[Altar Guild] [Boy Scouts] [Cub Scouts] [Coffee Hour] [Greeters] [Ladies Aid] [Ladies Evening Guild] [LWML]
[Meals on Wheels] [COOL]

Altar Guild

Beauty in the church is not a matter of indifference.  God gave us special instructions for beautifying the tabernacle and the temple and their services in the Old Testament. (Ex-25-27, Num 4, Kings 5-7 and Chron. 3-4).  Each month volunteers dedicate themselves to the Lord to prepare His house for worship.  Altar Guild teams work closely with each other in making prepararation for worship services on Saturday mornings.  If you would like to become a member in serving His house at St. Matthew-Hawthorn Woods, please contact Delores Crisera.  Should you like to make a donation to place floral arrangements in memory or celebration of loved ones, this request is also coordinated through Delores Crisera.  " O God, accept and bless the work of our hands to the care and adornment of your sanctuary that you may be glorified, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord"

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Boy Scouts of America

Welcome to Troop 92's web page on St. Matthew's website.
Our Troop's website homepage is currently located at

Here's a small taste of what we do!

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Cub Scouts of America


Contact Ron Behrens, Charter Organization Representative, for more information. 847-526-9383.  

Our current web page is

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Coffee Hour

Each Sunday immendiately following the 8:00 a.m. Worship Service, member of the congregation gather in Luther Hall for coffee, juice and the famous "Donut Holes"  Why not stop by and enjoy friendship and fellowship for all ages.  A free will offering is offered to assist in defraying the cost of supplies.  If you would like to be a "Host" of Coffee Hour, please contact the church office.

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Prior to all Worship Services members of our congregation are "Welcomed" to the service by our Greeter Team.  This is a great way to serve the Lord with a smile, verbal welcome and a handshake.  Everyone is invited to be a member of the Greeter Team.  Please contact the church offce if you would like to be one of our family who welcomes our members and visitors to the Lord's House in Hawthorn Woods.  If you or members of your family would like to join the "Greeter Team", please notify the church office.

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Ladies Aid

The Ladies Aid of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School meet on the first Thursday of each month in Krueger Hall at 11:30 a.m.  Their special "Guest Speakers" are very enlightening to members and guests.  The Ladies Aid is a very active group for all membes of St. Mathew Lutheran Churh and School providing many services to the congregation such as Funeral Luncheons, the Annual Fall Festival Bazaar, the Spring Book Sale and assiting with Advent and Lenten dinners prior to church services.  The officers are:  President: Carol Haste, Vice President:  Janet Schockmel, Secretary: Judie Johnson: and Treasurer: Anna Marie Kelly.  Standing Committe Chairs are:  Voice Reporter: Judie Johnson, Visiting: Bonnie Rieb and Betty Stilke, Publicity:  Janet Schockmel, Sunshine Cards:  Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Funerals:  Jennifer Ambrosi, and Fall Festival:  Jennifer Ambrosi.

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Ladies Evening Guild

Ladies Evening Guild meets on the second Sunday of each month in Luther Hall at Noon.  This calendar year's officers are:  President:  Darlene Meyer, Vice President: TBA, Secretary: Ellen Wehrs, Assistant Secretary:  Ruth Traznik, Treasurer:  Jean Moss.

This year the Ladies Evening Guild sponsored a School Supplies Collection for the students at St. Matthew Lutheran School.   The LEGS's also operate the annual "Christmas Post Office" (an internal post office to distribute member Christmas Cards). We all look forward to the annual Cookie Walk in December as well as the special meals they prepare for us to partake in  prior to the Advent and Lenten services.

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)

Motto "  To Serve The Lord With Gladness"  LWML meets in Krueger Hall Quarterly throught the calendar year at Noon.  Their 2014-2015 meeting dates are:  April 16, July 16 (Summer Picnic), October 15, and January 21st.   This years officers are:  President:  Delores Crisara, Vice President:  Ruth Krueger, Secretary:  Jennifer Ambrosi, Treasurer:  Betty Heinson.

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Meals On Wheels

St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School has a "Meals On Wheels Team". Team members deliver meals to individuals and families in the community every fourth (4th) week of the month.  If you would like to become a member of our "Meals On Wheels Team", please contact the church secretary.

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Christian Outreach Of Lutherans (COOL)  


The mission of the Christian Outreach of Lutherans (COOL) is to give comprehensive assistance to families in need, by reducing hunger and homelessness, while encouraging personal growth and self-sufficiency.  Serving all of Lake County.

Bread for Life Sunday: Every last Sunday of the month will be Bread for Life Sunday.  Please consider bringing a loaf of bread to church the last Sunday of each month (please keep in mind, bread is perishable and should only be brought in on the last weekend of the month).


 Food item of the month.  Drop off in Luther Hall.

Month Item
January Baby Items
February Cereal
March Canned Tuna
April Peanut Butter
May Canned Fruit
June Canned Meat
July Baby Items
August Cereal
September Canned Tuna
October Peanut Butter
November Canned Fruit
December Canned Meat

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Sharing The Joy

The mission of this new women’s ministry is to share with others the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.  We need to “Love like Jesus”.  To be the hands and feet of Jesus, means not only to serve those in need, but also to share the joy of Christ’s gospel with everyone.  We can do this by showing others what the Good News means to us through our actions, relationships, and attitudes.  We believe the Word is to be used as a gift to open a world of Joy and that real joy is found not in being served, but in choosing to serve.

How might we accomplish this?  By…

  1. Opening our eyes to the needs around us.  People who need our help exist all around us – in our home, our neighborhood, and our work place.  The first, most important step is to simply notice them.

  2. Do something to move them forward.  Even if you don’t have all the answers or facts, jump in and help as best you know how.  Refuse to use the excuse, “But I don’t know what to do” or “I can help tomorrow.”  Assess their need, offer some help, and follow through right away.

  3. Joyfully pay the price.  Service to others always costs something – sometimes money, sometimes time, sometimes reputation, and almost always energy.  See the price.  Pay it anyway.  And enjoy the return on investment.

  4. Do not expect something in return.  Remove the what’s-in-it-for-me question that motivates so many people today.  Help with no expectation of repayment.  And you will be repaid with joy and fulfillment in countless other ways.

What does this look like….To start by finding opportunities to serve others that are already available by jumping in as a team of women (with our children) to offer support to already planned events and support existing organizations.

Please contact the Linda Wollberg or Cheri Selimos in the Church Office for more details.