St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

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


Jesus calling fishermen

Dear Visitor,

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said to some fishermen at work. It’s not a one-time call. He calls us to follow Him every day of our lives.  Maybe you’ve been fighting His call, kicking and screaming the whole way. Maybe you’re just curious. So…why don’t you check out what it means to be His disciple?

On August 23, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m., we host a New Disciples’ Class in church library for those who are new to Christianity or new to the Lutheran church. We cover some 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.  Contact Donna in our office at if you want to attend.

On August 24, at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 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. Some of our older youth will be playing music. Dress casually and wear something red for St. Bartholomew’s Day. If you want to eat lunch with us, again, contact

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.  We will begin a 20 week class on the books of the New Testament.

Confirmation classes for 6th-8th graders begin on Wednesday, September 3,at  7 p.m. with an orientation for parents and students.

Sunday School classes begin on September 7. If you want to take a deeper look at how Lutherans practice the Christian faith, take the class on Martin Luther’s Large Catechism at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday.

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

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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