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St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran ChurchSaint Matthew Lutheran Church     Warrens, Wisconsin


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St. Matthew Church is a member of the

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

 

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ABOUT US

OUR VISION AND PURPOSE GOALS AND PURPOSES OF OUR CONGREGATION

JOB OF THE PASTOR JOB OF THE CONGREGATION JOB OF THE COUNCIL

THE CALLING OF MATTHEW LOGO FOR ST. MATTHEW CHURCH

A CHRISTIAN CALL TO ACTION A STATEMENT OF FAITH


from Phillip Enderle, pastor of St. Matthew Church

Our Vision and Purpose:

  • We exist to grow in Christ.

  • We exist to share the Good News of Christ with others.

  • We exist to provide a place of refuge for those weary and worn through the drudgeries of life.

Goals and Purposes of our Congregation

  1. Biblically Based - Our congregation must have a clear understanding of what we believe and why. Our congregation must remain strongly rooted in the purity of God's Word.

  2. Mutually Concerned - Our congregation must continue to care for one another.

  3. Socially Concerned - Fellowship within the church is vital to the health of the congregation as is the formal worship service - in worship we connect with God, in social activities we connect with one another.

  4. Community Minded - We must remain aware of the day-to-day decisions that affect our community.

  5. Financially Stable - The church that is fiscally responsible will be able to weather any situation. Most often crises' occur in a congregation where there is financial insecurity. Every building program a congregation takes always demands an initial "leap of faith." A congregation must also understand the difference between "preaching about money" and "preaching about stewardship." God commands the latter, many times congregations, pastors and leaders demand the former.

  6. Clearly Understood Vision - Every church needs to understand its purpose. If a church does not, no matter what its size, it will simply exist to support itself as an institution. It is the pastor's primary responsibility to set the vision of the congregation.

  7. Positive Outlook - We must never allow strife from within, divisiveness from the outside to mar our mentality. A negative defeatist attitude is contagious. On the other side of the coin, enthusiasm - coming from the Gospel as it touches our hearts - is what spurs us on to growth.

  8. Care of the Workers - Nothing can add to Church excitement like a worker who is well treated.

The Job of the Pastor

  • To preach, teach and instruct the congregation as a shepherd

  • To encourage the members in life and in ministry

  • To set the vision and tone of the congregation

  • To guide the congregation in achieving this vision

The Job of the Council

  • To assist and encourage the pastor in achieving the vision

  • To share their own dreams and visions with the pastor

The Job of the Congregation

  • To share their own dreams and visions with the pastor and the Church Council

  • To move ahead with the plan and vision

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The Calling of Matthew
Matthew 9:9-13

[Jesus] saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said,

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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The St. Matthew Church Logo

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"The informal style of the drawn church and its brush strokes emphasize the friendly nature of its members." - Sarah Johnson

The logo for St. Matthew Church was designed by Sarah Johnson. Sarah is the daughter of Mark and Linda Pingel of Tomah, Wisconsin.

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A Christian Call to Action

Living in Response to God's Grace

Today I state my faith in this assembly before God and all those around me.

I acknowledge everything Christ has done for me;

His sinless life, His painful suffering, His horrible death, and His glorious resurrection are the price and proof of my salvation.

I confess that I am completely unworthy to receive this gift, but the Holy Spirit brought me to faith through the Gospel.

Today, as God gives me strength through the power of the Gospel:

I will strive for love. No occasion justifies hatred, no injustice warrants bitterness.

I will strive for joy. All problems are nothing less than another opportunity from God to follow His guidance.

I will strive for peace. Since I am forgiven through the Blood of Christ, I will forgive others, that I may have peace in my heart.

I will strive for patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world and thank God for all trials and tribulations that in the end bring me closer to Him.

I will strive for kindness. I will be kind to the unkind, for this is how God has treated me.

I will strive for goodness. I will pursue that which is noble, pure and upright.

I will strive for faithfulness. I will not give occasion for others to doubt my promises, question my word, nor my loved ones my commitment to them.

I will strive for gentleness. If I raise my hand, may it be done in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be done in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only on myself.

To you, O Lord, I commit my ways. When I fail, and I will, I seek Your grace.

When I succeed, I will give You thanks and praise.

And then, when this day is done, I will rest in Your Almighty Hands, and awake to greet a new day and begin anew my life of service to You.

portions taken from "When God Whispers Your Name" by Max Lucado

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A Statement of Faith

as Drawn from The Word

 

I believe:

The LORD is my STRENGTH.   Isaiah  12:2

The LORD is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalms 27:1

The LORD is my ROCK.   Psalms 18:2

The LORD is my EXCEEDING JOY.   Psalms 43:4

I believe:

The LORD is my SONG.   Isaiah 12:2

The LORD is my SALVATION.   Isaiah 12:2

The LORD is my LIGHT.   Psalms 27:1

The LORD is my RIGHTEOUSNESS.   Jeremiah 23:6

The LORD is my PROVIDER.   Genesis 22:14

The LORD is my FORTRESS and my STRONGHOLD.   Psalms 18:2

The LORD is my DELIVERER.   Psalms 18:2

The LORD is my SHIELD.   Psalms 18:2

The LORD is my HELPER.   Psalms 18:2

The LORD is my SHEPHERD.   Psalms 18:2

The LORD will never leave me nor forsake me.   Hebrews 13:5

The LORD is my banner of victory!   Exodus 17:15

I believe:

Christ Himself is my PEACE.   Ephesians 2:14

And Jesus Christ is my SAVIOR!   Titus 2:13

And I believe:

GREATER is He that is in me than he that is in the world.   1 John 4:4

 

This is my confession.

May God give me strength to live it and apply it.

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