Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 45:1–7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10, Matthew 22:15–22
10/22 Deuteronomy 21:1-23 Matthew 16:1-12
10/23 Deuteronomy 24:10—25:10 Matthew 16:13-28
10/24 Deuteronomy 25:17—26:19 Matthew 17:1-13
10/25 Deuteronomy 27:1-26 Matthew 17:14-27
10/26 Deuteronomy 28:1-22 Matthew 18:1-20
10/27 Deuteronomy 29:1-29 Matthew 18:21-35
10/28 Deuteronomy 30:1-20 Matthew 19:1-15
Scripture Readings for next week
Revelations. 14:6–7, Romans 3:19–28, John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19
Loved and Sent
Loved and Sent is a preaching and small group series. We are spending the fall season mining the depths of two words: Loved and Sent. We are loved by God in Jesus and sent by God into the world. The book is by Jeff Cloeter. Copies of the book are available in the Narthex. Donations of $10 (marked “Loved and Sent” will help cover the costs of making this book available for free in the Narthex).
We encourage people to join a small group to study the book together and/or to commit as a family to engage in purposeful time of prayer and study.
October 22 – Introduction/Identity and Purpose
October 29 – Who is God? (Chapter 1) Reformation Sunday
November 5 – Who am I? (Chapter 2) All Saints’ Day
November 12 – What is God’s Purpose? (Chapter 3)
November 19 – What is My Purpose? (Chapter 4) Part 1 Love and Calling November 26 – What is My Purpose? (Chapter 4) Part 2 Go
Worship and Music
Those interested in singing for Reformation Sunday (Oct 29, both services) should meet for rehearsal in the sanctuary at 12:15 pm this Sunday (Oct 22). We are singing some new settings of Luther hymns, based on his German Mass. I hope to see you there!
Education Hour – 9:45-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade meets in the multi-purpose room downstairs beginning at 9:45 am.
Today in Sunday School
In Sunday School today, students learn the story of “Naaman and Elisha.” The Word of God spoken by the prophet was in and with the water of the Jordan to restore the flesh of Naaman. The Word of God spoken by the pastor is in and with the water of Baptism to cleanse us of our sin and restore us as children of the heavenly Father. Consider discussing, “What was Elisha’s unusual ‘prescription’ for Naaman’s condition? How have you been healed with water?”
We gather at 9:45 am in the Activity Center, which is the house east of the main church building. This class is for 7th-8th graders and youth confirmation students. We are currently working on building friendships through Biblical truth.
High School Study “Christians Under Construction”
Kathy Kless and Rene Tarleton lead this discussion and study for high school youth. We meet in Sunday school room #5 during the 9:45 am Education Hour. Take the opportunity to continue learning about Jesus and the Bible at Christians Under Construction. As a group, suggest topics to focus on and see how the Holy Spirit helps the Old and New Testament Bible stories take on meaning at different stages of your life!
Ancient History and the Bible
How does the ancient kingdom of Sumer connect to Noah and the Flood? Why did Jacob’s sons go to Egypt to escape a famine?
Understanding the Bible is easier when studied alongside the history and geography of the whole Middle East. Beginning October 8, at 9:45 am and continuing weekly, join Tim Hurst. Explore the story of life in biblical times using several reference texts.
Romans Bible Study
Pastor Gaertner starts a new class next week. Join him the Large Fellowship Hall for a study on the book of Romans. We will look at what God gives to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 am Divine Service. This week we will learn that “A Giant Staircase to Heaven” found in Genesis 11. 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, 7:30 am Sundays
‘As the church sings so it believes’ is an offer stated truth. This Bible study will focus on the scriptural basis for the hymns of Advent and Christmas. We will be using the book “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” by Tada, MacArthur and Wolgemuth. Today the discussion will focus on, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and next Sunday, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”
Monday Women’s Bible Study
On Monday, October 23, 11:00 am the Women’s Bible study will take on the character of a small group venturing into the book “Loved and Sent” which is the topic of Sunday morning messages. Join us tomorrow for the introduction to this exciting opportunity grow together as God’s people.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast and a thoughtful and challenging discussion on a video series, “A Man named Martin: The Movement.” This group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 am.
Bible Faith Milestone Event
Today, Sunday, October 22 from 4:30-6:00 pm there will be a Bible Faith Milestone Event for any 3rd and 4th grade students who have NOT participated in the Bible Faith Stepping Stones at St. Paul. This class is designed for a child and a parent or guardian. The second part of this event will be a Bible Faith Milestone Blessing on Sunday, October 29 at the service you normally attend. Families should plan on attending both events.
Welcoming Young Children to Worship Faith Milestone Event
Attention parents of 4 and 5 year-old children (not in kindergarten): We will be having a special Prayer Faith Milestone Event for you and your child on Sunday, November 12th during the Education Hour. Mark your calendar for this special event and the follow-up Worship Blessing on Sunday, November 19th (at the service you normally attend). This milestone event explores worship, the worship space, and is an invitation that “You are welcome here!”
4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group 2017-2018 Calendar of Events
October: Fall Clean-up Day (see below)
November: Laser Tag/Rollerama
December: Christmas Caroling with the Church
January or February (weather dependent): Sledding or Paint/Hide and Seek/Games
March: Sky Zone
April: Cook for Families
May: Mini Golf
June: Movie Theater
Other: Horseback riding, water park
We have started a group app for information about this group. Please let Miriam know if you would like to be added to the app. This would be a great way to stay up to date! firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 29 – Fall Workday
Join the 4th, 5th, 6th grade group, youth, and adults for a Fall Workday. Projects will include chipping a tree, raking leaves, bush trimming, and grounds clean up. We will meet at around 12:15 pm for lunch, then begin work. Bring your work clothes, rakes, and work gloves, and join us! Work is more fun when done in a group.
High School Students – “Tough Issues” Today we tackle the topic of “Homelessness” viewing the movie “Same Kind Of Different As Me.” We will gather right after the 11:00 am worship service- have lunch together, and travel together to the Goodrich Quality Theater in Ann Arbor. Bring $6.00 for the movie. We will return to St. Paul by 5:00 pm.
It’s that time of year again. Our annual Harvest Dinner will be served on Saturday November 11, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale starting Sunday, Oct. 22 between services. We hope everyone can come to enjoy an ALL–U-Can eat turkey dinner. Please bring family and friends! Ticket prices: 5 and under are free, 6-11 – $5.00 and 12 and over – 7:00. Any questions call Barb Wahls 734-878-9332.
Advent By Candlelight
If you would like to volunteer for Advent by Candlelight but could not attend the planning meeting, please contact us via email or call 810-355-1045 (Alice). This year Advent by Candlelight will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 4 pm.
Pantry needs are gravy, coffee, skillet meals and kidney beans
Please share with folks you know who may need some help with groceries. Our Open Shop days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1 – 4 pm. *Note that the pantry has expanded hours for the open shop days. No appointment is needed. Other appointments can be made through Love INC at 517-552-3620.
Gas Card/Utilities Fund
We need your help and support. We have had in the past a special fund through which we provided gas cards and utilities help to people in need that were referred to us by Love INC. This fund has been depleted. We are no longer able to answer the requests we receive from Love INC. Will you make a special donation to replenish this fund so that we can continue to help people in our community get to job interviews or doctor appoints or pay their utility bills? If you can help, write on the memo line of your check “Gas Card/Utilities Fund.”
In the Community
Lutheran High School Westland (LHWL) invites any interested seventh and eighth graders to its Future Warrior Day on Monday, November 6 at 9:00 am.
For more information or to register for Future Warrior Day, contact admissions coordinator Christi Gaertner at email@example.com or (810) 355-1600. If the student currently attends a Lutheran elementary school, then he or she should make arrangements to attend Future Warrior Day through the elementary school.
A Reformation Choral Festival
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Saint John Lutheran Church, 16339 E 14 Mile Rd, Frasier, MI 48026
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
Featuring the Michigan-Ohio Chorale and a mass choir from local LCMS congregations. Free—No tickets required