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  • Former member Pastor Andy Johnson will be installed as the new pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Milford at 3pm on Sunday, October 22.
  • Seeking Musicians at Wixom - The St. Matthew Wixom Worship team is looking for musicians (drummers, bass, guitar, keys), vocalists and sound technicians.  If you or someone you know is ready to share their gifts to lead others in worship, please contact Pastor Rob at or 248-624-9525.  
  • Open Forums will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 pm at the Walled Lake campus and Sunday, Nov.12 at 11:30 am at the Wixom campus to present and get input on three items: a proposal for staffing in 2018, a proposal for facility expansion/enhancement at both campuses, and a second reading of a constitution change to remove the word “excommunication.” Then there will be a Congregational Assembly (formerly called Voters) meeting on Sunday Nov.19 at 12:30 pm at the Walled Lake campus to act on those items.  Child care will be provided and a light lunch will be available prior to the assembly.

One-night Movie Event - Don’t miss this special event: a one-time showing of the new Martin Luther film at 6:30pm on October 29 at the Wixom campus!

This entertaining new film follows the great adventure story of Luther’s life, packed with political intrigue, kidnappings, and life-or-death showdowns.  At the same time, it's a story about the most important questions of life, including "Who am I?" "What is my purpose" and "How do I get right with God?" 
It’s a must-see for any Lutheran, especially in this 500th anniversary of the Lutheran heritage.  It’s a chance to strengthen your faith by revisiting the birth of Protestant Reformation, and to share that experience with others. 

Please join us on Saturday November 4 at 7 PM at the WL campus in room 305.  If you are in your 20's we invite you to join us for a time of fellowship and games.  Part of the time will be spent planning how we make this a regular opportunity for us to meet for fellowship and Bible study. For more information please contact Dana Wiberg by email at:

Have you lost your stride?
You’re not alone. Seems like we all could use help and an extra measure of God’s grace. The apostle Paul pleaded with God to remove what he called “a thorn in the flesh.” But God answered, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2Cor. 12:9.

Calling all motorcycle riders. Join us for the following upcoming ride. Saturday, Oct 28 (NOTE change of Date) starting at the Walled Lake campus at 10 AM we will be heading north to see some of the Fall colors ending at Firehouse subs in Waterford for lunch. For more information contact John Welte

This week, at Celebrate Recovery, Jan will be presenting the lesson titled RELAPSE. "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" 1 Corinthians 10:12. What are some of the ways (tools) that you have developed in your recovery to prevent relapse? Need some answers? Come join us!

This Thursday is also Recognition Night where we CELEBRATE milestones in RECOVERY!

The Christian Citizenship Committee is going to show the movie Is "Genesis History?" at the Wixom campus, on Sunday, November 5th at 7PM. Is Genesis History? features over a dozen scientists and scholars explaining how the world intersects with the history recorded in Genesis. From rock layers to fossils, from lions to stars, from the Bible to artifacts, this fascinating film will change the way you see the world.

If you love working with preschool children and want to serve in ministry, while earning a little spending money, then this may be the opportunity for you. Hearts & Hands is hiring a preschool aide for 10 hours per week, plus subbing opportunities as needed. Experience is helpful, but not necessary. If interested, please contact Ronda Coe at: (248) 624-9525

The St. Matthew Wixom Worship team is looking for musicians (drummers, bass, guitar, keys), vocalists and sound technicians. If you or someone you know is ready to share their gifts to lead others in worship, please contact Pastor Rob at or 248-624-9525.

It's that time of year again! Please stop by the Welcome Center at the Walled Lake or Wixom Campus to sign up to donate or volunteer for our Thanksgiving Day Feast! The Feast is held at the Wixom Campus on Thanksgiving Day from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, and is a wonderful way to outreach to our community. See more information 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. Please contact Mariko Yearn, at (248) 624-7676 Ext. 125, for any questions.

The Walled Lake Bible Adventure children will be singing on Sunday, October 22, at the 9:40 service. At Wixom, the Bible Adventure children will sing on Sunday, October 29 at 10:20 am.

Please be sure to have your children wear their "Created by God" T-shirts.

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

Come join us for a fun-filled, FREE family event!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • 4:00pm Park Your Vehicle and Decorate your Trunk!
  • 4:30pm Trunk-or-Treat begins
  • 5:15pm Games, food, animals, hay slide, bounce house – FUN!

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. If you have any questions, please contact Mariko Yearn.

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. For more information, please contact Mariko Yearn.

Wixom Christmas Musical Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 22 @ 11:30 AM in Gathering Place A. Please contact Bonnie Tura with any questions at: 248-486-1508, or email:

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 Bonfire and Games at the Wixom Campus on Sunday, Oct 29 from 7-8:30 PM. Join us for s'mores and games in the woods.

High School Confirmation Process for those 16 or older who have not yet completed confirmation is set for the weekend of December 2 and 3. To register to attend or to learn more contact John Welte.

High School Sunday Morning Bible Class meets in the basement Youth Room at 9:40. This week we will continue our new series of video based Bible studies by Answers in Genesis title Demolishing Strongholds. This week the study is Counterfeit Reality with Bill Jack.

High School Sunday Night Gathering meets from 7-8:30 at the Walled Lake campus. SNG are an opportunity to hang out with friends, play some crazy games in the gym, and have a good time together. Our devotions are focusing on the Struggles and the impact of Social Media in our lives.

Middle School Bible Class for grades 5-8. At the Walled Lake Campus class meets at 9:40 in the Youth House. At the Wixom campus grades 5-8 (and older invited) meets at 10:20 under the picnic pavilion.

Middle School Bonfire, Food, and Outdoor Games at the Wixom campus will be Sunday, Oct 29 from 4:30-6 PM. Come join us as we roast hot dogs and s'mores and play games in the back woods. Dress to run and keep warm.

Middle School Wild Wednesdays meets from 7-8:30 in the Walled Lake campus gym. Join us for a night of crazy games, making new friends, devotion, and snack. Wild Wednesday's are free and friends are always invited

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Register now for our Saturday, November 11th event (7:30am to 3pm)!  Get a brochure from the bulletin board at W.L.

Our November 11th interdenominational conference on "adoption, fostering, & other possibilities" is less than four weeks away! (We've sent information to about 150 area churches, and we're hoping for 100 or more people to attend.) The planning committee has three members who cannot possibly do everything that needs to be done. We'll need lots of willing volunteers -- some for set-up on Friday evening, some for jobs that might last only an hour or two (on Saturday), and some to help take things down.

You're invited to Future Warrior Day on Monday, November 6th from 9:00 am to noon, at Lutheran High School Westland. Current seventh and eighth graders can tour the school, meet future classmates and teachers, and hear about the academic, music, drama, and athletic opportunities at LHWL. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Christi Gaertner, by emailing her at or call 734-422-2090, to let us know you're coming!

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
  • Oct.28  Pumpkin Festival at Wixom
  • Oct.28  Trunk or Treat at Walled Lake
  • Oct.29 6:30pm at Wixom showing of the new movie: “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World”  
  • Nov.1 & 2 School Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Nov.3 & 4 Premarriage Workshop  
  • Nov.5  12:30pm Open Forum on Staffing for 2018, Facility Expansion/Enhancement at both campuses, and a Constitution amendment NEW
  • Nov.5 7pm Movie “Is Genesis History?” at Wixom  NEW
  • Nov.11  Conference on Adoption and Foster-Parenting  
  • Nov.12  at Wixom 11:30pm Open Forum on Staffing for 2018, Facility Expansion/Enhancement at both campuses, and a Constitution amendment  NEW
  • Nov.19  12:30pm Congregational Assembly on Staffing for 2018, Facility Expansion/Enhancement at both campuses, and a Constitution change  NEW


Sunday, October 22, 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
9:00 AM New Vintage Worship Service Wx
9:40 AM Adult Bible Study Room 202
9:40 AM Bible Adventure Room 304
9:40 AM Blended Worship Sanctuary
9:40 AM H.S. Bible Study Gr 9-12 Yth Rm
9:40 AM M.S. Bible Study Gr 5-8 Yth House
9:40 AM Small Group Bible Study Room 301
10:20 AM Bible Adventure PS-4th Grade Wx-Gat Place A
10:20 AM Bible Study-Adults/High School Wx-Infant Room
10:20 AM Bible Study-M.S. 5th-8th Grade Wx-Picnic Pavilion
10:20 AM NV Worship Wx-Main Worship Center
11:00 AM Bible Adventure Room 304
11:00 AM Prayer & Praise Gymnasium
11:00 AM Small Group Bible Study Room 301
7:00 PM H.S. Sunday Night Gathering Yth Rm 
Monday, October 23, 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, October 24, 2017
6:30 PM Celebrate Recovery WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM Joyful Noise Handbells Sanctuary
7:00 PM Divorce Support Group Room 305
8:00 PM Men's Floor Hockey Gymnasium
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 AM Men's Breakfast Bible Study
10:00 AM CR Women's Step Study Youth House
6:00 PM New Member & Cofirmation Rehearsal Banquet Room 304
6:15 PM Small Group Study Church Library
7:00 PM Middle School Wild Wednesday Gymnasium
Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:30 AM 40 Days in the Word Small Group Hub
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium 
7:00 PM Band Rehearsal Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM Church Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
7:00 PM Confirmation - Confession & Absolution (Part 2) Room 303
7:00 PM Executive Board Meeting Room 305
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
Friday, October 27, 2017
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
7:00 PM Prayer and Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00 AM Elders Meeting Room 303
9:00 AM Prayer & Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
9:30 AM Women's Fitness - OFFSITE
5:00 PM Trunk or Treat Gymnasium
6:30 PM Men's Step Study Explorers Classroom


Thanks: For healing family and friends of Shirley Hart; For successful surgery for Alicia Brown's mother; For successful surgery for the father and mother in law of Chasine
Ministry: For God’s blessings on former member Pastor Andy Johnson, as he is installed at Christ Lutheran Church in Milford; For Pastor Dietrick, of St. Paul Pontiac, as he discerns God’s will regarding a Call to California; Blessing on Celebrate Recovery’s step study; For the worship team, ushers and greeters at Wixom; For a member’s continued sobriety
Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Janna Hoch; Fred Hooper; Peter & Janet Hoover; Connie & Andrew Hoppe, Maeleigh  Paisiee; Scott & Lisa Hoppe; Bruce & Barb Houghtaling, Cameron
Homebound Member of the Week: Jim Curry
Mission: Our India mission Team; God’s work in the life of Tom, Mina, Erik, Heather, Collin, Lynette, Mike, Kerri, Nicole, Chris, Max, Gene, Betty, Bladen, Reed, Cole, Taylor, and college students; For God to transform many lives through 40 Days in the Word; For Devin’s mission trip to Cuba
Government, Country and World: Honest and integrity in government and business; Those dealing with the California fires, including Taylor Manton; For immigrants and refugees to find a loving welcome and home in the church
Sick or Hospitalized: Judy Scholatta; Duane Hayes; Barb Coe; Kaye Bielat; Tom Bennett; Pastor and Mrs. Jennings; A member, Melanee, Joanne; Father of Dan Kleinedler; Mother of Tricia Kleinedler; Harvey, brother of the Jaskiemy; Fisher, great nephew of the Krigners; Son-in-law of Bonnie Papez; Susan, cousin of Dave Williston; Mother of Alicia Brown; Father and mother in law of Chasine Jennings
Other: For the move of Nancy VanWagner; Safety of coworkers; Safe travel of Jonathan; Employment for Sarah, Jordan, David, and Ashley; Also wedding planning of Ashley; For family reconciliation
Grief: For the family and friends of the son of LaDona Engel’s niece, Jason Nichols grandmother, and a young daughter


Sunday/Monday ( 586 )

08:15 am Blended 135
09:00 am New Vintage 65
09:40 am Blended 149
10:20 New Vintage 32
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 169
07:00 pm Monday Night 36
Total 586



July 1, 2017 through October 16, 2017
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $522,003
Budget Year To Date Offerings $505,537
Year To Date $16,466