ST. MATTHEW'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, a Member Congregation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), 5047 NW Gateway Ave., Riverside, MO. THIS CHURCH HAS BEEN SERVING GOD IN RIVERSIDE, MO FOR 170 YEARS!

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.” - Martin Luther



Sunday School 9:00-9:50 a.m. (classes for children and adults)
Worship / Holy Communion, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
We have Childrens Church Activities during worship for Kindergarten and younger.
Time of fellowship: 11:00 (coffee, treats, visiting)

The Micronesian Evangelical Church meets in our sanctuary on Sunday afternoons.

On the first Friday each month (Oct-June) Acoustical Jam, 7-10 pm. Join us for music and fun w/ guitars, violins, banjos etc., singing, fellowship and snacks! Bluegrass, folk, country, gospel and rock 'n roll!  Musicians and spectators welcome!

Sunday, April 13 - PALM SUNDAY  biscuits and gravy following worship)

Thurs., April 17, Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 20, EASTER SUNDAY
        We are planning an egg hunt for the children.

Friday May 2 Acoustical Jam 7-10 p.m.

Sunday, May 4, 6 p.m. Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet concert. No admission charge. Free will offering only.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be June 24-27 (Tues-Fri) 6-8 pm. More details later! See VBS page and Kids Page for pictures and info from previous years' VBS.

 Also check out our Facebook page!


Here is a sneak preview of the cover of Recipes & Remembrances, a wonderful new cookbook full of recipes from current members, members from the past, and friends of the church, that will be published soon by St. Matthew's Women's Fellowship to celebrate our 170th anniversary and as a fundraiser. It is a high quality beautiful hard cover three ring binder style. This will be a great addition to your cookbook collection and would be a wonderful wedding, birthday, Christmas or "just because" gift! We will have ordering info soon.

Our Staff

OUR STAFF: Pastor Bud Elliott has been Pastor at St. Matthew's since July of 2003. He has been in ministry for over 37 years and is also a Police Chaplain and a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Pastor Russell E. Saltzman is Assistant Pastor at St. Matthews and he is the current Dean of the Great Plains Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church. He has many years experience in the ministry and is a lecturer and published author. Pastor Russ fills the pulpit when Pastor Bud is away and also provides many other resources to our congregation, such as the series of classes he presented on Lutheran theology in September 2012.

Joyce Hisel is our Director of Music and also works with the children of the church. She recently retired as vocal music instructor at Platte County R-3 High School where she led her students to many top awards over the years. She is a life-long member of St. Matthew's.

About St. Matthew's Evangelical

St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran is a member congregation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The NALC is "Christ Centered", "Mission Driven", "Traditionally Grounded", and Congregationally Focused".

St. Matthew's is a small, friendly, dedicated community of faith, witnessing to the truth of the Gospel in Riverside and the surrounding community. We offer a traditional worship service, Bible-based preaching and teaching, Sunday School classes for children and adults, an active women's fellowship, monthly pot-luck dinners, Vacation Bible School, and other special activities. St. Matthew's was founded in 1844, on the same spot where it now stands, and is one of the oldest churches in continuous existence in the Kansas City area. You may read more about our history HERE.

OUR BELIEFS: We subscribe to the NALC Confession of Faith, which accepts the Lutheran Confessions found in the Book of Concord (the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, Luther's Small Catechism, Luther's Large Catechism, the Ecumenical Creeds, etc.)

Whether you are a new resident of the Riverside area or are just seeking a church home, we invite you to worship with us at St. Matthew's and participate in our activities.

Missionaries of the NALC

Click HERE for information about the Missionaries of the North American Lutheran Church.

Presently, Pastor Riak, South Sudan, has been forced to flee the country with his family due to serious fighting and conflict. Please keep them and all others affected in your prayers!


You can help by simply purchasing a few extra items when you go to the store, or donating items in good condition that you do not need. Bring them to church for one or all of the following projects.

: Some of our members came to the US from the Micronesian islands and have told us of some of the needs there. This year (2013) we have shipped 14 boxes containing 130+ t-shirts and some personal care items, and in August sent 6 boxes of school supplies. We will decide soon what our next shipment will be.

Shower for ECH/Steppingstones): We are collecting household items for the young people in group housing and for those who have graduated to their own apartments. Some examples are twin-size bedding, pots and pans, dishes, flatware, kitchen towels, bath towels, wastebaskets, lamps, etc. We will have a collection box marked "Steppingstones". See Helen H. with any questions. Helen is also now taking cash contributions for ECH.

Coupons for Military Familes: bring any coupons you aren't going to use. Rogean C. will see that they are delivered. Military personnel can use them at PXs 6 months after their normal expiration date.

Food pantry: the first Sunday of each month, bring nonperishable groceries and non-food personal and household items (things that can't be purchased with food stamps) to be shared with those less fortunate in our community.

Food Ministry - Bread of Hope

Food Ministry - Bread of Hope
Quality food for a low price! Order at St. Matthew's on Sundays 11:00-11:30 am, or order on-line. Click on the picture for current menu and ordering information.

NALC Information

Go HERE for NALC information.
Click HERE for the March 2014 Issue of the NALC Newsletter
See also our NALC page, where you will find information about the Great Plains Mission District Convocation on Oct. 5, 2013, and information and photos of the Ordination of Faisa Atomsa on Oct. 6, 2013.

Resources for Bible Study and Devotions

Adult Sunday School. We invite you to join us in studying and discussing God's word at 9 am each Sunday. Our current study is on the book of John.
On-Line Bible (Bible Gateway) Look up scriptures in various translations and languages.
Our Daily Bread devotional from RBC Ministries. We also have free copies of Our Daily Bread in print.
Daily Devotions and more from Sola Publishing's Word Alone.
Proverbs 31 Ministries (for the ladies)

Pr Saltzman's Class on Lutheran Theology

If you missed Pastor Russ' classes on Lutheran Theology, we have posted the videos online. Here is Week 1

Here is week 2:

An Affirmation of Marriage

Click HERE for a Joint Statement on the Affirmation of Marriage by Lutheran Church-Canada, North American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Anglican Church in North America.