June 25- July 2 Bulletin Announcements

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Jeremiah 20:7–13, Romans 6:12–23, Matthew 10:5a, 21–33

6/25           Proverbs 31:10-31      John 21:1-25
6/26           Joshua 1:1-18             Acts 8:1-25
6/27           Joshua 2:1-24             Acts 8:26-40
6/28           Joshua 3:1-17             Acts 8:26-40
6/29           Joshua 4:1-24            Acts 9:23-43
6/30           Joshua 5:1-6:5           Acts 10:1-17
7/1              Joshua 6:6-27            Acts 10:18-33

Scripture Readings for next week
Jeremiah 28:5–9, Romans 7:1–13, Matthew 10:34–42



Missionary from POBLO
This week we welcome to St. Paul Rev. Farrukh Khan from POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach). He will preach and lead the Bible study during the Education Hour. After each service we will collect a door offering to support the mission work of POBLO. POBLO international is a Christian organization working to transform the way missions is approached in the United States by responding to the changing demographics that have brought the mission field to our own front yard. They serve immigrants and refugees. They train and educate churches on how to engage in cross-cultural outreach. They share the gospel message. They love people.


Spiritual Oversight

Monday Night Services During Summer
Every Monday, between June 5 – August 28, we will offer worship services at 7:00 p.m.


Christian Education

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

Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade begins at 9:45am in the large room on the lower level. There is a group opening, and then the children go to classrooms appropriate to their age.


Today in the Sunday School
Students will study “John’s Vision of Heaven.” Those who believe that salvation has been accomplished by the all-availing sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross will bear the name of Christ, written on their forehead in Holy Baptism, and will have the right to the tree of life. Consider discussing, “How does John describe heaven? How is the promise of eternal life in heaven ours?”


Holy Huddle
…will not meet today. Students are encouraged to join “Christians Under Construction” in Sunday School room #5.


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
Rev. Farrukh Khan from POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach) will lead the Pastor’s Bible study today assisted by a person who shares the journey to faith in Jesus.

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.


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 “Paul Teaches in Athens” Acts 17:16-31. 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
Mike Hausch will lead a discussion today based on the National Day of Prayer. Pastor Gaertner will return next week to continue the Bible study on the Formula of Concord.


Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will not meet tomorrow, June 26, since Mike Hausch is attending the Michigan District Youth Gathering with our young people. Pw will gather next on Monday, 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 conclude our discussion of the lesson is titled, “What About the Missing Link?” and conclude the study will 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 8:30am.


Fellowship and Outreach

Baptismal Blankets
We have a wonderful problem! Our supplies of baptismal blankets are running low!

Are you interested in crocheting, knitting, quilting, weaving or creating a gift for the newly baptized to welcome them into the family of Christ? We are blessed that many families have recently baptized their children at St Paul’s and we need additional white baptismal blankets! Your favorite infant blanket or afghan pattern will work, just white please.  Any color lap-size to welcome older children or adults when they are baptized.

Questions? Please talk with Mary Brandau (marybrandau@gmail.com) if you are willing to share your talents.



“High School Students and the Newly Confirmed”
“Tough Issues” will not be held June 18 and 25. Please join us when we resume on July 2.



Michigan District Senior High Youth Gathering, June 25-28 “Fortress”
The following young people are attending the LCMS Michigan District gathering this week: Lily Baumgartner, Henry Gaertner, Addie McCloskey, Clare McCloskey, Maggie McCloskey, Regina Paciocco, Emily Purcell, Sarah Purcell, Catherine Romine, Gareth Romine, Breana Stuck, Ian Trotter, Sydney Trumbull, and Dan Woods. The adult shepherds are Gwen Dobrowolski, Mike Hausch and Shelly McCloskey.


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.


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
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, and Ramen noodles.


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 are two opportunities for our volunteers to attend a training orientation. 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. All volunteers should plan to attend one of the orientations. Your choices are June 25 at 12:15pm and July 23 at 12:15pm.


Registering Children for VBS
You can register children with the paper registration form that is found on the countertop in the narthex. You can also sign up children for Vacation Bible School at our website by visiting stpaulhamburg.com/vbs. Registering in advance for Vacation Bible Schools helps us plan for the appropriate amount of materials and volunteers. Register today and invite others to join you at a VBS with a purpose.


Share VBS
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.


If you haven’t signed up for VBS Band and would like to there is Still Time!
If you are able to be a part in our VBS band, we need you! The songs this year would be even better with an electric guitar. We welcome adults and youth to play and sing. Youth must have finished eighth grade by this summer. Contact Christi Gaertner at christigaertner@gmail.com or text her at 810-355-1600 so you hear about all the upcoming practices.

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


Community Events

SAVE THE DATE – Friday, October 27, 2017 6:30pm–9:15pm

Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a Special Screening of Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.
Reserve your tickets now and get more information about the event at http://bit.ly/2lvruPX or by contacting Ellen Johnson or Keith Burns.
Purchase price has been paid forward courtesy of Dave Granner.
Space is limited and tickets must be reserved prior to the event.


Spoke Folk
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.
Please see the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall if you can help with potluck dinner and/or breakfast for this group. There will be approximately 40 team members.

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.