Six Essential Questions for Lent

Our Wednesday Lenten Services  will address “Six Essential Questions.” Each Wednesday of Lent, beginning February 21, the sermon will reflect on various questions including, “What Matters Most?,” “Am I Accepted?” and “Where is God?”   Our Lenten services are included in our regular Wednesday SAW schedule of supper at 5:45, Bible study at 6:30 and worship at 7:15.  Please sign up for the meal at the Hospitality Desk or call the church office.  No registration or reservations are necessary for the Bible study or worship.

Planning Help Needed for Meal Packing Event

Our Social Ministry Committee has designated the 2018 St. Matthew Local Mission Project to be our 4th Bi-Annual Hanover Area Community Meal Packing Event. But we need your help to plan, organize and promote this spiritually charged and highly successful event to feed the hungry. Our ambitious goals are to double the results of our past three events combined: packing 100,000 meals, involving 500+ community members and raising $29,000. This year we hope to expand the program and involve even more churches, civic groups, businesses, clubs, professional organizations, schools and local residents in two packing sessions on Saturday, November 3, in Fellowship Hall. To learn how you can become involved in this exciting event, please visit our Event Page or contact us via eMail.

Holy Week

Saturday, March 24 - Palm Saturday - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 25 - Palm Sunday – 8:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Monday & Tuesday, March 26 & 27 -

The Way of the Cross, 12:00 –7:00 p.m.
(Self-guided thoughtful meditation and silent reflection on Christ’s journey to the cross in Fellowship Hall)

Holy Wednesday, March 28 –

Supper – 5:45 p.m.
Activities – 6:30 p.m.
Worship Service – 7:15 p.m

Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Service - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 30Community Good Friday Service - 12 to 3 p.m.

(Based on the seven last words of Christ, with each word handled by a different local pastor and seven different musical presentations, presented in 25-minute segments. Held here at St. Matthew Church and you may come and go as desired)

Friday, March 30 – St. Matthew Good Friday Service – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 - Easter Vigil - 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service - 7 a.m.
Easter Breakfast – following the 7 a.m. service
(by reservation)
Family Worship Service - 9 a.m.

Festival Celebration of the Resurrection - 10:45

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.

St. Matthew's next Blood Drive will be held in Fellowship Hall from 12:30 to 5:30 pm on April 30. You can register online by following the link below . . .
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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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