Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Zechariah 9:9–12, Romans 7:14–25a, Matthew 11:25–30
7/9 Judges 4:1-24 Acts 14:1-18
7/10 Judges 6:1-24 Acts 14:19–15:5
7/11 Judges 6:25-40 Acts 15:6-21
7/12 Judges 7:1-23 Galatians 1:1-24
7/13 Judges 13:1-25 Galatians 2:1-21
7/14 Judges 14:1-20 Galatians 3:1-22
7/15 Judges 15:1-16:3 Galatians 3:23-4:11
Scripture Readings for next week
Isaiah 55:10–13, Romans 8:12–17, Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
Monday Night Services During Summer
Every Monday, between June 5 – August 28, we will offer worship services at 7:00 p.m.
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 put Him first, but like the people in this week’s Sunday School lesson called “The Golden Calf,” I fail to keep Him first in my life time and time again. The Israelites chose to worship the golden calf rather than the God who brought them safely out of Egypt. Consider discussing, “What things are you tempted to put ahead of God? How often does God forgive us when we fail to put Him first?”
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 “God Heals Naaman’s Leprosy” 2 Kings 5:1-16. 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 10, at 11:00 am. So ladies come and join us! The current topic is, “Big Questions: Biblical Answers,” a video series by Brad Alles. The study continues 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.
Growing In God: Reconciliation
Ladies you are invited to join us on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1 – 3pm. for this Bible study to realized 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 on July 9, 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 spices, crackers, mustard and coffee.
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 Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503.
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
We need cookies to feed our hungry participants! Drop off donations in the kitchen beginning Saturday, July 22, 2017. Thank you!
Don’t forget! This week, July 11 and 12, we will again be hosting the group Spoke Folk. You won’t want to miss out on dinner at 6pm followed by an hour-long program which includes music, puppets and drama. Everyone is invited to the potluck dinner. We also can use helpers for breakfast the next morning for the Spoke Folk crew, Talk to Mike Hausch about details.
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.
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.