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:

  • Thanks to all who submitted suggestions for the summer sermon series, “You Asked for It.”  We received many more suggestions than we have dates.  Some suggestions will be incorporated in future sermons.  Here are the selections for this summer:
    • July 21- “Transgender: What does God say about this?”
    • July 28- “Does God want us to baptize babies?”
    • August 4- “What becomes of souls of unborn miscarried or aborted?  How about all the people that never heard how they can be saved?  Does God differentiate between abortion for rape or incest, or even a severely handicapped child?”  
    • August 11- “Outreach Enemies: Other Priorities and Satan”  
    • August 18- “Why God uses suffering to test and to teach?”
    • August 25- “Can one lose salvation?”  
    • September 1- “Is it okay for Christians to use marijuana?”

Altar flowers are being placed this week in the Sanctuary in loving memory of Charles Neiderprim - from Collins/Neiderprim family. God's blessings to all family and friends.

God's blessings on this day of new beginnings with the Baptism of Rylee Ann Sinks (daughter of Derek and Ashley Sinks) on Sunday,July 21, 2019. The private Baptism will be held at the Walled Lake Campus. May God smile upon Rylee Ann Sinks and may He surround her always with His wisdom and love.

This Tuesday night at Celebrate Recovery, Ryan will lead us in the VICTORY lesson, continuing our work with Principle 5 and Step 6 and introducing us to Step 7. By Step 6, we are at that place in our recoveries where we don’t want to live according to our old, harmful patterns. We want to get rid of our hurts, hang-ups and habits. How do we gain victory over and get rid of our defects of character? The good news is that we don’t do it. Step 6 reminds us that only God has the power to remove all our defects of character.

College Age Summer Mission Trip to Ohio dates are August 11-17. More information and applications are available by contacting John. Deadline to sign up is Friday July 26.

The St. Matthew Foundation Board manages funds that have been provided by generous donors over the years.  The funds are invested in and managed by Thrivent Financial, much like a 401k.  These funds are intended to be used for projects not included in the overall yearly budgets.  The principal remains in the funds, while a portion of the interest gained each year is distributed via grants – much like an Endowment fund.  These grants have supported many items in various areas of St. Matthew over the years.

Do you love working with children? Looking for an enjoyable way to earn some extra cash during school hours? Our Walled Lake Nursery might be your answer. We are looking to hire two part time Nursery Workers who will help to care for God’s littlest ones, weekdays throughout the school year. Hours are flexible to your schedule, but there will be an immediate need for workers on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Job description and applications are available at the Walled Lake Welcome Desk and at the Wixom front desk. Please contact Jocelyn Prewett with any questions or inquiries.

To continue with Women's Bible study in the Fall, we are in need of a facilitator. If you would like further information, please contact Diana Brunett at

St. Matthew’s Young Adults are hosting several events this summer and we hope you and your friends (post-college age to thirty five) can join us for at least one of them:

  • Mini-Golf at Paradise Park: July 24  NEW!
  • Day on the lake: Saturday, August 17th - Cool off with us as a long and hot summer comes to a close.

Our weekly Bible Study meets Sundays at 6pm at the Walled Lake Campus. Please join us! For questions or to RSVP, contact Pastor Michael or email

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 wrapped up on 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!

Kids' Praise will not meet June 30 or July 7. See below for the regular schedule.

Kid's Praise is a great way for children age 4 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.

  • St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.
  • Middle and High School Bible Class will not meet again until August.
  • Calling all Future Freshman you are invited to attend both High School and Middle School events during the months of June-August. We hope you will join us for the upcoming High School Sunday Night Gathering.
  • St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.
  • Middle and High School Bible Class will not meet again until August.
  • Calling all Future Sixth Graders you are invited to start joining all Middle School Events. We hope you can join us for this weeks’ Wild Wednesday.
  • Middle School Special Summer Wild Wednesday Join us for the following special Summer Wild Wednesday.

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Come out to Prince of Peace Lutheran's (28000 New Market Rd., Farmington Hills) annual Classic Car Show to benefit Another Way Pregnancy Center on Sunday, July 21, 12-4pm. Enjoy the afternoon - Rain or Shine! - with family, fellowship, hot dogs, drinks, ice cream, 50/50 raffle, and DJ music! Admission is FREE! $10 to register a car by July 19. Donations (directly to AWPC) up to $5,000 will be matched by a generous donor. Please indicate "Car Show" on memo line.

Another Way Pregnancy Center has adopted the use of the successful Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE) program created by Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Auburn Hills. Jennifer Huggins will be presenting on August 6 from 7-8pm at Farmington Community Library, and August 8 from 7-8pm at Novi Public Library. This class is for young adults age 17 and up who are looking for ways to form healthy and satisfying relationships. Bring your friends to this interactive and engaging class. Contact Jennifer Huggins at 248-939-5130 to sign up or for more info.

You’re invited to the 64th Annual “Mel Ott Lutheran Night” at Comerica Park. Enjoy summer baseball and Lutheran fellowship on Monday, August 5!  Discounted mezzanine level group tickets are only $19! - 7:10 PM Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox - To order group tickets, please contact Hank Hajdas at 586-228-9189 or Chris Hajdas at 313-400-0205 - See you there!

Dates of Interest

•    Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
o    July 20  Blood Drive at Wixom
o    July 28-August 3  High School Mission Trip
o    August 11-17 College Mission Trip
o    August 26  First day of school; half day  
o    September 8  Wixom Celebration Sunday


Sunday, 21 July 2019        
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
9:00 AM    New Vintage Worship Service    Wx-Main Worship Center
9:40 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 305
9:40 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - Wixom    Wx-Gathering Place B
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study    Room 305
Monday, 22 July 2019       
7:00 PM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
7:00 PM    Personnel Committee Meeting    Church Library
8:00 PM    AA    Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, 23 July 2019        
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery    WX - Entire Facility
7:00 PM    Divorce Recovery Support Group    Room 305
8:00 PM    Men's Floor Hockey    Gymnasium
Wednesday, 24 July 2019        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study    
Thursday, 25 July 2019        
6:30 PM    Part 3 - Apostles' Creed    Room 303
Friday, 26 July 2019       
7:00 PM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Saturday, 27 July 2019        
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Sunday, 28 July 2019        
All Day    High School Mission Trip    Off Site
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
9:00 AM    New Vintage Worship Service    Wx-Main Worship Center
9:40 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 305
9:40 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - Wixom    Wx-Gathering Place B
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study    Room 305


Thanks: Successful surgery for Esther Fergin
Ministry: For guidance for the Wixom Pastor Call Committee in seeking qualified candidates; For guidance to Emily Leising in discerning the Call to be our Director of Children’s and Family Ministry
Homebound Member of the Week: Clyde Runnells
Mission: God’s work in the life of a family, friends, Marilyn, Eric, Ross & Charlie, Katie, a husband; For persecuted Christians in Indonesia; Government, Country and World: For those serving in the medical field
Sick or Hospitalized: Eric Booth; Daryl Clausen; Robin Little; Sharon Williams; Cynthia & Wyatt; Ray Crenshaw; Lois Burt; Ann Rourke; Tommy, Marissa, Roy, Ed, Kelly; Elaine Olson’s brother; Violet’s son; The Barnhart Family; Family and friends of the Williston’s; Diane, sister of Janet Curlee
Other: Blessings Deb and Garrett’s marriage; Safe travels for Elaine & Gary Olson's daughter’s move to Alabama; A Family’s relationships; God’s presence in the lives of Scot, for Heather, Mattheiu, Collin, & Maddy.  
Grief: For the Family and Friends of Jerry Simpkins,


Week of July 14

08:15 am Blended 116
09:00 am New Vintage 73
09:40 am Blended 141
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 126
07:00 pm Monday Night 57
Total 513