Pentecost Drive-In Worship

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 31, 2020

When the burdens of life press upon us, what should we do? For certain, we should breathe. But, we must learn to breathe differently. We must learn to breathe in the breath of life. Breathe in — breathe out. Breathe in the power of the Holy Spirit. Breathe in peace and live. Breathe in the power of God’s love and then breathe that power out into the world.

Faith, Service and Purpose —
Three Pillars of Faith

Stacy Parsons
May 27, 2020

Martin Luther said that “Faith is God’s work in us.” Tonight, Stacy Parson shares how God has worked in her life as she shares the three pillars of her faith: Grace, Service and Purpose. Her strong faith undergirds her, assuring her that her life is truly in God’s hands. And, like Martin Luther, she understands that come what may, she knows she, too, can stand.

For previous Sermons and Special Service videos and audios,
please click on this link.

Pentecost Sunday Drive-In Worship, May 31

We are very excited to announce that we will be gathering together on Sunday May 31 with Drive-In Worship at 9:00 and 11:00. What a way to celebrate Pentecost. Yes, we stay in our cars, watch through the windows and listen through the radio! Please click here for Drive-In Worship Guidelines and Details. (We are hopeful that we can continue Drive-In Worship in the weeks following May 31.)

A recording of the worship service will be available within a day for all who are not able to come. The video will also include a presentation of one another. Tuesday, May 26 is the extended deadline for us to receive your pictures. Please e-mail them to or drop off a print through the mail slot in the office building entrance.

We continue to offer Mid-Week Worship recordings with faith stories shared by St. Matthew members! The recording for Sunday, May 24, will include a special recognition of those who served our country. We give thanks for them and their families for the sacrifices made.

When will we be able to return to worship in our church building? That is turning out to be a complicated question as we follow the phased guidelines of our state and county. A Task Force is being formed to prepare for the opening up of our building. Their first meeting will be held Tuesday, May 26. Recommendations from our synod and the guidelines set forward by our government will be resources for our discussion. We continue to keep you updated on these decisions. Even as we open for worship, we are committed to provide an online worship experience for those not able to attend.

Our whole staff has been actively at work with the ongoing ministries of our church and we are eager to welcome you to our drive-in worship and we will be returning to regular office hours beginning
June 1.

Don’t Forget Thursday Prayer Time with the Pastors

Thursdays — Prayer Time with the Pastors 1:30 to 2:30

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Meeting ID: 847 3056 7646
Password: 703407

Remain Connected with St. Matthew While Social Distancing

We begin this Easter season settling into a way of functioning during a time of staying home and staying distant. This has a huge impact on our congregation as we mark five weeks of suspended activities at our church. What has not been suspended, however, is our mission and ministry. Christ is risen and is actively at work bringing hope and life to all. Thanks be to God!

Please make note of the opportunities that abound in the weeks ahead.

Celebrating God’s Love!

We continue with worship. You will find our worship videos on our Facebook page: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hanover PA and our website.

A worship experience with St. Matthew members sharing their faith stories is posted on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.

Our week-end worship services with the pastors preaching on the lectionary gospel readings are posted each weekend. You will find the most recent on the home page and past services on the Sermons page. Next week will be focused on Luke 24:13-35, the story of The Road to Emmaus.

Learning and Fellowship Opportunities.

NEW: Discipleship Training CYBER Camp for kids is held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. See Facebook or contact Deacon Jan at for more information.

Confirmation videos and lessons through e-mail and Facebook. Contact Deacon Jan for more information. High School Youth: Check out the Facebook page for St. Matthew Youth and contact Chris or Tim Peck on Messenger or via text for information about Sunday Evening Zoom sessions.

Call-In Daily Devotions: Call in 24/7 to receive a new devotion each day given by one of St. Matthew's ministerial staff. Call 717-637-7101. When prompted, press 3. Between 9 and 3 on weekdays, our Administrative Assistant will answer your call and connect you to the devotion for the day.

NEW: Cyber Women Zoom Sessions began Monday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. More information with the zoom link is available on Facebook.

NEW: Bible Study - A Study of the Book of Philippians with Deacon Jan Davis. Join the Zoom Meeting at Meeting ID: 865 9920 9655. Password: 923241. Or, contact the church office at  or 717-637-7101.

NEW: Zoom Chats with the pastors. Check in with Pastor Kathy and Pastor David on Thursdays anytime between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. To receive a zoom link, contact the church office or check Facebook or our website.

Serving in Jesus’ Name!

Sharing Expertise: Are you good at explaining things? We may need volunteers able to help others learn how to use technology in order to access our videos and go on zoom. Let us know if you would be on call to help by contacting our Administrative Assistant, Jane Lawrence at or call717-637-7101.

Important Announcement

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!  In order to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our church members and community, we are suspending all church activities, including worship, through the end of April. This decision was not made lightly and it is made with the recommendation of Bishop James Dunlop.

Watch for more information available on this website or on our St. Matthew FaceBook Page regarding the ways the community of St. Matthew will continue to be connected spiritually and provide care for those who are most in need during this pandemic.

Although the office will be closed through the end of April, if you have pressing needs or concerns, please call 717-637-7101 and leave a message or eMail Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  We would also ask that you pray for St. Matthew, our members and all those affected by the virus throughout our community, our nation and our world.

Welcome to Our New Lead Pastor, Kathy Vitalis Hoffman

The community of faith at St. Matthew Lutheran Church is pleased to welcome our new Lead Pastor, The Reverend Dr. Kathryn M. Vitalis Hoffman.  Pastor Kathy received her Master of Divinity at Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership  from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Pastor Kathy has served faithfully in ministry for over 31 years and in five different ministry settings before coming to St. Matthew.  She comes to St. Matthew with a passion for people and ministry and offers great insight and leadership.  Pastor Kathy is married to the Reverend Mark Vitalis Hoffman, a professor at Gettysburg Seminary.  Together, they have two daughters, Sarah and Amy.

Pastor Kathy will be a blessing to not only this congregational family but also to the community of Hanover.  We hope you will come and welcome her and experience first hand, how blessed we are to have her in our midst.

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.

Enjoy Adam Brakel as he puts St. Matthew's Austin organ and it's pedals to the test during his 2018 performance at St. Matthew.  It is a sight (and sound) to behold. And this is real time.  Simply amazing.

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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