The Messenger

Greetings to our guests! 

It is a privilege to have you join the people of St. Matthew in our time with God this weekend.  If you have questions about this or anything else, please stop by our Welcome Center.  Feel free to check out anything that might interest you in this Messenger or on our website:

From the Pastors:

  • Thanks to all who submitted suggestions for the summer sermon series, “Because You Asked...”  We received many more suggestions than we have dates.  Some suggestions will be incorporated in future sermons.  Here are the selections for the rest of this summer:
    • August 18- “Why God uses suffering to test and to teach?”
    • August 25- “Can one lose salvation?”  
    • September 1- “Is it okay for Christians to use marijuana?”
  • God moved St. Matthew in the fall of 2012 to embrace a so-called 20/20 Vision:

    By 2020 St. Matthew will be developing vibrant, missional Christ-followers in a post-Christian America

    St. Matthew’s Vision Leadership Team (President Matt Jerue, Ray Riggs, Jeff Whitaker, Mark Schafer, and the pastors) prayerfully set the following new 20/20 Strategic Priorities for this school year:

    • Developing vibrant, missional Christ-followers by:
      •    Begin discerning vision for future [replacing 20/20 Vision]
      •    Increase number of people who regularly do personal reflective Bible study and are in a small group or group Bible study  
      •    If approved, implement the Neighbors Café when the Wixom Pastor is in place.  
      •    Share the arts of spiritual conversations to coincide with a potential start of Neighbors Café, if approved.  
      •    Raise up Celebrate Recovery  
      •    Develop funding through the Foundation Ministry to provide partial funding for a full-time missionary with a goal of providing support to a missionary within three years
      •    Increase safety on our campuses
      •    NLSA for school and preschool
      •    fill staff vacancies
      •    Develop and implement summer children and youth ministry programs at both campuses  

      It is our fervent hope and prayer that God will powerfully work in and through us toward the fulfillment of that 20/20 Vision!

  • There will be a memorial service for Gladys Stimmel, mother of Sandy Ulmer on Saturday, August 31 at 11am at the Walled Lake campus, preceded by a 10am visitation.

  • There will be a memorial service for Irene Park on Saturday, September 14 at 11:30am at the Wixom campus, preceded by an 11am visitation. 

  • Wixom Fall Celebration, September 8 - The annual Wixom Fall Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 8.  Worship will be moved from 9am to 10am, from inside to outside, weather permitting.  A church picnic will be held after worship.  Members with last names A-M are asked to bring side dishes or salads. Members with last names N-Z are asked to bring desserts. There will be inflatables and the balloon lady for the children.  Volunteers for set up and clean up are asked to contact Bonnie Tura.

  • Neighbor’s Café Open Forums and Congregational Assembly Over the last four years, the Bridge Ministry has been working to create a ministry that (1) gets out into the community (2)  meets a basic need  of people in the community and (3) builds  a relationship with those people with the ultimate goal of sharing Jesus. Following a model that was very successful at Messiah Lutheran Church in Midland and aligns with our 20/20 Vision, the Bridge Ministry has developed and refined a proposal for a new ministry at St Matthews called Neighbors Café. This café would provide food, friendship, and support to anyone that visits. The Suspended Meals offered would provide meals to those who have a need for a no cost meal.  It is our hope that through this friendship, a relationship with Jesus can begin. You are invited to hear more about this at a one of the Open Forum meetings listed below:  

    • Wixom Campus | Sunday, September 15 | 10:20AM
    • Walled Lake Campus | Sunday, September 15 | 12:30PM
    • Walled Lake Campus | Wednesday, September 18 | 7PM
    • Then a special Congregational Assembly will be held on October 6 at 12:30 pm at Walled Lake to take action on the proposal, which will require a two-thirds favorable majority for approval.

It has been brought to our attention that the Federal Trade Commission is now alerting consumers to a nationwide scam in which hackers pose as church leaders, often asking for money or gift cards. Local churches have been affected by this scam. Please see this recent news report from WXYZ:

Looking for an opportunity to use your gifts and talents to serve in ministry? Check out the biggest needs listed below for International ministry. We offer over 20 different classes 5 days a week to reach out to our International friends in the area. Classes listed below don't fit your schedule or gift set? No problem, contact Jan Roth ( to find the best fit for you!

This Tuesday at Celebrate Recovery, Ryan will lead us in presenting the FORGIVENESS lesson in continuing work on Principle 6 and Step 8 and introducing Step 9. I think we all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it. “To err is human; to forgive is not company policy,” is one of many jokes about forgiveness, but forgiveness is not something we can take lightly in our recoveries because forgiveness is clearly God’s prescription for the broken. The inability to accept and offer forgiveness can block, stall or even destroy our recoveries.

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

Do you love working with children? Looking for an enjoyable way to earn some extra cash during school hours? Our Walled Lake Nursery might be your answer. We are looking to hire two part time Nursery Workers who will help to care for God’s littlest ones, weekdays throughout the school year. Hours are flexible to your schedule, but there will be an immediate need for workers on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Job description and applications are available at the Walled Lake Welcome Desk and at the Wixom front desk. Please contact Jocelyn Prewett with any questions or inquiries.

St. Matthew is reaching out with the love of Christ to make a difference in the lives of children across the world! We're sponsoring a team of six to run the 5K, Half-Marathon, and Marathon in Detroit this October with Team World Vision--provide safe, clean drinking water to the most vulnerable children in the world, helping them to live life in all its fullness. This month, we're asking YOU to consider making a donation to bring hope and healing to children, to families, and to communities.

October 10, 2019 - 9:00am

Senior Ministry is hosting a 1-day tour to Frankenmuth Michigan on October 10th.  The day will include a tour of the Historic St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and Museum, dinner at Zehnders, followed by your choice of shopping downtown Frankenmuth, or at Bronners Christmas store.  The bus leaves at 9:00 am and returns at 4:30 pm.  Cost per person is $45.00.  You can register at or in the lobby of either campus.  All ages and guests are welcome.

We are looking to welcome new Children's Ministry volunteers to our team! If you feel God calling you to share the love of Jesus with children, please contact Children’s Ministry by emailing:

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.

We are looking for some wonderful Welcome Center volunteers to provide a hospitable, welcoming presence for visitors during the school year, and at the same time, enhance the safe environment for our children and staff at Walled Lake Campus. Many of our guests during the weekday include parents of school children, our International Friends and their children who come for classes, and congregation members entering the building on church-related business. We currently have Friday shifts available - both morning and afternoon, as well as Tuesday afternoons.

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!

Bible Adventure will resume on September 8th, 2019 at the Walled Lake Campus and on September 15th at the Wixom 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.

BRING YOUR BACKPACK TO CHURCH for a special blessing. God's Works and Word are worth following. Come join us for a special blessing on - Sunday, August 25: WL 8:15am, 9:40am, and 11:00am - WX 9:00am. Also, Monday, August 26: WL 7:00pm. Excited to see your smiling faces and the backpacks you'll be carrying this year!

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.

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Detroit Lutheran Singers are seeking new members! Be part of a choir which demonstrates a high level of artistry and professionalism, performs a wide range of classical and sacred music, allows for travel opportunities, and has concert series in fall, Christmas, spring. Rehearsals are at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham Mondays 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. If interested in singing in the fall, please contact Norma Sander to schedule an audition at the first rehearsal on Monday, September 9. Email: Phone: (248) 895-0018

The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) Foundation, through a partnership with the Michigan Church Extension Fund (CEF), is seeking a faith-filled individual to serve as the CEF gift planning counselor, building upon the work and experience of Bill Burmeister. The ideal candidate will have exceptional people skills, strong financial acumen, be willing to travel, and demonstrate professional discretion and judgement when working with individuals sharing confidential information.

Michigan Right to Life is circulating a petition to outlaw dismemberment abortions in the state of Michigan except to save a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness or injury. On August 11th and 18th in Walled Lake and August 18th at Wixom, there will be someone from either the Christian Citizenship Committee or Right to Life Committee in the lobby at all of our services with a copy of this petition and more information on the issue. If you are interested in signing the petition to help outlaw a gruesome procedure, please stop by at those times.

Dates of Interest

Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):

  • August 26  First day of school; half day  
  • September 8  Wixom Celebration Sunday
  • September 13-15 High School Fall Retreat
  • September 15 Neighbors Café Open Forum: 10:20am at Wixom; 12:30pm at Walled Lake  
  • September 18 7pm Neighbors Café Open Forum at Walled Lake  
  • September 19  Senior Ministry Lunch and Games  NEW
  • September 22  Installation of New Called Staff and Recognition of Staff Anniversaries  
  • September 27-29 Middle School Fall Retreat
  • September 30 6:30-8pm  Medicare Seminar
  • October 4 School Progressive Dinner  
  • October 6 12:30pm  Special Congregational Assembly regarding Neighbors Café  
  • October 6  6:30pm  Modern Day Slavery-  Human Trafficking  
  • October 6 & 13  1-5pm High School Membership Process
  • October 10 9am-4:30pm  Senior Ministry Bus Tour to Frankenmuth
  • October 11 Teachers Conference  
  • October 23 6:30 pm Confirmation Banquet
  • October 26 Hearts & Hands Pumpkin Festival
  • October 26 Trunk or Treat
  • October 27 Rite of Confirmation


Missions: World Vision
Sunday, 18 August 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    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - Wixom    Wx-Gathering Place B
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 305
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study    Room 305
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering & Dairy Twist    Gymnasium
Monday, 19 August 2019        
7:00 PM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
8:00 PM    AA    Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, 20 August 2019        
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery    WX - Entire Facility
Wednesday, 21 August 2019        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study    
4:00 PM    MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT    Sanctuary
Thursday, 22 August 2019        
6:00 PM    World Vision Evening Run/Walk    Off Site
6:00 PM    World Vision Walk/Run (rain location)    Gymnasium
Friday, 23 August 2019        
7:00 PM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Saturday, 24 August 2019        
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Sunday, 25 August 2019        
All Day    Blessing of the Backpacks    
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    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
10:20 AM    Adult Bible Study - Wixom    Wx-Gathering Place B
11:00 AM    Adult Bible Study    Room 305
11:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Worship    Gymnasium
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study    Room 305


Thanks: For Todd’s new job; For the Herzog’s two foreign exchange students; For Paul’s successful medical procedure; For Logan Manning’s safe trip; Thanks to God for how he has blessed the efforts of the St. Matthew World Changers team in working to bring life and all its fullness to vulnerable children through the work of World Vision.
Ministry: Praise God for the upcoming 25th year of International Ministry; Blessings on Celebrate Recovery; 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 persecuted Christians in Kazakhstan
Homebound Member of the Week: Marge Warden
Mission: God’s work in the life of Maddy, Mathieu, Heather, Rick and Larry & their families; Preparation for the India mission team
Government, Country and World: For those serving as custodians
Sick or Hospitalized: Eric Booth; Brian Papez; Larry Rourke; Duane Hayes; Rich Dassow; Camden, Ray, Rebecca, Bill, Paula, Kimberly, Roy, Jeanie, Seth, Phil; Father of Ronda Coe; An Aunt and friend of Yolanda Bibbs; Alan, grandson of Lois Mehiay; Diane Archambeau; Daryl Clasen
Other: For safe travel for those on the road, Dave Williston; A blessed internship in Peru for Sydney; Freedom from addiction; Mental strength for Kathy, Nancy and Stephen; Guidance for a young woman A new job for Collin; Safety for the Burns’ nephew who is in combat training
Grief: For the family and friends of Matt Pesta’s uncle, Pastor Kieta’s daughter; Deloris Darling


Week of August 11

08:15 am Blended 113
09:00 am New Vintage 86
09:40 am Blended 152
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 129
07:00 pm Monday Night 32
Total 512