eNews and Messenger
MOTHER'S DAY - SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020
St. Matthew Family and Friends,

We are doing our best to keep the information easy to read, easy to access, and relevant to what's going on! Here's the latest at St. Matthew.

  • Happy Mother's Day!

  • Welcome Austin and Claire! 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. Details regarding Austin’s ordination and installation at St. Matthew’s Wixom campus are yet to be determined.

  • Phone-In Difficulties? We have heard that some people are experiencing difficulty when trying to phone in and listen to worship. Please, as prompted by the message, make sure to press the # key after entering the Webinar ID. If you are still having difficulties, please call the church office, leave a message, and we will try to assist. Please check in on your loved ones and make sure they are connecting!

  • The annual Congregational Assembly will be at 1pm on Sunday, May 31. At this point, we assume that the meeting will be via Zoom, with details to follow. The agenda will include a proposed bylaw change (click HERE), elections, action on the proposed 2020-21 budget, approval of the previous minutes, and any items from members.

  • Rise Up and Pray! You can help provide meals for frontline workers. If you are able to assist with a financial gift to help with our efforts to provide meals for local hospital workers, please click HERE. Make sure to indicate your special gift is for "Rise Up & Pray Meals for Heroes" If you missed the email earlier this week, please click HERE to read the details.

  • What a 100th Birthday Celebration! Last Sunday was such a beautiful day for many reasons! Not only was the weather amazing, but there was such a sense of joy as over 100 cars assembled in the parking lot of "It's A Matter Of Taste" for a "drive by parade" past  Mr. Jim Curry's house to acknowledge his 100th birthday! To read the article written by Free Press writer, Jeff Seidel, click HERE. In addition, when our Visitation Pastor, Mr. Galen Grulke, called Mr. Curry on Monday, Mr. Curry was opening his 155th birthday card and still had more to go! He kept saying to Pastor Grulke, "I just can't believe all of this is happening to me!" Thank you to everyone for blessing Mr. Curry with such a wonderful birthday!

  • 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.

  • National Day of Prayer (Online Only) was a blessing to many. You can see the videos of prayers and devotions on our Facebook page HERE.

  • Reminders! If you scroll down to the bottom of this email, you can see some highlights and reminders from recent emails. We are trying to keep the most current information at the top, but you can look at the bottom for past, still current and important info.

I am lifting so many people in prayer this week. This is a hard time for many. Know that I am praying for you, friends! God is moving in powerful ways, and He will get us through. Keep showing God's love to each other!

Blessings,
Gail Adams
Office & Communications Manager
gail.adams@st-matthew.org
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
  • **Please make sure to press the # key after entering the Webinar ID to connect with worship.**
  • 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: We continue our sermon series entitled "In This Wilderness", looking into how God, in His faithfulness, brings His people out of very difficult situations. God led His people out of Egypt to the Promised Land, and He continues to bring His people out of difficult times today. Find comfort in His promises!

Ministries
School

Rise Up and Pray!
We continue to lift local hospitals in prayer. We also need your help to provide meals to our local hospital workers. Click HERE for how you can help!

May 7
School Newsletter
Catch up on all the School News HERE .

Book Fair Ends May 11
Click HERE to order books!

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

Please keep staff and families in prayer.

We are making preparations for the day we can reopen. Please pray that the stay home/stay safe order brings the virus down so we can welcome our children back soon. We miss our children!
International Ministry

TP Earrings!
Nora taught a class over Zoom how to make toilet paper roll earrings! Great, creative fun was had by all!

Coronavirus Bingo
Nora also held Coronavirus Bingo with such items as Sweat Pants, Hand Sanitizer, School at Home, Binge TV, Essential Workers! Prizes were revealed at the end of the game.

Zoom Scavenger Hunt!
Jan held a Zoom Scavenger Hunt with her class and had her ladies find "essential" items around their homes during the stay home/stay safe situation - such as toilet paper, chocolate, face mask, eggs, etc. One lady returned with beer, her BBQ, tennis racket, snack foods, her bible (yay!) family photo, and pot holders, among other things! Great fun was had by all!

Please keep these families in prayer as they face unique challenges.
Children's Ministry
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org

National Day of Prayer
Devotion
Did you watch Dawn's devotion during National Day of Prayer Online? Click HERE to watch.

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

May 13
Wednesday Zoom Game Night
7:15pm
 Join us for some crazy games with prizes, a chance to talk, and of course devotions.
May 13 - Click HERE
Meeting ID: 899 6124 0586
Password: 848253

May 17 Confirmation
Has been postponed. Those who have completed the requirements can speak with Mr. Welte regarding early communion.

Downloadable
Bible Study Resources:
Contact John Welte
High School
Youth Ministry

May 10
Sunday Night Zoom Gathering 7pm
Short devotion, games, prizes, and a chance to catch up with each other.
May 10 - Click HERE
Meeting ID: 880 5249 3205
Password: 439417

High School Ohio Mission Trip July 19-25
Mission Trip is still planned, but may have to change or postpone due to the current pandemic.
Contact John for applications, due May 17. We have space for up to 12 participants. Adult chaperones also needed.

Downloadable
Bible Study Resources:
Contact John Welte
Other Ministry Events and Updates
Celebrate Recovery at St. Matthew now has open share groups available. They are gender specific groups. For more information, email us at CR@st-matthew.org

Missions - Pastor Daniel in India sends his thanks for the financial assistance provided by St. Matthew, which is allowing them to provide food and assistance to their community.

Community Assistance / Alms Fund continues to support local relief efforts. One of the ways we are helping our community is by financially supporting Hospitality House as they provide food and other necessities to families in our area. Please pray for their efforts during this time and pray for those in need. Find out how to receive assistance or how to support them directly, see the Hospitality House website HERE .
Prayers - Week of May 10
Thanks : For the birth of Camden to Adam and Kendal Zehel
Ministry : For the transition matter for seminarian Austin Wellhousen as he concludes his training and prepares to move and become our Wixom campus Pastor; For the protection of St. Matthew staff who are working hard to maintain essential ministry; For persecuted Christians in China
Homebound Member of the Week:  Gene and Betty Schnelz
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, mail and grocery workers 
Sick or Hospitalized: Daryl Clasen; Marcia Merithew; Andy. Phil; Son of the Hesskamps; Lorraine, aunt of Frank Kosky; Nicole's mother
Other: For patience, endurance and trust in God during this prolonged “stay home”; For college graduates unemployed due to the pandemic; For employment for Ed Dunlop
Grief : For the family and friends of Sandy Limb’s sister Linda

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

Palm Sunday, April 5: 1,000-1,100 people

Maundy Thursday, April 9: 650-750 people

Good Friday, April 10: 1,000-1,100 people

Easter Sunday, April 12: 1,800-2,000 people

Sunday, April 19: 800-1,000 people

Sunday, April 26: 800-1,000 people

Sunday, May 3: 750-850 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!

Pray with us that we use your gifts to His glory!

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2019 through May 6, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings      $1,640,044
Budget year to date Offerings     $1,706,407
Year to date ($66,363)

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
  • NEW - 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.
  • Hope is Here is a 10-minute end of the day meditation featuring Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier as he shares an encouraging word and music from The Hymnal Project--hymns that have been arranged with various instrumentation. It is our prayer that, as you join us each evening, your heart and mind would be quieted, re-tuned, encouraged, and filled with the good gifts of God. Join us here >
  • RightNowMedia is a great resource for video Bible Studies! Sign up FREE through our website www.st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia
  • ZOOM is a great tool for your Bible Studies, Groups, and Family gatherings. Our worship is protected from some of the security breaches you may have heard about. Please see this article HERE to help protect yourself from security concerns.
  • 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.
Reminders
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • Updated Zoom Worship link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/799892892 . Please use this link for worship. The webinar ID remains the same for joining and phone in.
  • Zoom 5.0 upgrade. 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.
  • 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!
  • Ministry Monday Yard Signs Did you see all the outpouring of God's love through our yard signs? Click HERE !
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