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  • Ahren’s farewell sermon will be July 23/24.  A farewell reception will be held in the Hub following all WL worship services.  His last day in the office will be July 24.  Member are invited to give him “thank you” cards and gifts.”  A gift card box will be available at his farewell reception or may be dropped off at the church office.
  • Doug’s first day will be July 24.  He will be introduced at all worship the weekend of July 30, being installed at the 11am service.  His first sermon will be in all venues the weekend of Aug.20.  Members are invited to provide him gift cards as a special welcome.  They may be dropped off at the church office.
  • Motivated by God’s love and the example of Jesus, we welcome all people of any type, circumstance or condition to worship.  At the same time, Christ-followers are reminded, especially during the summer heat, of these Biblical words: “I want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety.” (1 Tim.2:9)      

Are you looking for a simple way to volunteer at St. Matthew? AA is held on Monday evenings from 8:00 - 9:00 at our Wixom campus. We are looking for 2-3 volunteers who are willing to get in a rotation to help out with this ministry. It's as simple as opening up the doors, telling people which room the meeting is in, and locking the building at the end of the night. During the meeting, you get a chance to enjoy some peace and quiet in the lobby, which is great for reading, bible study, knitting, or any other of your favorite hobbies.

Calling all Motorcycle Riders our next ride will be Saturday July 29. We will meet at the Walled Lake campus at 9 AM with first bike out at 9:15am. Plan is to head south towards Chelsea stopping for lunch in Brighton.

This week at Celebrate Recovery, Megan, the CR Ministry Leader from The Naz, will come to share her testimony of her struggles with abandonment, emotional dysfunction, sexual abuse & assault, perfectionism, low-self esteem and co-dependency. She finally made the choice to walk into Celebrate Recovery when she realized she was powerless over her struggles. She joined a step study and sought other help. God met her there and brought hope and healing to her heart.

The Christian Citizenship Committee is sponsoring a family movie night at Wixom on Friday, July 28th at 7PM. According to the movie’s website, “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is an inspirational comedy rated PG about faith and forgiveness. Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star is forced to do community service at a local mega- church and pretends to be a Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.” Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.

The Senior Ministry of St. Matthew is making arrangements for “Chartered Bus” transportation for all interested members and friends planning to attend the 500th-anniversary celebration of Lutheranism at the Breslin Center in Lansing, on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  The bus will leave the St. Matthew parking lot at 2:30 pm.   Participants will enjoy a pre-service concert at 4:00 followed by a 5:00 worship service.  Bus transportation will cost $25.00 per person.  Advance registration and payment is required.

Mark your calendars to join us for the upcoming 500th Anniversary Reformation Worship Service!  Sunday, October 15, 2017, at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University. Concourse Display opens at 2:00 pm, Pre-Service Concert begins at 4:00 pm, and the Celebration Worship is at 5:00 pm.  This is a FREE event, open to everyone who would like to attend.  However, you still need to reserve your seat!

The Women’s Senior Bible Study will continue throughout the summer. We will meet Sunday's at 11 AM in room 303 (with the exception of June 25th and July 2nd), and will be using the "WOMEN OF FAITH" study series. Our first study is “A TIME FOR EVERYTHING - Discovering the Beautiful Rhythms of Life”. Each book is a 12 week study, and the book will be available in class for a $8.00 donation. Summer months are busy, but when you’re in town we hope you will check out this new group. This is a great way to connect with other singles or widows within St. Matthew.

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 10:20 am worship service from June 4 - August 27.

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 thru 12:30pm.

Wixom campus Nursery will be available on Sunday mornings during our 9:00am worship service only.

Check out the Children's Ministry Facebook page for pictures and additional information.

Confirmation Parent Information Meetings for parents of students entering Grade 7 or Higher this fall who have not started the confirmation process will be on Thursday August 31 and Tuesday Sept 5 from 7-8 PM. You only need to attend one of the meetings.

High School Fall Retreat at Camp Ohiyesa will be Sept 15-17. Registration forms are available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board.

High School Giant Slip N Slide will be Sunday July 23 from 7-8:30 PM. Wear your swimsuits, bring a towel and friends and come prepared to get wet.

High School Sunday Morning Bible Class will meet at the Walled Lake campus at 9:40 in the basement Youth Room on July 23. We will finish our study on the Struggles regarding social media.

High School Sunday Night Gathering will not meet on July 30.

Middle School Bible Class does not meet during the summer months

Middle School Fall Retreat Dates at Camp Ohiyesa are Sept 29-Oct 1. Registration forms are available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board.

Middle School Food Olympics will be Wednesday, August 16 from 7-8:30 on the front lawn of the HOME. This is the night where you will be covered head to toe in whatever John’s demented mind can think off. Make sure your parents bring tarps, towels, trash bags, anything possible to protect the interior of their car for the ride home.

Middle School Water Wars Part 2 will be on Wednesday July 26. Bring a squirt gun than can be filled from a pool and join us on the front lawn of the HOME beginning at 7 PM. Come prepare to get soaked.

Middle School Wild Wednesday will not meet again until August 9.

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

Do you enjoy working with children?  St. Matthew Lutheran School has numerous opportunities in the upcoming school year that would allow you to spend time being a Godly role model to the students of our school.
We currently have an opening in our kitchen for an Assistant Cook.  The hours are 10:30 am - 12:45 pm on Mondays and Fridays.
Our after school "Kids Care" program is also looking for an Assistant Caregiver 18+ years old.  These hours are daily from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.

If you're interested in what Another Way Pregnancy Center was blessed to do for its clients last month, check the Pro-Life bulletin board at the W.L. campus. Overall though (January through May), ultrasound procedures performed were up a healthy 14% over last year -- with client visits up by an even better 33% -- a total of 1,364 visits. Also, here's a heads-up for October: AWPC has confirmed Eric Metaxas as the speaker for their fundraising banquet on Oct. 19th.

Karen Jewell is the Director of AWPC, and has some insights that may be applicable to ALL of us!

We donated 31 units of blood to the Red Cross at our July 15th Wixom blood drive. Our goal was 28 units. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Announcing auditions for the Detroit Lutheran Singers - Fall of 2017
• High level of artistry and professionalism
• Wide range of classical and sacred music
• Travel opportunities (Germany 2018)
• Concert series in fall, Christmas, spring
Rehearsals at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, on Mondays 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.  
If interested in singing in the fall, please contact Norma Sander to schedule an audition at the first rehearsal on Monday, September 11.

Steps of Martin Luther, Prague, Austria Tour – LAST CALL! Observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation visiting Luther sites (Wittenberg, Eisleben, Leipzig, Eisenach, Erfurt) PLUS Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich. Hosts: LCMS Pastor Clifford and Lois Winter of Wichita, KS. 12 day trip from November 1 – 12 from Chicago. $3579 includes round-trip airfare, professional guide, 17 meals, suitcase handling, comprehensive sightseeing, all admissions, motor coach, and hotels. Daily devotions.

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
  • July 19-Aug.2 Japan Mission Trip
  • July 28 Family Movie Night at Wixom: “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”  
  • July 30-Aug.5 College Mission Trip to Ohio  
  • July 31-August 3  9am- 4pm Summer Sports Camp for grades 3-7 girls
  • Sept.10  10am Wixom Celebration Sunday with outdoor worship and picnic
  • Sept 15-17 High School Fall Retreat
  • Sept 24  4-7pm Exploring Christianity Class
  • Sept 24  4-7pm New Member Process begins
  • Sept 29-Oct 1 Middle School Fall Retreat


Sunday, July 23, 2017
8:15 AM Blended Worship Sanctuary
9:00 AM New Vintage Worship Service Wx
9:40 AM Blended Worship Sanctuary
9:40 AM High School Sunday Morning Bible Study
10:20 AM NV Worship Wx-Main Worship Center
11:00 AM Prayer & Praise Gymnasium
11:00 AM Senior Women's Ministry Study Rm 303
7:00 PM High School Sunday Night Gathering
Monday, July 24, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
7:00 PM Blended Worship Sanctuary
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
8:00 PM AA Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:30 PM Celebrate Recovery WX - Entire Facility
7:00 PM Divorce Support Group Room 305
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:00 AM Men's Breakfast Bible Study Off Site
10:00 AM CR Women's Step Study Youth House
7:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study Room 304
Thursday, July 27, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium - Fitness
7:00 PM Band Rehearsal Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium - Fitness
Friday, July 28, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium - Fitness
7:00 PM Movie Night Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM Prayer and Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
Saturday, July 29, 2017
9:00 AM Prayer & Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
9:30 AM Women's Fitness - OFFSITE
10:00 AM Lord's Supper Room 303
6:30 PM Men's Step Study Explorers Classroom


Thanks: For our church; for the birth of Austin Robert on 7/18 to Steve and Kimberly Bozzo
Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Evan Frost and family; Mai Fukumura; Yui Fukumura and family; Ken, Juliet and Grant Furnier; Devin Gafford; David and Debbie Gage; Devin Gage; Mikayla, Marshall and Parker Gage and family
Homebound Member of the Week: Hildagard Henigman
Mission: For the Japan Mission Team; College Mission Trip to Ohio
Government, Country and World: For our President
Sick or Hospitalized: Fred Leach; Erin Yee; Tony Tocco; Jeanette LeBlanc; Liz Holm; Sue Albee, Keith Maddick, and Audrey Hamlin; Lois Bart; Ann Rourke; Kaitlyn; Julie Nickels; Lois, Sandy Limb's sister; Reed, Cole, Bladen, and Taylor; Abri, Ed Watkins, Eli, and Holly;  Stacey Sechrist;  Zachary Glodoski; Denise Fannon; Rita; Mary Florkowski
Other: Adoption process for friends; To find employment
Grief: A Boggess family friend upon the passing of their uncle


Sunday/Monday ( 568 )

08:15 am Blended 105
09:00 am New Vintage 62
09:40 am Blended 136
10:20 am New Vintage 64
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 135
07:00 pm Monday Night 66
Total 568



July 1, 2017 through July 17, 2017
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

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