Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
1 Samuel 3:1–10 (11–20), 1 Corinthians 6:12–20, John 1:43–51
1/14 Ezekiel 36:33-37:14 Romans 5:1-21
1/15 Ezekiel 37:15-28 Romans 6:1-23
1/16 Ezekiel 38:1-23 Romans 7:1-20
1/17 Ezekiel 39:1-10, 17-29 Romans 7:21-8:17
1/18 Ezekiel 40:1-4, 43:1-12 Romans 8:18-39
1/19 Ezekiel 44:1-16, 23-29 Romans 9:1-18
1/20 Ezekiel 47:1-14, 21-23 Romans 9:19-33
Scripture Readings for next week:
Jonah 3:1–5, 10, 1 Corinthians 7:29–31 (32–35), Mark 1:14–20
Upcoming Voters Meeting
On January 28, after 11am Divine Service, we will have a voters meeting. The agenda will include electing two people to serve on the church council. The nominating committee will present a ballot that invites the voters to consider Bill Zolner and Scott Bone. We will consider the budget plan for 2018. Pastor Gaertner will present a year in review report.
If you have noticed the missing candles, the service candles have been sent out for restoration. They will be back by Easter.
Also, now that the weather is warmer we invite the people who donated poinsettias to take their plants home today.
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade regularly 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
We will begin the story “Wedding at Cana.” Children will be coming home with a family page to extend the learning and have faith conversations in the home.
New Sunday School Program (preschool-grade 6) Beginning TODAY
We begin with an opening and introduction to the Bible story, like we have been doing. Following the opening, we divide into three groups: Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, and Grades 3-6.
Students explore VBS-type workshops to dive deep into Bible stories. Options include: Art, Bible Skills and Games, Computer Lab, Cooking, Creative Drama, Music, Science, and Video. Each Bible story will be studied for 3 weeks before moving on to the next story.
Holy Huddle and High School Study “Christians Under Construction”
Holy Huddle does not meet today, because the confirmation youth are on their retreat. The High School study takes place in Room 5 of the lower level.
Ancient History and the Bible
This study led by Tim Hurst is currently studying material related to 1 and 2 Kings.
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 young hero and the horrible giant” found in 1 Samuel 17. 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.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
The women will meet next on Monday, January 15 at 11:00 am
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.
God in the Real World: Fresh Brew and Pastor’s 9:45am Study
A Bible study series of God at work in the lives of real people.
Mike Hausch at Fresh Brew and Pastor Gaertner at the Education Hour will teach the same study in January and February. The eight sessions in this study will connect the events of the Bible to our lives. Each session begins with an 8-minute video setting the stage of each Biblical event. The video was filmed on location in Israel and Palestine by Rev. Dr. Zelt who has led many groups to Israel and Palestine. The study is designed to promote growth in three ways: 1) Understanding the events in their original context, 2) thinking through the concepts or truths that God reveals through those events, and 3) processing how these truths apply to our lives. This study begins January 14. It will be taught at Fresh Brew (Sunday at 7:30am) AND at Pastor’s Study during the Education Hour (9:45am-10:45am).
Cross+generational Baptismal Remembrance Event
Thanks to everyone who came last Sunday to learn about living in our Baptism! We will be having another intergenerational study in May. The format will be similar, but around a different topic.
Family Holiday Challenge Winners
Congratulations to the Yakimow family with the most points and the Gaertner family. Next Family Challenge will be during Lent. Watch for details on this upcoming opportunity to use this fun challenge as a way to have faith conversations in the home.
4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group
Our January event will either be sledding (if we get keep our snow) or a paint night and game night at church. Watch for details!
On Sunday, February 4, during the Education Hour, a new quarterly class for parents of kids from birth—grade 6 will begin. We will explore teaching faith at home by looking at a Biblical foundation of teaching the faith, resources, and discussion.
This class is designed to grow faith conversations in the home. Class participants will help set the topics for our discussion.
The Senior High students go bowling on Sunday, January 21. We will meet and have lunch together after the 11:00 am service and then go bowling. The cost is $12, which includes lunch, 2 games of bowling, and shoe rental. The sign-up deadline is Friday, January 19, 5:00 pm. Signup by contacting Mike Hausch (Mike@stpaulhamburg.com or 810-923-8166).
LAC (Middle School Youth Group)
A trip to an Indoor Waterpark is our activity Saturday, January 20. We will meet at church at 10:30 am and return by 4:00pm. The cost is $20.00 and includes admission and lunch. We need to plan transportation so the sign-up deadline is Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 pm. Signup by contacting Mike Hausch (Mike@stpaulhamburg.com or 810-923-8166).
Bringing Hope to the Table
A partnership between Kroger, Gleaners and Daisy’s Food Pantry. How this works is: We will have two times. One on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00am – 6:00 pm and one Sunday, January 28, 12:00 NOON – 6:00 pm. We will greet people as they enter the Kroger store at Chilson Crossing and ask them to do some shopping for Daisy’s Food Pantry. As they leave the store, we will gather the food they have purchased and return it to church. This event has become a major food source for our pantry and has allowed us to expand our services to the community. There are a variety of tasks. Volunteer sign up will be available beginning Sunday, January 7. We will need store greeters, food transportation and sorters back at church. Join us; with your help we can make a big difference.
Red Cross Blood Drive
January 16 from 1pm-6:45 pm. In addition to volunteers, we REALLY need cookies.
A lot of the people who bake for this are gone for a couple of months. Appointments can be made online. If you can help please contact: Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503
Local Mission Dollars
At the voters meeting on January 28 we will decide what group(s) will receive our remaining local mission dollars. Every January we review the support we have provided in our community to local mission agencies. Each year our aim is to spend 2% of the previous year offerings ($9,269). Throughout 2017 we have supported Angel Tree Gifts, Easter and Christmas Baskets, Salvation Army Lunch Bunch, Family of God Prenatal Baskets, Food Pantry, and Gas Card/Utility help. We still have about $1,800 to give in local grants.
The church council would like your suggestions on where our remaining $1800 should go. Please email or talk to Pastor Gaertner (firstname.lastname@example.org / 810-355-6517) with your suggestions. The criteria is simple: we want this money to support a local group that seeks positively to transform our community.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Mike Hausch, Barb Nettleton, and Rob Rochowiak were in Houston providing aid to those people whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. We all look forward to hearing both the ordinary and extraordinary stories that they have brought back to us.
A Volunteer is needed.
Signs, signs everywhere a sign and St. Paul needs someone to change the sign periodically for events. Incredibly creative is not necessary, but a plus. All that is needed is a love to serve the Lord in small ways. Contact Pastor Gaertner if interested.
In Our Community
Evening at Our Place
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School in Brighton invites you to their free Lego themed Evening at Our Place on Friday, February 9. From 6pm to 7pm enjoy games, crafts, and a chance to tour the school. At 7pm attend a presentation by a Lego Master Builder from Legoland Discovery Center Michigan. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year opens to the public at 6:00pm on Friday, February 9. Call (810) 227-6473 or visit sotlschool.com for more information.
Upcoming Family Life Workshop at Shepherd of the Lakes
January 15, 2018, 6:30-8PM in Genesis Hall
“Beyond the Birds and Bees—talking to teens about love, dating, and relationships” – presented by the On Fire Team. Talking about relationships doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring. With humor and insight, On FIRE presenters speak to thousands of area teens every year. This session is designed for parents, teachers, and youth workers. This is great for parents with teens and younger, as it’s never too early to begin preparing for this!
This workshop is free of cost! Childcare provided at no cost. Sign up online at sotlchurch.com/familylife
Taking place Saturday February 3, it is time once again for this community wide event. Many volunteers are needed at the Howell Parker Middle school, where they will “connect” individuals and families with needed information, health screenings, clothing, and more. See the flyer in the narthex for more information on being a volunteer and location details.