“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 Children's Church Activities during worship for Kindergarten and younger.
Time of fellowship: 11:00 (coffee, treats, visiting)

*All are welcome to receive the Lord's Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.

On the first Friday of each month, 7-10 pm, we host Acoustical Jam. 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! 

The Adult Sunday School class is studying the book of Acts. Please join us!

Friday, Oct. 2, Acoustical Jam, 7-10 pm
Wed., Oct. 14, Consistory (Church Board) 6 pm
Wed., Oct. 21, Women's Fellowship, 6 pm
Sunday, October 25, Reformation Sunday. The Oromo and Micronesian churches will join with us in worship. Potluck meal following worship.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 pm - Gospel Concert by the "Dysart Family". No admission fee - just a free will offering.

Friday, Nov. 6, acoustical jam, 7-10 pm 14
Sat. Nov. 7, Great Plains Mission District annual convocation
Sat. Nov. 14 - Annual Turkey Dinner fundraiser, with quilt raffle, crafts and baked goods for sale.

Other congregations meeting at St. Matthews:

Ebenezer Oromo (Ethiopian) Evangelical Church of Kansas City (a mission congregation of the NALC). Worship at 12 noon each Sunday. Pastor Faisa Atomsa. Services are held in the Oromo language.

Missouri Micronesian Church (a new mission congregation of the NALC). Worship at 3:00 p.m.each Sunday. Pastor Phillip Istaro. Services are held in the Chuukese language.

Also check out our Facebook page!

Click HERE for the July 2015 issue of the NALC Newsletter. It includes an article about Pastor Atomsa and the Ebenezer Oromo church!

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.

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, was a Chaplain in the US Army Reserve for 9 years, is currently a Police and Fire Department Chaplain in Eudora, Kansas, where he lives, and is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Pastor Faisa Atomsa pastors the Ebenezer Oromo Evangelical Church of Kansas City (an NALC mission congregation that worships at St. Matthew's on Sunday afternoons) and is also assistant pastor at St. Matthew's! Faisa was ordained into the NALC in October, 2013. See pictures of this event on the NALC page.

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.

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. We are currently studying the book of Acts.
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)

NALC Information

Go HERE for NALC information.
See also our NALC page, where you will find information about the North American Lutheran Church, the Great Plains Mission District, and other news and information.


Here is information about how you can do some great things for your church or community through a Thrivent Action Team! You are eligible if you are a member of Thrivent Financial for Christians (formerly Thrivent Financial for Lutherans). If you have no Thrivent financial or insurance products you can still join as an Associate Member and will then be eligible to apply for an Action Team grant. Grants are in the form of a $250 debit card to be used to purchase supplies and other items for a fundraiser or other type of project that you and your team want to do. Thrivent furnishes various promotional material and up to 25 free t-shirts for each project. Your team may consist of family members, friends or fellow church members (they do not need to be Thrivent members).

St. Matthew's renovated the church nursery in 2014 and had a School Supplies for Micronesia project in 2015 using Action Team grants. There is more info HERE, or you may contact Mrs. Elliott at 913-636-4100.


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 of people living on the island of Kosrae, in the small village of Walung (on the SW part of the island shown above). This island is more than 6,600 miles westward from Kansas City (over 1/4 of the way around the globe)! The people engage primarily in subsistence fishing and farming. There are no stores to purchase goods in Walung. In 2013 we shipped over 130 t-shirts, personal care items, and school supplies. The children sent us many wonderful thank you letters when they received their school supplies. Early this year we sent 10 boxes of bags, totes and personal care items for the women and clothing for children 0-5 years old, and again received a large envelope of thank you notes. More recently we collected 9 boxes of school supplies, as an "Action Team" project through Thrivent Financial. Thrivent provided $250 to help fund this project.

Shower for ECH/Steppingstones): Periodically, we collect 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.

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 church/community.

Missionaries of the NALC

Click HERE for information about the Missionaries of the North American Lutheran Church. The NALC has missionaries in China, Mongolia, India, South Sudan and soon the Belgian Congo. Ecuador is now closed to us.

How to Find Us

Traveling south on I-29, take NW Gateway-Riverside exit (just south of 56th St exit). We are about 1/4 mile on the left side.

OR: From Vivion Rd & Gateway (Corner Cafe, Quik Trip), go north on Gateway about 3/4 mile.

OR: Go to MAPQUEST and enter: 5047 NW Gateway, Riverside, MO for a map of the area.

St. Matthew's Constitution and Bylaws

Click here to read the current constitution and bylaws for our church.

Russ Saltzman's Class on Lutheran Theology

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

Here is week 2: