eNews and Messenger
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
Worship Schedule
This week we continue our series entitled
"Hard Issues: A Series on Racial Healing"

See in-person worship protocols below.
Also see important information below regarding telephone worship being unavailable.
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
  • Mark your calendars for Wixom Fall Celebration Sept. 27 at 10am

Online Worship
  • 9:30am Sunday - Chat together starting at 9:20am!
  • Zoom
  • Facebook
  • Telephone NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. SEE BELOW.
  • Recordings available on YouTube, Facebook, and Website
  • Please share our worship link on social media and with family and friends!

Next Drive-In Communion Service
  • Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm in the Walled Lake Campus parking lot.
  • Bring your cell phone.
  • Follow instructions upon arrival.
Ministry Highlights
  • A special thanks to Steve Gauss This Sunday wraps up his ministry among us as the Wixom campus Worship Leader. We praise God for this dear brother and pray God’s blessings on his full-time ministry with Hope Lutheran Church in Warren!


  • Telephone Option for Worship Disabled by Zoom Temporarily We have been informed by Zoom that the phone-in option for webinars has been temporarily disabled for maintenance. Therefore for the next few weeks, the telephone option will not be available for worship. If you have a family member or loved one who calls in to worship, please try to arrange for them to have a device (smart phone or tablet) to connect with us for worship, or assist them with watching worship online. We apologize for this situation, and will let you know when Zoom has resolved the issue.

  • Fall Celebration Worship - Wixom September 27 Join us for outdoor worship at Wixom on September 27 at 10:00am. (note worship time change) Worship will take place near the benches and fire pit area. Bring your own lawn chairs to enjoy worship.  Social distancing will be adhered to. Due to the current pandemic a picnic will not take place after worship.

  • Drive In Communion - October 7 Our next “drive in” communion service will be offered on October 7 at 7pm in the Walled Lake campus parking lot. Simply bring your call phone to tune in and follow the directions of the parking lot attendants. For the safety of others, please stay in your car.

  • New Chairs for Walled Lake Chair Section We are scheduled to receive the new chairs for the chair section at the Walled Lake Campus in October! We are very excited! They are quite comfortable and will coordinate with the pew cushions and the rest of the new decor at the Walled Lake Campus. The existing chairs will be available for members to take, if anyone is interested. Please watch for more information, coming soon.

  • 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!
“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!

Stay up to date on all the great things happening on our Facebook page.

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!

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

God is Working!
Please check out this video to see what God has been doing in International Ministry for over 25 years! 
CLICK HERE to see the impact this ministry makes on lives!

Our classes will began the week of September 21, 2020.

If you are interested in checking us out, please contact Jan Roth (jan.roth@st-matthew.org) for any information about where to plug in. 

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

School Chapel
Due to safety protocols, school chapels are being done over Zoom. The blessing of this is that chapels are available to those who are doing remote school, as well as others. If you missed Dawn's chapel, please watch the video HERE.

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
Join us for an evening of games and Bible Study via Zoom with a chance to win prizes.
Contact Mr. Welte or see his MS Youth email for details.

Middle School Bike Ride
and DQ Stop
Sunday Oct 11
We will meet at “On the Dunes” on Hagerty Road at 3:00 PM. The ride is 5.5 miles one way. Pick up at DQ or you may choose to ride back. Bring a couple bucks to cover price of ice cream.

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

Middle School Bible Class
will be part of Wild Wednesday.
High School
Youth Ministry

High School Zoom Sunday Night Gathering
Join us for an evening of games and a chance to win a prize.
Contact Mr. Welte or see his HS Youth email for details.

High School Bike Ride and Wixom DQ Stop
Sunday Sept. 27, 6pm
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
 will be part of Sunday Night Gathering.

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
MENS MINISTRY Wednesday Morning Bible Study on Zoom The Wednesday morning Men's Bible Study group is now meeting on Zoom from 8:00-9:00am each Wednesday and would like to invite any interested men to join them for a study on the Book of Ezekiel. Contact Lavern Kruse at lavern.kruse@gmail.com or text at 248-756-0848 if you have any questions or would like to join the group.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY Monday Bible Study on Zoom The Women's Bible Study will be meeting Mondays on Zoom. Please contact Vicki Grocki to sign up: tbearpicnic@msn.com .

SENIOR MINISTRY: Check out the Senior Ministry Newsletter HERE

  • The Senior Bible Class (Open to all "Young at Heart" Seniors) began on Monday, September 14, from 10:30-11:30 by Zoom. We are 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.

  • Medicare Seminar 101: Senior Ministry will be hosting a free seminar to help you understand the components of Medicare Parts A, B, C, D, Advantage Plans, Supplements Plans, deadlines and more. This year's presentation will be done by Zoom on September 28, beginning at 7:00 pm. You can register at: www.st-matthew.org/medicare or you can text or call 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
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.

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. 
Prayers - Week of September 27
Ministry:
  • For persecuted Christians in Libya
Homebound Member of the Week
  • Clyde Runnells
Mission
  • For God’s reign to grow in our hearts and the hearts of people around the world
  • For the ministry of Compassion International
Government, Country and World:
  • For God’s will in the filling of the Supreme Court vacancy
  • For those who serve in law enforcement
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Dylan Findling
  • Randy Tyler
  • Darlene Berent
  • Beth Coe
  • Alan Roth
  • Healing of the California sheriff deputies who were shot
  • Tom, brother of Terri Dunlop
  • Nancy Heida
Other
  • Employment for Ed Dunlop

Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance - September 20, 2020

  • 8:15am Blended: 66
  • 9am New Vintage: 29
  • 11am Prayer & Praise: 77
  • 9:30am Online: N/A
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 September 21, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings     $412,728
Budget year to date Offerings     $364,988
Year to date variance            $47,740

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:

  • 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
  • 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