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Worship Schedule for New Year's Weekend

New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31
  • 7pm - Worship with Communion

New Year's Day, Sunday, Jan. 1 & Monday, Jan. 2 - Regular Worship
  • No classes or staffed nursery
  • 8:45am - Blended worship. Also livestreamed
  • 11am - Prayer & Praise worship
  • 7pm Monday Night - Blended worship
  • 10am - Worship
Schedule of Upcoming Events
At the Walled Lake Campus unless otherwise indicated. 

  • Dec. 31, 7pm - New Year's Eve Worship with Communion at Walled Lake Campus
  • Jan. 1 & 2 - New Year's Day regular worship schedule (no classes or staffed nursery) (8:45 livestreamed)
  • Jan. 2 - Church Office closed
  • Jan. 8, 6:30pm - "The Chosen" showing resumes in Room 304
  • Jan. 15 - New Member Classes begin - sign up: st-matthew.org/membership
  • Jan. 22-28 - National Lutheran Schools Week
  • Jan. 29 - Winterfest (Wixom)
Want to Become a Member of St. Matthew? Our 4 week New Member class begins on Sunday, January 15, 6:00-7:30 pm in room 305 of the Walled Lake campus. Child care is provided upon request. To register, go to www.st-matthew.org/membership or call the church office at 248-624-7676 .
Ministry Highlights
UPDATE on Mission Trip to India - Needed! 1 or more missionaries to go to India February 12th for twelve days of mission work. The trip minimum is 10 people. We currently have 9. Several had to drop out for various reasons. Anybody interested should contact Clay Donnell 810-560-1485.
Monthly Messenger - We will once again have The Messenger available at worship. This new version of the Messenger will be published monthly (next issue will be in February) and will provide an overview of ministry at St. Matthew. Our primary means of communicating details of ministry will continue to be the eNews. The Monthly Messenger will be a short, "at-a-glance" overview of items in the eNews. It will provide information for guests about St. Matthew and will give members reminders of some of the "Next Steps" and upcoming calendar items that are in the eNews. If you have friends or neighbors that you want to invite to worship with us, we would like to encourage you to give them a current Monthly Messenger to introduce them to St. Matthew so they have an understanding of who we are before worshiping and connecting with us. Blessings on your Christmas holiday and the upcoming New Year!
Resuming January 8 at 6:30pm - "The Chosen", a dramatized series on the life of Christ and his disciples. Digging deeper into the backstories and context of the people and events of the gospels, The Chosen introduces you to people such as Simon Peter, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, Matthew, and of course, Jesus, in a way never seen before on film. Starting on Sunday, January 8, at 6:30PM, the Christian Citizenship Committee is going to sponsor showing the series on a weekly basis for approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half each week. The weekly events will be in Room 304 at the Walled Lake campus. We will show Season 3. If you have not watched Seasons 1 and 2, it is suggested that you go online to watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen to watch them before watching Season 3.  A short discussion of the episode for that week will occur after the viewing.
Offering Envelopes for 2023 are now available to pick up at both campuses. If you participate in online giving and no longer need your envelopes, please send Denise Fannon a note at denise.fannon@st-matthew.org. Thank you for your continued support of ministry at St. Matthew. Your giving allows us to serve in the Kingdom!
Pastoral Staffing and Interim Plans Following the holiday season, the leadership of St. Matthew will prayerfully discern a proposal regarding pastoral staffing. Ultimately this will go to the Congregational Assembly for action. In the interim, Pastor Galen Grulke will take on hospital visitation, in addition to his homebound visitation. He will also preach at the Walled Lake campus about once a month, supplemented by occasional video sermons. To see a full list of the interim staff assignments, please see this link 
Volunteers Needed for Coffee Hour at Walled Lake - We are looking for volunteers for the dates listed below. If these spots are not filled, coffee hour will be cancelled for that week. Please consider hosting one week. It's a wonderful chance to meet new faces and hang out with people you know! It is easy to do, approx 3 hours of your time! (Approx 8-11am) There is NO out of pocket expense to you! If interested, please contact Crystal Schwartz via text 248.820.0707 or email sweetboobooz@gmail.com All emails/texts will be returned in 24 hours. I will be happy to discuss everything with you then! Thank you! ~Crystal Dates needed:
  • 1/22/23
  • 2/5/23
  • 3/5/23
Volunteers Needed for Coffee Bar at Wixom Our Wixom campus is also looking for volunteers to help run our coffee bar on Sunday mornings for the following dates. If we do not find volunteers, we will not be able to have our coffee bar on these Sundays. We would love to have you help us out! Our coffee area is very much part of the fellowship time we have before and after service. Bev Brazelton does a great job of being welcoming and engaging while making coffee drinks. She would love to help train any new volunteers before you are able to serve. We would ask that volunteers be at church around 8:30 to help set-up on Sundays they are able to serve. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please email Anne.bolwerk@st-matthew.org for more information. 
  • 1/22/23
  • 1/29/23
  • 2/5/23
  • 2/12/23
  • 2/26/23
  • 3/5/23
Spreading "Son-Shine"Over Florida!
Last week, 115 students received a commemorative Turkey Trot T-shirts for raising over $50 during our 12th Annual St. Matthew Turkey Trot.

As of this date, $10,600 has been raised. Thrivent also matched our donation 50%, which allowed this total to evolved into $15,900.

We are so extremely grateful for your support, and we continue to pray these funds will be a blessing to many!

Read the newsletter HERE.
dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org | st-matthew.org/KidMin | Children's Facebook Page
Bible Adventure - Age 4-5th grade - Sundays
  • 9-9:45 a.m. Wixom Campus - Gathering Place A
  • 10-10:45 a.m. Walled Lake Campus - Room 304

Let's take an adventure through the Bible and lay the groundwork for what it means to be a Christian. What does the Bible say about who God is, how He sees us, where do we each fit into God's family, and how we live like Jesus? Our kids need that firm, foundational, Biblical understanding of core Christian concepts to build their own faith in Jesus. We'll also build on good spiritual habits of faith like prayer and personal time with God. Let's learn it and live it together!
Children's Church - During the Sermon - An opportunity for kids age 3-4th grade to join together and hear a message at their level on Sundays. Kids will head to their room at the beginning of the sermon and return to church when it is done. You get to hear your message and they have theirs!
Confirmation Parent Information if you have a child in grade seven or higher who has not started the confirmation process and would like to learn more about the faith development process as St. Matthew, please contact John Welte at john.welte@st-matthew.org

Middle and High School Bible Class Bible class will not meet on January 1. Class resumes on January 8 at 10am in the basement Youth Room.

Middle School Wild Wednesdays will not meet for the remainder of 2022. Wild Wednesday will return on January 4, 2023 from 7-8:30 PM in the Walled Lake campus gym.

High School Sunday Night Gathering will not meet on January 1. Sunday Night Gathering will resume on Sunday January 8 from 7-8:30 PM at the Walled Lake campus. 

High School Rite of Membership Process for those students who are completing their sophomore year or older who have not completed the traditional confirmation process will be April 22 and 23 at the Wixom Campus. More information is available by contacting John Welte.

Contact John Welte at john.welte@st-matthew.org to be added to his email list for Middle School and High School students.
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Ministry Groups
Bible Studies, Activity Groups, Small Groups & Serving
(See Sunday Schedule for Sunday Morning Classes)
SENIOR MINISTRY Bible Class - Mondays 10-11:30am
  • On Zoom
  • Mondays, 10:00-10:30am for fellowship and sharing, then 10:30-11:30 for Bible Study. We will be studying the "Gospel of John".
  • Contact: Lavern Kruse at lavern.kruse@gmail.com 248-756-0848 (call or text)
MEN OF GOD Support Group - Tuesdays 8-9pm
  • Wixom Campus
  • The Men of God Support Group is a Christ-Centered Ministry based on the words of Jesus Christ and the 12 steps of Recovery. This group is for Men who need a safe place to openly share any struggles they may be dealing with in life. The group will be meeting at the Wixom Campus every Tuesday night from 8:00-9:00pm. If you or anyone else is interested in the group or have any questions, please contact Ryan Main at MenofGod@st-matthew.org
  • Contact: Ryan Main at MenofGod@st-matthew.org
MEN'S Morning Bible Study - Wednesdays 6-7am
  • Walled Lake Campus Room 304 and on Zoom. Please enter through the Hub entrance.
  • Book of Corinthians
  • Contact: Lavern Kruse at lavern.kruse@gmail.com or 248-756-0848
MEN'S Floor Hockey - Tuesdays at 8pm
  • Walled Lake Campus Gym
  • Contact: Brian Rilett at 734-474-6573
ADULT Bible Study - Sundays at 7am
WOMEN'S Bible Study - Wednesdays at 7-8pm
  • New study will start in January.
  • Walled Lake Campus, Room 305
  • Contacts: Julie Lancaster and Dawn Rupe at dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org
WOMEN'S Bible Study - Tuesdays at 6:30pm
  • New study will start in January.
  • Wixom Campus
WOMEN'S Bible Study - Mondays at 10am
  • New study will start in January.
  • At Vicky Grocki's home
  • Contact: Vicky Grocki at tbearpicnic@msn.com or 248-421-4702 for all the details.
SMALL GROUPS - Looking for a Small Group? Visit st-matthew.org/SmallGroups for more information on joining a group, selecting one that fits you with the new group selector, or starting and registering your existing group. For any questions, contact churchoffice@st-matthew.org or call the Church Office at 248-624-7676.
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES - Where you can partner with us in ministry? Look through the digital sign up HERE to express interest in areas you would consider serving. You may also take the hard copy of this booklet and sign up form in worship.
Employment Opportunities
Click links or see details and application at
IMMEDIATE NEED for a Monday Morning Child Care Worker, supporting International Classes - We are in need of one more child care worker on Monday mornings for 2 babies. If there is anyone you know who could take that one slot, please let us know ASAP! Contact John Welte at john.welte@st-matthew.org.
After School Kids Care Supervisor (Monday - Friday; 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.) If you are interested, or know of anyone who may be interested, please contact the school office at 248-624-7677 or email Susan.Palka@st-matthew.org for more information.
Part Time Nursery Coordinator - Responsible for the day-to-day operation of our weekday International Nursery / Child Care and Sunday morning Nursery. From scheduling, working in the nursery, working with staff to make sure policies and procedures are current, and addressing staffing needs. For a detailed ministry description and application please contact John.Welte@st-matthew.org
Ministry Partners
Lutheran High Westland Upcoming Events (click links for more info)
  • WARRIOR OPEN HOUSE -Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 4:30-6:00pm
  • FUTURE WARRIOR FUN NIGHT - Friday, January 27, 2023, 6-7:30pm
  • HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST - Saturday, February 4, 2023,  9am-12pm
  • Registration: The first registration deadline:
  • If you’re ready to take the next step to becoming a Warrior, follow the link to apply now! Our registration fee is currently $150 and will remain that through January 31. At that time it will increase by $50 monthly, until it reaches $350. So be sure to take advantage of the cost savings of registering early!
  • Back by popular demand! We’re pleased to offer an early registration drawing again. If you complete your online registration by January 18, you will be entered in a drawing for one lucky family to have their registration fee applied as a credit toward tuition next year! A $150 credit in your account is a great way to begin the 2023/2024 school year!
  • https://www.lutheranwestland.com/apply
Lutheran High Northwest - The Crusaders of Lutheran Northwest wish you a blessed New Year! If your family is looking ahead to a high school decision, we hope you’ll join us for our OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, January 11! Prospective families with students at all grade levels are invited to learn more about us during this informative evening. Guided tours will cover the full range of the high school experience at Lutheran Northwest: Acclaimed academics, awesome athletics, amazing fine arts, active student life & leadership and, above all, a caring, Christ-centered family. Meet our administrative team, members of our faculty, and current students! Tours begin every 10 minutes from 6:30-7:30. (Plan an hour for the entire experience.) Visit our website at www.lutherannorthwest.com/events to pre-register. Questions? Call our Admissions Office at 248-852-6677.
Lutheran Special Education Ministries is looking for a part-time resource room teacher position at Concordia Lutheran School in Redford MI. Applicants must hold a current Illinois Teaching License and have a special education certification/endorsement. Interested applicants looking for more information or wishing to submit a resume are asked to contact Richard Schumacher at (734) 748-5253 or email him at rschumacher@luthsped.org
Another Way Pregnancy Center (Farmington Hills) is a great place to go for support, for women of any age who are pregnant, concerned, and searching for available options. And if you know of someone in that situation, please recommend AWPC to them! All services (including ultrasound) are confidential and free of charge. Call or text: 248.471-5858 / Or go to:  womanspregnancychoice.com 
  • For anyone interested in volunteering at AWPC, or helping the ministry in any way at all, go to:  awpcfriends.org OR call: 248.471-5858
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St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake & Wixom
2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390
48380 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393