The Messenger

  • Please take a moment to savor this Biblical truth from Psalm 27:1- “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”  The Lord is the stronghold of the universe, unmoved by Covid-19.  The Lord is the stronghold of your life because you are an adopted child of God through work of Jesus.  So, we cling to Him!
  • Here is important information regarding St. Matthew and each of our ministry:
  • Please take a moment to savor this Biblical truth from 1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your care upon Him because He cares for you.”
  • Here is important information regarding St. Matthew and each of our ministry:
    • Those of you using the internet are invited to check ministry updates through our website st-matthew.org or emails sent to you.  If we don’t have your email or correct phone, please update us at updates@st-matthew.org or phone the church office.  Those of you without internet, copies of the latest St. Matthew information, messenger, Portals of Prayer, etc. are in a bin outside the main entrance of both campuses.
    • Our telephone and online worship will continue on Sundays at 9:30am and Wednesdays in Lent at 7pm.  
      • For those using the internet, check our website for all the information and links.  
      • For those telephoning in to worship the phone number for worship is: 1-877-853-5257.  After calling that you enter a webinar ID number: For Sunday it is 799-892-892 and for Wednesdays it is 952 676-069.  Again contact the church office is you missed that.  
      • We will provide the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday webinar ID’s next week.
      • Because of the Governor’s “Stay home, Stay Safe” order, we will not be able to offer drive-in worship with communion, as we had once thought.
      • Please email prayer requests to prayer@st-matthew.org or call the church office.
      • Ministry is still happening, though in new ways.  To continue to support our ministry, we encourage you to mail in your offering or begin automatic giving, which you can do through our website st-matthew.org/give or by calling the church office.  Also Thrivent is matching gifts at thrivent.com.  
  • In accord with the Governor’s order, the Walled Lake and Wixom Campus buildings are closed until at least April 14.  But ministry is happening.  Staff is for the most part working remotely.
  • The best way to contact us is through email, which you can get at our website st-matthew.org   For those without internet, staff will regularly check phone message.  
  • Submit prayer requests at prayer@st-matthew.org or by calling the church office.
  • Watch St. Matthew’s Face book page for devotional thoughts.
  • Video resources - st-matthew.org/rightnowmedia
  • Please look for safe ways to stay connected with each other. Small group and especially Senior Ministry members are encouraged to phone and care for each others needs.  
  • If you have any prayer requests or other needs, please contact the church office.  God is caring for you in the midst of this; and we care about you too.
  • Finally, be a good neighbor however you best can.  One of our members put out a prayer box by the sidewalk, so that their neighbors could drop in prayer requests which our members could lift up to God.

We will not be meeting on March 24th, or March 31st. Taking two weeks off and plan to resume on April 7th. Our next Meeting will be On Tuesday, April 7th, come to the Wixom Campus (48380 Pontiac Tr. Wixom, MI 48393) in the Big Room at 7:00 pm for worship and the ACTION Lesson; Open-Share Groups and Newcomer 101 meet at 8:00; and Cross-Talk Cafe meets at 9:00 PM. Email: CR@st-Matthew.org Phone: 2486249525

The Annual Election Process will be upon us shortly and the Nominating Committee is looking for members interested in serving as Officers or Directors on the following ministries:

Thrivent Financial members have until March 31 to direct any remaining 2019 ChoiceDollars®. After that date, Choice Dollars® will expire. Please consider directing your Choice Dollars to St Matthew Lutheran Church,  St. Matthew Lutheran School, and/or Hearts and Hands Christian Child Development Center. Go to www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice or call 800-847-4836.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Baglow at 248 624 7676 Ext 104 or Sue.Baglow@st-matthew.org. Your selection of St.

June 22, 2020 - 9:00am

Vacation Bible School is June 22-26, 2020, 9am-12pm! See our online registration site for all the details on this free event.

Child Participant registration is open and limited to 400 children, so register early! Click HERE to register your child.

Volunteer Registration is open online HERE and between worship services on March 22 in the Walled Lake Campus Hub or Wixom Campus Coffee Bar. (International Friends see www.st-matthew.org/internationalfriends to register.)

www.st-matthew.org/VBS

  • For more information on upcoming events, or to connect via the Young Adults Facebook Group, please connect with Pastor Michael at michael.hansen@st-matthew.org.
  • Regular Young Adult Bible Study on Sunday at 6pm is cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all Bible Adventure, Kid's Praise and Nursery have been cancelled until at least April 12. Our Children's Ministry would love to stay connected with children and families via email and online resources through this difficult time. Please connect with us at contact childrensministry@st-matthew.org.

  • St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/stmatthew.yg.7. You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.
  • Confirmation Information for parents of students in grade 7 or higher is available by contacting John Welte.
  • Camp Concordia Summer Camp information is available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board.
  • Middle and High School Bible Class downloadable resources for use at home are available by contacting John Welte.
  • St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/stmatthew.yg.7. You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.
  • Confirmation Information for parents of students in grade 7 or higher is available by contacting John Welte.
  • Camp Concordia Summer Camp information is available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board.
  • Middle and High School Bible Class downloadable resources for use at home are available by contacting John Welte.

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Dates of Interest

•    Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
o    March 29  4:30 pm Int'l Easter Celebration  CANCELLED
o    April 1 7pm  telephone and online Lent worship  
o    April 5   9:30am Palm Sunday, telephone and online Lent worship
o    April 9 7pm  Maundy Thursday telephone and online Lent worship  
o    April 10  7pm  Good Friday  telephone and online Lent worship
o    April 12   9:30am Easter telephone and online Lent worship

Prayers

Thanks: For God being ruler over the universe and faithful in care of His people
Ministry: For the Divine Call process for Seminarian Austin Wellhousen as Wixom campus Associate Pastor; For the transition of Dawn Rupe as our Director of Children’s and Family Ministry ; For the protection of St. Matthew staff who are working hard to maintain essential ministry; For persecuted Christians in Laos
Homebound Member of the Week: Maude Hendrian
Government, Country and World: God’s protection and will to be done in the corona virus situation; For our government leaders to make wise decisions; For those whose have been laid off or lost income; For health care workers
Sick or Hospitalized: Gaylen Decker; Mike Vultaggio; Mike Knish; Mothers of Mark Schmittling and Ann Wernecke; Brian, brother-in-law of Dee Tyler; Whitney; Phil; sister of Paul Abdou
Grief: For the family and friends of Randy Tyler’s father and Dale Schnepp’s brother-in-law Bill Milligan; step-dad of Stephanie Latzke

Attendance

We are doing our best to determine how well we are reaching people with our new online ministry. The numbers below represent a partial count of our reach. Please remember the Live Zoom numbers, and possibly the YouTube recordings, likely represent families and couples gathering in their living rooms or kitchen tables, and not individuals! We are blessed to be able to minister to you within your home! Many families and individuals watched the recordings on YouTube and on our website. Facebook remains a bit unstable for live feed across the country (not just us), and we apologize for those technical difficulties. We pray that you and your families are being blessed and encouraged by our messages. Praise God for the ability to still connect with you!

Wednesday, March 18

  • Live Zoom: 127 Families with 9 phone ins
  • YouTube recording: 208 views to date

Sunday, March 22

  • Live Zoom: 285 Families with 27 phone-ins
  • YouTube recording: 181 views to date

Wednesday March 25

  • Live Zoom: 146 Families with 10 phone-ins
  • YouTube recording: 47 views to date

Pastor Paul's Facebook Live Devotions are reaching thousands! Please check them out and share with others. Be blessed, friends, and be blessings to others!

 

Offerings

July 1, 2019 through March 23, 2020
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings tbd
Budget Year To Date Offerings tbd
Year To Date tbd