Divine Service 1
Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 6:1–8 (9–13), 1 Corinthians 14:12b–20, Luke 5:1–11
Scripture Readings for next week:
Genesis 45:3–15 1, Corinthians 15:21–26, 30–42, Luke 6:27–38
Sunday March 17th 1:30 p.m. CALL MEETING
We anticipate that the congregation will be calling a Pastor on Sunday March 17th at 1:30 p.m. Please mark the date on your calendar and make every effort to be with us. Between now and then, the call committee will be conducting phone interviews with candidates for the call. Other updates on the call process are part of the February newsletter. Whomever receives the call will then in effect have two calls. One would be to continue ministry at his current location. The other would be to come and serve as the settled pastor here at St. Paul. We pray that the Lord would lead every step as a Divine Call is truly the work of God among us.
Classes will meet in the lower level from 9:45-10:45. Classes will study the story, “The Sower.”
Today we begin a new study on “The Gift of Baptism.” You are invited to join us at 7:30 a.m. for some great Bible study. Good conversation and a fresh cup of coffee.
Pastor’s Sunday class
Dr. Scott Yakimow resumes his presentation and our discussion of ethics as we consider the Christian response to challenges in society. Ethics is one of the classes he teaches at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. We appreciate his leading during this special education opportunity. This study will continue through Sunday, March 3.
If you desire copies of any prior lessons, please call the church office and let Pastor Riggs know. Wednesday classes are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The class will meet every Wednesday from now until the end of February. The afternoon and evening classes use the same schedule, so you are welcome at whatever time is convenient from week to week.
February 20 Fall of Babylon
February 27 The Millennium & the New Jerusalem
You do not need to read any other book than your Bible to attend. However, if you are interested in reading on your own, a commentary published by Concordia is available for $25. It is marketed as being for the general public but would be a good college textbook on Revelation. Copies are in the back of the church. Speak with Pastor if you wish to purchase a copy.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
The Ladies Bible study meets on Monday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. We will continue our discussion of “Mere Christianity.” If you have the book, read the chapter “Christian Marriage.”
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We will begin a new study “The Message of James.” We will meet next Saturday, February 23. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am.
New Bible Study option coming soon!
Ladies are invited to join a Bible study on Thursdays, April 4- May 16, from 1:00-2:30 pm. We will take up the Armor of God, authored by Priscilla Shirer, and grow together in the strength of the Lord as we “struggle against the spiritual forces of wickedness.” Sally Bucrek will facilitate the 7-week DVD based sessions and ladies will continue personal study using a workbook during the week.
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. The lesson today is “Jesus Teaches about Prayer” found in Matthew 6:5-16. 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.
Welcoming Young Children to Church Faith Milestone Blessing
Worship blessing will be on Sunday, February 24 at the worship service you normally attend.
Early Communion Faith Milestone
As part of our Faith Milestones, St. Paul encourages those children who are ready to receive the Lord’s Supper before they are confirmed, an opportunity for parent/child workshops to learn about the Sacrament. Many children are ready to receive the Lord’s Supper in upper elementary when they understand these words, “given and shed for you.” Typically, children are often ready at 4th grade. Those who are interested in attending these series of workshops should see Miriam or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshops will be on March 3, 10, and April 14. The Faith Milestone Blessing will be at the Maundy Thursday service on April 18th at 7 pm.
Lent in a Bag
Our Lenten Faith challenge invites families and individuals to focus attention on the Lenten season by using our “Lent in Bag” Devotion items. Lent in a Bag items will be available beginning on February 24.
Faith Family Reunion Retreat – Saturday, April 27 from 9 am – 3 pm
All of us have someone in our lives who has strayed away from faith in Jesus Christ. How can we reach out not only to the prodigal, but to the parents, families, and friends of prodigals who struggle to know what to do? Join us for a retreat, here at St. Paul, on these important issues and an introduction to a ministry opportunity that churches everywhere can easily implement. Help families welcome home family members who have wandered away. Cost is $5 per participant. Sign up here: http://www.faithfamilyreunion.com/St-Paul-Hamburg-MI or contact Miriam at email@example.com.
Vacation Bible School – Save the Date
Mark your calendars for our VBS, Miraculous Mission. Dates for 2019 are: July 29 – August 2.
VBS Volunteer Training will be held on May 19, 2019.
Jr. High Tool Time
Registration is now open for Jr. High Tool Time! Cost for St. Paul youth is $30 if you register by 3/1. Cost will go up to $40 if you register by 3/15 (last day of registration). St. Paul pays a portion of your cost of the event. You are welcome to bring a friend! Register here: http://newcrewyouthministries.squarespace.com/juniorhighregistration/
LCMS National Youth Gathering
16 students and 4 adults have committed to be a part of this community and event. Registration is still open for students and with the rooms we have reserved there is still space for both guys and girls. See me (Mike) for registration materials.
Youth Gathering Preparation
Next Bible study and preparation meeting for the whole group attending the National Youth Gathering will be on Sunday, February 24 at 9:45am.
Chili Cook-off and Dessert Auction
The National Youth Gathering participants are hosting a chili cook-off and dessert auction on Sunday, March 3, from 5-6:30 pm. Tickets for tasters are $10 per person or $25 per family. Entry participants are free of charge. Do you have a prize-winning chili to enter? Ticket sales begin this Sunday! Make plans to attend this fun event and support our youth.
Jr. High Youth Gathering (grades 6-8)
Sign up for the Jr. High Youth Gathering to be held in Frankenmuth. Cost is $50 for St. Paul Youth. Registration due date is April 14th, along with your fees. For more details visit here: https://michigandistrict.org/event/junior-high-youth-gathering/
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.
Thanks to everyone who gave an opinion on the suggested Fellowship activities. All of the activities had some interest, but It definitely looks like we will be doing a Road Rally this summer! For those people who showed interest in Game Night, there was a game night held February 8, and another will be February 22 at 7 pm.
The new pictorial directory is done! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, they are available to pick up after each service. One copy per family, please. A big THANK YOU to all who helped make the directory happen – the directory committee, the phone callers, the appointment check-in ladies, the people who took time to have their pictures taken, and a big Thank You to Chris and Ashleigh Mowers for the lovely family photos and Mowers Photography for doing a beautiful job putting it into print. The directory will be updated and reprinted as needed, so if you find any corrections, or your information needs updated, please inform the church office.
Signup for “Old Time Religion” at Turkeyville Dinner Theatre in Marshall continues until March 10. A synopsis and signup sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall. We will be carpooling. With Playgoers, it’s not necessary to have a “date,” singles are welcome, and there will be someone to ride with whether you’re a driver or rider. For those who have never been to Turkeyville, they serve a traditional turkey dinner before the play and dessert at intermission. There is also time to visit their unique gift shop.
LWML Prayer Service
March 9, 2019, MOST Ministries Offices 655 Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Registration 9-9:30 Service begins at 9:30
All women and their husbands are welcome! Invite a friend! Spend an hour in worship and prayer with friends.
Please RSVP to Beth at fuzzy_sergeant@yahoo so that we can have a head count. Light breakfast snacks and coffee will be provided.
In Our Community
Come enjoy an evening of fun and games featuring a comedy show and lively activities that will help you better understand the mission of Love INC. A buffet of hot and cold finger foods and assorted beverages will be served as we kick off the evening. Sweet treats will end our evening of laughter and giving together.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Early Bird Tickets are $50/person until February 15th. General Admission from February 16-March 14th is $60/person.
Easter Baskets Outreach
The St. Paul Compassionate Care team will be collecting the following items through Sun, April 7th for Easter Basket outreach to families in need in our community.
Liquid Dish Soap
Boxed Scalloped Potatoes
Boxed Brownie Mix
Monetary donations for the purchase of perishable items such as meat, vegetables, fruit, etc. will also be accepted. Be sure to mark checks or envelopes with “Easter Food Baskets”. You can place your donation in the weekly offering.