What to Expect

The Holy Spirit moved the leaders of St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School to establish a congregation in what was once Russell's Grove in October of 1863.  Since that time, God has blessed the community of now, Hawthorn Woods, with a campus for worshiping the Lord and educating her children with a Christian Day School,  Sunday School and Vacation Bible School progams. 

You have a variety of days and times to worhip with us at St. Matthew.  Saturday evening services are held in the main sanctuary at 5:30 p.m.  Many of our parishioners dress casually for this service.  If you choose to worship on Sunday morning, two different services are available as well as an educational hour.  The 8:00 a.m. service is a traditional service.  This service is blessed by God's word, the choirs participate, and people attend in their "Sunday Best".  Following the 8:00 a.m. service, there is fellowship in Luther Hall.  This is where you can find the famous donut holes, coffee and juice.  Educational Hour begins at 9:15 a.m.  During this time, there is Sunday School (preschool - 4th grade), preconfirmation for grades 5 and 6, youth bible study, and adult bible study.  We are all in God's Word at this time.  The 10:30 a.m. service is "traditional" in nature on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday's of the month and a "Contemporary Blended Service" is provided on the 2nd and 4th Sunday's of the month.  God accepts you into his home no matter what your dress may be.

When you arrive at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, there are four parking lots, one on each side of the building.  Handicapped parking is available and designated by blue signs or pavement markings.  You may enter the building through doors, 1,2,4, 7 and 13.  Once arriving there is a congregational member to greet you and answer any questions that you may have like--Where is the bathroom?"  Also greeting you will be a member of our Deacon team as well as our pastoral staff.




Here is some helpfull information:

Nursery-St. Matthew does have a nursery located by the preschool room.  Inside the nursery is a speaker so you may listen to the service.  The nursery is not presently staffed but please feel free to use the nursery room.  Washrooms are located in the nursery area and just outside the nursery doors.

Washrooms are located in the office suite, next to the upstairs preschool room, downstairs in the Krueger Hall area, and in the school.

Sacrament of the Altar:  Communion is offered in the 5:30 p.m. service on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  Communion is offered at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. service on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month.  If you are a visitor, and wish to take communion, please speak to a Deacon or Pastor prior to the service and fill our a "Visitor We Care Card" which is located in the pew rack.

How can I get involved?-The "We Care Card" that you will be asked to fill out starts the process.  Ask the Pastor to visit you, ask our prayer team to for you, or simply note that for instance you would like to be a member of one of our musical family.  You will be contacted by the appropriate team member in a short period of time. 

What is the music like?  St. Matthew has many musical families that participate in our worship services.  Bell Choir, Contemporary Instrumentalists and Vocalists, Chamber Choir, and The Glory Singers. Our electronic organ is the "Mighty Allen"

Special Services:  There are many special services offered throughout the year:  Advent, Lent, Ascension,Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve are just a few of the services offered for your family worship.

We hope that you will visit us and share with us through His word, music and prayer the message of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.