Christian Learning & Formation Updates

Monday Morning Bible Study 10:30am in Shockey Lounge

Open Bible, Open Discussion, Open to All

Thank you to all of you who made Back- to- Sunday School Day a success! We pray that the backpackers are adjusting well to their new routines and hope that they are using the bookmarks they received at the Blessing of the Backpackers. Thank you to FCC for providing the yummy pretzels and animal crackers. Thank you to everyone in the congregation that took time to sign a letter, make a card, or color a picture for our first responders and military members. Pastor is arranging for some of our Sunday School students to hand-deliver our letters of appreciation to the firehouse on Chester Ave.

Sunday School & Youth Updates

Third Grade Bible Presentations

Sunday, October 13 11am our third graders will receive Bibles with their names imprinted on them. Deacon Bill will present a Bible familiarization class to 3rd graders and parents during the Sunday school time that morning. For more info, contact Deacon Bill at his new email:

Youth Bonfire

Sunday, October 13 11am 4:30pm The Youth Group is extending an invite to the entire Congregation to join the Confirmands in a Bonfire Celebration. All are welcome for hot dogs, s’mores and games. RSVP Jennifer Blanford.

Þ Confirmation Rehearsal

Saturday, October 26 9am-Noon

Join us on Saturday, October 26 from 3-5pm in the St. Matthew Parking Lot for Trunk or Treat. Free event open to all.
Join us on Saturday, October 26 from 3-5pm in the St. Matthew Parking Lot for Trunk or Treat. Free event open to all.

Trunk or Treat

Þ Saturday, October 26 3-5pm Trunk or Treat event here at St. Matthew. CLF will be assisting FCC. We encourage members of the congregation to support us in this safe and fun event by decorating their trunks and filling them with candy to hand out to our youth. If you cannot participate, please consider donating a bag of candy to the cause. You can drop off the candy in Sunday School Room 113 or give it to Lisa Merrill.


What is THE NEW S.M.A.F.S.? Read the clues to solve this algorithm.

  • THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will sometimes be serious but mostly fun. THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will always be on Sunday.
  • THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will be for adults 9th grade thru age 99. THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will begin at 9:45 am.
  • THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will be held in the Library.
  • THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will always have cookies and coffee. THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will have a new schedule.
  • THE NEW S.M.A.F.S. will welcome our new coordinator.

Check out What’s Coming in October—All Are Welcome!

  • 10/6 Farmer’s Against Hunger by Green Team
  • 10/13 Coffee & Conversation Sunday
  • 10/20 Summary of 2019 ELCA Church Wide Assembly by Emma Wagner-Nelson
  • 10/27 Coffee & Conversation Sunday Confirmands Past & Present