Vol. 8 - No. 6 | February 7, 2019
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Explore God Chicago 2019 Continues!
This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany . The Theme of our Worship this weekend will be "Is Jesus Really God?" as we continue 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:   John 10:30
Jesus said, 'I and the Father are one.'
This weekend in the worship services the message series will be asking the question “Is Jesus Really God?”


The implications of this question are clearly enormous. Every aspect of society would be impacted by the confirmation that Jesus was literally God in the flesh.
Also, if Jesus were God, then his words take on much greater meaning. They’re more than simply wise words of an influential prophet or philosopher.
On the other hand, if he’s not God, then the entire Christian faith is undermined. As Paul said, if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead (i.e., do something that only God could do), then faith in him is in vain (1 Corinthians 5:14).

This Sunday you'll also have an opportunity to join in the discussion! At 9:20 Pastor Blonski will be hosting an Explore God discussion group. The topic this Sunday will be "Is Jesus Really God?

A discussion group has formed in the Wauconda area. Hosted by Chuck Lintner in his home, you have the opportunity to invite a friend that might not be comfortable coming to a church but still has questions about God. His group meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.  You can contact Chuck at 847/452-7007 for more information.
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting February 10, 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 calls the first disciples

Monday
The call of Isaiah

Tuesday
The call of Paul

Wednesday
Joshua appointed Moses' successor
Thursday
God's gifts to us

Friday
Moses' miraculous power

Saturday
Praise the lord with all your heart

Sunday
Sermon on the plain
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.

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. 
Time to return the palm branches - Please return the dried Palm branches from last Palm Sunday to the basket on the church office counter. They will be burned and the ashes used for our observance of Ash Wednesday at the beginning of the season of Lent.
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."

FEBRUARY EVENTS :

16 & 17 - LADIES’ BOOK SALE  (see details below)

MARCH EVENTS:
6 - Ash Wednesday - Noon & 7pm Service
6 - Lenten Dinner - 5:30pm
16 - Lake Zurich Chamber Expo
16 - Glow Party, Youth Event 
23 - Super hero & princess party
 
APRIL EVENTS:
13 - Feed My Starving Children - 2:00-4:00pm
 
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
ALL WOMEN – LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) is in the second year of funding 22 Mission Grants that total $2,075,000. 10 of these Grants have been completed. The last 12 need to be funded this year.  We can all help by taking home a mite box and filling it with our loose change. When it is full bring it back to the church and put it in the big blue Mite Box in the right side corner of the Narthex, as you enter the church. Take an empty mite box home; and when you get more change, put it in your little box. There are mite boxes for children, too.  Any small coins they can put in their box will help our missionaries spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world.  Pick up a copy of the winter     Quarterly (by the big blue Mite Box) as you leave church today. Turn to the last page and see how our little coins have been put to good use! 
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WILLING WORKERS

Volunteer Needed - We are in need of a volunteer from the congregation to be our "Candle Captain". The new volunteer would be in charge of refilling, wick adjustment, and management of all of the candles for the Church. Total time needed should be between 60 & 90 minutes every other week. There is a volunteer sign-up sheet on the Church Office counter. Thank You.

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. 
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
 
What night of the week or what time on the weekends works best for you? There is a survey sheet on the church office counter, pick your best time(s).

If you have additional questions please see Pastor Blonski.

There are only six sessions. Give your input and we’ll set up a time to learn this important and effective tool of reaching our neighbors and friends with the Gospel by Easter Sunday!  
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
MEN'S SMALL GROUP - A new small group is forming that will explore the book "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge, using the resource "Wild at Heart Field Manual."
If you are interested, sign up in the church office or email Pastor Blonski here.
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
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 - is on hiatus while Tim is leading a group in Israel.
TUESDAY
TUESDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY - Inclement weather has been preventing us from meeting! Please check the website or your email on Tuesday afternoons to find out if weather causes the Bible study to be postponed.

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 weekend we'll be hosting a Couples' Valentines Prayer Breakfast. Bring your sweetie for a FREE hot breakfast of blueberry pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs & sausage, pastries and fruit.
TECHNOLOGY HELP NEEDED
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  
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.

Whether or not you travel with us, you are welcome to come and hear about the details of the trip at a meeting to be held on Sunday, February 10, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in the Upper Conference Room of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 27500 Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.  Enter through door 12 (church office entrance).
 
The tour will include the cities of Amphipolis, Philippi and Neapoli (Kevala), Thessalonica and Veria (Berea), Meteora and Delphi, Corinth and Cenchraeae. We will then board a ship for a cruise on the Aegean Sea to visit Pireaus and Mykonos, Crete and Santorini, and finally Athens.
 
To learn more about the tour and to Download a Brochure please click on the link: You are welcome to take a look at the direct link to the tour by clicking here.
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, we celebrated Lutheran Schools Week (Part 2), as the weather did not cooperate last week! We reviewed our past letters this week. For Show & Share, each student was asked to bring in an object that represents a Biblical Figure. In Religious Studies, we learned about Jesus Picking His 12 Disciples.
Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year!
Sign up soon for best schedule selection. 
The preschool Facebook page:
Important Dates
February 14 – Valentine’s Day Party - 9:45am – 11:00am
February 18 – Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School
February 19 – Moms & Tots – 10:00am – 11:00am (Extended Care)

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