Vol. 11- No. 17| April 30, 2021
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
Sharing in the Mission of CHRIST: Learning, Connecting & Serving
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Apart From Christ - John 15:5
Saturday, May 1
5:30pm - w/communion
In-House & Live Streamed - RSVP Required
Sunday, May 2
8:00am Classic Service w/communion
10:45am Contemporary Service w/communion
ALL Services are In-House & Live Streamed—RSVP Required

Please be sure to RSVP if you are attending
the In-House Service.

847/438-7709 or selimos@stmattsonline.com
While there has been a small number of members of St. Matthew that have been infected with COVID-19, so far NONE of these cases can be traced back to contact at the church.

It is vitally important that you RSVP before worshiping AND fill out a We Care card when you are at a worship service.
You can now fill out a We Care card when you worship online.
Please see the link "Weekly On-Line Church Attendance".
This link is on the main St. Matthew web page
as well as on Facebook.

Watch Church Services On Line…

Please don’t forget to RSVP. 
HEARTWORK: John 15:5
 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Please remember in prayer:
Please remember in prayer:
  • Kristen Skinner, Marvin Sneller, Bob & Penny Martens, Kristen Basler, Carol Andrews, Ellen Wehrs, Alexandra Winters, Gordon Trapp, Marilyn Ellinghusen, Pauline Kalodimos, Karl Riehn, Joyce DeLeon, Jackson Field, Richard & Bobbie Maple     
  • 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 memory of the birthday of Gene Burnidge from his wife

VOTERS’ MEETING - Save the date… Our next Voters’ Meeting will be on June 13, 2021. Meeting will be held in the main sanctuary at Noon. Please RSVP to selimos@stmattsonline.com or call 847/438-7709.
Upcoming Events
May 2021
6th - National Day of Prayer @ 9:00am
9th - Mother’s Day
13th - Ascension Day Service - 7pm
Guest Speaker –Jeffery W. Leininger
23rd - Pastor Kinne’s Retirement Celebration
*10:00am In-House Service
**Only one service for this weekend**
30th - Unity Sunday / Baseball - 10:00am Service
31st - Memorial Day
June 2021
13th - Voters’ Assembly, Noon
19th/20th - Guest Speaker—Rev. Seltz
20th - Father’s Day
July 2021
4th - Independence Day
24th/25th - Guest Speaker - (TBD)
25th - Pastor Blonski’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
25th - Golf “Fore” the Kids Golf Outing
26th –30th - Vacation Bible School
August 2021
8th - Pig Roast (TBD)
14th/15th - Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Allan Buss
with Pastor Blonski
7:00am on Tuesday & Thursday and Noon on Wednesday.
Mark Your Calendars…
The next scheduled Ladies Aid meeting is Thursday, May 6 at 11:30. Please bring brownbag lunch and your own beverage.
Crafting begins on Wednesdays starting June 1, in Krueger Hall.
St. Matthew Youth - The youth of all ages are invited to come help with the Ascension Day service on May 13. Kristin is looking for youth to help blow up the balloons at 5:30pm and also hand out ice cream bars following the service. If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Kristin Gierke, Director of Youth Ministries, at (847) 438-6103 or Gierke@stmattsonline.com. 

Due to these uncertain times please anticipate a varied approach to the Christian Education Opportunities that are being made available at St. Matthew. Many of the Bible Studies will be held VIRTUALLY via BlueJeans or Zoom technology. If you are interested in any of these studies you may contact the Bible Study Instructor or the Church Office for the correct link to get onto the study.
Thank You.

LUTHERAN WALK OF FAITH —SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY & ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS Starting Sunday, April 11th, the Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study will be combined with the Adult Discipleship Class. This will be a 8 week class, concluding on May 30th. (No class on May 23rd). Classes meet on Sunday morning @ 9:00am in Luther Hall. If you would like to receive the handouts for either Bible study (or both!) email the Church Office at selimos@stmattsonline.com to get on the email list -
You can participate in these Bible studies either in-person in Luther Hall or virtually via our online Bible study program.
If you want to participate online, contact the church office for  log-in information, or go to the St. Matthew Facebook page for the live stream.

Ladies Life Group will meet each Tuesday at 7:00pm for a virtual Bible study – Making Sense of Your Emotions. Join Nancy and many other ladies as we read God’s Word and share, grow and encourage one another.   For more info, see Nancy Blonski. Email nblonski@truemen.org or call/text 909-587-9945. 

The Men's Bible Study at St. Matthew is offered both in person and virtually! It is held on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m We are currently studying: “GENESIS: In the Beginning”
YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) -  
VIRTUAL classes are being offered in April 2021 at 11:00am. For ZOOM class details, please contact Kristin Gierke @ 847/438-7709 or Gierke@stmattsonline.com

SUNDAY SCHOOL - Virtual classes are being offered on the Sunday School registration link:  https://forms.gle/CsZqriBFNUM6yjuVA
Link is also available on the St. Matthew website on the Sunday School page.

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)
WORD – WHO IS JESUS ACCORDING TO JESUS. A Study of The Gospels. Instructor: Tim Hetzner President/CEO of Lutheran Church Charities. All classes are offered via ZOOM at 9:30AM AND 7PM on Mondays.
Go to LutheranChurchCharities.org to register
or call 866-455-6466
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. April food item is Juice or Powdered Milk.
Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry. 
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting May 2. 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.
Jesus the true vine

Phillip and the eunuch

God is love

The Lord’s chosen servant
Tending the flock of God

Joshua becomes Moses’ successor

A vow of thanksgiving

John 15:9-17
Love one another
The next Mite Box challenge will be:
 MEN verses WOMEN
The challenge will end May 2.
There will be two boxes labeled accordingly in the Narthex.
St. Matthew Youth - Our youth director, Kristin Gierke, is looking forward to spring and summer gatherings including
junior high and high school outdoor hangouts and game nights, as well as hangouts with the young adults.
Kristin has incorporated a day by day scripture calendar that can be found on the website. This calendar encourages the youth and young adults to spend time in their bibles daily by following along with the daily provided scripture.
Thank you to everyone who participated and help in preparing and running the Easter Parade, it was a great success with 125 cars and over 600 lbs of food brought in.
If you have any questions or want to get involved in any of our youth and young adult activities please contact Kristin Gierke at (847)438-6103 or Gierke@stmattsonline.com
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.
Taking Faith Home is available each week on the church office counter.

Monday Bible Study Leader Tim Hetzner offers a daily devotional via email here.
This week, our
Emerging Skills and Interests are: Come Rain or Shine: 
Exploring Weather. The number of the week is 4. We are reviewing the alphabet letters for the remainder of the school year. Our theme for Show and Share is to bring in something that sinks in water. In religious studies, the preschoolers are learning about the Ascension of Jesus.       

The Church Office remains open
Monday - Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm
 If you need to contact the Church Office after hours,
please call one of the following: 
Pastor Kinne @ 224/360-2629
Pastor Blonski @ 909/373-7936
Doug Duval @ 847/707-1676