All Are Welcome
in This Place

5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall


8:30 am Outdoors and 10:30 am in the Sanctuary


For Pre-School and Elementary age children to leave the service for their own experience of church that includes a Bible story, prayer, songs and play.

Sunday Service

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A Gust of Wind

Help Us Plan Our Future Together

Your Voice Matters!


St. Mtthew is currently undergoing a Visioning Process as part of our long range planning.  We need your input as we plan for the future through this visioning process. It is extremely important that your voice is heard at this time of planning. Here is how it works.

Here is how you can help:

  • For your convenience we ask that you complete an online survey which you can complete by clicking on this link.
  • The information you provide is tabulated by LEAD. The information will be reported to us without your names attached. It is confidential.
  • If you would like help accessing the survey, members of our team will be available with laptops to assist you. They will be in the Gathering Place and Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings between services for the next two weeks.
  • Paper copies of this survey will also be available at the Hospitality Desk, the office and with our worship assistants at Drive-In Worship through June 4. Place your survey in the envelope that is provided and put it in the offering basket or return to the church office. The results will be tabulated together with the online responses.
  • All surveys must be submitted no later than Monday, June 5.

Thank you for prayerfully responding to the survey’s questions. Your Voice Matters! We are Listening.

The LEAD/Dream Team,

Hunter Crabbs, Sherry Crouse, Randy Kline, Kelli Reed, Kayla Steffans, Jenny Troup, Vicki Wildasin
With Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman and Tim Peck, Youth Ministry and Community Outreach

Loving Our Neighbors

Involved in Our Community

Packing Care Kits Once More

The Women of the ELCA and the Intergenerational Faith Connections are collecting items to assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  They are combining their efforts for a Personal Care Kit Packing Event on June 4 at 9:30 am. Mark your calendars now. People who must flee their homes…

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Do you know we partner with the Community Aid Store in South Hanover? When you make donations and shop there the community benefits. All your donations are credited to St. Matthew and are used for our Human Needs Fund, which helps the people in our community. Recently, they increased clothing,…

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Upcoming Neighborhood/Community Meals

Please join us at St. Matts for the Summer Community Meals! Come to eat, come to help or come to mingle!! Or, feel free to pick up and go if need be. The dates are Wednesday, June 28; Sunday, July 16; and Wednesday, August 23. The times are 5:00 – 6:30.  Weather permitting, the meals are held in the grassy area behind the church building.  If necessary, we move them to Fellowship Hall.  Watch the bulletins and website for more information.

Fellowship and Learning All in One

Faith Connections and Education Opportiunities

Faith Connections Continues

Summer Faith Connections will be held Sunday mornings beginning on June 11, between worship services (9:30 – 10:20 a.m.). Youth from 6th grade through recent high school graduates are invited to gather outside the Education building for faith focused conversation. Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite beverage. If weather is rainy or too hot, we will meet in the Youth Suite. Middle School Connections will meet Tuesday evenings beginning May 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Not on…

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St. Matt Scholarships Available

St. Matthew Scholarships are offered to students who are voting members of our congregation. Information, guidelines and applications are on our website or in the church office. Applications, grade transcripts and letters of reference are due in the office June 9 and personal interviews are scheduled for the evening of June 21. You may apply for most of the scholarships twice.  If you have any questions, contact Doris, 717-637-7101, ext. 225 in the church office or email her,

Why Not Be a Prayer Pal?

This summer, our youth are off to experience their faith anew in offsite settings like church camp and service trips. We are looking for Prayer Pals who are interested in being paired up with someone to pray for and write to through these transformative experiences. If this sounds like you,…

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Youth on the Move

Sharing and Caring

Day Camp 2023

Day Camp Returns Day Camp is coming to St. Matthew again! We will be hosting Day Camp this summer on our church property. This is a 5-day program, organized by Camp Nawakwa Lutheran Bible Camp for fun, worship, Bible study, games, nature study, singing, recreation, meeting new friends and sharing! Dates are June…

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Vacation Bible School 2023

Vacation Bible School 2023 VBS Registration Form Children and Family Ministry Coordinator: Stacy Parsons, Click for Registration Form VBS will be held June 26th-29th from 9 am-noon. Ready for some fun with the ultimate hero team? Hero Hotline VBS invites children ages 4-5th grade to answer the call to serve God together. Young Heroes learn to strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up as we are taught in Romans 14:19.…

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Growing Young Leaders

We want to introduce you to the 2023 Generosity Appeal Campaign: ‘Growing Young Leaders.’ Through the Lower Susquehanna Synod we are helping to develop Leaders for Youth Ministry, Nurturing Christian Community, and Discovering Unique Giftedness as Children of God Ministry with children, youth, and their families. We are committed to developing leaders who accompany growing disciples of Christ in today’s world. Your generosity enables us to mentor and accompany young leaders for a life of discipleship through intentional Christian…

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Active Schedule for Our Youth

All youth are encouraged to participate in a number of upcoming activities, from concerts to an Open Mic Night, to special band tryouts, to mission trips and more.

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Milestones and Events!

Adults & Kids — All in the Family

Confirmation Camp Nears

All Saints Confirmation Camp is at Camp Nawakwa from Sunday, June 11 until Friday, June 16. If you have any questions, contact Tim Peck by calling the church office 717-637-7101, ext. 230 or via email, youth@stmattlutheran.orgLearn more by viewing a video our website.

Graduation Milestone

On June 4, we will be celebrating a graduation milestone in worship at the 10:30 service. If you or someone you love is graduating from high school, college, or any other certificate or program, please submit their name and a…

Save the Date for ALiVE

ALIVE is the annual synod middle-school retreat. The annual fall retreat is scheduled for September 22-24, 2023, at Camp Nawakwa.   Congregations from across our synod gather with their adult advisors and youth for this traditionally early fall weekend that includes…

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Faith Formation and Life Changing Event

The first interest meeting about the 2024 ELCA Youth & Young Adult Gathering will be held on Sunday, August 13 during Faith Connections 9:30 – 10:20 am in the Youth Suite (Room 302). Any interested youth who will be entering high school the Fall of 2024 along with a parent are encouraged to attend. The Gathering will be held in New Orleans, July 16-20, 2024. The Gathering brings together thousands of high-school age Lutherans from across the country and overseas for faith formation, worship, fellowship and service.

Visit the ELCA Gathering web site.

Stewards of God’s Creation

Caring for Our Beautiful World

Bring Out Those Bikes and Sneakers

Warmer weather is on the horizon so it is time to once again lace up your sneakers and buckle on your helmets! THE DEVOTIONAL BIKING & WALKING GROUP is gearing up to start meeting again to encounter God together in community, creation, and scripture. Beginning Monday, April 24 we will join together twice per week, Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. A new location has been added as well to take in more of God’s beautiful creation.…

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2023 Guatemalan Mission Trip

In 2023 St. Matthew is offering a group mission trip with Tree 4 Hope to Guatemala for our members from July 19 – 27. There is so much to experience, learn and share. It is a true blessing to serve as God’s Hands!

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