Vol. 13 - No. 11| March 16, 2023

The Fourth Sunday in Lent -

Saturday, March 18, 2023

4:00pm - Classic, Casual Worship Service

Sunday, March 19, 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 

  • Carol Andrews, Pam Best, Kristin Peterson-Wischer, Leon Hapke, Marvin Sneller, Elinor Francisco, Linda Weir, John Mueller, Marilyn Ellinghusen, Lorraine Selsor, Mary Ellen Crowe, Judi Johnson, Marilyn Schauer, Debra Schilf, Douglas Duval
  • 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.

Prayer Requests

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.




Mid-Week Lenten Services 5:30pm Meal 7:00pm Service

March 22 & 29

23 - Movie Night Event

26 - SAM Event, Noon

27-31 - Church Cleaning Week

30 - Thrivent Event



1 - Sharing the Joy Easter Egg Hunt

2 - Palm Sunday

6 - Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm Service

7 - Good Friday, Noon & 7:00pm Service

8 - Holy Saturday, 4:00pm Service

9 - Easter Sunday, 6am, 8am & 10:45am Service

9 - Easter Breakfast

For more upcoming events and monthly meetings, go to:

Www.stmatts.net and view the church calendar



Sharing the Joy Ministry

Movie Night



Feature: “Jesus Revolution”

When: Thursday, March 23rd

Time: 7:00pm

Place: AMC Theaters,

Vernon Hills, IL

**Space is limited to 55 people. 

RSVP is required. 

 Sign up in the Church Office or STJ@stmattsonline.com

no later than 3/21/23.


Church Cleaning Week

When: March 27 - March 31, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Do you have service hours to obtain? Or, do you have some extra time that you can give? The Sanctuary, Narthex and some other areas of St. Matthew need a good scrubbing.  You do not need to bring anything, all cleaning items will be supplied.

Please sign up in the church office or email selimos@stmattsonline.com

Thank you.


Directory Update—The church office is in the process of updating our church directory. Did you move, change your email address, get a new cell phone number or disconnected your home number?? Please email the church office and provide your updated contact information. 

Stitched Together

Knit, Crochet, Stitch, and Sew while having fellowship with others. 

Who: Anyone, All ages are welcome to attend. 

When: Group will meet Tuesdays in Luther Hall.

Schedule for March 2023

3/21 - 1:00pm-3:00pm

3/14 & 3/28 - 6:30pm-8:30pm


Interested in participating in a Bible Study? St. Matthew offers several opportunities. Bible Studies are offered on-site or virtually. Please click below to see what is offered.

Bible Study Opportunities
Interested in Sponsoring?  Email the Church Office by clicking here

Watch "The St. Matthew Minute" on Tuesdays and “Boundless Hope” on Mondays & Fridays

@www.stmatts.net or Facebook & YouTube


Pastor Blonski has a new Podcast

"Coffee and Word Reflection.” 

Join him live @11am on Wednesdays

@www.stmatts.net, Facebook, or YouTube


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. March food item is Tuna.  -Bread for Life Weekend, March 25 & 26

St. Matthew Lutheran Church & Early

Childhood Center will be participating in the LCMS Northern Illinois District’s

district-wide servant event “SHINE”. Throughout the district, groups of 2 or more people are asked to give witness to the love of Jesus through acts of service to their neighbors and communities. The district wide event runs from April 14-23. 


The St. Matthew Comfort Dog Ministry, Sharing the Joy Ministry and The Board of Evangelism have put a SHINE event in place that everyone in the congregation and the Early Childhood Center can participate in. We are excited to get things started and witness the acts of love we give to others. 


St. Matthew is ready to SHINE with Cedar Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care in Lake Zurich. Cedar Lake currently has 100 residents that live in the assisted living and memory care areas. The events that have been put together will be open for every resident and staff member. In order to make our SHINE events a success, we need your help by participating in an event or giving a donation towards an event.


We are looking for items to have for Bingo, the Ice Cream Social, and Thank You's for Staff. Items Include:

-Life Saver Hard Candies

-Individual Mini Size Candy Bars

-2 oz. size lotion

-Monetary Donations for ice cream social supplies

-$10.00 Walmart or Target Gift Card for Cedar Lake Staff

You can still adopt a mini Malachi “stuffy”.  The residents of Cedar Lake love when Malachi visits. The comfort and Joy Malachi gives to the residents, is truly a gift. We would like to leave a mini Malachi with each resident when we visit in April. For $10.00 you can adopt a mini Malachi for a resident. Envelopes are located on the church office counter.


Click Here for a full list of activities. 

Sign Up Sheets will be located on the church counter.

Thank you for making our congregation and Early Childhood Center “SHINE”


It was a busy week at St. Matthew Early Childhood Center. In the 4 year old classroom, the children continued to explore habitats. The focus this week was on the ocean. The children created puffer fish and jellyfish art. They used their scientific skills to investigate seashells. The 3 year old classroom continued to explore transportation. They took a closer look at maps and different ways to get around the world. We had a very special visit from the Lake County Forest Preserve. During this interactive in-house field trip, the children learned about reptiles and amphibians.  During Jesus Time, the children discovered the story about Jonah and the Big Fish.  Thank you to everyone who supported our school during the Culver’s Fundraiser!  


Upcoming Dates:

March 17th - St. Patrick's Day Wear Green/ Orange -Family Fun Event – Door open at 3:35 pm (please rsvp to connolly@stmattonline.com or sign up on the church counter)

March 27th-31st - No School- Spring Break

April 7th- No School- Good Friday

April 10th- No School- Easter Monday


Now Enrolling for the 2023-2024 School Year!

3 Year Old Preschool, 4 Year Old Preschool

& Full Day Kindergarten

Register Today for Kindergarten Summer Camp

Click Here For Details

If you are interested in attending, please see Maria Collard,

Helen Burnidge, Darlene Buchwald, or Nancy Blonski.

More information can be found at LWML.org

Bible / Devotional Readings for the week starting March 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.


John 9:1-41

The man born blind


1 Samuel 16:1-13

David is anointed king


Ephesians 5:8-14

Living as people of light


Jeremiah 1:4-19 Jeremiah’s call


Proverbs 15:1-5

The Lord sees everything


Luke 19:1-10

Jesus and Zacchaeus


Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd


John 11:1-45

The raising of Lazarus

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

Click on the following links for more information:

Church Facebook page

Early Childhood Center Facebook page

Vacation Bible School Facebook page

Comfort Dog Malachi's Facebook page

Youth Group Facebook group

St. Matthew YouTube Channel

St. Matthew Instagram Page