Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Deuteronomy 7:6–9, Roman 8:28–39, Matthew 13:44–52
7/30 1 Samuel 15:10-35 Acts 24:24-25:12
7/31 1 Samuel 16:1-23 Acts 25:13-27
8/1 1 Samuel 17:1-19 Acts 26:1-23
8/2 1 Samuel 17:20-47 Acts 26:24-27:8
8/3 1 Samuel 17:48-18:9 Acts 27:9-26
8/4 1 Samuel 18:10-30 Acts 27:27-44
8/5 1 Samuel 19:1-24 Acts 28:1-15
Scripture Readings for next week
Isaiah 55:1–5, Romans 9:1–5 (6–13), Matthew 14:13–21
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
The lesson focuses on God’s command that we honor those in authority. In the Bible account for this week, “Joseph Cares for Jacob,” we see this command in action as Joseph cares for his aging father. Through His Son, Jesus, God forgives us when we fail to honor authorities. Discuss, “Who has God put in authority over you? How can you honor those in authority over you?”
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!
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 “God Calls Isaiah” Isaiah 6:1-8. 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 begin a new study tomorrow, July 31, at 11:00 am. The new study is titled, “Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope and Trust.” This is a great time to join our group. All ladies in our church family and in our community are welcome.
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 8:30 am.
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.
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
“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.
Thrivent Choice Dollars
If you are a Thrivent member, check your Thrivent Choice Dollars account today. You might have an extra $50 in “Summer of Impact” dollars to share!
LIMITED TIME TO SHARE!
This “Summer of Impact” money might have been added to your account. If so, please consider designating your additional dollars to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Your contributions have allowed our congregation to support short term mission trips by members of our congregation.
If you are a Thrivent Financial member, we encourage you to continue to designate your Thrivent Choice Dollars to St. Paul. If you haven’t designated your Thrivent choice dollars, please consider choosing St. Paul (Search for our congregation with the zip code 48189). Each and every gift helps this ministry in powerful ways. Please help spread the word to other Thrivent members!
Discover the joy of teaching children the Word of God.
Become a Sunday School Teacher! Well planned, informative lessons give background to the story, making teaching easy.
You will be surprised at how much you really know! There will be a meeting August 21 at 8pm for anyone wanting to teach or help teach Sunday School.
Service and Celebration
Here We Stand Reformation Service October 15
Reserve your tickets now for the 500th Anniversary Lutheran Reformation Worship Service that will take place at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University on October 15 at 5pm. with Concourse Displays opening at 2:00 pm and Pre-Service Concert at 4:00 pm. Go to herewestand.michigandistrict.org to reserve your tickets. The easiest way to get tickets is online. The tickets are free, but likely will be sold out. During the registration process, you will designate your home congregation so that we will all sit together. Online ticket requests must be made before September 1. Do not miss out on this amazing opportunity.
Donations will be taken in support of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing
Please collect the following items:
- Travel Size Hygiene Items
- Feminine Products
- New Women’s Socks
- New Women’s Underwear
Would you like to partner with other Christians to improve the city of Detroit? Would you like to get to know other members of your church family better? Would you like to use your skills and time in service to others? Camp Restore Detroit provides such an opportunity!
We are organizing a crew of high schoolers and adults to work August 17- 19, 2017. Those dates are a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will travel there on Wednesday evening, August 16, so that we are ready to go on Thursday morning. Our housing, meals and materials for work are provided by Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Work will include cleaning of vacate properties and helping the people of Mount Calvary get ready for a community event and celebration set for Saturday, August 19.
Sign up deadline is Sunday, August 5. See Mike Hausch for registration materials. The cost for participation would normally be $120 but St. Paul will be using Thrivent Choice dollars to pay half of the registration cost. The $60 payment is due with your completed registration form unless other arrangements are made with Mike.