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:

From the Pastors

  • Thanks to all who submitted suggestions for the summer sermon series, “Because You Asked...”  We received many more suggestions than we have dates.  Some suggestions will be incorporated in future sermons.  Here are the selections for the rest of this summer:
    • August 25- “Can one lose salvation?”  
    • September 1- “Is it okay for Christians to use marijuana?”
  • God moved St. Matthew in the fall of 2012 to embrace a so-called 20/20 Vision:
    • St. Matthew will be developing vibrant, missional Christ-followers in a post-Christian America
    • St. Matthew’s Vision Leadership Team (President Matt Jerue, Ray Riggs, Jeff Whitaker, Mark Schafer, and the pastors) prayerfully set the following new 20/20 Strategic Priorities for this school year:
      • Developing vibrant, missional Christ-followers by:
        • Begin discerning vision for future [replacing 20/20 Vision]
        • Increase number of people who regularly do personal reflective Bible study and are in a small group or group Bible study  
        • If approved, implement the Neighbors Café when the Wixom Pastor is in place.  
        • Share the arts of spiritual conversations to coincide with a potential start of Neighbors Café, if approved.  
        • Raise up Celebrate Recovery  
        • Develop funding through the Foundation Ministry to provide partial funding for a full-time missionary with a goal of providing support to a missionary within three years
        • Increase safety on our campuses
        • NLSA for school and preschool
        • fill staff vacancies
        • Develop and implement summer children and youth ministry programs at both campuses  
    • It is our fervent hope and prayer that God will powerfully work in and through us toward the fulfillment of that 20/20 Vision!
  • There will be a memorial service for Gladys Stimmel, mother of Sandy Ulmer on Saturday, August 31 at 11am at the Walled Lake campus, preceded by a 10am visitation.
  • There will be a memorial service for Irene Parker on Saturday, September 14 at 11:30am at the Wixom campus, preceded by an 11am visitation. 
  • Wixom Fall Celebration, September 8 - The annual Wixom Fall Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 8.  Worship will be moved from 9am to 10am, from inside to outside, weather permitting.  A church picnic will be held after worship.  Members with last names A-M are asked to bring side dishes or salads. Members with last names N-Z are asked to bring desserts. There will be inflatables and the balloon lady for the children.  Volunteers for set up and clean up are asked to contact Bonnie Tura.
  • Neighbor’s Café Open Forums and Congregational Assembly  Over the last four years, the Bridge Ministry has been working to create a ministry that (1) gets out into the community (2)  meets a basic need  of people in the community and (3) builds  a relationship with those people with the ultimate goal of sharing Jesus. Following a model that was very successful at Messiah Lutheran Church in Midland and aligns with our 20/20 Vision, the Bridge Ministry has developed and refined a proposal for a new ministry at St Matthews called Neighbors Café. This café would provide food, friendship, and support to anyone that visits. The Suspended Meals offered would provide meals to those who have a need for a no cost meal.  It is our hope that through this friendship, a relationship with Jesus can begin. You are invited to hear more about this at a one of the Open Forum meetings listed below:  
    • Wixom Campus | Sunday, September 15 | 10:20AM
    • Walled Lake Campus | Sunday, September 15 | 12:30PM
    • Walled Lake Campus | Wednesday, September 18 | 7PM
    • Then a special Congregational Assembly will be held on October 6 at 12:30 pm at Walled Lake to take action on the proposal, which will require a two-thirds favorable majority for approval.

Altar flowers are being placed this week in the Sanctuary in loving memory of David and Betty Bradbury. May God bless their family and friends as they remember them during this time of year.

Altar flowers are also be placed celebration of Baptism for Hendrik Neil Scherbarth (son of Jason and Kristen Scherbarth-Hart). May God bless Hendrick on this special day and may He continue to bless him for many years to come!

God's blessings on this day of new beginnings with the Baptisms of Charlotte Arya Maljak (daughter of Marc & Nicole Maljak) and Hendrik Neil Scherbarth (son of Jason and Kristen Scherbarth-Hart) on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Both Charlotte Arya and Hendrik Neil will be Baptized in a private Baptism at the Walled Lake Campus. May God smile upon Charlotte and Hendrik and may He surround them always with His wisdom and love.

This week at Celebrate Recovery will be a testimony night. Captive for years to sexual addiction, sexual abuse, codependency and issues with being an adult child of an alcoholic, Brian said and did all the right things to look good on the outside but was dying on the inside emotionally and spiritually. Please join us, and invite a friend, to hear about Brian’s leap of faith into celebrating recovery and renewed life through Jesus at Celebrate Recovery. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

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

We have an urgent need for Nursery workers, with immediate openings on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

It has been brought to our attention that the Federal Trade Commission is now alerting consumers to a nationwide scam in which hackers pose as church leaders, often asking for money or gift cards. Local churches have been affected by this scam. Please see this recent news report from WXYZ:

St. Matthew is reaching out with the love of Christ to make a difference in the lives of children across the world! We're sponsoring a team of six to run the 5K, Half-Marathon, and Marathon in Detroit this October with Team World Vision--provide safe, clean drinking water to the most vulnerable children in the world, helping them to live life in all its fullness. This month, we're asking YOU to consider making a donation to bring hope and healing to children, to families, and to communities.

October 10, 2019 - 9:00am

Senior Ministry is hosting a 1-day tour to Frankenmuth Michigan on October 10th.  The day will include a tour of the Historic St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and Museum, dinner at Zehnders, followed by your choice of shopping downtown Frankenmuth, or at Bronners Christmas store.  The bus leaves at 9:00 am and returns at 4:30 pm.  Cost per person is $45.00.  You can register at or in the lobby of either campus.  All ages and guests are welcome.

We are looking to welcome new Children's Ministry volunteers to our team! If you feel God calling you to share the love of Jesus with children, please contact Children’s Ministry by emailing:

Looking for an opportunity to use your gifts and talents to serve in ministry? Check out the biggest needs listed below for International ministry. We offer over 20 different classes 5 days a week to reach out to our International friends in the area. Classes listed below don't fit your schedule or gift set? No problem, contact Jan Roth ( to find the best fit for you!

The St. Matthew Board of Properties team is in need of a few volunteers to help around our campuses with electrical and plumbing projects, as well as volunteers to help mow our campuses.  No meetings required.  On an as-needed basis.  If you have these types of skill sets, please consider helping maintain/improve our campuses.

Our school library is looking for volunteers throughout the school year! Volunteer opportunities include:

1.  Shelve returned Library material.
2.  Process Library books to be added to the collection.
3.  Cover box top lids with shelf liner paper – to be used as backstops for the Library book shelves.
4.  Help with Library classes on Friday mornings from 8:45am until 11:45am.
5.  Label envelopes for scholastic book fair.
6.  Help with the Fall and/or Spring Book Fair.

We are looking for some wonderful Welcome Center volunteers to provide a hospitable, welcoming presence for visitors during the school year, and at the same time, enhance the safe environment for our children and staff at Walled Lake Campus. Many of our guests during the weekday include parents of school children, our International Friends and their children who come for classes, and congregation members entering the building on church-related business. We currently have Friday shifts available - both morning and afternoon, as well as Tuesday afternoons.

Our Wixom Campus would love to have more Musicians and Sound Tech Volunteers! If you feel this might be a good fit for you and you are feeling called to serve in this way, please contact Steve Gauss at or call the Church Office.

Here are the upcoming Young Adults Events. Email for more info!

Bible Adventure will resume on September 8th, 2019 at the Walled Lake Campus and on September 15th at the Wixom 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.

BRING YOUR BACKPACK TO CHURCH for a special blessing. God's Works and Word are worth following. Come join us for a special blessing on - Sunday, August 25: WL 8:15am, 9:40am, and 11:00am - WX 9:00am. Also, Monday, August 26: WL 7:00pm. Excited to see your smiling faces and the backpacks you'll be carrying this year!

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.

Confirmation Parent Orientation meetings for parents with a child entering seventh grade or higher who have not begun the confirmation process. Join us either Thursday August 29 or Tuesday September 3 at 7 PM at the Walled Lake campus. We will go over the process, registration, schedule, and answer questions. Can’t attend one of the meeting please contact John Welte.

Middle and High School Bible Class will resume on September 8

  • Confirmation Parent Orientation meetings for parents with a child entering seventh grade or higher who have not begun the confirmation process. Join us either Thursday August 29 or Tuesday September 3 at 7 PM at the Walled Lake campus. We will go over the process, registration, schedule, and answer questions. Can’t attend one of the meeting please contact John Welte.
  • Middle and High School Bible Class will resume on September 8

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Detroit Lutheran Singers are seeking new members! Be part of a choir which demonstrates a high level of artistry and professionalism, performs a wide range of classical and sacred music, allows for travel opportunities, and has concert series in fall, Christmas, spring. Rehearsals are at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham Mondays 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. If interested in singing in the fall, please contact Norma Sander to schedule an audition at the first rehearsal on Monday, September 9. Email: Phone: (248) 895-0018

The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) Foundation, through a partnership with the Michigan Church Extension Fund (CEF), is seeking a faith-filled individual to serve as the CEF gift planning counselor, building upon the work and experience of Bill Burmeister. The ideal candidate will have exceptional people skills, strong financial acumen, be willing to travel, and demonstrate professional discretion and judgement when working with individuals sharing confidential information.

Dates of Interest

•    Other upcoming dates of interest (at the Walled Lake campus, unless otherwise noted):
o    August 26  First day of school; half day  
o    September 8  Wixom Celebration Sunday
o    September 13-15 High School Fall Retreat
o    September 15 Neighbors Café Open Forum: 10:20am at Wixom; 12:30pm at Walled Lake  
o    September 18 12:30-3pm Senior Ministry Lunch & Games
o    September 18 7pm Neighbors Café Open Forum at Walled Lake  
o    September 19  Senior Ministry Lunch and Games  
o    September 22  Installation of New Called Staff and Recognition of Staff Anniversaries  
o    September 27-29 Middle School Fall Retreat
o    September 30 6:30-8pm  Medicare Seminar
o    October 4 School Progressive Dinner  
o    October 6 12:30pm  Special Congregational Assembly regarding Neighbors Café  
o    October 6  6:30pm  Modern Day Slavery-  Human Trafficking  
o    October 6 & 13  1-5pm High School Membership Process
o    October 10 9am-4:30pm  Senior Ministry Bus Tour to Frankenmuth
o    October 11 Teachers Conference  
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


Sunday, 25 August 2019    
Blessing of the Backpacks
8:15 AM  Blended Worship  Sanctuary
9:00 AM  Kids Praise
9:00 AM  Kid's Praise Nursery
9:00 AM  New Vintage Worship Service
9:40 AM  Adult Bible Study
9:40 AM  Blended Worship
10:20 AM  Adult Bible Study - Wixom
11:00 AM  Adult Bible Study
11:00 AM  Prayer & Praise Worship
6:00 PM   Young Adult Bible Study
Monday, 26 August 2019     
First Day of School - 1/2 Day
7:00 PM  Blended Worship
8:00 PM  AA
Tuesday, 27 August 2019     
First Full Day of School
6:30 PM   Celebrate Recovery
7:00 PM   Divorce Recovery Support Group
Wednesday, 28 August 2019    
6:00 AM  Men's Breakfast Bible Study
6:00 PM  Small Group Bible Study
7:00 PM  Middle School Wild Wednesday
Thursday, 29 August 2019    
1:30 PM  Sermon Video Recording
7:00 PM  Confirmation Parent Orientation
Friday, 30 August 2019    
No School - Labor Day Vacation
7:00 PM   Prayer & Praise Rehearsal
Saturday, 31 August 2019    
9:00 AM  Prayer & Praise Rehearsal
10:00 AM Gladys Stimmel Funeral
Sunday, 01 September 2019     
 8:15 AM  Blended Worship
9:00 AM   Kids Praise
9:00 AM   Kid's Praise Nursery
9:00 AM   New Vintage Worship Service
9:40 AM   Adult Bible Study
9:40 AM   Blended Worship
10:20 AM  Adult Bible Study - Wixom
11:00 AM  Adult Bible Study
11:00 AM  Prayer & Praise Worship
6:00 PM   Young Adult Bible Study


Ministry: 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 Morocco
Homebound Member of the Week: Bob Wurst
Mission: God’s work in the life of William; Healing for a church and its members who are struggling; International Ministry registration
Government, Country and World: For those serving as garbage collectors
Sick or Hospitalized: Eric Booth; Brian Papez; Rose Cawson; Larry Rourke; Camdin, Tommy, Landon, Donna, Eli, Hudson, Cynthia, Wyatt; Scott, brother-in-law of Marty Wiberg
Other: For a marriage that needs healing; The Yanosy’s job search

Grief: For the family and friends of Ronda Coe’s father. 


Week of August 18

08:15 am Blended 118
09:00 am New Vintage 87
09:40 am Blended 179
11:00 am Prayer & Praise 129
07:00 pm Monday Night 41
Total 551



July 1, 2019 through August 19, 2019
Walled Lake and Wixom Campuses

Actual Year To Date Offerings $266,479
Budget Year To Date Offerings $250,736
Year To Date $15,743