Vol. 10 - No. 52| January 7, 2021
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
Sharing in the Mission of CHRIST: Learning, Connecting & Serving
The First Sunday After the Epiphany
“Baptism—Participation with Christ”     Mark 1 & Romans 6

Sunday, January 10, 2020

In-Sanctuary Classic Service w/Communion
8:00am *

In-Sanctuary Contemporary Service w/Communion
10:45am *


*Please RSVP with the Church Office at 847/438-7709 or

While there has been a small number of members of St. Matthew that have been infected with COVID-19, so far NONE of these cases can be traced back to contact at the church.

It is vitally important that you RSVP before worshiping AND fill out a We Care card when you are at a worship service.
You can now fill out a We Care card when you worship online.
Please see the link "Weekly On-Line Church Attendance". This link is on the main St. Matthew web page as well as on Facebook.

Watch Church Services On Line…

JANUARY Service Schedule
Sunday, January 10, 17, 24, 31
8:00am - Classic - RSVP Required
10:45am - Contemporary - RSVP Required
 
Please don’t forget to RSVP.
Church Office at 847/438-7709
or email selimos@stmattsonline.com.
Thank You.
RSVP is required for both services.
 
Classic Service will be live streamed on Sunday morning at 8:00am and the Contemporary Service will be live streamed on Sunday morning at 10:45am. Live streamed recorded videos will be available to watch starting on Monday. Live Stream & recorded videos are available on Facebook, YouTube or www.stmatts.net

Please don’t forget to RSVP. 
You can call the church office at 847/438-7709
or email selimos@stmattsonline.com
HEARTWORK:   Romans 6:4    
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Please remember in prayer:
  • Kristen Skinner, Marvin Sneller, Bob & Penny Martens, Kristen Basler, Del Becke, Pam Best, Carol Andrews, Alexandra Winters, Gordon Trapp, Helen Messerschmidt

  • Our military personnel currently serving our country: Justin Brown, Adam Imaoka, Scott Karas, Elise Neilson, Steve & Ice Sandy, Tyler Sawusch, Bob Hamilton 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
JANUARY 2021
Sunday, Jan. 10 - Installation of the Officers and Board Members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church & Early Childhood Center at either of the 8:00am & 10:45am Service
 
Thursday, Jan. 14 - Drive-Up Communion, outside of Door 13, 10:00am—11:00am, RSVP Required selimos@stmattsonline.com

FEBRUARY 2021
Saturday, Feb. 6 - St. Matthew Leadership Summit. Place and time to be determined

Drive Up Communion will be offered on
January 14th from 10:00am-11:00am.
Communion will be at door 13 (Main Entrance to Sanctuary)
RSVP Required - selimos@stmattsonline.com
Those of you that would like to participate in the Drive-Up Communion, need to RSVP prior to attending. Please email selimos@stmattsonline.com or call the church office. 
Thank you.
Installation of the Officers and Board Members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church & Early Childhood Center at either of the 8:00am & 10:45am Service.
 
There are still openings on all of the boards. Please  consider serving St. Matthew Lutheran Church & Early Childhood Center in 2021 by being a part of one of the following groups:
· Deacons
· Trustees
· Stewardship & Finance
· School Board
· Evangelism
If you are interested in any of the above groups, please contact the church office for details.
Thank you.
Music from the Manger is available on our Facebook, YouTube and our own website. Follow the Facebook page. Subscribe to the YouTube channel.
Tell a friend!
Watch "SCRIPTURE & PRAYER TIME"
with Pastor Kinne or Pastor Blonski
7:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
SCRIPTURE & PRAYER TIME is on

Weekend Custodial Assistance Needed
Are you aware of anyone looking for part time work? St. Matthew is looking for weekend custodial assistance. Saturday’s & Sunday’s 7:00am-2:00pm. Please contact Doug Duval at 847-438-7709.
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Due to these uncertain times please anticipate a varied approach to the Christian Education Opportunities that are being made available at St. Matthew. Many of the Bible Studies will be held VIRTUALLY via BlueJeans or Zoom technology. If you are interested in any of these studies you may contact the Bible Study Instructor or the Church Office for the correct link to get onto the study.
Thank You.

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY - - Classes meet on Sunday mornings @ 9:20am in Luther Hall. We will be studying The Book of Matthew. If you would like to receive the handouts for either Bible study (or both!) email the Church Office at selimos@stmattsonline.com to get on the email list.
You can participate in these Bible studies either in-person in Luther Hall or virtually via our online Bible study program.
If you want to participate online, contact the church office for  log-in information, or go to the St. Matthew Facebook page for the live stream.

TUESDAY EVENING LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY  -
Bible Study meets virtually on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm via BlueJeans. Class will start on Tuesday, January 19.
“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
In our current times, are our emotions an enemy to be defeated or a gift to be enjoyed? 
Every one of us has been there—torn between conflicting emotions, crushed by grief, or totally overcome with joy. One moment we can be completely happy and the next we can be confused and sad. Are these emotions and feelings something we need to overcome, ignore, or just accept? Wouldn’t life be easier without all the tumultuous feelings we experience?
Throughout Scripture, we see God display many emotions—joy, anger, jealousy, grief. Could it be that we’re emotional beings because we have been made in the image of an emotional God?
Through this study, you will explore twelve Bible passages and characters that expressed raw emotion. You will feel more empowered to handle negative emotions in a healthy way, and you will have a deeper appreciation for emotions in general. You will have confidence that your emotions are not only good, but godly.
For more information, please see Nancy Blonski on the weekends or you can email her at nblonski@truemen.org or call/text at 909-587-9945. 

MEN’S MINISTRY -  SATURDAY MORNING MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The Men's Bible Study at St. Matthew is offered both in person and virtually!
 “GENESIS: In the Beginning” is the men’s Bible study at St. Matthew. It is held on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Our first session of the New Year is THIS SATURDAY! We will be covering Genesis 7 and the Flood! Please note, there will be no coffee or treats offered at this time due to the pandemic. God-willing, this will end soon and we can get back to coffee, donuts, and BREAKFAST! If you will be participating in person, please enter through Door 12 - the Church Office entrance. This will be the only door that will be unlocked (even fobs won't work on any other door).

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - You are invited to the next Adult Discipleship Class: Thursday, January 7th. Class meets virtually via BlueJeans @ 7:00pm on Thursday’s. Please contact the Church Office if you would like to attend.   

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) -  
VIRTUAL classes are being offered in January 2021 at 11:00am. For ZOOM class details, please contact Kristin Gierke @ 847/438-7709 or Gierke@stmattsonline.com

SUNDAY SCHOOL - Virtual classes are being offered on the Sunday School registration link:  https://forms.gle/CsZqriBFNUM6yjuVA
Link is also available on the St. Matthew website on the Sunday School page.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION MINISTRY FOR 6th, 7th AND 8th GRADERS
Classes will resumed on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
 
PRE CONFIRMATION FOR 5th GRADERS
 Class will resumed on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
   
St. Matthew thanks the Donna Grund family for providing materials for our Ladies’, Men’s &  Sunday Morning Bible Studies.

Lutheran Church Charities Bible Study (LCC)
WORD – WHO IS JESUS ACCORDING TO JESUS. A Study of The Gospels. Instructor: Tim Hetzner President/CEO of Lutheran Church Charities. All classes are offered via ZOOM at 9:30AM AND 7PM on Mondays. 
Go to LutheranChurchCharities.org to register
or call 866-455-6466
 
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 Peanut Butter. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting January 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
The Baptism Of Jesus

Monday
God Creates Light

Tuesday
Paul Baptizes In Ephesus

Wednesday
Death Of Jesus
Thursday
Unity In The Body Of Christ

Friday
The Purpose Of The Law

Saturday
The Voice Of God In The Storm

Sunday
Jesus Calls Philip & Nathanael
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.
Our worship services are available on our Facebook page and available "on demand" at Facebook, YouTube and our own website. Follow the Facebook page. Subscribe to the YouTube channel.
Tell a friend!
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.

It's that time of year again! Pastor Blonski has published two Christmas devotional books. There is a limited supply in the church office. You can also purchase on Amazon (both paperback and Kindle) by clicking on the title below.

Happy New Year, and God's blessings to you all! We hope everyone had a blessed Christmas Break! This week our Emerging Skills and Interests were: Exploring Healthy Habits in the New Year! The Number of the Week was 12. The Letter of the Week was H, and our theme for Show & Share. In Religious Studies, the preschoolers are learning about The Three Wise Men.
 
We will be celebrating Lutheran Schools Week starting   Monday, January 25th. 
Theme: “Sent to Serve
Monday, Jan. 25 “Jesus – Sent to Serve”
Tuesday, Jan. 26 “Pastors and Teachers – Sent to Serve”
Wednesday, Jan 27 “Serving Together on God’s Team”
Thursday, Jan. 28 “Serving in Home and Community”
Friday, Jan 29 “Sent to Serve in the World”
 
The Church Office remains open
Monday - Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm
 
 If you need to contact the Church Office after hours,
please call one of the following: 
Pastor Kinne @ 224/360-2629
Pastor Blonski @ 909/373-7936
Doug Duval @ 847/707-1676