Richard Conte Organ Concert Cancellation

Unfortunately, Peter Richard Conte has been experiencing significant but not dire health issues this fall and, regrettably, has had to cancel his November 17 concert here at St. Matthew. Peter has also cancelled all other engagements this past month. We will try to reschedule him sometime in the future.

Please plan to attend our next organ concert featuring Jelani Eddington on April 19, 2020. Tickets will be available a month before the concert.

Other concerts you may be interested in include our Christmas Concert which will feature Scott Fredericks, Organist; Jeanie Mummert-Kent and Susan Myers Riley, Soloists; the St. Matthew Ringers handbell choir; and Nancy Leister, Pianist; on Thursday, December 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon ($7 per ticket). Tickets for any concert may be obtained by sending self-addressed, stamped envelope to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 W. Chestnut Street, Hanover, PA, 17331. For the Christmas concert, please enclose a check made payable to “St. Matthew Lutheran Church,” with “Christmas Concert” in the memo line.

See our St. Matthew Concert Series pages for the January and March concert information.

Healing Service to Follow SAW

Our next Healing Service at Saint Matthew will be Wednesday, November 13th, at 7:15 p.m. This time we will again have the opportunity for individual prayer time with one of our pastors.

Healing services have been a part of the ministry of the church since its earliest times. The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness. Spiritual healing is God's work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through such healing, God works to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity, among individuals and communities, within each person, and between humanity and the rest of creation. The New Testament records that Jesus himself healed the estranged and sick and sent out his disciples on ministries of healing. James (5:14–16a) calls us also to pray for and anoint the sick, that they may be healed.

For the Activity part of SAW, join us for a brief presentation on the emotional and financial benefits of pre-planning a funeral.  Information will be provided in an informal setting regarding a topic that is often difficult for many to think about or discuss.  We hope that it proves to be helpful and informative.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions or address possible concerns.

The Healing Service will be held as part of our SAW (Supper, Activity, Worship) Wednesday experience. You do not have to attend the Supper or Activity parts of SAW in order to attend the healing service. However, if you would like to dine at SAW that evening, simply sign the reservation form at the Hospitality Desk in the Gathering Place or call the church office at 717-637-7101. All are most welcome!

Open Arms Recovery Center Collection

St. Matthew will be collecting unwrapped gift items for the children of families in recovery with Open Arms Recovery Center in Hanover. The Mission Statement of Open Arms is “to transform lives impacted by substance abuse. Our focus is to equip each client with the tools, information and clinical care that will assist them on their journey to recovery.”

There will be a box in the Gathering Place beginning November 1 for the gifts. There are children ages 0-12. The gifts can be books, learning toys, dolls, etc., but no video games or weapon toys, please. Also, hats, gloves, scarves and coats will be accepted.

This collection will run from November 1 - December 6. Thank you!

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.

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.

New Members’ Class Begins November 16

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!!).

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service


The Hanover Area Council of Churches’ (HACC) Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service will be held Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 127 York St., Hanover. The Guest Preacher will be Pastor Steve Salisbury, Grace United Methodist Church. Carol Hinkle, HACC Director, will bring welcoming insights, sharing the many dynamic ministries of the Council. Please bring #10 cans of foods for “Provide-A-Lunch” (PAL) and the Changing Lives Shelter. A free will offering will also be received for HACC's ministries.

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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