Sharing God’s love and care to others is an important way to live out our faith. We have several more structured programs for doing this – other ways are lived out daily through relationships among caring Christians. Our pastors make regular calls on those who desire a pastoral visit. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church offers a variety of opportunities for you to express your faith and love for others. Please see the descriptions below. For more information about any of these ministries, contact the church office, 414.774.0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring Ministers visit older and/or home bound members with Holy Communion.
Sharing and Caring Program
Making a warm meal for someone who has been ill, has a new baby, or in another situation makes a big difference. Through the Sharing and Caring Program members make meals for those in need.
St. Matthew’s Befriender Program matches seniors with a caring visitor, developing a relationship over a period of months and years.
Stitches of Love Quilt Ministry
The quilt ministry strives to make beautiful quilts, afghans and receiving blankets from donated fabrics for distribution to individuals who are in physical, emotional or spiritual need. Quilts are donated to ministries serving the needs of the Greater Milwaukee area, charities and foreign missions.
Prior to the quilts and blankets being distributed, all receive a prayer of blessing on Mother’s Day as they are displayed in the sanctuary of the church.
The Stitches of Love Quilt Ministry meets approx. every 6 weeks between September and May, usually on Saturday mornings. Watch the Voice newsletter and Sunday bulletin for details on dates and times.
Bev Etzelmueller is the coordinator and she can be contacted at church with questions, 414-774-0441.
Prayer Chain Ministry
The Prayer Chain of St. Matthew’s continuously prays for the needs of the congregation and the community. These prayers are sent out weekly or more often as needed by email.
If you would like the prayer chain to be praying for your circumstances or needs, on Sundays you may use the blue cards in the pews. You may also fill out the prayer request form HERE. Or if you wish to speak to a staff person or pastor about your prayer request contact the church office at 414-774-0441.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawls are warm blessings made with the prayers of the person creating it. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient.
Some uses for the shawl include people who are undergoing medical procedures, as a comfort after a loss, during bereavement, prayer or meditation, commitment or marriage ceremonies, birthing, nursing a baby, as a bridal shower gift, illness or recovery… there are endless possibilities.
Our knitters make prayer shawls and bring them to the prayer shawl table outside the church library for distribution as needed.
Our prayer shawl ministry is coordinated by Jane Sandstrom. If you know of a need for prayer shawl, contact Jane at church, 414-774-0441.
St. Matthew’s Prayer Shawl Ministry meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday evening.
Healing Prayer Ministry
St. Matthew’s offers monthly healing services for those who desiring healing prayers for themselves or for others. A ministry of praying for healing is an essential part of the Christian church’s calling and commitment; all healing comes from God.
The ministry of healing prayer in the church is a whole person ministry: spirit, mind, body, feelings, and relationships. The ministry of healing prayer is a ministry of the whole congregation, even though certain individuals are called upon to carry out the ministry (The Healing Prayer Ministry team). A yellow brochure in the pew racks in the worship space explains the ministry more fully.
You may come on your own. You may come with a loved one, friend or entire family of support group. You may come for yourself or as a channel for others.