Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 55:10–13, Romans 8:12–17, Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
7/16 Judges 16:4-30 Galatians 4:12-31
7/17 1 Samuel 1:1-20 Galatians 5:1-26
7/18 1 Samuel 1:21-2:17 Galatians 6:1-18
7/19 1 Samuel 2:18-36 Acts15:22-41
7/20 1 Samuel 3:1-21 Acts 16:1-22
7/21 1 Samuel 4:1-22 Acts 16:23-40
7/22 1 Samuel 5:1-6:3, 10-16 Acts 18:1-11, 23-28
Scripture Readings for next week
Isaiah 44:6–8, Romans 8:18–27, Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
Monday Night Services During Summer
Every Monday, between June 5 – August 28, we will offer worship services at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrating Children at St. Paul
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST…
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the back’s of others’ heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Service and actions of the pastor, ushers, choir, etc.
Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
Remember that the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH
The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing.
Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade meets in the multi-purpose room downstairs through July and August beginning at 9:45am.
Today in the Sunday School
God commands that I respect His name. The lesson involves the well-known story “David and Goliath.” As David slew the giant Goliath, so Jesus, our David, slew the jeering giants of sin, Satan, and death with the weapon of His own death. Discuss, “How could David approach his battle with Goliath confidently? How can we face the ‘Goliaths’ in our life with confidence?”
We gather at 9:45am in the Activity Center, which is the house east of the main church building. This group is for first, soon to be second year confirmation students.
High School Study “Christians Under Construction”
Kathy Kless and Sue Trotter, lead this combined discussion and study. We meet in Sunday school room #5 during the 9:45am Bible Study time. Just because confirmation is completed, it does not mean your learning is done. Come and take the opportunity to continue learning about Jesus and the Bible at our relaxed Christians Under Construction group. As a group, suggest topics and Teen Topics to focus on and see how the Holy Spirit helps the same Old and New Testament Bible stories take on new meaning at different stages of your life!
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.
Pastor Bible Study “How the Bible Became the Bible”
Pastor Gaertner continues a Bible Study that examines how the books and the particular texts in our Bible were chosen. So, if you have questions about why these books are in the Bible and how the text of the translations developed, then plan to come to this Bible study. This Bible study features videos produced by Lutheran Hour Ministries and Dr. Paul Maier.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11am Divine Service. This week we will learn that “Jonah Learns a Lesson” Jonah 1-3. 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
Pastor Gaertner continues a Bible study on the Formula of Concord. This Bible study meets on Sunday morning at 7:30am.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will gather tomorrow, July 17, at 11:00 am. We will view a short video and select the next Bible study we will begin after Vacation Bible School. The Women’s Bible study will not meet Monday, July 24 so that you can join in the fun of Vacation Bible School.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, come join your brothers in Christ to study God’s Word. We have a healthy breakfast and a thoughtful and challenging discussion on the book “Loved and Sent” by Jeff Cloeter. This group meets on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am.
Growing In God: Reconciliation
Ladies you are invited to join us on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1 – 3pm. for this Bible study to realize the full measure of joy that comes with being reconciled with God. Presented by Marj Kelsey, Janet Simpson, and Judy Wuckert. “But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:18. RSVP to Judy Wuckert 586-904-2780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lansing Lugnuts Game and Rush of Fools Concert
Take me out to the ballgame! August 27 at 2:05pm with a Family Faith Concert following, featuring Rush of Fools (rushoffools.com). We have 20 tickets reserved for the bleachers. Cost is $10. Signup now and reserve your tickets for your family. The signup sheet is in the Small Fellowship Hall.
High School Students and the Newly Confirmed – “Tough Issues”
Please join us Sundays 5:00 – 6:30 pm. We will play a game or two, discuss a Biblical topic and share some food.
Can and Bottle Collection
We continue a collection of empty cans and bottles to support our youth. This spring the can and bottle drive assisted students that attended the district gathering. You can place your cans in the brown container by the mailboxes or near that container.
Our youth confirmation program is designed to equip 7th and 8th graders to nurture an environment where they will grow spiritually and are equipped to make a public confession of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Dates to Remember – Confirmation Week
There will be an orientation on August 20 after the 11am Divine Service.
The confirmation week is an intensive learning experience where strong relationships are formed.
August 21 – 9am-12pm, August 22 – 9am-4pm (This day will include lunch and challenge course activities), August 23 – 9am-12pm, August 24 – 9am-12pm, August 25 – 9am-12pm
Treasurer Position Open
Are you interested in serving as the treasurer at St. Paul Lutheran Church? This is a paid position that requires about 10 hours of work per week. Experience with bookkeeping/accounting is necessary. A job description is available upon request. Contact the church office with any questions.
Please share with folks you know who may need some help with groceries. Our Open Shop days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 2 – 4pm. No appointment is needed. Other appointments can be made through Love INC.
The Pantry is in need of spices, crackers, mustard and coffee.
The Blood Drive is this Tuesday, July 18 from 1pm-6:45pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503.
Volunteers are needed to help pack up. The boy scouts are on recess this week.
Vacation Bible School – July 24-28
Volunteering at Vacation Bible School
You can register to help at this wonderful community outreach with forms that are found on the countertop in the narthex. There is still an opportunity for our volunteers to attend a training orientation July 23 at 12:15pm. At the orientation, we will share the theme for each day, provide details on how to keep everyone safe, and give encouragement that we are connecting people to Jesus through this great week.
- Grab some registration forms from the narthex and place them in neighborhood stores, and at doctor, dentist, and orthodontist offices.
- Hand out registration forms or information at baseball games, parks, the library, the swimming pool, and other places where you meet your friends and family with children.
- Invite the families in your neighborhood to join you at VBS, and offer to drive the kids.
Mark your calendars for these practices. If rehearsals go well, we may cancel one.
- Thursday, July 20 from 7pm to 8:30pm
- Sunday, July 23 from 3pm to 4pm
VBS Needs Donations
We need cookies to feed our hungry participants! Drop off donations in the kitchen beginning Saturday, July 22, 2017. Thank you!
LACASA’S TWILIGHT in the Garden
Come to a Summer Garden Party. Sample international wines. Sip on cold brews. Nibble on gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Listen to sizzling music. Stroll colorful gardens. Shop the Twilight Treats Marketplace. Sit a spell at the Cigar & Spirits Bar. Saturday, July 22 at 6 pm – Twilight • 3600 Bowen Road, Howell
Tickets: $75 • Available online at lacasacenter.org, at Bordine’s in Brighton, Heavenly Scent Herb Farm in Fenton, or LACASA in Howell.
Mary Brandau’s Knitting group will meet in the Narthex on Tuesday, July 18 due to the blood drive..