News & Events
Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - Senior Happy Hour
Tuesdays, 6:30 a.m. - Men's Bible Study
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. - Luther Choir Rehearsal
Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. - Prayer Group
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - Bible and Brew
3rd Monday - Men's Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. at Yours Truly
3rd Friday - Game Night, 7:00 p.m. St. Matthew
See the Church Calendar.
Our Office Administrator, Deb Musil, is on vacation December 2-9.
Modified Office Hours for December 4-8: Mon-Thurs 9 am - Noon.
The office will be closed Friday, December 9.
Pastor Steve will resume his weekly message following Christmas. In the meantime, he encourages us to read the daily Advent Devotion, found on Facebook and here on the website.
Click here for the daily devotion (new each day).
Click here to read the devotions that have already been published.
CARE PACKAGE MINISTRY
Wednesday, November 30,
we will be assembling care packages during the meal portion of our midweek Advent gatherings. Assembly will begin around 6:30 PM. Packages will be shipped to college students on December 1 to ensure arrival before/during final exams.
There are a few different ways that we invite you to consider supporting and participating in the first round of this ministry effort:
Donate non-perishable snack items, candy, or baked goods. *If you are going to provide baked goods, please bring them on or close to Wednesday, November 30.
Donate money to help cover shipping costs.
Purchase and donate gift cards to be included in the packages (i.e. Starbucks, Chipotle, Target, etc.)
Write a note with words of encouragement to our college students (materials will be available on a table in the Narthex).
Help with assembly on November 30.
Pray for our college students, military personnel, and the care package ministry.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the members of the Care Package Ministry Team:
Deacon Lindsay Bailey
Pastor Steve Mahaffey
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM
December 3, Walnut Creek
Dinner at Der Dutchmen at 3:45 p.m.
Then meet at parking lot at 4:45 to
begin the "Journey".
ANNUAL COOKIE EXCHANGE
(& evergreen cross making)
December 4, 12:15 pm
Enjoy lunch by Small Groups followed by the Cookie Exchange and Evergreen Cross making! A craft for kids will be provided and door prizes will be awarded for the most festive Christmas outfit!
*Cookie Exchange, please bring three dozen HOMEMADE cookies to exchange along with a container to take your exchanged cookies home.
*Evergreen Cross making, this fun craft will follow immediately after the Cookie Exchange and is expected to last about 30 minutes. Cost is $40, pay Corey Neururer via cash, check, PayPal or Venmo (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, November 27th so we know how much material to prepare, etc. Pics in the Narthex as examples.
*One is NOT required to participate in both, though we hope you maximize in the Christmas fun!
Friday, December 16
the third Friday of each month, 7 p.m.
Bring your favorite game or cards
MONTHLY MEN'S BREAKFAST
Monday, December 19
at 8:00 a.m.
at Yours Truly restaurant on Rte. 18
(and every third Monday of the month)
Coming in February, 2023
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CALLING ALL THRIVENT MEMBERS
If you are a Thrivent member,
let Pastor Steve know.
Email him here.
PULL TAB COLLECTION
to benefit Ronald McDonald Hose.
Bins in Narthex and next to office.
EGG CARTON COLLECTION
Look for box in the Narthex.
Will be given to local farmers.
ELECTRONIC OFFERING UPDATES-
If anyone needs help in changing their electronic giving (ACH) through Vanco please contact Financial Director, John Baker at
DONATIONS FOR UKRAINE
through the ELCA
ADVENT MIDWEEK SERVICES
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14
6:00 p.m. - Meal & Craft
7:00 p.m. - Advent Worship,
Holden Evening Prayer Service
CONGREGATION ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, December 18, 2022
10:00 a.m. - One Worship Service (Children's Program)
NOTE WORSHIP TIME CHANGE
11:15 a.m. - Annual Meeting
(watch for additional details)
BIBLE & BREW
weekly Bible Study meets at 7pm on Thursdays at Forest Meadows Villas community room, located at
574 Leisure Lane, Medina,
We will continue our study in the book of Acts. Feel free to bring a drink and/or snack.
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 are filled!
Sign up for Tuesday, Dec. 6
Time Slots between 2:00 - 8:30 p.m.
To schedule your photography appointment GO HERE.
Click on "Photography Appointment Scheduling" Login on the right..
Church Code Field = OH2620
Church Password = photos
Follow prompts to schedule your family appointment. Six or more people, schedule two time slots.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to write a 2022 Advent Devotion!
Each day during Advent (beginning Sunday, November 27), a link to a new devotion, written by our own members, will appear on our church website homepage. All pre-published devotions will be also available on an archived webpage.
CHRISTMAS GROOVE CONCERT
December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Akron Civic Theater
Melody Costello, (330) 461-1193
The next book that we will be reading is "Nightingale" by, Kristin Hannah. We will read the book on our own and gather to see the movie when it comes out in January. We will discuss after the movie at Wingz. More to follow.
We are currently in need of a St. Matthew Coordinator.
See Sandy Andrews.
Feel free to enjoy the coffee bar before or after service, NOT during as it causes disruption. Thank you!
The Dandelion Project is a GO!
The Northeastern Ohio Synod has
accepted St. Matthew to participate
in the Dandelion Project.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Janelle and Ella Supanich
Dave and Judy Weir
SENIOR HAPPY HOUR
Mondays, 10:30 a.m.
Rehearsals on Wednesdays
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
New Members are welcome!!!
FLOUR BARREL FUND
(aka. Pastor's Discretionary Fund)
Please contribute via check, payable to St. Matthew (Note in the Memo)
to help with immediate needs such as an extra night in a motel, cash, food, etc.
Gift Cards Are Needed!
Walmart, Buehler's, Aldi, Giant Eagle or Gas Cards are needed for local residents in need. Cash or checks may also be donated for the purchase of gift cards. Please make checks payable to St. Matthew, indicating that it is for gift cards. Thank you for your generosity!
If you would like to join our group of volunteers who periodically make or purchase meals (and deliver them) to parishioners at a time of need... please contact Sue Schwab at 330-242-1091 or send her an email.
Please contact Barb Woodard if you are willing to serve as a substitute in our Nursery.
Call Barb at 330-321-2408
or send her an email.
from Pastor Steve are up on all the platforms, just in case you are looking for something to listen to on that 15 minute walk.
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays at 6:30 AM
Join us as we discuss
The Gospel of John
Meet in the library, Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
READERS, USHERS, COMMUNION ASSISTANTS NEEDED
Contact the office or sign up in the narthex.