Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Amos 5:18–24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, Matthew 25:1–13
11/12 Jeremiah 25:1-18 Matthew 26:1-19
11/13 Jeremiah 26:1-19 Matthew 26:20-35
11/14 Jeremiah 29:1-19 Matthew 25:36-56
11/15 Jeremiah 30:1-24 Matthew 26:57-75
11/16 Jeremiah 31:1-17, 23-34 Matthew 27:1-10
11/17 Jeremiah 33:1-22 Matthew 27:11-32
11/18 Jeremiah 37:1-21 Matthew 27:33-56
Scripture Readings for next week
Zephaniah 1:7–16, 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11, Matthew 25:14–30
Thanksgiving Eve Service
November 22 will be our Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 pm. During the offering for this service, we will gather items for our holiday food baskets. Please plan to join us as we take note of the many blessings God has provided us.
November 19 at 12:15 pm there will be a voters’ meeting. Included on the agenda for this meeting will be the election of our circuit lay delegate for the circuit forum on November 29 and the Michigan District Convention June 2018.
Attention living veterans and loved ones of living veterans, we would like to request updates/revisions address, phone, prayers, etc. Please call or email the church office with any of this information.
Loved and Sent
Loved and Sent is a preaching and small group series. We are spending the fall season mining the depths of two words: Loved and Sent. We are loved by God in Jesus and sent by God into the world. The book is by Jeff Cloeter. Copies of the book are available in the Narthex. Donations of $10 (marked “Loved and Sent” will help cover the costs of making this book available for free in the Narthex).
November 12 – What is God’s Purpose? (Chapter 3)
November 19 – What is My Purpose? (Chapter 4) Part 1 Love and Calling
November 26 – What is My Purpose? (Chapter 4) Part 2 Go
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade meets in the multi-purpose room downstairs beginning at 9:45 am. Middle school meets in the Activity Center. High School meets in Room 5 downstairs. Adults Bible studies meet in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Today in Sunday School
The Bible account for Sunday School this week is “Jeremiah and God’s New Covenant.” God promised to restore His wayward people, pointing them to a new covenant and a righteous Branch of David. Jesus, the promised Branch, fulfilled this covenant of righteousness for Jeremiah, Israel, and all believers. Consider discussing, “What challenges did Jeremiah face in life? What promises did God make to faithful Jeremiah?”
We gather at 9:45 am in the Activity Center, which is the house east of the main church building. This class is for 7th-8th graders and youth confirmation students. We are currently working on building friendships through Biblical truth.
High School Study “Christians Under Construction”
Kathy Kless and Rene Tarleton lead this discussion and study for high school youth. We meet in Sunday school room #5 during the 9:45 am Education Hour. Take the opportunity to continue learning about Jesus and the Bible at Christians Under Construction. As a group, suggest topics to focus on and see how the Holy Spirit helps the Old and New Testament Bible stories take on meaning at different stages of your life!
Romans Bible Study
Join Pastor Gaertner in the Large Fellowship Hall for a study on the book of Romans. We look at what God gives to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ancient History and the Bible
How does the ancient kingdom of Sumer connect to Noah and the Flood? Why did Jacob’s sons go to Egypt to escape a famine?
Understanding the Bible is easier when studied alongside the history and geography of the whole Middle East. Join Tim Hurst, and explore the story of life in biblical times using several reference texts.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11:00 am Divine Service. This week we will learn about “The Girl No One Wanted” found in Genesis 29-30. 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, 7:30 am Sundays
This Bible study focuses on the scriptural basis for the hymns of Advent and Christmas. Today the discussion will focus on, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and next Sunday, “Once in Royal David’s City.”
Monday Women’s Bible Study
On Monday at 11:00 am the Women’s Bible study take on the character of a small group venturing into the book Loved and Sent which is the topic of Sunday morning messages. Join us tomorrow for this exciting opportunity grow together as God’s people.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast and a thoughtful and challenging discussion on a video series, “A Man named Martin: The Movement.” This group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 am.
Children’s Christmas Program Information
Christmas Program rehearsal (preschool-6th grade)
Meet in the lower level at 9:45 am TODAY
Children’s Christmas Program “From Heaven Above”
If your child (preschool-grade 6) is interested in being part of this year’s Christmas program on Sunday, December 17, please contact Miriam Yakimow at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christi Gaertner at email@example.com . Rehearsals will take place during the first 15 minutes of the Education Hour in the lower level. There will also be a rehearsal on Saturday, December 9 from 9:45-11:30 am. There are speaking parts for older children and costumed parts. Children in K-12 may also play an instrument or sing for pre-service music. See Miriam or Christi for details and to sign up!
Instrumental Ensemble for the Christmas Program
Youth who have played an instrument for one year and are in grades 7-12 are encouraged to join the ensemble. The group will perform two selections during the program. Music will be handed out in early November. There will be one practice on Sunday, December 10, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please contact Chris Mowers to sign up or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls’ Choral Ensemble
Mrs. Gaertner is organizing a small ensemble of girls in grades 6 through 12 to sing verse two of O Come, All Ye Faithful for the Christmas Program on Sunday, December 17 at the 11:00 am service. Rehearsal will be Sunday mornings at 10:45 am until 10:55 am in the big room in the basement starting November 12. If you would like to participate, please let her know in person, send her an email at email@example.com, or call/text her at 810-355-1600.
Bible Faith Milestone Blessing
Today, at the service you normally attend, those who participated in the Bible Faith Milestone Event, will receive a special blessing during the worship service.
Welcoming Young Children to Worship Faith Milestone Event
Attention parents of 4 and 5 year-old children (not in kindergarten): We will have a special Prayer Faith Milestone Event for you and your child Today, Sunday, November 12 during the Education Hour at 10 am (right after the Sunday school opening). Mark your calendar for this special event and the follow-up Worship Blessing on Sunday, November 19 (at the service you normally attend). This milestone event explores worship, the worship space, and is an invitation that “You are welcome here!”
IMAC – 4th,5th, 6th Grade Youth
November activity will be on November 19 at Rollerama. We will play laser tag at 12:45 pm, eat pizza, then play another round of laser tag. $10 per person. Sign up by Tuesday, November 14 so we can give a final count to Rollerama. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or through our group app.
High School Students
Tonight “Tough Issues” has moved back to Sunday evening, 5:00 -6:00 pm tonight. We will play a game, eat some food and then we will have a brief discussion wrapping up the topic of “Homelessness.” Next Sunday, November 19, we will begin a discussion of paranormal activity.
Laser Tag on November 19. It’s a ‘blast’ of fun competition. Join us for lunch right after church. We will then go to Zap Zone for some great fun. Yes, you need to sign up on the clipboard in the small fellowship hall by Sunday, November 12 or by email to Mike Hausch. Cost is $15. We will return to church by 4:00 pm.
Advent By Candlelight 2017 Sunday, December 3, 4:00- 6:30
GET EXCITED women of St. Paul! Feel that wonderful Advent anticipation for this special night of fellowship, desserts, music and an inspirational look at the first Christmas through the eyes of those who shared that holy night.
The new day and time format open an opportunity for more women to pause and refresh from the bustle of the season. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the joy of Christ’s birth.
Sign-up will take place on November 12, 19, and 26 in the narthex and fellowship hall.
In the Community
A Manor Christmas, December 1-3, 2017
Concordia University Ann Arbor invites you to celebrate the inaugural A Manor Christmas the first weekend in December. This free, family-friendly event is Concordia’s Christmas card to the community, complete with a Christkindlmarkt, children’s activities, live music, guided tours through the historic Earhart Manor, and more.
Boar’s Head Festival Pageant
Students, faculty and staff come together to enact medieval Christmas traditions and the story of Christ’s birth in this moving spectacle, directed by Gerald Dzuiblinski, with musical direction by Brian Altevogt. Beginning in 1978 through the vision of three Concordia professors – Paul Foelber, John Sturmfels and Quentin Marino – the Boar’s Head Festival has become a treasured memory for many. It remains a vibrant and living tradition as it continues to profess the wonder of the Christmas miracle.
December 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm and December 3 at 4:00 pm at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity
Tickets: $8-15 Order by phone: 734-995-7537
Job Opening At MOST Ministries
How would you like to be part of our amazing team helping our “Goers” share God’s love on the mission field? If so, MOST Ministries has a job opening for a Supplies Manager whose main responsibilities are gathering, packing, and shipping the outgoing team supplies and then tracking and restocking the supplies once the trip is over. Please visit our website at (http://www.mostministries.org/job_opportunity) for a full job description. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah DePriest at 734.994.7909 X3 or email@example.com.
Lutheran High School Westland Middle School Mania
For students in 5th through 8th grades, Saturday, November 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This event is hosted by Lutheran Westland’s Student Council and is always a great chance for students to enjoy an evening at the high school. There is no cost to attend and no need to pre-register. LHWL will provide a pizza supper, and students will take part in icebreakers, devotions, and a photo scavenger hunt so it’s okay, but not necessary, if students bring their phones. Parents may get a tour of the building and ask questions at 6:00pm if they would like. If you have any questions about the placement test, Middle School Mania, or attending Lutheran Westland, contact admissions coordinator Christi Gaertner at firstname.lastname@example.org or her cell at 810-355-1600. More info is available at https://tinyurl.com/lhwladmissions