Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 61:10–62:3, Galatians 4:4–7, Luke 2:22–40
12/31 Isaiah 60:1-22 Luke 1:39-56
1/1 Isaiah 61:1-11 Luke 1:57-80
1/2 Isaiah 61:1-12 Luke 2:1-20
1/3 Isaiah 63:1-14 Luke 2:21-40
1/4 Isaiah 63:15–65:7 Luke 2:41-52
1/5 Isaiah 65:8-25 Luke 3:1-20
1/6 Isaiah 66:1-20 Luke 3:21-38
Scripture Readings for next week:
Epiphany Isaiah 60:1–6, Ephesians 3:1–12, Matthew 2:1–12
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
Today preschool-grade 6 will meet for a large group class. We will be looking at the Christmas story. Ask, “What does the angels’ message of glory to God mean?
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.
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 a “Warrior Leader” found in Joshua 3 and 6. 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 “Silent Night! Holy Night!”
Monday Women’s Bible Study
On Monday at 11:00 am the Women’s Bible study will have a Bible study on two hymns of the Advent and Christmas season, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Angel We Have Heard on High.” We will not meet on January 1.
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.
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. Please find and bring your baptismal date to this event!
Family Holiday Challenge – Final week to get those points!
Continue with your final week of the challenge! Papers due next Sunday, January 7 in the narthex with tallied points for your family. Winners will be chosen and announced on January 14.
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.
Senior High 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).
Confirmation retreat–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).
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.
A Volunteer is needed.
Ever go past other churches, read their 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 if interested.
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.
Theological Conference – Take Heart, Take Action
Everywhere we go, we go as a witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to be a witness? How can my witness persuade someone to believe? How can I be a witness to people who really don’t seem to care about church or the faith? Take Heart, Take Action is a theological conference for laypeople and church workers, and the featured speakers will share practical advice and insight into our calling as witnesses of the Gospel.
The event is on Saturday, February 24, 2018, – 08:30 am to 03:00 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E St Joe Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917.