Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16, Romans 16:25–27, Luke 1:26–38
12/24 Isaiah 44:21-45:13, 20-25 Revelation 12:1-17
12/25 Isaiah 49:1-18 Matthew 1:1-17
12/26 Isaiah 49:22-26; 50:4-51:8, 12-16 Matthew 1:18-25
12/27 Isaiah 51:17-52:12 Matthew 2:1-12
12/28 Isaiah 52:13-54:10 Matthew 2:13-23
12/29 Isaiah 55:1-13 Luke 1:1-25
12/30 Isaiah 58:1-59:3, 1 4-21 Luke 1:26-38
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 61:10–62:3, Galatians 4:4–7, Luke 2:22–40
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade meets in the multi-purpose room downstairs beginning at 9:45 am. Middle school meets in the Activity Center. High School meets in Room 5 downstairs. Adult Bible studies meet in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Today in Sunday School
There will be NO regular Sunday school classes or Kids’ Connection TODAY. Classes will resume on a regular schedule on December 31
New Sunday School Program (preschool-grade 6) Beginning January 14
We will begin with an opening and introduction to the Bible story, like we have been doing. Following the opening, we will divide into three groups: Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, and Grades 3-6.
Students will explore VBS-type workshops to dive deep into Bible stories. Options include: Art, Bible Skills and Games, Computer Lab, Cooking, Creative Drama, Music, Science, and Video. Each Bible story will be studied for 3 weeks before moving on to the next story.
Holy Huddle (Middle School)
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.
Pastor Gaertner leads a study of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Ancient History and the Bible
Understanding the Bible is easier when studied alongside the history and geography of the whole Middle East. Join Tim Hurst, and explore the story of life in biblical times using several reference texts.
Fresh Brew Bible Study at 7:30 am Sundays
Join us at Fresh Brew for the first cup (fresh brew) of coffee and lively bible study 7:30 am Sundays.
God in the Real World:
A Bible study series of God at work in the lives of real people.
Mike Hausch at Fresh Brew and Pastor Gaertner at the Education Hour will teach the same study in January and February. The eight sessions in this study will connect the events of the Bible to our lives. Each session begins with an 8-minute video setting the stage of each Biblical event. The videos were filmed on location in Israel and Palestine by Rev. Dr. Zelt who has led many groups to Israel and Palestine. The study is designed to promote growth in three ways:
1) Understanding the events in their original context, 2) thinking through the concepts or truths that God reveals through those events, and 3) processing how these truths apply to our lives. This study will begin January 14. It be taught at Fresh Brew (Sunday at 7:30am) AND at Pastor’s Study during the Education Hour (9:45am-10:45am).
Monday Women’s Bible Study
On Mondays at 11:00 am we host a Women’s Bible study. We will not be meeting on December 25 or January 1. Plan to join us on January 8. Bible study is an enjoyable way to start each week.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast and a thoughtful and challenging discussion. The current discussion is focused on a video series, “A Man named Martin: The Movement.” This group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. We will not meet on Saturday, December 30.
Intergenerational Baptismal Remembrance Event on January 7
During the Education Hour on January 7, all ages will come together to remind ourselves that living in our baptisms is a lifelong journey. As part of this Faith Milestone, we will honor all of those who were baptized in 2017 with a short presentation and reception at the beginning of our time together. Following this presentation, we will reflect on baptism with a teaching and discussion time for all ages. Groups will have the opportunity to grow in faith through conversations centered around baptismal living. There will also be stations to explore/learn more about baptism, baptismal remembrance, and a baptism related craft.
Family Holiday Challenge – It’s not too late to join in the fun!
Take the Family Holiday Challenge! Have some faith conversations this Advent and Christmas season by using our challenge guide. Various “missions” will be completed that include faith conversations, family fun, and Advent/Christmas reflection. This is also a wonderful grandparent activity!
* The challenge started on December 1 and ends on January 6
* Two families will get a prize — a family with most missions completed and a family whose challenge guide is chosen through random selection.
The challenge is open to any family at St. Paul (all ages). Materials are available from Miriam Yakimow or in the narthex. The winners will be announced on the St. Paul Facebook page and via email. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday School Teacher Meeting
We will meet on Sunday, January 7, following the second service at 12:15 to review the new Sunday school curriculum. A light lunch will be provided.
4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group
Our January event will either be sledding (if we get enough snow) or a paint night and game night at church. Watch for details!
On Sunday, February 4, during the Education Hour, a new quarterly class will begin. We will explore teaching faith at home by looking at a Biblical foundation of teaching the faith, resources, and discussion. This class is designed to grow faith conversations in the home.
Coming up for our Youth
Attention Confirmation Students and parents!
The Winter Confirmation retreat is January 12-14, 2018, at Somerset Beach Campground. At this retreat we will cover Holy Baptism and “An Introduction to the Divine Service: Worshiping with Angels and Archangels.” This is an invitation to the St. Paul church family and especially the prayer Partners of our confirmands to keep these confirmands, their parents and their instructors in your prayers. A “What to Bring” list has been sent out through email.
LAC (Middle School Youth Group)
A trip to an Indoor Waterpark is our activity Saturday, January 20. We will meet at church at 10:30 am and return by 4:00pm. The cost is $20.00 and includes admission and lunch. We need to plan transportation so the sign-up deadline is Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 pm. Signup by contacting Mike Hausch (Mike@stpaulhamburg.com or 810-923-8166).
Senior High Youth Group
The Senior High students will go bowling, Sunday, January 21. We will meet and have lunch together after the 11:00 am worship service and then go bowling. The cost is $12, which includes lunch, 2 games of bowling, and shoe rental. The sign-up deadline is Friday, January 19, 5:00 pm. Signup by contacting Mike Hausch (Mike@stpaulhamburg.com or 810-923-8166).
Service Project/Servant Event trips for 2018.
We will have the opportunity to serve our neighbor with two events this summer.
Camp Restore: Detroit
This servant trip will take place July 8-14, 2018, in partnership with Camp Restore, Detroit, hosted at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan. Registration cost will be $50 total, with the remainder coming from the church budget and Thrivent Choice dollars. This event is open to the newly confirmed and students in high school and recent graduates.
Appalachia Habitat for Humanity Service Project
This servant trip will take place August 5-11. We travel to Robbins, Tennessee and partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing for families in need. Registration cost will be $50 total, the remainder will be through the church budget and Thrivent Choice dollars. This event is open to students who have completed the 9th – 12th grade. Registration materials for both of these events will be available in mid-January.
Bringing Hope to the Table
A partnership between Kroger, Gleaners and Daisy’s Food Pantry. How this works is: We will have two times. One on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00am – 6:00 pm and one Sunday, January 28, 12:00 NOON – 6:00 pm. We will greet people as they enter the Kroger store at Chilson Crossing and ask them to do some shopping for Daisy’s Food Pantry. As they leave the store we will gather the food they have purchased and return it to church. This event has become a major food source for our pantry and has allowed us to expand our services to the community. There are a variety of tasks. Volunteer sign up will be available beginning Sunday, January 7. We will need store greeters, food transportation and sorters back at church. Join us, with your help we can make a big difference.
Did Going to Houston Make a Difference? By Mike Hausch
Someone recently asked me, “Did traveling to Houston make a difference?” Let me answer that question by recapping the last hour of our work at Richard’s home. We had worked at his home for several days, the last day he was able to work with us. His house was flooded with approximately 6 feet of water. A major part of the water came with the release of water that was behind an earthen dam that was showing compromise.
We had a productive day of work moving several large items and removing cupboards and the drywall behind them that had been ruined. We had begun to pick up tools to leave and Pastor Gaertner suggested that we pray together before we left. He then prayed for Richard, his family and the reconstruction that would soon begin. At the conclusion of the prayer, Richard announced that he wasn’t a hugger but he just could not let us leave without giving each of us a hug, a very emotional hug. We continued picking up our tools and Richard asked us if we could gather in a circle again. He wanted to pray for us. His words of thankfulness and blessing were wonderful. Yes, it did make a difference. Special thanks to Salem Lutheran Church, Tomball, Texas and Trinity Klein Lutheran Church, Klein, Texas for making our partnership with Richard possible.
Great Man Day
Guardian Lutheran Church will be hosting on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 9:00 am. This day is designed to encourage you as a faithful man of God. Four sessions will be led by our guests for the day from Family of God, Detroit, Pastor Jim Hill and Vicar Tyler Cronkright. Lunch is included and served at 12:30pm. Dress is casual to accommodate gym/fellowship time. Guardian is located at 24544 Cherry Hill, Dearborn, MI 48124. Rsvp to PastorRamthun@guardianlutheran.org
You are encouraged to bring friends
Sign Volunteer Needed.
Ever go past other churches reading our marquee and think of a really good idea to put there? Now you have your chance to do so. Deb Taylor is stepping down after many, many years of service. We need someone to take her place. Incredibly creative is not necessary, just a love to serve the Lord in small ways. Contact Pastor Gaertner if interested.
Christmas Basket Thank You from the Compassionate Care Team
Our sincerest thanks to all of the volunteers that helped successfully deliver Christmas Baskets with food for the body and soul to 49 families in need in our community.
- Thank you to the volunteers who called all the families to assess their needs and share the good news of Jesus’ love.
- Thank You to all those who donated food and funds for the baskets.
- Thank You to all those who donated wrapped gifts for the children.
- Thank You to the generous person who donated handmade
- Thank you to the generous family that donated pies for all the families.
- Thank you to all those who volunteered to sort and pack food for the baskets.
- Thank you to all the volunteers behind the scenes helping to count items, update the bulletin, print maps, make boxes, coordinate all the Girl Scout elves, sign in volunteers, buy books and turkeys and enroll our event for funding as a Thrivent Action team.
- Thank you to all the drivers who delivered the baskets to families all across our community.
And special thanks also to members of our sister congregation, Trinity Lutheran in Pinckney, for their support of donated items and volunteer time.
Of course, all thanks be to our God who so awesomely blesses our church family that we can forward His blessings to others and continue to connect people to Jesus.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Mathew 25:40