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.

God’s Work Our Cans

October marks our Canned Corn Collection for New Hope Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Each year New Hope Ministries provides groceries for area families in need so they can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home with their loved ones. Area churches and community groups pitch in by collecting large quantities of a specific Thanksgiving food item. Her at St. Matthew we will continue our tradition of collecting canned corn (no cream corn, please). Our goal this year is 1,100 cans!

During the month of October there will be a large collection bin in the Gathering Place for you to drop off your cans. We will keep you posted on our progress. If you prefer to make a financial donation to this ministry, please make your check payable to “St. Matthew Lutheran Church” and be sure to write “canned corn” in the memo line. Cash donations should be placed in an envelope marked “canned corn” and placed in the offering plate or delivered to the church office.

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.

Spook-Tacular Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will turn our parking lot into a spook-tacular event for all ages! On Monday, October 28, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., our Youth Group will host Trunk or Treat to raise funds for Olivia’s House. Our Youth Group is hoping for lots of decorated trunks to fill our parking lot. To participate, please let Tim or Chris Peck or Jan Davis know that you would like to bring your trunk. Then on October 28, bring your car, van, truck or other vehicle and pull into an empty space. Be creative with your trunk decoration—but please keep it PG rated at the most. There will be electric from a generator if your trunk needs to light up. Please bring treats to hand out to our Trick-or-Treaters who will visit Trunk or Treat. There will be prizes for the top trunks of the night.

Trunk or Treat Treats are welcome through October 28. If you would like to donate a bag of small, wrapped treats for those who will attend our Trunk or Treat event, thank you!

Join Us for the Crop Walk

THE CROP WALK will be held on Sunday, October 20.  This year, the Walk will be held in a new location—Codorus State Park!  Due to several requests, the walk venue has changed to the Marina Day Launch at 1 Marina Drive in Codorus Park. Registration will be at St. Paul Dubs Conway-Runkle Annex at 1958 Dubs Church Road starting at 12:30 p.m. This year’s Walk will be on a two mile course.  You may even walk it twice—or three times!  Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will be going to help support Provide-A-Lunch ministries, Ruth’s Harvest, God’s Meal Barrel and Hanover Area Head Start Program.  You may register for the Walk or donate to our team at  Search for Hanover Crop Walk and then St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  Donations may also be placed in the offering plate or brought to the church office.  Please make your check payable to: Church World Service with CROP Walk in the memo line.  Thank you!

New Members’ Class Begins November 18

OUR NEXT NEW MEMBERS’ CLASS WILL BE HELD on Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 201 (Upper Room). Lunch will be provided.

You may be asking:

  • Does it really matter if I’m a member or not?
  • Why do I have to take a class to even become a member?
  • Why do I have to make any commitments?

people often ask these questions about our membership process, skeptical as to why there seem to be “hoops” to jump through.
It’s true. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When people join Saint Matthew, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to grow as Christians and as disciples. And the leaders of Saint Matthew pledge to assist you with this journey.

So we invite you – and ask you to respond – to this invitation to be a part of our family. Please call the church office at 717-637-7101 or email us at We want to make sure we have everything ready for those who are joining us (like lunch!!).

Women of the ELCA to Pack Care Kits

The Women of the ELCA will be assembling the Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief on Wednesday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. People who must flee their homes quickly often do not have time to pack essential items. Personal Care Kits can help refugees maintain personal hygiene while living in exile. The Kits also contribute to a new start for those who can return home


  • One new bath-size towel (approx. 52”X27”), unwashed, dark color recommended
  • Two bath-size bars (4-5 oz.) of soap (must equal 8-9oz.), in its original wrappingOne adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • One sturdy comb (wide-toothed) (at present, we have an abundance of these)One metal nail clipper

You may drop off items in the designated boxes located in the elevator lobby or the church office.  All items should be NEW, and in good condition. If you have access to Amazon, these items can be purchased in bulk. THANK YOU!

Get Ready to Board the Bus

Another bus trip is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019, to Sight and Sound Theatre for Miracles of Christmas. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 1:00 p.m. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. After the show we will go to Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant near Lancaster for dinner. Their menu will include meatloaf, baked ham, fried chicken, plus side dishes. The cost for the show, food and bus is $146/person. Watch for a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place.

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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