WORSHIP and MINISTRY Updates

April 1, 2020 Updates

APRIL 1, 2020 WEDNESDAY WORSHIP - 7:00pm Online only

  • Tune In to Worship!:
    • Zoom Live: Tune in Wednesday starting at 7:00pm:  https://zoom.us/j/952676069 or
    • Phone-in Live: 1-877-853-5257 with webinar ID code 952 676 069
    • Facebook Live: We plan to broadcast the Zoom Live onto Facebook Live. It has been a bit unreliable, but we pray it will work!
    • Chat will be available 10 minutes prior to and 10 minutes after worship. Please chat among yourselves and enjoy a little virtual fellowship!
    • Recording will be available on the St. Matthew YouTube channel or on our website Sermon page. The YouTube link will be posted on our Facebook page.
  • Other Info:
    • Prayer requests: Please send to prayer@st-matthew.org
    • Giving: If you are able, please continue to support ministry through online giving (one time or recurring) at www.st-matthew.org/give or by mailing your check.
    • Sign Up for our regular emails at www.st-matthew.org/SignUp . Be sure to add churchoffice@st-matthew.org to your contacts so our emails do not go into Spam.
    • Contact Updates: We want to stay connected with you. Please email updates@st-matthew.org with phone, email or address changes.
    • General Communications may be sent to hello@st-matthew.org or leave a message at 248-624-7676. Email is best!
    • Future Online Worship Services are being planned, including regular Wednesday Lenten, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Please watch for that information!
  • Resources:
    • NEW! Portals of Prayer Digital Versions are available for personal purchase from the CPH website HERE.
    • RightNowMedia is a great resource for video Bible Studies! Sign up FREE through our website www.st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia
    • Lutheran Hour Ministries has daily radio broadcasts, podcasts, devotions, and many other resources! See everything at www.lhm.org
    • Facebook : Watch and Like our Facebook pages (ChurchSchool and Children's Ministry) for worship, devotions, inspiration, updates and resources. Please share with others who need to hear God's love!

March 28 Updates

MARCH 29, 2020 SUNDAY WORSHIP - 9:30AM Online only

  • Tune In to Worship!:
    • Zoom Live: Tune in Sunday starting at 9:30am: https://zoom.us/j/799892892 or
    • Phone-in Live: 1-877-853-5257 with webinar ID code 799-892-892
    • Chat will be available 10 minutes prior to and 10 minutes after worship. Please chat among yourselves and enjoy a little virtual fellowship!
    • Recording will be available on the St. Matthew YouTube channel or on our website Sermon page. The YouTube link will be posted on our Facebook page.
  • Other Info:
    • Prayer requests: Please send to prayer@st-matthew.org
    • Giving: If you are able, please continue to support ministry through online giving (one time or recurring) at www.st-matthew.org/give or by mailing your check.
    • Sign Up for our regular emails at www.st-matthew.org/SignUp . Be sure to add churchoffice@st-matthew.org to your contacts so our emails do not go into Spam.
    • Contact Updates: We want to stay connected with you. Please email updates@st-matthew.org with phone, email or address changes.
    • General Communications may be sent to hello@st-matthew.org or leave a message at 248-624-7676. Email is best!
    • Future Online Worship Services are being planned, including regular Wednesday Lenten, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Please watch for that information!
  • Resources:
    • RightNowMedia is a great resource for video Bible Studies! Sign up FREE through our website www.st-matthew.org/RightNowMedia
    • Lutheran Hour Ministries has daily radio broadcasts, podcasts, devotions, and many other resources! See everything at www.lhm.org
    • Facebook : Watch and Like our Facebook pages (ChurchSchool and Children's Ministry) for worship, devotions, inspiration, updates and resources. Please share with others who need to hear God's love!

March 25 Updates (Buildings closed but ministry continues remotely!)

7pm WEDNESDAY WORSHIP DETAILS - Online only

March 23 Updates

Please NOTE, there is NO Monday Night Worship. Sunday recordings are on Zoom YouTube, and Facebook.

In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s March 23 Executive Order, the St. Matthew Walled Lake and Wixom buildings are closing down March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am, through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Essential functions of ministry will be done remotely, as much as possible. We have been working diligently in expectation of this possibility, and are well equipped to move ministry offsite. Ministry may look different, but rest assured, God is working through all of this, and our ministry will continue to do His work! We continue to pray for all of you as you are working through your own situations. God will get us through this! “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

Here are a few key points moving forward:

Walled Lake and Wixom Campus Buildings are Closed Until Start of Business April 14, 2020 - including Hearts & Hands, Day School, and International Ministry.

Worship and School will continue online. Sunday worship via Zoom worked well, and we are evaluating other improvements going forward. The proposed Drive-In Worship and Communion Service are cancelled at this time. Our website will maintain all the links to our telephone and online worship and other resources. Individual ministries are working out ways to continue remotely. Watch for future emails as well. 

Contacting St. Matthew - Please use the following methods to contact us.

  • Email (BEST): If you need to contact church or school personnel, please use email as a first means of contact. If you do not have direct emails, please send an email to churchoffice@st-matthew.org or hello@st-matthew.org and we will ensure you connect with the appropriate person or ministry.
  • Phones: Staff will check phone messages regularly, but email is still the best way to communicate, if you are able.

Staying Connected with St. Matthew

  • Website - our website will maintain the most up to date information. If there is a question about anything, please check www.st-matthew.org/updates first.
  • Constant Contact - We will continue to send out Constant Contact emails with necessary information. If you know of someone not receiving the emails, please have them sign up at www.st-matthew.org/SignUp Be sure to add churchoffice@st-matthew.org to your contacts so you continue to receive our emails, and so they do not go into the Spam folder!
  • Updates to your contact information for our database (email, phone, address, etc.) can be sent to updates@st-matthew.org
  • Prayer Requests - Please email prayer requests to prayer@st-matthew.org . We will pray for your needs!

Support for St. Matthew - Please continue your support of St. Matthew!

  • Prayers - Please continue to pray for St. Matthew and God’s kingdom during this time. We need your prayers! And we continue to pray for you. Send your requests to prayer@st-matthew.org
  • Giving - Please, if you are able, continue your financial support of ministry at St. Matthew. Your gifts are critical to our ministry, as we all pray for our King to be glorified and for His will to be done during this time. Setting up online giving is easy, whether for one-time gifts or for recurring giving www.st-matthew.org/give . Checks may still be mailed, but deposits may be delayed slightly, depending on mail and banking hours. Online giving is preferred, if possible. And remember, Thrivent is matching gifts as well - www.thrivent.com .

God is in Control! We are assured that God is in control and that we can rest in Him. - "I know that everything that God does will endure forever... God does it so that people will revere Him." Ecclesiastes 3:14

March 20 Updates - Lots of details - Please Read!

***March 22 Sunday Worship - 9:30am Tune in online only. No in-person worship.***

  • We will be LIVE in the following places.  All options are free. (Please note that we will not be on YouTube Live, but the recording will be posted there for watching later, from your computer, Smart TV, phone app, Chromecast, etc.)
    • ZOOM Video Webinar - accessible from computer or smartphone app. Downloading the app and setting it up ahead of time is helpful. This is a great free tool for you to use for personally connecting with loved ones! Encourage family and friends to use it and have remote family time! Click the link HERE
    • Facebook Live - from the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Facebook page HERE, tune in live! Please be sure to “Like” our page to see updates and stay connected.
    • Phone In Live - For those without internet access, please call from landline or cell. Call 1-877-853-5257 Use WEBINAR ID 799-892-892 (NOTE: this is a different ID than Wednesday. It will be the same for all future 9:30am Sunday services.) Share this option with your loved ones to help us stay connected!
  • We will post the RECORDING of Sunday’s worship in the following places:
    • YouTube - see our YouTube channel and subscribe to stay updated.
    • St. Matthew Website and Podcast - this may take a little time to format and get in place, but it will be available on our Sermon page for the day.
    • Zoom Recording
    • Facebook

Phone Calls from Elders

  • Our Elders are making phone calls to members who may not have an email address on file, to share the Phone-In option for worship. Email and our website are the best ways to stay up to date, so if you have an updated email, please share it with our Elders!

Prayers

  • Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org . We will pray for your needs during this difficult situation!
  • Call the Church Office 248-624-7676 . The office is currently open 9am-3p Monday - Friday. You may leave a message during non-business hours. 

Giving - Thank you for your support of ministry!

Staying Connected

  • eNews - Please help us stay connected. Anyone may sign up for our eNews HERE . Our website and emails are the best ways to stay connected right now. Please sign up!
  • If you need to update your information - email, address, phone, etc. with the Church Office, please send us an email to denise.fannon@st-matthew.org or updates@st-matthew.org . We would like to actively update our database to stay connected with you. Share the information with your Elders if they call!

Resources - please use and SHARE the following resources to stay connected to God and to each other!

  • RightNow Media - This FREE Bible Study resource is available to anyone! It’s our gift to you! Click HERE to sign up. It is an incredible resource for adults, teens and kids too! Please, if you haven’t checked it out, do so now!
  • Zoom - Staying connected to family and friends is so critical right now! It’s a tremendous tool that you can use, not only to connect with St. Matthew, but to connect with each other. Care for one another! Download the app or use it on your computer. Give it a try!
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries - Listen online or sign up for devotions. These are wonderful devotions, whether specifically for Lent or any other time of year. Please consider signing up!
  • Box Outside the Church Main Entrance - Both Campuses - We have placed a plastic bin outside the main entrance at both campuses with Portals of Prayer, encouraging resources and hard copies of our Ministry Updates, if anyone would like to stop by and pick anything up.

Ministry Status - As much as possible, all ministries are functioning remotely, online, etc. only. Events, activities, classes, etc. are suspended until further notice, in an effort to keep people safe and healthy.

  • Our Pastors and Minister of Worship are committed to keeping worship going and are working hard to keep God’s Word alive in people’s living rooms! Please be patient as we work through these efforts.
  • The Church Office is operating with a basic staff Monday - Friday 9am-3pm
  • School is up and running online! Teachers, kids and parents are doing great! Continue your prayers for this process! See Mrs. Palka's letter regarding the Michigan Department of Education's memorandum HERE.
  • Hearts & Hands is closed. Keep families and staff in prayer.
  • Children’s Ministry is connecting with children and families via email, Facebook, and in other ways. Please connect with childrensministry@st-matthew.org if you want to be included in those communications or if you have questions. Remember to check out the resources on RightNow Media. Facebook 
  • Youth Ministry - John Welte is sending his regular emails and texts with updates and trying to stay connected with his students from a distance. If you do not receive his messages please connect with him at john.welte@st-matthew.org or text him at 248-787-0049. RightNow Media has resources for teens as well.
  • International Ministry is connecting with their friends through email, Zoom, phone calls, and other tools, to keep the relationships going and help share God’s reassuring love as they are able to.
  • The new Scooter Track around the Preschool Playground, that has been in the works is finally a reality! Check it out when you come back on site.
  • Other Ministries are connecting with each other as well. Please connect with your Small Groups, Bible Study Groups, etc. and find ways to support each other!
  • As many of us are, we are looking at ways to connect people with offers to help with people in need. There are many offers for helping and suggestions right now, and we are thankful! We hope to work through those details soon. Please email anything regarding this to: connect@st-matthew.org !

March 19 Updates

Sunday worship will be ONLINE only at 9:30am via Zoom, YouTube, Facebook Live and Phone! No in-person worship. See the info below and check back for updates!

No meetings, activities, etc. onsite until further notice.

Church office hours are currently 9a-3p. The building is locked at all times now. If it is necessary to come to the church during business hours, please ring the buzzer!

Online giving is still greatly appreciated! www.st-matthew.org/donate You may mail or drop a check off during business hours. Thank you for your support of ministry!

Are you receiving our emails? Please sign up at www.st-matthew.org/SignUp

Video from Pastor Paul's worship last night is now online:

March 18 Updates

MARCH 18 MIDWEEK LENTEN WORSHIP - In Person Worship at the Walled Lake Campus is CANCELLED.

However you can Worship ONLINE March 18 at 7pm with us in one of three ways:

STAY CONNECTED - Thank you for your continued support of ministry! Please stay connected by subscribing to our eNews at www.st-matthew.org/SignUp

SUPPORT - For the continuation of financial support of St. Matthew see www.st-matthew.org/donate. Checks may also be mailed.

CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER Please take care of each other and let us know how we can pray for you.

March 17 Updates

PLEASE READ: Ministry Status as of March 17, 2020

This page will be updated as changes occur. Please check back for updates, including updates on worship.

As of March 17, 2020 Church Office hours are M-F 9am-3pm. We can always be contacted at churchoffice@st-matthew.org or 248-624-7676. Please be patient as we check messages and respond.

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www.st-matthew.org/updates