eNews and Messenger
SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2020
New series beginning this week: "What is Church?"
See in-person worship protocols below.

Walled Lake Campus
  • 8:15am Blended Worship in Main Worship Center
  • 11am Prayer & Praise Worship in Gym
  • no 9:40am Sunday or 7pm Monday Blended worship gatherings at this time

Wixom Campus
  • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship

Online Worship - Sundays 9:30am

Per Elders' approval, we resumed in-person Sunday worship services on July 5 at both campuses, with the schedule outlined above. If you have not done so already, or to refresh your memory, please read our protocols highlighted below.

Out of Christian love for members and guests, we regather in the safest manner possible, with everyone who enters our buildings  encouraged and expected  to wear masks (though special seating will be available for those who cannot or prefer not to wear a mask), to adhere to social distancing standards, and to practice appropriate health and hygiene protocols. Please stay home if you are sick or are not yet comfortable returning to worship, and continue to participate in our online and telephone worship.

Please read through all of the details and guidelines outlined below to assist with your decision to return to in-person worship.  Above all please show one another God’s love.

  • Cleanliness: Our buildings are cleaned and sanitized, with surface touch points minimized. Hymnals, Bibles, Communication Cards, pens, brochures, Children’s bags, etc. have been removed from worship spaces, entrances, and common areas to allow for more complete cleaning of those spaces. Some bulletin boards have been removed. Bulletins, paper Messengers, and Communication Cards will not be available. Please bring your own Bible, pen, and paper if needed. Keep up to date on ministry with the weekly eNews. Staff and Volunteers will have their temperatures taken, will be evaluated for health, and will wear masks.

  • Health and Hygiene: Those entering our buildings should carefully evaluate their own health prior to attending. Please stay home if you have a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been exposed to the virus, if you are in an at-risk category per the CDC guidelines, or if you are not yet ready to return to worship for any reason. We will continue to offer online worship for those not yet returning to in-person worship. Everyone is asked to maintain proper hand washing and hygiene procedures. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

  • Social Distancing will be expected, with no handshaking, hugging, or other close contact. Please greet each other with God’s love, but maintain an appropriate distance of at least 6 feet. Please respect social distancing as you wait to be ushered to your seat for worship upon entering the building, during worship, and upon exiting the building directly after worship. Please be mindful of directions from Elders and Ushers.

  • Masks: Out of Christian love and concern for others, everyone entering the building is encouraged and expected to wear a mask. Those not wearing a mask will be offered a mask to wear. PLEASE NOTE: If a worship attendee does not wear a mask, they will be seated in a designated section of the worship space. Staff, Elders and other Volunteers will wear masks and take appropriate health and hygiene precautions.

  • Entrances and Exits: To allow for minimizing touch points, doors will be held open by volunteers for worship attendees to enter and exit. All regular entrances will be available for use at the usual times.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits.

  • Size Limitations: We will limit the number of people attending, based on social distancing and worship space size parameters.

  • Seating: Elders and Ushers will show worship attendees to their seats. Pew and chair spacing has been adjusted to accommodate social distancing. Please wait to be directed to your seat, and maintain social distancing while in line. Family groups will be seated together, but will remain distanced from others. Those without masks will be directed to a designated seating area. Please be respectful of the directions given by our Elders and Ushers to ensure the safety of all.

  • Drinking fountains are closed for use. Please bring a personal water bottle if needed.

  • Children: Nursery will not be available at this time. Bible Adventure and other children’s programs are also suspended at this time. Children’s activity bags will not be provided. Please bring quiet activities for your children to use during worship, if needed. A quieting room is available in the main worship center.

  • Services will be revised and shortened to allow for proper cleaning of spaces and to limit the time spent within the enclosed space. Singing will be minimized as well. Masks are to be worn for the entire service, including singing.

  • Offerings will be taken by Elders at the exit of the worship space, with no plates or baskets passed during service.

  • Communication Cards will not be used at this time.

  • Communion: At this time, communion will only be offered at our Wednesday 7pm Drive-In Services, on the first Wednesday of the month. We will not offer it during our Sunday services.

  • Bible Classes for all children, youth and adults have been suspended at this time.

  • Fellowship Refreshments: Coffee, donuts and other food items will not be provided at this time.

  • Exiting Worship: Elders and Ushers will dismiss worship attendees in a socially distanced fashion. Please be patient as you wait to exit, and leave the building in a timely fashion.

  • Accessibility of Buildings: For the continued safety of our staff, and to ease the burden on our cleaning staff, our buildings remain closed for walk-in visitors during the week. Anyone wishing to meet with a staff member should contact that staff member directly or the church office to schedule a time to enter and meet. Proper entrance protocols will be adhered to at that time (including temperature taken, exposure evaluated, etc.).

Thank you for your patience as we have worked hard to continue ministry during this difficult time, and as we have prayerfully discerned the best time and manner in which to start our in-person gatherings again. Please continue to show Christian love to one another!

God's blessings on each of you, and may His love and grace continue to guide us and grant us wisdom.

Pastor Paul, Pastor Michael, and the entire Staff of St. Matthew

If you missed Pastor Paul's video message regarding worship, click below.
Here is what else is going on at St. Matthew!

  • Welcome Austin!! Austin's Ordination and Installation Today - July 11 - We praise God that our Wixom campus Associate Pastor to be, Austin Wellhousen and wife Claire, were able to find a home in the Wixom area. His ordination and installation is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 1pm at the Wixom campus. Because of the need to provide safe, “social distanced” worship, it will be a private ordination and installation, which will be recorded and posted online. 

  • Austin’s First Sermon and Gift Card Shower July 26 - Wixom Campus A reception and gift card shower will be held July 26 following the 9am New Vintage service, where Austin will preach his first sermon. Join us as we shower our new Pastor Austin and his wife Claire with welcoming gifts. You may drop off your gift cards to Nancy at the Wixom campus or you can mail them to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, PO BOX 930188, Wixom, MI 48393-9998 attn: Micki Adams. We kindly ask that gifts be received by July 23rd. We look forward to celebrating and welcoming our new Wixom campus Pastor!

  • Pastor Michael’s Drive-Thru Wedding Reception - July 25 "Hannah and I are getting married on Saturday, July 25th at our Wixom campus! Though our ceremony will be private with immediate family only due to COVID-19, we would still like our St. Matthew family to join in the celebration via drive-thru reception! Please consider joining us and making our day extra special! For more information, directions, and instructions, visit our wedding website: zola.com/wedding/osborne-hansen/travel "

  • Updates on Properties Projects from Dale Schnepp: During the quarantine time, our Properties Team has been very busy working to complete important projects at both campuses. Please read about the many updates HERE and look through photos HERE. Join us in thanking the Volunteers and Staff who make all of it possible! And special thanks to Dale Schnepp and Bryan Davis for spearheading all of these projects! St. Matthew would literally fall apart without you!

  • Reminder Regarding Staff and Church Buildings Staff members are working both remotely and onsite, in an effort to provide a safe work environment and to allow our Properties Team to complete necessary work on projects. For the continued safety of our staff, and to ease the burden on our cleaning staff, our buildings remain closed for walk-in visitors during the week. Anyone wishing to meet with a staff member should contact that staff member directly or the church office to schedule a time to enter and meet. Proper entrance protocols will be adhered to at that time (including temperature taken, exposure evaluated, etc.).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)

Gail Adams
Office & Communications Manager

P.S. Check out the photos of our Properties projects that have been ongoing during quarantine. Click the photos to see more or click HERE .
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Registration for 2020/2021 School Year

Pray for our team as they work to determine what reopening in the fall will look like.

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Hearts & Hands

Children Build Garden Box with Thrivent Action Team Grant
Take a look HERE at the children building a garden box, using a Thrivent Action Team grant.

Praise God for these opportunities to learn and grow as children of God in His amazing world!
International Ministry

Our International Ministry Staff is Preparing for Fall
There are still so many unknowns for what ministry will look like in the fall. However, our staff is busy evaluating the situation and making preparations for classes and ministry in the fall. Please pray for this process!

Pray for the International Ministry as they discern what ministry will look like in the fall.
Children's Ministry

Schedule a Visit with
Miss Dawn!
We are not officially sending out Bible Adventure lessons for the summer, but Miss Dawn would love to connect with you over the summer with a home visit!
You can choose between:

I will come to you and do a front yard chat!

We can do a Zoom visit if you are short on time or not ready for in-person visiting.

Either way, I hope to get to know you a little better soon! Just email dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org or call/text 248-912-8680 - (please let me know who you are if you do that!) with a time that might work for you. Unless I have something else on the calendar, that will work! (If you have signed up on the Sign Up Genius, that works too).
God's blessings and freedom in Jesus Christ!
Miss Dawn

Even MORE Fun Facts
About Dawn

-"I am the oldest of 5 kids."

-"I firmly believe that "God's got this" because He's walked through many of life's storms with me and we have made it through all of them - not always in the ways I expected."
-"I like exclamation points way too much!!!!"

-"I'm a verbal thinker, but I'm also a great listener and can't wait to get to know more of you!"

These devotions are great for adults as well as kids!
Middle School
Youth Ministry

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

Middle School Bible Class
will be off for the remainder of the summer. We encourage students and families to check out RightNow Media for a variety of Christian videos they can watch and discuss at home.
Sign up for a free RightNow Media account HERE .

Water Wars
Wednesday, July 15 at 7 PM
Walled Lake campus in front of the HOME
Come prepared to get soaked and bring a water gun that can be filled from a pool. 

Middle School Fall Retreat
Camp Ohiyesa
October 2-4
For registration forms and adults interested in serving as a chaperone, contact John. Sign up early to get the best pricing. 
High School
Youth Ministry

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

High School Bible Class
will be off for the remainder of the summer. We encourage students and families to check out RightNow Media for a variety of Christian videos they can watch and discuss at home.
Sign up for a free RightNow Media account HERE .

Giant Slip N Slide
Sunday, July 12, 7-8ish PM
Walled Lake campus
Come prepared to get soaked and bring a towel. Meet at the gym door entrance. 

High School Fall Retreat
Camp Ohiyesa
Sept. 18-20
Registration forms are available by contacting John. Sign up early to get the best pricing.

College Age Group
Bike Riding and DQ
Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 PM
We will meet at “On the Dunes” on Hagerty Road ride the MI Air Trail to DQ in WX. The ride is about 5.5 miles one way.
Other Ministry Events and Updates
Update from Pastor Daniel and Everlasting Life Ministry in India Pastor Daniel baptized 16 children and adults on July 5! Please take a look at pictures HERE .

Pro-Life: 1) For anyone needing help with facing an unintended pregnancy, please contact Another Way Pregnancy Center at: 248.471-5858. 2) If you have not had a chance to return your baby bottles from February’s drive, you can still bring it back to church when services start again or contact Mary Walden about getting any filled bottles to her (1.5 miles from the church). Email: mewalden@comcast.net Phone: 248.231-3632

Motorcycle Riders! J oin us Saturday, July 18 at 9 AM at the WL campus for a leisurely back roads ride up towards the Irish Hills and Pinckney ending at the WX campus around 11. Questions contact John Welte. 

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 July 5
Thanks :
  • For a new grandchild for Tim and Linda Scheel
  • For our new Wixom campus Pastor Austin Wellhousen and wife Claire
Ministry :
  • For the protection of St. Matthew staff who are working hard to maintain essential ministry
  • Guidance in preparing return to school protocols for St. Matthew
  • For persecuted Christians in Qatar
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Viola Davis 
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
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Dylan Findling
  • Ron Jennings
  • Darlene Berent
  • Parents of Rob Osborne
  • Father of Sandra Daugherty
  • Arlene, sister-in-law of Irene Basar
  • Pastor Jon Zehnder, wife Joni and family
  • For the family and friends of Larry Rourke
  • For the family and friends of Charlie Harrison
Email Prayer Requests to prayers@st-matthew.org
Attendance - July 5, 2020
First Sunday back to in-person worship

  • 8:15am Blended: 52
  • 9am New Vintage: 29
  • 11am Prayer & Praise: 44
  • 9:30am Online: 450-550 people (est.)

Financial Stewardship
Thank you for your support of ministry!

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
Not available for this week.

Please consider online giving:
or mail your check to the church.
Connect with Us
  • 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 videos, listen to podcasts, and start seeing how the pieces of the Bible all fit together.
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries has daily radio broadcasts, podcasts, devotions, and many other resources! See everything at www.lhm.org
  • Portals of Prayer are available in the bin outside the main entrance at the Walled Lake Campus. They are also available for personal purchase from the CPH website HERE.
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • Pictures from Drive In Communion and Gift Card Shower for Dawn Rupe Take a moment to enjoy some pictures from Wednesday's Drive In Communion and Gift Card Shower for Dawn Rupe and family! Click HERE! If you missed it, you can send Dawn a gift card to the church, attention John Welte.
  • 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.
  • Photos?? Do you have photos from St. Matthew events to share with our congregation? Please email them to photos@st-matthew.org and we will consider sharing them in the eNews!
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393