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:
  • If you have questions about religion, you are invited to explore life in Jesus with us at St. Matthew!  Come check out the Christian world view, ask questions, and learn what Christians believe in the “Exploring Christianity” class, which will be offered on Sunday, November 3, from 2-5pm at the Walled Lake campus in room 305.  Child care is available upon request.  To register or for more information on this class, visit our web site or contact the church office at 248-624-7676.
  • For those who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus and become a member of St. Matthew, our four session Membership Class experience will be offered starting on Sunday, November 10, from 2-5pm at the Walled Lake campus in room 304.  To register or for more information on this class, visit our web site or contact the church office at 248-624-7676.

From the Pastors:

  • Staff Ministry Anniversaries will be recognized in worship on Sunday, September 22, and with a reception following worship Wixom and after the 9:40 am worship gathering at Walled Lake.  They include:
    • 5 years:
      • Gail Adams, Church Office and Communications Manager
      • Alicia Brown, Teacher
      • Kathy Kos, Head Cook
      • Susan McGhee, Nursery
    • 15 years
      • Bryan Davis, Building Operations Technician
      • Kelly Lacy, Hearts & Hands Aide
    • 20 years
      • Rebecca Masters, Director of International Ministry
      • Amy Weston, Teacher
    • 30 years
      • Laura Toman, Teacher
    • 35 years
      • Sue Palka, Principal
  • A special Congregational Assembly will be held on October 6 at 12:30 pm at Walled Lake to take action on the Neighbor’s Café proposal, which will require a two-thirds favorable majority for approval.  Copies of the proposal and the open forum handout are available at the welcome center.  A light lunch will be available.  Childcare will also be available, if requested a week prior.

This week at Celebrate Recovery is a very special testimony night! We will be treated to not one, not two, but three short testimonies of grace, healing and victory through Jesus at Celebrate Recovery. Three courageous members of our forever family will share about their recovery journeys, the brokenness that led them there, and the freedom from their hurts, habits and hang-ups as a result of leaning on the power of Jesus and working the principles and steps of recovery.

Do you love spending time with and nurturing young children?  St. Matthew is currently accepting applications for Infant and Preschool Caregivers at its Hearts & Hands Christian Child Center at the Wixom Campus. Part-time, Monday thru Friday. If interested, please contact Ronda Coe at 248.624.9525 or

October 6, 2019 - 6:30pm
  • Ever wondered about Human Trafficking?  How big a problem is it?  Where does it happen?  Does it really happen in Michigan?  How/where are the victims taken?  How do they get help? What can I do to help with this problem? Did you know that 8,759 cases of Human Trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2017?
  • Michigan ranked #10 in the US for trafficking according to FBI
  • Sex Trafficking was the most common form of human trafficking reported to the NHTH in 2017.
September 30, 2019 - 6:30pm

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On Monday, September 30th, 2019, at 6:30pm the Senior & Foundation Ministries of St. Matthew Lutheran Church are hosting a free seminar, open to the public, to help you understand the components of Medicare Parts A, B, C, D, Advantage Plans, Supplements Plans, deadlines and more.

The St. Matthew Board of Properties team is in need of a few volunteers to help around our campuses with electrical and plumbing projects, as well as volunteers to help mow our campuses.  No meetings required.  On an as-needed basis.  If you have these types of skill sets, please consider helping maintain/improve our campuses.

Our school library is looking for volunteers throughout the school year! Volunteer opportunities include:

1.  Shelve returned Library material.
2.  Process Library books to be added to the collection.
3.  Cover box top lids with shelf liner paper – to be used as backstops for the Library book shelves.
4.  Help with Library classes on Friday mornings from 8:45am until 11:45am.
5.  Label envelopes for scholastic book fair.
6.  Help with the Fall and/or Spring Book Fair.

Looking to help out on Sunday morning?  The St. Matthew Wixom Campus is looking for a few willing people to help out once a month to greet people as they arrive at church.  If you have you can smile and say Hi, you are hired! Please contact Denise at 248-624-7676 to be placed on the rotation.

Our Wixom Campus would love to have more Musicians and Sound Tech Volunteers! If you feel this might be a good fit for you and you are feeling called to serve in this way, please contact Steve Gauss at or call the Church Office.

Here are the upcoming Young Adults Events. Email for more info!

  • September: Park Day at Kensington, Games, Grill, ultimate frisbee, September 21, noon
  • October: Rock Climbing, October 23rd, time and location tbd
  • November: Thanksgiving Celebration, November 23rd, time and location tbd

Remember that we hold our weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 6pm in Room 305 of the Walled Lake Campus. Please join anytime!

Bible Adventure will begin on September 15th at the Wixom Campus and will also be held at the Walled Lake Campus. Come join us as we learn how to "Walk in Faith by Trusting God"!

Bible Adventure is for children ages 3 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 at the Wixom Campus class is held at 9:00 am, in Gathering Place A Room.

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.

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

  • St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is 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.
  • Middle and High School Bible Class at the Walled Lake campus Middle and High School Classes will be combined Sept 22 and 29 and meet in the basement Youth Room at 9:40.. At Wixom classes meet at 10:20.

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It’s not too late to register for the 21st Annual Lutheran Northwest Crusader Golf Outing! Support Lutheran Northwest and enjoy a great day of golf and fellowship on Saturday, October 5 at Westwynd Golf Club (4151 N. Adams Road in Oakland Township). Cost is $125/golfer and includes 18 holes of scramble golf with a cart; Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Putting contests; a Mulligan; a sleeve of golf balls; breakfast at registration; 2 free beverages; and a full dinner! Dinner-only tickets are $30.

See the Pro-Life section of the bulletin board outside the church office for how to obtain a pamphlet on "100 Things to Know When Dating", for $3 per copy. The pamplet provides suggested questions to help dating teens or single adults get to know someone better, from a Christian perspective.

As we are preparing to head into 2020, MOST Ministries is looking for volunteers to join us in completing exciting projects to help prepare our teams around the world.  If you, your church, or small group are looking for a place to volunteer, we would love for you to join us in our mission to “impact the world for Jesus Christ.”  To find out more about how to volunteer at our Mission Center in Ann Arbor, please go to or call Kelly Bone at 734-994-7909 ext 4.  We would love for you to join us!

Dates of Interest

•    Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
o    September 22  Installation of New Called Staff and Recognition of Staff Anniversaries  
o    September 27-29 Middle School Fall Retreat
o    September 30 6:30-8pm  Medicare Seminar
o    October 4 School Progressive Dinner  
o    October 6 12:30pm  Special Congregational Assembly regarding Neighbors Café  
o    October 6  6:30pm  Modern Day Slavery-  Human Trafficking  
o    October 6 & 13  1-5pm High School Membership Process
o    October 10 9am-4:30pm  Senior Ministry Bus Tour to Frankenmuth
o    October 11 Teachers Conference  
o    October 14-18  School Bookfair
o    October 23 6:30 pm Confirmation Banquet
o    October 26 Hearts & Hands Pumpkin Festival
o    October 26 Trunk or Treat
o    October 27 Rite of Confirmation
o    November 3 2-5pm Exploring Christianity Class  
o    November 8-18  India Mission Trip  
o    November 9 9:30am -12noon  Senior Living: Options and Resources
o    November 10  2-5pm New Member Class: Life Basics  
o    November 12 8:30am-1pm Circuit Pastor’s Conference  
o    November 17 & 24  2-5pm  New Member Classes: Life Together  


Sunday, 22 September 2019        
All Day     Teacher Installations and Staff Anniversaries    
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    Bible Adventure (Preschool - Grade 4)   Room 304
9:40 AM    Blended Worship  Sanctuary
9:40 AM    High School Bible Class (Grades 9-12)  Youth Room Basement
9:40 AM    Middle School Bible Classes (Grades 5-8) Youth House
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - Wixom   Wx-Gathering Place B
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study Room 305
11:00 AM    Bible Adventure (Preschool - Grade 4) Room 304
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship  Gymnasium
12:30 PM    Family Christmas Meeting  Church Library
1:30 PM    Confirmation - Sacraments/Baptism  Room 303
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study Room 305
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering  Gymnasium
Monday, 23 September 2019       
10:00 AM    Women's Bible Study Group   Room 304
10:30 AM    Senior Bible Study    Room 305
3:45 PM    All Staff Meeting      Sanctuary
4:00 PM    All Staff Meeting    Room 304
7:00 PM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
8:00 PM    AA    Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, 24 September 2019        
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery  WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM    Confirmation - Lord's Supper  Room 303
6:30 PM    Confirmation - Parent Session  Room 301
7:00 PM    Divorce Recovery Support Group  Room 305
8:00 PM    Men's Floor Hockey Gymnasium
Wednesday, 25 September 2019        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study    Offsite
5:30 PM    Step Study Bible Group  Youth House
6:00 PM    Personnel Committee Meeting       Room 301
6:00 PM    Small Group Bible Study Church Library
7:00 PM    Middle School Wild Wednesday  Gymnasium
Thursday, 26 September 2019        
7:00 PM    Church Choir Rehearsal    Sanctuary
Friday, 27 September 2019        
7:00 PM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal   Gymnasium
8:30 PM    Middle School Youth Fall Retreat  Off Site
Saturday, 28 September 2019        
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal   Gymnasium
Sunday, 29 September 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    Bible Adventure (Preschool - Grade 4)  Room 304
9:40 AM    Blended Worship   Sanctuary
9:40 AM    Middle School Bible Classes (Grades 5-8) Youth House
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - Wixom    Wx-Gathering Place B
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study  Room 305
11:00 AM    Bible Adventure (Preschool - Grade 4)    Room 304
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship   Gymnasium
12:30 PM    Wade Baptism Luncheon   Room 304
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study   Room 305
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering   Gymnasium


Thanks: For Terri Dunlop and Evan Findling’s health; For Terry and Sandy Zapfe’s 55th wedding anniversary
Ministry: For guidance for the Wixom Pastor Call Committee and the Call Committee for our Director of Children’s and Family Ministry in seeking qualified candidates; For the International ministry start for the school year; For persecuted Christians in the Russian Federation
Homebound Member of the Week: Jim Curry
Government, Country and World: For those negotiating the end of the GM strike
Sick or Hospitalized: Eric Booth; Morgan Dunlap; Carolyn Mason; Barb Schuler; Pastor Bill Merrell; George Caliaro; Bill Schlotta; Doreen, Karen, Hudson, Landon, Donna and newborn Aiden; All those fighting cancer; Parents of Jamie Millspaugh; Ken, brother of Bonnie Tura
Other: For Ed Dunlop’s promotion issue; Employment for Steven Dunlop
Grief: For the family and friends of Nancy Troyanek’s brother Ron, and Amy’s mother


Week of Sept. 15

08:15 am Blended 132
09:00 am New Vintage 87
09:40 am Blended 118
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 133
07:00 pm Monday Night 58
Total 528



July 1, 2019 through September 16, 2019
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $393,546
Budget Year To Date Offerings $399,332
Year To Date ($5,786)