eNews and Messenger
SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020
St. Matthew Family and Friends,

I pray that all is well! Here is what is going on this week at St. Matthew!

  • Sunday Worship - New Series - We start a new series this weekend with "Who is Jesus?" by Zoom online and phone. We hope you can join us online starting at 9:20am for 10 minutes of fellowship chat before service. Click HERE for the worship link.
  • Leadership is still discerning the appropriate time and methods for regathering for worship. We ask for your continued prayers for our wisdom and discernment as we evaluate all of the options with concern for the safety of all, as well as how to best continue with online worship with our current staffing and resources. Thank you for your prayers.

  • Balloting Results - After a new Zoom format of Open Forum and Congregational Assembly, we held balloting online for the first time. (It's been quite a learning experience for all of us!) Thank you for all who expressed an interest in serving in leadership roles! We are blessed to have your servant hearts. Thank you to all who voted. The results of the recent balloting are as follows:

  • President - Gaylen McDonald
  • Treasurer - Ken Palka
  • Executive Board At Large Member - Laurie Schwandt
  • Foundation Ministry - Deandra Reinhart, Karen Storck, Andrew Whitaker
  • Budget - Passed

  • Congratulations to the 8th grade graduates of St. Matthew Lutheran School! We wish you God's blessings on your journey into high school!

  • Reagan Adams
  • Tyler Bredernitz
  • Janna Carlson
  • Gavin Clark
  • Nico Deluca
  • Christopher Dewhirst
  • Brian Dragoo
  • Lillian Engel
  • Nicholas Heiden
  • Daniel Kos
  • Hannah Lahue
  • Grace Lancaster
  • Cadie Linville
  • Emily McGowan
  • Hudson Novak
  • Olivia Ohly
  • Andrew Schenk
  • Evan Stocke
  • Annika Streefkerk
  • Antonio Tiano
  • Carter Webb
  • Lindsy Weiss
  • Sophia Wilker

  • Gift Card Shower for Dawn Rupe July 1 - Join us as we welcome our new Minister of Children and Families Dawn Rupe and her family as part of the July 1 Drive-thru Communion Service at 7 PM at the Walled Lake Campus. We will have a gift card shower for Dawn and her family as you enter, and you will be able to greet and welcome Dawn and her family as you leave. If you can’t make it that night you may mail a gift card to the main church office, care of John Welte. We are blessed to have Dawn as part of our St. Matthew family, and look forward to her serving!

  • Austin's Ordination and Installation July 11 - We praise God that our Wixom campus Associate Pastor to be, Austin and wife Claire, were able to find a home in the Wixom area. They will move to Michigan in July. His ordination and installation is scheduled for Saturday, July 11. Details to follow. 

  • Help Needed - Flex Your Muscles, Fellowship with Friends, Fortify God's House!

  • During the COVID shutdown, we are trying to get a lot of physical projects completed at our Walled Lake and Wixom campuses. We could definitely use some help to get this completed. These are one-time projects as you will see below.

  1. New flooring is being installed in classroom 301, the 300 wing hallway and main lobby. We need help moving furniture out of classroom 301 and then moving it back when flooring is done. Week of June 29th.
  2. New flooring in lobby restrooms. Need someone to remove the 6 toilets (on June 15th) so that flooring can be installed under them. Then re-install them after flooring is installed.
  3. The church offices are 'finally' getting new carpet (like we did in the school office last year). Remediation by an outside company to remove the existing carpet and asbestos tile occurs on July 13 and 14. Before they start we need lots of help moving furniture out of the offices (sometime July 8-12)
  4. We have budget to purchase mulch for the berm area on the north side of the pond to dress that area up. Before we order the mulch we need to make sure that we have volunteers to spread it, otherwise the Minda court neighbors may complain about a pile of mulch just sitting there. ~June 18th - 30th.
  • If you can help with the WL projects, please contact Bryan Davis ASAP so that we can make plans or cancel them (Bryan.Davis@st-matthew.org or 248.935.6399)

  • The parking lot islands, playground need mulch and sand. We need volunteers to spread both by July 11 when our new Wixom Associate Pastor arrives on Campus. Delivery date TBD.
  • If you can help, please contact Nancy Cushman (nancy.cushman@st-matthew.org or 248.624.9525)

  • As you can see, the world has stopped but your staff continues to work to make St Matthew a nice place to worship. The improvements that have been planned for several years at WL due to the age of the facility and now is the time to complete these when the building is empty.
  • All volunteers are expected to follow appropriate PPE and self distancing requirements during these projects. We will provide masks as needed. Hand sanitizers will be on-site.
  • Thank you very much for helping out where you can. Please make a commitment as soon as possible so that we are assured that we have volunteers to complete these projects.

Dale Schnepp, St Matthew Properties Director
daleschnepp@gmail.com | 248.697.7384

  • Flood Relief Efforts - Praise Report - We praise and thank God for everyone who donated items, time and money to the recent flood relief efforts! We collected 220 hygiene kits and 10 flood buckets and delivered them to Lutheran Early Response Teams. We had members receive Thrivent Action Team grants to put kits together. One family reached into the community and personally coordinated donations to put together 140 hygiene kits! We had small groups and individuals contribute in so many ways. I am humbled and honored to have been a part of collecting and delivering these kits to LERT. I know there have been others who actually went into the flooding area and physically helped with clean up efforts. Others contributed monetarily to the relief. Your hearts to serve and give back in such a difficult time brings me joy and tears, and I thank you all for how God has led you help those in need. God bless! -Gail

“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. Please consider helping with the Properties projects listed above! We are very close to completing some very exciting projects and your assistance will make it possible to finish them up. There really has been an overwhelming amount of work during this time, and our staff and Properties Team need your help!

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.
  • New Sermon Series: Who is Jesus?


Graduation for
8th Grade and Kindergarten
Graduation for 8th Grade and Kindergarten will take place on June 15 via Zoom.
We are hoping to plan an in person event at a later date.

Registration for 2020/2021 School Year
Registration is open for next school year!
Tuition assistance is available.
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

Happy to be open!
Staff and children are back at Hearts & Hands! Please continue to keep them in prayer!

See photos from the first week back HERE .

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

Fun Facts About
Miss Dawn!
Miss Dawn started her ministry at St. Matthew in the middle of a pandemic, and it's been hard for you to get to know her! So, we asked her to share some "Fun Facts" about herself to get to know her better! Here's a few:

"I am the mom to 3 amazing boys who are my biggest blessings from God."

"I went to Concordia University, Chicago (when it was River Forest) and have a degree as a Director of Christian Education and Elementary Education."

"I am a Yooper
(Born in Hancock, MI)"

-Miss Dawn

Stay tuned for more next week!

If you haven't done so yet, please send Dawn an email and/or a picture that will help her get to know you better too! Share some fun facts about yourself!

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
“Greater Than"
by Francis Chan
This week watch “Day 1".
Sign up for a free RightNow Media account HERE .

June 17 at 6pm
Bike Ride and
Dairy 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.  

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
“Greater Than"
by Francis Chan
This week watch “Day 1".
Sign up for a free RightNow Media account HERE .

June 15,10am-Noon
High School Kayaking the Huron River
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. If you need to borrow a kayak contact John as he might be able to borrow a couple that can be used. 

June 26, 7-8:30pm
 Bonfire at Wixom Campus
Join us for some outdoor adventure on the Wixom campus. Snacks and beverages will be provided. 

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 June 14
Thanks :
  • For wedding of Emma Buffone and Damian Yoxheimer 
  • For Pamela Najor’s new job
  • For the improved health of Anup Kurien’s father
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 Kazakhstan
Homebound Member of the Week :
  • Robert Wurst 
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 the end of racism, violence and police brutality wherever it exists
  • For graduates at all levels whose school year ended unlike anything they imagined
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Dylan Findling
  • Mike Jeneary
  • Tim Kummer
  • Marcia Merithew
  • Pamela Najor
  • a member, Tom V
  • Father of Pastor Paul
  • Randy, son in law of the Troyaneks
  • Jeanine, sister of Joyce Heine
  • Eric, cousin of Jan Herrmann
  • Joe
  • Richard
  • Megan, Richie, and their baby
  • Don
Other :
  • For John’s stressful work environment
  • For those isolated in nursing homes
Grief :
  • For the family and friends of Spencer Comer 

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

Sunday, June 7: 700-800 people estimated
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 June 10, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings $1,778,105
Budget year to date Offerings $1,862,886
Year to date ($84,781)

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
  • 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 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.
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • Yay God! - Drive-In Communion on Wednesday - Praise God for a blessed Drive-In Communion Service on Wednesday evening! We had 124 vehicles logged into Zoom for Pastor Michael's brief devotional service. Our Elders, Ushers and other Volunteers helped traffic flow, handed out flyers, Portals of Prayer, and Children's bags, distributed well over 200 communion baggies, and made the service run smoothly. Thank you to everyone who came and especially to all of our Staff and Volunteers for making this happen. God smiled on the weather and we pray it was a blessing to all who attended. See pictures HERE.
  • Portals of Prayer Available - The new Portals of Prayer are available in the plastic bin outside the Main Sanctuary Entrance of the Walled Lake Campus. You may pick one up at any time. Hard copies of the eNews are also placed in there every Sunday. Stop by and see the beautiful flowers in our entry gardens!
  • 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.
  • 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!
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393