The new tax laws provide challenges and opportunities for charitable giving as well as day to day planning. During the bible study hour after church on Sunday, October 21, Certified Financial Planner & CPA Pete Doyle and attorney Jeff Wilson will discuss strategies for Christians to consider in their estate and financial planning in light of the new laws. You may wish to consider some of their tips before year-end to help save money and be a more effective steward of some of the treasures God has provided you to work with.
MISSION WORK IN BELIZE
St. Matthew has a long and rich history of international mission
work. Building on that deep foundation, on October 14th after
worship, there will be a brief presentation on a new mission
partnership opportunity with LCMS Missions in Belize. This will
include support for the LCMS missionary in Belize and also a new
annual mission trip to Belize run out of St. Matthew. Please
come and learn about this new international mission partnership.
St Matthew families and friends are invited to join us at the Gobbert's Pumpkin Farm in Hampshire, Illinois on September 30th for an afternoon of fall fun! Meet at St. Matthew at 3pm to caravan down to the farm. Sign up in the narthex. $10/member and $15/friend
Please plan to attend an orientation meeting regarding the Confirmation Program. This is for a new 5th/6th grade program as well as the 7th/8th grade classes. Both parents and students are asked to attend on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30pm. This will provide an opportunity for Pastor to discuss the programs, meet all students and parents, and answer any questions.
Plans are in the works for a great kick-off to the new education year at St. Matthew! In our worship service all Sunday School staff will be installed, and we will be taking a moment to “Bless-The-Backpacks” for all children returning to school this year. During the Sunday School hour (that day from 10:20-11:00), there will be a balloon launch and a short opportunity to meet new teachers. At 11:00, there will be a church potluck, complete with a bounce house and other fun activities for kids. Parents bring your children. Grandparents bring your grandchildren. Let’s RALLY on August 19th
On Sunday, August 12th, the Sunday after Giving Day, we will hold our worship service outdoors under the tent (weather permitting). Seating will also be available under the covered walkway for those who need firmer ground on which to walk. Please consider asking a fellow Giving Day volunteer, a family member, or a friend to join you for this worship service.