The youth of St. Matthew’s are inviting you to join them for a spaghetti dinner after the service this coming Sunday, February 24th, in Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy a plate of delicious spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, Italian bread, tossed green salad, and cake for dessert.
The spaghetti dinner is a fundraiser for Project 216 (formerly known as Kids Against Hunger – Fort Wayne). Through their efforts our youth group hopes to raise the $750 needed to pack approximately 3,000 meals for shipment to wherever it is needed. Let’s all give our youth group members a big thank you for taking the lead as we try to do our part in alleviating hunger and suffering in the world.
God’s vineyard (the Church)
is vast and beautiful. It covers the earth, bearing fruit through God’s people
for the healing of the world. One corner of His vineyard, however, is sometimes
invisible and often forgotten. It’s made up of countless elderly souls who are
no longer seen when their churches gather on Sunday morning. I’m speaking of
those who are in their later years, who are no longer able to live
independently in their own homes and are now residing in nursing facilities.
Through Lutheran Senior Care
Ministries our church is actively involved in bringing God’s love to those who
are dear to God in 30 nursing facilities in Allen County. LSCM has a team of
chaplains who visit in these facilities and conduct weekly services so that
residents can experience what we sometimes take for granted–namely, a chance
to “go to church”.
Some may ask, “Isn’t it
the responsibility of every pastor to visit his/her members in the nursing
home?” My answer to that is, “absolutely.” Our members in
nursing homes cherish their pastor’s visits and look forward to receiving the
Sacrament. But there’s something else about the church experience that people
also miss–that is the fellowship of the saints. What’s more, it’s surprising
how many residents in elder care facilities do not have a church or a pastor to
look after them. LSCM chaplains are often called upon to baptize a person or
conduct a funeral for someone who somehow got “lost” or “missed”
by the church in earlier years. These souls are precious, and they make up a
county-wide congregation of over 500 worshippers each and every week.
As we did last year, Church
Council has decided to dedicate our Lenten envelope offerings to Lutheran
Senior Care Ministries. Based on our membership, our goal for supporting LSCM
in 2019 will be $544. Please help as you are able by using the Lent envelopes
in your box of envelopes or in the pew card holders.
Joy and peace and blessings to you all!