Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 29:11–19, Ephesians 5:22–33, Mark 7:1–13
Scripture Readings for next week:
Deuteronomy. 4:1–2, 6–9 Ephesians 6:10–20, Mark 7:14–23
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 most important – worshipping God.
If you have noticed the missing candelabras, one of the candelabras had a flaw in the restoration and was sent back for correction. We are hopeful that it will return soon!
Nursery Volunteers Needed:
The Nursery is currently looking for volunteers to supervise our little ones during both worship services and Education Hour on Sunday mornings. Your commitment would be for one hour per month for the coming year. Please contact Barb Nettleton (810-355-4350 / firstname.lastname@example.org) if this opportunity is the way that God is calling you to serve Him and His people at St. Paul.
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!
The surveys of the congregation asking for shared memories and thoughts for the future are being returned in the offering and/or dropped off at the office. Thanks! We would like as many responses as possible. Please fill them out by September 16. Extra copies are in the back of the church.
Do you have a picture that could be part of a slide show highlighting the history of St. Paul? It might be an activity, a personal event, or the building under construction. If you have one, please scan it and submit it. Or we could scan it for you. Just bring it to the church office. Based on the pictures submitted, we may have a couple of slide shows from different eras of St. Paul that will be shared in October. They need to be received by September 23 to be included.
2018 Bible Sale
Whether you need a new bible, would like to get a study bible or other study book, or even purchase as a gift, this is a great time to do it. Up to 30% off. Sign up. There is an insert in your bulletin. However, they did not leave room for your name and number, so please provide that either on the back or a sticky note.
St. Paul Ministry Fair
During our Education Hour on Sunday, September 9, all ministries of St. Paul will have the opportunity to share who they are, what they do, and provide ways for others to get involved. Please consider a poster, display board, or other avenue to highlight each ministry at St. Paul. Please see Miriam Yakimow (email@example.com) or Mike Hausch (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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
After meeting someone they thought was a stranger along the road, two disciples have their eyes opened in this week’s Sunday School lesson, “The Emmaus Disciples See Jesus.” Students will continue their discussion of the Sacrament of the Altar as they learn that Jesus gives the forgiveness of sins in the Lord’s Supper. Your discussion could include, “Why is it important that believers who are old enough take part in Holy Communion?” Come and join us this summer!
Sunday School Kick-off
All ages will kick off a new year of ministries on Sunday, September 9, during the Education Hour. The morning will include a cross+generational event that includes a lesson and discussion. Ministries of St. Paul will be highlighted during the morning as part of this kick-off event, celebrating a new year of growing in Christ!
Sunday School Registration – NEW THIS YEAR
In an effort to make sure our records are up to date, and to collect important data for all of our Sunday School students, students should register for classes here: https://goo.gl/forms/QzyIJTI6e4cuvAeP2 This information is helpful to our teaching staff.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow is leading this study with the remainder of the topic “Islam.”
Sunday’s 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.
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. If you would like to order the Small Catechism, there is a sheet in the narthex next to pastor’s Sign-up for class.
Would you like to share 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
This study meets again tomorrow, Monday, Aug 27. We will be discussing a learning plan for the coming months. We gather on Mondays at 11:00 am.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We have been working on a 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, September 1.
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 “Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too! The Story of David and Goliath” 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.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Today, in both services, students, from preschool to college, and anyone involved with the education of children, youth, and adult learners – teachers, bus drivers, aides, food service, custodians, or staff will be asked to come forward for a blessing of the school year. All will be blessed, whether you remembered to bring you backpack! All will be affirmed in their vocations!
This year’s fall festival will be on Sunday, September 9 from 12pm-3 pm. Please refer to the bulletin insert for more information.
LAC (7th and 8th graders) and High School Youth
Join us for Wickedly Awesome Wednesdays. We will meet next on August 29.
Open Shop Days
Daisy’s Food Pantry offers 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, spaghetti sauce and boxed skillet meals.
Photography of families will be completed today. A huge THANK YOU to all who participated! If you did not get your picture taken, you can still be in the directory. Email a “selfie” to email@example.com with your name, address, phone number, and family members pictured, with children listed oldest to youngest.
Very soon we will start working on the “activity” pages of the directory. We would like to include pictures of groups such as Ushers, Greeters, Altar Guild, Audio/Visual Team, Church Council, Sunday School Teachers, Confirmation Prayer Partners, Food Pantry staff, Choir and Praise band, Old Timers, gardeners, and any other group that would like to be included.
If you have any pictures from recent events, such as Advent by Candlelight, Harvest Dinner, VBS, Christmas, youth activities, gardening, rummage sale, etc., we’d love to take a look at them. We’d also like to include some pictures showing the history of St. Paul, so if you have some old pictures, that would be great, too.
We’re also trying to get the roster as current and correct as it can be. It is one way that we can connect with each other. If you have changed phone numbers or email address, please forward correct information to firstname.lastname@example.org and remember to always keep your information current with the church office. If for some reason, you don’t want your phone number or email address included in the directory, please let us know.
If you have any ideas you’d like to share that can be used to make this pictorial directory the best ever, please contact Cindy Elowsky, email@example.com or 810-231-3851.
In Our Community
CEF 35th Annual Fall Conference
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 08:00 am EDT to Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 12:00 pm EDT. Marriott Hotel, Auburn Hills, Michigan. The purpose of the Annual CEF Conference is to equip congregation reps with specialized training and provide them with the opportunity to build relationships. Our goal is that congregation reps will be more effective in communicating about the mission and ministry of the Michigan District Church Extension Fund.
The conference theme is “Extending the Kingdom… Equipping the Saints” based on Ephesians 4:11-16.
Saturday – Spend the Day with Church Extension Fund
Rev. Dr. Tod E. Bolsinger will help us see how extending the Kingdom is something that is nearer and more challenging than we may have previously believed. “Seminary didn’t prepare me for this…” This confession, whispered countless times by pastors all over the country sums up the challenges of trying to “equip the saints for ministry” when the world around us is rapidly changing. Tod Bolsinger will help us recover a way of Christian discipleship and leadership formation that will enable leaders and their partners, pastors and their congregants be equipped to face the challenges of a changing world.
Sunday – Shaping Modern Hymnody Workshop and Worship
On Sunday, September 30, beginning at 8:30 AM, Keith and Kristyn Getty will lead the workshop, Shaping Modern Hymnody. Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers Following the workshop the Getty Band will join Michigan District President, Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier for the closing worship service. The conference will end by noon on Sunday.
Go to https://michigandistrict.org/events/CEFconference18 for registration and information.