Vol. 8 - No. 2 | January 10, 2019
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of Jesus
Explore God Chicago 2019 Kickoff!
This weekend we celebrate the  First Sunday after the Epiphany . The Theme of our Worship this weekend will be " Does Life Have a Purpose? " as we begin our series " Explore God ."

Worship Services this week:

Saturday - 5:30pm
Classic Worship w/communion

Sunday - 8:00  Classic Worship
10:45 Contemporary Worship
HeartWork: Matthew 3:15

But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
 
During the Season of Epiphany (January 13 – February 24) St. Matthew will be participating in Explore God Chicago 2019  by offering a special sermon series. 
We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose. Explore God is a unique effort to come together to look at these questions in an open, authentic way. Join us and invite a friend to come with you as together we Explore The 7 Big Questions.
Special small group Bible Studies are possible! Contact Pastor Blonski for more information.
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting January 13, 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
The baptism of Jesus

Monday
Restoration and Protection

Tuesday
Receiving the Holy Spirit

Wednesday
God will make you clean
Thursday
Baptized into Christ's death

Friday
Jesus' Baptism

Saturday
The voice of the Lord

Sunday
The wedding at Cana
NOTES FROM THE PASTORS

PLEASE inform the Pastoral staff when a pastoral call or visit is desired – the hospitals and rehabilitation centers do not make contact us. If you or a loved one is receiving medical treatment, please make contact with the Church office (847) 438-7709, or call Pastor Kinne (224) 360-2629, or Pastor Blonski (909) 373-7936.

St. Matthew Lutheran - There's an App for that!
Along with our new and improved website (which you can see here ), we have a new mobile app! Go to the Google Play store (for android devices) or the App Store (on Apple devices) and search for "St. Matthew Lutheran."
JANUARY UPCOMING EVENTS
12 -    REMOVAL OF CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS -
             Saturday, January 12 from 8:00am-Noon.
12 & 13  INSTALLATION OF CHURCH OFFICERS &
                BOARD MEMBERS  - All services the weekend of
                January 12 & 13.
18 -    WINTER FEST Everyone is invited to attend a music
          concert featuring Christian music artist, Joe Guerra from
          7-9pm at St. Matthew.  Bring your friends and neighbors to
          this wonderful FREE night of Christian family entertainment.
31- Early Childhood Center Open House 5:30pm
LWML MEETING  - January 20 will be the first LWML meeting of 2019!   Mark your calendars and join us for lunch and our quarterly meeting. Please sign up on the church counter or you may contact Nancy at nblonski@truemen.org .

LADIES AID & WOMEN GUILD BOOK SALE  - will be held on Saturday, February 16 from 9am-3:00pm and Sunday, February 17 from 9:30am-1:00pm in the gym. Please bring your gently used books, (including paperbacks), games, puzzles, CD’s, Videos, Books on Tape, Audio Tape and music discs to the school stage by Friday, February 15
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE NEWS
Next week (1/13) after the service, we will ask those of you who wish to offer their opinion, an opportunity to comment or critique various elements of the service. It is the desire of the committee to develop a service of comfortable worship and doctrinal integrity. Please take a little of your time to help us.
Thank you.
 
ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL OF 2019 
St. Matthew received a donation for Altar Flowers from the Feldbush Family. This donation will allow us to offer Altar flowers at a reduced cost of $25.00 per arrangement. Please contact the church office if you would like to order flowers. 
 
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MOM & TOT TIME  - Our first get together for infants thru 3years old was held on Sunday, January 6th. We had fun playing in the gym with new friends. Come enjoy some fun activities with your little ones and meet other parents as well as we meet on the 1st Sunday of every month from 9:20-10:20am and the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-11:00am in the gym.  
Lutheran Schools’ Week
Real — Present—God—Psalm 46
January 27, 2019 - February 2, 2019
More Information to Come….  
WILLING WORKERS

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!

COFFEE HOUR  - There is a sign up sheet for coffee hour volunteers for 2019 on the church office counter.

NORENBERG NORDICS -  The Norenberg Nordics snow shoveling team are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling snow this winter. 
If you are interested please contact trustee Chris Norenberg @ 484/356-3144. 
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
SUNDAY
CSI BIBLE STUDY - Meets Sundays at 9:20am in Luther Hall .
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 has begun meeting Sunday Mornings through March 3 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
Starting Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9:20am-10;20am .
Come for a bible study and snacks with open gym and hangout time to follow.
Every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sunday of Each Month.
MONDAY
LCC BIBLE STUDY WITH TIM HETZNER Who is Jesus According to Jesus  meets on Mondays 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 - This Saturday, January 12, we'll begin our new study on the Book of Proverbs . Each week we'll tackle two chapters of Proverbs, exploring and discussing how this book promises that we will never face life alone or without good counsel. When facing the practical dilemmas of life, the Lord is with us to establish our steps. Calling on His name, wisdom answers!
TECHNOLOGY HELP NEEDED
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
This Saturday we are hosting a special training session on using ProPresenter - the presentation program that projects slides for the contemporary service.
You are invited to attend starting at 10:00am in the Upper Classroom. Lunch will be provided!
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.
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  
You are invited to join Rev. Timothy & Debra Kinne and Rev. Dr. Greg & Yvette Seltz on a land and sea tour of Greece as we follow the Journeys of Paul. For this 11 Day Tour we will take in places like Philippi, Thessalonika, Delphi, Corinth, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini and Athens.   

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. PastorKinne@StMattsOnline.com or 224-360-2629.
DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES
Taking Faith Home is available each week in the service folder. 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 .
NEWS FROM THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

This week, our Emerging Skills and Interests were: Exploring Different Occupations and What They Do. The Letter of the Week was "D" and was also the theme of our Show & Share. In Religious Studies the Preschoolers are learning about Epiphany.
Priority Registration is now open for current students, their siblings, and members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Please visit & ‘like’ the Facebook page:
 
Important Dates:
January 21 – MLK, Jr Holiday - No School or Extended Care
January 27-February 2 – Lutheran Schools Week
January 30 – 9:00 Hearing & Vision Screenings by Lake County                 Health Department
January 31 – 5:30-7:30 Open House Event
 


Chapel Offerings
The chapel offerings collect each week will be for 'Rebecca's Garden of Hope.' This is a recognized service organization for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that reaches out to children with tutoring and mentoring services as they share the love of Jesus.