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

 

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church – Fall 2018

Overview of Adult Sunday School Classes

Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Our Faith Through Song – Taught by Melvin Goodwin.  This 7-week class begins on 9/23/18.  It will explore ways hymns can help us understand and experience God’s word.  We will review hymns found in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, including early chants, Bach chorales, spirituals, world music, and songs by contemporary composers.  Each week, we will look in-depth at the historical background, the poetry, and the music of one of the hymns being sung in worship for that day. The class will culminate with A Hymn Festival in November 2018.  No prior musical knowledge or experience is necessary.

Romans: Encountering the Gospel’s Power – Taught by Linda Mazzucchi.  This 10-week study begins on 9/16/18.  The famous preacher and evangelist John R. W. Stott has called St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, “the fullest, plainest, and grandest statement of the Gospel in the New Testament.”  Join us for an interactive study of this amazing letter. Our reading and discussion will be based directly on Scripture and on Rev. Stone’s Bible study guide.

Parenting in Faith – Facilitated by Brenda Lambert.  This year-long group begins on 9/16/18.  Join us as we discuss the blessings and challenges of raising children.  Discussions are usually centered on a shared book. We will begin the year with, “Trust Us They’ll Ask: Answers to Your Kids’ Toughest and Most Awkward Questions, by Group Publishing.  Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and future parents are invited to join us as we build faith and fellowship. Book will be provided.

American Religious History – Taught by Mark Victorson.  This year-long class begins on 9/16/18/.  We will explore religious life in America from before the first European contacts to today.  We will consider religion not only as beliefs and styles of worship, but also as a guide to conduct in every day life and its role in social, cultural, economic, and political spheres.  Religious experiences from Native American to the Nation of Islam will be part of the discussion. The theme of this course will be the strength and diversity of religion in America.

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