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  • Beginning on June 24 the Wixom campus will offer only the 9am New Vintage worship gathering.  This worship schedule will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • VBS begins Monday, June 18th!  Please remember for your child's safety to drop off and pick up your children in the following places:
    • Preschool: Drop off and pick up students in their classrooms. Please pick these children up first if you have an older child or children. 
    • Crews 1-8: Drop off in the Worship Center at 9:00 am; Crews 9-16: Drop off in the gym at 9:00 am
    • Crews 1-8: Dismiss from the Worship Center at Noon; If possible, when picking up, please walk down the main aisle to pick up and cut through pews to exit out the sides; Crews 9-16: Dismiss from the gym at Noon. 
    • Your children are precious to Jesus and to us!  Thank you for helping us keep them safe! 
  • Help us make our Annual Outdoor Worship and Church Picnic a huge success! Please click to sign up for the following: Food Setup, Food Clean Up, General Clean Up, Bring a Dessert, Side or Salad! 
  • St. Matthew, Wixom campus, is in need of either a part-time Worship Leader (7-10 hrs/wk); or a full-time Worship and Media Coordinator.  The part-time responsibilities include designing worship, recruiting musicians, providing music and leading a contemporary worship team twice a month. The full-time responsibilities additionally include providing music for weekly Celebrate Recovery worship time, scheduling worship related projectionists and audio technicians, developing worship media and providing oversight of computer technical support.  For a ministry description and application, contact  
  • Position Available - Part Time Children's Ministry Leader - Walled Lake Campus: St. Matthew is currently accepting applications for a part-time Children's Ministry Leader (20 hours a week for 46 weeks). Primary responsibilities include Bible Adventure, Kids' Praise, and Vacation Bible School. Applications and a full ministry position description are available at the Welcome Desks or by contacting John Welte at or by calling 248.624.7676, ext 129. 
  • Because of the resurfacing of the gym floor, the Prayer & Praise worship gatherings for July 1, 8 & 15 will be held in the main worship center of the Walled Lake campus.
  • Henry Maicki, our outgoing Director of Congregational Life, will be recognized in worship on July 1 and with a reception in the Hub after the 9:40 and 11am worship gatherings at the Walled Lake campus.
  • Pastor Michael Hansen will be ordained at 3pm on July 1 at his home church, St. John, Rochester.  Then he will be installed as our new Associate Pastor in a special service of celebration at St. Matthew’s Walled Lake campus on Sunday, July 8 at 2pm, with a reception to follow.  In order to welcome him, you are invited to provide a gift card shower.
  • Vicar Doug Slaven’s farewell sermon will be the weekend of July 29.  A reception will be held in the Hub following the Prayer & Praise service.  As a “thank you” there will be a door offering after worship which will go toward reducing Doug’s student loan.

On Sunday, June 24, St. Matthew will host our Annual Outdoor Worship and Church Picnic at the Walled Lake Campus. This is a fun summer celebration that we hold every year at the end of VBS, which brings our St. Matthew family together and welcomes members of our community to hear God's word and enjoy great food, music, and fun with us.
We invite our VBS families to participate by bringing their children to sing songs they learned during the week, and to worship with us under the big tent on the soccer field. It's always great to see new families at this event!

This week at Celebrate Recovery, Mike will join us from another CR to share his testimony of struggling with anxiety and depression and past alcohol use. God intervened in his life through CR and has brought healing and hope!

On June 19th, come to the Wixom Campus (48380 Pontiac Tr. Wixom, MI 48393) in the Big Room at 7:00 pm for the testimony and worship. Join us early for a meal at 6:30; Open-Share Groups and Newcomer 101 meet at 8:00; and Cross-Talk Cafe meets at 9:00 PM. Childcare is available the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month and will be available again this week.

College Bonfires at John’s House will be Mondays, June 11 and 25. Come join us around 9:00 PM for a chance to talk, enjoy some food, and drinks by the fire. Need John’s address text him.

St. Matthew's Senior Ministry is hosting  a 2 day bus tour to the Creation and Ark Encounter Museums in Petersburg and  Williamstown, Kentucky, on October 5th & 6th.  Space Is limited.   Details and Registration information can be gotten at the following link: PDF iconark_encounter_flyer.pdf

St. Matthew is currently accepting applications for a part-time Children's Ministry Leader (20 hours a week for 46 weeks). Primary responsibilities include Bible Adventure, Kids' Praise, and Vacation Bible School. Applications and a full ministry position description are available at the Welcome Desks or by contacting John Welte at or by calling 248.624.7676, ext 129.

Bible Adventure at both our Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses has wrapped up for the year and will not be available during the summer. We will resume Bible Adventure in the Fall, 2018.

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

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 worship service.

Walled Lake Campus Nursery will be available on Sunday mornings during the summer from 8:00am thru 12:30pm with the exception of holiday weekends and the the week of our church picnic on June 24, 2018, when the Nursery will be available during early service only.

Wixom campus Nursery will be available on Sunday mornings during our 9:00am worship service with the exception of holiday's and the week of our church picnic on June 24, 2018.

Camp Concordia Summer Camp information is available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board or check out Camp Concordia is owned by the Michigan District and offers week long programs for a variety of ages during the summer.

Confirmation Parent Information Meetings for parents of students in Grade 7 or higher who have not started the confirmation process will be on Thursday, August 30 and Tuesday, September 4 at 7 PM. You only need to attend one meeting.

Calling all Future Freshman you are welcome to attend both Middle and High School Events during the summer.

Calling all Future Sixth Graders you are encouraged to attend all the Middle School events.

High School Kayaking on the Huron River will be Thursday, June 28 starting at 10 AM. We will start and end at the drop in point by Proud Lake State Park Headquarters on Glengary. You must pre-register for this event so we make sure we have enough kayaks by contacting John. Have a kayak we can use please contact John. Afterward’s we will head out for lunch if there is interest.

High School Sunday Morning Bible Class will meet on June 17 at 9:40 in the Walled Lake campus basement. This will be our final class until the fall.

High School Sunday Night Gathering Fine Dining will meet June 24 from 7-8:30 PM. Cast your vote for Qdoba, Noodles and Company, or Blaze Pizza by texting John.

High School VBS Decorating will be Sunday, June 17 beginning at 7 PM. Food and beverages will be provided. Many hands make light work so hope you can join us.

Middle School Bible Class will not meet again until the Fall.

Middle School Special Summer Wild Wednesdays will meet for the following event. Water Wars will be Wednesday, July 18 from 7-8:30 PM on the Home front lawn. Bring a squirt gun of some form that can be filled from a pool and come prepared to get soaked.

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

Join us this summer for a fun Sports Camp at St. Matthew! Girls in grades 3-7 for 2017-18. Friends, Neighbors & Relatives welcome!

Would you be willing to share your sewing skills with international women weekly? You would partner with a few other Americans to team teach a Wednesday morning sewing class. Classes start September 19th and run till May 22nd. The sewing class has 10 international ladies with basic sewing skills participating. Someone will help with sewing project planning. They are in need of extra hands to assist and help international ladies during class. Please contact us with questions and interests at:

"Dear Members,

My husband, John, was diagnosed with a hybrid form of Myeloid leukemia.  He has {myelodysplasia(MDS) and myeloproliferative (MPN), which is known as CMML-1.  It is very rare and aggressive. It has a 1 to 2 year survival rate. His white blood cell counts have dramatically increased these past 3 months. Getting a bone marrow transplant is the only cure. 

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):

  • June 18-22 VBS
  • June 24  Wixom begins to offer only the 9am New Vintage worship gathering
  • June 24 church picnic
  • June 25-July 21 redo gym floor 
  • July 1  Farewell for Henry Maicki
  • July 8  2pm Installation of Michael Hansen as Walled Lake Associate Pastor
  • July 14  Blood drive at Wixom  
  • July 22 & 23  Pastor Michael’s Hansen’s first sermon
  • July 22-28  High School mission trip to Ohio  
  • July 29  Farewell for Doug Slavens
  • August 5-11  College mission trip to Ohio  
  • Sept.9  Wixom Outdoor worship and picnic


Sunday, June 17, 2018        
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 202
9:40 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
10:20 AM Bible Study-Middle School 5th-8th Grade Wx-Picnic Pavilion
10:20 AM NV Worship Wx-Main Worship Center
11:00 AM Adult Bible Study Room 202
11:00 AM Prayer & Praise Worship Gymnasium
12:30 PM Apostles Creed Pt1 Class Room 303
3:00 PM    Women's Step Study-WX-Gathering Place B
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering Youth Room Basement
Monday, June 18, 2018        
8:00 AM    Vacation Bible School Entire Facility
7:00 PM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
7:00 PM    Women's Fitness    Gymnasium
8:00 PM    AA Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, June 19, 2018        
8:00 AM    Vacation Bible School Entire Facility
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery WX - Entire Facility
8:00 PM    Men's Floor Hockey Gymnasium
Wednesday, June 20, 2018        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study    
8:00 AM    Vacation Bible School    Entire Facility
1:30 PM    Confession & Absolution Conf. Class-Pt 1 Rm 303
Thursday, June 21, 2018        
8:00 AM    Vacation Bible School Entire Facility
1:30 PM    Confession & Absolution Conf. Class-Pt 2 Rm 303
7:00 PM    Band Rehearsal Wx-Main Worship Center
Friday, June 22, 2018        
8:00 AM    Vacation Bible School Entire Facility
7:00 PM    Prayer and Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
Saturday, June 23, 2018        
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
9:30 AM    Women's Fitness - OFFSITE


Thanks: For Jon Kosky and Bob’s employment; For Robbie Trevino’s safe travel; For the smooth move of Keith and Ashley Nash; Improved health for Matt Jerue
Ministry: Help in filling the church secretary, teacher/athletic director, Children’s Ministry Leader, and Hearts & Hands aide positions; Blessings on Celebrate Recovery; Revival for the church here and in Europe; That we reflect God’s love to others
Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Dale & Lisa Peterson; Barbara Pierce; Isabella Pierfederici; Andrew & Carol Pitonyak; Calvin Piwowar; John Plaggemier
Homebound Member of the Week: Violet Butcher
Mission: God’s work in the life of a son, Carolyn, Bladen, Cole, Taylor, Rebecca; The safe return of the Riggs’ daughter Alison from her Uganda mission trip; Fruit to Henry Maicki and the OMNI medical mission team’s trip to Zambia
Government, Country and World: For all the fathers; For the refugees and immigrants to find a safe home and loving welcome from followers of Jesus; Peace on earth
Sick or Hospitalized: John Carlton; Barbara Schafer; Rich Turner; Julie Monet; Alison Dunlap; Paula Stover; Dave Bradbury; Sharon and Warren Williams; Safe birth for Katlyn and Paul Sland; Tom Galvin; Brook Vince, Lee, Fred and those with cancer; Dorthoy, aunt of Yoland Bibbs; Janet, cousin of Vicki Williston; Paula Azzopardi
Other: For reconciliation of Ricky and Dennis; Favor on Billy in prison; Blessing on Matt’s business and sports; Peace and discernment for Laurie Echols; Sale of the home of Nancy Gursin’s mom; For godly people to lease Edie’s rental; Safety of Lauren Urbahns with the Army; All the graduates, including Seth; Successful moves for some family members of Don and Ace Johnson; Rescue for those struggling with addiction
Grief: For the family and friends of Todd Coe, Craig Beach, Guy Swanson, Lisa Rohman’s grandmother; Sandra Daugherty's mother


Sunday/Monday ( 552 )

08:15 am Blended 130
09:00 am New Vintage 91
09:40 am Blended 150
10:20 am New Vintage 27
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 119
07:00 pm Monday Night 35
Total 552



July 1, 2017 through June 11, 2018
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $1,840,473
Budget Year To Date Offerings $1,694,570
Year To Date $145,903