Getting Prepared, Getting Back to God


“Therefore since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the blood of Jesus…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, …  Let us hold fast the confession without wavering, for he who promised is faithful;”          Hebrews 10:19, 22, 23


“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”            Psalm 122:1


Summer is winding down and students and parents are preparing to go back to school. Perhaps you have been buying notebooks, pencils, pens, and / or signing off to care for an electronic tablet or other gadget to use in classes.   At farms and fields preparations are also underway for the harvest to come.  You might have some dates on your calendar for the state fair.   At church meetings at St. Matthew’s plans are in the works for our Fall Festival.


At my home on Sunday morning I do some preparation before worship. Of course, I pray, but I’m talking about letting everybody know that I am heading to church for Adult Forum, so they can start getting up and getting ready to be there while I’m still making announcements. In John’s Gospel Jesus said people come to faith because the Father draws them.  (John 6:44) Paul wrote that we have the Holy Spirit that makes us children who call out to our heavenly Father. (Romans 8: 15) When we gather we are drawn together to confess our sins and receive forgiveness, to sing God’s praise and to hear the old story of Jesus’ compassion and saving grace for sinners. We come with confidence and faith in Christ to receive his blessings and follow him.  Join us for worship.


God bless you,

Rev. Aaron Albrecht




Alter Flowers


Jackquline Diepold & Deb Draeger

Scripture Readers

 September 9: Lori Loomis

                 16: No Reader

                 23: Carolyn Proehl

                 30: Doug Proehl

                 30: Norine Reopke

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Aug 27 - Sept 10: Donal & Racquel Kiecker

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Life Enhancing Opportunities:

Adult Forum on Sunday Mornings at 9AM

& Bible Study at 4PM on Wednesday’s.


Apples 'n Cream  Dessert Squares

 1 package yellow cake mix (unprepared)½ cup flaked coconut

½ cup butter or margarine softened

2  - 21 oz. cans prepared apple pie filling

½ cup sugar                     

1 teaspoon cinnamon

16 oz. sour cream               

2 eggs


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first 3 ingredients, blend until crumbly.  Press into bottom of 9” x 13” pan and 1/2” up on sides.  Spread fruit filling over base.  Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over filling.  Blend sour cream and eggs; spoon evenly over filling.  Bake 45 minutes or until cream and egg mixture is set.