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 - Confident Christianity - Join us in Bible Study as we study trending topics and learn how to confidently process, articulate and defend Lutheran Christianity in a world full of different denominations and disbelief.
  • 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. 29 - Winterfest and Chili Cook-Off (Wixom)
  • Feb. 4 - "The Word Works: Building an Ethic Of Bible Reading" Conference
  • Feb. 5 - New Series: Habakkuk: Trusting God in Troubled Times
  • Feb. 5 - Commissioning of India Mission Team
  • Feb. 6 - Budget Suggestions Due
  • Feb. 11 - Preschool & Kindergarten Open House
  • Feb. 11 - "Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s" Seminar
  • Feb. 12-23 - India Eyeglass Mission Trip
  • Feb. 13-17 - School Priority Enrollment for Current Students and Members
  • Feb. 20-24 - School Winter Break
  • Feb. 22, 7pm - Lent Begins, Ash Wednesday Worship, both campuses, 6pm Dinner
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 7pm Lenten Worship, 6pm Dinner
  • March 12 - Pizza, Movie & Dessert Night (Wixom)
  • March 19 - International Easter Celebration
  • March 27-31 - School Spring Break
Ministry Highlights
THIS SUNDAY! Bring Your Sleds! - 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. We will also be having a chili cook-off where you can help judge the winner! We will still be having worship this Sunday, so please feel free to come at 10:00 to worship with us and stay for Winterfest after.
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 - India Mission Trip
  • Our 8th India Mission Team is preparing to journey to Dasuya, India on February 12th. Several of the team members are returning for a second, third, even sixth time! And others have felt the calling to go for the first time. Nine members from St. Matthew and one additional team member from Oklahoma will partner with Pastor Daniel, Everlasting Life Ministries, and MOST Ministries to meet the tangible needs of the people in Northern India through an eyeglass clinic, while allowing God to work through them and the local church members to meet their Spiritual needs.
  • St. Matthew has been partnering with Pastor Daniel Masih for about 12 years and we’ve had the privilege of witnessing an Acts-like ministry and watching God move in incredible ways in many provinces of India.
  • Please pray for Brian Bonkowski, Becky Bonkowski, Kathy Chrzanowski (team leader), Melinda Cummins, Clay Donnell, Sandy Gulick, Ray Riggs, Tracey Riggs, and Dee Tyler as they prepare for this mission!
  • If you would like to become an intentional prayer partner for the mission please email Karie Pranschke karie.azzopardi@gmail.com . Karie will be sending out very specific updates and prayer needs.
  • If you would like additional details on Pastor Daniel and the mission trip, please click HERE!
  • Please note, the church in India has asked that in order to protect the mission, that we keep information off of social media and the internet.
Preschool & Kindergarten Open House - Saturday, February 11, 9-10:30am - Cirque Amongus will be here to teach and lead children through a circuit of age-appropriate circus skills. Come join the circus and learn more about our exemplary school! Click HERE to sign up! Please share with family and friends!
“Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s” Informational Seminar - Saturday, February 11, 2023, 10-12pm (registration and continental breakfast starting at 9:30), Walled Lake Campus Room 304 (use east parking lot, enter at the Hub). Presented by: Haely Ordoyne, Certified Dementia Consultant. This is a free seminar that will provide valuable information to help Seniors and/or their families to better understand issues involved when a loved one is dealing with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Register by Feb. 8th by Emailing Lavern Kruse at lkruse926@gmail.com or text/call Lavern at 248-756-0848 . Sponsored by St. Matthew Senior Ministry.
LWML Meeting - Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm, Walled Lake Campus Room 304 - LWML will meet on Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm in room 304 at Walled Lake Campus. We need all women from BOTH campuses to join us! If you have ideas or samples of projects that you would like us to consider, please bring them!
NEW - 75 Years of Making Disciples…A St. Matthew Memory. In 75 years, many memories have been made! Christine Bodwell attended St. Matthew with friends for 12 years, says her sister Jan Recktenwald. “(Mrs. Zehnder) taught them about the love of Jesus by example! She loved them and they loved her! Many came to know the Lord in a personal way during that time. Christine continues to talk about those wonderful times even today! They enjoyed Sunday School class, fun parties and participating in the Christmas programs but most of all they just loved being in the church! What a wonderful church! Your generosity and love is still felt 30 years later! May God continue to use you in mighty ways! Thank you for your faithfulness. May God bless you! Jan Recktenwald, Christine Bodwell’s sister
Do you have a meaningful memory or story to share? We would love to hear it! Submit your stories to anniversary@st-matthew.org.
NEW - Wixom Office Manager - Position Open - Have you been considering a job change or starting back to work? Our Wixom Campus has a position open for a part time Office Manager, supporting our Hearts & Hands Child Development Center. For full details on the position, click HERE to read the ministry description. If you have questions or would like to apply, please reach out to Ronda Coe at ronda.coe@st-matthew.org or 248-624-9525. Download the employment application HERE if you're interested in becoming part of our St. Matthew team!
Budget Suggestions - Members are invited to give suggestions and ideas for what to include in the church’s 2023-24 budget by completing the “Budget Suggestion Form” that is located HERE or at the Welcome Center at both campuses. Please return your suggestions with your name and contact information to the Church Office by Monday, February 6. You can also email suggestions to our Church Accountant at Sue.Baglow@st-matthew.org.
NEW - The Bible App - Did you know that you can read or listen to the Bible on your phone or tablet or computer? YouVersion has an amazing and free Bible App that you can download so you can read or hear the Bible anytime and anywhere! If you are looking for a way to engage with the Word and grow closer to Jesus, download the app and see how it can help you in your daily walk with the Lord! Click HERE for the links to download the app today, or visit your app store and search for the YouVersion Bible App today! Let's start getting in the Word!
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!

"Personal reading through the Bible in a year is one of the best things we can do as followers of Christ."
~ Rev. David Davis, Michigan District President, First 100 Days Podcast Episode

We are looking forward to spending the day with you! Be sure to bring a friend! Check out these speakers and their topics:
If you haven't registered yet ... please do it now!

Cost (includes a box lunch and a free book):
  • $25 General Registration
  • $15 Students
  • Livestream is free, but you must register to receive the link.
  • Register HERE
Dates Added for April and May! - 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: 4/16/23, 4/30/23, 5/14/23
Our Students Have Beautiful Feet!
by Principal Sue Palka
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” 
Romans 10:5

We have a dear family friend who served as a fireman/paramedic and eventually was promoted to Assistant Chief of the West Bloomfield Fire Department. As a result of his profession, as well as his God given storytelling talents, he has the ability to tell some of the most amazing stories. Some of his stories are pretty comical and many have miraculous conclusions. However, there was one story that often comes to mind, especially when I am driving down Pontiac Trail.

The story occurred many years ago when our friend was serving as a paramedic. His squad was responding to a car accident that occurred on one of the winding parts of Pontiac Trail. A combination of treacherous road conditions and numerous curves in the road had caused a car to go off the pavement and flip over. When the squad arrived on the scene, their first sight was the bottom of the vehicle, and they were not even sure if the driver had survived. However, the driver, who was trapped upside-down inside the car, made a very profound statement once he was freed from the wreckage.... Read more HERE
National Lutheran Schools Week - Jan. 22-28 Take a look at our School Facebook page HERE to see the memories that were made throughout the week! Thank you for your support of education at St. Matthew! We humbly ask for your continued prayers!
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.

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.

High School Ohio Summer Mission Trip dates are July 9-15. Application forms are
available by emailing john.welte@st-mattthew.org and are due by April 30. Adults
interested in potentially serving as a chaperone should contact John.

College Age Ohio Summer Mission Trip dates are July 30-August 5. Registration
forms are available by emailing john.welte@st-matthew.org. space is first come first

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)
"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. On Sunday, January 22, the Christian Citizenship Committee will show Episode 4 of Season 3. We will continue showing episodes on Sunday evenings through February 19 in Room 304 at the Walled Lake campus. If you would like to watch past episodes, you can view them at watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen. A short discussion of the episode for that week will occur after the viewing.
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 29
  • For the leadership of St. Matthew
  • For persecuted Christians in country of the Brunei
Homebound Member of the Week:
  • Otto Sohn
  • For God’s blessings on the work of missionaries around the world
Government, Country and World:
  • For those affected by mass shootings
Sick or Hospitalized:
  • Patty Clark
  • Faini
  • For the family and friends of Caroline Snyder’s mother
Email Prayer Requests to prayer@st-matthew.org

Week of January 22, 2023
8:45am Blended: 219
10am New Vintage: 82
11am Prayer & Praise: 94
7pm Monday Blended: 28
Financial Stewardship

Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses
July 1, 2022 through January 23, 2023
Actual year to date Offerings: $1,137,361
Budget year to date Offerings: $1,077,458
Year to date variance: $59,903

Thank you for your support of ministry!
Employment Opportunities
Click links or see details and application at
Wixom Office Manager - See information in the section above.
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.
Ministry Partners
Lutheran High Westland Upcoming Events (click links for more info)
  • 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!
  • https://www.lutheranwestland.com/apply
Lutheran High Northwest -
  • 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!
Like pizza, movies, & fellowship? Enjoy laughing and celebrating life? Take a look at this!
  • Sun., March 12 - Pizza, Movie & Dessert Night at the Wixom Campus
  • Fri., April 14 - Laugh4Hope Comedy Night (to benefit AWPC), Ward Church, Northville
  • Tues., May 9 - RTL-Lifespan Celebration of Life Annual Banquet, Troy
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
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. Brochures are available in the St. Matthew Church Office. Please call, email or stop by for a brochure.
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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