Feb. 9 – Feb. 16 Bulletin Announcement

5th Sunday after Epiphany
February 9, 2020   April 8, 2018    

Divine Service 1

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:

Isaiah 58:3–9a, 1Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16), Matthew 5:13–20

2/9                          Job 6:1-13                                               John 3:1-21
2/10                        Job 6:14-30                                             John 3:22-4:6
2/11                        Job 7:1-21                                               John 4:7-26
2/12                        Job 8:1-22                                               John 4:27-45
2/13                        Job 9:1-35                                               John 4:46-54
2/14                        Job 10:1-22                             John 52:1-18
2/15                        Job 11:1-20                                             John 5:19-29

Scripture Readings for Next Week
Deuteronomy 30:15–20, 1 Corinthians 3:1–9, Matthew 5:21–37

The Journey to Calvary

Please Join us as we follow Christ on the Journey to Calvary
Ash Wednesday Feb. 26     “Upper Room:  Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet”                 John 13:1-20
March 4     “Jesus Prayed in Gethsemane”              Matthew 26:36-46
March 11     “Jesus is Betrayed, Deserted & Arrested”    Matthew 26:47-56
March 18       “Trial before the High Priest”    Matthew 26:57-68
March 25       “Trial before Pilate”     Matthew 27:11-23
April 1          “The Verdict”       Matthew 27:24-31
Maundy Thursday April 9 
Good Friday April 10
Wednesdays from March 4-April 1 we will have a soup supper.  Please sign up if you can provide food that evening. 

Excerpt from “Lenten Preparation: Midweek Services, Fasting and Charity”
February 18, 2015 by David Petersen, The Lutheran Witness

 “…true repentance is not simply feeling sorry but is turning from sin and toward God or is sorrow over sin and faith in Jesus, so likewise, Lent is not so much a time of giving things up as it is a time for adding things that increase our awareness of God’s mercy in Christ Jesus.”

We are inclined to want to deprive ourselves of something for Lent whether it be giving to the poor, fasting either altogether or giving up a food you love, or giving extra time to the church.

“In any case, when these traditions are taken on for Lent, whether it is giving something up or adding something, they are not salvific and no sin is committed if they are ignored. They do not impress God or merit His favor. We don’t need to impress God. He is already pleased with us in the Son and loves us. These traditions have, however, proven beneficial to Christians over the centuries, and there can be no doubt that they will also be good for us.”

Christian Education

Sunday School Classes

All classes, grades preschool-grade 6, meet in the lower level of the church building at 9:45 am for an opening. Following the group opening, classes are dismissed by age levels into their classrooms. We will study “The Plagues.”


Today, Pastor Riggs will continue a study of the book of Romans.

Fresh Brew

Today we conclude the study “So the Next Generation Will Know.” Next week we will begin a study titled “Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a deeply Divided World” by Philip Yancey. Lesson subtitles are: ‘We Got Problems,’ ‘What Can We Do About It?’ ‘Who Are the Grace Dispensers?’ ‘Is It Really Good News?’ and ‘Holy Subversives.’ We invite you 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, February 10. We will finish the study of the prophet Malachi and discuss the History of the Intertestamental time period. See you on Monday at 11:00 am.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study

Men, we will meet next Saturday, February 15. We have recently started a new video course titled “Called” based on Ephesians. Join us for a healthy breakfast, some good conversation and a great Bible study. We meet Saturdays at 8:30 am.

New Adult Study on Sunday morning, during Education Hour (starting at 9:45 am) “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, teaching and training. This course will span over 8 weeks. Join them in the Upper Room.


FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 – SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020
To read the biblical story is to read the Word of God whose extraordinary grace pursues ordinary people who struggle with personal failures, family problems, loneliness, and a long list of other weaknesses and challenges.  Their stories are still our stories today, and their God is still our God.  We will immerse ourselves in these biblical narratives to better understand who we are, who our Savior is, and how the Old Testament continues to testify to the lord of mercy. http://ourshepherd.net/mens-ministry/ to register

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 “Malachi’s Words” found in Malachi 3:1-4. 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.

Prayer Faith Milestone Blessing on Sunday, February 9

The prayer faith milestone blessing will be today, at the service you normally attend. Parents, prayer partners, and students will be called forward for a special time of blessing. Special thanks to Pam Stidham for making the prayer pillows for our 1st grade students.

4th-6th Grade Youth

Our plans for February are to join the 7th/8th grade group (LAC) on February 16. They will be going to Iron Grip in Brighton.  See note below for the LAC group about Iron Grip. Deadline is TODAY.

Save the Date

VBS for 2020 is July 27-31. Mark your calendars to join us for this event!


Youth Bible Study for High School students meets on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 am. The topic is titled “Stewardship of Creation” based on Genesis 1:26-31, Psalm 8 and Psalm 148. High school students meet in room 4 on the lower level.

Holy Huddle (confirmation students) will continue meeting on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 am. Today our study focuses on Acts 9: 1-22 as it helps us to understand Vocation. See you all today in the Holy Huddle classroom.

Senior High Youth will have the opportunity to participate in the gathering “Anchored in Hope.”  This 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 Hausch for registration form. The registration deposit is $100, and it is our goal to raise all additional costs through fund raising.

Chili Cookoff to support students attending the Michigan District Lutheran Youth Gathering this next summer will be Today from 5:00 – 6:30 pm Guests will have the opportunity to sample some great chilis, enjoy a tasty dessert, have some great fun and fellowship with the family of faith here at St. Paul. The cost is $10 for an individual guest and $25 for a family.  Tickets will be on sale through Sunday morning February 9.    

Senior High Lock-In, Friday, February 28 is hosted by Concordia Youth Ministries (CYM) from Concordia University, Ann Arbor is We will be taking a LEAP into some great community building, some good opportunities for growing in confident faith, some fun games and of course some good food. The event begins at 7:00 pm Friday, February 28 and ends Saturday, February 29, at 8:00 am – right after breakfast. The cost is $5 and sign up deadline is Wednesday, February 26.

We are going to Iron Grip NinjaAre you an American Ninja Warrior?” Test your skills climbing “The Wall”, conquering “The Spider” and much more!!! We will meet at S. Paul, on Sunday, February 16, at 4:00 pm. We will leave the church at 4:15 pm and arrive back at 6:45pm. Important! Parents are welcome to attend. We must have a ratio of 1 adult for every 2 kids. Participants should wear athletic wear (gym clothes) and MUST wear tennis shoes. Cost: $15 for participants. Please bring your money (cash or check payable to St Paul Lutheran Church) with you on March 16th. No cost for chaperones. Please sign up by Sunday, February 9.

Compassionate Care

Daisy’s Pantry

Daisy’s 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.

Looking for Some Unique Shopping?

Think about a shopping trip to Love INC’s retail store

Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is a local faith based non-profit organization that works with over 60 partner churches to help people in need in Livingston County. The Resale Shop is run 100% by volunteers!

The Resale Store is located at: 1225 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843

Storybook dresses at fairytale prices!

Cinderella’s Closet, a program of LACASA Center, offers teens a place to shop for nearly-new prom and homecoming dresses for just $25. (Some scholarships are available.) The Closet is open twice a year, during prom season in April and homecoming season in September. They do ask to see school IDs upon making a purchase. This bi-yearly event is held at Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners, 8688 W. Grand River Ave., Brighton. (In the strip mall with Brighton Tux Shop and Gus’s Carry Out, near the Meijer store entrance.) Cinderella’s Closet is a partnership project of LACASA Center and Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners. All proceeds stay local and help victims of interpersonal violence from our community. Learn more at lacasacenter.org or call LACASA Center at 517-548-1350.

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