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:

From the Pastors:

  • Sue Palka has been selected as the 2019 Michigan District Principal of the Year.   She will be presented this award on Sunday, May 19 at the 9:40 and 11 am worship gatherings by Travis Grulke, Superintendent of Schools of the Michigan District of our denomination.  We praise God and thank Sue for her godly and skilled leadership of our school. Please join us for cake in the Hub at the Walled Lake Campus between services around 10:15am.
  • In a special 1pm worship gathering on Sunday, May 19, the following Junior Confirmands will profess their faith and receive their first communion.  May God bless and continue to grow them UP with God, IN relationship with other Christ-followers, and OUT in sharing God’s love with others! 
    • Jacob Owen Bennett
    • Drew Douglas Cummins
    • Lillian Marie Engel
    • Dylan Thomas Gerber
    • Victor John Giller
    • Annastyn Marie Lester
    • Ryan David Nehls
    • Owen Patrick Novak
    • Alasen Elise Osborne
    • Anna Elizabeth Swank
    • Abigail Morgan Terrasi
    • Megan Elizabeth Tiedje
    • Isaac David Tiernan
    • Rachel Lauren Tura
    • Brenden Timothy Waack
    • Tyler Joel Wolstone
  • Also this weekend, we formally welcome into membership the following: 
    • Suzanne Ross Jaskierny
    • Ernie Schwartz
    • Jennifer LaRoche
    • Kayla Grace Jewett
    • Benjamin Allen Morgridge
    • Josh Christopher Scotto Divetta
  • Bible Adventure, middle and high school Bible classes will take a summer break after May 19.  Adult Bible classes will continue through summer.  Wixom campus Kids Praise (kindergarten-2nd grade) will continue through summer.  Special thanks to those who have served in this ministries!
  • “You Asked for It” is the title of our summer sermon series this year.  But we need your help.  What Bible verse has always puzzled you?  Is there an issue that you’d like clarity on from the Bible?  What topic would you like the preachers to address?  Please submit your suggestions to Pastor Paul by the end of May.  Our sermons in July and August will be based on your requests.
  • Members are invited to submit names for consideration for the Wixom Pastor position.  Duties include: primary preacher at the Wixom campus; outreach, missions (excluding International Ministry), Bridge ministry, and volunteerism for all of St. Matthew; leadership of Wixom campus specific staff and ministries, such as worship, pastoral liaison for Hearts & Hands Child Development Center, and Celebrate Recovery; and other normal pastoral responsibilities.  Please submit names and the attached form (also available at Welcome Centers) to the church office at either campus by June 3. Microsoft Office document iconnomination_form.doc
  • There will be a door offering on June 2 & 9 to make the June 30 picnic and games free for all.

Travis Grulke, Superintendent of MI District LCMS Schools, shared this announcement with St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School:

"We are blessed with many Lutheran schools throughout the Michigan District, and all of those schools have administrators that play a vital role in the success of Lutheran education. Each year we lift up an outstanding principal who exemplifies what it

means to be a servant leader. It is our privilege to recognize Sue Palka as the 2019 Michigan District Principal of the Year."


Altar flowers are being placed this week in the Sanctuary in celebration of Jason and Sarah Urbahn's 7th Wedding Anniversary and "in loving memory of Jason being single!" May God bless your celebration's this week and may He continue to bless you for many more years to come!

The Sanctuary and Gym Altar flowers have been purchased by the Parent-Teacher League in honor of Sue Palka’s distinction as the 2019 Michigan District Principal of the Year. Thank you to Sue for all her hard work, leadership, and dedication to growing God's Kingdom at St. Matthew Lutheran School. May God bless you during this time of celebration.

Let’s be “fishers of men”…invite a friend to the St. Matthew church picnic, Sunday, June 30th, immediately following the 11:00am worship service. 

We are in need of members with a servant’s heart, to make this a successful community event.  If you would like to help, please contact Lee Anne Angeloff – or call/text to 248-613-9512.

We are asking our members to bring a dessert, in a disposable container or a container labeled with your name on it.  All other picnic items will be provided.

This Tuesday night at Celebrate Recovery is a testimony night. We will hear Nate’s story about mental health struggles. At the age of 10, mental health became very real to Nate. Falling into depression, he suffered from suicidal thoughts and even tried to take his own life. After hitting rock bottom, he gave his life to Christ and got involved in Celebrate Recovery.

College Age Student Gathering and Bonfire at the Wixom Campus on Wednesday, May 22 from 9-10 PM at the Wixom Campus. Join us for a bonfire and chance to get caught up and plan for the summer. Hot dogs, s'mores, and beverages will be provided. In case the weather does not cooperate we will meet at the Walled Lake campus in the basement Youth Room.

College Age Summer Mission Trip to Ohio dates are August 11-17. More information and applications are available by contacting John.

All motorcycle riders are invited to join us for a leisurely morning ride ending with lunch. All rides begin at the Walled Lake campus at 9 AM ending with lunch allowing each rider to choose their own route home.

Saturday, June 1 we will head North via Fenton, Holly, Lapeer ending at Firehouse Subs in Waterford.
Saturday, June 8 we are heading South via the back roads to Chick-Fil-A in Toledo.
Saturday, June 29 we are heading to Chelsea for Smokehouse 52 BBQ for lunch.

For more information contact John Welte

Spring is finally here and its time to dust off your helmet and motorcycle and join us as we hit the open road.  Our first ride will be Saturday May 11 beginning at 9 AM (first bike out around 9:15) at the Walled Lake Campus.   We will head north for a leisurely hour and half ride ending with lunch at Firehouse Subs in Waterford. 

The Christian Citizenship Committee will be hosting a movie event, with "God Bless the Broken Road" on May 19 starting at 5pm at the Wixom Campus. Pizza and salad will be provided. Actor from the movie, Arthur Cartwright (credits also include Gran Torino), will also speak on being a Christian in Hollywood. The movie tells the story of a young mother, who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles emotionally, financially and spiritually to raise their daughter in his absence.

Do you love spending time with and nurturing young children?  St. Matthew - Wixom is currently accepting applications for Infant and 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

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 9:00 am, Drop off is in room Gathering Place A.

Bible Adventure will wrap up May 19th. We will resume Bible Adventure in the Fall on September 8th, 2019. We acknowledge and thank our wonderfully dedicated volunteers who make it possible, week in and week out, to share the love of Jesus with His children at St. Matthew!

Please join us on June 2nd at 10:20AM, at the Wixom campus, for an end of the year celebration for all children and youth Sunday School classes!

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 - 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.

At the Walled Lake campus-will be available all summer during 8:15am, 9:40am, and 11:00am services. On June 30th, the church picnic, it’s only available at 8:15am service. Thank you Jocelyn Prewett for your leadership as the Walled Lake Nursery Coordinator and Dianne Kirschke for your faithful and loving service to God’s tiniest children entrusted to your care.

A special thank you to Chelsea Pesta, Devin Gafford, Jon Stults, and Carrie Herzog for helping lead our Middle and High School Bible classes this year.

St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.

Vacation Bible School is June 24-28. We are in need of volunteers to serve as crew leaders, assistants, help with decorating, games, crafts, music, and much more. Volunteer at This counts for Service Hours.

St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.

Middle School Bible Class at the Walled Lake campus meets at 9:40 in the Youth House and at the Wixom campus class meets at 10:20. There will be no classes over the Memorial Day Weekend.

  • "A Story of Grace in the Face of Infertility" article is available to read, if infertility is a concern for you or someone you know. Please read it and return.
  • If you know someone who has experienced the grief of pregnancy loss, find out how to best care for them, and what to say and not to say in an article written by Pastor Michael Salemink, the Executive Director of National Lutherans For Life.

See the Pro-Life bulletin board at each campus - across from the church office at Walled Lake and between the entry doors at Wixom. Contact: Mary Walden 248.231-3632 or with questions.

Thespian Troupe #4216 of Lutheran Northwest is presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Performances are Friday & Saturday, 5/17-18 at 7PM and Sunday, 5/19 at 2PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling the school office at 248-852-6677. A special Cast Meet & Greet for kids ages 3 & up will be held before the Saturday performance only (5/17 at 5:30PM) for $15 per child, including seating.  This production includes a number of grade school students in addition to our high school cast!

Our Michigan District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is hosting a number of events that might interest you! Please take a look, click the links, and find out more!

Lutheran High Westland is looking for a part-time custodian.   The position is 15 hours a week and the hours are late afternoon/early evening. If you or someone you know may be interested in this position, please contact Mr. Schwecke at 734-422-2090 or email him at .

Dates of Interest

•    Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
o    May 19  1pm Confirmation
o    May 19  5-8:30pm at Wixom  Light dinner, movie “God Bless the Broken Road” and actor speaking  
o    May 27  No Monday worship
o    June 6 Hearts & Hands Spring Sing
o    June 24-28 VBS
o    June 30 Outdoor worship and church picnic


Sunday, 19 May 2019        
8:15 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
9:00 AM    Bible Adventure PS - 4th Grade    Wx-Gathering Place B
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 305
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
10:00 AM    Life for Others    Off Site
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - The Book of James    Wx-Gathering Place B
10:20 AM    Bible Study - High School    
10:20 AM    Bible Study - Middle School    Explorers Classroom
10:30 AM    Celebrate Recovery Leaders Meeting    Wx-Preschool
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 305
11:00 AM    Bible Adventure    Room 304
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
1:00 PM    Rite of Confirmation - Walled Lake Campus    Sanctuary
1:00 PM    Wixom Founders Day    Wixom Off Site Event
5:00 PM    Movie God Bless the Broken Road    Wx-Main Worship Center
6:00 PM    Women Step Study - CR - (Wx)    WX - Entire Facility
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering    Youth Room Basement
Monday, 20 May 2019       
10:30 AM    Primetimers Bible Study    Room 305
3:45 PM    WL Staff Meeting    Room 304
7:00 PM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
8:00 PM    AA    Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, 21 May 2019       
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery    WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM    Handbell Rehearsal    Sanctuary
7:00 PM    Liebig Small Group    Church Library
8:00 PM    Men's Floor Hockey    Gymnasium
Wednesday, 22 May 2019        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study   
7:00 PM    Middle School Bonfire  Wx-Picnic Pavilion (regular Wild Wed. at WL if raining) 
Thursday, 23 May 2019        
7:00 PM    Church Choir Rehearsal    Sanctuary
Friday, 24 May 2019        
7:00 PM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Saturday, 25 May 2019        
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Sunday, 26 May 2019        
8:15 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
9:00 AM    New Vintage Worship Service    Wx-Main Worship Center
9:40 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
6:00 PM    Women Step Study - CR - (Wx)    WX - Entire Facility


Thanks: For blessings including family and friends
Ministry: For the confirmands and new members; Thanks for the ministry and volunteers of our Bible Adventure and Youth Classes; For guidance for the Wixom Pastor and Director of Children’s and Family Ministry Call Committees in seeking qualified candidates; for God's work at Covenant House & Grace Centers of Hope; For persecuted Christians in Uzbekistan
Homebound Member of the Week: Joan Geary
Mission: God’s work in the life of William, Karen, Cordelia, Anne, Morgan, Eliy, Connie, Michelle's grandmother & Evan, Mathew & Heather, Maddy & Collin, Eve & daughters, Lynette, Nancy, Amy, D'Anne, Sue, Mariko, Paula, Lori, Kailey & Kenzi.
Government, Country and World: For the Supreme Court
Sick or Hospitalized: Morgan Dunlap; Eric Booth; George Finzel; Deb Sims; Chris Clippert; Joel Perkins; Susan; Mother of Vicki Williston; Friend of Ronnie Fannon; Mother of Hope Hunter
Other: For peace and strength; Employment for Andrew Ruby; For additional part time help for Hope's business
Grief: For the family and friends of Bob McGhee’s mom


Sunday/Monday (Week of May 12 - Mother's Day)

08:15 am Blended 143
09:00 am New Vintage 118
09:40 am Blended 237
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 178
07:00 pm Monday Night 48
Total 724



July 1, 2018 through May 13, 2019
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $1,741,283
Budget Year To Date Offerings $1,667,052
Year To Date $74,231