Aug 7 – Aug 14 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:

Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-6, Luke 12:22-34 (35-40)
8/7           1 Samuel 20:24-42                          Acts 28:16-31
8/8           1Samuel 24:1-22                             1 Corinthians 1:1-25
8/9           1 Samuel 25:1-22                            1 Corinthians 1:26–2:16
8/10         1 Samuel 25:23-44                          1 Corinthians 4:1-21
8/11         1 Samuel 26:1-25                            1 Corinthians 5:1-13
8/12         1 Samuel 28:3-25                            1 Corinthians 6:1-20
8/13         1 Samuel 31:1-13                            1 Corinthians 7:1-24

Scripture Readings for next week
Jeremiah 23:16-29, Hebrews 11:17-31(32-40);12:1-3, Luke 12:49-53(54-56)

Spiritual Oversight

Every Monday, until August 29, we offer worship services at 7:00 p.m. This evening worship service has been a wonderful option for people who go up north during the weekends in the summer. It has also been a nice option for people who enjoy an evening worship service. The service usually includes the same sermon from the Sunday morning services, and the liturgy follows the same pattern as our Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. service.

Today We Welcome
Rev. Ted Hopkins is our speaker filling in for Pastor Gaertner while Pastor is away. Our prayer for Rev. Hopkins is that God will bless his message and that we as a congregation will receive his message with open ears. Thank you, Rev. Hopkins for being here with us. Our prayer is also that we will be a blessing for you.

Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday
St. Paul Lutheran Church is a community of believers that are gathered by God’s Word. We believe that Sunday morning is a wonderful time to get together and study the Bible.

Sunday School

Our Sunday School meets in the lower level and starts at 9:45am with a group opening. There is a spot for children in preschool through 6th grade.

Today the Sunday School the lesson is “Job.” Despite all the troubles the devil threw at Job, God was faithful and did not allow the devil to destroy Job’s faith. Amidst the troubles we experience in our lives, God strengthens us through His Word and keeps us in faith to life everlasting. As a family, consider discussing, “What troubles are you facing in life?” “Why is it sometimes difficult to trust in God when we are having problems?”

Monday Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s study will tomorrow, Monday, August 8. We will begin a Bible Study on Jude.

Join us during the Education Hour for one of our Adult Bible Study options

 Sundays Readings Bible Study
Every Sunday we hear three Bible readings in the Divine Service. 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 class meets in the main part of the Large Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Bible Study – According to Plan
During the Education Hour, Pastor leads this Sunday a study called “According to Plan.” This study shows God has a plan, a wonderful plan for the world and for its people. Come to this study and gain confidence in God’s plan for you!

Christian Education
Kids’ Connection
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 a.m. Divine Service. Students will learn how “David Defeats Goliath.” This is found in 1 Samuel 17:1-50. 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
This Bible study takes place on Sunday morning at 7:30am. It is called Fresh Brew because this group of people gets to drink from the first brewed cup of coffee on Sunday morning.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, it is time for you to join together with your brothers in Christ to study God’s Word and enjoy a healthy breakfast. This group meets on Saturday at 8:30am. They are currently studying the Gospel of Mark.

Youth Confirmation Schedule
Our youth confirmation program starts a new year this August. This program is designed for youth entering 7th grade and older.

“Life Together” Small Groups
St. Paul Lutheran Church will begin to offer small groups this fall. We will have a training session for those interested being small group hosts/leaders on August 25 at 7pm and August 28 at 12:15pm. We will spend September recruiting people into groups. October 16-December 4 the small groups will be encouraged to meet around a common theme. Following this fall session, the small groups will be invited to keep meeting throughout the year. We will then plan to have another congregation wide focus on small groups in the fall of 2017.

Bible Sale!
The 2016 Concordia House bible sale is happening now. All the study bibles are on sale including the Limited Reformation Anniversary Editions and the new Journal Edition of the study bible. Order form is on the bulletin board.

Tough Issues” We will meet today, August 7. This week we will discuss how we will share the learnings and experiences of the gathering with our church family.

Compassionate Care

Pantry News
“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!  Ps.145:10

Just as God’s wonderful work of salvation makes our hearts sing, so does the work of our pantry  make our clients’ hearts sing. Our response to God’s gift to us is showing mercy and providing assistance for others.
Our congregation continues to generously support Daisy’s Pantry. Items you can help with are canned diced tomatoes, canned peas and canned carrots or any other grocery items. Place these items in the cart near the pantry door by the east entrance. We also can use single (1 dozen) egg cartons.
Perhaps you know of someone who could use assistance with food, utilities, clothing, gas vouchers, heating wood and other services.  Have them call Love INC at 517-553-3620 to set an appointment. Our open door, no appointment needed hours are from 1:00 a 4:00 on the first and third Wednesday’s of each month.

St. Paul Community Garden
The garden has been blessed with a wonderful, faithful group of volunteers, and we are all benefitting from the bountiful produce.  Help yourself to the produce in the kitchen refrigerator during the week.  Check out the produce table in the Small Fellowship Hall on Sundays.  And, feel free to pick your own veggies from the garden itself. Check out the bulletin board located to the left of the garden gate for any specific instructions about scheduled spraying. All of the products we use are organic, but please wash everything thoroughly.
If you would like to help out, on Tuesdays from 9:00 ‘til noo n and Saturday mornings around 10:00 you will find people working in the garden. Otherwise, any weeding or picking you would like to do that fits your personal schedule is appreciated. A prayer of gratitude to our heavenly Father for His goodness!


The St. Paul Fall 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 4. Contact her at (810) 355-1600 or christigaertner@gmail.com with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunity

Folding Helpers
We are in need of volunteers to help fold the bulletins and newsletters. This is a good stewardship opportunity. Please contact the office. The bulletins are folded on Friday morning. The timing of when the newsletters are folded is dependent on when they are printed and ready to get mailed. 1 Peter 4:10-11 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

In Our Community
Cookies needed for Pure Mission Festival!!
St Paul in Ann Arbor is asking for our help with cookies for the Pure Mission Festival coming up this Saturday, August 13. They are thinking they will need about 5 doz. from each church. They can be baked or purchased. Please contact John Lewis at 734-646-0122 if you have any questions. The festival starts at noon, but the cookies will probably have to be there an hour earlier. Plan on attending! It’s going to be a great time!

LIFE CHAIN is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.  It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. This year’s life chain will be Sunday October 2. Life Chain in our area will be held in Brighton, 2:00-3:30. Call Deb Dugan at 734-255-7264 for more information.

Camp Liberty’s Open House and the Darlene Soave Lodge Dedication
August 20, 2016, 10 AM – 3 PM   Camp Liberty 7044 Kappler Drive, Brooklyn, MI  49320. As a veteran or supporter of Camp Liberty, you are cordially invited to attend Camp Liberty’s Open House and the Darlene Soave Lodge Dedication.  This event will be for the entire family, with booths and displays to interest both adults and children. Tour the facility.  We will have a delicious BBQ lunch, followed by the dedication. You do not need to register, but if you are planning to attend, could you please let us know your name and how many guests will be attending with you.  We want to ensure that we have enough food and beverages for your visit. We look forward to seeing you there. To RSVP please contact the office and we can email you the link

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