eNews
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020
Worship Schedule and Details
  • This week we continue our series entitled "Helpful Fruits for a Difficult Time".

  • For those attending in person, please 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

Wixom Campus
  • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship

Online Worship
  • 9:30am Sunday - Chat together starting at 9:20am!
  • Zoom Meeting ID 799-892-892
  • Facebook
  • Telephone:
  • 1-877-853-5257 ID: 799-892-892 followed by "#"
  • Recordings available on YouTube, Facebook, and Website
  • Please share our worship link on social media and with family and friends!

Confirmation Service - Private service Sunday, October 25 at 1pm (details below)

Communion Schedule
  • Drive In Communion - First Wednesday of the month, Walled Lake Campus
  • Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm in the Walled Lake Campus parking lot. Bring your cell phone. Follow instructions upon arrival.
  • New Vintage and Prayer & Praise: Second Sunday of the month - Nov. 8
  • Blended: Third Sunday of the month - Nov. 15
Ministry Highlights
  • Confirmation - In a special private worship gathering at 1pm on Sunday, October 25, the following Confirmands will profess their faith and receive first communion. May God richly bless their faith and life in Christ Jesus!
  • Reagan Adams - Joshua 1:9
  • Luca Cottone - John 14:27
  • Nick Heiden - James 1:2-5
  • Grace Lancaster - Romans 8:28
  • Carleigh Mann - John 8:12
  • Carson Millspaugh - Philippians 4:13
  • Hudson Novak - John 8:31-32
  • Andy Schenk - Joshua 1:9
  • Noah Tiernan - Revelation 2:10
  • Sophia Wilker - Philippians 4:13 

  • Wixom Worship and Media Coordinator Position - St. Matthew is seeking a Worship and Media Coordinator. This is a full-time position with benefits. Responsibilities include leading contemporary worship at our Wixom campus and providing media and tech support for both our Wixom and Walled Lake campuses. Click the links for the ministry description HERE and employment application HERE or pick up copies at the Welcome Centers of either campus. Please pass this along to anyone who you know might be interested; or contact the church office 248-624-7676 if you have any names for us to consider.

  • Pastor Appreciation Month - Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month? If you are so moved, send our pastors a note of encouragement and appreciation, and let them know how you are praying for them, especially during this very difficult time in ministry.

  • Giving Envelopes for 2021 We are so thankful for your continued financial support of ministry! We know a lot of you are giving on-line due to our circumstances, and we would like to know if you would like envelopes for 2021 or would prefer to continue giving on-line. In an effort to be good stewards of your gifts, please let us know by Monday, November 2, if you no longer need envelopes so we do not order envelopes for you. Please email denise.fannon@st-matthew.org or call the church office 248-624-7676.

  • Family Movie Night - Final Night - October 30 st-matthew.org/FamilyMovie Outdoor Friday Movie Nights will continue on October 30! Movie will start at dusk. Reservations are required, so please see the link below in order to sign up. Food Truck will be available for anyone interested in purchasing dinner/snacks. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks and/or drinks, if desired! Dress warm! Masks are requested to be worn unless you are sitting in your spot for the movie. We will be asking health screening questions when you arrive. MOVIE WILL BE CANCELLED IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER. Dawn Rupe, Minister of Children and Families 248-624-7676 ext. 103
  • October 30 - (WALLED LAKE Campus, 2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake)
  • "Hotel Transylvania" - Sign up HERE
  • Come in costume! Pumpkin decorating fun & a goodie bag for you!
  • Food Truck available
  • Starts at 4:30 p.m.

  • Thanksgiving Feast 2020 Pandemic Style - Volunteer and Donation Sign Up
  • The St. Matthew Lutheran Church - Thanksgiving Feast is always a welcomed event for the community! The Thanksgiving Feast cannot take place as usual this year due to the pandemic. The St. Matthew Family still wants to let families in the community know that we are their neighbor. 
  • This year we will be providing families with the ingredients needed for making items typically seen on the menu at the Thanksgiving Feast. The families will register to pick up their FEAST BOX. We need your help to make the event a success. We are in need of volunteers and donations. Please sign up HERE
  • In 2019 the Thanksgiving Day Feast fed about 400 members of the community and provided a place for Christian fellowship, hearty food, and football on the big screen. We want to make sure the community knows that we continue to care for them.  
  • Donations should be placed in the tub labeled ‘THANKSGIVING’ which are outside each campus’ main entrance.
  • ALL DONATIONS NEED TO BE RECEIVED BY NOON NOVEMBER 25, 2020
  • If you need additional information, please contact Vickie Krigner at vkrigner@hotmail.com   

  • Fall Cleanup at the Walled Lake Campus November 14 Properties is looking for help to clean up leaves, etc. on NOVEMBER 14th from 8am - 12pm. Come for all or for a while! Bring rakes, wheelbarrows, gloves, tarps, leaf blowers, flat pan shovels, anything else you think might be helpful! Bring friends and family! Kids need community service hours? We will give you credit! Questions? Call Matt McCleese at 248.505.8258

  • Important Information Regarding Protocols To read the entire email regarding current protocols, please click HERE.
  • Please note that at this moment, with the exception of Communion, outlined below, St. Matthew's policies and procedures for worship and other ministries have not changed. We ask and expect all who enter our buildings to follow them as before, whether it be for worship or during the week. This includes, but is not limited to, our policies regarding wearing masks and social distancing during worship, and maintaining buildings closed to walk in visitors during the week. If needed, please review these policies on our website HERE.

  • 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. IMPORTANT: 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!
Upcoming Events
“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

Online Book Fair!
October 14-27
Click HERE for all the details!

The Most Important
"Key" Element!
blog by Principal Sue Palka
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."   John 14:6
For years, we told my oldest son, Josh, that we would celebrate the conclusion of his five years of residency with a family trip during the summer of 2020. Although the COVID-19 pandemic altered many of our plans, we were still able to all gather in one destination, but it required numerous car rentals to get each member of the family from the state that they currently reside to our vacation location. Typically...
Read more HERE

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

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

Pray for our staff, teachers, students, and families!
Hearts & Hands

Employment Opportunities!
We are 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!

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 & Family
Ministry
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org

Join us for our final October outdoor movie night on
October 30. See the details above, or click HERE. Come in costume! The fun begins at 4:30 with pumpkin decorating and a food truck! Movie starts at dusk, so make sure you get your blanket and/or chairs set up by about 6:30!
See details and updates:
www.st-matthew.org/FamilyMovie

School Chapel
Watch Ms. Dawn's School Chapel service! Please watch HERE!
Middle School
Youth Ministry

Confirmation Parent Information 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
Wednesday, Oct 28, 7-8 PM.
Join us for an evening of games and Bible Study via Zoom with a chance to win prizes. 
Click HERE to join on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 880 4592 3542
Passcode: 612742

Middle School Game Day
at the Tiedje Home 
Sunday, November 1
We will meet at the Tiedje home from 3:00-4ish PM. We will be playing a variety of crazy games outside so dress for the weather. Snack and beverage will provided. Need the Tiedje address please contact John Welte.

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

Rite of Confirmation
Sunday, October 25
God’s Blessings to the students who will make Profession of their Faith in a Private Rite of Confirmation Service this Sunday. See the list of students above.

High School Sunday Night Gatherings during the month of October will meet at the Wixom campus for bonfire and games from 7-8:30 PM. 

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
MISSIONS UPDATE Oct. 2020 - EVERLASTING LIFE MINISTRY AND PASTOR DANIEL IN INDIA
Please click HERE to read the latest from Pastor Daniel's daughter, Vision, as she tells about their Monthly Celebration with Holy Communion, Baptisms, and one special testimony. Click HERE for pictures.

SMALL GROUPS: RightNow Media has updated their "Groups" The “Groups” feature was recently updated to include a video chat component! Now with virtual groups you can watch and discuss RightNow Media content together in one convenient place through our website. Our hope is that this will enable your small groups to continue to meet and benefit from these resources even if all or some of their members are not able to attend in person. If you are not signed up for this free resource, please do so at: st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia

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.

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 October 25
Thanks:
  • For the birth of a healthy baby boy Jaime to Pastor Austin and Claire Wellhousen
  • For the baptism of Ava Evans
  • For the wedding of Andrew Cureton and Elle Montgomery
Ministry:
  • For the Reformation truths that by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone we receive forgiveness and spiritual life
  • For the 10 Junior Confirmands who will profess their faith and receive their first communion 
  • For ongoing protection of the ministry, staff and participants from COVID-19
  • For persecuted Christians in India
Homebound Member of the Week
  • Darlene Teubert
Mission
  • For God’s reign to grow in our hearts and the hearts of people around the world
Government, Country and World:
  • For God’s will in the filling of the Supreme Court vacancy and in the upcoming elections
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Dylan Findling
  • Marge Warden
  • Naomi Rintoul
  • Randy Tyler
  • Marilyn McCallum
  • A former pastor of Todd Breen
  • Father of Thomas Czinder
Other:
  • Children struggling with the stresses of life during this season, and for those who love and support them.
Grief- For the family and friends of
  • Kenny, the great uncle of Dawn Rupe

Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance - October 18, 2020

  • 8:15am Blended: 75
  • 9am New Vintage: 34
  • 11am Prayer & Praise: 62
  • 9:30am Online: 300-400
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 October 19, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings     $537,071
Budget year to date Offerings     $490,706
Year to date variance            $46,365

Employment Opportunities
WIXOM WORSHIP AND MEDIA COORDINATOR
  • St. Matthew is seeking a Worship and Media Coordinator. This is a full-time position with benefits. Responsibilities include leading contemporary worship at our Wixom campus and providing media and tech support for both our Wixom and Walled Lake campuses. Click the links for the ministry description HERE and employment application HERE or pick up copies at the Welcome Centers of either campus. Please pass this along to anyone who you know might be interested; or contact the church office 248-624-7676 if you have any names for us to consider.

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 .

  • 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. 
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

Click the link HERE to read protocols for in-person worship.
Reminders
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • Communion at In Person Worship We have restarted Communion at in-person worship once a month in each worship service. Again, please read the email HERE for all the details.
  • Altar Flowers are available again You may request Altar Flowers to be placed in our worship spaces again. We will now use a paper-less method of requesting flowers. Please email natalie.yanosy@st-matthew.org or call the church office with the following information, drop your payment in the offering plate with a note indicating they are for Altar Flowers, or mail payment to the church office.
  • What the flowers are for (in memory of/in celebration of)?
  • Who they are from? Please include your phone number and email address.
  • The date the flowers are to be placed
  • How many flower arrangements are being requested ($20/each)
  • Flowers to be placed in Sanctuary / Gym / Wixom
  • 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