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  • Please note that the Wixom campus Christmas Family Worship will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 10am (in place of the 9 & 10:20am worship).
  • To enhance your spiritual life during this Season of Delight, we are offering a Wednesday, 7pm worship service at the Walled Lake campus.  On December 20, the children of our school will present their Christmas program.
  • A generous member would like to offer a match of up to a total of $10,000 for any donations to the alms fund in December.  The alms fund is used to financial help needy members and non-members.  (This is separate from the “Christmas Gifts for Jesus,” which is used to support budgeted ministries.)  If God moves you to provide an alms fund donation above and beyond your regular giving, you may place your clearly marked gift in the offering plate at either campus or in the “alms box” at the Walled Lake campus.

All new 2018 Offering Envelopes are on the tables across from the mailboxes at the Walled Lake Campus.  Please be sure to stop by and pick yours up!  If you do not see envelopes with your name, and you would like some, please contact Julie in the church office, or email:

A generous member would like to offer a match of up to a total of $10,000 for any donations to the alms fund in December.  The alms fund is used to financially help needy members and non-members.  (This is separate from the “Christmas Gifts for Jesus,” which are used to support budgeted ministries.)  If God moves you to provide an alms fund donation above and beyond your regular giving, you may place your clearly marked gift in the offering plate at either campus or in the “alms box” at the Walled Lake campus.

Some of you may have just begun the journey through the principles. Others are somewhere in the middle. It really doesn’t matter which one you’re on. Anyone can get off track and stuck. It is valuable for us all to take a breath, pause, and review our journey. We need to stop for a moment and thank God as we look back on our progress and our growth. We need to make sure we are still moving forward through the principles that we are not hung up on a particular one. This week at Celebrate Recovery, Sue will let the Lesson “7 Reasons We Get Stuck.”

You are invited to Celebrate Recovery’s special 4-year Anniversary Celebration Night on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

College Students Get Together over the holiday break will be Tuesday, January 2 at 9 PM at the Applebee’s behind Costco.  St. Matthew will provide appetizers and beverages.  Hope you can join us. 

Ladies PEACE BY PIECE retreat the weekend of February 9th - 10th, 2018.  More information to come.  Anyone interested in helping? Please contact Janet Breeding at 248/388-2647 or Bonnie Papez at 248/624-7677.

Plan to join us on Sunday evening, January 21st, at the Wixom campus, to watch the movie, "Where Hope Grows." It's about a washed-out pro baseball player with lots of "issues", and his surprising friendship with a special young man ("Produce") who works at the local grocery store. All "Produce" sees is a troubled man who needs a friend, and he determines to get to know the man. Find out how God brings HOPE to some seemingly hopeless situations. Pizza and dessert provided! Free will offering. Mark your calendar to join us in January!

St.Matthew Holiday Family Assistance helps families within our congregation, as well as local families in the community. The program provides food baskets, coats, basic necessities, and gifts around the holidays.

Throughout the years, we have been blessed to help between 25-40 families with generous donations from members at St. Matthew. Thank you! If your family, small group, or work place would like to help this season, please feel free to take a tag off the tree, and return the donations by December 18. Your generosity makes a huge impact and difference in a persons life!  

Do you want to better understand yourself, maximize your strengths, and improve your relationships? We will discuss four personality types, their traits, along with the strengths and weaknesses. Please join us for this 10 week class, beginning on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Walled Lake Campus, either at 9:40 am or 11:00 am. To register, please email Natalie Yanosy

Young Adult Ugly Sweater Christmas Party will be on December 22 at 7 PM in the basement Youth Room. For more information contact Dana Wiberg at:

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 room Gathering Place A.

Check out our Children's Ministry Facebook page for updates, pictures, and upcoming events.

Bible Adventure and Kids' Praise will not meet on December 24, 2017 or December 31, 2017. Walled Lake Nursery will continue to be available on Sunday's from 8:00-12:30pm, however, will not be available on December 24, 2017. Wixom Nursery will not be available December 24, 2017 or December 31, 2017.

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. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO nursery available during services on Christmas Eve, nor for services on New Years' Eve at the Walled Lake Campus.

The Walled Lake Bible Adventure children will be singing "Emmanuel" on Sunday, December 17 at the 11:00 service.

2017-2018 School Year Youth Group Health and Liability Release forms are available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board. All students participating in Youth Ministry Events need to complete a form and have it on file.

Confirmation Parent Information for parents of students entering Grade 7 or Higher this fall who have not started the confirmation process is available by contacting John Welte.

High School Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 17 from 7-8:30 PM.  Food will be provided.  Everyone is to bring a wrapped gag gift costing $5 to exchange.  

High School Sunday Morning Bible Class at the Walled Lake campus meets at 9:40am in the basement Youth Room.  There will not be class be on Dec 24 and 31.  Classes will resume on January 7.

High School Sunday Night Gatherings will not meet on Dec 24 or 31.  SNG will resume on January 7.

Middle School Christmas Party will be on Sunday, December 17 from 4:30-6 PM in the basement Youth Room. Food will be provided. Everyone is to bring a wrapped new gag gift costing $5 to exchange.

Middle School Bible Class for grades 5-8 meets at 9:40 at the Walled Lake campus in the Youth House.  At Wixom campus class meets at 10:20 in the Explorer Room.  There will not be MS Bible Class on Dec 24 and 31.  Classes will resume on January 7.

Middle School Wild Wednesdays will not meet for the remainder of the 2017 year due to the holidays. Wild Wednesday's will return on January 10.

National Youth Gathering 2019 Advance Planning Meeting Sunday, January 21 at 6 PM. This meeting is for all current grade 8-11 students and their parents interested in learning more about the July 11-15, 2019 National Youth Gathering “Real. Present. God” in Minneapolis, MN. If you cannot attend this meeting and are interested in attending or just want more information please contact John Welte.

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

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With 8-1/2 by 11" pages, these eye-catching, full-color calendars are perfect for someone you know who's anticipating a new baby in 2018, or maybe to display at home, or in a workplace (thus sharing a quiet pro-life message). They depict cute babies in all their individuality, along with the actual ultrasound pictures of each one in the womb. Take a look at a sample calendar (on the pro-life bulletin board at W.L.), and SIGN UP THERE for one of the TEN calendars we received from Another Way Pregnancy Center. As 2018 approaches, they won't last long.

Karen Throckmorton, OMNI President, will lead a business trip to Zambia in January and will be able to transport and hand-deliver student mail and small gifts for the OMNI School students. Sponsors who are interested can mail these items to OMNI at P. O. Box 670 - Hertford, NC 27944 by Monday, December 18. Recommended gifts include socks, underwear, and school supplies. OMNI provides hats, gloves, and personal care items to the students.

Join former Taiwan missionaries Rev. Clifford and Lois Winter for a 16 day tour, April 17 – May 2, 2018. Includes the Great Wall, Xian's terracotta armies, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Three Gorges Dam, 4-day Yangtze River cruise, and more. All meals included.  Final 2 nights in Hong Kong. Includes round trip airfare from San Francisco, first-class hotels, all taxes/fees/admissions, bus and air travel in China,  and an English-speaking Professional Guide.

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
  • Holiday schedule
    • Dec.17 10am Christmas Family Worship at Wixom (in place of 9 & 10:20am worship)  
    • Dec.17 4:30 pm  International Christmas Program in WL campus main worship center, with meal in gym 
    • Dec.20  9:30am and 7pm  Day School Christmas Program in WL campus main worship center 
    • Dec.21 stage taken down in Walled campus main worship center 
    • Dec.22-Jan.2 School Christmas Break  
    • Dec.24  Christmas Eve: 
      • 8:15am Blended style worship (no 9:40am Blended style)  
      • 10am New Vintage style worship at Wixom (no 10:20am New Vintage style)  
      • 11am & 1pm Christmas Eve Family worship  
      • no Kids Praise, Bible Adventure, Youth or adult Bible Classes
      • 7pm Wixom Candlelight worship with Communion
      • 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 10:00 pm Candlelight Worship in Walled Lake campus main worship center (10:00pm with communion)
    • MONDAY Dec.25  11am  Christmas Day Festival Worship at Walled Lake with communion;    
    • NO MONDAY night worship on Dec.25 
    • Dec.31  
      • regular morning worship  
      • no Kids Praise, Bible Adventure, Youth or adult Bible Classes
      • 7pm New Years Eve Worship with Communion in Walled Lake campus main worship center
    • NO MONDAY night worship on Jan.1 
  • Jan.7 4-7pm Exploring Christianity
  • Jan.7 4-7pm New Member Classes begin


Sunday, December 17, 2017
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
9:40 AM Adult Bible Study Room 202
9:40 AM Bible Adventure Room 304
9:40 AM Blended Worship Sanctuary
9:40 AM High School Bible Study (Grades 9-12) Youth Room Basement
9:40 AM Middle School Bible Study (Grades 5-8) Youth House
9:40 AM Small Group Bible Study Room 301
10:00 AM Family Christmas Worship Wx-Main Worship Center
10:20 AM Bible Adventure PS-4th Grade Wx-Gathering Place A
10:20 AM Bible Study-Adults/High School Wx-Infant Room
10:20 AM Bible Study-Middle School 5th-8th Grade Wx-Picnic Pavilion
11:00 AM Bible Adventure Room 304
11:00 AM Prayer & Praise Gymnasium
12:30 PM International Christmas Program Dinner Gymnasium
4:30 PM International Christmas Program Sanctuary
7:00 PM High School Sunday Night Gathering Youth Room Basement
Monday, December 18, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
9:30 AM Women's Bible Study Hub
10:30 AM Primetimers Room 305
6:30 PM Men's Step Study Explorers Classroom
7:00 PM Blended Worship Sanctuary
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
8:00 PM AA Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
6:30 PM Celebrate Recovery WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM Joyful Noise Handbells Sanctuary
8:00 PM Men's Floor Hockey Gymnasium
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
6:00 AM Men's Breakfast Bible Study
10:00 AM CR Women's Step Study Youth House
Thursday, December 21, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
7:00 PM Band Rehearsal Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM Church Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Friday, December 22, 2017
7:00 PM Prayer and Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
Saturday, December 23, 2017
9:00 AM Prayer & Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
9:30 AM Women's Fitness - OFFSITE
10:00 AM Christmas Eve Strings Rehearsal Sanctuary
6:30 PM Men's Step Study Explorers Classroom


Thanks: For Ryan Birthday; For housing for a needy family and improved housing for another; For Mark Vickers promotion; For God’s work in the heart; For Paul’s improved mental clarity; For the 4 years of changed lives through Jesus at Celebrate Recovery

Ministry: Help us delight in the Lord; For musicians and worship leaders health and blessed preparations for Christmas; The International Christmas Celebration

Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Lavern & Karen Kruse and their family; Charles Kuehn; Mike & Donna Kujala, and their child Anne; Anup & Rebekah Kurien and their son Zachary; Bryan & Megan Kutz and their children Henry, May, and Thomas; Jeff LaChance and his children, Courtney, Brittany, & Brett

Homebound Member of the Week: Violet Butcher

Mission: God’s work in the life of the Marble family, Ashley Lancaster, Rebecca, a friend of the Rivetts, Ron Whitaker’s neighbors, Lynette and family, for Eve, Heather, Collin, Mark's mom, Bella, Tom, Amy and her children, those dealing silently with pain, a friend for Iraq, and for someone who desire eyes to be open

Government, Country and World: For refugees and immigrants to find a safe home and a loving welcome from Christians; Or those facing hardship from the California fires

Sick or Hospitalized: Bill Zehel; Diane Jaconski; Dawn Zydeck; Kaitlyn Gulick; A couple to have a healthy pregnancy; Landon, Eli, Roger, Jerry, Seth, Jeanie, Greg, Cindy, Rhonda; Mother of Joan Andrews; Father of Gary; Alpena, sister of Marilyn Chrzanowski; Aunt of Autum; MaryLou, sister-in-law of Shirley Hart; Family members of the Klos; Howard, father-in-law of Julie Yeskie

Other: Wisdom for Jordan; Peace for Amy, Armen and Madeline; Guidance for Dan and Tricia; For blessing on the singing of Addison Agen; Safe travel for holidays; Employment for Sarah and Jordan; A family facing divorce; Kerri’s legal situation; Healing of family discord; Immigration/new job issues for Isikah Mwee

Grief: For the family and friends of Stan Szczypka, a Shirley Hart’s grandson’s baby, a family grieving the death of a child; Mike’s brother-in-law; Bill Schlotta's sister; Dan Kleinedler's father


Sunday/Monday ( 589 )

08:15 am Blended 149
09:00 am New Vintage 80
09:40 am Blended 126
10:20 New Vintage 62
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 133
07:00 pm Monday Night 17
07:00 pm Wednesday Advent 22
Total 589



July 1, 2017 through December 11, 2017
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $810,309
Budget Year To Date Offerings $761,102
Year To Date $49,207