eNews
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020
Worship Schedule and Details
  • This week we begin a new our series entitled "Helpful Fruits for a Difficult Time".

  • For those attending in person, please see in-person worship protocols below.

  • Communion will be offered at our 8:15am Blended service this weekend at the Walled Lake Campus. Details are outlined HERE.

  • No in person classes are being held at this time.

Walled Lake Campus
  • 8:15am Blended Worship in Main Worship Center with Communion
  • 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!

Next Drive-In Communion Service
  • Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm in the Walled Lake Campus parking lot.
  • Bring your cell phone.
  • Follow instructions upon arrival.
Ministry Highlights
  • Baptisms
  • Finley Belle Pesta (daughter of Kenneth & Chelsea Pesta) Private baptism Sunday, October 18, 11am - Wixom Campus
  • Ava Valentina Evans (daughter of Gregory & Ximena Evans) Private baptism Saturday, October 24, 11am - Walled Lake Campus

  • Important Information Regarding Protocols Last week you received an email outlining St. Matthew's current pandemic protocols. To read the entire email, 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.

  • Communion at In Person Worship Last week's email also contained information regarding the restarting of Communion at in-person worship once a month in each worship service. This weekend we will have Communion at 8:15am Blended service at the Walled Lake Campus. Again, please read the email HERE for all the details.

  • Family Movie Nights - October 23 & 30 Outdoor Friday Movie Nights will continue on October 23 & 30! Movies will start at dusk, so please arrive around 6:30 pm!  Reservations are required, so please see the links below in order to sign up. Food Trucks 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 23 - (WALLED LAKE Campus, 2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake)
  • "Charlotte's Web" (animated) - Sign up HERE
  • FREE petting zoo & pony rides starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Food Truck available
  • 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

  • New Walled Lake Chair Section Chairs are now in place! We hope you agree that the new chairs, along with the coordinating pew cushions are a welcome and comfortable addition to the Walled Lake main worship center!

  • 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!

Strangers in the Night!
blog by Principal Sue Palka
"He who watches over you will neither slumber nor sleep."
Psalm 121:4
Many years ago, I received a text from my husband that stated, "Wait until you see what I bought you! It is absolutely amazing, and you are going to LOVE it!" Messages like this do not happen very often, so I was kind of excited when I saw the headlights of his car pull up into our driveway. Bursting into the house and calling my name with great intensity, I met him in the kitchen..
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 an October full of Friday night fun with outside movie nights:
October 23, and 30. See the details above, or click HERE.
Great news! With social distancing needing to happen, our activities and food trucks gave us more time with them! You can join us as early as 4:30 p.m. on October 23 and October 30. Check out the tasty menu for The Iron Food truck for dinner or snack options.
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
will not meet on October 21.
 WW will return on Wednesday, Oct 28 from 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 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

A Special
St. Matthew Welcome to
Collin Webb!
Collin is at student at Concordia University Ann Arbor in the Family Life Ministry specializing in Youth Ministry. Collin will be serving his practicum at St. Matthew this fall working with our Middle and High School Ministry. Collin is from Fort Wayne and plays lacrosse.

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 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
MISSIONS UPDATE - EVERLASTING LIFE MINISTRY AND PASTOR DANIEL IN INDIA The Lord has raised up several of you to help get the funds raised to purchase the Land adjacent to the church. In late September St. Matthew paid the remaining balance and the Land is owned and registered to Everlasting Life Ministry. Praise God! Thank you all for your donations. They are having church outside on the land at this time. Eventually they will build a Pastor Training Center on the land. Things are going well in India. They are still in lockdown. However, the Word of God goes forth, through small churches meeting in homes. Many Baptisms have taken place in the last few months. Praise God for their progress. Oct 1 the Everlasting Life Church of Amristar had their 7th festival and baptized 4 more people. The Everlasting life church in Hoshipura is meeting in the foundation of the future church that they are building. Please join me in lifting up praises to the Lord of Lords for our friends in India. If you would like to see pictures please text me at 810-560-1485. A servant of the King, Clay Donnell

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 18
Ministry:
  • For persecuted Christians in Iran
Homebound Member of the Week
  • Roger and Kathleen Swarthout
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
  • Sharon Rosevear
  • Marge Warden
  • Louise
  • Son of Denise Fannon
  • Naomi Rintoul
Other:
  • For a blessed reunion of Karla and Heidi
Grief- For the family and friends of
  • Alan Roth
  • Andrea Czinder’s grandfather
  • mother of Erika Nichols
  • Marion, the brother-in-law of Anna Dassow

Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance - October 11, 2020

  • 8:15am Blended: 80
  • 9am New Vintage: 61
  • 11am Prayer & Praise: 85
  • 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 13, 2020
Actual year to date Offerings     $503,579
Budget year to date Offerings     $456,247
Year to date variance            $47,332

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 .

  • 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:

  • 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
  • Working Again! Zoom Telephone Option for Worship Zoom has resolved the issue with the telephone option. Please let your loved ones know that they can phone in to worship again!
  • 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