Sept. 24 – Oct. 1 Bulletin Announcements

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 55:6–9, Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30, Matthew 20:1–16


9/24           Nehemiah 9:22-38                    1 Timothy 6:3-21
9/25            Malachi 1:1-14                          Matthew 3:1-17
9/26            Malachi 2:1-3:5                          Matthew 4:1-11
9/27           Malachi 3:6-4:6                           Matthew 4:12-25
9/28           Deuteronomy 1:1-18                   Matthew 5:1-20
9/29           Deuteronomy 1:19-36                Matthew 5:21-48
9/30           Deuteronomy 1:37-2:15             Matthew 6:1-15


Scripture Readings for next week
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32, Philippians 2:1–4 (5–13) 14–18, Matthew 21:23–27 (28–32)



Today we welcome in the waters of Holy Baptism Olivia Grace Orlowski. She is the daughter of Greg and Stephanie Orlowski. Her godparents are Stephen Orlowski, Peg Hetzel, and Deanna Bishop. We also welcome Stephen Bishop in Holy Baptism.


Christian Education

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.


Today in Sunday School
The Sunday School lesson today focuses on “Solomon Builds the Temple.” Though God resided within the Old Testament temple, He was hidden behind the veil in the Most Holy Place. Jesus is the unveiled Most Holy Place, accessible to all, enfolding believers in the arms of His Word and Sacraments. Parents might ask, “What kinds of things would you have seen in Solomon’s temple? Where do we see Jesus today?”


Rally Day News
Thanks to all who helped launch our Fall Sunday School program last Sunday. We had 22 children participate in our Rally Day festivities, including a scavenger hunt.  A special thanks to all the 7th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade helpers! It was a wonderful kick off!


Holy Huddle
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. 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. 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 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!


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. This Bible study meets in the back room of the large fellowship hall.


“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.


Ancient History and the Bible
How is that ancient kingdom of Sumer connected to the Bible story of Noah and the Flood? Why did Jacob’s sons go to Egypt to escape a famine?

Understanding the Bible is easier when studied along with the history and geography of ancient times in the Middle East. Beginning October 8, at 9:45am and continuing weekly, join Tim Hurst and explore the story of life in biblical times, using several reference texts.

The secular world would like to cast doubt on Bible stories, but old scrolls and archeological excavations have strengthened our belief in those stories of long ago. Bring your Bible and join us.


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 “Nehemiah seeks God’s Forgiveness for Israel” found in Nehemiah 1:1-2:9. 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
“Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope and Trust.” The lesson title will be, ‘The Woman with the Issue of Blood-When Waiting Draws You to Jesus.’


Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men 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.


Family Ministry

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 TODAY, 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.



IMAC (I am a Christian): 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group
There will be an information and planning meeting for parent and child TODAY, September 24 at 12 pm (lunch provided). We will start as soon as second service ends.


Bible Faith Milestone Ministry Event
On Sunday, October 22 at 12:15 there will be a Bible Milestone Event for any 3rd and 4th grade students who have NOT participated in the Bible Faith Stepping Stones at St. Paul.  This class is designed for a child and a parent or guardian.  The second part of this event will be a Bible Faith Milestone Blessing on Sunday, October 29 at the service you normally attend. Families should plan on attending both events.


High School Students – “Tough Issues”
Please join us today, Sunday September 24, at 12:30pm. We will have lunch together and tackle a tough issue. On next Sunday, October 1 we will again meet at 12:30pm.



Dishes Multiplying Instead of Fishes and Loaves
Did you bring a dish and forget it? The church kitchen has some dishes in it that want to be claimed.


Fall Fest Thank You
Thank you to everyone that volunteered to help make the Fall Fest a success this year.


Compassionate Care
Hurricane Harvey Response Trip – 2017

Trip Date: 10/11 – 10/14

St. Paul is partnering with the churches in the Houston area and St. John’s in Orange, California, to bring relief following the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are forming a volunteer team that will travel to Texas to help in the clean-up process. The team will be removing wet drywall and insulation, removing damaged floors, pulling staples, nails, etc. There are also openings for team members that will assist with food distribution or office work.

All volunteers must visit:

Watch the video, Read all pertinent information, Submit your personal info

Inform Mike Hausch that you will be attending. Let Mike know if you are willing to drive a rental 12 passenger van, mini-van, or car. Share with him your flight information, or 810-923-8166. A donor in our congregation has made a generous donation to ensure that costs do not hold any one back from going on this trip.


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 has been depleted. We are no longer able to answer the requests we receive from Love INC. 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.”


Pantry News
Pantry needs are ketchup, jelly, tuna, and vegetable oil

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.


Blood Drive
The Blood Drive this month was very successful! 79 pints were collected that will help save lives. A big thank you to everyone who helped set up and pack up. Next Blood drive will be November 21. Contact is Sheila Mueller (517) 861-6970.


In the Community

BSF- Bible Study Fellowship
BSF is an international, inter-denominational Bible study. The day women’s class meets weekly at Calvary Bible Church at 8318 Carpenter Road in Ann Arbor on Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30. This year BSF will be studying the book of Romans and class began on Sept. 13. Feel free to drop in the first Wednesday of any month when introductory welcome sessions are presented. Children, infants to age 5, are also provided Bible study, singing, and activities to parallel the adult lessons. More information is available online at Bible Study Fellowship or you can contact Sally Bucrek, Sally is a member of St. Paul and she welcomes the opportunity to tell you more about BSF.


A special invitation
On Wednesday, October 25 at 11:30am there will be a meet and greet with Rev Mandla Kkhumalo of St. Peter’s Confessional Lutheran Church in Middleburg, South Africa. The event will be held at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan. Cost will be $5 per person which includes lunch. Seating is limited. Register online at today!


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.