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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021
Worship and Bible Study Schedule

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

Wixom Campus
  • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship

Sunday Online Worship - 9:30am - st-matthew.org/Worship
  • 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

Sunday Online Bible Study 10:45am - Full details at st-matthew.org/BibleStudy
  • Current Topic: Gospel of Luke (Read online HERE)
  • Format: Pastor led via Zoom with lecture and group discussion
  • Zoom Link: Click HERE or use Meeting ID 896 5949 4535 with passcode 149356
  • Recordings of previous weeks: On YouTube
  • This Week's Study Guide (click HERE for previous Study Guides)
  • June 6, 2021

Communion Schedule
  • New Vintage and Prayer & Praise: Second Sunday of the month - June 13
  • Blended: Third Sunday of the month - June 20
  • Next Drive In Communion - First Wednesday of the month, Walled Lake Campus - Wednesday, July 7 at 7pm in the Walled Lake Campus parking lot. Bring your cell phone. Follow instructions upon arrival.
Upcoming Schedule
at the Walled Lake Campus unless otherwise indicated

Ministry Highlights
  • Important Special Congregational Assemblies, June 6 and 27 at 1pm - There will be special Congregational Assembly zoom meeting on June 6 1pm to present a Non-Called Teacher Proposal to the Congregational Assembly, including “reading” the proposed change to the Constitution and Bylaws. (It is acknowledged that June 6 is graduation for many high schools. If you have questions or comments, please contact the school office.) Then there will be another special Congregational Assembly zoom meeting at 1pm on June 27 to act on the proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. Here are the proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws: Constitution Article VI . And here are the added SBM responsibilities in Bylaw I.D.2.a 3.F and 3.G HERE
  • Click HERE to join meetings or connect with Meeting ID 878 1713 4968 and passcode 074447.
  • Minutes from the May 2, 2021 meeting may be viewed HERE.
  • Regarding COVID Protocol Changes Based on the recent government changes, the Elders of St. Matthew decided that effective June 13, there will be a mask-optional, not social distance seating section provided in worship for those that have been fully vaccinated (see article below). That section will be on the left side (as you face the front).
  • Then on Thursday, the governor announced additional changes for June and July, the details of which will be forthcoming.
  • With all that in mind, we offer these two pieces of pastoral counsel: First, please be patient in this fluid situation as the Elders seek to transition to post-COVID worship in a way that is safe and cares for all. Second, there are precious people of God on both sides of the mask and vaccination issues. Let’s love one another and not let this divide us.
  • Masks In Worship Recently the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) changed their mask guidance and our state changed its face mask order. In view of that and after much prayer and discussion, the Elders of St. Matthew decided the following:
  • Provided there are no governmental changes regarding masks, effective June 13th, a mask-optional section will be provided in worship services for those that have been fully vaccinated. This date gives time for those who have recently become eligible for vaccination to complete the process. The Board of Elders recommends that people become vaccinated as they become eligible. 
  • The mask optional sections need not be social distanced [in seating].
  • Out of an abundance of Christian love and sacrifice, volunteers assisting in worship services will continue to wear masks. Gloves are no longer necessary effective immediately.
  • God-willing, there will be additional steps of post-pandemic normalcy in worship in the weeks and months to come.
  • Church Picnic Cancelled - Because of pandemic related issues, the Walled Lake campus will not be offering a church picnic or outdoor worship service on June 27. The regular pandemic worship schedule will continue on that day.
  • VBS 2021 - FAQs - Click HERE!
  • Backyard VBS! Online VBS with take home supply kits available! Invite friends and neighbors!
  • Summer Family Nights Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30pm
  • June 22
  • July 13
  • August 17
  • Volunteer sign up is NOW OPEN for Backyard VBS and Summer Family Nights! Please prayerfully consider where you might be able serve!
  • For details on Backyard VBS and Summer Family Nights click HERE!
  • NEW - St. Paul Community Lutheran Church, Pontiac - VBS and Back to School Backpacks - St. Paul, Pontiac is planning to provide filled backpacks for children who attend their VBS on July 26-30. If you are interested in donating items for their backpacks, see the list of supplies needed HERE. Please contact St. Paul directly for the best way to donate and help with their VBS: Joan Wagner, Administrative Assistant, stpauloffice1133@gmail.com or (248) 758-9019.
  • Positions Available! See the Employment Opportunities section below or visit st-matthew.org/employment for position openings at St. Matthew.
  • 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!
Employment Opportunities
Click links or see details and application at www.st-matthew.org/employment
  • Wixom Office Manager - The Wixom Office Manager position is open for application. Please read the job description HERE. Prayerfully consider the position and share with friends and family.
  • Administrative Assistant at the Walled Lake campus. We are currently accepting applications for a part time Administrative Assistant for the Walled Lake campus. Primary duties include the Welcome Desk, and working with the Minister to Children and Families and Minister to Youth. A full ministry position description and application are available HERE or at the Welcome Center of either campus. Applications are due to the church office by Friday, June 4. Please contact john.welte@st-matthew.org with any questions.
  • School Kids Care Positions St. Matthew Lutheran School is looking for the following positions for the 2021/2022 School Year. Prerequisites are that you love Jesus and working with a small group of children! For more information, please contact Mrs. Palka at sue.palka@st-matthew.org or 248-624-7677.
  1. Morning Kids Care Director - Hours are 6:45-8am every school day.
  2. After School Kids Care Director - Hours are 3:30-6pm every school day.
  3. After School Kids Care Assistant - Hours are 3:30-5:30pm every school day.
  • Wixom Worship Leader and Technology Coordinator The Executive Board approved the hiring of a full-time Wixom Worship position. The ministry description has been updated and re-titled as “Wixom Worship Leader and Technology Coordinator". The ministry description and employment application are available HERE or at the Welcome Centers at both the Walled Lake and Wixom campuses. Please submit applications to the church office churchoffice@st-matthew.org or to the office at either campus.
  • International Friends Survival Class Teacher Joann Wiliford has been a blessing to the International Ministry for many years and we are super thankful to her for stepping into the Interim Survival Classes Teacher position under some very challenging circumstances this past year. We are now able to offer this position as a hire. So if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this position and the amazing ministry that God does, please contact Rebecca Masters (rebecca.masters@st-matthew.org). For a Ministry Description and Application, click HERE or visit the Welcome Center.
  • Nursery Coordinator for the Walled Lake campus. We are currently accepting applications for a part time Nursery Coordinator beginning in August. Primary responsibilities include overseeing the nursery at the Walled Campus for International Ministry, Sunday morning, and special events. A full ministry description and application are available HERE or at the Welcome Center at either campus. Contact john.welte@st-matthew.org with any questions. 
  • Hearts & Hands Infant and Preschool Child Care Givers 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
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Ministries
School

There is NO Impossible
With God!
by Sue Palka
Who knew when last year’s sixth grade class selected the 2020/2021 theme to be “There’s No Impossible With You”, it would become such an appropriate and encouraging battle cry for this school year? Based on the Scripture verse found in Matthew 19:26 "With God, all things are possible", we stood in awe as we watched the Lord work in different, yet powerful, ways this school year, despite a global pandemic!

As I reflect upon this previous school year, I am amazed of how God allowed and provided avenues for us to…
Read more HERE

Important Links:
Hearts & Hands

Employment Opportunities!
We are in need of Infant and Preschool Child Caregivers.
International Ministry

Employment Opportunity
We are currently accepting applications for a Survival Class Teacher for our International Friends ministry. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this position and the amazing ministry that God does, please contact Rebecca Masters (rebecca.masters@st-matthew.org). 
Children's & Family
Ministry
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org

VBS 2021

Host a neighborhood VBS!
Have VBS time with your kids!
Sign up for a take-home kit.
Find a volunteer opportunity.
We are here to support you as you share God's love.

5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, June 22
Tuesday, July 13
Tuesday, August 17

Middle School
Youth Ministry

See full details at

Calling all future Sixth graders you are now able to join us for Middle School Events.

Middle School
Bonfire and Game Night
June 9, 7-8:30pm
Wixom Campus

Confirmation Parent Information
Please contact John Welte at john.welte@st-matthew.org.  

Wanted: Email Addresses
Email john.welte@st-matthew.org to have 6th-8th graders added or deleted from the weekly update. 

St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/stmatthew.yg.7
High School
Youth Ministry

See full details at

Calling all future Freshman you are able to attend both Middle and High School events this summer.

High School Bike Ride and DQ
June 6, 6:50-8:45pm
Meet/Pickup at On The Dunes
or pickup at DQ at 8pm

High School
Bonfire and Game Night
June 13, 7-8:30pm
Wixom Campus

UPDATED:
High School
Ohio Summer Mission Trip
July 18-24
High School Ohio Summer Mission Trip will be July 18-24, returning to Caldwell Ohio. Application forms have been sent out in the weekly email update as we begin to finalize plans to return following pandemic guidelines. Adults interested in serving as chaperones should contact John.
Application deadline is June 6.

UPDATED:
College Age
Summer Mission Trip
August 1-7
College Age Summer Mission Trip is August 1-7. We will be returning to Caldwell Ohio. Registration forms are available from John Welte.
Other Ministry Events and Updates
Click links for details on our website
MEN OF GOD Support Group - Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm on Zoom
  • Month of June: We are working on Step 6: We became ready for God to remove all of our defects of Character.
  • Contact: Ryan Main at MenofGod@st-matthew.org
  • Details: www.st-matthew.org/men

MENS MINISTRY Morning Bible Study - Wednesdays 8:00-9:00am on Zoom

WOMEN'S MINISTRY Bible Study on Zoom - Monday mornings on Zoom

SENIOR MINISTRY Bible Class - Mondays - 10:00-11:30am on Zoom
Prayers - Week of June 6
Ministry:
  • For a blessed conclusion to the school year
  • For ongoing protection of the ministry, staff and participants from COVID-19
  • Guidance in filling vacant staff positions
  • For persecuted Christians in Cameroon
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Carolyn Seymore
Mission:

Government, Country and World:
  • For the Supreme Court
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Braedon Breeding
  • Randy Tyler
  • Nicole (Zehel) Gardner
  • sister-in-law of Rebecca Masters
  • Babatunde
  • David Verville
  • Rick Cevalak
  • Those with COVID
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance
Sunday, May 30, 2021
8:15am Blended: 97
9am New Vintage: 42
11am Prayer & Praise: 44
Financial Stewardship
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021
Actual year to date Offerings    $1,740,907
Budget year to date Offerings     $1,617,294
Year to date variance       $123,613

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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! For more information, or to apply click below:
Resources
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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