Vol. 9 - No. 2 | January 9, 2020
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News

The First Sunday After The Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord
"It Begins With Water" - Matthew 3:16


Classic Service - Saturday, January 11 @ 5:30pm w/communion
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Classic Service - @ 8:00am
Contemporary Service - @ 10:45am

HeartWork: 
  Matthew 3:16
And when Jesus was Baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.
   
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting January 12, 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
The Lord's Servant

Tuesday
Gentiles Hear the Good News

Wednesday
Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
Thursday
Holy Family's Return from Egypt

Friday
Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

Saturday
Voice of God in a Storm

Sunday
Jesus, the Lamb of God
UPCOMING EVENTS
anuary - 2020
19 - LWML Meeting @ 11:30am
23 - Young Adult Hangout, Panera Bread *see below for details
26-31 - Lutheran Schools Week
30 - Early Childhood Center Open House
 
February
1 - Leadership Meeting
ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL OF 2020  - please contact the church office if you would like to order flowers. 
The cost is $25.00 per arrangement. 
Attention Ushers - The captain or a representative from each usher team is invited to meet with the Deacons and Trustees on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. to attend a presentation regarding emergency and safety procedures during worship services. The presentation will include protocol and expectations of our worship assistant in crisis situations; fire, intruder and weather.
Hope to see you there.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT ST. MATTHEW
·  Weekend custodian
·  Teachers Aide - Wednesday 8:30-11:00am
·  Substitute teacher for Early Childhood Program

 Contact Doug Duval in the church office if interested . 
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
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY - Classes are held on Sundays at 9:20 a.m. in the north end of Krueger Hall. The next 3 weeks we will study “The Prophet Hosea.”  
 
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS  -  You are invited to the next Adult Discipleship Class that will be held Sunday mornings:   March 1, 2020  at 9:20 a.m. 
 
TUESDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY  Bible Study will resume January 14, 2020 . The new study is Trusting God: A Life Without Worry. For more information, please see Nancy Blonski on the weekends or you can email her at nblonski@truemen.org  
 
THURSDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY This study will resume Thursday, January 9, 2020 . For more information, please contact Deb Kinne at 224-360-2015 or debkinne@yahoo.com
   
SATURDAY MORNING MEN’s 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. Study resumed on January 4, 2020. Class meets in Luther Hall at 9:00am. 
 
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. Classes will resume on January 12, 2020.
   
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. * This study will resume in January 2020.  

SADDLEBROOK BIBLE STUDY  - is offered on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 at Saddlebrook in Grayslake. 
Please consider serving St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School in 2020 by being a part of one of the following groups:
·   Church Council
·   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.
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.
Tell a friend!
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 the bins in Luther Hall. January food item is peanut butter. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.  
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 .
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 "M", and was our theme for Show & Share. In Religious Studies, the preschoolers learned about the Wise Men.
 
Looking ahead :
January 20 – MLK, Jr. Holiday – No School or Extended Care
January 22 – LCHD Vision and Hearing Screenings
January 26-31 – Lutheran Schools Week - See below for details.
January 30 – Open House 5:30pm-7:30 pm


2020-2021 Preschool Enrollment Now Open. See below for details.