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  • There will be no Monday worship on Memorial Day.
  • Reminder, that with the exception of the Walled Lake adult Bible class, there will be no classes on this holiday weekend.
  • There will be a door offering on June 4 & 11 to make the June 25 church picnic and games free for all.
  • The results of the balloting are as follows: The budget was approved.  The following were re-elected: Gaylen McDonald as Vice President; Ryon Maples as Congregational Secretary; Rob Osborn as School Board Ministry Leader; and Christine McCanham and Andrew Whitaker to the Foundation Ministry.  Special thanks to term limited and outgoing chairman of the Foundation Ministry: Jeff Robbins

UPDATE:  We have a critical need for Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders for "Maker Fun Factory" VBS June 19 - 23, 2017.

If we do not get more Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders, we will need to cut off child participant registration very soon. We have many children signing up to participate, and not enough Crew Leaders to place them all in Crews.

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Altar flowers are being placed in the Sanctuary in celebration of David and Janet Urbahn's 50th Wedding Anniversary. May God bless your marriage and may He continue to bless you for many more years to come! Happy Anniversary to each of you!

God's blessings on this day of new beginnings with the Baptism of Isabella Marie Evans (daughter of Gregory and Ximena Evans) on Sunday, May 28, 2017 in a private Baptism at the Walled Lake Campus. May God smile upon Isabella Marie and may He surround her always with His wisdom and love.

Calling all Motorcycle Riders. Join us June 3 as we meet at the Walled Lke campus at 9 AM. We will be heading North and ending with lunch around noon in Waterford. For more information contact John Welte.

Do you enjoy caring for children or are you interested in leading lessons to kids that need to know more about the love and acceptance of Jesus? Then we need you!!! Celebrate Recovery has a huge need for childcare volunteers and/or those interested in teaching the Celebration Place Lessons to our kids that come Tuesday nights to the Wixom campus with their parents for Celebrate Recovery. The program runs from 7-9 pm every Tuesday night.

College-Age Summer Mission Trip to Caldwell, Ohio will be the week of July 30-August 5. Applications are available by contacting John Welte. Space is available for at least 6 before we will need additional drivers. Applications are due June 1.

Eat with us! We are having a picnic at Wixom after our second service on June 4th, at 11:30am. Let’s thank God for a great school year, our awesome volunteers, and the blessings He always provides. Food will be provided. Bring your lawn chairs and yourselves!

“I first heard it said that addiction is just a symptom of a deeper problem. To me that sounded crazy; I thought ADDICTION was the only major problem in my life because it brought me so much pain. In a Celebrate Recovery Step Study... it was revealed to me that FEAR is the real problem in my life. FEAR took on several forms in my life like anxiety, worry, and insecurity, to name a few, and, simply put, I used drugs, alcohol, and sex to medicate and control my FEAR. So, today, I understand that FEAR is the deeper problem.”

VBS will be here June 19th - 23rd! While working on the “nuts and bolts” of VBS planning, we discovered WE NEED: Nuts and bolts, tin cans, and even some pool noodles to keep us afloat through VBS week! If you can help us out, please drop your donation off either outside of Room 304 at the Walled Lake, or the lobby desk at the Wixom Campus! Thank you and God bless!

Saturday, 6/10/17 9 am-9 pm

Calling all Crafters!
Hearts & Hands is hosting an all day craft day to work on your favorite craft! We will also enjoy some fellowship with one another as we creating our crafts!

We will provide the Main Dish and we are asking everyone to bring a side dish to share-just think of the wonderful feast!

There will be a free will offering basket that will be available and all donations will go to:
The Family Crisis Fund

If you have any questions, please see Ronda.

All senior women of St. Matthew are invited to join a new women's bible group starting on Sunday, June 4. We will meet at 11 AM in room 303, and will be using "WOMEN OF FAITH STUDY SERIES" Each book is a 12 week study, and the book will be available in class for about an $8.00 donation. The first book we will use is "A TIME FOR EVERYTHING, Discovering the Beautiful Rhythms of Life" . For those interested we can continue our fellowship at a local restaurant for lunch.

CHILD PARTICIPANT Registration is now open! See to register online or pick up a paper form today from the welcome center at either the Wixom or Walled Lake Campus! Sign your children up online by JUNE 9!!
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Join us for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School!

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 10:20am worship service from June 4 - August 27. Please note: Kids' Praise will not be available on June 25 (church picnic) or on holiday weekends.

Bible Adventure has wrapped up for the year and will not be available during the summer. We will resume Bible Adventure in the Fall on September 10, 2017.

Walled Lake campus Nursery will be available on Sunday mornings during the summer from 8:00am thru12:30pm with the exception of our church picnic on June 25 when Nursery will be available during early service only.

Wixom campus Nursery will be available on Sunday mornings during our 9:00am worship service with the exception of our church picnic on June 25 and on holiday weekends when Nursery will not be available.

Calling all current Fifth Graders you are welcome to start attending Middle School events beginning with the May 31 Wild Wednesday.

Calling all Future High School Freshman you are welcome to start attending High School Events beginning on June 4. Hope to see you at the HS Bible Class and SNG.

Confirmation Parent Information for students in grade seven or higher who have not started the confirmation process is available by contacting John Welte.

High School Sunday Night Gathering will not meet on Memorial Weekend.  SNG will resume on June 4 at the WL campus from 7-8:30 PM.  We will be using June 4 and 11 to build Vacation Bible School props. 

Middle School Wild Wednesday meets from 7-8:30 in the Walled Lake gym. Join us for a crazy night of games, fun, making new friends, snack, and devotion. Wild Wednesday's are free and friends are always welcome to join us.

No Sunday Bible Classes on Memorial Weekend. Grades 7-8 at the Walled Lake campus will resume on June 4 at 9:40 meeting in the Youth House.

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FORE!!! Do you LOVE to golf? Would you LOVE to do it for a good cause? Then keep reading! AWPC's Summer Golf Outing is coming up in early June! Check the W.L. pro-life bulletin board for detailed info on this Saturday, June 10th event at Fox Hills in Plymouth. Join like-minded people for a fun day of 18-hole golf and an awards dinner -- all to support the life-saving work of Another Way Pregnancy Center (Farmington Hills). Register as a single golfer, a foursome, or just to attend the dinner, but act soon, because the price will go up in early June!

Every day at Another Way Pregnancy Center, moms come into the center for many things: ultrasounds, "Earn While You Learn" classes, moms' groups, and more. Sometimes they must bring their children with them, and it's hard to concentrate on an appointment with little ones in the room! So this summer, AWPC is hoping to open their new Kids' Room - a safe, fun place for these children to play while their moms have their appointments. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need volunteers! Must be 18 years of age or older, or 13 years of age with an adult.

Do you enjoy bowling?  Buy a ticket to attend Sunday, June 11th 3:30-6:30pm at Wonderland Lanes.  $15 will get you 3 hours of bowling, shoe rental, 2 slices of pizza and soda.  There will be a bake sale table to meet your sweet tooth needs as well.  So gather your friends, family, co-workers, neighbor, bible study groups and anyone else you can think of.  Contact to purchase your tickets.  248-624-7676 ext #113

Anna Dassow is offering mending and alterations to those in need.  The charge is $6 to hem pants, and $5 from every pair of pants, now until June 25th, will be donated to the DO SOMETHING project.  You may reach Anna at:  248-366-0241

The bad news for some families is that summer camp sessions at Camp Concordia are filling up. The GOOD NEWS is that we are working hard to create alternative sessions for those same ages.

Ours may be available on the date of your event! (This is a DO SOMETHING project.) The tent is 20 x 20 ft. and will fit 6 long "church tables" with chairs. (You provide those.) You help us with set-up; you take it down. The rental price has usually been $25, but this year, you can pay whatever amount you choose. (All proceeds will go to missions.) Check with Jim & Mary Walden for availability.

Join Rev. Dr. Clifford and Lois Winter of Wichita, KS, Nov. 1-12, 2017, and visit Luther sites: Wittenberg, Eisleben, Leipzig, Eisenach, and Erfurt plus Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. This “Steps of Martin Luther Tour of Germany, Austria, and Prague” includes round trip airfare from Chicago, professional guides, hotels, deluxe coach, 17 meals, all taxes, fees, surcharges, and porterage. Daily trip-related devotions and warm fellowship. Call 316-942-5811 or email for a brochure.

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
  • June 3  Missions Gala 
  • June 4/5 & 11/12 door offering to make the June 25 church picnic free for all
  • June 10 Motor City Conference  
  • June 19-23 VBS  
  • June 24  10am-1pm  “Do Something” Bazaar  
  • June 25 Church Picnic
  • June 26 redo gym floor
  • July 9-15 High School Mission Trip to Ohio    
  • July 15 Blood Drive at Wixom  
  • July 19-Aug.2 Japan Mission Trip
  • July 30-Aug.5 College Mission Trip to Ohio  
  • July 31-August 3  9am- 4pm Summer Sports Camp for grades 3-7 girls


Sunday, May 28, 2017
8:15 AM Blended Worship Sanctuary
9:00 AM New Vintage Worship Service Wx
9:40 AM Adult Bible Study Room 202
9:40 AM Blended Worship Sanctuary
10:20 AM NV Worship Wx-Main Worship Center
11:00 AM Prayer & Praise Gymnasium
11:00 AM Senior Women's Ministry Study Room 303
Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 PM AA Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
6:30 PM Celebrate Recovery WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM Handbell Rehearsal Sanctuary
8:00 PM Men's Floor Hockey Gymnasium
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
10:00 AM CR Women's Step Study Youth House
7:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study Room 304
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
7:00 PM Band Rehearsal Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM Bible Skills Pt 2 Room 303
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
7:00 PM Prayer and Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
Saturday, June 3, 2017
6:30 PM Men's Step Study Explorers Classroom


Thanks: For giving Cindy heaven; For God’s work in the lives of Eve, Kailey, Collin, Heather, Sheldon, Zack
Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Herbert and Donna Engel; Kamala and Aliyah Smukala Engel; Shannon, Amanda, Lillian and Olivia Engel; Larry and Mary Engelhardt; Ryan and Taylor Ernst and family; Brent Erwin; James, Sandra, Holly and James Eubanks
Homebound Member of the Week: Kathy Harrison
Mission: God’s work in the life of Scott and family; Preparations for the Japan mission trip and for our International friends over the summer; Devin’s mission trip to Haiti
Government, Country and World: Thank for those who have served in the military in defense of our country; For refugees and immigrants to find Christian welcome and a safe home
Sick or Hospitalized: Alison Dunlap; Michael Jeneary; Millie Simser; Rich Dassow; Christy Frye; Key Goebel; Jay, Kevin, Kayla; Daughter and son-in-law of Dave and Janet Urbahns; Sara, sister of Todd Coe; Ken Nolan’s sister; Uncle of Mike Rygiel
Other: Safety and protection for graduates; Blessing on the wedding of Don and Ace Johnson’s daughter Lindsay and Darius; and Bill and Esther Martens’ daughter Jessica; Job security for Norm Weber; Strength of mind for Nancy and Stephen; Peace for Elaine; Safety for Connie, training with a new guide dog; Adjustment for Kristen and Justin as new parents
Grief: For the family and friends of the Voetberg and Reising’s mother and grandmother


Sunday/Monday ( 725 )

08:15 am Blended 128
09:00 am New Vintage 72
09:40 am Blended 166
10:20 New Vintage 53
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 127
01:00 pm Confirmation 143
07:00 pm Monday Night 36
Total 725



July 1, 2016 through May 22, 2017
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $1,665,379
Budget Year To Date Offerings $1,633,511
Year To Date $31,868