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  • Special Lenten Wednesday worship will be offered at the Walled Lake campus at 7pm.  A light supper will also be offered beginning at 6pm.

This week at Celebrate Recovery, we will have the lesson SANITY as we continue to work Principle 2 and Step 2. If you are still trying to "fix" and "control" your own hurts, hang-ups and habits by yourself, come hear how Jesus Christ can help you recover and restore you to SANITY! "For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." Philippians 2:13

Thrivent Financial members have until March 31 to direct any remaining 2017 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 or call 800-847-4836.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Baglow at 248 624 7676 Ext 104 or

Would you like to order Easter flowers and have them placed on the altar on Easter Sunday?  Simply, pickup a form from either campus, or find one on the back of any Sunday bulletin, and bring to the Walled Lake church office, or drop it in the offering plate along with your check (made payable to St. Matthew Lutheran Church). Please submit orders by Thursday, March 22nd.
The Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly is the official publication of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and is published four times a year. (Subscription price is $26 for the year.)  If you would like to subscribe to receive your own copy, please drop off name, address, and payment to the Walled Lake church office. If you have any questions about subscriptions, contact Julie at:, or call the church office at: (248) 624-7676. All subscriptions must be received by March 11th.

Save the date for the upcoming Missions Banquet!  Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 pm.  More details to come soon!

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Wixom campus is seeking a personable, organized, and detail-oriented Office Manager to be responsible for the administrative needs of the church and child development center.  Core duties include overseeing day-to-day facility and office functions, maintaining office supplies and equipment, bookkeeping, as well as cultivating an atmosphere of welcome and warm hospitality for Hearts & Hands Child Development Center and St.

Is your small group looking to host a Lenten Dinner this year? What about a group of friends?  You're in luck!! We have 3 dates still available to be hosted!! Feb 21st, March 14th, and March 21st. Please call or message Sarah Urbahns ASAP at 248-613-9770 or if you'd like to sign up!

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 at either the Walled Lake Campus at 9:40am or 11:00am in room 303; or at the Wixom Campus at 10:20am in Gathering Place B room.

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.

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.

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

High School Junior/Seniors only Spring Retreat will be May 4-6 at Camp Wolverine. Space is limited and registration opens at noon on Sunday February 18 by email only. More information is available from the Youth Bulletin Board or by emailing

High School Summer Ohio Mission Trip will be July 22-28. Applications are available from the Youth Ministry Bulletin board and are due April 29. The team will be selected the first week in May. Adults interested in chaperoning should contact John Welte.

High School Sunday Morning Bible Class at the Walled Lake campus meets at 9:40am in the basement Youth Room. This week we will be studying “Answers to Difficult Issues with Carl Kerby” from the Answers in Genesis Demolishing Strongholds video series.

High School Sunday Night Gatherings meets from 7-8:30 at the Walled Lake campus. This week will be a Winter Olympic themed night with activities based of the Olympic Winter games. Come prepared to go for the gold.

Middle and High School Paintball at the Wixom campus will be Saturday, March 17 from 10 am-Noon. Cost is $5 to play and we need at least 8 players. Sign up by emailing We will head to Taco Bell afterward for lunch for those interested.

Middle School Bible Class at the Walled Lake campus meets at 9:40 fro grades 5-8 in the Youth House. At Wixom class meets at 10:20 in the Explorer room.

Middle School Bowling at Wonderland Lanes has been postponed due to a tournament-taking place at Wonderland Lanes. Watch for a future date.

Middle School Sledding and Taco Bell. We have snow so let’s plan is to meet at the sledding hill on Welch Road this Sunday, Feb 18 at 4 PM. We will sled for about an hour and then head to the Taco Bell on Maple road for food. Bring a sled, friend, dress warm, and a couple bucks for food. We will need parents to help transport students to Taco Bell. Pick up will be at Taco Bell around 5:45.

Middle School Wild Wednesdays will not meet during the Lenten Season. Please join us for worship at 7 PM in the Walled Lake Sanctuary.

St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page. You can check out photos and videos from past events and catch last minute updates.

Due to Mr. Olsen's retirement, our Teacher Call Committee is looking for names of qualified candidates to fill our 6th grade Homeroom/History Teacher/Athletic Director opening. Some desired qualities include someone with a current teaching degree who enjoys working with Junior High students, organized, enjoys athletics, Synodically trained and most importantly...loves Jesus.
If you know of someone who you feel the Lord is leading you to submit, please give all contact information to Mrs. Palka or the school office by Monday, March 26th.  Thank you!

Do you have a special craft you can’t seem to find the time to start or finish? Well here is your chance to spend time with others and work on whatever your special craft is.

Did you get started in recent weeks? How are things going with filling up that baby bottle? (Coins, bills, and/or checks are all fine.) Your "change" will effect so many good changes for the moms, dads & babies served by Another Way Pregnancy Center! At the end of February/beginning of March, don't forget to turn the bottle in at any St. Matthew Welcome Center. (We're praying for an amazing "grand total" from all of you!) It's a great way for you to show love and care for the clients of AWPC -- both the "very young" and their parents!

Many items are still needed to prepare for the exciting day. Salty foods, sweet foods, veggie trays, fruit trays, cheese trays, donations for kids Easter baskets, and gift cards for adult prize giveaways. Easy to help. Visit the lobby at the Walled Lake campus and check out the display with colorful eggs attached. Take an egg or two. Follow the easy instructions and return the items by Sunday, March 18th.

International Ministry is looking to hire the International Ministry Assistant Position. This is the position formerly held by Dawn Kirk. In the interim we have been blessed to have Nora Meyer on staff and Corleen Moldenhauer filling in as lesson writer. If you feel that God is leading you to apply for this position, please check out the information available at the Welcome Centers at both campuses. Please contact Rebecca Masters if you have any questions.

Lutheran High School Westland cordially invites you to attend our annual “SPRING CELEBRATION” ARTS & CRAFT SHOW to be held on Saturday, March 3rd, from 9am-4pm at Lutheran High Westland, 33300 Cowan Rd., just ½ mile east of the Westland Shopping Center.  The show features more than 100 artisans presenting fine handcrafted items.  The show also includes a bake sale, face painting, hourly door prize drawings and the famous Maurice Salad, which is available for purchase along with other menu items.  Take a break from winter and think “Spring” as you peruse the many spring and summer themed

Join us on Friday evening, March 9th for a clean, family-friendly comedy night at Ward Church in Northville. (Special guest, Jeff Allen, is regarded as one of the premium "clean comedians" working today.) The event begins at 7:30pm (with doors open at 6:45). General admission: $15 per person, or 2 for $25. All proceeds will go to AWPC's programs benefiting moms, dads & their precious babies! Tickets available online at, or call AWPC at 248.939-5901. For more information, see the poster on the W.L.

Church Extension Fund, Michigan District

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
  • Feb.19-21 School winter break
  • Feb.21  6pm supper and 7pm worship 
  • Feb.24 9am-9pm Wixom Craft Day  NEW
  • Feb.24 School Regional DI Tournament  
  • Feb.28  6pm supper and 7pm worship
  • March 2  School Open House
  • March 4 5pm Missions Banquet NEW
  • March 7 6pm supper and 7pm worship: Christ in the Passover presentation by Steve Cohen of Apple of His Eye Ministry  
  • March 14 6pm supper and 7pm worship
  • March 21 6pm supper and 7pm worship
  • March 25  3pm Int'l Easter Celebration  
  • March 24  School State DI Tournament
  • March 25  Palm Sunday, regular worship schedule
  • March 29  Maundy Thursday  7pm Blended Worship with Communion 
  • March30  Good Friday
    • 1pm Worship with Communion
    • 7pm Worship with Communion at Wixom
    • 7pm Service of Darkness 
  • April 1  Easter: no Children’s Church, Kids Praise, Bible Adventure, Youth or adult Bible Classes
    • 8:15 (with Communion), 9:40, 11:15 am Festival Worship in main worship center
    • 9:30 (with Communion) & 11 am  Prayer & Praise in gym
    • 9 (with Communion) & 10:20  am  New Vintage at Wixom
  • April 2  no Monday worship
  • April 2-6 School spring break


Sunday, February 18, 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 Bible Adventure Room 304
9:40 AM Wired that Way Bible Study Room 303
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
10:20 AM NV Worship Wx-Main Worship Center
11:00 AM Bible Adventure Room 304
11:00 AM Prayer & Praise Worship Gymnasium
11:00 AM Wired that Way Room 303
7:00 PM High School Sunday Night Gathering Youth Room Basement
Monday, February 19, 2018
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
10:00 AM Women's Bible Study Room 304
10:30 AM Primetimers Room 305
7:00 PM Blended Worship Sanctuary
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
8:00 PM AA Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:30 PM Celebrate Recovery WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM Joyful Noise Handbells Sanctuary
8:00 PM Men's Floor Hockey Gymnasium
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:00 AM Men's Breakfast Bible Study
10:00 AM CR Women's Step Study Youth House
6:00 PM Lenten Dinner Room 304
7:00 PM Lenten Worship Sanctuary
Thursday, February 22, 2018
8:30 AM Women's Bible Study Hub
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
6:30 PM Apostle's Creed Conf. Class - Part 1 Room 303
7:00 PM Band Rehearsal Wx-Main Worship Center
7:00 PM Christian Citizenship Committee Meeting Room 305
7:00 PM Church Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
7:00 PM Personnel Committee Meeting Church Library
7:00 PM Women's Fitness Gymnasium - Fitness
7:45 PM Bridge Ministry Meeting Room 301
Friday, February 23, 2018
8:30 AM Women's Fitness Gymnasium
7:00 PM Prayer and Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:00 AM All Day Crafting Wx-Lobby
9:00 AM Prayer & Praise Rehearsal Gymnasium
9:30 AM Women's Fitness - OFFSITE


Thanks: For the fellowship of the Women’s Retreat; Otto and Jonna Sohn’s 64th wedding anniversary; Improved health for Darius, Cody, and a friend of Irene and Ed Basar; For peace in Billy’s life; For Erika Nichols new job 
Ministry: For God to guide the process of filling staff vacancies: International Ministry Assistant, Wixom Office Manager, Associate Pastor at Walled Lake, and the upcoming teacher/athletic director vacancy; For God to guide the budget process for the 2018-19 budget; Blessing on Celebrate Recovery
Friends and Family of St. Matthew: Brook and Seth Martin; Michael & Sheri Martin, child Madison; Nicholas and Alex Martin; Joseph & Carolyn Mason; Matthew & Julie Mason, child Liam; Philip & Rebecca Masters, children; Eva, Abigail
Mission: God’s work in the life of Rebeccca, Ely Webb, Samantha, Bladen, Cole, Taylor, Katie, Ross; For fruit to Justin Greer’s mission trip to Haiti
Government, Country and World: For our servicemen and women; Our aging labor force; Safety and blessing on Christianity at the Olympics; For immigrants and refugees to find a safe home and a loving welcome from the followers of Jesus; All those affected for the Florida high school schooting
Sick or Hospitalized: Duane and Marcella Hayes; Tom Gumkowski; Bonnie Wurst; Jared Tura; Kirk Vorsatz; Paula Store; Johnathan and Victoria Stuart; A grandfather, Bella, Kari, Janet, Kirk, Tim, Darius, Sandy, Kelly, someone with ALS, another with cancer; Ty’s dad Marv; A healthy pregnancy for Ashley, daughter of Mike and Kim Stanis; Emmanuel, grandfather of Elodie and Henry Breen; Ken, uncle of Bonnie Tura; A co-worker of Tiffany Rodgers; Barb, friend of Irene Basar; Friend of Jane Sprayberry; Father of a friend of Robert and Nicole Cross; Kari Gonzales
Other: Freedom from addiction for Jessica and Scott; Peace in a family; For a young man to find his calling; Strength of mind for Nancy and Stephen Williston; For a young woman to find the relationship God has selected for her; A sister facing a difficult divorce; Guidance for Dan and Tricia Kleinedler
Grief: For the family and friends of Tanner, Katelynn, and any who are grieving, including Roxanne Topham family


Sunday/Monday/Wednesday ( 825 )

08:15 am Blended 99
09:00 am New Vintage 63
09:40 am Blended 121
10:20 am New Vintage 61
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 132
07:00 pm Ash Wednesday WL 249
07:00 pm Ash Wednesday WX 72
07:00 pm Monday Night 28
Total 825



July 1, 2017 through February 12, 2018
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $1,219,762
Budget Year To Date Offerings $1,121,153
Year To Date  $98,609