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SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021
Mask Optional Section Starts In Worship This Sunday

Starting this Sunday, there will be a mask-optional, not social distance seating section provided in worship on the left side of seats for those that have been fully vaccinated. While anyone can sit there, we ask that those not fully vaccinated wear a mask in that section. God-willing, there will be further lifting of restrictions within the next several weeks.

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.

Watch Pastor Paul's message regarding this matter HERE or click the video below:
Worship and Bible Study Schedule

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

Wixom Campus
  • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship - with 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)
  • June 13, 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. Added or updated events are in bold.

Ministry Highlights
  • Important Special Congregational Assembly, June 27 at 1pm -There will be special Congregational Assembly zoom meeting on Sunday, June 27 at 1pm to act on the Non-Called Teacher Proposal 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 the meeting or connect with Meeting ID 878 1713 4968 and passcode 074447.
  • Minutes from the May 2, 2021 meeting may be viewed HERE.
  • NEW - 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • NEW - Walled Lake Campus Summer Hours Summer office hours for the Walled Lake Campus will be 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. We are currently asking any visitors to be screened and to sign in at the Welcome Center. As these protocols change, we will provide updates. 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
  • 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. 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
Ministries
School

Dear Parents,
Thank you for your incredible love, encouragement, and support this school year!
Words cannot properly express our gratitude for all that you have done!
To our eighth graders... God's richest blessings as you begin a new chapter in your academic journey! God has equipped and prepared you to do great things for His Kingdom! Always remember that there is NO impossible with God!
To everyone else... have a great summer. We look forward to everything the Lord has waiting for us when you return on August 30th!
With Much Love and Appreciation,
The Staff of St. Matthew Lutheran School

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.

NEW
Middle School
Water Wars
July 7, 7-8:30pm
Walled Lake 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
Bonfire and Game Night
June 13, 7-8:30pm
Wixom Campus

NEW
High School Kayaking
July 8, 9am-12noon
Huron River
Proud Lake State Park Headquarters Launch

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. There are a couple student spaces still open on a first come first serve basis or are you an adults interested in serving as chaperones please contact John.

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 13
Thanks:
  • For the birth of granddaughter Nora to Kathy and Doug Abraham.
  • Harold & Pat Cromes 67 years of marriage
  • For the decline in COVID 19 cases
Ministry:
  • For ongoing protection of the ministry, staff and participants from COVID-19
  • Guidance in filling vacant staff positions
  • For persecuted Christians in Indonesia
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Otto Sohn
Government, Country and World:
  • For President Biden and his administration to do that which is righteous and just
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Braedon Breeding
  • Randy Tyler
  • Bonnie Papez
  • Larry Troyanek
  • Nancy
  • Those with COVID
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance
Sunday, June 6, 2021
8:15am Blended: 121
9am New Vintage: 58
11am Prayer & Praise: 75
Financial Stewardship
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2020 through June 7, 2021
Actual year to date Offerings    $1,782,950
Budget year to date Offerings     $1,652,608
Year to date variance       $130,342

Thank you for your support of ministry through online giving or mailing your checks.
Ministry Partners
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:
Resources
Connect with Us
www.st-matthew.org
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393