eNews and Messenger
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
Worship Schedule
This week we begin a new series entitled
"The Value of Truth".
See in-person worship protocols below.
No in person classes are being held at this time.

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
  • 9:30am Sunday - Chat together starting at 9:20am!
  • Zoom
  • Facebook
  • Telephone 1-877-853-5257 ID: 799-892-892 followed by "#"
  • Recordings available on YouTube, Facebook, and Website
Ministry Highlights
  • Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! Church and School staff are off on Monday. Have a safe weekend!

  • Announcement Regarding Steve Gauss: Dear St. Matthew, It is with both joy and sadness that I tell you Steve Gauss, one of the worship leaders at the Wixom campus, has accepted a position to serve at Hope Lutheran Church in Warren, MI. We are joyful because we all know how much Steve will bless Hope, but we are also sad to see him depart. Steve will remain at Wixom through the end of September. He has been an incredible worker and servant in the Gospel, and has expressed how much he will miss St. Matthew. Please pray that God would continue to bless the ministries of both Hope and St. Matthew, as we share the same mission to strengthen the saved and save the lost. In Christ, Pastor Austin Wellhousen

  • Greg & Rita Hawk Farewell Sept. 6 Come and wish Greg & Rita Hawk farewell as they move on to their next adventure that God has planned for them. Greg & Rita have been long time members and part of the Wixom church founding team. The farewell will take place outside at the Wixom campus on Sept 6, 2020 following the 9:00 service. If you are more comfortable remaining in your car, please drive up to the entrance and Rita and Greg will greet you from the sidewalk. If you have any questions, please contact Elsa Trevino at (248) 633-5375.

  • Return To School Information - In person school has begun! It was a great start to the school year, with social distancing and tents for outdoor time. We welcomed new families and everyone adjusted to the new safety protocols. Praise God for the work that teachers and staff have done to prepare. And praise God for our students! Please see our Facebook page with pictures and details from the week!

  • Staff Anniversaries will be recognized in worship on Sunday, September 20. They include:
  • 10 year ministry anniversary: Mary Kroesing, Nora Meyer, Rebecca Sorter, Matthew Topel, Elsa Trevino
  • 15 year ministry anniversary: Rebekah Kurien
  • 30 year ministry anniversary: Wendy Scheiwe, John Welte

  • Building Safety School has started and our buildings still remain closed for walk-in visitors during the week. Some staff members are returning to work onsite, and some continue to work remotely. 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 work very hard to keep everyone safe!
Employment Opportunities
CUSTODIAL: 2 part-time cleaning staff positions. Contact WillieMae Thomas 248-688-4650 for information and to apply.

  • Mornings 10-2p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Evenings after 4pm. Details are flexible based on individual.

SCHOOL: Do you enjoy working with children? St. Matthew Lutheran School is looking for qualified candidates who love children and the Lord for the following positions. If you are interested in applying, please contact the school office at 248-624-7676 or Susan.Palka@st-matthew.org.
  • Temporary Preschool Aide for Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 8:15-1:15 p.m.

  • Part-Time Cook for lunch program two days a week from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Kids Care After School Director M-F 3:30-6:00 p.m.

NURSERY:

  • Part Time Nursery Coordination Position Available St. Matthew is hiring a part time Nursery Coordinator (20 hours per week for 31 weeks). Click links for a full ministry description and application. Info is also available from the Welcome Center at both campuses or by emailing john.welte@st-matthew.org . Applications are due to the church by Monday, SEPTEMBER 28.

  • Nursery Workers Needed as we look forward to beginning the 2020-2021 International Ministry season we are in need of additional part time Nursery Workers. Click links for a full ministry description and application. Info is also available at both campus Welcome Centers or by emailing john.welte@st-matthew.org. 

HEARTS & HANDS:

  • Infant & Preschool Child Caregivers - Hearts and Hands - Wixom Campus St. Matthew - Hearts and Hands Christian Child Care Center is open and caring for children, Infant thru Preschool. Applications are currently accepted for Infant and Preschool Caregivers. Part-time, Monday thru Friday afternoon. If interested, please contact Ronda Coe at 248.624.9525 or Ronda.Coe@st-matthew.org. 
“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)

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

Return To School Information
In person school has begun! It was a great start to the school year, with social distancing and tents for outdoor time. We welcomed new families and everyone adjusted to the new safety protocols. Praise God for the work that teachers and staff have done to prepare. And praise God for our students!

With God, all things are possible!
Matthew 19:26

Click HERE for the latest updates on restarting school.

Pray for our staff, teachers, students, and families!

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

Employment Opportunities!
We are STILL in need of Infant and Preschool Child Caregivers.
See the article above for details and email Ronda for more info!

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

PRAISE GOD!
Baptism of
Masumi Tachibana
We welcomed Masumi Tachibana into the family of God this Wednesday, August 26. Masumi was washed in the waters of baptism in a small ceremony. God has been working in her heart for a long time. She has been in our International Ministry classes for about 3 years. We are excited we get to walk this journey with her together! God is so good!

Please continue to pray for our Team Members, Staff, and the International Friends and families we serve through this ministry.
Children's Ministry
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org

Back to School Blessing
If you did not receive your Back to School Blessing items or if you need another, please contact Miss Dawn at
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org.

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

Confirmation Parent Information Zoom Meeting for the 2020-2021 School Year
If you have a child entering Seventh Grade or Higher who has not started the confirmation process and would like to learn about our confirmation process please contact John Welte at john.welte@st-matthew.org.  

Middle School Wild Wednesday Zoom Game Night Returns
Beginning Wednesday September 9 from 7-8 PM.
Join us for an evening of games via Zoom with a chance to win prizes.
Click HERE
Meeting ID: 892 4216 0251 Passcode: 220943

Middle School Bonfire
and Game Night
Wixom Campus
Friday Sept 18, 7-8 PM 
Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Middle School Fall Retreat
Camp Ohiyesa
has been postponed and will take place May 21-23, 2021

Middle School Bible Class
is currently on break through the Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned for details about how we will be offering classes via Zoom. 
High School
Youth Ministry

High School Zoom Sunday Night Gathering Returns
Sunday September 13, 7-8 PM
Join us for an evening of games and a chance to win a prize.
Click HERE
Meeting ID: 858 4509 9626
Passcode: 931702

High School Bike Ride and Wixom DQ Stop
Sunday Sept 27 
We will meet at “On the Dunes” on Haggerty Road at 6:00 PM. The ride is 5.5 miles one way (your choice to either return or get picked up at DQ). Bring a couple bucks to cover the price of Ice Cream  

High School Fall Retreat
Camp Ohiyesa
has been postponed and will take place May 14-16, 2021.

High School Bible Class
is currently on break through the Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned for details about how we will be offering classes via Zoom. 

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.
Other Ministry Events and Updates
The Senior Bible Class (Open to all "Young at Heart" Seniors) will begin on Monday, September 14, from 10:30-11:30 by Zoom. We will be studying the Book of James. This is a great opportunity to be in God's Word, especially during this unusual time, when Covid is still looming around us. You can register by going to www.st-matthew.org/SeniorBibleClass or by texting or calling Lavern at 248-756-0848.

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 September 6
Thanks:
  • For improved health for the Troynek’s granddaughter Kayla
Ministry:
For a blessed and safe start of school
  • For persecuted Christians in North Korea
Homebound Member of the Week
  • Delores Kinne
Mission
  • That the glory of the Lord might shine in many hearts
Government, Country and World:
  • For a safe holiday weekend
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Dylan Findling
  • Randy Tyler
  • Darlene Berent
  • Jennifer
  • Bill, brother of Shirley Hart
  • Ron, brother of Mary Kroesing
  • Chuck, brother of Carol Christenson
  • Granddaughter of Rod & Karen Niemi
  • Louise
Other
  • For a members legal case
  • For Andrew’s challenges
  • A young man in rehab
Grief - For the family and friends of:
  • Mark Schmittling’s mother
  • Jim Curry

Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance - August 30, 2020

  • 8:15am Blended: 58
  • 9am New Vintage: 33
  • 11am Prayer & Praise: 61
  • 9:30am Online: 400-500 people (est.)
Financial Stewardship
Thank you for your support of ministry through online giving or mailing your checks.

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings $312,801
Budget year to date Offerings $267,773
Year to date variance $45,028

Connect with Us
Resources
  • RightNowMedia is a great resource for video Bible Studies! Sign up FREE through our website www.st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia .
  • 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.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP PROTOCOLS

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.

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

If you missed Pastor Paul's video message regarding worship, click below.
Reminders
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • 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!
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St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393