Vol. 7 - No. 45 | December 13, 2018
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
The Third Sunday in Advent
This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent . The theme of our worship will be " Away in a Manger " based on Luke 2:12.

Worship Services this week:

Saturday - 5:30pm
Classic Worship

Sunday - 8:00am  Classic Worship with Holy Communion

Sunday - 10:45am Children's Christmas Program
HeartWork Luke 2:12
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting December 16 , 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
One more powerful is coming

Monday
A song of joy

Tuesday
The Lord is near

Wednesday
A child is born
Thursday
Service that pleases God

Friday
The peaceful kingdom

Saturday
Thanksgiving and praise

Sunday
Mary visits Elizabeth
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."
UPCOMING EVENTS

December 14 - 7:00pm, Youth Ugly Sweater Party
December 15 - 4:00pm, Charlie Brown Christmas
December 16 - 10:45am, Sunday School Christmas Program
December 19 - 5:30pm Advent Dinner - Homemade soup and sandwiches.
December 19 - 7:00pm, Midweek Advent Service
December 24 - Christmas Eve Worship Services
2:00pm - Family Christmas Candlelight Service with communion
4:00pm - Contemporary Christmas Service with communion
6:00pm - Family Christmas Candlelight Service with communion
11:00pm - Christmas Eve Candleight Service with communion
December 25 - Christmas Day Festival Service with communion
  Sharing The Joy Ministry,   HOLIDAY Gifting Tree
What a wonderful outpouring of love you showed to the children in Lake County this Christmas Season. The newly created “Sharing the Joy Ministry of St. Matthew teamed with the Love Inc. Southwest Bed Ministry to provide the children of Lake County who have no beds with sheets, blankets, stuffed animals and children’s books. These items will be blessed as well as those who will receive the gifts in all worship services this weekend.    
Thank you for caring for the children.  
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Plan to join the Chicago Area Mission Partnership and fellow volunteers from Redeemer Austin in service to the people of
Port Arthur, TX -- January 5-13, 2019.
 Many veterans/widows/financially challenged live near the community Port Arthur—an area devastated by Harvey flooding, yet received drastically less attention and resources than the metropolitan areas.
Work sites near our host, Trinity Church Port Arthur. Please pray about your commitment and watch for more info.
If you have additional questions concerning this Mission Trip, please contact John Kelly at jkelly@ottosenbritz.com.
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!

USHERS NEEDED - We are in the process of creating our 2019/2020 Usher Groups and Schedule. Please consider being an usher in one of our services. There is a sign-up sheet on the church office counter.

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 - There will be a special presentation from the Lutheran Emergency Response Team (LERT) on December 16 and then the Bible study will resume January 6, 2019 .
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.
The Children's Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 16 @ 10:45am. 
Class will meet on Sunday, December 23, than resume on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - THE NEXT ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS will begin meeting Sunday Mornings December 16 , then in the new year January 6 – 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 - THE YOUTH CONFIRMATION MINISTRY of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, will resume January 6.
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: Spiritual Gifts-A Bible Study.    All women are invited to join us. Class will meet on Tuesday, December 18, than resume on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
THURSDAY
THURSDAY MORNING LADIES’  -  meets on Thursday mornings from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Luther Hall. We will resume class on January 3, 2019 .
SATURDAY
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY - This Saturday, December 15 we are wrapping up our study called Explore God , where we will discuss topics like: "Does Life Have Purpose?"; "Is There a God?"; "Why Does God Allow Suffering?"; "Is Christianity Too Narrow?"; "Is Jesus Really God?"; "Is the Bible Reliable?"; and "Can I Know God Personally?"
We do NOT meet December 22 or 29 .
On January 5 we'll have a Prayer Breakfast and starting January 12 we'll begin our new study on the Book of Proverbs .
TECHNOLOGY HELP NEEDED
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!
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. December food item: Side Dishes. 
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 .

T he Coming King
The Advent Devotional books "The Coming King" are on the Church Office Counter.
NEWS FROM THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

This week, our Emerging Skills and Interest were: Winter Wonderland. Our Letter of the Week was "R" and was also the letter theme for Show & Share. In Religious Studies, we learned about Mary and Joseph’s travels to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
The preschoolers are doing a fabulous job practicing for the Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration on the 21st.
Visit the Facebook page for photos from Breakfast with Santa:
Important Dates:
December 15 – A Charlie Brown Christmas Event – 4:00 pm
December 21 – Christmas Chapel/Birthday Party for Jesus 10:00 am
December 21 – Early Dismissal – 11:00 am (No Extended Care)
December 24 – January 4 – Christmas Break (No School)
January 7 – School Resumes on regular schedule
 

Important Dates

December 15 – A Charlie Brown Christmas Event – 4:00 pm
December 21 – Christmas Chapel/Birthday Party for Jesus 10:00 am
December 21 – Early Dismissal – 11:00 am (No Extended Care)
December 24 – January 4 – Christmas Break (No School)
January 7 – School Resumes on regular schedule
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.