Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Ezekiel 17:22–24, 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 (11–17), Mark 4:26–34
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 40:1–5, Acts 13:13–26, Luke 1:57–80
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.
Today we install and welcome
Rev. Robert Riggs is installed as Intentional Interim pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hamburg, Michigan at the 8:30 worship service. Also, his installation will be affirmed at the 11 am service. May God bless his ministry among us. Should there be a need for pastoral care, please contact the church office at 810-231-1033.
About Pastor Riggs
Rev. Robert V. Riggs is being installed today as our Intentional Interim Pastor. An Intentional Interim Minister has two basic goals: (1) To serve on a full-time basis the pastoral needs of the congregation during the time between pastors. (2) To encourage and equip the congregation to think about their church, their community, and their mission as they prepare to call and follow the leadership of their next Pastor.
Some more detail about each of those goals.
As for the pastoral needs of the congregation—Pastor Riggs looks forward to leading worship, Bible studies, making visits, and doing whatever would be helpful to support current ministries. God willing, the needs of individuals will be cared for, and the programs of the congregation will not lose momentum during the time between “settled” pastors.
As for the congregational reflection between pastors, compare it to taking a breath for more effective service. In various ways, the entire congregation will be invited to consider where we have been as a church family, where we are, and where we are going. There is also time to look at our community and ask how we can serve to it and be used by our Lord in connecting people to Jesus. You will hear more about this very soon.
Pastor Riggs would be glad to hear from you. If you stop by the office, and he is available, he would be grateful to have a chance to get to know you. It would be even better if you set up a time. You are welcomed to call his cell phone at 614-562-9222. His email is RoberVRiggs@gmail.com.
One more very important point. Since their marriage in 1982, he and his wife, Lynne, have shared many blessings. Their adult children live in Ohio, Texas, and Maryland. Since his ordination in 1983, Pastor Riggs and Lynne have served congregations in Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan. They own their home in Carson City, MI but last week moved into an apartment in South Lyon so that they can more effectively serve at St. Paul Lutheran during this time of Intentional Interim Ministry.
Both Pastor Bob & Lynne thank God for the opportunity to serve here. Please join them in prayer that the Lord will bless our work together. Please also join in praying that the Lord would bless today the next “settled” Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran. While we do not know who that is, the Lord knows. May God bless him and us today in connecting people to Jesus.
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.
This week, students begin a new Sunday School unit called Delivered: God’s Gifts of Grace. In this first lesson, “Jesus Welcomes the Children,” participants will learn that God wants us to be part of His family. Consider asking: “How was the welcome Jesus gave the children different from the disciples’ reaction? How can the church today show its care for children and families?”
All grades will be together in one class in the lower level.
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
Adult Bible Study Opportunities
Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow’s bible study has been completed. Get ready for another intriguing study to be announced.
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 looked at the hymn, “Lead On, O King Eternal.” Next week we will look at the hymn “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.” These two hymns are not in our current hymnal but do convene a powerful message of God to His people. Fresh Brew meets at 7:30 am on Sundays in the large fellowship hall.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will meet tomorrow, Monday, June 18. 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, June 23.
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 “Running Away: The Story of the Lost Son” found in Luke 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.
LAC (7th and 8th graders) and High School Youth
Join us Wickedly Awesome Wednesday this week on June 20, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The goal is 11, and the game is “Nine Square in the Air.” We will also enjoy some refreshments, a devotion, and some good conversations. The registration forms for Camp Restore Detroit and Appalachia Habitat for Humanity need to be completed. This first form you filled out was simply an interest finder.
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. Current needs are crackers, coffee, and canned citrus fruit.
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 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.
Vacation Bible School
Save the date:
July 23-27 is VBS! It is time to register your child for VBS! Registration can be done at StPaulHamburg.com/VBS or at the table in the narthex. 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!
VBS is fun for helpers too!
Watching the kids have a great time learning about Jesus and learning all the new songs each day can help give your own studies a breath of fresh air. 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. Each VBS volunteer MUST attend one of two volunteer trainings. Today during education hour and July 22 at 12:15. Lunch will be provided at the July 22 training.
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:
Saturday, June 30 from 10 – 11:30 am
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining the VBS band.
Love INC is in need of volunteers to prepare the Le Concours invitations for mailing. If you are available between June 18- 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. they would love to have you join them at 820 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843,
The amount you volunteer during the day is your choice. Feel free to bring a friend or your significant other!
You can register yourself and a guest online. Call the St Paul office, and we can forward the email with the link for you or call Love INC at 517-522-3620.
Check out the LHM Website
NEW! LHM Learn course now available in the free library. This course explores a biblical approach to handling conflict and the peace that reconciliation brings. Start today! lhm.org/learn
Called. Equipped. Sent.
Lutheran Hour Ministries offers equipping resources to help you reach out with the love and Good News of Jesus Christ in your everyday lives.
These online courses and webinars will cover five faith-strengthening categories and use an array of multimedia elements to help you gain a hearing for the Gospel message.
Remember, God is with You on Vacation
Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a devotional or a little bible study. The Lutheran Hour Ministries has apps for your phone so that you can have God’s word handy for those times when you have some quiet time.
What better way to express the importance of God’s presence in your life than to have a morning devotion using the LHM Daily Devotions App. Your family sees you staying connected with God, even on vacation and emphasizes the importance of God’s presence in all we do. And not have to pack bibles and study guide is definitely a plus.
Mobile Apps to download
LHM Daily Devotions Mobile App
The Lutheran Hour Mobile App
Men’s NetWork Bible Studies
Here We Stand 2018 Summer Events
The Reformation 500 is a challenge to congregations to complete 500 miles in 5 months and raise money in the process.
Members of congregations and schools are encouraged to form teams that will work together to complete 500 miles by walking, running, and/or biking from May-September 2018. Each month would represent one century since the Reformation occurred in 1517. The Reformation 500 gives members in the Michigan District an opportunity to come together to financially benefit individual congregations and schools while supporting the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign, as well as enjoying a summer of physical activity. There is still time to get on board! Visit https://herewestand.michigandistrict.org/thereformation500
Here We Ride II
Here We Ride II is a FREE single-day bike-riding event that will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Bethany, Charlevoix. Here We Ride will take place on the Little Traverse Wheelway—a multi-use paved trail that skirts the beautiful waters of the Little Traverse Bay. There are plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy the scenery, and happy volunteers will be stationed along the route. More information and registration can be accessed by visiting: https://herewestand.michigandistrict.org/hereweride