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Dec. 1 – Dec. 8 Bulletin Announcements

Divine Service 1

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:

Isaiah 2:1–5, Romans 13:(8–10) 11–14, Matthew 21:1–11 or Matthew 24:36–44

Scripture Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 11:1–10, Roman 15:4–13, Matthew 3:1–12

Spiritual Oversight

Military Bible Sticks

We would like to thank the congregation for its generous support of the Military Bible sticks program.  $2200 was donated. A generous donor connected to this ministry offered to match all funds in November. 176 Bible Sticks will be given to military chapels. Please continue to remember in our prayers those who serve our country and keep us safe.

Stewardship

Special Appeal

If you are in the position to give an extra gift as 2019 closes, it will be greatly appreciated. It’s projected that, without this appeal, we would close the year with offerings that would be 95% of the amount of our expenditures, which comes out to about $15,000. If you cannot give a special gift, please remember our church family in our prayers.

Children’s Christmas Program

Find out what it means to Behold the Child at the children’s Christmas service on Sunday, December 15, at 11 am. Children will help us behold the child Jesus through songs and readings. Come and discover together! The youth will provide special music during this program.

Christian Education

Sunday School Classes

Preschool through 6th grade meet in the lower level for an opening beginning at 9:45 am. Following the opening, classes convene in various classrooms in the lower level. This week will continue with the story Baby Moses.

Christmas Program Rehearsals

We practice at the beginning of the Education Hour for about 10-15 minutes. Please plan to attend. Also, we will have one larger practice on Saturday, December 7, from 9:30-11:15.

Advent in a Box

Pick up some advent resources – ADVENT IN A BOX – for all households! These resources are designed to provide faith at home resources to support, love, and connect families. While time spent at church is precious, it is never enough to convey the wonder, mystery, and importance of the Christmas story.   Advent in a Box provides an opportunity for families to spend time talking and living faith at home, a key factor for creating a faith that sticks beyond high school.  Our hope is that you are able to spend a few moments each week focusing on the purpose of the season.

Instrumental Ensemble for the Christmas Program (7-12 grade)

We will have one rehearsal on Sunday, December 8, from 6:30-7:30 pm

Vocal Girl’s Ensemble (7-12 grade)

We rehearse each Sunday at 10:45 am in the lower level. We also plan to have an additional rehearsal. Watch for details on this extra rehearsal time.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

Between services this morning, we will continue to read one of the prison letters written by the Apostle Paul.  While in such a difficult situation, he encourages the church at Philippi and teaches the church in every generation about the true source of thankfulness and joy.  You will add to our joy if you are able to be with us.

Fresh Brew

We continue our study “So the Next Generation Will Know” by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace. This next generation, quite literally, has the potential to change the world. If you’re raising, grandparenting, mentoring or teaching Generation Z, the study, backed by the latest research with great ideas for activities and teaching is for you. 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

Women’s Bible study will meet on Monday, December 2. We will continue our discussion of the prophet Micah 4-7. See you on Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study

Men, we will meet next Saturday, December 7 to continue our study of the book of Romans. Join us for a healthy breakfast, some good conversation and a great Bible study As a Bible study we will meet Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

Family Ministry

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 “The Ten Commandments” found in Exodus 20. 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.

Cookies and Carols

Join us on Sunday, December 29 during the Education Hour for a special event of singing carols and enjoying some cookies. Donations for Christmas cookies will be needed. This is an event for all ages, providing us a time to reflect on the Christmas season.

Youth

Youth Bible Study for High School students begin a series of Bible studies that focuses on Bible events that help us prepare for both Christmas and the return of Jesus Christ in glory at King of all. Today the study is titled: “Be Prepared” based on Matthew 24:36-44. Next Sunday, December 8, the study is titled “Out with the Old, Into the New” based on Matthew 3:1-12. The class meets at 9:45 a.m. in the youth study room (Room 4) on the lower level.

Holy Huddle (confirmation students) will continue meeting on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. We also join the Inter-Generational class meeting in the Fellowship Hall. See you all next Sunday back in the Holy Huddle classroom.

LAC- Students in Confirmation classes! SAVE THE DAY, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, FOR ANGEL TREE SHOPPING! We will be going shopping for the children of a person who is in prison. This is an awesome activity that allows us to share with children who need to know of a parent’s love for them during the Christmas season and throughout the year. We will meet at church at 10 :00 am on December 7, and finish about 2:00 pm. Make plans to serve. Bring money to donate toward gift purchase as well as money for a ‘fast food’ lunch. 

Angel Tree delivery will take place on Saturday, December 14 beginning at 10:00 a.m. LAC families, please consider serving with this important step in connecting with children we serve through Angel Tree.

Senior High December event is Laser Tag (challenge the pros: Ian and Cody) We will meet at 12:15 in the Small Fellowship Hall and Kitchen area for Skyline Chili (A special 3-way chili made famous in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky.) We will then take time to plan the Chili Cookoff scheduled for January 26, 2020. The cookoff is a fund raiser for the Michigan District Youth Gathering, “Anchored in Hope”, June 28-July 1, 2020. The cost is $15, and friends are welcome. We will be back to church by 3:30 pm. Questions contact Mike at mike@stpaulhamburg.com or using 810-923-8166 to call or text.

Anchored in Hope” based on Romans 5:1-8 is the theme for the LCMS Michigan District Youth Gathering, June 28-July 1, 2020. Registration is now open (deadline is March 1, 2020). See Mike for registration form. The registration deposit is $100, and it is our goal to raise all additional costs through fund raising.

For Guys Only (High School guys)

On December 15, guys will meet again from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for some good conversation, a game or two and some food to talk guys stuff and do guy stuff. Mike will be leading the discussion.

Compassionate Care

Daisy’s Pantry -Open Shop Days

Daisy’s Food Pantry offers 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.

Pantry still needs Egg Cartons, please

Fellowship

PLAYGOERS

BOARS HEAD FESTIVAL UPDATE – There are still 9 tickets available for the Boars Head Festival at Concordia Ann Arbor. December 8 @ 4 p.m., $16. The synopsis and sign-up sheet are in the Fellowship Hall. Any questions contact Cindy Elowsky, celowsky@charter.net or 810-231-3851.

The Lutheran Choralaires,

A Men’s Chorus under the direction of noted Detroit area composer and arranger Terry Herald, present their annual Christmas Concert, this year entitled “Come and See the King.” For over 70 years the Lutheran Choralaires have Celebrated the glorious birth of Jesus in song, witnessing to the masses in Metro Detroit, throughout Michigan
and beyond. The concert will be held on Saturday December 7th, 5:00pm at Historic Trinity (1345 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207).

Tickets are $12.50 ($6 for ages 12 and under). For tickets and
further information contact Dan Ragle, or E-mail info@lutheranchoralaires.org, or visit www.lutheranchoralaires.org.

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