We Still Have Jesus and
Our Faith

Faith Story of Larry Gamber
July 8, 2020

Anyone who knows Larry Gamber is well aware that he is the true embodiment of what it means to be a “gentle” man. He is devoted, committed, reliable, trustworthy, honest, caring and so much more. Who he is is grounded in his faith. From his early years, through his time in Baltimore until moving to Hanover, his church and his faith have been constants in his life. Through the years Jesus and his faith have always been there for him and always will be, come what may. Listen and learn more.

The Yoke’s On You

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
July 5, 2020

On this week-end we celebrate the freedoms we have as a nation. In the gospel story, however, we learn from Jesus that true freedom is not claimed on one’s own terms. If that were the case, we would carry the burden of holding our own rights against the rights of others. Pastor Kathy describes the way we discover freedom with a way forward with the yoke of Jesus upon our shoulders. It brings rest to our weary souls and a new way to be in relationship with one another.

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Indoor Worship at 10:45 am
Drive-In Worship at 9 am

We are excited to announce that beginning on Sunday, June 28, we once again began Worshiping Indoors at 10:45 am on Sundays.  Attached are Guidelines for Returning to Indoor Worship which we encourage everyone who wishes to attend to read.  These Guidelines have been put in place to ensure everyone's safety.  If you have additional questions, we ask that you please call the church office.

We also will continue to offer a unique worship experience each Sunday  with Drive-In Worship at 9:00.  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.

Worship is so successful that we are continuing with our Drive-In Services each Sunday until further notice.  A recording of our first Drive-In Worship Service is available through YouTube (with links found on the website).  Future services will be available within a day for all who are not able to come or who want to relive the experience.

We continue to offer Mid-Week Worship recordings each Wednesday evening with faith stories shared by St. Matthew members!

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.

Vacation Bible School Set for August

Vacation Bible School is going to CLICK this August! CLICK stands for Children Live in Christ's Kingdom. Our VBS won't just be for kids, it will be for the whole family! We'll meet Sunday, August 2 through Thursday, August 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. Kids will attend with a parent (or other adult or older sibling at least in high school) and will sit at their family table for Bible stories, Puppet Shows, crafts, snacks and more! Registration will continue until our table capacity is filled, so the sooner you register your family, the better.  Downlaod a Registration Form by clicking here or look in Sunday's bulletin or the up-coming Messenger, too.  More details may be found by clicking on About Vacation Bible School under the Education tab above.  Mark your calendars and get ready to CLICK together!

Don’t Forget Thursday Prayer Time with the Pastors

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

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Remain Connected with St. Matthew While Social Distancing

We have settled into a way of functioning during a time of staying home and staying distant. This has a huge impact on our congregation as we continue our suspended activities at  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.

Learning and Fellowship Opportunities.

NEW: Book Study:  Understanding and Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt.  All are invited to read and discuss this revealing and eye-opening book for our discussions to be held each Wednesday evening, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 and August 12, 19 and 26, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Book Study Zoom

YOUTH  (7th to 12th graders) are invited to Zoom meetings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. each Sunday. Youth  Zoom Meeting

YOUTH ALUMNI (post-high school to 24-ish) are invited to connect via Zoom from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Sunday.   Youth Alumni Zoom meeting

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 8 and 5 on weekdays, our Administrative Assistant will answer your call and connect you to the devotion for the day.

Cyber Women Zoom Sessions will take place each third Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m.  (Please note our date for July will be the 27th.) Cyber Women Zoom meeting

NEW: Zoom Chats with the pastors. Check in with Pastor Kathy, Pastor David and Pastor Faye 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.

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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