Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Ezekiel 33:7–9, Romans 13:1–10, Matthew 18:1–20
9/10 2 Kings 9:1-13; 10:18-29 Philippians 2:12-30
9/11 2 Chronicles 29:1-24 Philippians 3:1-21
9/12 2 Chronicles 31:1-21 Philippians 4:1-23
9/13 2 Chronicles 32:1-22 Colossians 1:1-23
9/14 2 Chronicles 33:1-25 Colossians 1:24–2:7
9/15 2 Chronicles 34:1-4, 8-11, 14-33 Colossians 2:8-23
9/16 2 Chronicles 35:1-7, 16-25 Colossians 3:1-25
Scripture Readings for next week
Genesis 50:15–21, Romans 14:1–12 Matthew, 18:21–35
Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade meets in the multi-purpose room downstairs beginning at 9:45am.
Rally Day – September 17
Rally Day, also known as Education Sunday, is the launch of a new school year exploring God’s Word. It is the launch of the start of all opportunities of growth! Exploring God’s Word is for all ages, from birth to death. A baby learns the rhythm of the service by sitting on mom or dad’s lap. A young child learns the Bible stories through repetition at VBS, Sunday School, church, and a children’s Bible. Older children and youth take those foundational stories and experiences and begin to question, challenge, engage, and experience the presence of God in new and exciting ways. Young adults, parents, single adults, middle aged adults, older adults…each stage allows an opportunity to look at those Biblical stories through fresh eyes and new experiences. Even those stories we thought we knew inside and out, reveal new insight through different life events.
All ages are welcome to join us as we launch the start of another year of all opportunities of growth on Sunday, September 17! Come and see what we’re up to at St. Paul this year! Come and see what we’re planning to launch!
Sunday School Teacher Training
A teacher training will be held today, September 10, at 12 pm and resources will be distributed. This is for preschool-6th grade teachers.
Today in the Sunday School
This week’s Sunday School lesson continues to explore God’s command to be content. In the Bible account “Paul and Philemon,” Paul exhorts Philemon and Onesimus to put aside their conflict and work together for the sake of the Gospel. As a family, discuss, “Who is someone you would find it hard to work together with? How could you learn to respect and work with that person?”
We gather at 9:45am 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.
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. Take the opportunity to continue learning about Jesus and the Bible at Christians Under Construction. 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 “A Man Named Martin Part 1: The Man”
Pastor Gaertner leads a Lutheran Hour Ministry Bible study that introduces Martin Luther which provides us a chance to find Christ-centered endurance.
Join us next week when we start “A Man Named Martin Part 2: The Moment”
Pastor Gaertner leads a Lutheran Hour Ministry Bible study that is a follow-up Bible study to A Man Named Martin-Part 1: The Man. This three-session Bible study takes a close look at the widespread teachings of the late Medieval Church that were superfluous to the Bible or not scripturally grounded.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11am Divine Service. This week we will learn that “Esther Saves Her People.” 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 meet tomorrow, Monday, September 11. and continue our study “Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope and Trust.” The lesson title will be, “Esther: When Waiting Doesn’t Mean Doing Nothing.”
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, our next meeting is on Saturday, September 16. We will have a healthy breakfast and a thoughtful and challenging discussion on the book Loved and Sent by Jeff Cloeter. This group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 am.
Beginning and Going Back to School – Milestone Moments
There are two Faith Milestone Events handouts available in the narthex to help kick off the new school year. They can also be found on the church website (http://stpaulhamburg.com/). Faith Milestones Ministry uses special times in a child’s life to acknowledge and affirm God’s presence in their midst. Milestone Moments provide a model for connecting significant occasions in people’s lives with their ongoing journey of faith. There are two handouts to choose from: a Back to School Milestone (for children and youth who have been in school) and a Beginning School Milestone (for those children starting school for the first time).
Entering Sunday School Faith Milestone Event (for preschool)
Preschool children and a parent or guardian are invited to attend the Entering Sunday School Faith Milestone Event on Sunday, September 24 in the Sunday School rooms of the church basement. To make it easier to begin attending Sunday School, we are inviting preschool children and a parent or guardian to an orientation to Sunday School. We will meet at 9:45 am. This is an opportunity to help preschool children transition into class. This Entering Sunday School Faith Milestone Event is one of a number of new events using significant milestones in a child’s life to connect families
to each other and to the congregation. Parents are encouraged to use the nursery for other younger children during this event, to make this important Faith Milestone with your preschool child a special time. To RSVP or for further questions, please contact Miriam Yakimow or sign up at http://tiny-url.org/Enteringsundayschoolmilestone
IMAC (I am a Christian): 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group
There will an information and Planning meeting for parent and child on Sunday, September 24 at 12 pm (lunch provided). Please RSVP with Miriam or sign up at http://tiny-url.org/456youthgroup
St. Paul Hamburg Fall Fest
We hope you will plan on joining St. Paul Hamburg’s Annual Fall Fest on Sunday September 17 following the 11am service at 12 noon. This is an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with your church family as well as to share the welcoming love Jesus has to offer with the local community.
We will have fun activities for the kiddos (and some adults), a fall-themed meal of chili and other fixings and sides to fill your tummy. Christian music will be played over the speakers as well as from our great VBS band. And don’t forget you can enter to win a raffle basket or door prize!
If you would like to help out in some way, we need you! You can check out http://tinyurl.com/stpaulfall2017 to sign up for a shift of your choosing. Or contact Becky Gusoff via cell/text 734-673-0546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other needs are to donate a door prize or make something for the dessert table and drop it off ahead of time.
Flyers and postcards will be in the narthex for you to give to your friends, family, and neighbors. Or share the Facebook event that can be found on the St. Paul Facebook page.
High School Students – “Tough Issues”
Please join us today, Sunday September 10 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. We will play a game or two, discuss a biblical topic and share some food. On September 17, 5pm we will have a Planning Event to discuss the next several months. We will decide future topics over snacks. September 24 we will meet at 12:30 pm.
LAC Planning event
Living Active Christians is a youth ministry group for students in 7th and 8th grade and those involved in confirmation instruction. Today, from 12:15 – 2:00 pm we will host an in-house planning retreat for these students and their parents. The goal of this retreat is to plan activities throughout the school year. The planning will include community building activities as well as service projects. Join us for an exciting time of looking ahead. Lunch will be provided.
Here we stand.
There is still a need for over 100 ushers at the worship service at the Breslin Center. This would be a great opportunity to be a part of something this big. Contact Mike Hausch if interested!
Pantry needs are strawberry jelly, boxed potatoes or tuna mixes, spices, coffee and canned chili, dried beans and peas.
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 at 517-552-3620.
We have currently one meal train operating at St. Paul. Please look at the signup page and identify a date when you can help. We would like to get more people involved in this service of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please prayerfully consider adding your name to a date or two.
John and Mary Martinowicz- https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/5n1nzy
The meal train website provides a way for you to sign-up to deliver a meal during a difficult time in a family.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is September 19 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
Looking for something to do this Fall? Try checking out Krefts Arts at Concordia in Ann Arbor.
Sept 22 – Sean Dobbins and Friends – Virtuoso Jazz drummer, composer and arranger, 7:30pm, Earhart Manor, South Lawn.
Sept 27 – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – Book and coffee discussion led by Sara Rokicki
Oct 12-15 – Ann of Green Gables – Kreft Center Black Box Theater. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and Students.
More info and directions can be found at: www.cuaa.edu/life/kreft/index. html