new memberclassThere are 3 ways to become a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church:

First, a person or family may transfer from another LCMS congregation. No classes are required for these folks, although they are welcome to attend the classes to reaffirm their beliefs.

Second, members are welcomed through reaffirmation of Faith. These are people who have been a member of any Lutheran church sometime in their life and have gone through some education in Luther's Small Catechism. They may also be current members of a Lutheran church other than the Lutheran Church, Missouri-Synod. These folks will attend the five weeks of classes, or a portion thereof after discussion with the Pastor.

Third, and very important, is the opportunity for adults to learn of the Lutheran and Christian faith and join through attending the five classes called New Beginnings and becoming a Lutheran for the first time. These are referred to as Adult Confirmands and St. Matthew makes every effort in the community to encourage adults to not only join the church, but to start on their individual path towards building their Christian faith.

Joining St. Matthew Lutheran Church says to the public you are a Christian, that you are a member of God's own people, who are called " a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation" (1 Peter 2:9), and that you believe and act thus and are a witness to the Christian faith. You are following in the footsteps of what the very first Christians did in joining together and benefitting from fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42). It means that you will be able to receive the encouragement, strength, prayers, baptism, the Lord's Supper and the application of God's Word from fellow Christians and a pastor. It will tell other Christians and the world that you have considered it a serious matter to be able to join together with Christians to support the work of the church of calling a pastor, providing instruction in the Christian faith for the youth, adults, the older set, and doing evangelism and mission work at home and abroad.

welcomeNewMembersMembership makes a person a stakeholder at St. Matthew. They are stewards of the church for the Glory of God, and membership brings accountability in a commitment to Jesus Christ. Membership is a witness to other people who you are and what you are about. Joining is a serious declaration that you intend-with His help-to participate fully in doing the things of God. For this reason, St. Matthew schedules ongoing opportunities for membership. A five week class is held in the winter, spring and fall that is 1.5 hrs in duration. The classes typically take place at the church after the worship service on Sunday. Classes are taught by the pastor and cover what is referred to as the 6 chief parts from Luther's Small Catechism; the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and Confession and Absolution.