Vol. 13 - No. 7| February 16, 2023

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun,

and his clothes became white as light . - Matthew 17:2

The Last Sunday After Epiphany -

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Saturday, February 18, 2023

4:00pm - Classic, Casual Worship Service

Sunday, February 19, 2023

8:00am - Classic Worship Service

10:45am - Contemporary Worship Service

All Services are in-house and are streamed live via Facebook, YouTube and www.stmatts.net 

  • John Schockmel, Carol Andrews, Kristin Peterson-Wischer, Leon Hapke, Marvin Sneller, Elinor Francisco, Pam Best, Linda Weir, John Mueller, Rosemary Schmidt, Marilyn Ellinghusen, Lorraine Selsor, Duane Stavnes, Mary Ellen Crowe, Maria Bunte
  • Our military personnel currently serving our country: Justin Brown, Adam Imaoka, Scott Karas, Elise Neilson, Steve & Ice Sandy, Bob Hamilton, Chandler McClain 


ALTAR FLOWERS - Given to the Glory of God.

Prayer Requests

The ENTIRE St. Matthew Campus will be closed on

Friday, February 17th @ 3:30pm-8:30pm

No one will be permitted to enter the building during this time.

The Hawthorn Woods Police Department will be using

the building for Deployment Training.

PLEASE inform the church office when a pastoral call or visit is desired – the hospitals and rehabilitation centers do not make contact with us. If you or a loved one is receiving medical treatment, please make contact with the Church office (847) 438-7709.


Special Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, February 19 @ Noon -

Presenting the Associate Pastoral candidates

Sunday, February 26 @ Noon -

Extending a Call to the Associate Pastor





19 - Voter’s Meeting

22 - Ash Wednesday, Services @ Noon & 7pm

25 & 26 - Guest Pastor, Pastor Kris Whitby

26 - Voter’s Meeting


Mid-Week Lenten Services 5:30pm Meal 7:00pm Service

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

12 - Daylight Savings Time

12 - ECC Open House Between Services

13 - ECC Culver’s Night

17 - Pocket Circus - RSVP


1 - Sharing the Joy Easter Egg Hunt

1– Sharing the Joy Youth Event (More details to come)

2 - Palm Sunday

6 - Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm Service

7 - Good Friday, Noon & 7:00pm Service

8 - Holy Saturday, 4:00pm Service

9 - Easter Sunday, 6am, 8am & 10:45am Service

9 - Easter Breakfast - More Details to Come

For more upcoming events and monthly meetings, go to:

Www.stmatts.net and view the church calendar



Stitched Together

Knit, Crochet, Stitch, and Sew while having fellowship with others. 

Who: Anyone, All ages are welcome to attend. 

When: Group will meet Tuesdays in Luther Hall.

Schedule for February 2023

2/14/23 - 6:30pm-8:30pm

2/21/23 - 1:00pm-3:00pm   2/28/23 - 6:30pm-8:30pm


Interested in participating in a Bible Study? St. Matthew offers several opportunities. Bible Studies are offered on-site or virtually. Please click below to see what is offered.

Bible Study Opportunities

Coffee & Word Reflection with Pastor B. is sponsored by:

Sharing the Joy Ministries

of St. Matthew Lutheran Church

Interested in Sponsoring?  Email the Church Office by clicking here

Watch "The St. Matthew Minute" on Tuesdays and “Boundless Hope” on Mondays & Fridays

@www.stmatts.net or Facebook & YouTube


Pastor Blonski has a new Podcast

"Coffee and Word Reflection.” 

Join him live @11am on Wednesdays

@www.stmatts.net, Facebook, or YouTube


C.O.O.L. (Christian Outreach of Lutherans) -a food pantry for some of the neediest families in Lake County. Please bring a can of food/box of cereal with you when you worship and place them in the bins in Luther Hall. February food item is Cereal. Bread for Life Weekend: February 25 & 26

Get Ready To SHINE!!!

April 15 - 23

More Details To Come...


It was a busy week at St.  Matthew Early Childhood Center! The highlight of the week was our Valentine's Day Celebration. Our Room Parent's did a fabulous job of creating fun games, crafts and snacks for the children. This week, we celebrated our 100th day of being in school. St. Matthew Preschoolers are 100 days smarter! During Jesus time this week, the children learned about forgiveness as they discovered

"The Forgiving Father" story. 

Upcoming events:

March 12th- St. Matthew Early Childhood Open House. 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.

 Come ask questions about the programs, meet the teachers, and check out the classrooms. 

March 13th- St. Matthew Early Childhood Culver's Fundraiser. Visit the Culver's in Lake Zurich from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm and mention St. Matthew Early Childhood, the school will receive 15% profit from your order!

March 17th- Join us in the St. Matthew Gymnasium for a fun family night, featuring, Pocket Circus 

Doors open at 3:35 pm. Show is at 3:50 pm. 

Please RSVP to connolly@stmattsonline.com or sign up at the church office. 


Now Enrolling for the 2023-2024 School Year!

3 Year Old Preschool, 4 Year Old Preschool

& Full Day Kindergarten



St. Matthew Lutheran Early Childhood Center is excited to announce that Mrs. Pam Zimmermann will be our Kindergarten teacher for the 2023-2024 school year!

Mrs. Zimmermann taught Kindergarten for 3 years. She took time away from the field to raise her children, and is very excited for the year ahead. Currently, Mrs. Zimmermann is our Extended Care Director and subs in the classrooms. Mrs. Zimmermann also tutors children in the community, helping them excel in reading and math.

We are in the process of revamping the Kindergarten classroom and curriculum. If you are interested in a full day, small class size, faith based Kindergarten, please reach out to Mrs. Zimmermann (zimmermann@stmattsonline.com) or Becky Connolly (connolly@stmattsonline.com). 


St. Matthew Early Childhood Center

Invites you and your family to

Pocket Circus

Date: March 17, 2023

Time: 3:50pm - 4:35pm

**Doors Open at 3:35pm

Place: St. Matthew Gym

Enjoy Magic, Acrobatics, Juggling & Musical Performances

RSVP to connolly@stmattsonline.com

If you are interested in attending, please see Maria Collard,

Helen Burnidge, Darlene Buchwald, or Nancy Blonski.

More information can be found at LWML.org

Bible / Devotional Readings for the week starting February 19. Bible readings are provided to assist you in daily reading and prayer. Click on the Bible passage to read the Scripture lesson at BibleGateway.com.


Matthew 17:1-19 Transfiguration of Jesus


Exodus 24:12-18

Moses goes up to Mt. Sinai


2 Peter 1:16-21

Eye witnesses of Christ’s glory


Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Joshua becomes Moses’ successor


Matthew 17:10-21

Jesus cures a boy with a demon


Psalm 99

Celebrating the rule of God


Psalm 2

The Lord’s chosen king


Matthew 4:1-11 Temptation of Jesus

A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible – Israel and Jordan

October 27-Nov. 10, 2023

Host and Leader: Tim Hetzner

Ambassador for Spiritual Growth

Lutheran Church Charities

This is a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible.

This is a Bible Study tour – group size is limited to 25 people – to study the Land of the Bible and visit and study the sites where Jesus lived and taught. It is NOT a tourist trip but a Biblical Study so only those that have an active study of the Bible should consider.

Tim has led study tours over the last 35 years and has studied in Israel and worked on an archeological dig at Tel Dor. Consider joining Tim on this Spiritual Pilgrimage to the land of the Bible .

Click here for brochure and if you have questions please contact Tim at TimHetzner@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Church Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00am-3:00pm


 If you need to contact the Church Office after hours,

please call one of the following: 

Pastor Blonski 909-373-7936

Doug Duval 847-707-1676

Click on the following links for more information:

Church Facebook page

Early Childhood Center Facebook page

Vacation Bible School Facebook page

Comfort Dog Malachi's Facebook page

Youth Group Facebook group

St. Matthew YouTube Channel

St. Matthew Instagram Page