Divine Service 3
Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Jeremiah. 23:16–29, Hebrews 11:17–31 (32–40); 12:1–3, Luke 12:49–53 (54–56)
Scripture Readings for Next Week
Isaiah 66:18–23, Hebrews 12:4–24 (25–29), Luke 13:22–30
POSSIBLE CALL MEETING ON AUGUST 25th.
Call Committee is in the process of interviewing three pastors. With the possibility of a call meeting on August 25th, members may read the candidates Personal Information Form and Self-evaluation Tool located in the church office. As before, these documents are not to leave the office building.
Monday Night services End in September!
The last Monday evening service will be August 26.
Youth confirmation instruction begins this week.
If you have not been contacted about it, or know of someone who would be interested in participating, speak with Pastor Bob or Mike Hausch.
Preschool through grade 6 (2018-2019 school year) will meet in the lower level of the church building today. Summer classes will combine all ages (preschool through finished grade 6). Our story today is “Abigail saves the day” where we learn about how Abigail stops David’s wrath in 1 Samuel 25. We learn that God sends wise people into our lives to guide us.
Adult Education Hour
This morning during the education hour we will look at the final chapter of Colossians. A number of unfamiliar names are referred to but they are also mentioned briefly elsewhere in Scripture. Together they give us a picture of the family of God to whom Paul wrote and they tell us about our family today.
Blast off into this year’s Christian Education kick-off on Sunday, September 8!
Our theme for this year’s event is GLOW – God lights our Way, remembering Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation.” Parents and students will gather to kick-off a new year of Sunday school in the lower level, for a parent/student event. Come and join us for our GLOW Sunday! Register for Sunday school here: https://forms.gle/wTuMDi9W5toYzfQGA.
Ministry Action Team has created a
plan to reach new homeowners in our community with the love of Jesus in a
tangible way. We will be presenting new residents with several gifts and some
information about our church and community. We now need members of our church
family to come along side of us to present these gifts. We will be offering
training on Sunday, August 25 from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in the Upper Room. However,
if there is a call meeting, the training for this day will be rescheduled. A
second training opportunity will be offered on
Monday, August 26, at 8:00 p.m. Join us to make a genuine difference in our
community. This meeting time remains the same.
We have begun a book study on “Not Forsaken” by Louie Giglio. The author does a great job of reminding us we have a wonderful heavenly Father who will not forsake us. You are invited to join us at 7:30 am for some Bible study, conversation and a cup of coffee. There is room for you around the table.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
Monday morning ladies Bible study tomorrow will be reading and discussing Hosea chapters 4-9. Last week we discussed how this prophet fits in the big picture of the Bible and then looked at the first 3 chapters. This study will conclude Monday August 26 with chapters 10-14. Pastor Bob is taking a turn leading the study during these final weeks of August. Ask him for copies of materials if interested.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men will enjoy a healthy breakfast together, and then you are invited to join in the new Bible study topic, “Paul’s letter to the Romans.” We will meet next Saturday, August 23. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am.
Kids’ Connection During the 11 am Divine Service
This activity is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd-grade students during the 11:00 am Divine Service. The lesson today is “Justice and Jubilee” found in Isaiah 61. 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.
Blessing of the Backpacks will be on Sunday, August 25. All teachers, school administrators and staff, and students of any age are asked to bring their backpacks/briefcases in for a special blessing as part of our worship services.
Fall Festival September 8th from 12-3 pm
Make plans to join us on Sunday, September 8th for our community festival at St. Paul. There are lots of fun activities planned for the day including: bounce houses, games, the VBS band, food, and fellowship. Please consider who you might be able to invite to join us for this event from your neighborhood, friends, or family. The event is free and is a great way to introduce St. Paul to anyone who might be looking for a church. Volunteers will be needed for set up and clean up, running games, cooking desserts (bars only, no cakes or pies), and gathering items for our door prizes. Watch for more information in the upcoming weeks about ways to help, and flyers to invite others. Sign up is now open through sign up genius.
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eabab29a46-20171
Sunday of Service – October 6th
We will be providing an opportunity to connect the members of St. Paul to their neighbor through acts of service on Sunday, October 6. A ministry action team is working to identify local work projects in the community of Hamburg, through our Compassionate Care ministry, and from needs of St. Paul members. Congregational members will have the opportunity to sign up for specific work projects as a family, both on and off site, to share the love of Jesus through our working hands. Members will be sent out to work following our worship service and will return for a luncheon. All ages, abilities, and mobility levels will have opportunities to serve. Please let the church office know of any work projects that you or someone else might need assistance with around their homes.
Holy Huddle (7th and 8th grade students) and the High School Bible study will not meet this Sunday. Youth please join the adult Bible study today. We will be back together August 18. Our topic will be ‘speaking of Jesus: 50 Easy Ways to #sharejesus.’ Some of the topics will include “Embrace of the Mystery of Jesus,” “Take the Cuffs Off,” “Be for Something, Not Just Against Things,” “Believe in People Like Jesus Believes in People,” “Seize Crazy Opportunities,” “Friending the Untouchables,” “Always Default to Jesus,” and more. We meet in the High School Bible study room from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. on Sundays.
Confirmation classes begin the week of August 19! Parents and students are required to attend an orientation meeting on Sunday, August 18, at 12:15 pm – right after the 11:00 am worship service. (An Orientation make-up meeting will be Tuesday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m.) The schedule for the week is Monday and Tuesday, August 19-20, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 from 12:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Parents and students: See you at orientation on Sunday, August 19! A make-up orientation will be Tuesday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Prayer Partners/Faith Mentors
Our prayer partner ministry is expanding! Confirmation students will be asking adults to become their faith mentors for the year. The purpose of faith mentors are to (1) expand each youth’s circle of trusted adults in the congregation who will care about them and listen to them, (2) enable youth to learn and see how another adult lives out the Christian faith, (3) offer each student a unique and personalized learning experience, and (4) involve more adults in the lives of youth. Please consider saying yes to the young person who may approach you. Information packets are available in the narthex or from Miriam.
Our food pantry is in desperate need of cooking oil and canned tomatos. Thank you for supporting this community outreach ministry!
God’s Garden Goodness – Stop in the fellowship hall today and take home the fresh produce that our garden is producing. During the week, help yourself to these goodies by checking out the refrigerator in the kitchen or checking the counter for tomatoes and other items. Of course, donations are always accepted.
END DISMEMBERMENT ABORTION – Psalm 139: 13 For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Signatures are currently being collected throughout Michigan to place in front of voters on November 3, 2020 legislation to ban this type of abortion. Stop by the table in the Narthex this morning for more information and to add your signature to the petition. Signatures must be collected by county, so be sure to add your signature to the correct form.
National LCMS Youth Gathering Is History
– but not really! Our REAL, PRESENT, GOD continues to be present with us as our attending young people and adults live their lives and share their stories. On Sunday, August 25 during both worship services, young people and adults who joined the Gathering will make a valiant effort to capture 5 days into an accurate summary of God’s workings on each of us during this event. Please join us to hear our story. Again, the date is August 25 at both the 8:30 and 11:00 am worship services.
In Our Community
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is conducting an assessment of senior needs in Livingston county. Individuals over age 60 may receive a phone call from Mitchell Research requesting that they participate in the survey.
How will I know if the call is real and not a scam?
The survey call will appear on your caller ID with a Livingston County area code. The callers will identify themselves by saying the following script: “Hi, I’m calling from Mitchell Research, a national polling company. We’re talking to people over the age of 60 about issues facing them and your answers will remain strictly confidential. We are not selling anything.” The caller will not ask for any identifying information like your social security or Medicare number.
Calls will begin August 19th and will continue through August 24th, 2019.
Why should I participate?
What questions will I be asked?
The survey includes questions about your needs and preferences regarding housing, transportation, health, social support and service needs. By identifying what seniors need and want, service providers can offer resources that meet the needs of the community. There is a copy of the survey on the counter in the narthex if you would like to take a look at it.
This is a legitimate survey. The information you provide is confidential. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is a nonprofit agency serving the needs of older adults in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties. Contact Katie Wendel, (248) 262-9232 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
| Prayer for Calling a Faithful Pastor |
O Gracious Father, You led Your holy apostles to ordain ministers for the proclamation of Your Word and the faithful administration of the Sacraments of Christ. Grant to this congregation the guidance of the Holy Spirit
to choose a suitable pastor according to Your will for the blessing of Your Church in this place; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.