Scripture Readings for This Weekend
Daily Scripture Readings for this week:
Is. 35:4–7a James 2:1–10, 14–18 Mark 7:(24–30) 31–37
9/6 2 Kings 4:8-22, 32-37 Ephesians 5:15-23
9/7 2 Kings 4:38-5:8 Ephesians 6:1-24
9/8 2 Kings 5:9-27 Philippians 1:1-20
9/9 2 Kings 6:1-23 Philippians 1:21–2:11
9/10 2 Kings 9:1-13; 10:18-29 Philippians 2:12-30
9/11 2 Chronicles 29:1-24 Philippians 3:1-21
9/12 2 Chronicles 31:1-21 Philippians 4:1-23
Scripture Readings for next week
Is. 50:4–10 James 3:1–12 Mark 9:14–29
This fall our sermons will focus on how God provides for us and protects us. The sermon texts will match the Sunday school lessons. This week the text is Genesis 37. Today we explore how God was at work in the midst of the broken relationships of Joseph and his brothers. Next week our sermon text is Genesis 39. God cared for and loved Joseph even in the days of trouble that surrounded Joseph.
Kids’ Connection Today
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 a.m. Divine Service. Students will learn how “The Israelites Crosse to the Red Sea.” These events are found in Exodus 13:17 – 14:31. 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.
Fresh Brew Bible Study
Today Pastor Gaertner begins a series of lessons that look at how the world began. Our first lesson is called “The Beginning.” Meet in the Large Fellowship Hall beginning at 7:30 am. Martin Luther said, “It is God’s nature to make something out of nothing. This is why God cannot make anything out of him who is not yet nothing.”
Sunday Education Hour – 9:45-10:45 A.M.
- Nursery is staffed for young children
- Sunday School is a place for kids preschool through sixth grade
- Holy Huddle is in the Activity Center is for middle and high school students
- Pastor’s Bible Study and Sundays and Seasons are great groups for adults
In Sunday School Today
Students will learn how “The Spirit Makes the Church Grow: Philip and the Ethiopian. ”The Holy Spirit led Philip to extend God’s Church by helping the Ethiopian understand God’s Word and then baptizing him. The Holy Spirit extends God’s Church through pastors and other church workers. Discuss, “How can God use you to extend the Church today?”
New News, Good News
We will be offering a new Sunday School class this fall for children ages 2 and 3 years old. The format will be “Daddy and Me, Mommy and Me.” There will be some play time, a story time, maybe a snack and opportunity to have a conversation with other parents. This class will begin September 13. Follow the signs.
ADULT STUDY OPTIONS @ EDUCATION HOUR
SUNDAYS AND SEASONS
Every Sunday we hear three Bible readings in the Divine Service, an Old Testament lesson, a reading from the Epistles and reading from one of the Gospels. These Bible readings reflect the current church calendar and usually serve as the basis for the sermon. This Bible study helps them come to life. This study meets in Room 5 on the lower level.
Pastor Gaertner leads a Bible study on 1 Samuel today at 9:45am in the Large Fellowship Hall. This book of the Bible has some very exciting stories that give us the opportunity to see how God is at work in this world saving us.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will not meet tomorrow, September 7, participants are encouraged to observe Labor Day. Our topic on September 14 will be, “Prayer’s Final Goal.” The Women’s Bible study returns to meeting in the Small Fellowship Hall.
On “The Lutheran Hour”: September 13 “There is Something More” Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz. God has something more in store for all who put their faith in Him. (Isaiah 50:4-10)
LAC (the youth group for 7th and 8th grades) will host a planning event on Sunday, September 13, noon to 2 pm. Since this will occur right after the 11 am worship service, lunch will be provided. Our goal is the creation of a calendar of monthly activities for young people to have fun and build relationships with their peers. Parental support is necessary and helpful in the planning process.
Also happening this year, our fall Sunday evening Confirmation classes will be kicked off with a special event. We will attend a “Lost and Found” Concert at Grace Lutheran Church in Howell. We will gather at St. Paul at 5:30 pm to attend the concert that begins at 6:00 pm. “Lost and Found” is a duo of Christian musicians who write and perform. Songs they have written are incorporated into our Confirmation learning experience.
Senior High National Youth Gathering Informational Event will be Sunday, September 20, right after the 11:00 am worship service. The gathering will take place July 16-20, 2016, with registration opening the end of October, 2015. The theme of the gathering is “In Christ Alone We Stand.” At the informational event we will share the “Who, What, Where, When and How” of the gathering. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. “1 John 4:10 (NIV). We will discuss dates and deadlines, fun preparation and fundraising. Parents and students are encouraged to attend together. The event is open to young people entering 9th grade in the fall of 2016 through those who will graduate spring of 2016.
NAME TAG SIGN UP. If you need a name tag there is a new sign up list in the Narthex on the Welcome Table, please indicate if you would like a magnet or a clip fastener. If you already have a name tag, please remember to wear it so that we can know and call each other by name.
St. Paul Fall Festival
The St. Paul Fall Festival will take place on October 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds. There will be free activities for people of all ages to enjoy like carnival games, inflatables, and a rock wall. A free lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Noon will feature a special appearance by the VBS band!
The festival will again include free carnival games for kids this year. Christi Gaertner is looking for donations of gently used stuffed animals to be given away as prizes. Animals should have no tears or stains, should be smaller
than a bread box, and should not have a holiday theme. Stuffed animals should be dropped off in the church office or given directly to Christi by September 25. Contact her with any questions at (810) 355-1600 or email@example.com with any questions.
Do you have a special talent, some extra time, or a treasure you could donate? Starting Sunday, September 13th we will be asking for donations for the Time, Treasure and Talent Silent Auction.
The Time, Treasure and Talent Silent Auction is an opportunity for you and your family to use your God given gifts and talents to help raise funds to purchase new kitchen appliances.
Donation sign-up forms will be available at church and online starting Sunday, September 13th to Sunday, September 27th. Suggestions for donations are on the bulletin board in the Small fellowship hall
If you have any questions please contact
Anna Ankenbrand at (P) 810.623.1174 or (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
or Lori Schonsheck at (P) 248.763.850 or (E) email@example.com.
All auction items for the silent auction will be displayed and available for silent bidding on Sunday, October 4th with the final bidding ending on Sunday, October 18 at 12:30 p.m. A complete catalogue of items will be available on the church’s website as well as in the Narthex.
Acts 4:34 “There was not a needy person among them….”
This was the beginning of a verse in which those present were all of the affluent class. There are people in need among us. Through our food pantry we try to do what we can to lessen their needs for a while. If you know of anyone who might need food or assistance in other areas, have them call Love INC at (517) 552-3620 to set an appointment to shop at St. Paul. Our pantry is open on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 pm by appointment through Love INC. However if you are a member of St. Paul or St. Stephens and in need of assistance, please call Linda Freeman at 734/239-1825 to set up a private appointment.
You can help us feed those needy. At this time we would welcome spaghetti sauce, spices, small cans of coffee, canned citrus, and Jell-O. Please place them in the cart by the pantry door located at the east hallway entrance.
In Our Community
Run for Their Lives 5C Chocolate Walk, September 19, 2015, Eat Chocolate. Save Babies. Pregnancy Help Clinic’s “Run for Their Lives 5C Walk” raises money for families in need. Proceeds from this event are used in a variety of ways for families within our community that are facing an unplanned pregnancy. The walk will begin at Brighton Nazarene Church on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:30-11:30am
Go to www.RunforTheirLives5c.com for information or to register as an individual or team (team members do not need to register at the same time). $20 for the first walker on a team, $10 for each additional walker. Each walker will get their own webpage to promote the walk. Call 810.494.5433 for more information. Hope to see you there!
FROM GRIEF TO NEW HOPE New Hope Center for Grief Support presents a seminar and support group for people who are grieving after the death of a loved one. On Monday September 14 from 7-8:45pm at Howell First United Methodist Church. Register online at Julie@borekjennings.com or call 517-546-0100
BRINGING CHRIST TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD October 10, 2015, 10 a.m. at Our Savior, Lansing. Registration is now open for the 2015 Fall Outreach Seminar “Bringing Christ to Your Neighborhood.” The 2-hour seminar is being sponsored by Lutheran Hour Ministries, Michigan District. The presenter will be Bruce Sutherland, Constituent Relations Manager for LHM, and the seminar will cover the three C’s of outreach: Connection, Culture, and Community. All expenses, including lunch, will be covered by LHM. Pastors and laity from all LCMS churches are invited. Attendees will need to RSVP by October 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.894.2936.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE September 22 from 1pm-6:45pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help please contact Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503.