Pastor Matthew Finney
Pastor Matthew Finney was unanimously installed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sassamansville on Aug. 7 as the 21st pastor. Before receiving the call at St. Paul’s, Pastor Finney served a two-point parish in Western Pennsylvania known as Holy Shepherd Lutheran Parish which was a combination of Holy Trinity Parish in Lanse and Shepherd of the Hills Parish in Karthaus.
Pastor Finney brings many gifts to St. Paul’s. He received his master of divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2010. He also has a master of science degree in 2003 from North Carolina State University and a bachelor of science degree in 2000 from Purdue University both in agricultural science.
Pastor’s October Message
I know you have heard the saying, “everything old is new again.” Well I think that applies to St. Paul’s right now. We are in our 180th year of existence as a congregation, but we also have many new things happening in the life of the church. In early October we dedicated our new Allen organ (see the picture on this page of the installation). We have a brand new format and curriculum for Sunday morning Christian education where all ages from babies to the oldest among us learn from the Bible together. We have a new website for the congregation: stpaulssassamansville.com. We also have a new page on Facebook for the congregation you can find it on Facebook @stpaulssassamansville. On the website and the Facebook page you will find all the upcoming events and happenings at St. Paul’s. You can even get flyers for any upcoming event to print and hang up on a bulletin board or to use as an invitation. In October we had our first ever Oktoberfest and our first ever Trunk or Treat. The Oktoberfest was a fun day. We received many good comments about the event. The food was delicious, and those who took advantage of the German brass band and polka music seemed to enjoy it. I know I had fun singing with the polka band, and we even enjoyed a little encore of the Chicken Dance the next morning during the announcements before worship. (There is video of it on the church Facebook page for those who didn’t make it.)
You probably already noticed that the Epistle newsletter looks a little different this month. In fact, it looks completely different. That is thanks to something else new for the congregation, our new office secretary Andrea Kershaw. She comes to St. Paul’s with many years of experience as a church secretary, and we are very grateful to have her here. (See her article introducing herself in this issue of the Epistle)
With all of these changes, please give us your feedback. We want these changes to be an improvement to the communication and the life of the congregation, so please let us know. You can give your feedback via the website, our Facebook page, e-mail, or call. You could also write a letter or tell me face to face, the old ways of doing things still work too. There is no shortage of ways to communicate with me and the church.
I hope that all of you enjoy the new things happening at St. Paul’s. We are not doing new things just of the sake of doing new things. All of these changes are intended to build up the life and ministry here at St. Paul’s. I urge you to take advantage of these new offerings. I pray that through these things your faith and discipleship will be built up. Because the “new” thing that really matters is the new life given to us through Jesus Christ. If we don’t take full advantage of that, then all of the other new things we do within the congregation will be in vain.