eNews and Messenger
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020
St. Matthew Family and Friends,

Here's what's happening at St. Matthew!

  • CONGREGATIONAL ASSEMBLY - Sunday, May 31, 1pm (watch for full details and documents in a separate email)
  • Online: Join Zoom Webinar by clicking HERE
  • Phone In: 1-877-853-5257
  • Webinar ID: 836 6318 2061 (followed by the "#" key)
  • Proposed By-Law Change
  • Biographies of Nominees

  • Drive-In Communion - June 3 at 7pm - There will be a “drive in” communion service at the Walled Lake campus on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm. Simply drive onto the campus and follow the directions to park in the 300 wing parking lot for a brief devotion, confession and communion. Out of Christian love and concern for the safety of others and yourself, please stay in your cars.

  • Early Communion The following confirmands have requested and been approved to take communion prior to the Rite of Confirmation: Luca Cottone, Hudson Novak, and Andrew Schenk. We welcome them to the privilege of the personalized power and pardon of the Lord’s Supper!

  • Our Hearts & Hands Child Development Center at the Wixom Campus will reopen on June 1 to serve families of essential workers and those who are allowed to go back to work. We are making all the necessary precautions and developing procedures for the health and safety of all staff, children, and families. Please, continue to keep this ministry in prayer, and the families that it serves.

  • NEW! Volunteers Needed for Midland Flood Relief Messiah Lutheran in Midland Michigan is organizing assistance for those impacted by the recent flooding. They are looking for volunteers to help with demolition and cleanup efforts (and other assistance). Currently they are sending volunteers to help at 2 homes every day. If you are interested in helping please email flood@MessiahBC.org or visit their website, https://messiah.website/ . Groups and teams are encouraged to sign up together, if you need assistance coordinating please contact Nate Bacon at n_bacon_1@yahoo.com .

  • Flood Buckets and Hygiene Kits for Flood Relief in Midland Area Please drop them off at the Walled Lake Campus by Monday, June 1. See details HERE.

  • Communications Requests As we continue to modify our Communications tools to serve our St. Matthew community better (eNews, website, etc.), please connect with the appropriate Ministry Leader to request to have information communicated out. They will then ensure that information is directed to the appropriate channels for communication. The Messenger on the website is no longer an effective communication tool. Please contact Ministry Leaders directly to discuss your needs. Thank you for your patience as we create a more effective process for Communications Requests, and the tools to make it happen.

Friends, please continue to pray for the Church. Pray that we, as God's people, are able to shine God's light of love and peace and unity into a broken world.

I also humbly ask for your prayers for the staff and leadership of St. Matthew as we work to plan for the future of worship and ministry, both in-person and through technology. Pray for God to grant us wisdom.

Blessings,
Gail Adams
Office & Communications Manager
gail.adams@st-matthew.org

P.S. Check out the bottom of this email if you missed things from previous weeks!
Worship & Devotions
  • Worship - Sundays at 9:30am Online - Chat begins at 9:20!
  • Live Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/799892892
  • Phone in Live:
  • 1-877-853-5257
  • Webinar ID: 799-892-892 (followed by the "#" key)
  • Facebook Live - we always try to send the stream to FB Live, but Zoom is always more reliable. You do not need a Facebook account to watch live streams.
  • Recordings will be placed on our YouTube channel.
  • Sermon Series: Life at Home

Ministries
School

Lutheran School Teachers
Leading the Way Online!
When the executive order came for schools to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Lutheran school teachers had just one weekend to prepare for online learning. While many schools in our state have struggled to continue what they were doing to keep the students learning, Lutheran schools in the Michigan District, LCMS have been leaders in adapting. Travis Grulke, Superintendent of Schools for the Michigan District, is extremely proud our teachers: "They stepped up and said, 'Let's do this.'"
To continue reading this article from our Michigan Lutheran District, please click  HERE .

May 21
School Newsletter
Registration for 2020/2021 School Year is open.
Read more in the School News HERE .

A great way to stay updated on all the great things happening is to Like our Facebook page .
Hearts & Hands

We are Opening
June 1st!
In response to those in need of childcare as they return to work, Hearts & Hands is opening up on June 1st!

Please keep staff in prayer as they diligently refine and implement all of the safety precautions and procedures needed to welcome staff and children back. Please pray for all of the children and families to stay healthy and safe!

Praise God that we are able to serve these families!
International Ministry

Classes Have Ended But
Ministry Continues
Even though classes have officially ended, some of the ladies in our International Friends classes have expressed the desire to continue meeting. There will be gatherings over Zoom and in person, as allowed, over the summer.
Some ladies who have returned back to Japan also wish to continue meeting.

Praise God that we are able to continue providing support and showing God's love through various means, including Zoom and other technology! Please pray that the seeds of God's love are planted in the hearts of these families.

Pray for the International Ministry as they discern what ministry will look like in the fall.
Children's Ministry
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org

Devotions
These devotions are great for adults as well as kids!

From the May 28 Devotion:
"Brokenness forces us to hope in the strength of a completely unbroken God.
When you have nothing but fragments in front of you, you’re forced to cling to the fullness of a God you can’t see."

Middle School
Youth Ministry

Calling all Future Sixth Graders you are invited to join us for all Middle School Events.  

Middle School Bible Class
“Reckless Love”
on RightNow Media
as part of Wild Wednesday.
This week watch “Ski Diving with Mo Isom”  
Sign up for a free RightNow Media account HERE .

June 17 at 6pm
Bike Ride and
Diary Queen Run
Meet at On the Dunes on Haggerty Road ride the new MI Air Bike Path ending at DQ in Wixom. Cost of ice cream is your responsibility.  Helmets are recommended.  
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PLEASE NOTE:
In accordance with current local, state and federal guidelines St. Matthew is beginning an intentional approach to start planning Youth Group and College Age Activities that allow us to meet together outside but still keep social distancing.  If you should have any questions please contact John Welte at john.welte@st-matthew.org .
High School
Youth Ministry

Calling all Future Freshman you are welcome to join us for both Middle and High School events (except for Mission Trip) as you begin the transition into High School.

High School Bible Class
“Reckless Love”
on RightNow Media
as part of SNG.
This week watch “Ski Diving with Mo Isom”
Sign up for a free RightNow Media account HERE .

May 31
Sunday Night Zoom Gathering Join us for devotion, games, and maybe even winning a prize. Click HERE to join.
Meeting ID: 840 1420 6831
Password: 163254

High School Ohio Mission Trip July 19-25
is planned but may have to change or postpone due to the current pandemic. We have two spaces that are open and are first come first serve. Need an application or know an adult we should ask to help chaperone please email John at john.welte@st-matthew.org.
Click HERE for application and HERE for questions.
Other Ministry Events and Updates
College Age Kayaking the Huron River June 19, 10am-12pm We will meet at the drop in point off Glengary Road just North of the Proud Lake State Park headquarters (not Heavener’s).  You will need to provide your own Kayak and life jacket. Need to borrow a Kayak contact John as he might be able to borrow a couple that can be used.  

Celebrate Recovery at St. Matthew now has open share groups available online . They are gender specific groups. For more information, email us at CR@st-matthew.org
Prayers - Week of May 31
Thanks : For Terry Magee's successful surgery
Ministry : For our new Wixom campus Pastor Austin Wellhousen to find a home; For the protection of St. Matthew staff who are working hard to maintain essential ministry; For persecuted Christians in Jordan
Homebound Member of the Week: Darlene Teubert
Government, Country and World: God’s protection and will to be done in the corona virus situation; For our government leaders to make wise decisions; For those whose have been laid off or lost income; For essential workers, first responders, health care workers, and those who have gone back to in-person work 
Sick or Hospitalized: Dave Urbahns; Terry Magee; Darlene Berent; Linda Bushre; James Gura; a member, Jackie; Father of Anup Kurien; Protection from the virus for those (including Richie Dassow) who work with someone has been diagnosed positive; Dave's mother; Dave Williston
Other : For the wedding of Chris Jewett and MaryLyn Joseph
Grief : For the family and friends of Joyce, friends of the Yanosy family; For the family of Erika's nephew

Email Prayer Requests to prayers@st-matthew.org
Attendance
Estimated number of people,
based on households watching live.
Recordings watched are even greater.

Sunday, May 24: 700-800 people

Financial Stewardship
Thank you for your support of ministry!
Your generosity continues, even during these difficult times, and we are so thankful and blessed!

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2019 through May 27, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings        $1,716,420
Budget year to date Offerings       $1,799,939
Year to date                                   ($83,519)

Please consider online giving:
or mail your check to the church.
Thanks to all of our NEW online givers! Your gifts are so appreciated!
Connect with Us
Resources
  • RightNowMedia is a great resource for video Bible Studies! Sign up FREE through our website www.st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia . There are some great new Bible studies being added.
  • The Bible Project is a great free resource to learn about God's Word! Take a look at the website HERE to see the short animated videos, listen to podcasts, and start seeing how the pieces of the Bible all fit together. Don't be fooled by the animation. The videos provide great insight to adults, teens, and children, using visuals to reinforce the message.
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries has daily radio broadcasts, podcasts, devotions, and many other resources! See everything at www.lhm.org
  • Portals of Prayer Digital Versions are available for personal purchase from the CPH website HERE. Portals of Prayer are also available in the plastic bin outside the main entrance of the Walled Lake Campus, if you would like to pick one up.
Reminders
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • Installation and Ordination Update for Austin We praise God and rejoice that seminarian Austin Wellhousen was assigned the Divine Call as our Wixom campus Associate Pastor. Austin and wife Claire are expecting their first child. Austin has classes through the end of June. They will move to Michigan in July. His ordination and installation at St. Matthew’s Wixom campus is now scheduled for Saturday, July 11. 
  • Small Outdoor Youth and College Ministry Events Resume In accordance with the Governor's recent announcement, St. Matthew has authorized outside only youth and college ministry events of up to 10 people with social distancing and appropriate safety measures.
  • Zoom 5.0 upgrade - Don't Forget! Zoom is making changes and updates! Everyone will need to upgrade their Zoom app to version 5.0 before May 30. Please take a moment to upgrade. The link is HERE.
  • Printed eNews Available - We have printed out some copies of the eNews and placed them in the plastic bin outside of Walled Lake campus main entrance. If you know of someone who needs a printed copy, please pick one up. There are also Portals of Prayer booklets still in that bin as well, available to take.
  • Phone Calls! The church staff is continuing to check in on our members. Thank you for taking time to chat with us or respond to emails. We are going through our records and making phone calls. Thank you Denise denise.fannon@st-matthew.org and Natalie natalie.yanosy@st-matthew.org for caring for our people! Send them a note if you'd like to receive a call. We love hearing from you! If you are needing to get in touch with another member, or one of our Homebound members, they can help you do that as well. Please continue to care for one another, friends!
www.st-matthew.org
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393