Vol. 13 - No. 3| January 19, 2023

The Third Sunday After Epiphany

Lutheran Schools Week

Saturday, January 21, 2023

4:00pm - Classic, Casual Worship Service

Sunday, January 22, 2023

8:00am - Classic Worship Service

10:45am - Contemporary Worship Service

All Services are in-house and are streamed live via Facebook, YouTube and www.stmatts.net 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, - Matthew 28:19


The Sunday 8am Classic Service is rebroadcast on Lake Zurich's Public Access TV (Comcast cable channel 4 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99) at the following times:

• Monday 5:00pm
• Wednesday 5:00am
• Friday 6:00pm
• Saturday 3:00pm

  • John Schockmel, Carol Andrews, Kathy Bresen, Kristin Peterson-Wischer, Leon Hapke, Marvin Sneller, Elinor Francisco, Pam Best, Linda Weir, John Mueller, Rosemary Schmidt, Marilyn Ellinghusen, Lorraine Selsor, Duane Stavnes
  • Our military personnel currently serving our country: Justin Brown, Adam Imaoka, Scott Karas, Elise Neilson, Steve & Ice Sandy, Bob Hamilton, Chandler McClain 


ALTAR FLOWERS - Given to the Glory of God


  • The baptism of Beckett Emilio Cosentino will take place at St. Matthew on Sunday, January 22, 2023.


PLEASE inform the church office when a pastoral call or visit is desired – the hospitals and rehabilitation centers do not make contact with us. If you or a loved one is receiving medical treatment, please make contact with the Church office (847) 438-7709.




22 - Kick off to Lutheran Schools Week

22 - Voter’s Meeting, following the 10:45am service

26 - Early Childhood Center Open House


4 - Leadership Workshop, 8:30am-Noon

5 - Valentines For Seniors

22 - Ash Wednesday, Services @ Noon & 7pm


1 - Sharing the Joy Easter Egg Hunt

1– Sharing the Joy Youth Event (More details to come)


For more upcoming events and monthly meetings, go to:

Www.stmatts.net and view the church calendar

Serve/Volunteer At St. Matthew—Looking for how you can serve at St. Matthew? Some groups that may be of interest: Altar Guild, Ladies Groups, Crafting, Coffee Hour, Ushers, Comfort Dog Ministry, Music Ministry, Sharing the Joy Ministry, Evangelism and many more. For more information contact the church office or go to : www.stmatts.net/organizations.html

Sharing the Joy Ministry College Outreach - Do you have a  family member (Child, Grandchild, Niece, Nephew) that is currently going to college? If so, Sharing the Joy would like to include them in our College Outreach Program. Please contact Cheri Selimos @ selimos@stmattsonline.com or 847/438-7709 for details.


Lutheran Schools Week is quickly approaching and we need your help!

This year's theme is "Making Disciples for Life" inspired by - Mattthew 28:18-20

We are looking for pictures or experiences that you would like to share with the children from your time at St. Matthew, please send them to connolly@stmattsonline.com. Our goal is to show the children the history and community of the church and school.

We would love for you to join us for chapel during Lutheran School Week and hear about your experience at the school/church. Chapel is January 25th, at 9:30 am. Join us for quick snack following chapel. 

 Service Project: Supporting the children of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Chicago. We will be creating “Blessing Bags”. Here are some of the items we are in need of:

  • Mini Kleenex
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Children Books
  • Coloring Book
  • Crayons
  • Individual Bags of Goldfish
  • Individual Bags of gummy bears
  • Individual Bags or M&Ms


There will be a basket in the Narthex where you can drop off your   donation. All donations are needed no later than February 5th. Bags will be assembled and delivered to St. Matthew Chicago the week of February 13th.

Thank you for supporting this great cause.


If you have any other questions, please contact Beck Connolly at 847/438-6103 or Connolly@stmattsonline.com


Watch "The St. Matthew Minute", Tuesday’s and “Boundless Hope” Monday & Friday

www.stmatts.net or Facebook & YouTube


Pastor Blonski has a new Podcast called

"Coffee and Word Reflection.” 

Join him live @11am on Wednesdays

@www.stmatts.net, Facebook, or YouTube



SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY - 9:30 a.m. in the Krueger Hall Bible Study Area. 

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - 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. The next class will begin, January 11, 2023 at 7:00pm. This is a 4 week class. Please contact the church office for more information. .

THURSDAY EVENING LADIES’ LIFE GROUP  - Study resumes Thursday, January 19 @ 6:30pm. This study meets in person in the Krueger Hall Bible Study Area. This study is also available virtually.  Please contact Nancy Blonski for details: Email NancyBlonski1@gmail.com or call/text 224/822-5662. 

SATURDAY MORNING MEN’s BIBLE STUDY  at 9:00 a.m. in Krueger Hall.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) - For more information, please contact the church office.

SUNDAY SCHOOL - Classes meet on Sundays at 9:30am in the Sunday School Classrooms. Go to: www.stmatts.net/Sunday-school to register or email: stmatthwsundayschool@gmail.com

YOUTH CONFIRMATION MINISTRY FOR 6th, 7th AND 8th GRADERS— For details, please go to:

www.stmatts.net/youth-confirmation for details.

SADDLEBROOK BIBLE STUDY - is offered on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00am, at Saddlebrook in Grayslake.

MONDAY, LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES BIBLE STUDY - Monday’s at 9:30am & 6:00pm in the Krueger Hall Bible Study Area. Join Tim Hetzner for an in-depth Bible Study, “Follow the Compassion”


St. Matthew thanks the Donna Grund family for providing materials for our Bible Studies.


Click here to see all our Bible Study Opportunities!

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. January food item is Baby Items. 


It has been an exciting week, the Children continued to learn all about Winter and have learned numerous ways of making 10.

In science, the preschoolers mixed ingredients to blow up our ziplock snowman. They read about different winter animals in the Clifford Scholastic Magazine. The preschoolers enhanced their gross motor muscles by, “ice-skating and sledding”. In Jolly Phonics, the children discovered the letter "D". In Religion, we discovered the story, of Boy Jesus and the temple. 

Lutheran Schools Week is quickly approaching and we need your help! This year's theme is "Making Disciples for Life" inspired by Matthew 28:18-20.  *If you have any pictures or experiences that you would like to share with the children from your time at St. Matthew, please send them to connolly@stmattsonline.com. Our goal is to show the children the history and community of the church. If you would like to join us in the classroom and share some experiences of your time at St. Matthew, on Friday, January 27th, please email, connolly@stmattsonline.com.


Upcoming School Events:

January 22nd-29th- Lutheran Schools Week

January 26th- St. Matthew Early Childhood Open House 5:30 pm


 *Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year will Open on January 10th.

St. Matthew is a play and faith based Early Childhood Center.

We are accredited through the National Lutheran School Association.

Flexible scheduling is available for our 3 and 4 year old Preschool Program.

Next year St. Matthew Early Childhood will be offering a full time Kindergarten Program!


For more information regarding registration, please email Rebecca Connolly at connolly@stmattsonline.com or call 847-438-6103.

January 22, 2023 - January 29, 2023

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Bible / Devotional Readings for the week starting January 22. 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.


Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus calls his first disciples


Isaiah 9:1-4

A new day is coming


1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Divisions in the church


2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Bringing people to God


Lamentations 3:19-32 God’s love endures


James 1:12-18

Trial and temptation


Psalm 27:1, 4-9

Trust in God


Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon on the Mount

A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible – Israel and Jordan

October 27-Nov. 10, 2023

Host and Leader: Tim Hetzner

Ambassador for Spiritual Growth

Lutheran Church Charities

This is a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible

This is a Bible Study tour – group size is limited to 25 people – to study the Land of the Bible and visit and study the sites where Jesus lived and taught. It is NOT a tourist trip but a Biblical Study so only those that have an active study of the Bible should consider.

Tim has led study tours over the last 35 years and has studied in Israel and worked on an archeological dig at Tel Dor. Consider joining Tim on this Spiritual Pilgrimage to the land of the Bible .

Click here for brochure and if you have questions please contact Tim at TimHetzner@LutheranChurchCharities.org

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