Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Jeremiah 28:5–9, Romans 7:1–13, Matthew 10:34–42
7/2 Joshua 7:1-26 Acts 10:34-48
7/3 Joshua 8:1-28 Acts 11:1-18
7/4 Joshua 10:1-25 Acts 11:19-30
7/5 Joshua 23:1-16 Acts 12:1-25
7/6 Joshua 24:1-31 Acts 13:1-12
7/7 Judges 2:6-23 Acts 13:13-41
7/8 Judges 3:7-31 Acts 13:42-52
Scripture Readings for next week
Zechariah 9:9–12, Romans 7:14–25a, Matthew 11:25–30
Monday Night Services During Summer
Every Monday, between June 5 – August 28, we will offer worship services at 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving for Sheila Wortmann
Sheila Wortmann has served as the treasurer of St. Paul for seven years. She has announced that she will end serving in this role on July 31. She has experienced growth in her business and therefore will no longer be able to serve as our treasurer. We are thankful for the time she has contributed her talents toward the wise stewardship of the resources that the Lord has provided to us at St. Paul.
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
The children learn the Biblical account of “God Gives the Law.” The children will learn that the Law was given through Moses, but grace and mercy came through Jesus Christ. Talk about how God commands that we love Him and how His Law shows us our sin when we fail to keep His commands. Ask your children, “Who kept the Law perfectly for us?” Though we sin much, daily we have God’s forgiveness because of Christ, His Son.
Today second year confirmation students will assist in presenting the Sunday School lesson in the Multipurpose Room downstairs.
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 begins a new 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.
We Still Need SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS.
During Christian Education Hour, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., we will have one class for all Sunday School aged children so we will need a teacher and a helper each Sunday. The materials are well written and provide many helpful teaching tools. Please sign up for 1, 2 or 3 Sundays during July and August. Sign-up sheet is in the fellowship hall.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11am Divine Service. This week we will learn that “Elisha Helps a Widow and her Sons” 2 Kings 4:1-7. 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.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will gather tomorrow, July 3, at 11:00 am. So ladies come and join us! The current topic is, “Big Questions: Biblical Answers,” a video series by Brad Alles. We will finish our discussion of the lesson titled, “What About the Missing Link?” and conclude the study with the final topic: “From Where Did the Different Races Come?”
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.
High School Students and the Newly Confirmed – “Tough Issues”
Please join us when we resume on July 2, 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 will assist students attending 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
May Financial Update
May had a gain to the general fund of $3,187 (bringing the year-to-date gain to $22,145). Actual receipts were $34,247 while budgeted receipts were $31,744 a positive variance of $2,503. Year to date actual receipts exceed budget by $14,172.
Expenses year to date are below budget by $11,982. Expenses are below budget for insurance (actual variance), custodial services (1 month timing difference and new contract not finalized-possible retro to January per Keith), maintenance & repairs (timing difference), general improvements (timing difference, new line item) and Sr Hi District Youth Gathering (timing difference). Expenses exceed budget in Snow/Ice Removal (actual variance).
Receipts comparative to 2016 – 2016 = $171,040. 2017 – $192,835 – an increase of $21,795.
Expenses comparative to 2016 – 2016 = $171,230. Comparative to 2017 – $170,690 – a decrease of $540.
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 peanut butter, crackers (any kind), spices, Ramen noodles, and gravy.
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.
- Saturday, July 15 from 10am to 11:30am
- Thursday, July 20 from 7pm to 8:30pm
- Sunday, July 23 from 3pm to 4pm
VBS Needs Donations of Cookies to feed our hungry participants! Drop off donations in the kitchen beginning Saturday, July 22, 2017. Thank you!
The Blood Drive is July 18 from 1pm-6:45pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help please contact SheilaMueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503.
On July 11 and 12, we will again be hosting the group Spoke Folk. This is a mission trip that trains high school and college students to be missionaries in their daily lives. A Spoke Folk team is made up of youth and adults from all over the country who share Christian music in a program for all ages. Their hour-long program includes music, puppets and drama. Their name is derived from the fact the team travels from one church to another by bicycle. This has a profound impact on bringing the team together.
You are invited to both the concert on July 11 at 7pm and the meal at 6pm.
Please see the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall if you can help with the potluck dinner at 6pm on July 11 and/or breakfast the next morning for this group. There will be approximately 40 team members.