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Welcome to the Website of St. Matthew Lutheran Church –
Flora Township!

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In service to Christ, our family of believers at St. Matthew strive to provide the following:

  • Worship Service
  • Bible Classes
  • Adult Information Classes
  • Scriptural Counseling
  • Ladies Aid
  • 212 WELS Soccer Camp
  • Youth Group: 212 Teens 4 Christ
  • Shut-in Visitation

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Latest Updates from WELS

Additional Online Worship Opportunities for Holy Week

Synodwide Holy Week messages

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Please make use of online worship resources and radio ministries   

Visit St. Matthew’s Danube Livestream on YouTube.  Or watch Time of Grace Sunday mornings on Kare 11 at 10:30am.  You can also watch Time of Grace on demand on www.timeofgrace.org.

As Christian brothers and sisters let us do what we can to lift each other up in prayer and encouragement during this difficult time.  A phone call, a text, a letter, a word of encouragement can mean a lot during this time of uncertainty.  And remember you have a God who says to his people in uncertain times, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep you away. – Isaiah 43:1-2.

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Stay Connected with Online Resources

Please Subscribe to St. Matthew’s Danube YouTube page 

Follow us on Facebook for updates, devotions, sermons, etc.  

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give us meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:22-25.

While we may be unable to meet together in person for a while, may we find ways to meet each other through the gift of technology that God has blessed us with.  May God bless us as we call each other on the phone and pray for one another.  May God bless us as we make use of online resources.  May the Lord bless us as we strengthen the family altar at home.  May the Lord bless us as we encourage and reach out to our brothers and sisters in Christ and as we reach out to the world with the light and life of Jesus.

This is the unwavering truth of the gospel.  God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  The Lord in his love sent Jesus to be our substitute and our sacrifice.  Jesus came to be our brother so that we might be one with the Father.  He has given us peace with God and peace for our daily lives.  As the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus has cleansed us from our sins with his blood as he gave himself as a sacrifice for all sin.  He has washed his children in the pure water that is Baptism and has called us to be his own. He has blessed us with faith and with the Holy Spirit as he has given us His Word. He has promised to be with us always and to watch over our comings and goings both now and forevermore.  He has promised that one day we will see him face to face and we live with him and all God’s people forever.

Let us draw near to God in these uncertain times and hold unswervingly to the sure and certain hope that we have in Jesus, for he who promised is faithful.  He who created us and has redeemed us will also preserve and sustain and strengthen us in the days ahead.

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JOIN US FOR WORSHIP ONLINE

Online Worship Folder – March 22, 2020

St. Matthew’s YouTube Page

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Important Notice Concerning Worship and Bible Class 

St. John’s Renville has suspended all worship services, bible class, and Sunday School until further notice. 

St. Matthew Flora Twp. has suspended all worship services until further notice.   

Tuesday Bible Class is on hiatus until further notice. 

St. Matthew’s Danube has suspended all worship services, bible class, and Sunday School until further notice.  

After much prayerful discussion, we have come to the decisions listed above and we will continue to give careful consideration concerning how to proceed in the days and weeks ahead.

In our discussions, we recalled God commands that we are to love God and to love our neighbor.  We love and trust our God, who promises to care and protect us and deliver us from all evil, but we also know from his Word that we should not put him to the test.  In love for our neighbor, we desire that the members of our congregation and the members of the community would be blessed by attendance at our worship services, but we also are aware of the recently heightened health concerns.  Members of the church councils have wrestled with these principles of our faith and in Christian love, and in Christian freedom, our congregations have come to the conclusions listed above.  We pray that God will bless these decisions as he sees fit.

In Psalm 27, we hear David speak of uncertain times, and yet he would not fear.  We hear him speak of being unable to be in the house of the Lord, but he expresses his confidence in God my Savior.  During this time that David is kept away he longs for the house of the Lord, One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.    And in the end, even with all that is going on around him he trusts, he is confident, that God in his goodness would resolve the issue at hand.  I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. 

It is a difficult thing for me, as a pastor, as your brother in Christ, to ask anyone to stay away from the house of the Lord, but this is what I am writing about today.   It feels strange.  These are uncertain times, but like David, we can express the same confidence in God our Savior.  In these dark times, we have this comfort: The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?  Throughout the rest of the psalm, David speaks of the peace and security the LORD gives to us as well.  He will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.  That same LORD who watched over David in his distress watches over us, and we have the peace and security of knowing that he will resolve the issue at hand according to his good and gracious will, and according to his timeline.

During this time, we pray that the Lord may lead us to have a greater appreciation for being in God’s house.  May we long for a time when we can all be gathered together again in the worship of our LORD.  So dear friends like the psalmist I encourage you simply to Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

As your shepherd, I still very much desire all the flock to be fed and so I will be exploring ways to share God’s Word with you through alternative resources and online tools.   Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook pages for further resources as well.  Feel free to share these resources, print off sermons or devotions for neighbors who have no internet access, or call Pastor Kuschel for other ways to share the peace of Jesus with our members, neighbors, family, and friends.

For further resources go to www.stmatthewsdanube.org and click the Resources tab.

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Tri-Parish Ministry:

On Sunday, February 16, at the annual voters meeting, the members of St. Matthew’s Danube voted to become part of a Tri-parish ministry between St. Matthew’s Danube, St. Matthew Flora Twp, and St. John’s Renville. All three congregations have now agreed to be joined together in this way.  We thank all the members who gave their input.  We thank the council members who took the input from each of the congregations to work out the details of this partnership.  May God bless our work together.

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Pastor Kuschel Has Declined the Call to serve in Marshfield:

After prayerful consideration, Pastor Kuschel has decided to continue to serve at St. Matthew’s Danube and St. Matthew Flora Twp, along with St. John’s Lutheran Church of Renville. May the Lord continue to bless us as work together to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. _____________________________________________________________

Stay Connected Wherever You Are:

As we experience winter weather we would like to encourage you to make use of local radio and online ministries if you are unable to attend worship at your local congregation.Watch Time of Grace 10:30 am on Kare 11, or on demand at www.timeofgrace.org. Listen to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Redwood Falls 8:00 am service on 97.7 KLGR FM. Or tune in to the livestream of St. Matthew’s Service {click the livestream tab listed at the top of this page}.

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Little Lambs Learning Center

Preschool and Childcare Center

For all children ages 0-5

7:15 am – 5:15 pm

“It’s our plan at Little Lambs to keep your child in Jesus’ hands”

For more information visit us at

www.littlelambseclc.org

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