July 8 – July 15 Bulletin Announcements

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Ezekiel 2:1–5 2, Corinthians 12:1–10, Mark 6:1–13


Voter’s Meeting

On July 22 at 9:45 am, between services, there will be a voters meeting. This will be our routine summer meeting.


Spiritual Oversight

Monday Night Worship

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year with something going on every weekend. Stay connected to God during our Monday night worship. Worship starts at 7:00 pm. Be focused on what is most important.


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

We need a few more teachers for our summer classes. Our desire is to allow regular school-year teachers to have a break over the summer. If you can help for one or more weeks, please sign up in the fellowship hall or here:  https://tinyurl.com/y8urybk2


Sunday Morning Bible Study

Pastor Riggs will be leading the adult Bible study between services. It would be great to see you there! Promises he wants to make to everyone, especially if you have not been in Bible study for a while. (1) You will never be called on to read—volunteers might read but no one will be asked to read who did not volunteer. (2) page numbers will be given to easily move to the Scripture we are discussing. (3) Sundays leading up to September will be “self-contained”. If you cannot be with us on the 2nd Sunday of July, it will not impact your participation the 3rd Sunday of July.

Today’s topic— Jude

Upcoming Topics:



Christian Hymns for the Season of Pentecost will be explored at Fresh Brew

The hymns of the church convene the messages of God’s of Word. For the next several weeks we will look at some of the hymns, the word, the message, the context, the authorship and application to our lives today. Today we look at the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Next week we will look at the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Fresh Brew meets at 7:30 am on Sundays in the large fellowship hall.


Monday Women’s Bible Study

We will meet tomorrow, Monday, July 9. Our topic is “Forgiveness: How am I reconciled to God?” Join us for a discussion on this exceptional topic.

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, July 13.


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. 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.



LAC (7th and 8th graders) and High School Youth

Join us for Wickedly Awesome Wednesdays. We will not meet again until Wednesday, July 18. The registration forms for Camp Restore Detroit and Appalachia Habitat for Humanity need to be completed. The first form you filled out was simply an interest finder.

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


Vegetable Gardens at St. Paul

Here at St. Paul we are blessed with two gardening plots. The first is behind the Administration Building and that is the Community Garden. Produce is made available to volunteers, Daisy’s Food Pantry and St. Paul membership on Sunday mornings. The second plot is on the north side of the parking lot and produce is primarily being raised for Food Gatherers of Washtenaw County. The strategy for this garden is to plant it in such a way that produce comes in at much the same time so that delivery to Food Gatherers is in more significant amounts making transportation efficient. If you would like to help in either of these gardens, the Community Garden contacts are Barb Nettleton, 734-355-1705 or Doug Gruschow 810-588-3622 and the Food Gatherers contact is Mike Hausch 810-923-8166.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Blood Drive is July 17 from 1 pm-6:45 pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503


Vacation Bible School

Save the date:

July 23-27 is VBS! Plunge in to VBS 2018! At Splash Canyon VBS, your children learn God keeps His promises on life’s wild ride! They’ll look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts where our faithful God keeps His promises to be with us and gives us life and hope through Jesus, our Savior. Following the VBS closing ceremony at the 11:00 service on July 29 there will be the inaugural Splash Canyon Cookout for participants and their families!


Volunteers Needed

Be part of Splash Canyon VBS! Life is full of thrills and spills! We don’t know what’s around the bend, but God does! At Splash Canyon VBS, God’s children of all ages learn the good news is God is with us and keeps His promises to us on life’s wild ride! As staff members for Splash Canyon VBS, you have fun and share the Splash Canyon message with the kids! If you can help full or part time, we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Call If you are interested in helping out at VBS, please fill out the volunteer registration at the table in the narthex or at tinyurl.com/stpaulvolunteer.

There is another volunteer training on July 22 at 12:15pm so it’s not too late. Lunch will be provided. Contact Ashleigh Mowers (amowers@icloud.com) for more info!


VBS Band

Our VBS band has had its first practice and we are well on our way to lead Splash Canyon music! The next set of practices are:

Thursday, July 12 from 7 – 8:30 pm

Thursday, July 19 from 7-8:30 pm

Sunday, July 22 from 4-5 pm

Please contact Miriam (miriam@stpaulhamburg.com) if you are interested in joining the VBS band.


Servant Opportunities

Camp Restore Detroit Service Project

This begins on TODAY and concludes Saturday, July 14. We will leave from church on Sunday at 3:00 pm and return on Saturday, July 14 by 11:00 am. If you have not completed registration materials, please contact Mike Hausch mike@stpaulhamburg.com as soon as possible.


Appalachia Habitat for Humanity Service Project

Starts Sunday, August 5th through Saturday, August 11. We will leave St. Paul at 11:00 am on Sunday and return, Saturday, August 11 around 6:00 pm. If you have not received registration materials, see Mike Hausch at mike@stpaulhamburg.com or check the clip boards in the small fellowship hall.



Directory Update

We’re off to a great start!  Thanks to all the people who signed up for their photo sessions last Sunday. Our goal is to have as complete a Church Family section as possible to help Pastor Riggs and our future Settled Pastor learn names and faces. This means if you are a regular attender, but have not officially become a member, we still want you to be included. If you are a member, but not necessarily a regular attender, we want you to be included (and would love to see you more often). If you are homebound, we want you to be included, and will make arrangements to come to you.

We are trying to make it as easy as possible for everyone to find a date and time that will work and be able to make your appointments. Mowers Photography will be taking photographs Mon, Tues, and Wed, July 30, 31 and Aug 1. Also, two weekends August 18-19 and 25-26. There is a link on the St. Paul website where you can make your photo session appointment online at your convenience, or you can sign up on Sundays. You can also call or email Cindy Elowsky 810-231-3851, celowsky@charter.net.

We’re also looking for anyone interested in being a part of the directory committee. You’ll help decide our theme, what headings will go on the top of the pages and help decide what pictures we’d like to include to show what we do and who we are at St. Paul. We will also need phone callers to reach out to those who have not made their appointments and to make reminder calls as the photo dates approach. Let Cindy know if you want to help in any way.


In Our Community

Love INC Resale Store

The Love INC Resale Store takes Gently used/New donations from 10am-3pm Monday – Friday

Large/Heavy donations can be brought in on Saturday only between 10am – 2pm, at 1225 East Grand River, Howell, MI 48843. The donation drop-off is at the back of the store – Enter from Lucy road.  In season clothing, furniture, home furnishings can be received August thru January for Fall/Winter and February thru July for Spring/Summer.  There are copies of the list of items that are not accepted in the church office.





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.