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					St. Matthew Messenger
Pastor’s Page A Message from Pastor Zeiders
From Death To Life Dear friends, Here we are, journeying together through Lent, and towards the triumph of Easter. Here we are, journeying together through the trials and suffering of this present life, toward a day when tears and trials are put behind us in the everlasting life to come. It’s easy to see life as a progression of stages; it’s also too simple. Life rarely progresses smoothly through stages—instead, we alternate between triumphs and tears, advances and setbacks. What the journey teaches us is that God accompanies us through all of it—our best shining moments and our darkest failures. The disciplines of Lent teach us to focus on how me might become more aware of the presence of God in our lives; the celebration and praise of Easter marks the victory of God over our greatest enemy—death and meaninglessness. You do mean something to God: God so loved the world so as to die for it. There is no more profound proclamation. Through the holy seasons of Lent and Easter, we gather to tell the story again and again, of how we are claimed, and marked, and carried, through this life and beyond, as God’s people. We’re at our best when we’re together as God’s people, reminding ourselves and each other who we are called to be, and how much we are blessed. I hope you’ll be part of the gathering, here at St. Matthew. A fellow pilgrim on the journey, Pastor Joel

March/April 2009 NEWSLETTER

Upper Susquehanna Synod
God’s Work, Our Hands.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Robert Driesen
Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The forty days of Lent have been observed by the church since the time of Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) as a season to reflect upon our Lord‟s forty days in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan to embrace a life other than the one that was willed for him by his Father. As he prayed and fasted, our Lord clung to the Word of God as the source of his nourishment and strength, crying out, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” This Lent, as we should every year, I urge us to fast, pray and give alms in whatever ways that honor our Lord‟s life — his suffering and dying, his death and time in the grave —for us. For surely with him, we shall experience with joy beyond our description the end of our death, our grave, our hell, our sin. Jesus was often found in prayer, the contents of which we know but little, except for his prayer for the coming kingdom, his three fold prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his prayer as our great high priest in the room of the Passover. Nonetheless, allow me to be so bold as suggest something about the content of our prayers this Lent: Pray for the members of our congregations as they face the joys and struggles of life in their own wilderness journeys; Pray for those suffering as the result of our nation‟s economic recession, as well as those given the responsibility of leadership as they seek solutions; Pray for the Upper Susquehanna Synod and its bishop that we may remain faithful to the life and mission our Lord has entrusted to us; Pray for the Evangelical Church in America as it seeks answers to difficult questions. Let us examine our piety this Lenten season —our actions inspired by our devotion to this Jesus, the One who was there before the world began and whose Word brought creation and us into being, and who traveled the Via Dolorosa to Calvary, the cross and the grave.

Lent and Holy Week
How do Christians faithfully mark the season of Lent? Through Prayer, Fasting, and Giving Alms. In our Wednesday Lenten gatherings, we are considering together Methods of Prayer--ways and practices through which we come closer to God. During Lent the chapel has been turned into a “wilderness” to remind us of our journey through the wilderness of life. Our Midweek Lenten Services are held each Wednesday, noon and 7pm in the chapel. The noon service is followed by a light lunch in the Social Hall.

DATES TO REMEMBER: April 5 - Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday Services 8 and 10:30 am April 9 - Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm April 10 - Good Friday Service 7 pm April 11 - 1-8 pm Vigil of Prayer Nave open for prayer and reflection April 12 - Easter Services 7 am and !0:30 am

Parish Fellowship
During Lent, the Parish Fellowship Committee will sponsor a light luncheon following the noon service. For the month of March, soup and bread will be on the menu, with members of the congregation providing the food each Wednesday. There are many blanks still on the paper to be filled in by some of our talented and generous congregational cooks. The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board near the "Gathering Area." If someone has signed up to provide a dessert, then that will be on the menu as well. The Parish Fellowship Committee will provide crackers, butter, cold and hot drinks, and the table settings. On April 1, the menu will be fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, and a dessert, along with the usual hot and cold beverages. This will be prepared by the committee. This has proven to be a popular meal at our church. Mark your calendars! A free will offering will be collected each Wednesday to help defray any costs, with the remaining money going towards the kitchen equipment fund. There will be no luncheon served at church during Holy Week, April 512. (Easter is April 12th this year.) Nancy Marolf & Vanessa Ruckle, Co-LeadersParish Fellowship Committee

2009 Empty Bowls Banquet
Fill your Empty Bowl at lunch this year on Sunday, March 29th at the banquet from 11-2 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. This major fundraiser for the food cupboard is sponsored by Bloomsburg University. Soups this year will be donated by local restaurants, cooks and Vo-Tech. Bowls have been overglazed by artists and community members and are beautiful reminders throughout the year of how you have helped feed those in need in our community. New this year will be the specialty dessert sale - complete with forks and plates so bring friends to share! The Silent Auction will have a culinary theme, featuring items made by 20 local artists including everything from aprons to platters. ****

Leave a Legacy for Ministry and Mission: Lutheran Planned Giving
You can make a gift to ministry and receive annuity payments up to 9.5%. Receive higher rates than current CDs, receive a tax deduction, and support your favorite church ministries. Sound too good to be true? Call and ask about charitable gift annuities. For more information call Pr. Greg Kramer at the Lutheran Planned Giving Office at 570374-2044 or call the ELCA Foundation, 800/638-3522, ext. 2970 or visit our website at www.elca.org/fo.

Earth Hour—March 28, 2009, 8:30 PM
With a goal of 1 billion personal participants, major cities in many countries have committed to send a message to world leaders in support of a plan to massively reduce carbon emissions by switching off their lights for just one hour on Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 PM. Governments, businesses and individuals are asked to join. See www.earthhour.org.

Early Registration Deadline Reminders
The first early registration deadline, which entitles campers to pay last year‟s fees, is April 1, 2009. The second early registration deadline, to be eligible for this year‟s discounted rate, is May 1, 2009. Take advantaged of reduced fees! For more summer camp information, check out the website at www.campmountluther.org

Evangelism & Social Ministry
An Evangelism and Social Ministry Committee meeting was held on February 26. It was discussed and decided that St. Matthew will be collecting boxes of pasta and jars of sauce for the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard during the months of March and April, as these are badly needed items. Our Clothing Giveaway has been set for November 7th to coincide with the Veteran’s Day parade. A sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board for anyone interested in baking apple pies for the Apple Pie Ministry. Some future events to think about:  We need someone from St. Matthew to be our Crop Walk coordinator.  We need volunteers to help with the Community Friendship Meal which we hope to host at Wesley in October. If you are looking for a way to become more involved at St. Matthew, the Evangelism and Social Ministry Committee would love for you to join us!

Altar Guild
Altar Guild Meeting/Training will be held Saturday, March 14, at 10am. Can you help? New hands and feet are always needed, and welcomed. If you „d like to help out on the Altar Guild and can‟t make it to the meeting, please contact Jill Prosseda or Pastor Joel.

Jill Prosseda, Chairman
Months to Serve in 2009:
March - Lois Krum and Mary Berlin April - Peg Williams and Dee Edwards May - Joan Reifer and Jill Prosseda

Music Ministry
As can be expected, the music program is working hard as ever to supply choral music during Sunday morning worship services and special music from the handbell choir. I want to thank every member of both the senior and handbell choir for their hard work and dedication to the ensembles. There has been so much success with the help and participation from all of you. I have enjoyed working with each and everyone of you and look forward to upcoming rehearsals and performances. Keep up the good work! Please join us for a special Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday service at the 10:30am service. The choir, along with narrators, will present the passion through a musical setting by Mark Hayes. This special event will be a great start to Holy Week! Please note, we are always welcoming more “hearts and souls” to lift their voices (or hands) in song in either choir. If the Lord has been tugging at your heart to either sing in the choir or test out of the handbells, please take the opportunity to give the choir a chance. Each week I am ever blessed by the many wonderful voices in our congregation and would love to have more of you in the choir. If you already come to church every week and sing the hymns and liturgy, why not do sit in the choir loft at the same time? As an alternative, you may sit with your spouse and/or family during the service and then proceed to the front of the church during the anthem. We are accommodating to schedules and flexible with rehearsals. Please do not hesitate to partake in such a joyous opportunity to praise the Lord through song!
“Christ is alive in music; Christ is alive in song. Sing to the Lord all the earth, sing to the Lord a new song of praise and thanks.”

WELCA News
We will continue to quilt of Wednesday mornings through April 15th. On April 21st we will go back to quilting on Tuesday mornings from 9 am until noon. We completed our 1,600th quilt in February. It is hard to believe that we have touched that many families through our ministry. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way. We especially thank Decorator Industries for their generous donations of material and batting. Gently used sheets or new sheets are always welcome!

St. Matthew Pre-School
Greetings from St. Matthew Preschool, It is hard to believe that we are in the month of March already. It seems like this school year has flown by, Some highlights for this month include our St. Patrick’s Day parties on March 16th and 17th. Don’t forget to wear the color green. We will do some other fun activities during the month like making shamrock shakes and green eggs and ham. I just might have to buy the store out of green food coloring because the children enjoy eating my green creations.) We will be learning about the Irish and this special holiday. As you may have guessed, the color of the month is green and the shapes for the month are shamrocks and ovals. Don’t forget the pickup day for the pizzas is March 6th. We will also be starting our Easter egg sales this month as well as our Spring candle sales. I am looking forward to an “egg”-cellent fundraiser this year! Sincerely, Miss Cherry

Christian Education
Our first Christian Ed meeting of 2009 was held on February 4th. Some topics discussed were Vacation Bible School, which will be held jointly with Trinity UCC and First Presbyterian Church. A tentative date has been set by July 16 20. Nursery will be available during the summer for the 9:30 am church service. The last day of Sunday School will be May 24th as we begin our summer break. There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday. If any child, ages 5 and up, would be interested in joining a Children’s Choir, please contact Alan, our Director of Music Submitted by Bev Schena Coordinator

The congregation has received THANK YOU notes from the following groups or individuals: Dotty & Jay Fenstermaker, Janet Fritz, Pastor Maggie Gillespie and Protestant Campus Ministry, Ben & Edna Powell, the Bloomsburg University-Community Task Force on Racial Equity, Martha Sheehe, Coordinator of the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard

Parish Records
Deaths Roseanna Greenly - February 16,2009

Camp Mt. Luther
SPRING BRUNCH & OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, April 26, 2009

BRUNCH HOURS: 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. PRICE: $9.50 for Adults and $4.50 for Children under 12. MENU: Ham, Sausage, Home Fried Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs,
Cheese Strata, Fruit Salad, Orange and Apple Juice, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Toast, Donuts, Coffee Cake, Cold Cereal, Chicken Noodle Soup, Coffee, Tea
Tickets are available by contacting the camp office. Deadline for ordering tickets is Friday, April 18. A limited number of walk-ins will be available.

OPEN HOUSE TOURS: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Are you a little concerned about your first camp experience? Never been to Mount Luther and have heard so much about it? Come to Camp Mount Luther for an enjoyable afternoon. Guests can learn all about our Summer Program and take a guided tour of camp. First time campers attending this open house will receive a $15 discount toward a full week of camp!

Worship Assistants for March
March 1, 2009 8 & 10:30 A. M. LECTORS: James Slusser/Katie Tonkinson PRAYER LEADERS: Maryalice Breisch/Ed Cherrington COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Daniel Wood III/Herb Fritz GREETERS: 8:00 AM Helen & Lee Hopple, Donna & Fred Whitenight 10:30 AM Grace Vanderslice, Janet Vought, Katie Tonkinson, Olivia Cornell USHERS: 8:00 AM Elaine Stauffer, Kathy Mensch, Katy Miller, Donna Whitenight 10:30 AM Mary Kreisher, Robert Temple, Michael Canty, Vickie & Andrew Palko LOCK-UP: Linda Tonkinson, John Mattera FLOWER DELIVERY: Maxine Gottstein, Marsha Walters

March 8, 2009 8:00 & 10:30 A. M. LECTORS: Marion Dent/Kayla McCready PRAYER LEADERS: Frank Fisk/Susan Ruckle COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Karl Schaefer/Linda Tonkinson GREETERS: 8:00 AM Winda Mae Schoch, Lois Krum, Betty McMahan 10:30 AM Liz & Harry Aurand, Jean & Bill Hallisey USHERS: 8:00 AM Luke, Zach, and Garrett Bellum, Daniel Wood IV 10:30 AM Charles Bayler, Ed Cherrington, Donald Moyer, Bill Boughter, Daniel De Leon LOCK-UP: Harry Dent, John Riley FLOWER DELIVERY: Margret & Wendelin Frantz    March 15, 2009 8 & 10:30 A. M. LECTORS: Nikki Schena/John Riley Jr. PRAYER LEADERS: Alan Hack/Fred Kluck COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Frank Fisk/Connie Kline GREETERS: 8:00 AM Jennie & Andy Barnes, Logan & Wyatt Bellum 10:30 AM Herb Fritz, Bill & Nola Shaffer USHERS: 8:00 AM Scott Long, Frank Fisk, Karl Schaefer, David Ruckle 10:30 AM Lee McLaughlin, John Chismar, Harry Strine III, Bill Hallisey LOCK-UP: Jay Fenstermaker, Donald Moyer FLOWER DELIVERY: Glenn & Mary Ruth Houck

March 22, 2009 8 & 10:30 A. M. LECTORS: Laura Plank/Harry Strine III PRAYER LEADERS: Bonnie Broadt/Diane Bachinger COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Scot Long/Randy Ruckle GREETERS: 8:00 AM Emily Rupert, Donna Fornwald, Dee & Bob Edwards 10:30 AM Ed Cherrington, Jay & Dotty Fenstermaker USHERS: 8:00 AM Luke Black, Dennis Bird, Brad Miller, Fred Whitenight, Harold Harris 10:30 AM John Riley Jr., Rick Knoebel, David Srednicki, James Terwilliger LOCK-UP: Charles Bayler, Steve Shaffer FLOWER DELIVERY: Harry & Marion Dent

March 29, 2009 LECTORS: Paul Conard/Charles Bayler PRAYER LEADERS: Emily Rupert/Lynn Canty COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Beverly Schena/Joan Reifer GREETERS: 8:00 AM Jordan & Nick Marold, Bob & Kathy Mensch 10:30 AM John & Peg Williams, Pauline Krum USHERS: 8:00 AM Paul Conard, Emil Anderson, Keith Eves, John McHenry 10:30 AM Herb Fritz, Harry Aurand, James, Hufford, Joseph Hufford, Charles Kahler, John Fridman LOCK-UP: Bill Hallisey, Jay Fenstermaker FLOWER DELIVERY: Harry & Liz Aurand

March/April Anniversaries
Names_______________________________Date__________________Years Herb & Connie Kline 3/12/1983 26 Max & Kayla McCready 3/12/2005 4 Marion & Mildred Thomas 3/19/1961 48 Law & Jean Groner 4/06/1957 52 Ralph & June Bucher 4/09/1949 60 Wade & Molly Gottstein 4/17/1982 27 Bradford & Bonita Rhone 4/25/1991 18

March/April Birthdays
Names
Jill Beyer-Torres Mildred Thomas, Helen Welsh Sherri Brandt, John Vought Tearstin Kocher Raymond Applegate, Abigail Knoebel, Abigail Thomas, Daniel Wood, Jr. Mary Bollinger, Danielle Hack, Hollie Vaughn Matthew Gillaspy, Janice Hartman Phoebe Miller Dorothy Dunkleberger, Dekotah Snyder Evelyn Miller Trista Kocher, Jeffrey Longenberger Donna Kreisher, Nancy Marolf Marie Kahler Paula Faus, Amber Srednicki, Linda Stone Pauline Krum Keith Eves Anna Mae Anderson, Carol Lee Bayler, Sandra Wood Tasha Kocher, Deborah McBride, Renee Moyer, Dorothea Schaefer Mason Snyder Freda Kreischer, Jennifer Longenberger, Lynn Wolinsky Levonia Pollard, Fred Whitenight Molly Gottstein Kayla McCready James Hufford, Jr. Robert Sorg Matthew Cadwallader, Betty McMahan, Mae Shaffer, Susan Shreck, Todd Wolinsky Barbara Albertson Darin Bettinger, Dorothy Foust, Fred Kluck Kathleen Hinkel Edith Fenstermacher, Barbara Ohl Caitlin Mattern, John McHenry Nancy Eyerly, Mary Jane Fridman Catherine Savage Lyle Klingaman, Leonard Stone, Dana Weaver, Daniel Wood, IV Lauren Driscoll Law Groner Lois Krum Diane Bachinger Douglas Hufford, Scott Welsh Wendelin Frantz, Jonathan Reifer Sandra Evans, Alan Hack, Will Hanna, Glenn Houck Elaine Stauffer, David Wood

Dates
3/01 3/03 3/04 3/05 3/06 3/07 3/08 3/10 3/12 3/13 3/17 3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/26 3/29 4/01 4/02 4/03 4/05 4/06 4/07 4/08 4/09 4/10 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/22 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/28 4/29 4/30

Order Your Easter Lilies
In memory of

In Honor of

Donations to the Decorating Fund_____________________________ Presented by_____________________________________________ ________I have elected to leave my Easter Lily at the church to be delivered to shut-ins, sick or elderly. Total number of Easter Lilies ordered__________ Total amount enclosed ____________________ Name

All order forms and payments must be in the office no later than Monday, March 30, 2009

The cost of each Easter Lily is $15. Payment must accompany your order form. Please place the payment and order form in an envelope and place in the offering plate, take it directly to the office, or mail it to: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 123 North Market St. Bloomsburg, PA 17815 No phone orders please. You may pick up your Easter Lilies immediately after the 10:30 Easter Sunday Service.

Christian One Liners
Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn't belong. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you? *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Peace starts with a smile. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Forbidden fruits create many jams.

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We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Be ye fishers of men. You catch them - He'll clean them. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+ Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* God grades on the cross, not the curve. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* God loves everyone, but probably prefers 'fruit of the spirit' over a 'religious nut!' *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* He who angers you, controls you! *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* If God is your Co-pilot - swap seats! *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Don't give God instructions -- just report for duty! *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* We don't change the message, the message changes us. *+*+*+*+*+*+*++*+*+*+*+*+*+* The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

Church Staff
Pastor Director of Music Parish Assistant Office Aide Sexton Preschool Teacher Webmasters Youth Leaders The Rev. Joel L. Zeiders Alan Hack Sandra Washburn Elaine Stauffer Robert Allen Cherry Slusser Richard & Patricia Eyerly Kayla McCready & Lindsay Hanna Congregation Council - 2009 Paul Conard - President John Riley, Jr. - Vice President Harry Strine, III - Treasurer Randy Ruckle - Secretary John Fridman Luther Black James Slusser Beverly Schena Karl Schaefer Linda Tonkinson Lindsey Marolf Rick Knoebel Pastor Joel Zeiders Committee Chairpersons Mutual Ministry: Property: Personnel: John Riley Wendelin Frantz

Social Ministry and Evangelism: Beverly Schena Parish Fellowship: Budget & Finance: Sunday School Coordinators: Vanessa Ruckle Nancy Marolf Brad Miller Trudy Klinedinst Lindsay Hanna Kayla McCready Beverly Schena Randy Ruckle James Slusser Nancy Marolf

Christian Education: Stewardship: Worship & Music: Funeral Meals:

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Telephone: 570-784-4515 Fax: 570-784-3232 E-Mail stmattbloom@verizon.net The Rev. Joel L. Zeiders, Pastor Home Phone: 570-784-3101 prstmattbloom@verizon.net Website: www.lutheransonline/stmattbloomsburg


				
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