Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 64:1–9, 1 Corinthians 1:3–9, Mark 11:1–10 or Mark 13:24–37
12/3 Isaiah 9:8-10:11 1 Peter 5:1-14
12/4 Isaiah 10:12-27a, 33-34 2 Peter 1:1-21
12/5 Isaiah 11:1-12:6 2 Peter 2:1-22
12/6 Isaiah 14:1-23 2 Peter 3:1-18
12/7 Isaiah 24:1-13 1 John 1:1-2:14
12/8 Isaiah 24:14-25:12 1 John 2:15-29
12/9 Isaiah 26:1-19 1 John 3:1-24
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 40:1–11, 2 Peter 3:8–14, Mark 1:1–8
Advent and Christmas Dates to Remember
Midweek Simple Supper at 6pm and Vespers at 7pm on December 6, 13, 20
Advent by Candlelight at 4pm-6:30pm on December 3
Children’s Program Rehearsal at 9:45am on December 9
Christmas Caroling at 2pm on December 10
Compassionate Care Christmas Baskets – Sorting on December 12 at 6:30pm, Packing on December 15 at 6:30pm, and Delivery at 9am on December 16
Children’s Christmas Program at 11am Divine Service on December 17
4th Sunday in Advent Sunday morning worship on December 24 at 10am
Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols with Candlelight on December 24 at 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm
Christmas Day Festival Service on December 25 at 10am
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
“God’s People Go Home” is the focus for this week’s Sunday School lesson. God used unbelieving kings to restore His exiled people to Jerusalem according to His will. God sent Jesus, the King of kings, to Jerusalem to restore His wayward people to Himself forever. As a family, discuss, “What preparations did the people need to make before they returned to Jerusalem? How can you prepare for worship each week?”
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.
Romans Bible Study
Join Pastor Gaertner in the Large Fellowship Hall for a study on the book of Romans. We look at what God gives to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11:00 am Divine Service. This week we will learn about how “God makes a way” found in Exodus 14-15. 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
This Bible study focuses on the scriptural basis for the hymns of Advent and Christmas. Today the discussion will focus on the hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Next week: “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
Monday Women’s Bible Study
On Monday at 11:00 am the Women’s Bible study will begin a new Bible study on the various Bible readings of the Christmas season. Join us tomorrow for this exciting opportunity grow together as God’s people. This month we will meet on Mondays, December 4, 11 and 18.
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.
Children’s Christmas Program Information
Children’s Christmas Program “From Heaven Above”
Rehearsals will take place from 9:45-10:00 am in the lower level. There will also be a rehearsal on Saturday, December 9 from 9:45-11:30 am. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Instrumental Ensemble for the Christmas Program
Youth who have played an instrument for one year and are in grades 7-12 are encouraged to join the ensemble. The group will perform two selections during the program. There will be one practice on Sunday, December 10, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please contact Chris Mowers to sign up or for more information at email@example.com
Girls’ Choral Ensemble for grades 6-12
Rehearsal will be Sunday mornings at 10:45 am until 10:55 am in the big room in the basement. If you would like to participate, please let her know in person, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text her at 810-355-1600.
Children’s Christmas Program “From Heaven Above”
Please join us for this year’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 17 at 11:00 am. Children will tell about Jesus’ birth with joyful hearts, songs, and readings. See you there! Special music, choral ensembles, and an instrumental ensemble will highlight the many gifts of the children and youth of St. Paul.
Family Holiday Challenge
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 great grandparent activity!
* The challenge starts 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 email@example.com for more information.
IMAC – 4th,5th, 6th Grade Youth
Our December activity for youth and their families will be Christmas Caroling with the congregation on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4 pm.
Please sign-up in the Small Fellowship Hall to bring a dish to share at the Simple Suppers throughout Advent.
In the Community
The Lutheran Choralaires
The annual Christmas Concert entitled “Arise, shine, for your light has come” will be held on Saturday, December 9, 4:00pm at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (1345 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207). For over 70 years the Lutheran Choralaires have celebrated the glorious birth of Jesus in song. Concert tickets are available for $12.50 ($6 for ages 12 and under). Tickets can be ordered by phone from Paul Kienman at (248) 890-4405. (Dan Ragle is a member of the Choralaires and can be reached at daniel@Biblestuph.com.)
Lutheran Hour Ministries have done a great job with their LHM Learn. They have individual, self-paced learning online courses that are designed to equip you to reach out with the love and Good news of Jesus Christ in your everyday lives. https://www.lhm.org/learn/
WORSHIP FOR SHUT-INS — NEWS AND DECEMBER SCHEDULE
After thorough research and prayerful consideration, the Board of Directors of Lutheran Ministries Media is announcing that the weekly televised service “Worship for Shut-Ins” will become known as “Worship Anew,” beginning Sunday, December 3rd. Visit WorshipForShutIns.org for more information about this exciting news and be on the lookout for the new logo! Sermon summaries are under “Preview Next Week” on the home page of the website.
Poinsettias Order Form
The Altar Society will again be decorating the chancel area with Poinsettias. If you would like to order one, please fill out a form (you can find them in the bulletin), and put it in the mailbox labeled FLOWERS, located at the east entrance outside of the Large Fellowship Hall at the far right side of the mailboxes
The cost per plant is $18.50
Deadline for ordering is Sunday, December 10.
CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM
St. Paul’s Compassionate Care
We are collecting food items and cash donations towards the Christmas Basket Program. We are starting this earlier to help spread out the investment over a few months.
Listed below are the non-perishable items desired to help families in our community needing assistance. Please leave these items in the donation box in the church Fellowship Hall. You can also designate a cash donation to purchase perishable items such as meat, vegetables and fruit in the weekly offering. Please drop off your food donations no later than December 10. Thank you for your generous support!
Here are the only items still needed:
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Can/Jar Turky Gravy
Cash donation to help pay fo the perishables items (Potatoes, Turkeys, and Fresh Fruit)
We will sort the food donations on Tuesday, December 12th @ 6:30 p.m., we will box the items on Friday, December 15th @ 6:30 p.m. and we will deliver the baskets on Saturday, December 16 starting at 9:00 am.
Questions regarding the donation of food items for Compassionate Care: Laura Wealch (734) 449-0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org