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NEWS AND NOTES
AED First Response Defibrillator
Special thanks to Heartners for purchasing an AED
(Automatic External Defibrillators) First Response Defibrillator for the
church. It is located just to the right inside the doors to the Fellowship
Hall above the fire extinguisher. For those who are trained in its use,
please familiarize yourself with its location.
If you would be willing to participate in the
Sunday service as a Lay Reader, please see Don Roach.
The church could use a few volunteers to run the
Power Point on Sunday morning.
Time commitment is just for the Sunday morning worship.
If interested/able, talk to Pastor Enderle.
Missing Kitchen items?
Are you missing any pans, dishes, cups, etc.?
Check the back counter in the kitchen for items
that may have
left behind. Unclaimed items will eventually be donated.
Treats for Sunday Morning
We could use some more cookies for our Sunday
Please bring your packaged cookies on Sunday morning.
OR... bring something we could freeze for use at a later date.
to the generous bakers who have given of their time and talent
to bring in treats to share on Sunday morning!
If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.
(listed in chronological order)
A Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Service will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6:30pm.
There will be no Catechism class or Ignite that evening.
Care Packages for College Students
Is your son or daughter away
at college? We would love to send them a care package for Christmas! Call
the church office or e-mail Sheryl by Monday, November 27, 2017 with
Give the gift of warmth this
season - bring hats, mittens, scarves and socks to the mitten tree in the
narthex by December 4. Items will be dispersed locally in time for
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
Saturday, December 9, 2017
11:00am - 9:00pm
On Thanksgiving weekend,
volunteers will be at various locations around Tomah collecting donations
for the Salvation Army. This year St. Matthew Church will volunteer for one
day - Saturday, December 9, 2017 - at Walmart from 11:00am until
9:00pm. Eighty-eight percent of the money collected remains in Monroe
County. Remaining funds help millions of people nationwide recover from
disasters of all kinds.
Sign-up sheet in the narthax.
Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Keep using my name in vain... I'll make rush hour
longer. - God
ACTIVITY BAGS are available (in
the narthex) for use during the Worship Service.
Please be sure to return the bags to
the basket at the end of the service!
Catechism Class meets every Wednesday
evening (during the school year) at 7:15pm.
more information regarding
catechism and confirmation, click
view the Confirmation Class of 2017 group photo and read their essays, click
To view Confirmation Class photos from
previous years, click
Staffed nursery is available during
the Sunday worship service.
The nursery is located to your right
as you walk
into the facility.
Go through the door to the classrooms. The nursery will be the first
door on your left.
Anyone interested in
staffing the nursery for worship, please see the sign-up
sheet in the cafe.
All young people are invited to serve in this area.
Operation Christmas Child
A small shoebox can have a big
impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is
eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in
Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas
The Operation Christmas Child
collection box is in the narthex ready to be filled with your donations!
The packing party will be Wednesday, November 8 at 7:15 pm. Needed items
include non-liquid hygiene items, school supplies, small toys,
accessories such as t-shirts, socks, hats and sunglasses; all small
enough to fit in a shoebox. We also need more shoeboxes! For more ideas
of what and what not to donate, check online at Samaritan's Purse
Operation Christmas Child. We also need $9 per shoebox to help pay
information and updates about what we as a church are doing, click
HERE to go directly to Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas
Strong Roots for Tender
families of St. Matthew Church will soon be receiving something special in
the mail! Every six months until they're 4 years old, children who are
baptized at St. Matthew will be sent a small book or music CD to help them
learn about Jesus' great love for them. Included in each mailing is a flyer
for the parents with helpful tips on parenting for the age of their child.
training our children from early on about what foods to eat, how to use good
manners, what to do to stay safe, and so on, because we know if we repeat
those lessons early and often, that's how they'll learn. Certainly we want
to do the same with the most important knowledge of all, the one thing that
will affect our children's eternity! Regular church attendance, family
devotions and prayers, and frequent sharing of Bible stories and songs are
some great ways to accomplish this. "Start children off on the way
they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
keep these families in your prayers, that they will be strengthened and
encouraged in the great responsibility and privilege of caring for these
Sunday School meets every Sunday
morning following the sermon.
Sunday School is geared for
children in Pre-K through 6th grade.
As always, Sunday school teachers
and children will be dismissed before the closing prayer
hymn of each Sunday Worship Service.
From Abbey Rose:
The 'Cereal' series
has been a fun and creative way for our kids to learn of God's
Word. There have also been lots of tasty treats. I would like to
remind parents that all children 3K to 6th grade are invited to
attend, members and visitors.
Christmas is just around the corner, and preparation for the
annual Christmas program is in the works! The Children's
Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 17, 2107 in
the 9:15am service.
For more information about Sunday
Youth Group (high school age
children - 9th grade and up)
meets every Wednesday evening at
St. Matthew Church offers Kwik
Trip Scrip Gift Cards
as a way to raise funds for our Youth Group.
For every $100 of Scrip gift
cards purchased through this program, the
Youth Group will receive
$10. The money you pay for the card is the
actual value you
receive, unlike most fundraisers. The gift cards can be
gasoline, diesel, or any merchandise or food in the store.
to read about our Youth Director, Jenny Betthauser!
Ignite is the new 9th through 12th grade youth group at St. Matthew
Come join Youth Director Jenny Betthauser as we light a fire for
God through fun events and outings, relaxation time
to study His
word, prayer and discussions about what's going on in your lives.
INFO ABOUT IGNITE
Come ignite the light inside of you!!
If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd.
Hand Bell Choir
Hand Bell Choir meets every
Monday evening at 6:30pm.
More people are needed for St.
Matthew's new hand bell choir. Come join the fun!
Bring a friend! Experience is not needed.
For more information,
contact Vincent Rowan at church or at (608) 372-5168.
Church Multi-Generational Orchestra
ALL ARE WELCOME!
TO "STARTING OVER" MATURE MUSICIANS!
Bring your instruments. Bring
music stands if you have them.
Sunday in the Church Sanctuary
following the service.
Call Mary Jo Hill at (608)
374-7355, (608) 343-5656 or e-mail her at
meets the first Sunday morning of the month at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall.
We will meet one Sunday of
the month (usually the first) at 8:30am, practice that morning
and sing in that service.
Hopefully this changed schedule will allow more people to commit
If you have any questions,
contact Pastor Enderle or Mary Jo Hill.
information about Choir, click
The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.
Board of Directors
Next Meeting: TBA
Board of Elders
Next Meeting: TBA
Friends In Deed
When tragedy strikes in the form
of a tornado, fire or flood, we as a church want to be able
not just members, but everyone who needs help in our community, as best
are able. The primary purpose of the group is to provide manpower
in helping families
during times of physical need.
There are many ways in which we
could help. We could provide a cooked meal, help clean up
or board up windows after a storm. These are just a few examples. Our
goal is to
show Monroe County that
St. Matthew Church cares and is
willing to help ease their sudden burden.
If you are interested in being on
the volunteer list, please contact Dale Chitwood at (608) 378-3057 or
Greeter and Treater
GREETERS: We are
looking for individuals who would be interested in serving as Sunday
Morning Greeters. The job is pretty simple - hand out bulletins and
say a warm welcome as people
come to worship.
TREATERS: For those
that enjoy something sweet in the morning, we are looking for Sunday
Morning Treat Bringers.
For those of you who love to bake, consider baking treats
ahead of time and freezing.
If you would like to contribute
treats, just wrap the container tightly, label and place in one
of the freezers in the kitchen.
could use some more cookies for our Sunday morning treats.
bring your packaged cookies on Sunday morning, or bring something we could
freeze for use at a later date.
To help keep our facility stay clean, please exercise
caution and discretion when bringing refreshments
into the sanctuary.
Let's not put into practice the words of Psalm 23:5: "My cup runneth
Long Range Planning Committee
Contact Person: Eric Prise
Support Group meets every
Sunday evening at 6:30pm.
St. Matthew Church has
begun a support group for drug and alcohol addiction.
If you know anyone who
might be interested, contact Pastor Enderle.
Interested parties do not need to be members of St. Matthew Church.
you, your family or group would like to help out with ushering on
please contact Don Roach at (608) 378-3110 or (608) 343-5256.
CHURCH SIGN: Under same management for
over 2,000 years.
Card Center and Book Nook
The Card Center and Book Nook is a
place to pick up some Christian cards, Bible study material, Bibles and
other items. It's not designed to make a profit - rather just to make some
Christian material available. Would
you like to see it stocked with
something? Or would you like a special Bible or hymnal ordered?
Pastor Enderle know and hopefully we can get it for you.
Check out the selection of Birthday,
Encouragement, and Sympathy cards from Current, Inc.! There are also a
pieces of pewter jewelry in great contemporary styles. Already on hand were
Encouragement, Sympathy, Get Well, Praying for You, Wedding and
Anniversary, Thank You, Graduation,
Christmas, and blank cards, Bibles,
Bible reading aids, and several other gift items.
New selection of greeting cards and
small gift items. Also available are stickers, magnets, bookmarks, notepads
and stone coasters, for yourself or a friend!
The Book Nook is on the right-hand
bookshelf in the narthex; envelopes are provided
in a basket for your
Check out the set of children's
books in the church library. Through a generous donation, St. Matts will
acquire a set of children's books (geared for kids ages 5-10) in the coming
months. The books, by Rick Tancreto, are entitled "Hang on to Jesus!
Adventures." Join Dee Dee and Rick as they go on amazing adventures with
Jesus as their guide.
"HAPPY TIMES", a
publication, is available for children and parents of young children, is
the narthex. Feel free to take home and share with others.
a monthly devotional and inspirational publication, is available in
PORTALS OF PRAYER, a
three-month daily devotional, is available in the narthex.
CHURCH SIGN: Free trip to Heaven. Details inside!
Matthew Church is offering electronic fund transfer for your offerings
to support the ministry of St. Matthew Church.
Forms available in the church office.
Call Kristi Holthaus at (608) 378-5552
or the church office.
Sign up to receive church information
via e-mail. It's free!
an effort to keep everyone informed, communication about church events
and activities are now being
sent out via e-mail.
E-mail addresses will remain confidential. All e-mails will be sent
of BCC: In the context of
BCC and sometimes referred to as Blind Courtesy Copy)
refers to the practice of sending a message to multiple
recipients in such a way that what they receive does not contain
the complete list of recipients.
have any information you'd like to pass along or know of someone who
would like to be added to the
weekly e-mail list, please contact Sheryl
Kolb at the church office at 378-3233 or e-mail her at
If you would like
the e-mail announcements in LARGE PRINT,
please let Sheryl know.
Linda P., St. Matthew Church Webmaster
We are members of
the Oakdale Electric Cooperative, and receive their monthly Wisconsin
Energy Cooperative News magazine. An article in the September 2014
edition caught my eye. The article is titled, "Online Security in the
Internet Wild West" and is extremely informative. In this day and
age of identity theft through technology, online security is extremely
Please take a few
minutes to read the article, and as a bonus, you will also find updated
information about the Wisconsin "Do Not Call" Registry.
Another article of interest
concerning Identity Theft:
St. Matts is on
are one of the millions of Facebook users, check out our page at
OR at the top of YOUR Facebook
type in "St. Matthew Church".
time you log into Facebook,
feel free to "LIKE" us! Be sure to "SHARE" our page with your family and
"YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS!"
you would like to see a personalized birthday greeting for your child or
grandchild on the church sign when
they come to church, contact Pastor
Enderle a week in advance.
Prayer - The best wireless connection.
Heartners (Ladies' Aid)
Heartners (Ladies' Aid) is usually
held on the
second Thursday of the month.
For more information about
Heartners, click HERE.
Ladies' Night Out
Ladies' Night Out is usually held
on the third Monday of the month.
for more information about LNO.
NOTE: During the summer,
please check announcements (bulletins,
newsletter, weekly e-mail, website)
as some of the LNO gatherings may be breakfast instead of an evening
KNIT or CROCHET??? If not, would you like to learn how???
“Loving Hands” knitting and crocheting group usually meets the 1st and 3rd
Thursdays of each month
at 10:15am in the Fellowship Hall.
interested, please contact Sheryl Kolb
the church office (608) 378-3233 for more information.
more information about Loving Hands, click
What part of "Thou Shalt Not..." didn't you
Bible Study - Sunday Morning
Sunday Morning Bible Study meets
weekly in the Fellowship Hall
For more information, click
Bible Study - Thursday Morning
Thursday Morning Bible Study meets
weekly in the
Fellowship Hall at
more information, click
Bible Study - Thursday Afternoon
Thursday Evening Bible Study meets
weekly in the
Fellowship Hall at
more information, click
Bible Study - Small
Would you like to participate a small group Bible study?
Contact Pastor Enderle for more information if interested.
Church Picture from St. Luke
painting at the front of the sanctuary at St. Matthew Church is the painting
that hung in the front of St. Luke Church.
The date on the picture is
1911 and according to tradition was commissioned by the congregation.
It is a beautiful picture of the Ascending Christ. To view a photo of the painting,
Communion is usually held on the first Sunday and Wednesday of the month.
On your way out of church, please take the time to check out the
display cases in the narthex.
cases are used to display historical items from St. Matthew, St. Luke,
St. John and St. Mark.
Stained Glass Windows
original memorial plaques that were by the windows in the old church
plus new plaques designating that
the windows were restored by members of
St. Matthew have been placed by the
windows in the sanctuary and narthex.
to view photos of the stained glass windows.
Time of Grace
make it to church on Sunday morning? Tune in to "Time of Grace" on
WKBT CBS 8 La Crosse
at 7:00am. This is a great ministry (since 2001) that
is impacting hearts and lives!
more information regarding Time of Grace, visit their website at
Worship - Sunday morning
Sunday morning Worship Services are held at 9:15am.
to read more about our Worship Services.
Worship - Wednesday evening
Sunday morning, Worship Services are held every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.
to read more about our Worship Services.
We need to talk. -God
Would you be interested in purchasing
a banner in memory of a loved one?
There are many banners available and best
of all, the price is surprisingly inexpensive.
If interested, please speak
to Pastor Enderle or Sheryl Kolb.
Bible Emergency Numbers
You may have seen this on our Facebook
page recently or elsewhere.
Why have one?
This little handy-dandy card tells you where
to go in the
get some help with what you may be going through.
To get your own, click
HERE for the pdf file which includes 4
cards per printout.
(cardstock is recommended)
To view a full-size card, click
In the event of the cancellation of
Sunday worship or other church activities or events, please listen to radio stations
WCOW (97.1), WTMB (94.5) or WXYM (96.1). There will also be a notice posted
on our website,
www.stmatthewsonline.org or check
www.wkbt.com. Cancellations will also be recorded on the church
answering machine (608 378-3233) and an e-mail will be sent to those on our
This would be a great time to be added
to the e-mail list. Click
HERE to sign up!
Is Creation a viable model of origins
in today's modern scientific era?
The February 2014 debate between
Bill Nye (the science guy) and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum, is on
Ask Pastor Enderle or Sheryl if you'd
like to borrow the copy from the church's library.
If you are sick and in the hospital
and would like the pastor to visit, please call the church office.
HIPPA laws prohibit hospitals from contacting churches.
So if you
don't call, the pastor won't know!
"Milk Moola" - Donuts to Dough
DO YOU BUY OR OTHER GROCERIES
AT KWIK TRIP?
Matthew is participating in the MILK MOOLA & DONUTS TO DOUGH redemption
more information regarding this program, click
Ministry to the Armed Forces
the Civil War, LCMS pastors have served as military chaplains. Today, the
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces supports 173
chaplains. Among these chaplains, 70 are active duty LCMS chaplains and 80
are serving Reserve and National Guard units.
the Ministry Programs are:
more about the these programs, the LCMS - Ministry to the Armed Forces,
to find other resources or even how YOU can help, click
Do you have
a prayer request?
For yourself or for
Let your St. Matthew
Church family help.
To request a
prayer or prayers, contact
Pastor Enderle and he will encourage the
members of St. Matthew to
remember you in their prayers.
PLEASE NOTE: Any
private information will be kept confidential at your request.
information, including contact information, click
Matthew T-shirts are available for purchase.
message on the back of the shirt, "BE THE CHURCH" is a wonderful
reminder for all of us that going to
church is also part of showing our
faith to others, by "BEING" the church.
t-shirts are available in red or light blue and in all sizes. Price is
Sheryl Kolb or Katherine Enderle for more information or to purchase a
Transportation Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for individuals willing
to pick up and take home 1-3 residents of Agape Acres each Sunday
for church services.
Agape Acres is an assisted living
facility located about 2 miles behind St. Matthew Church.
If you can help out or for more
information, please contact Pastor Enderle.
Wanted: Ancestry Information
time to time, we receive requests for information about relatives who served
St. Matthew Church. Those requests are now being posted on the
"Wanted" page of this website.
HERE to view or click on "Wanted" on
the menu bar to the left
That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing? I meant that. -God
Deer Hide Collection
Wisconsin Lions Foundation can put your deer hides to good use.
help by donating your deer hides. Since 1956 Wisconsin Lions Camp has been
dedicated to providing a quality camping experience for Wisconsin youth and
adults with disabilities. Money raised from the Deer Hide Collection goes
directly to the Lions Camp to help serve others.
help by donating your deer hides. Thank you!
HIDE DROP-OFF LOCATION: Warrens Lions Log
LIONS CONTACT PERSON: Pat Hart (608) 372-2964
Warrens Community Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Warrens Lions Log Cabin
If you wish to
make a dessert, it can be taken to the Log Cabin on that morning or dropped
off at Mike and Mary Clark's home.
November 24, 2017
The theme of
this year's Holiday Parade is "Jingle All The Way".
registration forms can be obtained online at
www.tomahwisconsin.com or at the
Tomah Chamber of Commerce office at 310 N. Superior Ave., Tomah.
information or if you have any questions, call the Tomah Chamber of Commerce
at (608) 372-2166.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:00 - 6:00pm
Tomah Memorial Hospital, 321 Butts Ave., Tomah
BloodCenter of Wisconsin officials are asking area residents to help meet
demand by donating blood at Tomah Memorial Hospital Thursday, November 30,
2017. Officials say during the holidays, donations decline, but the need
donate, a person must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at
least 110 pounds and have photo identification. Sixteen-year-olds may donate
with parental consent. Forms are available at Tomah Memorial, and online
with the Blood Center of Wisconsin at
for the drive at
www.bcw.edu/tomahhospital or call 374-6605. Walk-ins are welcome.
Tomah Hospice Love Light
Sunday, December 3, 2017
6:30 - 8:00pm
Tomah Memorial Hospital
area residents can remember a family member or friend during a special
holiday event scheduled at Tomah Memorial Hospital. The annual Tomah
Memorial Hospice Touch “Love Light Tree” ceremony will be held December 3,
2017 at 6:30pm at Tomah Memorial Hospital.
The program includes inspirational readings and songs plus the public
reading of names of area residents who have passed away. Residents can have
names added to the Love Light list by purchasing an individual “Love Light”
or a “String of Lights”. The contribution for a single light is $5 or $25
for a string of lights.
Love Light purchase forms are available at Tomah Memorial Hospital, the
Hospice Touch / Life Choices Palliative Care offices at 601 Straw Street in
Tomah and Phillip's Pharmacy in Tomah.
Download a form by clicking
Lights should be ordered by November 27, 2017 to be included in the Tomah
Additional information about the event can be obtained by contacting Hospice
Touch at (608) 374-0250.
Alzheimer's Disease - Free Helpline for
The Alzheimer's Association offers a free, 24-hour, even-day-a-week helpline
where trained professionals
are able to answer questions about Alzheimer's
disease, caregiving or brain health no matter the day or time.
The Association's 24/7 Helpline connects callers to information and support
whenever they need
it and can be reached at 1-800-272-3900.
Confidential care consultation from professional clinicians who can help
with decision-making support,
crisis assistance and education on issues
families face every day.
Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support.
Assistance in a caller's preferred language. The helpline staff is able
to respond to inquiries in 140
languages using bilingual staff and a
language translation service.
Helpline is a partnership between the Alzheimer's Association national
office and participating local Alzheimer's Association chapters across the
608-269-7853 or 608-374-6975 crisis
888-886-2327 toll-free crisis
608-269-7853 or 608-374-6975 business
24 Hour Crisis or help line
Crisis Intervention and Counseling
Sexual Assault Services
Support Groups for Victims - Women
Support Groups for Victims - Men
Support Groups for Victims - Children
Support Groups for Older/Elder Victims
Legal and personal advocacy
Deaf Bible Study
Do you know of someone who is deaf or hard of hearing?
Shepherd of the
Hills Lutheran Church, a sister congregation in Onalaska, holds a Deaf
Bible Study every third Friday of the month.
begins at 6:00pm with a potluck dinner. Bring your own beverage.
Reinke is the instructor.
Shepherd of the
Hills Lutheran Church
Onalaska, WI 54650
NOTE: The church
is very easy to find. Take the exit for the Menards on Sand Lake Road.
At the stop sign, turn LEFT. As your driving, the church will be on the
first road on your left.
If you have any
questions, you can contact Pastor Reinke at
or Theresa Lewis at email@example.com.
Food Pantry - "Neighbor for Neighbor"
"Providing food to the hungry with compassion and respect"
Neighbor, Inc. is a non-profit food pantry located and serving the needy in
County. Through the love and generosity of businesses, organizations, and
individuals, they have been in operation for more than 30 years.
Canned Vegetables, Fruits and Meats
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Soups and Stews
Pasta, Rice and Beans
Pancake Mix and Maple Syrup
Personal Items: Shampoo, Toothpaste, etc,
Laundry Detergent, Toilet Paper
Help distribute food
Pick up donated food from retailers
Drive our refrigerated truck (CDL license required)
DONATION DROP OFF
Food and monetary donations can be dropped off during pantry
hours, office hours or by appointment.
Monetary donations can also be mailed to the pantry address.
Mondays and Fridays
1:00pm - 3:30pm
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
3:30pm - 6:00pm
Monday through Friday
9:00am - noon
(for questions and donations)
for Neighbor, Inc.
1118 W Veterans St
Tomah, WI 54660
Heat Up Wisconsin
fall, Lennox dealers in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula install 100
brand-new, high-efficiency furnaces for FREE to families in need. This
program began in 2010, and has installed hundreds of furnaces, providing
more than $1.3 million in support!
They are accepting applications now for installations this
fall. If you know of anyone in need, please take time to fill out an
application form and nominate that person.
More information is available on the Heat U.P. Wisconsin web
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lennox using
their Contact Form at
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP
First Tuesday of each month
Tomah Memorial Hospital
(classroom) 321 Butts Ave., Tomah
Parkinson's Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month to provide
support for patients and family members, treatment options and a social
tremors and rigidity of Parkinson’s disease can make everyday tasks, from
holding and dialing a telephone to opening doorknobs and typing on a
computer, difficult. Aids are available to customize assistance to meet a
person’s specific needs.
For more information: contact
TMH speech pathologist Kristen Gerke at (608) 374-6602 or hospital outreach
health educator Whitney Sanjari at (608) 374-0211.
Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord.
Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder
and your hand over my mouth. Amen!
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