Overview

Weekly Classes

The St. Matthew’s Sunday School meets weekly between church services, from 9:45-10:45 a.m.  Classes are offered for children ages 3 and up, and for adults. All are welcome to participate.

Our Mission

For youth, we offer classes from pre-school through high school.  We help our children grow in the knowledge of Christ by offering engaging and age appropriate lessons based on ELCA curricular materials that follow the church calendar.  Through service opportunities, youth are empowered to live as Christ’s disciples.

7th and 8th graders will participate in Confirmation Classes during the Sunday School hour.  This training will culminate in Confirmation on Reformation Sunday (October) in the students’ 9th grade year.  After being confirmed, 9th graders will join the high school class.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFF

2018-2019

3 & 4 year olds                                        Barb Bell, Emily Carr

Kindergarten & 5 year old                   Dave & Barb Carr

Grades 1 & 2                                           Tessa Wise, Joan Schoof, Isata Kamara

Grades 3 & 4                                           Doug & Helen Baumgardt, Sue Orndorff

Grade 5 & 6                                             Gretchen Wilcox, Rose Amha

Grade 7 & 8                                             Pastor Zimmerer

High School                                            Mark & Sabrina Chandler, Karen Moler

Director                                                   Betsy Minihan

Music Director                                      Kathy Lungren

 

New Sunday School Class

being offered beginning February 10

 

8 Key Events of the Bible 2/17-3/31

Instructor:  Pastor Zimmerer                                                 Location: Conference Room

Pastor will present some of the main stories, people and events of the Bible over the course of eight weeks. Some of these events include: Creation and the Fall; the Flood; The Exodus; Ten commandments; the birth and baptism of Jesus; Jesus’ miracles; Jesus’ teaching; the Crucifixion; and the Resurrection.

Handel’s Messiah : The Story of Jesus in Word and Song  2/17-3/31

Instructor: Melvin Goodwyn                                                  Location: Nave

“This course will contain an overview of the music and text of this beloved oratorio by George F. Handel. The work is divided into three parts: Part I – The Coming of the Messiah, Part II – The Death and Resurrection of Christ, and Part III – The Resurrection of the Dead and the Reward of Heaven. The libretto was compiled from scripture in the Old and New Testament. Each lesson will include a discussion of the readings as reflected in the descriptive arias and choruses composed by Handel. Music scores will be provided for use in each class.”

The Book of Acts 4/28 -6/9

Instructor: Linda Mazzucchi                                                   Location: Conference Room

As a follow up to the fall class on the book of Romans, Linda Mazzucchi will lead a class on the book of Acts beginning on April 28th and ending June 9th. The title of the book of Acts comes from the Greek word praxis, a word often used in early Christian literature to describe the great deeds of the apostles or other significant believers. Acts provides a transition from Christ’s ascension into heaven to the boisterous beginnings of the new church through the lives of key apostles, especially Peter and Paul.  Please join us on this adventure as we discover how a small church took root and became the worldwide faith which still speaks to us today.

Ongoing Courses

American Religious History

Instructor:  Mark Victorson                                                    Location: Room 208 (upstairs Education Wing)

This course explores religious life in America from 1776 to today.  We consider religion not only as beliefs and styles of worship, but also as a guide to conduct in everyday life and its role in social, cultural, economic, and political spheres.  The theme of the course is the strength and diversity of religion in America.

Parenting in Faith

Instructor: Brenda Lambert                                                   Location:  Room 210 (upstairs Education Wing)

Join us as we discuss the blessings and challenges of raising children.  Discussions are usually centered on our recent parenting experiences or current “hot topics.”  When needed, we use questions from the book, “Trust Us They’ll Ask: Answers to Your Kids’ Toughest and most Awkward Questions,” by Group Publishing, to begin discussion.  Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and future parents are invited to join us as we build faith and fellowship.

Worship Through Music

  • Sunday School includes time for participants to worship through music.  Children in grades 4 and under will spend time in music the first Sunday of each month.   Youth in grades 5-12 may worship as part of the group, The Sonshine Singers. This ensemble rehearses the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month during Sunday School.  Members sing on the 4th Sunday of each month during the 11:00 a.m. service.

Important Dates

  • Following are some important dates for the 2018-19 Sunday School Year:
  • Sept. 16, 2018 – First Day of Sunday School
  • Oct. 28, 2018 – Confirmation for 9th Graders
  • Dec. 2, 2018 – Advent Celebration during Sunday School hour
  • Dec. 16, 2018 – Christmas Program (evening)
  • March 3, 2019 – Fastnacht Celebration
  • April 21, 2019 – Easter Egg Hunt during Sunday School hour
  • June 9, 2019 – Last Day of Sunday School