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  • An Open Forum will be held at 12:30 pm on Sunday, April 30, at the Walled Lake campus to present and get input on the proposed budget.  Then, the Annual Congregational Assembly (Voters meeting) will be held at 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 7, at the Walled Lake campus.  Agenda items include: setting the ballot for elections and budget, the first reading of an Elder proposed change to the Constitution regarding the word “excommunication,” a proposed change to the Foundation bylaws, a proposed changes to the Core Values, and items from the floor.  Child care will be provided and a light lunch will be available prior to the assembly.
  •  Douglas Slavens, from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, has been assigned as St. Matthew’s vicar for 2017-18.  He and wife Liz have five children, Elsie, Henry, Ruby, Taylor, and Lydia.  If anyone has a large home or apartment available for rent, please contact the church office.  He will begin his time with us after Vicar Ahren completes his vicarage in July.  On a side note, Vicar Doug is from Pastor Dion’s church.

Altar flowers are being placed in celebration of the wedding being held on Saturday, April 29th. 2017 between Lauren Balthrop and Andrew Whitaker. May God bless their new life together and may He continue to bless them for many more years to come!

Altar Flowers are being placed in the Sanctuary this Sunday, April 30th in loving memory of Clifford Bettinger.
May God continue to bless his friends and family.

God's blessings on this day of new beginnings with the Baptism of Henry Frank Olejnicizak (son of Grace Kosky & Chad Olejniczak) on Monday, May 1, 2017 in a Baptism during the Monday night service @ 7:00 pm at the Walled Lake Campus. May God smile upon Henry Frank and may He surround him always with His wisdom and love.

This week at Celebrate Recovery, we will hear a testimony from Brad and Renee, the Celebrate Recovery National Director East and the CR National Training Coach. They will share how alcohol and drug addiction nearly ruined their lives. Through Jesus Christ and Celebrate Recovery their lives and marriage have been restored and they've been given a divine purpose for life. This is an incredible story of hope and restoration that you won't want to miss!

A Women's Celebrate Recovery Step Study is available at St.Matthew. The step study is an in-depth look at the 25 Lessons of Celebrate Recovery that cover the 12 steps and 8 principles of recovery based on the words and power of Jesus.People that have been through Step Studies will tell you that this is where the healing and love of Jesus really came through and their lives were changed for the better through the process. The study takes place within a small, confidential, safe group and is for any person that struggles with any hurt, habit or hang up.

College-Age Summer Mission Trip to the 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.

This year we are gearing up to help children discover that they are "Created by God - Built for a Purpose". Perhaps God has built YOU to share His love with children as a Crew Leader? Our Crew Leaders make it possible for us to welcome between 500-600 children during VBS week June 19-23.  We also have other opportunities for you to fulfill God's purpose for your life. We'll get you trained, support you through the process, and give you everything you need to be successful.

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!

The Bridge Ministry is looking for a volunteer to help with a website project ( The ideal volunteer will have experience with WordPress, basic HTML, SEO, and Google. Responsibilities would include keeping the site up-to-date, finding new resources to add, and managing community listings. If you, or someone you know has experience in this, please contact Amanda Krigner at

In conjunction with the Do Something sermon series, the Missions Ministry is hosting an adults only Mission Gala on June 3, 2017 at Lyon Oaks Banquet Center. We are looking for donations in any amount for our silent auction. Donations may be dropped off in the church office. Look for your invitation in your mailbox this week. Save the date and hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Julie Lancaster at or Lori Kapelczak at

In Children's Ministry, we enjoy sharing the love of Jesus with children. Come and join us for a "First Serve" opportunity and find out how much fun it can be!

Available locations and times:
Wixom Nursery 9:00am and 10:20am
Wixom Kids Praise 9:00am
Wixom Bible Adventure 10:20am
Walled Lake Bible Adventure 9:40am and 11:00am

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 held at 9:40 am and 11:00 am in room 304, and for the Wixom Campus class is held at 10:20 am, Drop off is in the Kid's Praise Room. Please contact Mariko Yearn, at (248) 624-7676 Ext. 125, for any questions.

The Bible Adventure and St. Matthew Lutheran School children will be singing for Mother's Day. Details will be provided soon.

Kid's Praise is a great way for our young ones to learn all about Jesus on their level. Kids Praise is offered at our Wixom campus for children four years old through Grade 1 during the 9:00 am worship service. For more information please contact Mariko Yearn at (248) 624-7676 ext. 125.

Our lovingly staffed Nursery is available on Sunday mornings. At the Walled Lake campus - from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm for children three years old and under. At the Wixom campus - for the 9:00 am worship service. For more information, please contact Mariko Yearn.

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

Grade 5-8 Sunday Bible Class at the Walled Lake campus classes meet at 9:40. Grades 5-6 in room 301 and grades 7-8 in the Youth House. At the Wixom campus class meets at 10:20 for grades 5-8 in the Explorer room.

High School Summer Mission Trip to Ohio will be July 9-15, 2017. Applications are available from the Youth Bulletin Board and due by April 30. The mission team will be selected in May based off the application questions. The Ohio Mission Trip is an incredible way to share the love of Christ, grown in your own personal faith, get extremely close with fellow students, and have an awesome time. Adults interested in chaperoning should contact John Welte.

High School Sunday Morning Bible Class will not meet due to the Junior Senior Retreat taking place at Camp Wolverine.

High School Sunday Night Gathering will have an old fashioned game night in the basement this week due to Peter Pan Jr. rehearsal in the gym. We will be placing a variety of games followed by ice Cream Sundaes. Weather permitting we might even go outside for games.

Middle and High School Paintball on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM until Noon at the Wixom campus. Cost to play is $5. Parents and friends are welcome to join the fun. Everyone must have turned in a current Liability release form to play. Email or text John to sign up to play. We need a minimum 8 players. Lunch at Taco Bell (you pay) for those interested afterward.

Middle School Wild Wednesday will not meet on May 3 due to the gym being used to prepare for the school musical Peter Pan Jr. being presented May 5 and 6. MS Wild Wednesday will return on May 10.

You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.

Friday, May 5 - 7:00PM to 9:30PM
Saturday, May 6 - 7:00PM to 9:30PM
St. Matthew Lutheran School Gymnasium
"Disney's Peter Pan Jr." May 5 & 6, 2017
You won't want to miss this fantastic production of Disney's Peter Pan, Jr.! Tickets are on sale now! Call the School Office to reserve your seats TODAY! 248-624-7677

The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming!

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Have you ever been interesting in participating in a mission trip overseas? St. Matthew is once again assembling a mission team with MOST Ministries to visit India October 12-24, 2017, and there are five spaces still open. We must have at least 3 more people attending to make this trip happen. Please prayerfully consider signing up! MOST Ministries coordinates the travel arrangements for this trip, which will be distributing eyeglasses. St. Matthew has frequently participated in and led eyeglass trips to India. During the trip, Pastor Daniel will be having a Baptism service.

This year on May 4th, instead of greeting people, "May the forth (force) be with you!" how about greeting them with "May the Lord be with you!" May 4th is the National Day of Prayer, and we'll be hosting it at the Wixom campus from 9:00AM till 9:00PM. Stop by any time to pray around the bonfire, walk and meditate on the prayer trail, nail prayers to the prayer cross or prayer wall, and even grab a bit of lunch (provided). We will lift up ourselves, our community, our church, our nation, and our world.

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):
  • April 30 12:30pm Open Forum  
  • May 5-7 Junior Senior Spiritual Retreat at Camp Wolverine 
  • May 5 & 6 7pm spring musical  
  • May 7 12:30pm Annual Congregational Assembly  
  • May 20  9am-2:30pm Missional Lifestyle Training: Launch, with author Greg Finke  
  • May 21 1pm Confirmation
  • June 3  Missions Gala 
  • June 10 Motor City Conference  
  • June 19-23 VBS  
  • June 24  10am-1pm  “Do Something” Bazaar  
  • June 25 Church Picnic


Thanks: Good medical report for Michael Jeneary; For the Garner’s pregnancy; For God’s blessings; Ryan Maples job promotion; For the new generator for Northwest Haiti Christian mission
Ministry: For God’s ongoing blessing of Micah Parker’s message to us; Celebrate Recovery ministry
Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Clay and Lori Donnell; Michelle and Nicholas Donnelly; Dylan Donovan; Justin Donovan; Mark Donovan; Nathaniel Donovan and family; Ronald, Nadine, Jack and Caroline Dooley
Homebound Member of the Week: Anna Lewis
Mission: God’s work in the life of Ken, Chris, Tom; Preparations for the Japan mission trip
Government, Country and World: For our government; Righteousness
Sick or Hospitalized: Chris McCanham; Chasine Lasseigne; Jane Bak; Keith Archambeau; Megan Kutz; Joe Rupp; Herb Engel; James David; Terri Dunlop; Mina, Jim, Irma, Kelsey, Rita; Brother of Esther Marten; Brent, cousin of Rita Hawk; Kim, Goddaughter of Jan Merrmann; Joan Rourke; Adrian; Pastor Heckert
Other: Norm Weber’s sister going through a divorce; Safety for Laurie Mullin’s grandson Dawson who is being deployed to Japan; A family dealing with domestic violence; A member to make wise, godly choices
Grief: For the family and friends of Cyndy Vogeli’s friend’s husband, Todd Breen’s father, the sister of Nancy VanWagner’s mother, the Kessel family upon the passing of a grandfather, father and mother


Sunday/Monday ( 641 )

08:15 am Blended 132
09:00 am New Vintage 77
09:40 am Blended 224
10:20 am New Vintage 53
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 128
07:00 pm Monday Night 27
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July 1, 2016 through April 24, 2017
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $1,531,409
Budget Year To Date Offerings $1,500,047
Year To Date $31,362