Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24, 1 Corinthians 15:20–28, Matthew 25:31–46
11/26 Daniel 6:1-28 Revelation 22:1-21
11/27 Isaiah 1:1-28 1 Peter 1:1-12
11/28 Isaiah 2:1-22 1 Peter 1:13-25
11/29 Isaiah 5:1-25 1 Peter 2:1-12
11/30 Isaiah 6:1—7:9 1 Peter 2:13-25
12/1 Isaiah 7:10—8:8 1 Peter 3:1-22
12/2 Isaiah 8:–9:7 1 Peter 4:1-19
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 64:1–9, 1 Corinthians 1:3–9, Mark 11:1–10 or Mark 13:24–37
Advent and Christmas Dates to Remember
Church Decoration at 9am on December 2
Angel Tree Shopping at 10am on December 2
Midweek Simple Supper at 6pm and Vespers at 7pm on December 6, 13, 20
Advent by Candlelight at 4pm-6:30pm on December 3
Children’s Program Rehearsal at 9:45am on December 9
Christmas Caroling at 2pm on December 10
Compassionate Care Christmas Baskets – Sorting on December 12 at 6:30pm, Packing on December 15 at 6:30pm, and Delivery at 9am on December 16
Children’s Christmas Program at 11am Divine Service on December 17
4th Sunday in Advent Sunday morning worship on December 24 at 10am
Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols with Candlelight on December 24 at 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm
Christmas Day Festival Service on December 25 at 10am
At the voters meeting last week, our congregation nominated Pastor Gaertner as circuit visitor, Chris Mowers was elected to be our lay delegate to the circuit forum and to the district convention, and we also nominated President David Maier to another term as President of the Michigan District.
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.
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. Adult Bible studies meet in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Today in Sunday School
The Sunday School students study the account “Daniel in the Lions’ Den” today. Jesus, who saved Daniel, would Himself be given over to the satanic lion to save the world. Parents could ask, “Who did God use to keep Daniel safe? How does God keep us safely with Himself?”
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 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.
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
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 “God to the Rescue” found in Exodus 1-4. 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 the hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
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
Children’s Christmas Program “From Heaven Above”
Rehearsals will take place from 9:45-10:00 am in the lower level. There will also be a rehearsal on Saturday, December 9 from 9:45-11:30 am. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text her at 810-355-1600.
Children’s Christmas Program “From Heaven Above”
Please join us for this year’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 17 at 11:00 am. Children will tell about Jesus’ birth with joyful hearts, songs, and readings. See you there! Special music, choral ensembles, and an instrumental ensemble will highlight the many gifts of the children and youth of St. Paul.
Family Holiday Challenge
The holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be crazy. Instead of giving into the chaos, take the Family Holiday Challenge.
* The challenge starts on December 1 and ends on January 6
* Two families will get a prize — a family with most missions completed and a family whose challenge guide is chosen through random selection.
The challenge is open to any family at St. Paul (all ages). A challenge poster with rules and missions will be available beginning TODAY, Sunday, November 26. The winners will be announced on the St. Paul Facebook page and via email. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
IMAC – 4th,5th, 6th Grade Youth
Our December activity for youth and their families will be Christmas Caroling with the congregation on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4 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.
You can still sign up TODAY in the narthex and fellowship hall.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Red Cross Blood Drive. 76 units were gathered to help those who need blood.
Gas Card/Utilities Fund
We need your help and support. We have had in the past a special fund through which we provided gas cards and utilities help to people in need that were referred to us by Love INC. This fund had been depleted and is still in need. Will you make a special donation to replenish this fund so that we can continue to help people in our community get to job interviews or doctor appoints or pay their utilities bills? If you can help, write on the memo line of your check “Gas Card/Utilities Fund.”
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. 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
The Lutheran Choralaires
The annual Christmas Concert entitled “Arise, shine, for your light has come” will be held on Saturday December 9, 4:00pm at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (1345 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207). For over 70 years the Lutheran Choralaires have celebrated the glorious birth of Jesus in song. Concert tickets are available for $12.50 ($6 for ages 12 and under). Tickets can be ordered by phone from Paul Kienman at (248) 890-4405. (Dan Ragle is a member of the Choralaires and can be reached at daniel@Biblestuph.com.)
WORSHIP FOR SHUT-INS — NEWS AND DECEMBER SCHEDULE
After thorough research and prayerful consideration, the Board of Directors of Lutheran Ministries Media is announcing that the weekly televised service “Worship for Shut-Ins” will become known as “Worship Anew,” beginning Sunday, December 3rd. Visit WorshipForShutIns.org for more information about this exciting news and be on the lookout for the new logo! Sermon summaries are under “Preview Next Week” on the home page of the website.
Poinsettias Order Form
The Altar Society will again be decorating the chancel area with Poinsettias. If you would like to order one, please fill out a form (you can find them in the bulletin), and put it in the mailbox labeled FLOWERS, located at the east entrance outside of the Large Fellowship Hall at the far right side of the mailboxes
The cost per plant is $18.50
Deadline for ordering is Sunday, December 10th.
CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM
St. Paul’s Compassionate Care
We are collecting food items and cash donations towards the Christmas Basket Program. We are starting this earlier to help spread out the investment over a few months.
Listed below are the non-perishable items desired to help families in our community needing assistance. Please leave these items in the donation box in the church Fellowship Hall. You can also designate a cash donation to purchase perishable items such as meat, vegetables and fruit in the weekly offering. Please drop off your food donations no later than December 10th. Thank you for your generous support!
|PAPER/HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS||CANNED/PANTRY ITEMS||DRY GOODS|
|Paper Towels||Fried Onions||Cereal / Oatmeal|
|Toilet Paper||Peanut Butter & Jelly||Brownie Mix|
|Laundry Detergent||Can/Jar Turkey Gravy||Boxed Stuffing Mix|
We will sort the food donations on Tuesday, December 12th @ 6:30 p.m., we will box the items on Friday, December 15th @ 6:30 p.m. and we will deliver the baskets on Saturday, December 16 starting at 9:00 a.m.
Questions regarding the donation of food items for Compassionate Care: Laura Wealch (734) 449-0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org