Aug 5 – Aug 12 Bulletin Announcements

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Exodus 16:2–15, Ephesians 4:1–16, John 6:22–35

Scripture Readings for next week:
1 Kings 19:1–8, Ephesians 4:17–5:2, John 6:35–51


Attendance Cards

Just a little information about attendance cards.  These DO need to be filled out please.  When doing so, please take a moment to think if there are any updates to your contact information. Many times, members are surprised when they are not notified of events only to find we did not have their current information, so please help us in this area.

Pass to center aisle before sermon hymn. Someone will pick them up and cards with prayers will be forwarded to the pastor. If you forget and put them in the plate, any prayers unfortunately will be missed.

At the end of each service, all cards are to be put into the specified drawer in the Narthex for Martha to pick up on Monday.


The information from these is requested by the LCMS office to help determine our needs. Also, with two services, it gives the office a quick heads up that you may be in need of help or a visit if you are not here a few times.


Add Pastors small Catechism

Is this class for you? Certainly!

Join us for a study of the Small Catechism, Wednesdays, September 5-October 24 from 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.


Spiritual Oversight

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.



(3-T = Transition Thinking Team) When we see things in 3-D we see every dimension.  The goal of this time between settled pastors is to consider the dimension of our congregation—blessings and lessons from the past, where we are today, what our community is like today, and where our congregation and community will be in the future.  While this prayerful reflection is for all the congregation, the 3-T group will gather information and plan for events around these different dimensions of our church life.  As their first meeting is this Tuesday, today we will remember their work in prayer and install them in this duty.  Members of the 3-T group are:  Mary Brandau, Stan Bucrek, Keith Burns, Elise Marra, Chris Mowers, Tara Smith, Tonya Wells, and Alice Winkelman.

The St. Paul survey to support our Transition Thinking is available online as well as on paper.  For the online version, go to: .  If this doesn’t work, the full address is: . Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


Christian Education

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

Sunday School in the summer is a more lighthearted curriculum.  Come and join us this summer!


Sunday Morning Bible Study

Today concludes Pastor Riggs adult Bible study series of “postcards of the New Testament” with 3 John.


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.


Fresh Brew

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 6.  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 11.


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.


Family Ministry

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 “God Sends Help” found in Acts 1-5 and John 15. 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.


Fall Festival

This year’s fall festival will be on Sunday, September 9 from 12pm-3 pm.  Planning team will meet on 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.

Compassionate Care

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.


Vacation Bible School

Things went well with VBS.  Again, God blessed us with good weather, and lots of kids.  There were 90 total kids who attended at various times throughout the week. 80 volunteers made everything run smoothly, and 20 of those volunteers were teens!  Many thanks for those who let God use them to make known His Word. We even doubled our offering goal ($912) to sponsor two children from Compassion International and we will be sponsoring 2 more children! VBS Sunday was fantastic with many kids not from St. Paul who came to help us sing songs and hang out at the Splash Canyon Cookout!


Servant Opportunities

Appalachia Habitat for Humanity Service Project

On Sunday, August 5 we will leave St. Paul at 11:00 am and return, Saturday, August 11 around 6:00 pm.




A big THANK YOU to all the people who were photographed this week! We have 127 families who have made appointments, so on our way to making the 200-family goal. Those who had to cancel their appointments, don’t forget to stop and reschedule.


August 11 is the last day you will be able to make your appointments online.

As always, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to make an appointment. You can stop before or after services on Sunday, you can call or email Cindy Elowsky, or 810-231-3851, or until August 11, you can go to and use the link for pictorial directory.

Remember, there is no cost to you to be photographed for the directory. You will receive a free 8×10 and a free copy of the directory. Of course, you will have the option to buy pictures if you would like copies to give to people. Talk to your friends who have already had their photo session. They will tell you it was quick and painless.  There are still plenty of appointments August 18-19 and 25-26.


In Our Community

Run for their Lives 5C Chocolate Walk

Join us 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 to register.


Calling all singers!

On September 30th, Livingston County Christian Musicians is hosting the national tour of SING! with Keith and Kristyn Getty and Friends at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church.

The Gettys will be joined by a full choir and you’re invited! You’re invited to join in a beautiful night of worship.  Joining the choir includes:

  • Your ticket to the concert
  • An hour-long rehearsal with Keith and Kristyn Getty and band
  • Entrance to the Meet and Greet

Rehearsals will be September 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

These rehearsals are mandatory. There will be an extensive amount of music to learn and with as few rehearsals as possible, there will not be much time for review. Please do not commit to the choir without committing to each rehearsal.

Cost: $10 for music,  Attire: All Black          RSVP to be in the choir by letting Lynda Minger know so she can reply to the email.


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.