Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Revelation 7:(2–8) 9–17, 1 John 3:1–3, Matthew 5:1–12
11/5 Jeremiah 7:1-29 Matthew 23:1-12
11/6 Jeremiah 8:18—9:12 Matthew 23:13-39
11/7 Jeremiah 11:1-23 Matthew 24:1-28
11/8 Jeremiah 20:1-18 Matthew 24:29-51
11/9 Jeremiah 22:1-23 Matthew 25:1-13
11/10 Jeremiah 23:1-20 Matthew 25:14-30
11/ 11 Jeremiah 23:21-40 Matthew 25:31-46
Scripture Readings for next week
Amos 5:18–24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, Matthew 25:1–13
Today we welcome in the waters of Holy Baptism Julianna Mae Simpkins, daughter of Deja Rene Childress and Joshua Simpkins
Thanksgiving Eve Service
November 22 will be our Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7 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.
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 5 – Who am I? (Chapter 2) All Saints’ Day
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
How do I become a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church?
If you desire to become a member of St. Paul we would love for you to make us your church home. At St. Paul we believe that membership means something significant and important. It means that you’re in agreement with what we believe and teach. It also means that you want to be committed and involved in the Lord’s work through our congregation. Our mission is to help people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and experience the peace, hope, joy, and purpose that comes from knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.”
The first step towards membership at St. Paul is to begin attending worship on a regular basis. In worship, people strengthen and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. In worship, God is at work forgiving, renewing, directing, teaching, and inspiring us.
The second step is that we encourage every person interested in joining our congregation to attend the Adult Instruction Class, “Lutheranism 101.” If you are a member in good standing with another LCMS congregation, we will receive you through transfer. To request a transfer you should speak or write to your previous congregation, and request they transfer your membership. If you have not previously been a member of a Lutheran congregation, then speak to Pastor Gaertner about participating in a Lutheranism 101 course.
The third step is “Membership Sunday”, where you will be received as a new member of the St. Paul family by confirmation, reaffirmation, or transfer.
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 Sunday School students study the story of “Hezekiah Prays” today. Hezekiah prayed in faith to God and was delivered. Jesus, our mediator and advocate with the Father, intercedes for us, granting us deliverance from sin, death, and the devil. Parents could ask, “Why did Hezekiah go to God in prayer? In what ways does God answer our prayers today?”
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 11am Divine Service. This week we will learn about “The Present” found in Genesis 22. 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, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” and next Sunday, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.”
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 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 email@example.com or Christi Gaertner at firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com
Bible Faith Milestone Blessing
On Sunday, November 12 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 be having a special Prayer Faith Milestone Event for you and your child on Sunday, November 12th 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 19th (at the service you normally attend). This milestone event explores worship, the worship space, and is an invitation that “You are welcome here!”
Thank you to everyone who came out to the fall workday last Sunday. The highlight of the day was watching the tree come down and then sending all the smaller branches to the chipper.
High School Students – “Tough Issues” moves 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 12, we will begin a discussion of paranormal activity.
LAC: Road Rally, November 12 Can you imagine being in a car with your friends? With instructions in hand, you are figuring out your next destination. In spite of all the confusion, you and the other teams all arrive at the same destination, playing with cats and walking dogs!
Well, that’s the November event – a Road Rally with the final destination at an animal shelter! So, Sunday, November 12 – we will meet after church, eat some lunch, divide into teams and the chase is on. Sign up by Wednesday, November 8, 5:00 pm. Sign up on the clipboard in the small Fellowship Hall.
It’s that time of year again. Our annual Harvest Dinner will be served on Saturday November 11, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Tickets are on sale between services. We hope everyone can come to enjoy an ALL–U-Can eat turkey dinner. Please bring family and friends! Ticket prices: 5 and under are free, 6-11 – $5.00 and 12 and over – 7:00. Any questions call Barb Wahls 734-878-9332.
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.
Pantry needs are Peanut butter, coffee, spices, and applesauce
Please share with folks you know who may need some help with groceries. Our Open Shop days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1 – 4 pm. *Note that the pantry has expanded hours for the open shop days. No appointment is needed. Other appointments can be made through Love INC at 517-552-3620.