Weekend Worship
and Bible Study Schedule

  • 8:45am Blended Worship in Main Worship Center
  • Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday
  • Livestream available on YouTube HERE.

  • 10am Bible Study Hour
  • Adult Bible Study - Main Worship Center - NEW - Study of 1 Peter
  • Bible Adventure - Room 304 - age 4 through 5th Grade
  • MS & HS Youth Bible Class - Basement Youth Room
  • Coffee and Fellowship Hour - Hub

  • 11am Prayer & Praise Worship - Gym
  • Communion 2nd & 4th Sunday

  • 7pm Monday Night Worship
  • Communion 1st & 3rd Monday

  • Staffed Nursery - The staffed nursery is for children birth-preschool and is available for both services and during Bible class time.

  • 9am Bible Study Hour
  • Adult Bible Study
  • Wixom Bible Adventure - age 4 through 5th Grade
  • Coffee and Fellowship Hour

  • 10am Worship
  • Communion 2nd & 4th Sunday
Schedule of Upcoming Events
At the Walled Lake Campus unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Jan. 8 - New Series begins: "Things Jesus Never Said"
  • 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 - Lutheran School Sunday
  • Jan. 22-28 - National Lutheran Schools Week
  • Jan. 29 - Winterfest (Wixom)
  • Feb. 13-23 - India Eyeglass Mission Trip
  • Feb. 20-24 - School Winter Break
  • Feb. 22, 7pm - Lent Begins, Ash Wednesday worship at both campuses
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 7pm Lenten Worship
  • March 19 - International Easter Celebration
  • March 27-30 - School Spring Break
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
NEW - Announcing Baby Wellhousen! - Elijah William Wellhousen was born on Christmas Day just before 3:00pm weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. Elijah and Claire (and Pastor Austin) are doing well. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!
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.
NEW - Senior Ministry Event: Lunch and Games Day - Friday, January 13, 2023, 11:30am-3pm - Walled Lake Campus, Room 304. Last names beginning with: A-K bring dessert and L-Z bring side/salad. Bring a favorite game to play if desired. (Use East Parking Lot, Enter at the Hub.) Please pre-register: lkruse926@gmail.com or text/call Lavern at 248-756-0848.
NEW - Winterfest - Sunday, January 29, 11:30am-1:30pm - Wixom Campus - St. Matthew’s annual Winterfest will be held on Sunday, January 29 from 11:30-1:30 at the Wixom Campus. This annual event is a great way for St. Matthew and Hearts and Hands children to celebrate this Winter season! We will have a trail scavenger hunt, a bonfire with smores, hot dogs, hot cocoa, crafts, and games. If weather permits, please bring a sled as well for sledding and dress warm as this event will have activities outside. Another big thing about this year’s Winterfest is the return of the Chili Cook-off! Keep checking the e-news these coming weeks for more information on this event and the Chili Cook-off.
UPDATED - Two Dates Still Open! - 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:
  • 2/5/23
  • 3/5/23
UPDATED - Three Dates Still Open! - 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. 
  • 2/12/23
  • 2/26/23
  • 3/5/23
Monthly Messenger - Look for the new version of The Messenger when you come to 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. We hope this tool will help you stay connected with ministry at St. Matthew!
What do Jesus and the Beatles have in Common?
Both Want to Hold Your Hand... But Grab Jesus' first!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord.
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

There are people who have the ability to retell a story with such clarity and intensity that you emotionally connect with their words and feel as if you are reexperiencing their particular circumstance right along with them. Over Christmas break, I had the opportunity to reconnect with a group of friends, one in particular who has this gift. As we came to the topic of most frightening parenting moments, she had the ability to demonstrate her effective communication skills as she recounted her Disney World Christmas experience with us.

She began her story by vividly describing how crowded Disney World was during the Christmas season of the particular year that they visited, and how long it took to enter into each attraction. As her family tried to make it through the most magical place on earth, she kept emphasizing to her son, who was six-years-old at the time, how important it was for him to hold onto her hand and stay with her. Things were going along perfectly, until the moment arrived when he actually saw a life size Mickey Mouse greeting visitors in the distance. Overcome with enthusiasm and exuberant joy, her son dropped her hand and immediately raced through the crowd towards Mickey. Stunned by how quickly he disappeared, her reaction time could not catch up to his incredible pace, and he instantly vanished from her sight. Read more 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 meets from 10-10:45 AM in the Walled Lake campus Youth Room. 

Middle School Wild Wednesdays meets from 7-8:30 PM in the Walled Lake campus gym. Join us for crazy games, making new friends, snacks, and devotion. WW are for any student in grades 6-8 and are totally free. We look forward to seeing you there. 

High School Sunday Night Gathering meets from 7-8:30 PM at the Walled Lake campus. Our discussion topic will be “Promises” followed by time in the gym.

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
UPDATE - WOMEN'S Bible Study - Wednesdays at 7-8pm
  • Walled Lake Campus, Room 305
  • New Study Starting Jan. 11 - "Love Does" by Bob Goff. Ladies, join us as we dive deeper into love as God wants us to love with Bob Goff. He shares hilarious stories and incredible truths from God's Word about loving in this crazy world we live in. There's always an open chair for you, so please join us!
  • Contacts: Julie Lancaster and Dawn Rupe at dawn.rupe@st-matthew.org
WOMEN'S Bible Study - Tuesdays at 6:30pm
  • Wixom Campus
  • New study will start in January.
UPDATE - WOMEN'S Bible Study - Mondays at 10am
Prayers - Week of January 8
  • Owen's recovery
  • For persecuted Christians in country of the Turkey
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Janna Hoch
  • For a significant increase in witnessing by Christians in 2023
  • For God’s work in the life of Jason
Government, Country and World:
  • For peace in our broken world
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Ron Jennings
  • Mark Schmittling
  • Betty Williams
  • Baby Isaac
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24
1pm Family Service: 105
3pm Candlelight Service: 239
5pm Candlelight Service: 289
7pm Candlelight Service: 158
10pm Candlelight Service: 121
4pm Wixom Service: 68

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25
11am Walled Lake: 141
10am Wixom: 55

New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31
7pm Walled Lake: 35

Week of January 1, 2023
8:45am Blended: 126
10am New Vintage: 43
11am Prayer & Praise: 92
7pm Monday Blended: 20
Financial Stewardship

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2022 through January 3, 2023
Actual year to date Offerings: $1,045,290
Budget year to date Offerings: $986,972
Year to date variance: $58,318

Thank you for your support of ministry!
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
NEW - Michigan In Touch - Supplement is now available. Click HERE to read.
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.
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
Connect with Us
General Communications: hello@st-matthew.org / 248-624-7676
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Prayer Requests: prayer@st-matthew.org
Giving: st-matthew.org/give or mail your check
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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