Palm Sunday — Hosanna

Join us as Pastor David Kiel takes us to the parade. But this is no ordinary parade. It is the parade which leads to the parade which ends all parades. Be with us this Palm Sunday as we experience the joy and celebration followed by the unexpected — unaware at the time that more is to come. So much more. Hosanna. Then  sorrow which ends in Hallelujah.

May God's light and life bring you peace.

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 info@stmattlutheran.org. 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.

Regrettably
the Benjamin Domingue (Piano) and Sunnat Ibrahim (Cello) Concert
Scheduled for March 22 Has Been Cancelled

Please continue to check our website for any rescheduling plans.

Wednesday Evenings Services During Lent Temporarily Suspended

Join Us on April 25 to Watch and Discuss
Better Angels: Reuniting America

Postponed

The Social Ministry Committee at St. Matthew is concerned about the political polarization and divisiveness that seems to be gripping our nation. In this presidential election year, we wanted to find a way to help bridge the divide. To foster healthy conversation and to encourage civil discourse, we are hosting a screening of, Better Angels: Reuniting America, a one-hour documentary film by Emmy-winning director Jim Brown and produced by Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter, Paul, and Mary trio.

Better Angels: Reuniting America shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters participating in a Better Angels signature Red/Blue workshop following the 2016 election. The film shows how those involved moved from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. You’ll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one — and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country.

Better Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. The organization, which produced the documentary, conducts workshops in an effort:

  • To understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it
  • To engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together
  • To support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.

The screening of the documentary will be followed by a question and answer session led by Better Angel volunteers. Please come join us on Saturday, April 25, in Fellowship Hall from 10 am to noon. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.better-angels.org to learn more about this non-partisan organization.

Mark Your Calendars for Our Next Red Cross Blood Drive

We will hold our next Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, April 30, from noon to 5:30.  And there is a special offer from Amazon: To thank donors coming to give blood April 1-30, a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card will be sent by eMail (terms and conditions apply).

By now, you’ve seen the headlines and heard the news. Communities across the country are closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following public health preparedness guidance. Part of that preparation includes maintaining a readily available blood supply for hospital patients. The last thing patients should have to worry about during this time is a shortage.

As the number of COVD-19 cases grow, so does the need for healthy blood donors. Right now, the American Red Cross strongly urges eligible donors to schedule their next appointment to donate blood.

Here’s the good news: Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. If you are healthy and able, please come in to give. You can help change the headlines with a blood donation.

Click here to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-RED-CROSS with questions. Thank you!

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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.

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.

What to Check in Case of Bad Weather

In the case of inclement weather, please contact the church office – we will leave a message on the answering machine once a decision has been made, check our Facebook page or this website or tune to TV Channel 27 (ABC) for cancellations or delays.

We regret that the Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault concert scheduled for April has been cancelled. Please continue to check the website for any possible rescheduling plans.

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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