Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
1 Kings 19:1–8, Ephesians 4:17–5:2, John 6:35–51
Scripture Readings for next week:
Proverbs 9:1–10 or Ephesians 5:6–21, John 6:51–69, Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18
Rev. Theodore Hopkins of Concordia University will lead the worship service and adult Bible study hour this morning while Pastor Riggs is away. Also, Rev. Charles Schulz will lead the 7 pm service Monday night.
Our prayer for Rev. Hopkins and Rev. Schulz is that God will bless their message and that we as a congregation will receive their message with open ears. Thank you, Pastors for being here with us. Our prayer is also that we will be a blessing for you.
Join Pastor’s study of Luther’s Small Catechism
Is this class for you? Certainly!
Join us for a study of the Small Catechism, Wednesdays, September 5-October 24, 7 pm – 8:15 pm.
Maybe your initial thought is, “I already went through catechism instruction—that was years ago.” Well, yes, that was years ago. You may have been a great student, but that does not mean you remember everything. You also might have questions today that you did not have then.
Monday Night Worship
Is your summer hectic? Are you finding yourself rushing here and there with plans every weekend? Join us on Monday nights at 7:00 for a chance to catch your breath and remind yourself what is really important – worshipping God.
The St. Paul survey to support our Transition Thinking is available online as well as on paper. For the online version, go to: tinyurl.com/saintpaulhamburg . If this doesn’t work, the full address is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8MWHPW . Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Plan to join us during the Education Hour this week. We provide opportunities for people of all ages to read and inwardly digest the true promises of God revealed in the Bible.
Summer Sunday School
“Jesus Teaches about Forgiveness” is the Bible account for this week. Jesus’ message to His followers reminds us how God wants us to show love for and forgive those in our church family. After Sunday School, you could discuss, “What plan for dealing with forgiving others did Jesus explain? How can we learn to forgive those who have sinned against us?” Come and join us this summer!
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Rev. Theodore Hopkins adult Bible study hour this morning
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 class meets in the main part of the Large Fellowship Hall.
Would you share like faith in Jesus in a way that makes sense? This study will provide simple tools that encourage listeners to think for themselves about brokenness in the world and a plan for creation that makes sense. With words and pictures the plan of God is revealed. Come, listen, respond, act. Fresh Brew meets on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will meet tomorrow, Monday, Aug 13. We will continue our topic “Forgiveness: How am I reconciled to God?” Join us for a discussion on this exceptional topic. We will gather at 11:00 am tomorrow.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We have been working on a new study titled, “Discipleship Explored.” The study is based on Paul’s letter to the brothers and sisters in Philippi, and we have just begun. It is a great time to join this group. We meet Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. See you next Saturday, August 18.
Confirmation classes begin the week of August 20! Parents and students are required to attend an orientation meeting on Sunday, August 19, at 12:15 pm – right after the 11:00 am worship service. The schedule for the week is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 – NOON; Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (This day includes Challenge Course activities.) Parents and students: See you at orientation on Sunday, August 19! A make-up orientation will be Thursday, August 23, at 4 pm.
Kids’ Connection During the 11 am Divine Service
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd-grade students during the 11:00 am Divine Service. This week we will look at the story “A New Way to See” found in Acts 6-9 and 12-28. 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.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Watch for details for this special Faith Milestone Blessing to kick of the school year!
This year’s fall festival will be on Sunday, September 9 from 12pm-3 pm. Planning team will meet TODAY, Sunday, August 12 at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be provided for the planning team members.
LAC (7th and 8th graders) and High School Youth
Join us for Wickedly Awesome Wednesdays will not meet August 1 or August 8. We will meet in August 15, 22 and 29.
Expanding Open Shop Days
Daisy’s Food Pantry is now offering open shop days every Wednesday between 1pm-4pm. Our food pantry helps households in our community bridge out of crisis. Families can shop 6 times a year in our pantry. No qualifications or appointments are needed. Please spread the word so we can reach more people in our community. Our current needs are oil, mustard, and boxed skillet meals.
Next week we head into the final dates available to schedule your photography session. If you haven’t made your appointment yet, please stop in the Fellowship Hall before or after church or contact Cindy Elowsky (810) 231-3851 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment.
If you’ve been attempting make your appointment online this week, you have found the link hasn’t been working properly. Hopefully it will be working yet this week, but if not, please go ahead and give Cindy a call or email and make your appointment. The link will be disabled completely August 12.
We are still hoping to have 200 families photographed. So far, 136 families have made their appointments and 77 of those have already had pictures taken. Lots of appointments left to make! Please save the phone callers some work and make your appointment TODAY!
In Our Community
Run for their Lives 5C Chocolate Walk
Join the Downtown Howell businesses, Saturday September 15, 2018, 9:30-11:30 for this perfect family friendly opportunity to support the life-affirming services of Pregnancy Help Clinic that save and transform lives right here in our community. This year walkers will stroll through Downtown Howell visiting participating vendors for chocolate treats. There will also be an area for children’s activities near the Courthouse.
Participate as a WALKER, VENDOR or SPONSOR. Go to www.runfortheirlives5C.com to register.
Love INC Resale Store
Do you Love Resale shopping, and enjoy volunteering? Come and join the fun at the Love INC Resale Store located at 1225 E. Grand River, Howell. Join them once a week for a few hours accepting donations, talking to wonderful, kind customers, and browsing the inventory. Volunteer Hours especially needed: Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon until 4 PM.
Another opportunity for the store: Pick-up gently-used donated furniture from
donors, and deliver to the store, every other Saturday. Love INC is a collaboration of 62 Christian churches. All proceeds remain in Livingston County, serving families experiencing poverty. Interested? Please phone the Love INC Resale Store @ 517-225-5064
Michigan District Events
This fall the Michigan District is hosting a number of events. Please take a few minutes to look over the opportunities available.
Crossroads, formerly known as A2E Urban Institute, will take place on September 16-17. This conference provides principles, practices, and preventive measures and further informs and equips individuals, leaders, and ministries to respond creatively and intentionally to pain. There will be valuable information and training for all who want to make an eternal kingdom impact.
Lutheran Adult Gathering
The deadline to register for this event has been extended until September 7. Set at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, this October 12-14 event will not disappoint. Speakers will help you feel more confident and equipped to share your faith. Participants will be provided practical help for proclaiming the Caring Creator and His great deeds with people today.
On September 22, Rev. Dennis Heiden will share stories and lessons learned from an experience born out of desperation. Instead of getting mad at the large, intimidating church and grumbling about the ‘sheep stealer’ up the road, his small church stepped through its fears and asked questions that became a conversation and grew into a partnership.
Michigan District Disaster Response
Church workers and laity can be part of the Michigan District Disaster Response on October 20 by participating in the Lutheran Early Response Team Training. At this training you will be equipped to be an effective volunteer who can serve others during difficult times. Participants will receive a certificate of participation and a volunteer certification badge (Photo ID). Adults are encouraged to attend.
For more information, please visit michigandistrict.org/events
The 2018 Bible sale is going on