20am-10;20am in the Gym.
Come for a bible study and snacks with open gym and hangout time to follow. Meets every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sunday of Each Month.
MONDAY
LCC BIBLE STUDY WITH TIM HETZNER “Who is Jesus According to Jesus”  bible study is held on Monday's at 9:30am & 7:00pm in Luther Hall.
TUESDAY
TUESDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY - 
Tuesdays at 7:00pm in Luther Hall. The topic is: Our Hope & Our Future: A Study of Jeremiah . All women are invited to join us. 
THURSDAY
THURSDAY MORNING LADIES’  -  meets on Thursday mornings from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Luther Hall.
SATURDAY
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY -
No Bible Study this Saturday - All men are invited to take part in the Saturday seminar: Champions for Religious Liberty . The proverbs Bible Study will be back March 23 @ 9:00a.m.
To prepare, read chapter 6.
UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY
The Gospel is simple, but the world is complex. How do we share the Good News of Jesus in today’s world? Here at St. Matthew, we want to help you be equipped, to be a more active and effective witness of Jesus by participating in Every One His Witness.
 
You will learn the LASSIE approach to witnessing in specific witnessing contexts.
LASSIE is: L isten, A sk, S eek, S hare, I nvite E ncourage
 
Starting April 28th thru June 2nd, We have classes scheduled on six consecutive Sundays in Krueger Hall during the Educational Hour. (9:20-10:20am) We are also open to offering the class at additional days and times. There is a survey sheet on the church office counter, pick your best time(s). If you have additional questions please see Pastor Blonski.  
ST. MATTHEW MINISTRY NEWS
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. January food item: Peanut Butter. 
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.
UPCOMING TRIPS
JOURNEYS OF PAUL IN GREECE - October 5-15, 2019  
Pastor Timothy Kinne and his wife Debra, from St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School, Hawthorn Woods, invite you to join them and the Rev. Dr. Greg & Yvette Seltz on a magnificent tour of the Journeys of Paul in Greece, October 5-15, 2019.
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.
DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES
Taking Faith Home is available each week on the church office counter. It is also sent via email each Friday afternoon.

Monday Bible Study Leader Tim Hetzner also offers a daily devotional via email here .
 
In My Father’s Footsteps is provided by Pastor Blonski and is a bi-weekly devotion available via email here .

Mrs. Leonard had a wonderful time at the Preschool Conference and brought back several new activities to implement in the classroom. The Emerging Skills and Interests for the week were: Exploring Ireland and St. Patrick's Day. The Letter of the Week is "F" and was also the theme for Show & Share. In Religious Studies, the preschoolers learned about Jesus feeding the 5,000.
Find the preschool Facebook page here:
Important Dates
March 25-29 – Spring Break – No School or Extended Care
April 3 – Lake County Health Dept. Hearing & Vision Screenings
April 8 – Fire Department Equipment & Safety Demo and Fire Drill
 

 
Chapel Offerings
The chapel offerings collect each week will be for: