Sept. 16 – Sept. 23

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 50:4–10, James 3:1–12, Mark 9:14–29

Scripture Readings for next week:
Jeremiah 11:18–20, James 3:13–4:10, Mark 9:30–37


A Note

The mums used as decorations for the Fall Fest were to be planted around the Church after the festival to decorate the church for fall.  If anyone knows what happened to them, can you let the office or Mike Hausch know, please.


Today we welcome by Rite of Holy Baptism Thomas Kempeinen, son of Steve and Hannah Kempeinen.


Spiritual Oversight

Something Special
Sunday October 7 Special Education Hour–Heart & History–you hopefully received a letter last week about this special event. If not, there are more copies in the back of the church.


3-T (Transition Thinking Team)
3-T will meet this Saturday at 9 a.m.


Christian Education

Nursery Volunteers Needed:
The Nursery is currently looking for volunteers to supervise our little ones during both worship services and Education Hour on Sunday mornings. Your commitment would be for one hour per month for the coming year. Please contact Barb Nettleton (810-355-4350 / maxbarb@chartermi.net) if this opportunity is the way that God is calling you to serve Him and His people at St. Paul.


Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Plan to join us during the Education Hour this week. We provide opportunities for people of all ages to read and inwardly digest the true promises of God revealed in the Bible.


This Week in Sunday School
We resume regular Sunday School classes TODAY in the lower level. There are classes for preschool, K-2, and 3-6. All ages begin in the multi-purpose room for an opening and then move to their classrooms. We will be using SPARK: ACTIVATE FAITH and our story will be Creation.



Sunday School Teachers
Preschool – Linda Gamble, Ashleigh Mowers, and Teresa Snyir

K-2 – Cathy Jamrog and Barb Wahls

3-6 – Bill Marra and Kathryn Munshaw


Sunday School Registration – NEW THIS YEAR
In an effort to make sure our records are up to date, and to collect important data for all of our Sunday School students, students should register for classes here: https://goo.gl/forms/QzyIJTI6e4cuvAeP2 This information is helpful to our teaching staff. Upper Room, the divided portion of the Large Fellowship Hall. room


Sunday’s Readings Bible Study
Every Sunday we hear three Bible readings in the Divine Service. These Bible readings reflect the current church calendar and usually serve as the basis for the sermon. This Bible study helps them come to life. This class meets in the Upper Room, the divided portion of the Large Fellowship Hall.


Matthew Chapter One
What does it mean to follow Jesus? That will be the question we return to repeatedly as we study the Gospel of Matthew one chapter at a time during the education hour between services. Today is chapter one. Hope you can be with us.


Pastor’s study of Luther’s Small Catechism
Adult Catechism Class this Wednesday at
7 p.m. We will be turning our attention to the Apostles Creed. The portion of the expanded explanation about God the Father is pages 128-163. We will also discuss the relationship between science and Scripture. If you are interested in material from last Wednesday, speak to Pastor. All are welcomed.


Fresh Brew
“The Lord’s Prayer” ‘Lord teach us to pray.’ This was the request of Jesus’ disciples. Fresh Brew will use a variety of resources to explore the content and discipline of prayer. Join us for this helpful discussion that will enrich your life as a follower of Jesus. Fresh Brew meets on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am in the Large Fellowship Hall.


Monday Women’s Bible Study
This study will meet tomorrow, September 10. We will continue our study of Philippians. This is a new study topic and a great time to join. Tomorrow we will do lesson 3, “One in Christ.” We meet at 11:00 a.m.


Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We have been working on a study titled, “Men at Church.” The study is based on a variety of articles from the June/July issue of the Lutheran Witness. It is a great time to join this group. We meet Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. See you next Saturday, September 15.


Family Ministry

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 “God’s Covenant with Noah” based on Genesis 6-9. 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.


Fall Festival
Thank you, Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Prize table at last Sundays Fall Festival. Whether you approached a local business or gave a themed basket or individual item, they were all appreciated! Because of your participation two tables were packed with 33 prizes and lucky, happy winners were announced throughout the event.


Thank you to all of our youth and adult volunteers at the Fall Festival. Together, we were able to have a wonderful event!


Entering Sunday School Faith Milestone Event and Blessing
If you have a preschool student that has never been to Sunday School at St. Paul, join us for a special parent/child event today, Sunday, September 16 during the Education Hour, helping the transition into class. There will also be a blessing during the worship service you normally attend.


IMAC (I am a Christian) is for 4th-6th graders

We will have our first meeting on Sunday, October 7, following the 11:00 am service. Lunch will be served. See you then!



LAC (Living Active Christians) is for 7th and 8th graders – those in Confirmation instruction! We will host a planning event today, Sunday, September 16 to put in place a school year plan for events and activities. This event will begin right after the 11:00 am worship service and wrap up about 2:00 pm. Get your name (adults too) on the sign-up list so that we can properly prepare food.

LCMS National Youth Gathering Information Meeting Every 3 years our National church body presents a national event for young people from across the country and around the world. The next event will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 11-15, 2019. This event is for young people age 14-19 are 14 by the time of the gathering or who are entering 9th grade at the time of the gathering.

We are hosting an informational meeting on Sunday, September 23 right after the 11:00 am worship service. This meeting is intended for young people who may be interested in attending the gathering and their parents. A great deal of helpful information will be shared. Do plan to attend. Information helpful to making a good decision will be shared. Our initial registration deadline is approaching quickly. Registration should be submitted by October 14, 2018.



Directory Update
SEPTEMBER 16 – Group picture day. If you haven’t gotten your group picture yet, get everyone together September 16 between services. The location is yet to be determined. We would especially like to see the Pantry crew, Gardeners, Nursery helpers, anyone who helps with Compassionate Care projects (blood drive, Christmas baskets, Lutheran World Relief, Funeral Lunches, etc.) If your group isn’t listed, by all means YES, we want your picture!

Still looking for pictures of recent events. If you have pictures from Advent by Candlelight, Harvest Dinner, VBS, Christmas, Easter egg hunt, youth activities, gardening, rummage sale, etc., we’d love to take a look at them.  Email them to celowsky@charter.net.

We’re also trying to get the roster as current and correct as it can be. It is one way that we can connect with each other. If you have changed email addresses or phone numbers, or no longer use your land line, please forward correct information to celowsky@charter.net and always keep your information current with the church office. If for some reason, you don’t want your phone number or email address included in the directory, please let us know.

If you couldn’t make it to one of the photography days for your family portraits, do a SELFIE and send it
to celowsky@charter.net.  Even if you aren’t a member, but are a regular attender, we want you in the directory. Include
the names of each person in the picture with the kids in birth order, your address and phone number. Please submit by September 25.

If you ordered pictures, they are available to pick up in the Fellowship Hall.


In Our Community

Most Ministries
Do you like to sew? If you have ever tossed around the idea of doing mission work, this might be the thing for you. There is a team of sewer wanting to go to Tanzania (Team 1904 Sewing/TIP).  They need two more people or they cannot go. There is information on the bulletin board.  If more copies are needed, ask the St. Paul office to get it to you.


Compassionate Care

Red Cross Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is this Tuesday, September 18 from 1 pm-6:45 pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503


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