Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
2 Kings 2:1–12 or 2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (14–18); 4:1–6 Mark 9:2–9,
2/11 Job 7:1-21 John 4:7-26
2/12 Job 8:1-22 John 4:27-45
2/13 Job 9:1-35 John 4:46-54
2/14 Job 10:1-22 John 5:1-18
2/15 Job 11:1-20 John 5:19-29
2/16 Job 12:1-6, 12-25 John 5:30-47
2/17 Job 13:1-12 John 6:1-21
Scripture Readings for next week:
Genesis 22:1–18, James 1:12–18, Mark 1:9–15
Ash Wednesday Service will be February 14 at 12:00 pm and 7 pm. There will be the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion offered at both services.
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade 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 continue with the story “Woman at the Well.” Look for the family take home page for ways to extend the lesson with other hands-on ideas.
We gather at 9:45 am 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 for high school youth. We meet in Sunday school room #5 during the 9:45 am Education Hour. Take the opportunity to continue learning about Jesus and the Bible at Christians Under Construction.
Ancient History and the Bible
The Bible is history, and we can also find the Biblical events in history. This study currently is moving into the Intertestamental time of biblical and world history.
Kids’ Connection During the 11 am Divine Service
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 “Daniel and the Scary Sleepover” found in Daniel 6. 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 tomorrow, Monday, February 9, at 11:00 am. Our new topic is, “Go and Be Reconciled.” This topic is great for the congregation and our homes. It is a great time to join the study and discussion.
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 9:45 am 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 teach the same study in January and February. The eight sessions in this study 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 began January 14. It is taught at Fresh Brew (Sunday at 7:30 am) AND at Pastor’s Study during the Education Hour (9:45 am-10:45 am).
Early Communion Workshops – A Faith Milestone Event
The preparation for and receiving of first communion is a special milestone in your child’s faith journey. It is also a chance for parents and children to come together to grow together in faith. These workshops will use guided discussions for the parent(s) and child to talk about and prepare for receiving Holy Communion. During the last workshop day, the child will have a conversation with Pastor Gaertner about the Lord’s Supper. Typically, children in 4th grade and up are best able to understand the concepts of sin, forgiveness, and the Lord’s Supper. These workshops are open to confirmation students desiring to receive the Lord’s Supper. Dates for workshops are 2/25, 3/11, and 3/25. Please contact Miriam (email@example.com) for more information and to sign up.
Family Lenten Challenge
It’s time for another round of family challenge time! There will be different opportunities to win. This time, prize winners will include the family completing the most missions, a random selection of a family who worked on the challenges, and an opportunity to win a Pizza Hut gift card by simply checking in with Miriam (letting her know you have been working on some part of the challenge missions) during the challenge on a selected date! Have some faith conversations this Lenten season by using our challenge guide.
Lenten Cross Kits
Lenten Cross Kits are available for $2 from Miriam. Use these kits to help observe the Lenten season and for the Lenten Challenge.
Dates for this challenge are from February 14 – April 7. You do not have to complete every mission listed on the challenge form. The goal is to have every family participate in some way! See Miriam (firstname.lastname@example.org) or http://stpaulhamburg.com/2018/family-lenten-challenge/ for more details.
LAC Activity, 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend a Men’s Basketball game at Concordia University, Ann Arbor on Saturday, February 17. They are playing against Indiana School of Technology. We will meet at the church at 2:00 pm. The game time is 3:00 pm. We will have pizza together before returning to St. Paul at 6:00 pm. Get your name on the sign-up sheet in the Small Fellowship Hall. Sign up deadline is Wednesday, February 14 at 5:00 pm.
High School students: February Event is a Lock-In on Friday, February 16, we will play some games, watch a movie. Evening activities will end at 10 pm, and students may go home if they wish. For those who wish to stay, we will have a variety of structured options as well as a time for sleep. On Saturday morning breakfast will be served and the event will end at 8:00 am.
“Feed my lambs; feed my sheep”. John 21:17
Through your pantry, we carry out Jesus reply to his disciples. We continue to be a part of Love INC and greet clients referred by them on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s. We have Open Pantry on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of each month from 1-4 pm. No appointment is needed on the open door days.
Perhaps you know of someone who could use assistance with food, utilities, clothing, gas vouchers, heating wood and other services. Have them call Love INC at 517-553-3620 to set an appointment. If you know of someone who could use help with groceries from out pantry, please visit on the 1st and 3rd Weds from 1-4 pm. If there is an emergency, please call Ellen Johnson
In Our Community
Love INC Seamless Bible Study
The Seamless Bible Study is offered through the New Creation Ministry and open to everyone. Join Love INC for this 7-week study as they tie all of Scripture together into one complete story of the Bible. The Seamless Bible Study meets on Monday evenings beginning February 12th from 6-7pm at Venture Church, 8457 E. Highland Rd, Howell, Michigan 48843. Sign in starts at 5:45 pm.
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Active Faith Community Services: “Fighting Hunger Where We Live”
Invites you to our 5th annual Strike Out Hunger bowling event on Sunday, March 4, 2018, 1-3pm at PINZ Bowling Center, 700 N. Lafayette Street, South Lyon, MI 48178.
$100 per lane (up to 5 bowlers) Includes a large pizza, soft drinks and bowling shoes. Walk Ins Welcome!!
To Register Call: 248-437-9790 or visit our website at www.activefaithcs.org/events.
Active Faith is a licensed 501C(3) charity, operating in the South Lyon School district.
Heart for Giving Fundraiser
March 1, 2018. Doors open at 6:15, dinner served at 7 pm at Cornerstone EPC, 9455 Hilton Rd., Brighton.
Tickets are $35 per person. Please RSVP by February 19.
Featuring: Beth Weber, a gifted speaker, author, and founder of Hope Services LLC, a ministry dedicated to helping others persevere and endure hardship. Her compelling message of hope inspires others to face life’s harshest trials with strength and courage.
If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation
please give by either sending a check payable to Love INC or
donate using the GYVE app.