Vol. 11- No. 7| February 17, 2021
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
Sharing in the Mission of CHRIST: Learning, Connecting & Serving
Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Prayers In The Bible
"A Prayer Of David" Psalm 51
7:00pm Classic Service w/Imposition of Ashes & Communion
In-House & Live-Streamed—RSVP Required

Sunday, February 21, 2021
The First Sunday In Lent
“A Season Among the Beasts” Mark 1:9–15
8:00am Classic Service w/Communion
10:45am Contemporary Service w/Communion
*Both Services are In-House & Live Streamed
RSVP with the Church Office to attend the In-House Service
847/438-7709 or selimos@stmattsonline.com
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…

FEBRUARY Service Schedule
 Sunday, February 28
8:00am - Classic - RSVP Required
10:45am - Contemporary - RSVP Required

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. 
HEARTWORK:                    Mark 1:13
And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
Please remember in prayer:
  • Kristen Skinner, Marvin Sneller, Bob & Penny Martens, Kristen Basler, Carol Andrews, Alexandra Winters, Gordon Trapp, Marilyn Ellinghusen, Pauline Kalodimos, Darlene Meyer, Karl Reihn

  • Our military personnel currently serving our country: Justin Brown, Adam Imaoka, Scott Karas, Elise Neilson, Steve & Ice Sandy, Tyler Sawusch, Bob Hamilton 

ALTAR FLOWERS Have been given to the Glory of God
  • In loving memory of Tom Steiner, from his family.
  • Celebrating the birthday’s of Dwight & Gloria Sawusch
 
OFFICIAL ACTS
  • The funeral of Friedrich “Fred” Scheu was held at St. Matthew on February 16, 2021. Fred entered into eternal life on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
Lent Worship Opportunities

Ash Wednesday, February 17
7:00pm Classic Service w/Imposition of Ashes & Communion
In-House & Live-Streamed—RSVP Required
 
Mid-Week Lent Services
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
11:00am—Noon Drive Through Communion
7:00pm Service - Virtual ONLY
*Recorded service will take place in the Historic Chapel
 
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 28
8:00am - Classic w/communion - RSVP Required
10:45am - Contemporary w/communion - RSVP Required
 
Maundy Thursday - Thursday, April 1
11:00am - Noon, Drive Through Communion
7:00pm Classic Service w/communion
In-House & Live-Streamed—RSVP Required
 
Good Friday - Friday, April 2
The Liturgy of the Cross
Noon & 7:00pm - In-House & Live-Streamed - RSVP Required
 
Holy Saturday - Saturday, April 3
5:30pm - The Vigil of Easter w/communion
In-House & Live Streamed - RSVP Required
 
Easter - Sunday, April 4
6:00am & 8:00am - Classic Festival Easter Service
10:45am - Contemporary Easter Service
Communion will be celebrated at all services
Services are In-House & Live Streamed—RSVP Required
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
Our videos are now seen on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin, Gab, and MeWe.
Our videos of worship services, devotions, Bible studies, and Scripture & Prayer Time have been seen by people in the following countries:
South Africa, Nigeria, Philippines, Kenya, India, Kiribati, Democratic Republic of the Congo, China (Hong Kong), Sweden, Oman, Canada, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Argentina, Pakistan, Madagascar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Tanzania, Namibia, Australia, Guatemala, Colombia, Japan, Cameroon, Polan, Indonesia, Italy, Liberia, Combodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Swaziland, United Kingdom, Ghana, Egypt, South Sudan, Spain, Germany, United States.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24–25).

Hello Ladies... 

LWML will have their first meeting of 2021! It will be a VIRTUAL meeting THIS Sunday, February 21 at 12: 30 p.m. We will have a devotion, a business meeting, and we will reveal the winners of the Mite Box Challenge.
 
This is the information needed to join the meeting. You may join by computer using the link below or you may call in on your phone.   
  
To join the meeting on a computer or mobile phone: https://bluejeans.com/8474387709?src=calendarLink&flow=joinmeeting
 
Phone Dial-in
+1.312.216.0325 (US (Chicago))
 
Meeting ID: 847 438 7709
 
Please RSVP to Nancy Blonski at nblonski@truemen.org or call/text Nancy at 909-587-9945.
 
I hope and pray I will ‘see’ you there!   Please forward the email on to anyone I may have missed.
 
Thank you!
Nancy
REMINDER..

The 2021 Leadership Summit will be taking place on:
Monday, March 1 @ 7:00pm
 
Meeting will be held virtually via Bluejeans
 
Please contact the church office for
additional information.
Thank You.
CROCHETERS NEEDED - Looking for something to pass the time during these last days of winter and the Covid pandemic?
St Matters needs people to crochet the balls of plastic strips into mats for the homeless. We also need people to loop the plastic strips together to make a large ball of plarn. If you can help, Call Helen, (847) 438 - 4644
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.
ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL OF 2021
Please contact the church office if you would like to order flowers. The cost is $30.00 per arrangement.
USHERS NEEDED - We are in need of Ushers for the 2021 calendar. If you are interested, please contact the church office at 847/438-7709 or selimos@stmattsonline.com We are currently only having services on Sunday’s at 8:00am & 10:45am.   
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 @ 9:00am 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’ LIFE GROUP  -
Ladies Life Group will meet each Tuesday at 7:00pm for a virtual Bible study – Making Sense of Your Emotions. Join Nancy and many other ladies as we read God’s Word and share, grow and encourage one another.   For more info, see Nancy Blonski. Email nblonski@truemen.org or call/text 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! It is held on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m We are currently studying: “GENESIS: In the Beginning”
 
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - The Adult Discipleship Class will start a new class in March. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Church Office at 847/438-7709.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) -  
VIRTUAL classes are being offered in February 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
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. - virtual classes only.
 
PRE CONFIRMATION FOR 5th GRADERS
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - virtual class only.
   
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. February food item is Breakfast Items. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting February 21. 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
Temptation of Jesus

Monday
God's Promise To Noah

Tuesday
Suffering For Doing Right

Wednesday
Judgment On David's Sin
Thursday
Maintain Good Deeds

Friday
Jesus Is The Great High Priest

Saturday
Prayer For Guidance

Sunday
Jesus Predicts His Death
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.

2021-2022 Preschool Registration is OPEN. You can find details on our website: www.stmatts.net/weekly-news.html
There will also be registration packets available in the school office. Please contact us if you would like to have an in-person tour @ 847/438-6103 or chibe@stmattsonline.com
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