July 23-July 30 Bulletin Announcements

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 44:6–8, Romans 8:18–27, Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

7/23                               1 Samuel 6:19-7:17                                          Acts 19:1-22
7/24                               1 Samuel 8:1-22                                                Acts 21:15-36
7/25                               1 Samuel 9:1-27                                                Acts 21:37–22:16
7/26                               1 Samuel 10:1-27                                              Acts 22:17-29
7/27                               1 Samuel 12:1-25                                              Acts 22:30–23:11
7/28                               1 Samuel 13:1-18                                              Acts 23:12-35
7/29                              1 Samuel 14:47-15:9                                        Acts 24:1-23

Scripture Readings for next week
Deuteronomy 7:6–9, Roman 8:28–39, Matthew 13:44–52


Spiritual Oversight

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

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, a nd to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

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.


Christian Education

Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday

Sunday School
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 lesson focuses on God’s command that I learn His Word, as students study the account “Solomon Builds and Dedicates the Temple.” Though He was hidden, God resided within the Old Testament temple. Jesus is the unveiled, human Most Holy Place and is truly accessible to all, enfolding believers in the arms of His Word and Sacraments. Parents might ask, “What kind of things would you have seen in Solomon’s temple? Where do we see Jesus today?”


Holy Huddle
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. Today we will gather with the high school students in Room 5 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! Mike will be leading the discussion today.


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.


Kids’ Connection
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11am Divine Service. This week we will learn that “Jonah Complains About God’s Compassion” Jonah 3:10-4:11. 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 not gather tomorrow, July 24. Instead we invite the ladies to join in the joy of VBS. On Monday, July 31, at 11:00 am, we begin a new study, “Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope and Trust.”


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
This bible study is cancelled for now.



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 on 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.


Youth Confirmation
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


Compassionate Care

Pantry News
“While we had a bounty from our February Kroger food drive, we are running out of popular items. Would you be able to help supply some items. Needed are strawberry jelly, boxed potatoes or tuna mixes, spices, coffee and canned chili.”

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 at 517-552-3620.


Blood Drive
The Blood Drive this month was very successful! 83 pints were collected that will help save lives. A big thank you to everyone who helped pack up.



The Thrivent Choice® program encourages benefit members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes an amount of its charitable grant funds. Members make this recommendation by directing Choice Dollars to enrolled nonprofit organizations, including churches.

Member eligibility requirements
To be eligible to participate in Thrivent Choice, you must be a benefit member. Individual eligibility is also based on at least one of the following:

  • Holding a qualifying Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership position.
  • Having $750 or more in annual premiums of qualifying insurance products.
  • Having $20,000 or more in contract value of qualifying products. A more detailed list is on the website.

Member eligibility is determined monthly and reevaluated on an annual basis.

Qualifying volunteer positions

Congregational leadership positions:

  • Congregational Advocate
  • Lead Congregational Advocate

Thrivent Builds leadership position:

  • Thrivent Builds Congregational Champion


Be part of something bigger!
Members are invited to direct 50 Choice Dollars®.
Until August 31 or until 8 million dollars have been allocated, whichever comes first, members are invited to direct 50 Choice Dollars. Help Thrivent support organizations that do good across the country.

More than 36,000 enrolled nonprofit organizations to choose from.

Direct today through this online limited-time event.

Just registered on Thrivent.com? Choice Dollars will be available for you to direct within two weeks of registration.


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 TODAY at 12:15pm.

Share VBS

  • There is still time for last minute invites to VBS which are welcome.

VBS Band
Our last practice is Today, July 23, from 3pm to 4pm


VS Needs Donations
We need cookies to feed our hungry participants! Drop off donations in the kitchen beginning Saturday, July 22, 2017. Thank you!


Witness, Mercy, Life Together

In Christ, for the Church and the World

These phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in our congregations, communities, and throughout the world. These phrases describe the emphasis of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.