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SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021
Worship Schedule and Details
  • Sunday Zoom worship link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/799892892

  • If you miss live Zoom worship, watch anytime on our YouTube channel HERE! Recordings are usually available by noon on Sundays.

  • This weekend we continue our series: The Book of Job: God's Wisdom for Life's Pain. We hope you are able to join in person or online.

  • Bring donations for the Diaper Drive! See details below.

  • For those attending in-person worship, please note the mask requirement for worship and other church events.

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

Walled Lake Campus
  • 8:15am Blended Worship in Main Worship Center - Communion
  • 11am Prayer & Praise Worship in Gym

Wixom Campus
  • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship

Sunday Online Worship
  • 9:30am Sunday - Chat together starting at 9:20am!
  • Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/799892892 - Meeting ID 799-892-892
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  • 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!

Communion Schedule
  • New Vintage and Prayer & Praise: Second Sunday of the month - Feb. 14
  • Blended: Third Sunday of the month - Jan. 17
  • Next Drive In Communion - First Wednesday of the month, Walled Lake Campus
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm in the Walled Lake Campus parking lot. Bring your cell phone. Follow instructions upon arrival.
Ministry Highlights
  • TODAY - Blood Drive January 16, 2021 - Wixom Campus TODAY, January 16, we will be having a blood drive at the Wixom Campus between 9AM and 3PM. You can save up to 3 lives by giving a pint of blood! If you would be able to donate, please sign up at www.redcrossblood.org with Sponsor Code saintmatthewwixom. Email Marc Wiliford with questions mwiliford1@gmail.com .

  • St. Matthew's 75th Anniversary Recognition is coming! We are preparing to celebrate 75 years of spreading God's Good News! Click HERE for a little taste of how we started. If anyone in the congregation has other pictures they would like to supply, please scan/email those to Doug Bond dbond1688@gmail.com or drop them off in my church mailbox in the hallway. Please sticky note your name on the envelope or the back of the photo!

  • Diaper Drive Benefiting Another Way Pregnancy Center A diaper. For most of us, when we need them we just go to the store and buy them. For some people, it isn't as simple. Those wonderful and crazy sleepless days with a new baby are tough enough without the worry of being able to provide basic necessities.
  • AWPC provides the support and resources sometimes needed for new parents. They offer parenting classes, support groups, and Bible studies which then can earn "baby bucks" to go shopping in their boutique for needed items.
  • Through our Diaper Drive, we are blessed to be able to partner with AWPC to supply items for their boutique. Please consider picking up a pack of diapers (Sizes 3, 4, and 5 are most needed), wipes, and maybe even a diaper bag to donate. Gift cards to Amazon or Walmart or monetary donations can also be given (make checks out to AWPC or donate on their website awpcfriends.org).
  • Items can be donated by dropping them in the bins outside the door during the week or placing them in the crib in the lobby at both campuses on Sunday.
  • Please mail gift cards or monetary donations or bring them on Sunday - they can be placed in the lock box for offerings or given to Dawn Rupe or Sue Baglow.
  • Thank you for partnering with us to support these families through the love of Jesus!
  • Find out more by watching the AWPC video HERE!

  • Celebrate Recovery at St. Matthew Closing St. Matthew has been blessed to offer Celebrate Recovery at the Wixom Campus for the past 7 years. It has helped many people with their hurts, hang-ups, and habits, helping them achieve freedom over life's challenges. While this ministry has been a blessing to many, St. Matthew has made the decision to stop hosting Celebrate Recovery at the Wixom Campus. If you are looking for a Christ-centered recovery group, visit celebraterecovery.com to locate other local groups in the area. If you have any additional questions, please contact Pastor Austin at austin.wellhousen@st-matthew.org.

  • 2021 Offering Envelopes are now available! Envelopes will be available from Elders during worship and from office staff during regular weekday business hours, Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm. Please see an Elder during worship or come to the main entrance during the week, let us know your name, and we will get your envelopes for you. Thank you for your patience with the revised process. If you do not want your envelopes for the coming year, please let the church office know by calling 248-624-7676 or emailing denise.fannon@st-matthew.org.

  • Building Safety School has started and our buildings still remain closed for walk-in visitors during the week. 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
  • January 16 - Blood Drive at Wixom Campus - sign up at redcrossblood.org with Sponsor Code saintmatthewwixom
  • January 25 - 31 National Lutheran Schools Week
  • February 17 7pm Ash Wednesday worship
  • February 24 7pm Lent worship
“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

Shovel Out Hunger!
 "Truly I tell you, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me." Matthew 25:40

For the past four years, St. Matthew Lutheran School has hosted a family servant event, where those in attendance had the responsibility to make over 400 bagged lunches for the NOAH Project, a homeless shelter located in Detroit. An additional blessing that evolved from this experience always occurred on the following day when our 8th grade had the opportunity to deliver the meals, work in the kitchen, and serve the guests that frequent the NOAH shelter.

As the principal of St. Matthew, I have always had the privilege to chaperone this powerful field trip, and each year, watch the servant hearts of our 8th graders spring into action and do whatever was requested. In addition to watching our students work, some of my fondest memories include watching our students playing UNO with some of the young children at the shelter or listening to our students sing while a guest at the shelter played the piano located in the main dining hall. Upon our return to school, the feedback was always consistent with such comments as "That was so much fun!", "That was such a great field trip!", and "I'll never forget that experience!"... READ MORE in the School Newsletter HERE.

Blog by Principal Sue Palka:
Read 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 below 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

Sunday's Children's Message About Job
This Sunday Mrs. Joyce Schonsheck will be giving our Children's Message during worship.
You may download and print the God's Promises Cards HERE !
Middle School
Youth Ministry

Confirmation Parent Information
for the 2020-2021 School Year. 
If you have a child currently in 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
Sunday Afternoon Games
January 24, 3-4:30pm
We are able to resume meeting together in person following required MDHHS safety and social distancing guidelines.  Our first event will be Sunday, January 24 from 3-4:30 PM as a game afternoon in the gym. All participants must wear a mask and will need to turn in upon arriving a health screening checklist (this will be emailed out in the weekly MS Email Update or contact john.welte@st-matthew.org for a copy).  No mask or checklist no admittance. Entrance to the gym will be via the gym entrance and the rest of the building will be off limits. No snacks or beverages may be consumed on the property during this event.  

Wanted: Email Addresses
Wanted-Email addresses of all sixth through eighth grade students and their parents. Email john.welte@st-matthew.org to have them added or deleted from the weekly update. 
High School
Youth Ministry

High School
Sunday Afternoon Gathering
January 17, 3-4:40pm
We are able to resume meeting together in person following required MDHHS safety and social distancing guidelines.  Our first event will be this Sunday, January 17 from 3-4:30 PM as a game afternoon in the gym. All participants must wear a mask and will need to turn in upon arriving a health screening checklist (this will be emailed out in the weekly MS Email Update or contact john.welte@st-matthew.org for a copy). No mask or checklist no admittance. Entrance to the gym will be via the gym entrance and the rest of the building will be off limits. No snacks or beverages may be consumed on the property during this event.

St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page
is https://www.facebook.com/stmatthew.yg.7
You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.  
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 Winter Newsletter HERE

  • The Senior Bible Class (Open to all "Young at Heart" Seniors) is currently meeting every Monday, by Zoom beginning at 10:00 for conversation until 10:30. The study time is from 10:30-11:30 by Zoom. On January 11, we will begin studying the Book of Romans. This is a great opportunity for fellowship with other Seniors, and also 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.
Prayers - Week of January 17
Thanks:
  • Improved health for Gail, cousin of Nancy Troyanek
  • For the 56th wedding anniversary of Marvin & Kathleen Roehling on Sat. Jan. 16
  • Praise God for 50 years of marriage
Ministry:
  • For ongoing protection of the ministry, staff and participants from COVID-19
  • Guidance for the Wixom Worship and Media Coordinator Hire Committee
  • For persecuted Christians in Burkina Faso
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Sylvia McCabe
Mission:
  • For the advancement of God’s kingdom in the hearts of people 
Government, Country and World:
  • For protection from civil unrest
  • For a smooth transition of government
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Dylan Findling
  • Randy Tyler
  • Ken Szalony
  • Bob Krieg, son-in-law of Harlan and Mary Lorenz
  • Those with COVID
  • Linda Willmann
  • Mike Morse
Other:
  • For peace and unity in families
Grief - For the family and friends of:
  • Sandy Limb’s sister Lois
  • Dee Tyler's brother
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance - January 10, 2021
  • 8:15am Blended: 59
  • 9am New Vintage: 51
  • 11am Prayer & Praise: 72
  • 9:30am Online: 400-500
  • Wed. Drive In Communion: 146
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 January 11, 2021
Actual year to date Offerings     $1,050,147
Budget year to date Offerings     $945,836
Year to date variance            $104,311
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
Ministry Partners
Lutheran High Northwest and Lutheran High Westland Registration Now Open! Looking for an outstanding Christian high school option for your son or daughter or know someone who is? Lutheran High Northwest and Lutheran High Westland are now accepting applications for new students for Fall 2021!  Our application fees will increase by $50 on 2/1 so now is an ideal time to complete this step and join our Crusader or Warrior family. For more information, or to apply click below:
Resources
See some new resources below!
  • RightNowMedia is a great resource for video Bible Studies! Sign up FREE through our website www.st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia .
  • Portals of Prayer are available in the bin outside the main entrance at the Walled Lake Campus. They are also available for personal purchase (print and digital) from the CPH website HERE.
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries has daily radio broadcasts, podcasts, devotions, and many other resources! See everything at www.lhm.org
  • Worship Anew, Lutheran Ministries Media -Our mission is to share Christ's love through ministry and media. Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. produces a weekly, 30-minute Lutheran broadcast worship service called Worship Anew. Each service includes music, scripture readings, prayers, and a pastor delivering a message that is designed to feel one-on-one to the viewer. Each program is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Watch online at www.worshipanew.org
  • KFUO Radio, a media ministry extension of LCMS congregations, shares Christ for you anytime, anywhere on KFUO.org via worship services, Bible and theology studies, practical talk programs, and sacred music. You can find programs on demand at kfuo.org and wherever you get your podcasts! Find us on social: @KFUOradio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.www.kfuo.org
Reminders
Did you miss it?
If you missed our previous eNews, here are a few reminders:

  • Lutheran Hour Ministries Devotions - If you were blessed by the Advent devotions, you may continue receiving LHM devotions in your email or reading them online. Sign up or read them at any time at lhm.org . LHM offers daily devotions year-round. Watch for Lenten devotions.
  • St. Paul Pontiac Pantry Needs - The pandemic has created the opportunity to think differently in how we can meet the needs of people in our community. One of the regular missions that St. Matthew supports is St. Paul Pontiac, which has a pantry to help those in the Pontiac area. St. Paul has created and shared their pantry needs with us through an Amazon Wish List HERE, which will allow you to see what their current needs are, and purchase them directly. Please consider supporting St. Paul during this season! Contact the St. Paul church office if you have any questions - stpauloffice1133@gmail.com .
  • 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.
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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