St Matthias Online Worship – February 14, 2021

Dear Siblings in Christ,

Since we are supposed to get snow late tonight into tomorrow, I hope you are staying safe — and we can all stay safe by worshiping together online! Our lesson this week — on the final Sunday after Epiphany, before we head toward Lent — follows that of Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Jesus’s first prediction of his crucifixion and death. We see Jesus and his disciples travel up a mountain, which is a place where humans and gods interact. We see the interaction as Jesus is transfigured right before their eyes and as God reveals the true nature of who Jesus is.

What does Jesus’ transfiguration mean to you, and how is God transforming us today in the midst of turmoil and even during the pandemic?

We continue to worship online to help ensure the safety of our St. Matthias family and we invite you to worship at home with us. Worship will be available Sunday morning, February 14, beginning at 9am by clicking on one of the following links:

(71) St Matthias Lutheran Church Carlisle PA – YouTube

(Please click on the video for February 14)

​​(20+) St Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church | Facebook

(You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the worship service)

Until we resume in-person worship, we invite you to worship together with us each Sunday morning at 9am, or you may watch the worship service later at your convenience.

A link to the worship bulletin is attached below. If you have any questions or concerns, please Email me at We will continue to monitor the Department of Health website regarding returning to in-person worship. This past week, Bishop Dunlop recommended that churches maintain online worship until the positive testing rate in our county is 5 percent or lower or less than 20 cases per 100.000 people, especially in older or smaller buildings, or those spaces with slower air recirculation. For the past week, our county had a positive testing rate of 6.9 percent and 133 cases per 100,000 people (/ In the meantime, Until we reopen for in-person worship, we invite you to refer to the Celebrate inserts that you received in your worship-at-home packet in the event you are unable to open or print the attached bulletin.


  • Congratulations to new grandparents Bob and Karen Russell, uncle Kirby Gutshall, and big sister Hazel! Ellie Mae was born this past week to Brett and Corryn Gutshall.
  • We had a great time chatting and visiting during our first “Zoom tryout session” in January, so we are going to host a Zoom session once a month, on the last Sunday of each month. Our next “Zoom Get Together” will be held Sunday, February 28 at 11am. As a reminder, our meetings will get cut off after 45 minutes; when they do, please re-log back in using the same link and we can keep the meeting going! Please use the following link to attend the get-together; directions for using Zoom are listed below.
  • Since we are not gathering in person for worship, we will be hosting an online Ash Wednesday evening service on Wednesday, February 17. It will be available to watch beginning at 6pm on YouTube and Facebook — you can access it using the same link you use for Sunday worship — (71) St Matthias Lutheran Church Carlisle PA – YouTube but click on the video for Ash Wednesday. We plan (weather permitting! to deliver “Lent-at-home” worship packets this coming Monday and Tuesday so that you will have ashes to use as part of the service, if you like, as well as worship materials for throughout the Lenten season.
  • Do you like to walk? Have you ever thought about walking…to Jerusalem?!?! Well, you’ll have a chance to do just that during our season of Lent! We have been invited to partner with our friends at St. Matthew to join them as we record our collective miles and see if we can walk 6300 miles to Jerusalem. Any family and friends are welcome to join in and record their miles — just record your collective miles and submit them to me once a week by emailing, or call and leave me a voice message with your mileage, and I will submit them to St. Matthew. Sure, it’s a lot of miles…but we know that anything is possible through God! For an article from Pastor Tim that offers some more details about the walk as well as some scripture to read as we trek to the Holy Land, please click on the link below:
  • As the pandemic continues, so does the need for blood donors. First Lutheran, Carlisle, will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Guidelines for social distancing will be followed, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up for an appointment, click on this link or call 717-215-6055.
  • We will also be hosting a brief mid-week Lenten worship service through Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 24 throughout the season of Lent. A brief tutorial on accessing Zoom is included below:

Accessing Zoom on your Computer or Smartphone:

Open your internet browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.)

Find the zoom link below:

(If you already have Zoom installed, you can also enter the Meeting ID into your app: 978 052 2760)

Click on the link or copy it into your browser

If Zoon is not already installed, click on “Download Now”

After you’ve clicked that and Zoom is downloaded, click on the Zoom program at the bottom left of your screen to install it

Say “Yes” to allow the app to make changes to your machine

You should see a message “Installing Zoom” on your screen

After installation is complete, click “Launch meeting”

Click “Open Zoom Meeting”

You’ll see a message asking for you to wait for the host to let you in – please wait momentarily until the meeting begins and the host lets you in

Once you join in the meeting, you will see two buttons on the lower left of your screen – a , and share camera button and a mute/unmute button. You can share the camera and your image will be shown on the screen for everyone in the meeting to see (if you don’t want to be seen, you can click on unshare camera). You can also mute and unmute yourself – meeting participants are generally muted except when they are talking. The host can also mute participants if there is a lot of background noise.

When the meeting is over, click on the “Leave Meeting” button on the bottom right

Click “X” at the Post-Attendee Zoom window to exit out of Zoom

Accessing Zoom on your Telephone:

By phone (not toll free)  – dial any number below and enter Meeting ID 978 052 2760 whenever you are prompted

  +1 646 558 8656             +1 301 715 8592             +1 312 626 6799

Please note – since you are on a phone, you will not be able to view participants and they will not be able to see you, but you will be able to hear the meeting and participate.

  • Although we aren’t gathering in person, bills to maintain our ministry and our building still continue. We have set up a secure online giving tool (endorsed by the ELCA and used by more than 4,000 churches) through Tithely. You may give online by clicking on the link below — and you may also use the site to set up recurring giving, where your gift will be automatically deducted on a day of your choosing. There’s also a green DONATE button at the bottom of this bulletin (and at the bottom of our website) that you nay click on to make a gift. If you have any questions on how to use this service, please let me know. THANK YOU for your continued support of St. Matthias and its ministry.
  • You may also download the giving app through the following link: Giving App for iPhone or Android |

Here is the link to make a gift online to St. Matthias using the Tithely online giving site:

Prayer List:

All those affected by Covid-19, Christian M. (Marines) and all military service personnel, Don and Joanne, Jacques, Pam, Betty Lou, Mark, Pat, Seth, DJ, Margaret, Sally, George, Arleen, Greg, Charles, Carol, Darryl, Andrea, Wayne and family, family and friends of the Rev. Sterlen Sheaffer (Ruth Hoy’s brother), and all who ask for the Lord’s healing and mercy.


Vicar MJ

PS – Happy Valentine’s Day – May this day remind you just how much you are loved by God!!

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