Vol. 8 - No. 39 | November 27, 2019
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
November 30 & December 1, 2019
First Sunday in Advent

Time to Wake Up
Luke 23:27-43
 
Saturday - 5:30 p.m. - Casual Worship Service

Sunday
8:00 a.m. Classic Service w/communion
10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service w/communion
HeartWork    Romans 13:11b
For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
Our worship services are live-streamed on our Facebook page and available "on demand" at Facebook, YouTube and our own website. Follow the Facebook page. Subscribe to the YouTube channel.
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St. Matthew's " Thanksgiving Selfie Frame" is available for you in the back on the church tonight & tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day).
Take your picture with it and post it to your social media accounts!
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting December 1, 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 Coming Of Salvation

Monday
Peace That Lasts Forever

Tuesday
The Day When Christ Returns

Wednesday
The Great Faith Of God's People
Thursday
A Song Of Trust In God

Friday
God Is Light

Saturday
A Song Of Praise

Sunday
Prepare The Way Of The Lord
UPCOMING EVENTS
November
27 - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:00pm
28 - Thanksgiving Service, 10:00am
28 - Thanksgiving Dinner, 11:00am
30 - Church Decorating for Christmas, 8:00am

December
1 - Woman’s Guild Christmas Luncheon
4 - Advent Dinner (5:30pm) & Service (7:00pm)
7 - Breakfast with Santa. 9:00am
8 - St. Matthew Ladies Christmas Luncheon
8 - Women’s Guild Cookie Walk
10 - Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (7:00pm)
11 - Advent Dinner (5:30pm) & Service (7:00pm)
14 - Sunday school Christmas service (5:30pm)
15 - New Member Welcome Brunch
18 - Advent Dinner (5:30pm) & Service (7:00pm)
20 - ECC/Preschool Christmas Program
24 - Christmas Eve Services - 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 11:00pm
25 - Christmas Day Services - 10:00am
30 - Passion trip in Atlanta Georgia
31 - Service of Remembrance - 5:30pm
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. 
YOUTH HAPPENINGS
ANGEL OF JOY - Please consider giving to the St. Matthew   Angel of Joy this holiday season. There are many families in our very own communities that need help this holiday season. The
Angel of Joy is filled with tags that have items that the family is wishing for. We ask that if you take a tag, please place the
unwrapped item(s) next to the Angel no later than December 10. Please also make sure you place the tag on the gift so we know who it goes to. If the item is a gift card, please place this in the gold box on the church office counter.  If you have any questions please contact Cheri Selimos in the church office.
                                                    Thank you for Sharing the Joy…..
 
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY - Classes are held on Sundays at 9:20am in the north end of Krueger Hall. On December 1, we'll explore the Prophecy of Malachi!
 
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS  - You are invited to participate in the Adult Discipleship Class that is held Sunday mornings: December 1 & 8, then January 5 – February 23 at 9:20 a.m. The eleven (11), one hour sessions of this course are offered for both those who desire to become members of the congregation and for those who would like to review the basics of Biblical Christian teaching from the Lutheran perspective. All are welcome!
 
TUESDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY  We have one more get-together before Christmas - December 10. We are hosting a family get-together! All ages are welcome to join us for a special viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. For more information, please see Nancy Blonski on the weekends or you can email her at nblonski@truemen.org  

THURSDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY meets at 8:30am in Luther Hall to study Where Love Abides by Donna Pyle. Thursday, December 5 will be off-site at Deb Andersen’s home for a Christmas Party. December 5th will also be the last meeting of the Thursday Ladies Bible Study. This study will resume Thursday, January 9, 2020. For more information, please contact Deb Kinne at 224-360-2015 or email debkinne@yahoo.com
   
SATURDAY MORNING MEN’s BIBLE STUDY  will resume January 4, 2020. 
 
YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) - will meet on the
1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday’s of the month from 9:20-10:20am in the Youth Room. December class dates: 8 & 15.
 
St. Matthew thanks the Donna Grund family for providing materials for our Ladies, Mens & Sunday Morning Bible Studies.
 
LCC - Who is Jesus According to Jesus - A Study of the Gospels  Classes are held at 9:30am at St. Matthew and 7:00pm. at Prince of Peace in Palatine.    

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

The Saturday Morning Men's Bible Study will tackle six sessions of studying the five points of the Gospel as taught at St. Matthew. Each week will include heart work passages from Scripture that are easily memorized to make it easier to share the Gospel with others.

Session 1 - January 4, 2020
The SourceWhere The Bible Came From

Session 2 - January 11, 2020  
The Birth of JesusBorn to Be Our Substitute

Session 3 -   January 18, 2020
The Life of JesusOur Righteousness by Faith

Session 4 - January 25, 2020
The Death of JesusHe Earned Our Forgiveness

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - St. Matthew Leadership Summit

Session 5 - February 8, 2020  
The Resurrection of JesusWe, Too, Will Rise from the Dead One Day

Session 6 - February 15, 2020
The Ascension Of JesusHis Promise to Return and Take All Believers to Heaven
The Next Step – Sharing the Gospel with Others.
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. November food item: Tuna
UPCOMING TRIP - Presently Full
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.
DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES
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 .
 
In My Father’s Footsteps is a weekly devotion written by Pastor Blonski and is available at The True Man blog .
Parent/teacher conferences were held on Monday and Tuesday of this week and school was out the remainder of the week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Next week, we will resume our normal school schedule.
Interested in Substitute Teaching at St. Matthew Early Childhood Center ? We are currently updating our substitute teacher list for the 2019-2020 school year; if you’d like to be considered, please contact Doug Duval at 847-438-6103 for more details.
Looking ahead :
December 7 – Breakfast with Santa – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
December 13 – Mary Macaroni Assembly – 9:30 am – 10:15
December 17 – Story Time with Ela Library – 9:30 am – 10:00 am
December 20 - Christmas Chapel & Preschool Program – 9:15 am
December 20 – Happy Birthday, Jesus Party – 9:45 am – 11:00 am