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:  www.st-matthew.org
  • 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.

Trunk or Treat is just around the corner! We need your trunks and we need Volunteers! Click HERE now! We expect over 500 children and their families at our Walled Lake Campus on Oct. 26 and we are looking for more Trunk Hosts and Volunteers. Please take a moment to sign up, so we know how to plan. This has become a HUGE outreach event for us, reaching many in our community, including a large number of our International Friends. Help us to share the love of Jesus by creating a safe, fun, family friendly environment.

December 1, 2019 - 4:00pm

Join us for a time to sit back and take a deep breath for the beginning of this Advent Season. Learn about some very practical prayer tools and resources for personal devotional time, or to share with your family or classroom. What is the Visual Story of your Advent? Come and be blessed to Await the Wonder - in the Mess and Margins of our lives - as we journey to the Manger.

Altar flowers are being placed this week both in the Sanctuary and in the Gym in celebration of Gene and Laurie Bonadeo's 20th Wedding Anniversary. May God bless your marriage for many more years to come!

God's blessings on this day of new beginnings with the Baptism of Lewis Bradbury on Sunday, October, 20, 2019. The Baptism will be held at the Wixom Campus during the 9:00 am service. May God smile upon Lewis and may He surround him always with His wisdom and love.

This week at Celebrate Recovery, our very own Ryan will share his testimony with us. Ryan struggled with sexual integrity and the resulting shame it brought on him. Ryan made his first visit to Celebrate Recovery in March 2015 to hear a testimony. It was during that visit that God's power opened Ryan’s heart to his struggles and need for a Higher power to give him hope for a changed life.

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 Ronda.Coe@st-matthew.org.

If you are a parent (or soon to be) of a newborn or child under one, wouldn't you like to give your child a treasure that lasts for eternity? Our Family Life Team will be offering the opportunity to learn how to pass onto your precious one a legacy of faith. This is two hour class that will be held at our Walled Lake Campus on Friday, November 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm in room 303. Childcare is available, but your spot must be held by November 1st. Please note that at the end of this class you will also have the opportunity to purchase a Faith Chest for your child.

Orphan Sunday is November 10th! Come join us at the 9:40 or 11:00 bible study hour to learn about the blessing and calling of adoptive and foster parenting.

October 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Please bring your little ones (age 0-5) to our Pumpkin Festival at the Wixom Campus, October 26, 10am-12pm. Wear friendly costumes, and enjoy games, hand & face painting, jump house, gourd decorating and more! Siblings are welcome! We look foward to celebrating the season with you!

November 28, 2019 - 12:30pm

Everyone is welcome to attend our annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 28th, from 12:30-3:30 pm at our Wixom Campus! You will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, football on the big screen, crafts for the kids, and may even make some new friends.  RSVP is not required.  We are in need of volunteers to help with this event, the day before, the day off, and the day after and donations. Sign up HERE.

Last year we served over 300 people.  This is a wonderful opportunity to serve our community.

October 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

Does the description below fit you or someone you know? Arrange for a visit and check the class out. Jan Roth is happy to chat more about the class if you have questions.

Please join us for one of the upcoming Young Adults gatherings:

  • Sun., Oct. 20 at 5pm - Spicer's Orchard
  • Sat., Nov. 9 at 9am - Frankenmuth Trip
  • Sat., Nov. 23 at 3pm - YA Thanksgiving Dinner

For more information, please connect with Pastor Michael at michael.hansen@st-matthew.org.

Regular Young Adult Bible Study is every Sunday at the Walled Lake Campus starting at 6pm. Please join us anytime!

Calling all singers and actors! Join the Christmas Express Finding Joy in the Journey! It is that time once again to prepare for our Christmas Eve Musical! Join us on October 20, 2019 at 12:00pm in room 305; ALL children are invited. For further information please contact Janet Breeding - janetbreeding@gmail.com or Rebecca Sorter - rebecca.sorter@st-matthew.org

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 https://www.facebook.com/stmatthew.yg.7. 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 classes meet at 9:40. Middle School meets in the Youth House and High School Class meets in the basement Youth Room. At Wixom campus classes meet at 10:20.
  • St. Matthew Youth Group Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/stmatthew.yg.7. 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 classes meet at 9:40. Middle School meets in the Youth House and High School Class meets in the basement Youth Room. At Wixom campus classes meet at 10:20.

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The Detroit Lutheran Singers are presenting a concert of Hymns! Some all-time favorites and some soon-to-be favorites are on the list, plus a few interesting twists and turns, and tunes. This will be a most enjoyable way to spend about an hour and a half.  Take a break from raking leaves and join us.

Sat. October 19th 7:00 p.m. Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St., Milford,
Sun. October 20th  3:00 p.m. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 14175 Farmington Rd., Livonia

Do you know a 7th or 8th grader making plans for high school? Lutheran Northwest is hosting Future Crusader Day on Monday, October 28, from 9AM-12:30PM. Students will learn what it means to be a Crusader during an exciting morning jam-packed with activities, including devotions, fun breakout sessions, fellowship with current Lutheran Northwest students and potential future classmates, and a FREE pizza lunch! Parents are welcome to attend as well. We’ll have an information session just for you!

Experience a Drawn to the Word worship and artistic experience where Artist and Pastor Paul Oman will paint a larger-than-life sized mural before your eyes at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, South Lyon (24155 Griswold Road, South Lyon) during worship on Sunday, October 20, at 10 a.m.  This story will unfold artistically, musically, narratively and Scripturally during the event. A door offering will be received. www.paulomanfineart.com

Dates of Interest

•    Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
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  
o    Holiday schedule
          Nov.27  7pm  Thanksgiving Eve worship at Walled Lake campus
          Nov.28-29 School Thanksgiving Break
          Nov.28   Thanksgiving Feast at Wixom campus

Schedule

Sunday, 20 October 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    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
12:00 PM    Christmas Eve Musical Auditions    Room 305
3:00 PM    MS and HS Paintball Event    Wx-Outside Campus
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study    Room 305
7:00 PM    High School Sunday Night Gathering    Gymnasium
Monday, 21 October 2019       
10:00 AM    Visitation for Eric Booth    Narthex
10:00 AM    Women's Bible Study Group    Room 304
10:30 AM    Senior Bible Study    Room 305
11:00 AM    Funeral for Eric Booth    Sanctuary
7:00 PM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
8:00 PM    AA    Wx-Main Worship Center
Tuesday, 22 October 2019        
6:30 PM    Celebrate Recovery    WX - Entire Facility
6:30 PM    Handbell Rehearsal    Sanctuary
6:30 PM    Women's evening class     Cafeteria
7:00 PM    Divorce Recovery Support Group    Room 305
8:00 PM    Men's Floor Hockey    Gymnasium
Wednesday, 23 October 2019        
6:00 AM    Men's Breakfast Bible Study    
5:30 PM    Step Study Bible Group    Youth House
6:30 PM    Confirmation Banquet/Rehearsal    Room 304
Thursday, 24 October 2019        
8:30 AM    MOMS MORNING BIBLE STUDY    Hub
6:00 PM    Personnel Committee Meeting    Church Library
7:00 PM    Church Choir Rehearsal    Sanctuary
Friday, 25 October 2019        
All Day    Half Day of School - Professional Development    
7:00 PM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
Saturday, 26 October 2019        
All Day    Hearts & Hands Pumpkin Festival    WX - Entire Facility
9:00 AM    Prayer & Praise Rehearsal    Gymnasium
5:00 PM    Trunk or Treat    Entire Facility
Sunday, 27 October 2019        
8:15 AM    Blended Worship    Sanctuary
8:15 AM    Rite of Confirmation (All services)    
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
6:00 PM    Young Adult Bible Study    Room 305
7:00 PM    HS Bonfire @ Wixom    Wx-Outside Campus

Prayers

Thanks: For the baptism of Lewis Bradbury; for Gene and Laurie Bonadeo's 20th Wedding Anniversary
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 the Colombia
Homebound Member of the Week: Kathy Harrison
Mission: God’s work in the life of Linda, Leslie, William
Government, Country and World: For our nation
Sick or Hospitalized: Carolyn Mason; Braedon Breeding; Kalya Barduca; Peggy, Ken, Jim; Friend of Nancy Hall; Marty Wiberg's mother; Ethan Gonzales
Other: Protection for Billy in prison; Reconciliation between a mother and daughter
Grief: For the family and friends of Eric Booth

Attendance

Week of Oct. 13

08:15 am Blended 138
09:00 am New Vintage 86
09:40 am Blended 151
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 171
07:00 pm Monday Night 27
Total 573

 

Offerings

July 1, 2019 through October 14, 2019
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $525,478
Budget Year To Date Offerings $536,761
Year To Date ($11,283)