Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 40:21–31, 1 Corinthians 9:16–27, Mark 1:29–39
2/4 Job 1:1-22 John 1:1-18
2/5 Job 2:1-3:10 John 1:19-34
2/6 Job 3:11-26 John 1:35-51
2/7 Job 4:1-21 John 2:1-12
2/8 Job 5:1-27 John 2:13-25
2/9 Job 6:1-13 John 3:1-21
2/10 Job 6:14-30 John 3:22-4:6
Scripture Readings for next week:
2 Kings 2:1–12 or 2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (14–18); 4:1–6 Mark 9:2–9,
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.
Lenten Simple supper and Vespers start February 21, with Supper at 6 pm, vespers at 7pm. We encourage you to attend for fellowship and meaningful service of Jesus life and death on the cross to save us.
The service candles have been sent out for restoration. They will be back by Easter.
Voter’s Meeting Notes
At our voter’s meeting last week we elected Bill Zolner and Scott Bone to serve on the council. We give thanks for the time that Becky Gusoff and Elise Marra served on the council, especially as we were beginning to work inside of our new governance structure. The local missions designated for support at this meeting are Concordia University, Michigan District Here We Stand Campaign, Pregnancy Help Clinic in Brighton, and MOST Ministries Christian Education
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 begin studying the story “Woman at the Well.” Children will bring home a family page to extend the learning and have faith conversations in the home. There are many ideas on the family page, including science, music, and video connections! Check out the family page for lots of 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 “Operation: No More Tears” found in Isaiah 9, 11, 40, 50, 53, 55 and 60. 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 5, 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).
4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group FLUID PAINTING
Our next event will be painting and games at church TODAY, February 4, following the second service at 12:15. We will have a light lunch right after the second service. Please plan to join us!
Partnering with and resourcing parents to help their children KNOW, LOVE, and SERVE Jesus Christ.
TODAY, February 4, during the Education Hour, a new quarterly class for parents of kids from birth—high school will begin. We will explore teaching faith at home by looking at a Biblical foundation for teaching the faith, resources, and discussion. In our February 4 class, we will look at some specific Lenten resources for use in the home and begin to discuss ways that we, as parents, can help create “Sticky Faith” that extends beyond the home years, in our children.
Topics this week will include: (we will meet in the lower level, please look for signs)
* What can I do to help my child have a lasting faith?
* What tools and resources are available to help us talk about our faith at home?
* How can I help my child turn to God in moments of failure rather than turning away from God?
It’s never too late or too early to explore questions like these!
This class is designed to grow faith conversations in the home. Class participants will help set the topics for our discussion.
Coming up – 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
2017 was a busy year for Daisy’s Pantry. We served 60 different families consisting of 168 individual members. Most of these families came multiple times throughout the year. A total of approximately 10,590 pounds of groceries were distributed. Thank you so much for such giving hearts who donate food for those we serve. If you are in need or are aware of someone we could help, please call Ellen Johnson or the church office.
The Bringing Hope to the Table food drive at Kroger brought in 5,069 pounds of groceries. We also received $55.00 cash and over $500 in gift cards. A big Thank You to the 50 plus volunteers who participated both at Kroger and sorting at church.
In Our Community
5th Annual Fundraising Gala: M.A.S.H. Bash 2018, February 10, Laurel Manor – Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia.
Enjoy a night out with great food, open bar (beer and wine), and chances to win raffles and auctions. Events include a gun auction, 50/50 Drawings, silent and live auctions, guest speakers, and sponsor. Please come out and support our troops and veterans.
Contact Rich Delisle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ron Rowley at email@example.com.
Theme attire is optional but adds to the fun — come dressed as your favorite character.
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.
Theological Conference – Take Heart, Take Action
Everywhere we go, we go as a witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to be a witness? How can my witness persuade someone to believe? How can I be a witness to people who don’t seem to care about church or the faith? Take Heart, Take Action is a theological conference for laypeople and church workers, and the featured speakers will share practical advice and insight into our calling as witnesses of the Gospel.
The event is on Saturday, February 24, 2018, – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E St Joe Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917.
Easter Basket Program — St. Paul’s Compassionate Care
St. Paul is collecting the food and household items listed to provide an Easter meal and support to families in our community needing assistance during the Easter Season.
Liquid Dish Soap
Boxed Scalloped Potatoes
You can also designate a cash donation to purchase perishable food such as hams, potatoes, and fruit.
Please write “Easter Baskets” on the envelope or check for the offering plate.
There will be several volunteer opportunities closer to the time of the basket deliveries.
Save the date! The Easter Basket deliveries will be Saturday, March 24.