SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021
Please take a few minutes to watch this message from Pastor Paul regarding
worship schedule changes starting this fall.
Click the link HERE or below:
Since last July, St. Matthew has operated with a “COVID” worship schedule that included a reduction of the number of worship gatherings and the addition of a telephone/online worship service and a monthly “drive-in” communion service. We are so grateful for God’s faithful provision to enable us to be with Him in worship during the pandemic. We are thankful for your continued generosity and patience as we’ve adapted to this fluid situation.

With the hope and prayer that God will lead us to some level of post-pandemic normalcy, the Elders approved the following worship schedule, with a target to start it September 12/13:

  • Walled Lake Sunday:
  • Sunday 8:45 am Blended style worship
  • Sunday 10:00 am Bible classes
  • Sunday 11:00 am Prayer & Praise style worship
  • Monday: 7:00 pm Blended style worship
  • Wixom:
  • 9:00 am Bible classes
  • 10:00 am New Vintage style worship

Offering only one Sunday Walled Lake Blended style worship gathering at a later time addresses the worship time desires of many and the decline of worship attendance, which can be a problem when a worship space is too empty. It also has the advantage of uniting all of the Walled Lake Sunday morning worshipers in dedicated Bible classes and fellowship.

The change of worship time at the Wixom campus also addresses the worship time desire of many. And it allows for the occasions when one preacher is covering all weekend worship services at both campuses.

God’s desire is for His people to gather together in-person for worship (Hebrews 10:25). So many who have returned to in-person worship have expressed how much they valued being together with God, the fellowship and encouragement of fellow believers, and the treasure of taking the Lord’s Supper together. With that in mind, the Elders also approved these worship related items:

  • Online worship: The 9:30 am Sunday online worship will end on September 5 (Labor Day weekend). Thereafter St. Matthew will continue to provide the worship dvds to homebound members; and restart posting sermon audios online.   
  • First Wednesday drive-in communion: It will be discontinued after October 6. 

Though change is not always easy, the Elders, after much prayer and discussion, believe that these changes are in the best interest of the people and mission of St. Matthew. We are excited to see how God will use this to be a blessing.
Lifting of COVID Restrictions in Worship
All COVID restrictions have been lifted in worship, with these exceptions: We will continue for a while to distribute communion elements in bags as you enter worship. And there will be a section on the right for those who want to wear a mask and social distance, like children who can’t yet be vaccinated. Thanks for your prayers, patience and love as we make this transition.
Worship and Bible Study Schedule

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

Wixom Campus
  • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship - Communion

Sunday Online Worship - 9:30am - st-matthew.org/Worship
  • Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/799892892 - Meeting ID 799-892-892
  • Facebook
  • 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)
  • July 11, 2021

Communion Schedule
  • New Vintage and Prayer & Praise: Second Sunday of the month - July 11
  • Blended: Third Sunday of the month - July 18
  • Next Drive In Communion - First Wednesday of the month, Walled Lake Campus - Wednesday, August 4 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. Added or updated events are in bold.

  • July 13, 5:30-8pm - Summer Family Night #2
  • July 17 Blood Drive at Wixom
  • July 18 at 11am worship - Commissioning of the High School Mission Team
  • July 18-25 - High School Ohio Mission Trip
  • August 1-7 - College Age Ohio Mission Trip
  • August 4 at 7pm - Drive-In Communion
  • Aug.16 Registration for International Classes begins
  • August 17, 5:30-8pm - Summer Family Night #3
  • August 30 - First day of school - 11:30 a.m. dismissal
  • Sept.1 at 7pm - Drive-In Communion
  • September 5 - Final Online Worship
  • September 6 - Labor Day
  • September 12 & 13 - New Worship Schedule Begins
  • Sept.19 10am Wixom Fall Celebration
  • Week of Sept.20 International Classes begin
  • October 6 - Final Drive In Communion
Ministry Highlights
  • NEW - Mrs. Alicia Brown Divine Call Decision After fervent prayer, the Holy Spirit has led Mrs. Brown to accept the Divine Call issued to her by Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran School. Mrs. Brown is a wonderful educator. She is deeply loved by our St. Matthew family; she will be dearly missed. We are confident that God has great plans for Mrs. Brown and her family. She will be a tremendous blessing for Our Savior’s educational ministry.
  • In addition, God is also at work at St. Matthew. In His perfect timing, He will lead the perfect person to serve as our second grade teacher. If you have the name of a potential qualified candidate for this position, please email Susan.Palka@st-matthew.org.
  • Last year, our school theme was “There Is No Impossible With You.” We are going to continue to boldly profess this biblical truth into the summer months as well as we look forward to watching the Lord at work in this situation!
  • Family Night #2 is July 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. Join us when you can!
  • Our first Family Night was fun and this one will be fun and WET! Dress for watery fun (and bring towels for the ride home!).
  • The tasty Iron Food truck will be back with us as well as Kona Ice to purchase dinner and tasty treats. We love supporting these small businesses while taking a break from cooking and eating great food!
  • We'll have cool crafts - have you ever made a sponge lei?! A bounce house and water slide, slip & slide, and more! We will provide some non-watery games for those who want to enjoy dry fun.
  • Some awesome music and a hope-filled message make the night complete.
  • IN CASE OF RAIN - If the weather is bad, we will move our fun to Tuesday, July 20. We would make that decision by 4:30 p.m. that day. Pray for good weather!
  • UPDATED: The July Mission of the Month is supporting our High School and College Mission Trips to Southeast Ohio partnering with Outreach Ministries. 
  • Often it is hard for people to understand why students would take time off during the summer and actually pay for the opportunity to go help others. Here are some of the mission trip participants comments as to why they are excited to go serve in Ohio.
  • “I hope to learn more about how to outreach, communicate, and socialize better. Last time I was very service orientated, but this time I can’t wait to build relationships with those we serve.”
  • “I hope to show how God can work in people’s lives for good and how much He cares about His children. Covid hit so hard it was difficult to go to church and with online school it was so easy to get distracted by wordily things that I forget to stop and talk to God. I find it easier to talk to and see God through helping people, so I am excited for this opportunity.”
  • For 2021 our High School Team will be in Ohio July 18-24 and our College Age Team will be there August 1-7. How can you help and support this vital work of sharing Christ love? First please pray for our teams asking for God’s protection, good weather conditions, and safe travel. Other more tangible ways to support the efforts of our students include donating any of the following items (please contact John Welte as the list constantly changes):
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Misc. yard tools for trimming trees, bushes
  • Electrical Cords
  • Paint Supplies
  • Electric Trimmers
  • Walmart Gift Cards-there are no Home Depots or Lowes so we are at Walmart daily for everything we need
  • Speedway Gas Cards-in one week of driving we will use over $1000 of fuel
  • You can also go the Youth Group Facebook page to see photos from past mission trips and follow this years’ teams. If you have additional questions or want to learn more, please contact John Welte.
  • Elected Officers Installation July 11 We will install our elected officers of St. Matthew in all our worship services on July 11. This includes members of the Executive Board (including newly elected secretary Lachelle Laney), Foundation Ministry chairperson of the School Board Ministry. Special thanks to our outgoing secretary Kari Gonzales and Foundation Ministry member Bob McGhee!
  • Blood Drive July 17, 2021 - 9:00am to 3:00pm - Wixom Campus Our next blood drive at Wixom is on Saturday July 17 from 9 AM to 3:00 PM. Our goal is to have at least 26 people sign up to give blood on that day. Your gift of blood can help save up to 3 lives. If you are willing to help, please sign up at the Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org (sponsor code:saintmatthewwixom) or email me with a preferred time. Thanks! - Marc Wiliford, jmwiliford@ameritech.net
  • See more details at st-matthew.org/BloodDrive
  • Positions Available! See the Employment Opportunities section below or visit st-matthew.org/employment for position openings at St. Matthew.
  • Walled Lake Campus Summer Hours Summer office hours for the Walled Lake Campus are Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm. The doors will remain locked for safety reasons, so please ring the bell should you need to enter the building.
  • Please note that masks are now optional for all, but in accordance with the CDC, masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Also, as we are still looking to fill positions and take needed vacations, we are thankful for your patience! What a blessing it has been to serve you during this time and I continue to pray for our St. Matthew family as we enter into the summer months. Thanks for your continued support, and I pray that your summer is a time of renewal, filled with quality time in the Word, in prayer, with loved ones, and showing God's love and light in your neighborhoods, workplaces, to the world. -Gail
Employment Opportunities
Click links or see details and application at www.st-matthew.org/employment
  • Second Grade Teacher - If you have the name of a potential qualified candidate for this position, please email Susan.Palka@st-matthew.org.
  • 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. Application deadline is August 7. Please contact john.welte@st-matthew.org with any questions.
  • 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.
  • 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

Pray for Mrs. Alicia Brown as she transitions to a new ministry and pray for the school as the search begins to fill the 2nd Grade teacher vacancy.

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

VBS 2021

Tuesday, July 13
Tuesday, August 17
See details above or at

See UPDATES above or HERE.

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.

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
Bike Ride and Wixom DQ
Wednesday July 28, 7-8:30pm Meet at On the Dunes on Haggerty Road, ride the MI Air Line Trail to the Wixom DQ. (Cost of ice cream is your responsibility). Parents can either pick you up at DQ or you can ride back to On the Dunes for an 8:30ish pick up.

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 Mission Team Please pray for Carson Millspaugh, Drew Cummins, Nicholas Adams, Avery Millspaugh, Lydia Veenstra, Jacob Bennett, Ruth Walter, Matt Latzke, Megan Tiedje, Will Herzog, Brendan Schafer, Autumn Wissner, and John Welte as they return to Caldweel Ohio July 18-24. Check out the mission of the month article to learn more how you can support the High School and College Mission Trips.

High School
Bike Ride and Wixom DQ
Sunday July 25, 7-8:30pm
Meet at On the Dunes on Haggerty Road, ride the MI Air Line Trail to the Wixom DQ for ice cream (bring a couple bucks). You can either be picked up at the WX DQ or ride back to On the Dunes for a 9 PM pick up.

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 8:00-9:30pm on Zoom
  • Please note new start time starting 7/13
  • Month of July: In the month of July, we are working on Step 7: We humbly asked 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 July 11
  • Guidance in filling vacant staff positions
  • For teacher Alicia Brown’s transition to a new ministry. And for our school in seeking to fill that vacancy.
  • For persecuted Christians in Libya
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Robert Wurst
  • For the construction of a church building under Pastor Daniel’s ministry in Hoshiarpur
Government, Country and World:
  • For those in the path of Tropical Storm Elsa
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Braedon Breeding
  • Randy Tyler
  • Joyce Schonsheck
  • Gloria, Imad
  • Mother of Ray Beck
  • Andy Snook
  • Nancy Geer
  • Those with COVID
  • For spiritual well-being of Ashley
  • For the family and friends of Gail Adams’s Aunt Mary
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Sunday, July 11, 2021
8:15am Blended: 102
9am New Vintage: 47
11am Prayer & Praise: 61
Financial Stewardship
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021
Not Available This Week
Actual year to date Offerings    $1,861,940
Budget year to date Offerings     $1,739,038
Year to date variance       $122,902

Thank you for your support of ministry through online giving or mailing your checks.
Ministry Partners
Another Way Pregnancy Center’s Walk For Life is on July 24th at the Detroit Zoo! Register for you and your family at https://awpcfriends.org/events . You can register as an individual, married couple, or family. Raise pledges to increase your impact and earn prizes! Registration includes admission to the Zoo, parking, refreshments and one WFL T-shirt per adult. By joining Another Way Pregnancy Center Walk for Life and helping us raise critical funding, YOU are choosing to support women and families who chose LIFE for their baby by offering parenting education, mentoring, and material support for baby through her first year. 
Lutheran High Northwest and Lutheran High Westland Registration is 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:
Connect with Us
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393