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.
New Member Orientation ~ May 20th
Interested in joining St. Matthew’s? Pastor will be hosting a New Member Orientation on Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 pm. This will be an opportunity to hear about St. Matthew’s history and mission; details on joining; and learn how you can get involved in our ministries… OR if you’re not sure you want to join – just come and hear about us and meet some of our staff and leaders. Refreshments will be provided.
New members will then be received on June 10th at both services. If you are interested in joining St. Matthew’s but unable to attend, please speak to Pastor or email him: email@example.com
Join us on Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. when we will discuss The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck at Judy Santoro’s home.
Set at the end of WWII (and the decades that follow), in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to German high society, a powerful story of three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold, whose lives and fates become intertwined. Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels, the widow of a resister murdered in the failed 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler, plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, this portrait of the repercussions of war, explores what it means to survive, love, and ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.
We will continue our world travels next month as we discuss The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy on Sunday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m.
Indian activist and screenwriter A. Roy’s debut novel is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. Set in Kerala, India, young brother-sister twins Estha and Rahel’s world is irrevocably shaken by the 1969 arrival of their English cousin—an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional. Lush, lyrical and unnerving.
at Forest Green Golf Club
Sunday, May 20st at 1:00 pm
Join us for fun & fellowship on the greens! All skill levels welcome. Age 14 and up.
There will be door prizes, a longest drive contest and a closest to the pin contest! Bring a friend or two to enjoy the day with us!
Cost will be $65.00 per person
Proceeds go to the Bill Mehr Drop-In Center for the Homeless. Please sign up on the poster in the narthex or speak with John Rigot.
CHURCH WOMEN – PHOTO PRESENTATION with Brian Smith
Prince William County has a number of areas that are rich with colorful wildlife. Please join us to marvel at some of God’s creation that has been captured by a local photographic artist. Church Women extends an invitation to all adult members of St. Matthews, and their guests, to attend a presentation by Brian Smith on Wildlife Photography. Brian will be here on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Please check out Brian’s Facebook page for a preview of some of his spectacular photography : Brian’s Wildlife Pictures. There’ll be a sign-up poster in the Narthex so that we know how many seats are needed. Light refreshments will be served.
Adult Fellowship Travel Breakfast
AKA ~ Where in the World are Tony and Laurie Wieder?
All are invited to join us Saturday, June 9th 8:30-10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall for a breakfast and travel program. Join Tony and Laurie Wieder as they describe their Irish trek through the Dingle Peninsula. You’ll view the countryside, ruins of Irish “crofts,” steep cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean, an isolated island once populated but now vacant, and even a castle. Learn how their 70-mile walk was beautiful and invigorating — and how to organize your own trek. The talk will conclude with a few Dublin experiences. Please sign up in the narthex if you are attending so that we will have enough food and place settings.
Every other month we enjoy this time together for breakfast and fellowship. If you would like to share one of your adventures or trips, please speak to Pastor Zimmerer.
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 9:00-12:30. 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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