St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church – A Discipleship Center, Wilmington, NC


Good Shepherd

Dear Visitor,

The time for new beginnings is just around the corner. Yes, even if the weather doesn’t know it, summer is definitely coming to an end. New Hanover County year-round public school students went back to school on July 22. Our traditional students return to classes on August 26. Cape Fear Community College students report on August 15 and University of North Carolina Wilmington students August 20.

While you are marking those important dates on your calendar, be sure to think about what’s happening at St. Matthew’s this month. In fact, be sure the Lord of the Church is at the center of all that you plan to do.

On Friday, August 15, the Lutheran Campus Ministry at St. Matthew’s will host a cookout from 5-8 p.m. for new and returning UNCW and CFCC students. Contact  to let us know how many you will be bringing to supper and fellowship.

On Saturday, August 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Lutheran Campus Ministry at St. Matthew’s will host a come-and-go Move-In Day reception for new students and their parents. We have on hand breakfast foods in the morning, and sandwiches and snacks in the afternoon.  Please contact Donna at to give a headcount for how many will be dropping by for food.

On August 23, from 9 a.m. -12 noon, we host a New Disciples’ Class in church library for those who are new to Christianity or new to the Lutheran church. We cover basics of the faith from a Lutheran perspective, and it’s the first step towards joining our congregation…although no strings are attached if you just want to check us out.

On August 24, at 9:45 a.m. in the nave, we have our Rally Day kick-off to the new Sunday School year.  After singing some favorite songs, we present new age-appropriate Bibles to 3-year-olds, to new 3rd graders, and to new 6th graders. This is the day we help parents literally to keep the promise made at Baptism to “place in their hands the Holy Scriptures.” This is the day we introduce the teachers for children, youth, and adults, and remind you about the first day of classes on September 7 at 9:45 a.m.  Notice we aren’t having Sunday School on Labor Day weekend, August 31!

After the late service on August 24, we gather for a Rally Day Picnic in the McSwain Center at 12:30 p.m.  There will be food, fun, and fellowship for all ages and a bouncy house and slide for the kids.

So, then, as you are making all those last minute plans for August, be sure to find your way to St. Matthew’s often. And, because I know you can’t wait to get back to classes, Crossways Bible Study resumes on Wednesday, September 3, at 6 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.  Confirmation classes for 6th-8th graders begin on Wednesday, September 3,at  7 p.m. with an orientation for parents and students.

Please find your way often to St. Matthew’s where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and joy,

Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS

If you would like any event posted on this web site, weekly bulletin, newsletter or web site calendar, please submit all the necessary information to Donna Capozio the church Administrative Assistant or Cherry Horn, the church Secretary.

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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week

Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)

Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (High School) .

Wednesday Music Practice Schedule:

5:00 Little Luther Choir (PK4-1st grade) 5:25pm Luther Choir (grades 2-5)

6:00-6:45pm Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)

7:00-8:30pm Adult Choir