Joseph Martin Returns to St. Matthew January 18

Pianist Joseph Martin will be joined by Heather Sorenson, Richard Nichols, Steve Roddy and a 80-voice choir of choral directors in concert on Friday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. This is always a great evening!

The concert is part of a two-day event featuring the music of Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Publishing. The pianists/vocalists/French Hornist will offer their own arrangements and the choir will sing several songs written by the featured guests. The music will be accompanied by organ and piano. The guest musicians entertain the audience with comical comments on music and music makers but also share inspiring stories of the power of music. The Saturday, January 19 workshop for choral directors is attended by hundreds of musicians from the East Coast.

The Friday evening concert is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to attend. Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “January Concert, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 W. Chestnut Street, Hanover, PA 17331” with the number of tickets you are requesting. Please send your request by December 20. Tickets will be mailed January 2.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for this open-seating concert. A free-will offering will be collected during the concert.


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 this brief video. Then come hear the magnificent sounds in person. St. Matthew is truly blessed.

If you were unable to attend the recent Adam Brakel Concert at St. Matthew, here is a sampling of what you missed. Octaves, by Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968), was the final piece of a brilliant concert. Those attending marveled at Adam Brakel's incredible footwork and amazing hand speed. Rarely do you hear “Bravo” spontaneously erupt at an organ concert in a church. That was not the case here. Enjoy.

(You can enlarge the video to full screen by clicking on the box in the lower right corner of the black bar.)

Hanover Area Community Meal Packing Event a Huge Success

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The 4th Bi-Annual Hanover Area Meal Packing Event may be history, but it is certainly not forgotten. Although the final count is not precise because of the incredible crowd, somewhere between 600 and 800 volunteers joined together on Saturday, November 3, to pack 113,184 meals in Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew. Each meal is destined to feed hungry children or those in need of disaster relief. Over $31,500 was raised from churches, businesses, service organizations and residents of the Borough to support the event.

The Mayor of Hanover joined us to start the packing off by declaring the day “Rise Against Hunger Day in Hanover.” The gong rang, music blared, people swayed at their funnels and the packing began in earnest. No one ever said that community service can’t be fun. And fun it was.

Over 100,000 meals packed in just over three hours. Fantastic. It was truly a community effort. Children and “mature” adults standing side-by-side, working together for a common purpose. It was a sight to behold.

We would like to share the joy and excitement of the day. Currently photos and videos of the event are being compiled and collected. Keep your eye out for these in the future. If you were able to participate and you have photos or high resolution video clips to share, please visit to upload them.

Here is a quick peak at the packing floor.

Click Here to see a list of our business and service club donors and contributors. Be sure to say thank you to those who supported the event.

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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