StMattCrossSt. 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!

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We are part of the Metropolitan Washington Synod, which includes the areas of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Worship Schedule

8:30 am Worship Service

9:45 am Sunday Church School

11:00 am Worship Service


Church Office Hours

Monday – Friday    8:30 am to  4:00 pm

March Worship Opportunities

March 1st    Ash Wednesday  7:30 pm service of ashes and Communion

(Confirmands – worship is your class for this week)

March 5th    The 1st Sunday of Lent

March 8th    Mid-week Worship A 7:30  Holden Evening Prayer

March 12th   The 2nd Sunday of Lent

March 15th   Mid-week Worship A 7:30  Holden Evening Prayer

March 19th   The 3rd Sunday of Lent

March 22nd  Mid-week Worship A 7:30  Holden Evening Prayer

March 26th   The 4th Sunday of Lent

March 29th   Mid-week Worship A 7:30  Holden Evening Prayer

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This 9 week course, begins Sunday, March 5th (no class on Easter) 4:30pm-6:30pm.  Childcare provided $10/child/class.  Couples are encouraged to attend together ~ the registration fee covers one individual or one couple. For more info, please speak to Pastor Zimmerer OR check out the class link to register and order class materials: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1038083

Join the CHURCH WOMEN

Mondays at 6:00 pm we will gather for a  Bible Study entitled ~ “Breath” by Beth Moore

Breath examines the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Its title is drawn from the words of John 20:22, which records that Jesus “breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'”  We will watch one of the 6 DVDs each week and discuss further with the listening guide. Please email Nancy at stmatthews@stmatthews.us if you will be joining us. There is a $10 workbook as well.

LUNCH BUNCH will meet Thursday, March 16th at 12:30 at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que –

Crossing West Shopping Center – 2430 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Join us for lunch and fellowship. Please sign up on the poster in the Narthex and plan to join us! All are welcome… singles or couples!!

elementary youth group

Friday, March 17 at 5:00 pm

Meet in the church basement for family fun and games

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Interested in joining our family of faith at St. Matthew’s?  Join us for a New Member Orientation on Sunday, March 19th at 2:30pm.  Find out about Lutheran beliefs, our ministries here at St. Matthew’s, ask questions, meet staff and council.  New members will then be received on Sunday, April 2nd.  If you are interested in membership, but unable to attend the orientation, please speak to Pastor Z.

 

FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION

Pastor and Sarah will be leading a First Communion instruction class at 1:00 pm Sunday afternoons during Lent: March 19th and 26th and April 2nd. These students will then receive their first communion on Maundy Thursday, April 13th.  If your child is interested, please speak to Pastor Zimmerer or email him at  szmmrr@gmail.com

Tables of Fellowship

Saturday, March 25th

Please sign up on the poster in the narthex.

Holy Week Worship Schedule


PALM SUNDAY, Apr 9, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services, SCS 9:45 am. During the pre-liturgy, we will have the Blessing of the Palms that helps us recall our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna.”  

HOLY MONDAY, Apr 10, 7:30 pm. – Evening Prayer – a contemplative service.

HOLY TUESDAY, Apr 11, 7:30 pm. – A Service of Healing – prayers for health, with an opportunity for anointing.

HOLY WEDNESDAY, Apr 12, 6:30 pm. – Seder Meal – a Christian Passover meal.  An opportunity to experience what the Last Supper was like.

MAUNDY THURSDAY, Apr 13, 7:30 pm. – A communion service that commemorates the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. Jesus showed his disciples the marks of his Kingdom were Humility and Service.  We will wash feet as Jesus did to his disciples. Those who have received instruction will receive their First Communion.

GOOD FRIDAY, Apr 14, 7:30 pm. – Prayers around the cross.  Darkness marks this service as we remember our Lord’s death on the Cross.

PRAYER VIGIL During this Vigil from 8:30 pm., Good Friday to dawn on Easter, we will “keep the Word alive” at the foot of the cross by reading from the Gospel and various prayer litanies appropriate to the passion.  Individuals read for half hour periods or more.  The Bible and prayer books will be on the altar.  When it is your turn, proceed to the altar and relieve the previous reader.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.

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