Vol. 11- No. 36|September 9, 2021
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
Sharing in the Mission of CHRIST: Learning, Connecting & Serving
The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Rally Day Weekend
The Greater Love - John 15:13

Saturday, September 11
5:30pm Casual Service w/Communion
 
Sunday, September 12
8:00am Classic Service w/ Communion
10:45am Contemporary Service w/Communion

All Services are In-House and Live Streamed

JUST A REMINDER....
ST. MATTHEW REQUIRES MASKS WHEN ENTERING THE BUILDING. MASKS MUST BE WORN DURING ALL INSIDE GATHERINGS. THIS INCLUDES, WORSHIP, BIBLE STUDIES, MEETINGS, CHOIR PRACTICE, AND ANY GYM ACTIVITY. RETURN TO MASKING -
Based on recent guidance from the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), the State of Illinois and the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (NID), the leadership of the congregation has determined that beginning on September 1st, we will return to the mandatory wearing of masks, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, during worship and any indoor gatherings on our campus. While this decision is not made lightly, we believe it is in the best interests of our members and the community to follow the guidelines for everyone’s protection. We also believe it is important to
continue in-person worship and desire to take every precaution to allow in-person attendance. We know that the Lord is watching over us as we navigate these challenging times, and we ask for your prayers for His guidance and direction here at St. Matthew. As we receive further communication from the authorities, we will keep you informed. Thank you for your cooperation.
HEARTWORK:  - John 15:13 
Please remember in prayer:
Please remember in prayer:
  •  Marvin Sneller, Bob & Penny Martens, Kristen Basler,      Gordon Trapp, John Schockmel, Pam Best, Jim Sporleder, Marilyn Schauer, Elinor Francisco, Carol Andrews, Joe Scianna, Don Brusa, Glen Eastep, Adore Hansing, Jim Sporleder, Karl Reihn
  •  Our military personnel currently serving our country: Justin Brown, Adam Imaoka, Scott Karas, Elise Neilson, Steve & Ice Sandy, Tyler Sawusch, Bob Hamilton 
 
ALTAR FLOWERS Have been given to the Glory of God
  • In honor of the 23rd wedding anniversary of Chris & Pilar Norenberg.
  • In honor of the 23rd wedding anniversary of Merrick & Sheila Trossman.
  • In honor of the 18th birthday of Ava LaCroix, from her family.

OFFICAL ACTS
  • The baptism of Emlen James Shiner will take place on Sunday, September 12th. Emlen was born on February 12, 2021.
UPCOMING EVENTS
September 2021
11th - Men’s Bible Study begins
12th - Rally Day
12th - Adult Bible Study begins
12th - Sunday School begins
12th - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Year Confirmation Class begins
12th - Youth Car Wash
12th - Women’s Guild Meeting
15th - Adult Discipleship Class begins
19th - New Member Welcome
23rd - ECC Parent Night
24 & 25 - God’s Dream Vision Retreat
25 & 26 - Blessing of Nursery Roll
26th - J.O.Y. Event
25th - Feed My Starving Children Event
30th - ECC Picture Day

Save The Date…
October 3rd - LWML Weekend
October 23rd—Fall Fest, 6:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: The transportation meeting that was to be held at St. Matthew on September 23, 2021 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Instead of an "onsite" meeting "transystems" has prepared a virtual presentation for your viewing. The project will be known as "Old McHenry Crossings". You can view the materials at: www.omxproject.com.  
Job Openings at St. Matthew & Early Childhood Center
Weekend Custodian
Please contact Doug Duval if you are interested. 847/438-7709 or duval@stmattsonline.com

J.O.Y. Event - SAVE THE DATE
Just Older Youth—J.O.Y. (55 years and older)
Sunday, September 26, Noon - 2:00pm, Krueger Hall
We will play BUNCO!
Everyone should bring at least 1 wrapped White Elephant prize. 
Sign-Up Sheet on Church Office Counter….
**Food to be determined closer to the date **
Meals on Wheels - volunteers needed for Monday and
Tuesday. Are you recently retired? Are you working from home and can take a lunch break? Are you a stay at home mom or dad? Are you looking to volunteer some time with a friend in your community? If so, we have a wonderful opportunity for you!!!.
Become a part of the St Matthew Meals on Wheels team that
delivers meals once a month in the Lake Zurich area to home bound seniors from approximately 11:30 to 12:30. If you would like to help or would like more information please contact Linda Wollberg at 847/638/1782
Watch "SCRIPTURE & PRAYER TIME"
with Pastor Blonski
On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
SCRIPTURE & PRAYER TIME is on
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY - Sundays at 9:20 a.m. in the north end of Krueger Hall. The fall session resumes on September 12th.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - Class will start on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00pm. Class will be hybrid. This is an informational class for those desiring to study the teachings of the Lutheran Church. The study is designed for those seeking membership in our congregation, and is encouraged as a review for all current members. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

TUESDAY EVENING LADIES’ LIFE GROUP  - The next study will begin on September 21.
We are going to study Philippians using ‘ Experiencing God’s Peace’ by Elizabeth George. We will go verse by verse to discover God’s perfect and lasting peace in every area of your life – no matter how chaotic it can get! In this study, I hope we can: Make a difference where you are, Overcome anxiety, Be content in every situation, Look to the needs of other, Trust God in all things
There is no greater rest that the rest that comes from knowing God’s peace. When the books arrive, I will place them in the church office. Please give me feedback on how you prefer to meet using this MS Form. It is anonymous.
https://forms.office.com/r/c3qtAGe8U6
Questions? Please ask! Input? Please share with me!
Thank you, Nancy
Email Nancy_Blonski@yahoo.com or call/text 224/822-5662.

SATURDAY MORNING MEN’s BIBLE STUDY  will resume on September 11 at 9:00 a.m. in Luther Hall.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) - Will be held on Sunday, September 26th and Sunday, October 10th & 17th at 9:20am in the Youth Room.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL - Classes will resume Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9:30am in the Sunday School Classrooms.
For more information and registration,
 
YOUTH CONFIRMATION MINISTRY FOR 6th, 7th AND 8th GRADERS—Confirmation Instruction will begin September 12, 2021. For details, please go to:
There will be a parent meeting at St. Matthew on September 8th at 6:30pm. 
SADDLEBROOK BIBLE STUDY - is offered on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00am, starting September 2nd at Saddlebrook in Grayslake.
 
St. Matthew thanks the Donna Grund family for providing materials for our Ladies’, Men’s & Sunday Morning
Bible Studies.
Lutheran Church Charities Bible Study (LCC)
Beginning in October, onsite LCC Bible study will take place at St. Matthew. Monday's from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Limited to 40 people. Coffee will be provided. Individual water and food will be the responsibility of the individual. All people will be required to be vaccinated and wear a face covering. The meeting site will be Luther Hall. All entries will be through Door 13
** Everything is contingent on the Covid status of the day.**
Instructor: Tim Hetzner President/CEO of Lutheran Church Charities. Go to LutheranChurchCharities.org to register
or call 866-455-6466

SAINT MATTERS Closes Shop - For the last six years a faithful group of ladies have been meeting once a week cutting and looping together pieces of plastic to make into plarn balls, that would become a plastic mat for a homeless person to use for sleeping. Now, after 6 years, we have not been able to get enough people to crochet the plastic plarn; so, sadly, we are going to stop making plastic mats. Our surplus supplies have been taken to The Senior Group in Libertyville, who also make mats.  In 6 years, we made 105 mats that were taken to the Police Department in Milwaukee to be distributed to homeless people. Thank you to Pastor and Deb Kinne for always getting the mats to Police Officer Chad.
I, also, want to thank all who faithfully brought their plastic bags for us to use for this project,  and the following people who helped with mats over the last six years:  Mary Lou Berrie, Gail Cooper, Karen Basler, Bev Eastep, Sally Henning, Marge Meyer, Pilar Norenberg, Margaret Polnau, Ellen Whers, Sandy Wunlock, Deanna and Eric Hagan, and Gene and Maria Bunte. - Helen Burnidge
C.O.O.L. (Christian Outreach of Lutherans) - 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 the bins in Luther Hall. September food item Canned Fruit.
** Bread for Life weekend - Sunday, September 26 **
Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.
ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL OF 2021
Please contact the church office if you would like to order flowers. The cost is $30.00 per arrangement.
Contemporary Worship Songs for the 9/12/21 Service
“Amazing Grace” (My Chains Are Gone) - Michael W Smith
LINK: https://youtu.be/qWxBBJbf4oE
“Let the Words of My Mouth” - Fernando Ortega
LINK: https://youtu.be/KOXxQ0EQxiM
“No Greater Love” - Matt Maher
LINK: https://youtu.be/Hlobg7X9Zc8
“You Are My King” (Amazing Love) - Newsboys
LINK: https://youtu.be/oqLa4EWyuhA
“Your Grace Is Enough” - Matt Maher
LINK: https://youtu.be/5Yy9g0HNySY
Music Notes - “Give Me Jesus” is a traditional African American spiritual, not to be confused with the hymn by Fanny Crosby of the same name. This hymn has been made popular in recent years by Jeremy Camp and Fernando Ortega, but its roots lie in the plight and cry of slaves looking to Christ for hope.
Diane Dykgraaf was born into a hymn-singing family, and by age 10 was accompanying her school choir. She studied music and organ at Calvin College. Along with raising 5 children and teaching piano and organ, she led the music ministry in her church in Kentwood, MI. She has a love for traditional hymns, gospel music, and contemporary Christian music—anything that helps us worship.
St. Matthew Youth -
Sunday 9:20am, Youth Bible Study Dates:
September 26, October 10 & 17
 
Save The Date:
Santa Drive Through Parade, December 4th, 10:30-Noon
 
If you are interested in attending the National Youth Gathering in July of 2022 in Houston Texas please see Kristin Gierke for more details. 847/438-7709
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.
We had a wonderful first week at St. Matthew Lutheran Preschool. On the first day of school, Malachi greeted all the children! We spent the week getting to know each other and making new friends. Throughout the week, we learned about classroom safety, we went over drills and rules. The children enjoyed their first chapel and library visit. Thank you to Gail and Ron for volunteering to be our librarians again this year!
Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm

 If you need to contact the Church Office after hours,
please call one of the following: 
Pastor Blonski @ 909/373-7936
Doug Duval @ 847/707-1676