August 14 – August 21 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Jeremiah 23:16-29, Hebrews 11:17-31(32-40);12:1-3, Luke 12:49-53(54-56)

8/14      2 Samuel 1:1-27                  1 Corinthians 7:25-40
8/15      2 Samuel 5:1-25                  1 Corinthians 8:1-13
8/16      2 Samuel 6:1-19                  1 Corinthians 9:1-23
8/17      2 Samuel 7:1-17                  1 Corinthians 9:24–10:22
8/18      2 Samuel 7:18-29                1 Corinthians 10:23–11:16
8/19      2 Samuel 11:1-27                1 Corinthians 11:17-34
8/20      2 Samuel 12:1-25                1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Scripture Readings for next week
Isaiah 66:18-23, Hebrews 12:4-24 (25-29), Luke 13:22-30

Spiritual Oversight


Every Monday, until August 29, we offer worship services at 7:00 p.m. This evening worship service has been a wonderful option for people who go up north during the weekends in the summer. It has also been a nice option for people who enjoy an evening worship service. The service usually includes the same sermon from the Sunday morning services, and the liturgy follows the same pattern as our Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. service.

Today we welcome Britt Odemba, an LCMS career missionary in Kenya. Britt works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya as an educational consultant, helping them to expand their education programs.  It is our prayer that she will find her visit with us as much a blessing for her as it will be for us. Britt will make a five minute presentation during the collection of the offering and will also be the presenter at the Pastor’s Bible Study.

Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday
St. Paul Lutheran Church is a community of believers that are gathered by God’s Word. We believe that Sunday morning is a wonderful time to get together and study the Bible.

STUDY OPTIONS @ EDUCATION HOUR
Sunday School

Our Sunday School meets in the lower level and starts at 9:45am with a group opening. There is a spot for children in preschool through 6th grade.

Today the Sunday School the lesson is, “God Provides Manna and Quail,” God provided for the children of Israel. We can trust God to provide all that we need. Ask your children, “How does God provide for our physical needs today?” “Whom does God use to provide for our needs?”

Sunday School Teachers are needed this fall for Middle Elementary grades. Contact Mike Hausch (810)-923-8166 or Linda Gamble (810)-923-5790

Monday Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s study will meet tomorrow, Monday, August 15, 11:00 am. We will begin a Bible Study on Jude.

Join us during the Education Hour for one of our Adult Bible Study options

 Sundays Readings Bible Study
Every Sunday we hear three Bible readings in the Divine Service. These Bible readings reflect the current church calendar and usually serve as the basis for the sermon. This Bible study helps them come to life. This class meets in the main part of the Large Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Bible Study – According to Plan
During the Education Hour, Pastor leads this Sunday a study called “According to Plan.” This study shows God has a plan, a wonderful plan for the world and for its people. Come to this study and gain confidence in God’s plan for you!

Christian Education


Kids’ Connection
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 a.m. Divine Service. Students will learn how “Jonathan Warns David.” This is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:1-7; 20:1-42. Children leave for Kids’ Connection after the children’s message and return when the offering is received so that they may participate in a blessing at Holy Communion as well as the close of the worship service.

Fresh Brew Bible Study
This Bible study takes place on Sunday morning at 7:30am. It is called Fresh Brew because this group of people gets to drink from the first brewed cup of coffee on Sunday morning. We are currently doing a Bible study on “The Singer” by Calvin Miller.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, it is time for you to join together with your brothers in Christ to study God’s Word and enjoy a healthy breakfast. This group meets on Saturday at 8:30am. The new study is titled “We the Church.”

Youth Confirmation Schedule
Our youth confirmation program starts a new year this August. This program is designed for youth entering 7th grade and older.

“Life Together” Small Groups
St. Paul Lutheran Church will begin to offer small groups this fall. We will have a training session for those interested in being small group hosts/leaders on August 25 at 7pm and August 28 at 12:15pm. We will spend September recruiting people into groups. October 16-December 4 the small groups will be encouraged to meet around a common theme. Following this fall session, the small groups will be invited to keep meeting throughout the year. We will then plan to have another congregation wide focus on small groups in the fall of 2017.

Bible Sale!
The 2016 Concordia House bible sale is happening now. All the study bibles are on sale including the Limited Reformation Anniversary Editions and the new Journal Edition of the study bible. Order form is on the bulletin board.

Youth


Tough Issues” We will meet today, August 14. This week we will return to a discussion of the challenging issues of our day.

Compassionate Care


Pantry News
“Feed my lambs; feed my sheep”. John 21:17
Through your pantry, we carry out Jesus reply to his disciples. We continue to be a part of Love INC and greet clients referred by them on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s. We open our doors to folks from the senior centers and members and friends of both St. Paul and St. Stephens on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of each month from 1-4 pm. No appointment is needed on the open door days.
Please continue to support us by donating items. Would you consider purchasing crackers, mayo or whipped topping or jelly when you shop? Place these items in the cart near the pantry cart by the east entrance. We no longer need egg cartons at this time.
Perhaps you know of someone who could use assistance with food, utilities, clothing, gas vouchers, heating wood and other services. Have them call Love INC at 517-553-3620 to set an appointment. If you know of someone who could use help with groceries from out pantry, please visit on the 1st and 3rd Weds from 1-4 pm. If there is an emergency, please call Ellen Johnson

St. Paul Community Garden
God’s Garden Goodness:  Get your canning jars and equipment ready! The garden that has provided such incredible bounty already this summer is about to explode with tomatoes. Stop in the kitchen during the week or at the produce table in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday and take as much of the produce as you can use. And of course, you can always help yourself to what you find in the garden. The Tuesday and Saturday morning gardeners can also use your help. Come for an hour and see how much can be accomplished.

Love Knots, the St Paul Knitting and Crochet Group, will meet Monday, September 12, at 12:30 pm in the small fellowship hall.  We are continuing to knit/crochet 8”x8” squares out of worsted weight yarn which will be crocheted together for blankets for homeless women and children.  Also needed are knitted or crocheted hats for homeless school-age children in Washtenaw County.  For additional information, please contact Mary Brandau, marybrandau@gmail.com.

 

Fellowship


The St. Paul Fall Festival…
…will again include free carnival games for kids this year. Christi Gaertner is looking for donations of gently used stuffed animals to be given away as prizes. Animals should have no tears or stains, should be smaller than a bread box, and should not have a holiday theme. Stuffed animals should be dropped off in the church office or given directly to Christi by September 4. Contact her at (810) 355-1600 or christigaertner@gmail.com with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunity
Folding Helpers
We are in need of volunteers to help fold the bulletins and newsletters. This is a good stewardship opportunity. Please contact the office. The bulletins are folded on Friday morning. The timing of when the newsletters are folded is dependent on when they are printed and ready to get mailed. 1 Peter 4:10-11 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

In Our Community


Camp Liberty’s Open House and the Darlene Soave Lodge Dedication
August 20, 2016, 10 am – 3 pm. Camp Liberty 7044 Kappler Drive, Brooklyn, MI  49320. You are cordially invited to attend Camp Liberty’s Open House and the Darlene Soave Lodge Dedication.  This event will be for the entire family, with booths and displays to interest both adults and children. Tour the facility.  We will have a delicious BBQ lunch, followed by the dedication. If you are planning to attend, please let us know your name and how many guests will be attending with you. We want to ensure that we have enough food and beverages for your visit. We look forward to seeing you there. To RSVP please contact the office and we can email you the link

The Failure of Sex Education in the Church: Mistaken Identity, Compromised Purity   Sunday, September 18th 3:00 pm
Manhood, womanhood, gender identity, same-sex marriage, abortion, living together before marriage… these are all issues which confront the Christian in today’s culture. What insight does Scripture bring to these issues? Who does God say that I am? What does this mean?
Questions and Answers for Christian Dialogue with Linda Bartlett (Author, past president of National Lutherans For Life)
Each of the locations will include a panel of local pastors. See insert for more details and locations



Witness, Mercy, Life Together

In Christ, for the Church and the World

These phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in our congregations, communities, and throughout the world. These phrases describe the emphasis of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.