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)

Oromo Ethiopian worship (Pastor Faisa Atomsa) at 12 noon each Sunday.

Missouri Micronesian Church worship (Pastor Phillip Istaro) 3:00 p.m.each Sunday.

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! 

Sunday, Oct. 19, pot luck meal following worship.

Sunday, Nov. 2 - don't forget to set your clock back one hour! Otherwise you will be an hour early for church!

Friday, Nov. 7 - acoustical jam, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 8, Annual Turkey Dinner fundraiser.  4-6 pm (or until the food runs out). Delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including our traditional turnips! Adults $9, Children 12 and under $5. Thrivent Financial will match half of our profit, up to a total grant of $1,000!

We will also have a quilt raffle and a 50/50 raffle ($1 per ticket). See the Women's Fellowship page for a picture of the quilt.

Saturday, Nov. 15, Annual convocation of the Great Plains Mission District, starting at 9:30 am.

Sunday, Nov. 16  - St. Matthew's 170th Anniversary celebration and installation of Pr. Faisa Atomsa (of the Oromo Ethiopian congregation) as Assistant Pastor of St. Matthew's. NALC Bishop John Bradosky will be here.  Save the date!

For pictures and information about the July 24-25, 2014 NALC Annual Convocation in Charleston, SC, go to our NALC Page.

Click HERE for the September issue of the NALC Newsletter.
Also check out our Facebook page!

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 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. He is a regular contributor to First Things. His latest book, Speaking of the Dead, has just been published by ALPB Books. Pastor Russ fills the pulpit when Pastor Bud is away and also provides many other resources to our congregation.

Pastor Faisa Atomsa pastors an Oromo Ethiopian mission congregation and is also now an assistant pastor at St. Matthew's! He will be officially installed as such later in the year. Faisa was ordained into the NALC in October, 2013. See pictures of this event on the NALC page. In addition, Faisa's Oromo congregation worships at St. Matthew's on Sunday afternoon.

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. The NALC has missionaries in Mongolia, India, Ecuador, and South Sudan.

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 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. We are now collecting totes, bags and personal care items for the women and clothing for children 0-5 years old (especially boys). We will be sending boxes soon.

Shower for ECH/Steppingstones): 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.

NALC Information

Go HERE for NALC information.
Click HERE for the June 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, information and photos of the Ordination of Faisa Atomsa on Oct. 6, 2013, and other news and information.

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. Each Sunday in September, 2014 Pr. Saltzman will teach a series: "How the Bible Came to Be: The Authority of Scripture".
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.