Divine Service 3
Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 60:1–6, Ephesians 3:1–12, Matthew 2:1–12
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 43:1–7 Romans 6:1–11, Luke 3:15–22
Did you know…
…that you can find a wealth of information you need on the St. Paul Website. How-tos on membership, weddings, baptisms and more.
The Calendar is also displayed there along with the address for connecting it to your own apps.
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
This Week in Sunday School
Please join us this week as we begin the story, “A Storm.”
New Adult Bible Study: “Help for the Christian Navigating the Challenging Ethical Realities of Today.”
Dr. Scott Yakimow, a professor at Concordia University Ann Arbor, will be leading a Bible study starting January 6 and continuing through February 25. This topic is one of his areas of responsibility as an instructor at Concordia.
Sunday’s Readings Bible Study & Matthew Bible study
Both classes will be taking a break during the new adult Bible study series, “Help for the Christian Navigating the Challenges of Ethical Realities of Today.”
Fresh Brew continues its study of prayers of gratitude. Pastor Bob is filling in for Mike this Sunday and next week as Mike is out of town for the Texas service event followed by the confirmation retreat.
The study of the book of Revelation begins this Wednesday. Classes will be offered at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can come at either time from week to week. It will meet every Wednesday until the end of February. We will break down the sections of the book as follows:
January 9 Introduction & Chapter 1
January 16 Seven Letters to Seven Churches Chapters 2 & 3
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 will have a special session this week that will be hosted by Carol Krueger. All are welcomed. You can get details from Carol or Pastor Bob.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We are continuing a study on “Praying with Gratitude.” We will meet next Saturday, January 5. 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 “Simeon and Anna” found in Luke 2:22-40. 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.
Family Advent/Christmas Challenge
Don’t forget to let Miriam know if you participated in the Advent/Christmas Challenge! Prizes will be drawn this week.
Baptismal Remembrance Event and Worship Celebration
On Sunday, January 13 all those who were baptized in 2018 will be honored and celebrated at the worship service you normally attend. Those newly baptized, and their families, will be brought forward during the service for a special recognition. In addition, during the Education Hour, we will be having a cross+generational event. All ages will gather in the large fellowship hall. There will be a learning event, activities, and discussions helping us all to remember our baptisms. Those baptized in 2018 will also be recognized at a special reception at part of this event. Everyone is asked to bring a small photo of themselves for a group project (computer prints are great). Make plans to join us!
IMAC (4th-6th Grade Youth Group)
Our next event will be Laser Tag/Arcade. We will be joining the 7th/8th grade youth at Rollerama on January 20th.
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.
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
Coming up next weekend. Pastor Riggs will be with the group from Friday evening until Saturday noon. Mike Hausch will be there from Friday evening until the conclusion Sunday afternoon. Thanks also to all those helping. We will share a fuller report after the retreat concludes
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.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is January 15 from 1 pm-6:45 pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Service Trip in Texas is where our DCE Mike Hausch is today together with other members of St. Paul and some other area churches. They are helping those who continue to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. The mission team will be back Friday morning
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. We invite you to begin the journey of discovery together with us in a one-day retreat and other like-minded parents, as we explore that we might all share similar stories and that maybe we are really not alone on this road.
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.
GAME TIME this Friday afternoon at 1 pm. You can bring a game, puzzle, and/or snack to share. We will have a similar game time the last Friday of January at 7 p.m.
In Our Community
Auditions will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 9:00am – 3:30pm at the CUAA Campus Kreft Recital Hall
Incoming students are welcome to audition for the music faculty of CUAA. Music scholarships are open to students of all majors. Scholarship awards vary from each student. More information can be found at:
Be Constant in Prayer Theological Conference 2019
February 2, 2019, @ 8:00 am – 3:15 pm, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing, MI, 48917
A conference for laity and church workers together on prayer. Prayer is dangerous. It can change you. It can disrupt your life/routine. Don’t pray, and let everything be the way it is. Pray, and receive peace, guidance, understanding, faith, purpose, protection from evil, and a deeper relationship with God. Jesus prayed often, and He tells us to be constant in prayer. Join us at “Be Constant in Prayer” (Theological Conference) and learn more about this gift from our heavenly Father. Student (High School and College) Students $15 / person, General $20 / person, Livestream FREE for individuals and host congregations.
Register Today at:
The “Kick-the-Tires” Mission Weekend is designed to be a low-risk way to introduce your congregation to what it could look like for them to join Jesus on His mission in their everyday lives and support each other as a congregation. The weekend is guaranteed to significantly advance the mission-conversation in your congregation and among your leadership.
Lunch will be provided.
If you are bringing a group from your church, please register so we know how many to expect
Those of you who studied “Joining Jesus on His Mission” will like this one, as it is led by its author and will be discussed.