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Gordon Langland plowing on the Clarence Seflow farm (future home of the new St. Matthew Church)


left to right:   Bob Pearson, Jolene Feddersen, Mark Kortbein, Pastor Phillip Enderle

Sunday, June 29, 2008

From Phillip Enderle, pastor of St. Matthew Church:


Often when a church breaks ground for a new facility, the members of the Church Council or members of the building committee are involved in the ceremony. 


With our groundbreaking ceremony today, I would like to do something a little different and have three people -- a man, a woman, and a child.  And with these three people we remember the past, acknowledge the present and look to the future. 







Bob is a lifelong member of St. Matthew.  He represents the past. The first generation, who in 1894 built a small white church on a hill and called it St. Matthew.  The next generation, who in the 1920s built the current facility after the first building burned down to the ground.  And then the generations that followed who worshipped here and were fed through God’s Word.  In these past years as membership dwindled, a group of members, of which Bob is one, resolved to keep these doors open for this church called St. Matthew to not close.   






The next person, Jolene, represents the present generation and the many, many, many, many new members who have joined this fellowship.  The people who came because they heard about this church; or a friend invited them to this fellowship; or they were just searching for a new spiritual home and they were guided to St. Matthew.   It’s this present generation that inspires us to take to heart the words of Jesus, and “Work while it is day!”  It is this present generation that gives us resolve to reach out to the lost, reclaim the straying, build up the broken-hearted, and strengthen the faith of the faithful. 









The next person, Mark, represents the future generations.

Today we break ground not just on a facility for us today,

but on a building for God’s people tomorrow. 



And so in the name of our Triune God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit; our gracious Lord who is our help in ages past, as well as our hope for years to come – we break ground for our new church building, on this day, June 29, 2008.


St. Matthew Church in the News!


Below are some links to articles regarding the growth of

St. Matthew Church and the Ground Breaking Ceremony


To view the article from the Tomah Monitor-Herald, click here.

To download the article, click here. (MS Word Document)




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