Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Deuteronomy 18:15–20, 1 Corinthians 8:1–13, Mark 1:21–28
1/28 Zechariah 6:1-7:14 Romans 16:17-27
1/29 Zechariah 8:1-23 2 Timothy 1:1-18
1/30 Zechariah 9:1-17 2 Timothy 2:1-26
1/31 Zechariah 10:1-11:3 2 Timothy 3:1-17
2/1 Zechariah 11:4-17 2 Timothy 4:1-18
2/2 Zechariah 12:1-13:9 Titus 1:1-26
2/3 Zechariah 14:1-21 Titus 2:7-3:15
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 40:21–31, 1 Corinthians 9:16–27, Mark 1:29–39
Upcoming Voters Meeting
TODAY, after the 11 am Divine Service, we will have a voters meeting. The agenda will include electing two people to serve on the church council. The nominating committee will present a ballot that invites the voters to consider Bill Zolner and Scott Bone. We will consider the budget plan for 2018. Pastor Gaertner will present a year in review report.
If you have noticed the missing candles, the service candles have been sent out for restoration. They will be back by Easter.
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade regularly 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 will finish the final week with the story “Wedding at Cana.” Children have brought home a family page to extend the learning and have faith conversations in the home. There are many ideas including science, music, and video connections! Check out the family page for lots of ideas!
Don’t forget to check out our New Sunday School Program (preschool-grade 6)
We begin with an opening and introduction to the Bible story. Following the opening, we divide into three groups: Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, and Grades 3-6.
Students explore VBS-type workshops to dive deep into Bible stories. Options include: Art, Bible Skills and Games, Computer Lab, Cooking, Creative Drama, Music, Science, and Video. Each Bible story will be studied for 3 weeks before moving on to the next story.
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 led by Tim Hurst is currently studying material related to 1 and 2 Kings.
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 “a Servant Girl and a Proud General” found in 2 Kings 5. 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 next on Monday, January 22 at 11:00 am Our new topic is, “Go and Be Reconciled.” This is a topic and a good 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 9:45am 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 will 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 7:30am) AND at Pastor’s Study during the Education Hour (9:45am-10:45am).
4th, 5th, 6th Grade Youth Group
Our next event will be painting and games at church on Sunday, 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!
On Sunday, 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 of 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.
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 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.
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 Indiana School of Technology. We will meet at 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.
Local Mission Dollars
At the voters meeting TODAY we will decide what group(s) will receive our remaining local mission dollars. Every January we review the support we have provided in our community to local mission agencies. Each year our aim is to spend 2% of the previous year offerings ($9,269). Throughout 2017 we have supported Angel Tree Gifts, Easter and Christmas Baskets, Salvation Army Lunch Bunch, Family of God Prenatal Baskets, Food Pantry, and Gas Card/Utility help. We still have about $1,800 to give in local grants.
The church council would like your suggestions on where our remaining $1800 should go. Please email or talk to Pastor Gaertner (email@example.com / 810-355-6517) with your suggestions. The criteria is simple: we want this money to support a local group that seeks positively to transform our community.
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 auctions, 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 really adds to the fun-come dressed as your favorite character.
Taking place Saturday February 3, it is time once again for this community wide event. Many volunteers are needed at the Howell Parker Middle school, where they will “connect” individuals and families with needed information, health screenings, clothing, and more. See the flyer in the narthex for more information on being a volunteer and location details.
Heart for Giving Fundraiser
March 1, 2018 Doors open at 6:15,
Dinner served at 7pm
Cornerstone EPC, 9455 Hilton Rd., Brighton
Tickets are $35 per person
Please RSVP by February 19th
Featuring: Beth Weber is 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.
Boy Scout Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 391 of St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting a ‘thank you’ breakfast on Sunday, February 4 from 9:30 am – 10:45 am in the Small fellowship hall. Members and friends of St. Paul, we encourage you to enjoy this breakfast as well as the Education Hour and Divine Service next Sunday. Thanks from Troop 391
God and Essential Oil
Join us February at 1:00pm in the fellowship hall as we discover the gift that God has given us in essential oils.
If you have any questions contact Judy Wuckert at 586-904-2780.
EASTER BASKET PROGRAM
St. Paul’s Compassionate Care
St. Paul is currently collecting the food and household items listed below 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 be sure to 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 24th.