The Messenger

Welcome to our Guests! 

Worship is an opportunity for God to once again express His love to us; and for us to love Him back.  We hope that you get a lot of God out of your time with us today.  If you have questions about this or anything else, please stop by our Welcome Center.  Please feel free to check out anything that might interest you in this Messenger or on our website:  www.st-matthew.org

From the Pastors:

•    A memorial service will be held for Janet Goldsby on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:00 am, with visitation beginning at 9:30 am.
•    The 2019 member offering envelopes are available by the mailboxes at the Walled Lake campus and the welcome center at the Wixom campus.  Thanks for your gifts for the King!  If you don’t see envelopes with your name and you would like some, please contact the church office.
•    A Bible Study Opportunity booklet for the winter and spring is available at both campuses.
•    You are invited to a “Be Constant in Prayer” Seminar on Saturday, Feb.2, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing.  You can learn more and sign up at: https://michigandistrict.org/event/2019-theological-conference/

The results of last November's "Up, In, and Out" Survey are now available. Please stop by the Church Office if you are interested in receiving a copy of the survey results.

January 27, 2019 - 11:30am

It's time for some good old fashioned winter fun! Join us for Winterfest 2019 at our St. Matthew Wixom Campus and Hearts & Hands on Sunday, January 27, 2019, beginning at 11:30 am.   Come for the indoor and outdoor fun! Bring your sleds and snow gear. Fun for ALL ages! We will be crowning our 2019 Chili Champion. Could it be you? Dust off your crockpot, whip up your best chili recipe, and bring it to share! Sampling begins at noon. Voting will wrap up at 1:00 pm and then we'll crown our Chili Champion! www.st-matthew.org/winterfest

As of Friday, January 18, the 2018 Contribution Statements, for those contributing $250 or more, are in member mailboxes at the Walled Lake Campus. You may begin picking them up this weekend. For those contributors who do not have a mailbox, your statement will be sent by mail. If you don't receive a statement, and would like a copy, please contact the church office at: (248) 624-7676, or denise.fannon@st-matthew.org

This Tuesday at Celebrate Recovery, Jan will be presenting the POWERLESS lesson as we continue working Principle 1 and Step 1. When we accept the first principle of recovery and take that first step out of our denial and into reality, we see there are very few things over which we really have control. Once we admit that, by ourselves we are powerless, we can stop living with "serenity robbers". Come and begin the journey of recovery! “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

During the month of February, we will be collecting diapers and wipes for the clients of Another Way Pregnancy Center. Sizes 4 and 5 more most needed. Portable cribs will be set up at both the Walled Lake and Wixom campuses to collect your donations. Please consider showing God's love to the babies, moms and dads served by AWPC. Sponsored by the St. Matthew Pro-Life Ministry and Lutherans for Life. Contact Mary Walden with questions mewalden@comcast.net or 248-231-3632.

Children's Ministry is taking up a collection for the homeless. Please consider helping our annual Socks of Love collection.  We are in need of the following items:  URGENT NEED! Warm, new ADULT size, tube-style socks! Monetary donations, toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, floss, deodorant, Chapstick, travel size shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion.  Collection sites: Walled Lake campus: Outside of Room 304 and Wixom campus: Bin located in the lobby.  Donation deadline: February 10, 2019    Let's share the Love of Jesus!

January 20, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join us at our Wixom Campus for the movie "Lion", with pizza and dessert. Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Calcutta, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Thank you to so many of our members who regularly give offerings online! We have had requests from some members to not provide envelopes anymore, since they give online and no longer use their envelopes. If you do not wish to have envelopes in the future, please email denise.fannon@st-matthew.org, or bring your envelopes to the Church Office with a note indicating you no longer wish to receive envelopes. We will remove you from the list for next year. Thank you!

We are looking to hire a part time Nursery worker to substitute as needed at our Walled Lake Campus. Please see the blue folders available at both campus Welcome Centers for job descriptions and applications.

Do you love spending time with and nurturing young children?  St. Matthew - Wixom is currently accepting applications for Preschool Caregivers at its Hearts & Hands Christian Child Center. Part-time, Monday thru Friday. If interested, please contact Ronda Coe at 248.624.9525 or Ronda.Coe@st-matthew.org.

NEW!!  You can now TEXT to sign up for RightNow Media!  Text:  RIGHTNOW SMLC to 41411 . If you haven't checked out the resources on RightNow Media, take a moment to either sign up or to access your account to see what's new and what's coming soon! The pastors have a section with their "Favorites", so be sure to check out the St. Matthew Lutheran Church library!  Be sure to download the app so you can access all of the great resources easily from your phone! RightNow Media is an online resource for St.

Bible Adventure is for children ages preschool thru Grade 4. We provide a fun, activity based worship opportunity on their level. Classes at the Walled Lake Campus are at 9:40 am and 11:00 am in room 304. Class at the Wixom Campus is at 10:20 am, in Gathering Place A Room.

Check out "St. Matthew Lutheran Church Children's Ministry" Facebook page for updates, pictures, and events.

The St. Matthew Children's Ministry Team needs your help! Please prayerfully consider being a part of a great ministry at St. Matthew. Volunteers are needed for Bible Adventure at both campuses, Kid’s Praise and Nursery at Wixom. For more information or to volunteer please contact: Rebecca Sorter rebecca.sorter@st-matthew.org Join us and share the love of Jesus with all his children.

Kid's Praise is a great way for children age 3 through First Grade to learn all about Jesus on their level. Kids' Praise is offered at our Wixom campus during the 9:00 am service in the Gathering Place A Room.

Our lovingly staffed Nursery is available on Sunday mornings. At the Walled Lake campus it's available from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm for children three years old and under. At the Wixom campus it's available during the 9:00 am worship service.

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.

Confirmation Parent Information for parents of students in Grade 7 or Higher who have not started the confirmation process is available from the Welcome Center Desk or by contacting John Welte.

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.

Confirmation Parent Information for parents of students in Grade 7 or Higher who have not started the confirmation process is available from the Welcome Center Desk or by contacting John Welte.

February 9, 2019 - 9:00am

Come one, Come ALL! To the St. Matthew Preschool & Kindergarten Open House! We hope you can join us on Saturday, February 9th, from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the school gym. We will have great information on our preschool and kindergarten programs, and tons of fun with the "Cirque Amongus" performers! Please RSVP to let us know you're coming by emailing: admissions@st-matthew.org, or calling the school office at: (248) 624-7677. And be sure to spread the word to all of your family and friends who may also be interested!

January 19, 2019 - 9:00am

The Christian Citizenship Committee is sponsoring a blood drive at Wixom on Saturday January 19th from 9 AM to 3:00 PM.  Our goal is to have at least 31 people to sign up to give blood on that day.  Your gift of blood can help save up to 3 lives.  Schedule your donation at www.redcrossblood.org, using Sponsor Code saintmatthewwixom. If you are willing to help, please email Marc Wiliford at blooddrive@st-matthew.org or call him at 248-363-9178.

On February 16-18, 2019, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis is having an event for high school young men who might be interested in attending seminary and becoming a pastor. Please click the following link for additional information and to register: https://www.csl.edu/admissions/visit/taste-of-the-sem/

Christ Lutheran Church, Milford is starting a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group, meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, starting January 22. Register at www.mops.org/join, using code 1A8Y. See the flier PDF iconHERE.

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
o    Jan.19 Blood Drive at Wixom
o    Jan.20 Pizza-Movie (“Lion) Dessert Night at Wixom
o    Jan.27 New Member Experience: Life for Others-- Winterfest
o    Jan.27 Winterfest
o    Jan.27-Feb.2  Lutheran Schools Week
o    March 3  5-7pm Missions Banquet  

Schedule

Sunday, 20 January 2019        
8:15 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
9:00 AM    Kids Praise    Wx-Gathering Place A
9:00 AM    Kid's Praise Nursery    Wx-Toddler Room
9:00 AM    New Vintage Worship Service    Wx-Main Worship Center
9:40 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 301
9:40 AM    Bible Adventure    Room 304
9:40 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
9:40 AM    High School Bible Study    Youth Room Basement
9:40 AM    Middle School Bible Study (5th-8th Grade)    Youth House
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - The Book of James    Wx-Gathering Place B
10:20 AM    Bible Adventure PS - 4th Grade    Wx-Gathering Place A
10:20 AM    Bible Study - High School    
10:20 AM    Bible Study - Middle School    Explorers Classroom
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 301
11:00 AM    Bible Adventure    Room 304
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
12:30 PM    ALICE Training for IM Volunteers    Room 304
4:00 PM    Life Together    Off Site
6:00 PM    Women Step Study - CR - (Wx)    WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM    Pizza and Movie Night - "Lion"    Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering    Youth Room Basement
Monday, 21 January 2019       
8:30 AM    Women's Fitness    Gymnasium - Fitness
10:00 AM    Women's Bible Study    Room 304
7:00 PM    Women's Fitness    Gymnasium - Fitness
8:00 PM    AA    Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, 22 January 2019        
6:00 PM    Baptism    Sanctuary
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery    WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM    Handbell Rehearsal    Sanctuary
6:30 PM    Part 3 - Apostles' Creed    Room 303
7:00 PM    Divorce Recovery Support Group    Room 305
7:00 PM    Part 1 - Bible Skills    Room 202
8:00 PM    Men's Floor Hockey    Gymnasium
Wednesday, 23 January 2019        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study    
9:30 AM    Janet Goldsby Visitation   
10:00 AM    Janet Goldsby Memorial Service    Sanctuary
7:00 PM    Bridge Ministry Meeting    Room 301
7:00 PM    Middle School Wild Wednesday    Gymnasium
7:00 PM    Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study    Room 304
Thursday, 24 January 2019        
8:30 AM    Women's Fitness    Gymnasium - Fitness
7:00 PM    Christian Citizenship Committee    Church Library
7:00 PM    Church Choir Rehearsal    Sanctuary
7:00 PM    Part 1 - Confession Absolution    Room 303
7:00 PM    Women's Fitness    Gymnasium - Fitness
Friday, 25 January 2019        
8:30 AM    Women's Fitness    Gymnasium - Fitness
3:30 PM    7th/8th Grade DI Outreach Event    Room 304
7:00 PM    Middle School Movie Night    Youth Room Basement
7:00 PM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Saturday, 26 January 2019        
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
9:30 AM    Women's Fitness - OFFSITE    
10:00 AM    Confirmation Parent Information Session    Room 301
10:00 AM    Lord's Supper    Room 303
6:30 PM    Men's Step Study    WX - Entire Facility
Sunday, 27 January 2019        
8:15 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
9:00 AM    Kids Praise    Wx-Gathering Place A
9:00 AM    Kid's Praise Nursery    Wx-Toddler Room
9:00 AM    New Vintage Worship Service    Wx-Main Worship Center
9:20 AM    School Kids Singing    Room 105
9:40 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 301
9:40 AM    Bible Adventure    Room 304
9:40 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
9:40 AM    High School Bible Study    Youth Room Basement
9:40 AM    Middle School Bible Study (5th-8th Grade)    Youth House
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - The Book of James    Wx-Gathering Place B
10:20 AM    Bible Adventure PS - 4th Grade    Wx-Gathering Place A
10:20 AM    Bible Study - High School    
10:20 AM    Bible Study - Middle School    Explorers Classroom
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 301
11:00 AM    Bible Adventure    Room 304
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
11:30 AM    Winterfest    Wx-Outside Campus
2:00 PM    Life for Others    Off Site
6:00 PM    Women Step Study - CR - (Wx)    WX - Entire Facility
7:00 PM    High School Fine Dining    

Prayers

Thanks: For improved health for Art Hesskamp; For Nathan’s new job; For God’s love shown through so many children
Ministry: Filling of then children’s ministry position; Guidance for the Bridge Ministry and God’s will regarding the Neighbor’s Café concept
Homebound Member of the Week:  Marilyn McCallum
Mission: God’s work in the life of Tiffany, Heather, Collin, Scott, Kurt, Carolyn, Sherrie, Bladen, Cole, Taylor, Steven, Liea, Maddy & Mathew
Government, Country and World: For the refugees and immigrants to find a safe home and loving welcome from followers of Jesus; wisdom for our leaders; Bless and protect unborn children: For Christians to be a light of love amidst any racism; For repentance in America
Sick or Hospitalized: Cecile Ouellette; Marge Bettinger; Chris Clipper; Rachel Ekezian; Connie, Richard, Ed, Joanne, Nancy, Mariko, a friend, Sandy, Pam, Mike, Brooke, Brenda, Anna Mae, Paula, Alan;Fathers of Jim and Susan; Mothers of Jamie Millspaugh, Mayetta Hartley and Sue Klos; Parents of Pam Najor; Husband of Paula; Mike; Dana's husband; Those dealing with depression
Other: Employment for Andrew Ruby, Pam Najor and Tim Breen; College students getting back into study; Strength of mind for Nancy and Stephen; Peace for Elaine; Jacob’s parole hearing; For Don Johnson’s mom to acclimate to her new surroundings; Dana's transportation and phone issues
Grief: For the family and friends of Janet Goldsby

Attendance

Week of January 13

08:15 am Blended 149
09:00 am New Vintage 99
09:40 am Blended 187
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 179
07:00 pm Monday Night 40
Total 654

 

Offerings

July 1, 2018 through January 14, 2019
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $1,104,553
Budget Year To Date Offerings $1,050,530
Year To Date $54,023