October, 2021

St. Matthew Lutheran Church

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  


St. Matthew has resumed in-church worship services.   We are not requiring the wearing of masks if you have been fully vaccinated.    If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to continue to wear a mask.  

We invite you to join us when you feel healthy and are comfortable returning to church.   It is perfectly acceptable to remain home and worship on-line until such time that you are comfortable and your health is not compromised.  We will continue to make the Bulletins and Sermons available on our Home page as we have been doing.

There will be no sharing of the peace until further notice.

Upcoming Holy Communion Services:     

Sunday,   October 3            Pastor McVey
Sunday,   October 17          Pastor Bernthal
Sunday,   October 31          Pastor McVey

We offer the common cup as well as individual cups.

Please keep St. Matthew in your prayers, asking God for guidance and patience throughout this process.  You may contact any of our Elders or our Congregational President, Dennis Nicol, with any questions or concerns. 


It remains the goal the Board of Elders and the Church Council to ensure that our congregation remains healthy as well as faithful and encouraged. The care and comfort of souls is our foremost goal at all times.

We remain united to make sure that all people at St. Matthew stay connected and cared for at this time.  If you know of anyone in need or if you would like a phone call or visit from an elder please do call us:

Don Hinds: 231-564-0611
Rick Burd: 989-390-3838
Ed Sell: 734-625-1390
Mike Smelker: 231-357-3981
Jerry Hummel: 231-676-1483

Jesus says: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid" (John 14:27). It is important to remember and it is pure grace to take comfort in the fact that God is for us and He will sustain us through all things. The peace Christ gives us always (even in difficult or uncertain times) is a certain kind of peace that comes only through His mercy toward us, and salvation by means of His death and resurrection! This is a kind of peace that neither the world, illness, or any other situation can take away from us since Christ Himself is the one who gives it. Take comfort that God will continue to give us this day our daily bread and will deliver us.

Let us pray,
Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy, put an end to the epidemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort to all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Below are some resources you may find helpful as we go forward. There are links to Synodical and District resources as well as some of our local LCMS congregations who have the ability to live stream their worship services and post their sermons online. Please take advantage of these resources especially if you are unable to attend worship at St. Matthew.

Video Response from LCMS Synodical President, Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
  https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/resource-helps-congregations-plan-for-widespread-    illnesses/

Video Response from Michigan District President, Rev. Dr. David Maier


Christ, Boyne:     www.clcboyne.org/sermons

Zion, Petoskey:   www.zionlutheranpetoskey.org/onlineworship

Trinity/Mt. Hope, Gaylord/Grayling: 


A Congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
211 E. Hinman Street 
P.O. Box 469
Mancelona, Michigan  49659
Church Office: 231-916-2555
Church Email: stmatthewmancelona@gmail.com