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
Ladies Bible Study
Join us for our next study! We will be taking advantage of Right Now Media for our next Bible Study beginning Monday, January 22nd at 6pm. See the sign up poster in the Narthex.
LIVING LIFE TOGETHER – Shauna Niequist
Do you stay busy to avoid deep connections? Do you resist community for fear of being judged? Do you need to reconcile a relationship?
There are messy parts in all of our lives that we would rather not reveal—like strained relationships, sinking finances, and cluttered living rooms. We keep the doors of our hearts and homes closed for fear of being exposed. But what if we invited others in and experienced the beautiful acceptance and deep connection of Christian community?
Author and speaker Shauna Niequist is passionate about living life in community. In four intimate sessions, she walks through Scripture, challenging women to step out of isolation and fear and pursue relationships rooted in rest, grace, and reconciliation. As you learn the benefits of living an authentic life with others in Christ and watch real-life stories of women who have experienced freedom in meaningful community, you will discover why God designed and delights in relationships. https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/138575#1
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Upcoming Youth Events
2/18-19 High School Midnight Bowling/Sleepover/Game Night
2/25 Middle School 6:30 – 8:30 Games & Pizza
3/4 Planning Meeting for April 12:15 pm
3/11 Paint Night 6:30-8:30 pm
3/16 Shekinah – 7th & 8th grades
3/29 Paint Ball 12:00 pm
3/30 “Keeping the Word Alive” following Good Friday Service
☩ FEBRUARY 14 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ 7:30 pm Service of Ashes & Communion
☩ FEBRUARY 18 ~ The First Sunday of Lent Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
☩ 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.
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.”
30th Anniversary Music Camp!!
July 6th – July22nd. Registration opens on May 1st!
Reserve your child’s spot for an incredible music experience.
Children who have completed kindergarten through high school are eligible to participate.
The camp is from 9:00 AM till noon Monday through Friday (July 6 – 20th).
The musical is presented at both services on July 22nd.
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.
For all the news and events upcoming this month, feel free to download our monthly newsletter.