Divine Service 3
Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 62:1-5 1, Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11
Scripture Readings for next week:
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:16-30
Prayers for Jim Shafor passed away on Wednesday. A memorial dinner was held on Friday.
There will be a Congregation meeting on February 3 during the education hour.
There is an Altar Guild Meeting on Monday, January 21 at 9:30 am
Classes will meet in the lower level from 9:45-10:45. Classes will continue with the story, “A Storm.”
Today began a new study on “Prayers of Confession.” You are invited to join us at 7:30 a.m. for some great Bible study. Good conversation and a fresh cup of coffee.
Stop between services this Sunday to vote for favorite Fellowship activity ideas. You also will have an opportunity to offer your own ideas for activities.
Keep watching your e-News and Sunday bulletins for more information
Pastor’s Sunday class
During the education hour, Dr. Scott Yakimow will continue 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.
Pastor Bob and Lynne will be on vacation until Tuesday. They will be visiting their daughter and son-in-law in Dallas, Texas. We are grateful that Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow will lead our worship service.
The Revelation session #1 was attended by 35 people. You can get copies of prior sessions by calling the Office or talking to Pastor. 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. This Wednesday January 23 Seven Seals Chapters 4-8:3
January 30 Seven Trumpets Chapters 8:4-11
February 6 Seven “Sights” Chapters 12-15
February 13 Seven Bowls of Wrath Chapter 16
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 January 21 at 11:00 a.m. We will continue our discussion of “Mere Christianity.” If you have the book, read through page 75, “The Three Parts of Morality.”
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We are continuing a study on “Prayers of Confession.” We will meet next Saturday, January 26. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am.
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 “The Wise Men” found in Matthew 2:1-12. 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.
LAC (7/8th grade) and IMAC (4th-6th grade)
We will combine both groups in January. We will be going to Rollerama for some laser tag on Today after Worship. Cost is $10 per person and includes 2 games of laser tag and lunch. If you would like to play arcade games, please bring extra money. We will meet after second service.
Welcoming Young Children to Church — pre/k and kindergarten
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.
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 — Important
There will be a Bible study and preparation meeting for the National Youth Gathering on Sunday, January 27, from 9:45-10:45 am.
Youth Confirmation Retreat
Good retreat – lots of learning on Holy Baptism, the First Three Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer and no one went very far through the ice!
Open Shop Days
Daisy’s Pantry. 2018 Success story.
Our best year ever since our inception in 2009! We served 83 different families consisting of 542 individuals. 13,541 pounds of food were distributed. Our volunteers number 12 at this time. Please continue to pray for our mission and continue to donate items in the cart by the pantry.
Current Pantry needs: cooking oil, Knorr pasta or rice sides and pancake mix. Volunteers are needed for the food drive at Chilson Crossing Kroger, “Bringing Hope to the Table,” January 26 and 27. Sign-up sheets are in the Small Fellowship Hall. Sorters are also needed here at St. Paul in warmth and friendship.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thank you to those who provided help with set up and take down and those who brought cookies. Your help is invaluable. We collected 60 units of lifegiving blood.
St. Paul Playgoers is Back by Popular Demand!
Tickets have been reserved for “Old Time Religion” being performed at Cornwell’s Turkeyville Dinner Theatre in Marshall. Save the date – April 13 @ noon. Sign up will begins today. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!
Playgoers will be expanded to include Christian concerts or movies and will take requests. We would especially like to support our members who are performing in plays or concerts with a group in attendance to cheer them on.
Friday evening January 25 at 7 p.m. Bring a game, puzzle, and/or a snack to share.
The recent assets mapping session and congregational survey that was completed indicated that there is interest in more fellowship opportunities for people to get to know each other outside of church on Sunday. So, beginning with the new year, let’s make that happen!
The next question is what kind of activities would people like to see happening at St. Paul? Today and January 27, there will be a table in the Fellowship Hall with ideas for activities laid out. Stop by and see if there is anything that would interest you and cast your vote. There will also be a place for you to offer your own suggestions. Offer your ideas freely without the concern that if you suggest it, you will be put in charge of it. We will start with the activities with the
most votes. If you would like to submit an idea in time to have it presented and
voted on (or at any time in the future), send it to Cindy Elowsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep watching your Sunday bulletins and e-News for new information!
Faith Family Reunion Retreat — Our Prodigals – April 27, 2019
When children have left the church and faith in Jesus Christ, parents that are left behind often find themselves feeling isolated and alone. The feelings of guilt and shame can become overwhelming as they wonder what they did wrong, could have done better or what they failed to do. The end result makes parents feel as though they are living solo with the need to carry this burden on their own
During this retreat, we hope to provide you a warm, comfortable, loving and non-threatening environment where you might feel the freedom to express yourself. We hope that this time together can maybe “little by little” break down the walls of shame and secrecy. As we join together with one another we hope to create a community within the church family, for you where you feel safe to open up a dialogue and begin the conversation with others.
We are not going to “tell you what to do” or “tell you what you could have done better” but rather offer you a time where you can hear from a prodigal that has returned to the faith and to be surrounded by other parents going through similar situations in life. Our goal is to have you leave with hope, realizing that you are not alone and maybe even forming new friendships.
Help families welcome home family members who have wandered away.
Paula Isakson (Founder of Faith Family Reunion) will share the Faith Family Reunion her story and touch on the curriculum that she and her father Dr. Jakob K. Heckert (Co-Founder and Theological Editor) which they developed together, that addresses the subject matter head on. Additional resources will be presented from the Faith Family Reunion interactive website: www.faithfamilyreunion.com.
DART Needs Volunteers
The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is a volunteer organization that is committed to the support of Livingston County Michigan’s First Responders, including Fire Fighters, Sheriff Department, Local Police, and EMS. First responders put their lives on the line every day to help keep everyone safe. Though the inherent dangers of their jobs are well known, extreme situations can cause stress and fatigue that can jeopardize their safety and the wellbeing of those depending on them.
The organization’s mission is to provide “canteen” services (coffee, cold drinks, and snacks) as well as “rehab” services that help keep First Responders warm and dry in the cold winter months and cool and hydrated in the hot summer months.
They are currently seeking Volunteers in the Southern portion of Livingston County., including, but not limited to Green Oak, Hamburg, Putnam, Unadilla, Brighton, Genoa, Marion and Iosco Townships. For more information contact Roy Seifried at email@example.com or 517-518-2636.
Ladies night out
A night of comedy and friendship! Thursday, January 31
Shepherd of the Lakes, 2101 South Hacker Road, Brighton, MI 48114
Dessert and Coffee at 6:30pm Show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at http://www.sotlchurch.com
More about Amy Barnes Engineer turned comedian, Amy Barnes, started her stand-up career in Seattle, appearing at comedy clubs around town while working days as an engineer in aerospace. She has a heart for women and is like no other stand-up comedian you have seen. She has a special way of connecting with both women inside the church and those who may be walking through the doors for the very first time. Amy’s comedy is a lot of fun and accessible to women at all stages of life and at any place in their spiritual journey.