DECEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR

1      12:00 p.m. Advent Social - Fellowship Hall
3      6:00 p.m. Women of the ELCA Advent Social and Christmas Meeting (Upper Room) All women welcome!
7      9:00-11:00 a.m.  Cookie Walk – Fellowship Hall
7/8   Winterfest - Synod event for youth
8      3:00-5:30 p.m. Hanging of the Greens, dinner at 5:00 p.m.
12   10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Scott Fredericks, Organist; Jeanie Mummert Kent & Susan Myers Riley, Soloists; Nancy Leister, Pianist & the St. Matthew Ringers Christmas Concert (by purchased ticket)
13     7:00 p.m. Discovery Place Christmas Program – Nave/Fellowship Hall
15     9:15-10:15 a.m. Christmas Pageant - Fellowship Hall
15     2-4:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling to Shut-Ins
24     Church Office closes at Noon
24     Christmas Eve Services:
6:00 p.m.      Family Worship Service
7:45                Nativity Recital
8:00                Candlelight Communion Service
10:30              Nativity Recital
11:00 p.m.    Candlelight and Carol Service
25&26    Church Office Closed - Merry Christmas!
31    Church Office Closes at Noon
31    7:00 p.m. Mini-Ministers Puppet Show – Fellowship Hall

Sermons are for Children, Too

CHILDREN’S SERMONS are a way for children to feel involved in worship. While they are participating with their own prayers and praises and listening to God’s word throughout the service, children’s sermons provide a time when God’s word is spoken especially for them. They are offered on the first and third Sunday of each month at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. service. All children through the sixth grade, are invited to come forward immediately after the reading of the gospel and Pastor Rob, Pastor Dave and Deacon Jan offer the children’s sermon. Parents are welcome to accompany children, especially infants and toddlers, to share in this time.

And Let the Little Children Come.

Meet Our New Interim Associate Pastor

This month we welcome Pastor David Kiel to our staff. Pastor David will be our new Interim Associate Pastor.

Pastor David was born in Houston, Texas and grew up at Grace Lutheran Church in the Montrose area of Houston. He was very active in the youth ministry of his congregation and eventually the synod and the National Youth Ministry of the Lutheran Church in America. He also worked at Camp Lutherhill, the Lutheran camp in Texas, and it was there he felt his call to ministry.

Pastor David graduated from Texas Lutheran University in 1981 with a degree in Mass Communications. He attended Luther Seminary and after graduation was called to serve as the first Associate Pastor of Maple Grove Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

His wife, Renee, is also an ELCA pastor. She currently serves as an Army Chaplain and is attending the Army War College in Carlisle (where they both live). They have served two churches together and have raised three sons. Joseph and Justin are twins. Joseph is currently living in Australia serving the ELCA through YAGM (Young Adults in Global Mission). His twin, Justin, is working in Charleston, South Carolina, as a Research Assistant at the Medical School of South Carolina. He is an Army Reserve Officer and hopes to go to Medical School soon. Their third son, Kristopher, is attending Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC seeking an Economics Degree. Upon his graduation he will be commissioned as an Army Officer in the Reserves.

Pastor David’s interests include singing and playing guitar, reading, hiking, bicycling, riding a motorcycle, boating and camping. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.

To the Glory of God —
The St. Matthew Austin Organ

organ_squareThe St. Matthew world renowned Austin organ was built and dedicated that its music might resound to the Glory of God and to the uplifting of God’s people in worship. It was also the desire of the donor, and the earnest hope of the designer-organist, that its beautiful and glorious tones might give inspiration and pleasure to many beyond the membership of our congregation. The organ has 14,470 pipes and 238 ranks.

Take a tour of the beautiful Nave of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Enjoy the exquisite stained glass windows and magnificent altar from anywhere at any time.
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