St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Woodbridge Virginia is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). We are a community that fosters faith, service, and spiritual growth. We invite you to share our life in Christ.
ALL are welcome here!
Visiting a new church can be a bit intimidating, and we know that! To help ease the nerves, we’ve created a section of information about what to expect when visiting Saint Matthew’s. Please contact us if you need more information.
In Christ’s Name, ALL are welcome here!
We are part of the Metropolitan Washington Synod, which includes the areas of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.
CHURCH SNOW POLICY
In the event of a significant snowfall (3-5+ inches) or ice storm during the evening or night hours on a Saturday we will cancel the 8:30 am service and Sunday School. This will give the road crews and the sun a couple of hours to improve the road conditions. This also gives our volunteers time to clear our areas if it is under 4 inches. There will be an 11:00 am service if the roads are driveable or for those close to the church who desire to walk in the winter wonderland. If you are in doubt whether or not we will have early service you may:
Call the church office 703-494-3090 and listen to the answering machine
Check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StMatthewsVA
Check our website www.stmatthews.us
☩ FEBRUARY 21 ~ Mid-week Lenten Worship Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 pm
☩ FEBRUARY 25 ~ The Second Sunday of Lent Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
☩ FEBRUARY 28 ~ Mid-week Lenten Worship Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 pm
☩ MARCH 4 ~ The Third Sunday of Lent Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
☩ MARCH 7 ~ Mid-week Lenten Worship Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 pm
☩ MARCH 11 ~ The Fourth Sunday of Lent Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
☩ MARCH 14 ~ Mid-week Lenten Worship Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 pm
☩ MARCH 18 ~ The 5th Sunday of Lent Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
☩ MARCH 21 ~ Mid-week Lenten Worship Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 pm
☩ MARCH 25 ~ PALM SUNDAY Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
☩ MARCH 28 ~ Mid-week Lenten Worship Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 pm
☩ MARCH 29 ~ MAUNDY THURSDAY 7:30 pm
☩ MARCH 30 ~ GOOD FRIDAY 7:30 pm followed by “Keeping the Word Alive”
☩ APRIL 1 ~ EASTER SUNDAY ~ The Resurrection of our Lord
6:30 am Sunrise Service, 8:30 and 11:00 am Worship, 9:45 Egg Hunt
Fellowship Night of Cooking
February 24th ~ Saturday 7:00 pm
$22.50 per person ($45 per couple)
Chef Kathleen Linton from the Workhouse’s Culinary Arts Department will be joining us for a special night of food, fellowship, and fun! Chef Linton will show us the art of creating our own appetizers from around the world! All of the menu items will be prepared by participants working together at different stations. It should be a fun way to learn some new cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. In the end, we will all get to sample the wonderful foods along with a special signature cocktail. To sign up for this event, please see the poster in the narthex.
+ FIRST COMMUNION CLASS +
Pastor will be providing First Communion instruction for those young people desiring to receive the sacrament. At least one parent should plan on attending with their child, however, both parents are welcome.
Classes will be Sundays, March 4th and 18th at 12:00 pm
Q: Who may attend?
A: Any child and at least one parent
Baptism is a requirement, but can result as part of this class
Q: How do I know if my child is ready?
A: If your child is beginning to take part in the worship service (creed, singing, prayer, etc. or asking questions about worship – these are signs they may be ready. Typically, this is first grade or later.
Tables of Fellowship – Saturday, March 10, 2018
It is time to meet your fellow St. Matthew’s brothers and sisters through the breaking of bread, sharing a meal, and telling your story. On Saturday, March 10, we are bringing back the always popular Tables of Fellowship. You are invited to host a meal in your home or join others in another home, for dinner and fellowship. This is an event for everyone- children are welcome! Each dinner will include a gathering of four to six families. The host family will provide a main course, and other families will bring a salad, vegetable, dessert and beverages. There will a signup poster in the narthex with more information and lines for all to sign up. We look forward to breaking bread with you!
Join Book Group on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m.
We plan to meet at Linda Mazzucchi’s home to discuss The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.
This thrilling novel—based on actual events—is about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America. It’s New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric lights is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune.
“A model of superior historical fiction . . . an exciting sometimes astonishing story.”
—The Washington Post
“A world of invention and skullduggery populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla.”
Hey’all, it’s time for the annual scrubb’n behind the ears!
Your help with Spring Cleaning would be appreciated at St. Matthew’s on Saturday morning March 17th. The fun starts at 9 AM. We will toil til lunchtime and that’s when the real fun begins if you can stick around. We are joining the Fellowship Committee Chili Cook Off and Home Brew to have some different chilis to enjoy and maybe a craft beer or two. All are welcome!!
Please bring a family favorite to share.
At 9 am we will work on cleaning up the grounds, raking, cleaning, scrubbing, minor repairs, etc. Please bring your tools. There are tasks for all ages and skill levels! For more information see John Rigot 571-221-2018
Chili Cook Off and
Home Brew Competition
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 12:00pm
(at the wrap up of Spring Work Day)
Have a great chili recipe? Want to show off your latest home brew? We will be holding a chili cook off at the end of our spring work day to say thank you for the morning of hard work by all! Please bring a crockpot full of your favorite chili or a bottle of your best home brew beer or soda. We will provide toppings and cornbread to go along with all the great chili. The attendees will vote for their favorites and a trophy will be awarded to the winning recipe! See the poster in the narthex to sign up!
Church Women Tea Party
Church Women will host a “Hats off to Mom!” Mad Hatter Mother-Daughter Tea Party on Sunday April 29th at 3:00 p.m. Tea party foods and beverages, crafts, music and a service project will be a fun afternoon for mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and our sisters in Christ. Details and a sign-up poster will go up in April in the Narthex.
SWO Annual Convention:
The Metro DC SWO of the Women of the ELCA will be hosting our annual Spring Convention in May and ladies, YOU ARE ALL INVITED and we’re especially welcoming our Spanish-speaking sisters in Christ!
When: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church 5800 Backlick Road Springfield, VA 22150
What: Metro DC SWO Annual Convention that will include a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch, a meaningful bilingual worship service with communion, workshops, shopping, and fellowship
Theme: “Take Heart—Getting to Wholeness” (Depression and Suicide Prevention) based on John 16:33
Registration: March 1, 2018 Online registration opens,
April 14 (Saturday) – Convention mail-in registrations close
April 28 (Sunday) – Convention online registrations close
Fees: Early Registration Fee – $35 (online or mail-in received through April 28)
Registration Fee – $40 (online or mail-in received after April 28 or registration on May 5)
Special Registration Fee – $15 for attendees under the age of 40 OR for any first time attendees .
Reserve the Date!
St. Matthew’s Summer Music Camp will present:
Some things never grow old and never go out of fashion — some things remain “cool” forever. Bible stories are timeless, and the tale of a Godly guy named Daniel, his three side-kicks (Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego) and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. So too is the classic children’s musical that recounts this captivating tale with humor, action, and spiritual heart. With the thirty-five year anniversary re-release of It’s Cool in the Furnace by Grace Hawthorne and Buryl Red, a whole new generation of kids will get to experience this certified “standard” for the first time, just as another generation will get to relive what made this musical adventure an instant classic.
When: July 9th – 20th: Music Camp (9:00 AM – 12:00),
Presentation of the musical at both services on July 22nd.
Who: Children who have completed Kindergarten through High School and whose family worships at
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
What: Bible Study, vocal training, stage presence, costume design, set design, fun and fellowship
Registration will begin on June 1st. Spaces do fill up quickly!
Questions? Contact Kathy Lundgren at 703-494-3090 or Lundgrenkl@aol.com. Adult volunteers are welcome!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 30-August 3, 2018
ROLLING RIVER RAMPAGE
Get your life jackets ready as we experience the ride of a lifetime with God. Our 2018 VBS program theme is Rolling River Rampage. Along the river we will discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise and that we can trust God to lead us through anything. Our program will include bible stories, music, arts and crafts, science, games and so much more. Be ready for wonderful experiences with God.
Our program dates are July 30-August 3. The times are 9:00-12:00. Our program is open to children from PreK through the end of 6th Grade. We will be actively recruiting our seventh and eighth graders and our senior high youth to help as VBS assistants. To all congregation members, we invite you to volunteer as a teacher or assistant. If you have the time, we have a place for you to help. More details will follow.
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