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St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church

"A Family in Faith Anchored in the Cross and Resurrection"

15617 Mason Road
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 774, Vermilion, OH 44089)
Tel. 440-967-9886
Email: stmatthewlutheranvermilion@yahoo.com
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Rev. Dr. Karl F. Fry, Pastor

10:30am Worship Service
Sunday School at 9:30am
Visitors welcome!
We are located 1/4 mile East of SR 60 on the left (North) side of Mason Rd.

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Oktoberfest - Saturday, November 8, 5-7pm

Pre-Christmas Sale - October 18, 25 and November 1, 10am-1pm

Remember the Reformation on October 31,1517

The Luther Rose, also known as the Luther Seal, is easily the most recognized symbol for Lutheranism, and for good reason. Martin Luther personally oversaw the creation of this symbol. It provides a beautiful summary of his faith, a faith that is common to all Christians, of every place and every time. Here is how Luther explained the meaning of his seal:
"Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. For one who believes from the heart will be justified" (Rom. 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. "The just shall live by faith" (Rom. 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theoligae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen."
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Upcoming Events
10/23 10:00a    Men's Bible Study
Join us for our continuing study of the Book of Acts. All Welcome.
10/25 10:00a    Pre-Christmas Rummage Sale
Come for gently-used Christmas and holiday items to brighten your holidays!
10/26  all day    Reformation Sunday
  9:30a    Bible Study with Pastor Karl
  9:30a    Sunday School
 10:30a    Worship Service
You are welcome to join us for our Worship Service.
10/30 10:00a    Men's Bible Study
Join us for our continuing study of the Book of Acts. All Welcome.
11/1 10:00a    Pre-Christmas Rummage Sale
Come for gently-used Christmas and holiday items to brighten your holidays!
11/2  9:30a    Sunday School
 10:30a    Worship Service
You are welcome to join us for our Worship Service.
 11:30a    Church Council Meeting
11/6 10:00a    Men's Bible Study
Join us for our continuing study of the Book of Acts. All Welcome.
11/8  5:00p    Octoberfest/Music night - New Date!
Join us for your favorite German dishes: Bratwurst, sauercraut, cabbage and noodles, desserts. Hot dog option for children or t...
11/9  9:30a    Sunday School
 10:30a    Worship Service
You are welcome to join us for our Worship Service.
11/13 10:00a    Men's Bible Study
Join us for our continuing study of the Book of Acts. All Welcome.
11/15  all day    Evening Fellowship event - To be announced
11/16  9:30a    Sunday School
 10:30a    Worship Service
You are welcome to join us for our Worship Service.

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