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 - 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
Altar Flowers - This weekend flowers are placed in the Main Worship Center and in the Gym in celebration of Marv & Kathy Roehling's 58th Wedding Anniversary.
Schedule of Upcoming Events
At the Walled Lake Campus unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Jan. 15 - New Member Classes begin - sign up: st-matthew.org/membership
  • Jan. 22 - Lutheran Schools Sunday
  • Jan. 22-28 - National Lutheran Schools Week
  • Jan. 29 - Winterfest (Wixom)
  • Feb. 5 - New Series: Habakkuk
  • Feb. 5 - Commissioning of India Mission Team
  • 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 - Lenten Suppers - St. Matthew would like to offer light suppers before each of the Walled Lake campus Wednesday Lenten worship gatherings. To do that, we need volunteers to provide the meals. (Donations minus your expenses can be given to the ministry of your choice.) If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Pastor Paul at 248-624-7676 or pastorpaul@st-matthew.org
NEW - Come Enjoy the BEST Gift-Raising Party Ever! The St. Matthew 8th Grade D.I. Team is hosting a party to raise gifts for children aged preschool through teen. As part of their D.I. Challenge, the team is collecting gifts to help children in need who never get to experience having a birthday party of their own. After collecting these gifts, the team will then host a birthday party at St. Paul Pontiac and invite these children to receive your gifts. We hope you can join us and bring an unwrapped gift for someone in need! (DJ, Games, & Food included!)

When: January 22, 2023, 3PM - 6PM
Where: 2040 S. Commerce Rd. St. Matthew Lutheran School’s Gymnasium 
Hosted By: St. Matthew 8th Grade DI Team


You may also drop gifts off at the Walled Lake lobby displays any time until Jan. 26!
NEW - National Lutheran Schools Week - Jan. 22-28
  • National Lutheran Schools Week provides our network of more than 1,800 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in Lutheran schools. We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families.
  • National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve. Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ by teachers and students alike.
  • “Making Disciples for Life” is the theme for the 2023 National Lutheran Schools Week celebration. The associated scripture verse is Matthew 28:18-20 which says:
  • “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” Matthew 28:18-20
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.
NEW - Winterfest Chili Cook-Off - Do you make a great chili? We would love to have you participate in the return of the Winterfest Chili Cook-off! The Cook-off will take place after church on Sunday, January 29 at the Wixom Campus. If you wish to enter a chili, please sign-up at the Welcome Center or email anne.bolwerk@st-matthew.org. Signing up ahead of time is not required but it can help us plan for electrical needs. Please have your chili in a crock-pot at the Wixom Campus no later than 10:45 am (before church at 10:00 am is preferred). You do not have to bring a chili to participate; you can be a judge! Tasting and judging will begin shortly after the 10:00 worship service ends. Prizes will be awarded! 
NEW - Conference In Person and Online! The Word Works: Building an Ethic of Bible Reading, Saturday, February 4, 2023, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy, Lansing, MI, 48917. Free livestream also available!

Jesus rebuked the Sadducees saying, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

The power of God is in His Word: The Word Works.

Come join us for a day of instruction, conversation, and reflection that will enable you build an ethic of Bible reading.

  • What does it take to develop a habit of daily Bible reading?
  • How long would it take to read the whole Bible in a year? Is that a good idea?
  • What is the point of reading the Old Testament when there is a New Testament?
  • What tools and options are there?
  • What difference does thorough Bible reading make in our lives and our witness?

Friends, God works through His Word—Jesus, the Word made flesh, and the Word, the Bible, given for us to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. Can I capture your imagination? What kind of People of Hope would we be if together we gave ourselves over to reading through the entire Bible in 2023?

Let’s spend a day together and think about it!

-President Dave Davis, Michigan District LCMS

  • REGISTRATION Cost (includes a box lunch): $25 General Registration, $15 Students
  • Livestream is free, but you must register to receive the link.
  • Register HERE
"The Chosen" Series Showing Sundays at 6:30pm, Walled Lake Campus Room 304 - The Chosen is 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. The Christian Citizenship Committee is sponsoring showing the series on a weekly basis for approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half each week. 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.
Two Dates Still Open! - Volunteers Needed for Coffee Hour at Walled Lake - If these spots are not filled, coffee hour will be cancelled for that week. If interested, please contact Crystal Schwartz via text 248.820.0707 or email sweetboobooz@gmail.com Thank you! ~Crystal. Dates needed: 2/5/23, 3/5/23
Three Dates Still Open! - Volunteers Needed for Coffee Bar at Wixom  If we do not find volunteers, we will not be able to have our coffee bar on these Sundays. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please email Anne.bolwerk@st-matthew.org for more information. Dates open: 2/12/23, 2/26/23, 3/5/23
School Wide Outreach Project With Kids Coalition Food Packing Event, Monday January 23
by Principal Sue Palka

“Whatever you do for the least of these, you’ve done unto Me.” Matthew 25:40

At St. Matthew, one of the main priorities of our school is to nurture and cultivate young disciples to become the hands and feet of Jesus. It is such a joy to watch the Holy Spirit transform these young lives and use them for Kingdom work! 

On Monday, January 23rd, we have another opportunity for the Holy Spirit to use every Preschool 4 through Eighth grade student in a similar fashion to help children in need!
It is with great excitement that we can announce the official “Kick off” of our 2023 “Lutheran Schools Celebration Week” will begin by hosting a food packing event with “Kids Coalition Against Hunger”, a non-profit organization that is committed to feed hungry and starving children all around the world. KCAH is committed to feeding hungry and starving children in over 60 countries around the world. They make it extremely easy for volunteers to assemble nutritious food packets that only require boiling water to prepare.

Throughout our world, hunger and malnutrition are significant issues. Did you know that one in eight children around the world suffers from some type of malnutrition? Did you also know that volunteering for one hour to assemble food packets could help feed a hungry child for six months?
Working together with their designated Chapel buddy, each child will work a 45 minute shift to assemble food packets. However, we are in need of approx. ten parents to assist with set up, oversee, and clean up from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 23rd. If you are interested in helping, please click HERE to sign up.

Motivated by this year’s theme of “Love is Everything We Need”, we look forward to send hunger packing by sharing God’s love with those who are in need. 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. 

Middle School Movie and Pizza Night on Friday January 27. Join us in the Walled Lake basement youth room for 7-9 as we embark on epic quest with Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark (rated PG).

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 Euchre Tournament on Sunday January 29 from 7-8:30 PM at the Walled Lake campus basement Youth Room. Come join us for an evening of cards (don’t know how to play no problem we will teach you). Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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
  • 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.
WOMEN'S Bible Study - Mondays at 10am
Prayers - Week of January 15
  • Marv & Kathy Roehling's 58th Wedding Anniversary
  • For persecuted Christians in country of the Mexico
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Delores Kinne
  • Pray for Most Ministries and the India trip
  • For God’s work in the life of Jason
Government, Country and World:
  • For peace in our broken world
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Ron Jennings
  • Betty Williams
  • Thisvi Steiger
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org

Week of January 8, 2023
8:45am Blended: 201
10am New Vintage: 106
11am Prayer & Praise: 88
7pm Monday Blended: 30
Financial Stewardship

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2022 through January 9, 2023
Actual year to date Offerings: $1,082,985
Budget year to date Offerings: $1,013,310
Year to date variance: $69,675

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 - Israel Pilgrimage (2023) Would you like to go on a journey to Israel and haven’t made plans yet? Pastor Frank Graves is planning on taking a 10 day pilgrimage to Israel (Oct.10-19, 2023). He has journeyed there 8 times prior. Cost is $4992 (from Grand Rapids). The cost includes entrance into all sacred sites, lodging (at least 4 star plus), air and ground transportation, full breakfast and dinner (lunch is at your expense), and all tips, etc. If you have an interest, please contact him at: revbev65@hotmail.com or 616-929-2267. There is a $50.00 discount when you register before Feb. 10, 2023. Initial deposit is $500 and can be paid by credit card. He has complete trip details and itineraries available by the church office. We would love to have you experience the land where our Savior Jesus, grew up, ministered, suffered, died and rose again for us. The Bible comes alive in a special new way when you visit personally.
NEW - Organ Recital, Charles Russell, Sunday, January 22 ~ 4:00 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church, 17041 24 Mile Road, Macomb, MI 48042. Charles Russell serves at St. Peter Lutheran Church &
School, Macomb, MI, as Director of Traditional Music. The recital will include organ works by Mulet, Widor, Bruhns, Reger, Bach and Zimmermann. Free-will offering to support the Honduras Eyeglass Mission Trip being led by Pastor Mark Arendell of St. Peter. Checks should be made payable to “St. Peter Lutheran Church” with the memo line reading “Honduras Mission Trip.” If you have questions, please contact Charles Russell at crussell@splcs.net.
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 -
  • HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST - Saturday, January 21, from 9AM - Noon. This free test is strongly encouraged for all students considering Lutheran Northwest for Fall! It’s a very helpful tool as we work with you and your student to schedule 9th grade classes. If possible, please PRE-REGISTER for the test by emailing lutherannorthwest@lhsa.com.
  • We are hosting an 8TH GRADE INTRO NIGHT on Wednesday, January 25, at 7PM. This fun evening provides an official welcome to 8th graders already registered or considering Lutheran Northwest for next year. It will also provide helpful information to parents about the LHNW curriculum and scheduling options for 9th grade. Students who have taken our High School Placement Test will receive their test scores at this time. No pre-registration is required. Dessert is included as we celebrate with the newest members of our Crusader family!
  • If you haven’t yet applied and are ready to take that step, NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION FOR 2023! Our application fee is at its lowest ($150) through the end of January, but it will increase to $200 on February 1. The application is quick and easy and can be completed online here: www.lutherannorthwest.com/apply
  • If you have any questions or would like to arrange a family visit and/or student shadow day, please call our Admissions Director, Mary Gutenkunst, at 248-852-6677, or email mgutenkunst@lhsa.com. We’re happy to be a resource for your family as you prayerfully consider your high school options for next year!
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