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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021
Protocol Updates for Worship

The Elders met last Saturday to consider how best to transition to post-pandemic in-person worship, especially in light of the government’s lifting of masks and gathering mandates.

They decided that starting Sunday, June 27, all COVID restrictions will be lifted in worship, with one exception: we will continue for a while to distribute communion elements in bags as you enter worship. 

So, starting next week the offering will be taken by passing the offering plates/basket; and you will not be dismissed row by row at the end of worship.

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. Out of love for them, the Elders ask that those who sit there wear a mask. 

Other than that section, masks are optional and there will not be social distanced seating.

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

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
  • 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 27, 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, 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.

  • June 27 at 1pm - Special Congregational Assembly on Zoom
  • June 27 Outdoor worship and church picnic CANCELLED
  • Week of June 28 - gym floor refinished
  • July 5 - Holiday, Church Office closed
  • July 13, 5:30-8pm - Summer Family Night #2
  • July 17 Blood Drive at Wixom
  • 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 6 - Labor Day
  • Sept.19 10am Wixom Fall Celebration
  • Week of Sept.20 International Classes begin
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.
  • Celebrating the Life of Darlene Berent - The Final 4th of July Party Saturday, July 3, 2021, 12noon to 4pm (Noon, Walking hors d'oeuvres, 1:30, light lunch) at Bay Pointe Golf Club. RSVP: www.mattberent.com/Darlene.html (preferred) or phone/text Sandy 248-892-7705
  • Summer Family Nights Update Our first Summer Family Night - Let Your Light Shine! - was a shining success! The rain moved away and everyone had a fantastic time with the CAYA food truck, Oakland County Rec's "Go Fish", Frisbee golf course, cornhole and other yard games, fun crafts, music with Miss Pomroy and our famous VBS tradition with Mr. Welte & friend!
  • Thanks to our Volunteers who helped make the evening a wonderful success! We could not have done it without you! And thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the evening!
  • We are looking forward to our next Summer Family Night on July 13! If you're in town, please join us! Make sure to mark your calendars for July 13 and August 17.
  • 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.
  • UPDATED 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
  • 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
Ministries
School

We are so thankful for our teachers and school staff who worked so hard over the past year under very challenging conditions! And a huge thank you to Mrs. Palka for all of her work and leadership during this time! We pray that they have a summer filled with rest, relaxation and renewal!

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

5:30-8:00pm
Tuesday, July 13
Tuesday, August 17

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

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 a couple student spaces still open on a first come first serve basis. Registration closes on July 1.

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 27
Thanks:
  • Praise for Larry Troyanek's healing progress and thanks for the prayers and support
Ministry:
  • For ongoing protection of the ministry, staff and participants from COVID-19
  • For the transition to post-COVID worship
  • Guidance in filling vacant staff positions
  • For persecuted Christians in Afghanistan
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Darlene Teubert
Government, Country and World:
  • For state government officials
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Braedon Breeding
  • Randy Tyler
  • Zoe
  • Those with COVID
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
Attendance
Sunday, June 20, 2021
8:15am Blended: 133
9am New Vintage: 60
11am Prayer & Praise: 100
Financial Stewardship
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2020 through June 21, 2021
Actual year to date Offerings    $1,834,920
Budget year to date Offerings     $1,713,353
Year to date variance       $121,567

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