Everyone is invited to enjoy a church picnic after the service on August 25. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from the grill. If you wish, you are welcome to bring a covered dish for the buffet table (a side dish, salad, or dessert would be most appreciated). Please bring table service for yourself and your family.

Come to enjoy good food and friendship with your church family.

Back-to-School Blessing


Students bring your backpacks for the backpack blessing! Actually, we bless the children and pray that they will have a happy, successful school year. Parents, please be sure to bring your students for this important milestone blessing.

  • 2-year-olds will all receive their prayer pillows.
  • 3, 4, and 5-year-olds will receive their Spark Story Bibles (if they have not already received theirs)
  • Teachers will be installed and blessed.
  • And all are invited to stay for a PICNIC!
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Vacation Bible School 2019

Bible Lessons – Missionary Stories – Songs – Memory Verses – Games!

Your child is invited to attend a fun club for boys and girls, ages 3 to 14. 5-Day Clubs meet for two hours each day for five days. Clubs are sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship. All teachers and helpers have been screened to ensure your child’s protection.

  • Date: July 22 – 26, 2019
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Where: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
  • Contact: (260) 483-9312
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Back To School Supplies

Hello, members and friends.  It’s time again for our July in-gathering of school supplies for Franke Park Elementary (our church’s Rising Stars school) and our own Matthew’s House Preschool.  Supplies lists are on the table in Bethany Hall.  We will pack up the supplies after worship on August 4th.

Last year we provided 27 school bags with supplies for Franke Park and five heaping shopping bags of supplies for Matthew’s House Preschool.  What a blessing that was for all the children!

Please see Sue Bernard or Todd Campbell for more information.

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Help With VBS

Hello, everyone.  Hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer morning.  

We’re going to have a Vacation Bible School the week of July 22-26, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  WE CAN USE A LITTLE MORE HELP IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Registration and Welcome Center. (5:30 – 6:15 pm)
  • Food Preparation and serving (5:30 – 6 pm)
  • Crafts and games. (7:00 – 7:30 pm)
  • Assisting with the younger children (6:00 – 7:00 pm)

If you are willing to help in any way on one or more days, please e-mail me, text or call me, or sign up at church.

Pastor Dale

Officers Elected/Installed

Four new members of the Church Council were installed at our Service last Sunday: They include Dan Hoffman, who was appointed by the Council to fill Anthony Kiefer’s term (Anthony had to resign because of his temporary relocation to Muncie). Also installed were Heidi Rudolph, Theodore Mowery, and Ron Werskey, who were elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting in January.

Thank you to those who have completed their terms on Church Council: Connor Becker, Douglas Wellman, and Bill Zurbrugg. We truly appreciate their years of service.

The following church officers were elected or re-elected at the last meeting of Church Council: Deb Kiefer, Chairperson; Ted Mowery, Secretary; Larry Campbell, Treasurer; Susan Bernard, Financial Secretary. Thank you to Ian Webb for his service as Chairperson (term limited to 2 consecutive years per the congregation’s constitution).

Our Lenten Journey

The season of Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday, March 6th.  The Ash Wednesday Service will be at 7:00 PM.  The following 5 Wednesdays the Midweek Gatherings will begin with a meal at 5:30, with our Lenten Study and Evening Prayer following at 6:00.  This year’s Lenten Study will be “Jesus Among Secular Gods,” by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale. Through this highly informative study we will see how Jesus stands above all the false teachings so popular in our time.  People of all ages–including youth– will learn how to defend their faith when it is challenged, how to caringly respond to others who are struggling with their faith, and how to tell the difference between what the world holds out to us as truth and The eternal Truth of God.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to grow in your understanding and discipleship.

Youth Group Update

Thirteen youth attended last Sunday’s meeting, and how proud we are of them for taking on as one of the first activities a project such as this. But we’re looking forward to many other activities for youth in the months ahead as well. Our goal is to provide a mixture of events including fun, learning, fellowship, and Christian service. We are urging all of our young people to come and be part of it, and please invite friends.

The youth group is open to all ages and grades. If you are unsure as to whether your daughter or son is old enough to attend, please be assured that we will make every effort to help him or her feel comfortable with other members of the group. Last Sunday’s meeting ranged from grades 3 to 11, and — honestly — they all got along beautifully.

We believe that the strength of a youth program will only be as strong as the support it receives from caring adults. We’ll be needing parents and other adults of the congregation to provide resources and leadership. And we’ll be needing dads and moms to encourage the kids to get involved and to make the effort to get them there. We understand that the competition from school, sports, family, friends, and community is great, and so we ask parents to consider giving church youth involvement a high priority. As we all will surely agree, when it comes to faith formation and development in the youthful years, the window of opportunity is small.  If you have questions or suggestions, or if you’d like to volunteer to help make a youth event happen, please speak with Ted Mowery.