Divine Service 3
Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 49:1–7, 1 Colossians 1:1–9, John 1:29–42a
- 1/19 Ezekiel 44:1-16, 23-29 Romans 9:1-18
- 1/20 Ezekiel 47:1-14, 21-23 Romans 9:19-33
- 1/21 Joel 1:1-20 Romans 10:1-21
- 1/22 Joel 2:1-17 Romans 11:1-24
- 1/23 Joel 2:18-32 Romans 11:25–12:13
- 1/24 Joel 3:1-21 Romans 12:14—13
- 1/25 Zechariah 1:1-21 Romans 14:1-23
Scripture Readings for Next Week
Isaiah 9:1–4, 1 Corinthians 1:10–18, Matthew 4:12–25
Pastor Riggs and Lynne are visiting their daughter & son-in-law in Texas.
They will return Tuesday evening. We are thankful for Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow leading worship this morning. In case of emergency, Pastor Riggs can still be reached through his cell phone at 614-562-9222.
Congregational annual meeting
Congregational annual meeting is this morning between the worship services. This annual meeting is a time for election of council members and a year-end financial report from 2019. Also during this meeting, the congregation will be asked to extend the Intentional Interim call to Pastor Riggs for six months from January-June of 2020 with the understanding that it would be terminated, with 30 days notice, if a pastor accepts the call to St. Paul or if Pastor Riggs accepts a call elsewhere. This is a partial reversal of some decisions made in December as explained in the bulletins the past couple of weeks. Details will be shared again at today’s meeting.
We are grateful to the Lord for the generous congregational response to the financial request made at the end of 2019; our offerings ($464,013.50) exceeded expenses ($456,160.56)! The details will be shared at the congregational meeting today between services.
Various items that were left in the church kitchen are on a table in the fellowship area. If you have brought something to church, give the table a quick look to see if one of the items is yours.
If you are not in the picture directory that was done last year, we plan to add a supplement. Pictures will be taken next Sunday after each worship service. Chris & Ashley Mowers will have their photography equipment set up in the Upper Room (which is on the far end of the first-floor level of the education/fellowship side of the building). If you are not in the directory, we would be glad to add you to this supplement.
Boy scout Thank you Pancake Breakfast
On Sunday, February 9th during Education hour. Plan on joining us.
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 Burning Bush.”
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Next Sunday during the education hour, Pastor Riggs will begin a study of the book of Romans.
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. 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, January 20. We will look at the prophet Zephaniah. See you on Monday at 11:00 am.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, we will meet next Saturday, January 25 to continue our study of the book of Romans 7. Join us for a healthy breakfast, some good conversation and a great Bible study. We meet Saturdays 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 “David and Goliath” found in 1 Samuel 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.
Prayer Faith Milestone on Sunday, February 2
This faith milestone is for 1st and 2nd grade students (who have not participated in this milestone) and a parent or guardian. Our focus in this milestone is prayer and talking with God. Children and parents will learn about prayer in special hands-on activities and learning stations. Each child will have a prayer partner. In order to assign prayer partners, please fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/PrayerPartners2020
The prayer faith milestone blessing will be on Sunday, February 12, at the service you normally attend.
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. Today you will be back in the High school classroom (Room 4).
Holy Huddle (confirmation students) will continue meeting on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 am. Today we also join the Inter-Generational class meeting in the Fellowship Hall. See you all next Sunday back in the Holy Huddle classroom.
Faith Mentoring Kick-off Event
Parents, confirmation students, and mentors will be meeting on Sunday, January 26, from 9:45-10:45 am to kick-off our faith mentors for 2020! We will meet in the lower level of the church building.
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.
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.
Daisy’s Food Pantry will again be partnering with Kroger’s, Chilson Crossing and Gleaners Food Bank
There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items to replenish the pantry. Collection dates are Saturday and Sunday, February 1-2, each day from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm We will need volunteers to hand out shopping lists and receive donated items at Kroger. We will also need people to transport the donated food back to St. Paul and then volunteers to sort and box items in the Fellowship Hall. There is a task for everyone. Save the dates! Sign-up sheets are available.
The Pantry really needs a few more of the following volunteers. More hands make lighter work.
Helpers to pick up food from Kroger on Tuesdays – Takes approximately 1 hour
People to help with stock and rotating—One Wednesday a month for 4 hours
Talk to Barb Giermanski or email Barbara Giermanski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Red Cross Blood Drive
A special thank you to all who helped make the blood drive a success. Whether you donated, worked the stations or baked cookies – Thank you. 65 Pints were collected.
Status of Partial Birth Abortion Petition Drive:
Last fall St. Paul members and friends were given the opportunity to sign a petition to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan. In December 379,418 signatures were submitted to the Michigan Bureau of Elections to begin the legislative process to make this a law in Michigan. (340,000 valid signatures are required.) Please pray that God will guide this process going forward so that these precious unborn children will never undergo this procedure.
Theological Conference 2020—Legacy: Reclaiming a Lost Generation
Christians in general, and Christian families in particular, are under spiritual and cultural attack. The result has been more families being broken and more individuals, especially the young, leaving their faith and inevitably our churches.
The typical fight-or-flight psychological reactions can readily be seen. Some churches and individuals who sense that their values and beliefs are under attack have embraced the flight response by isolating themselves from the community. Other churches and individuals have chosen the fight response using Scripture and reason to point a loud, glaring finger at the failings and fallacies of culture and loved ones.
The goal of this conference—recognizing and rejoicing in the love of God for the world and the inspired truths of His Word—is to propose and examine a third response reflecting the Apostle Paul’s method of engaging the culture (and our relatives) by “speaking the truth in love.” This also reflects Jesus’ approach to sinners.
Our prayer—and the goal of this conference—is that we all develop the capacity to engage the culture as we also seek to retain our young people (children and grandchildren) through healthy interactions under the blessing of our Lord.