Today we begin a stewardship program: “Stewardship Under the Cross,” which was approved by our voters’ assembly last Sunday. Hopefully you’ll come to appreciate the materials as much as the church council, stewardship committee, and other leaders of the congregation have. (use the link to read more about the background of this program)
Follow the link for a summary of our financial standing as of December 31, 2017. (sign-in required) Please note that a sign in can be set up for any member of St. Paul. Please contact the church office. All that is required is your email address.
CTK will be running a reduced week next week. The teachers will be attending the Valley Lutheran Teachers Conference on Monday. This means, and I know I will break many students’ hearts by announcing... (click to read more)
The Lutheran Woman's Missionary League would like to thank everyone who took a blue or white angel from the angel giving tree. We had many bags of gifts for families, boys or girls in need. Also thank you to the teachers who always take a blue angel and buy for a boy or girl of the ages they have in their classroom. This project would not be so successful without everyone who takes angel tags and buys gifts. We are able to receive money from Thrivent by doing this project that is so important to our members. We would also like to thank everyone who delivered these gift as it take many people to make a project successful. It is more blessed to give than receive. Thank You--- Jan Adlam and Missionary League Members.
Collide is holding their annual sub sandwich sale. Print the form at the link and return it with your payment by January 28 to place your order.
Don’t throw out the Christmas cards you’ve just received! The Lutheran Woman's Missionary League is again collecting Christmas cards for the booklets we make. We want only Christmas cards. The box to put them in is on top of the coat rack in the narthex. Thank You
We're kicking off National Lutheran Schools' Week in a different way this year-- with a mid-winter concert featuring our choirs and students. This will be in place of having them play/sing during our Sunday morning worship. A concert allows us to include a greater number of our students and a greater range of music than we could by having them play/sing during worship services. Even though it's a less convenient time/place, we hope that you will find it even more enjoyable.
As of the first Sunday in January, we are officially on our new schedule of one service at 9:00 a.m. Hopefully you have all prepared yourselves for the change. Set those clocks a little later-- or earlier, depending upon which one was 'your' service. There are a couple of things that we hope to accomplish by making this change. The biggest one is having the church more full from week to week. When we split our congregation between two services from Sunday to Sunday it gives the appearance that our attendance is much lower than it actually is. Not only does it feel nice to have more people there at once, there are other benefits, as well. When the church is more full we begin to get a better sense of our singing abilities, for example. Similarly, it will allow you to see people that you otherwise would not have seen again in church until the summer. Let's face it, even though we could go to the other service on any given Sunday, we rarely do. That's why it's been said that a church that adds a second service now has two congregations. It's not unusual to hear someone wonder where another member has been-- only to find out that they've been there, but at the opposite service. Along with that, we hope to try to build a greater sense of fellowship. For decades, our members were, generally speaking, related to at least a few other families in the congregation. There is still some of that, but we're slowly losing those bonds. If we're not careful about building a sense of fellowship through other means, then we'll lose a great deal more in the near future. It will certainly be an adjustment-- and even an inconvenience-- and we appreciate your patience as we make the change. We hope that everyone will find that the benefits are worth it.
...On Sunday, February 11, there will be a Daddy/Daughter Dance at Christ the King Lutheran School - Sebewaing campus from 4-6 pm. Theme: Boots and Braids. More info to come.
It's that time of year when we take a good look and consider the (many?!) ways that we want to improve ourselves. But have you considered how you can grow spiritually? Join us for Adult Bible study on Sunday mornings as we learn about the spiritual exercises that God's people have used for thousands of years and encourage one another to make use of them in order to "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Our Thursday morning Woen's Bible Study has just begun a new study on the book, "Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply: Receive God's Overflowing Gifts" by Deb Burma. It's about taking a break from the daily grind. Even if coffee isn't your beverage of choce, you look forward to downtime, especially if it is spent with a friend who wants your company. Jesus is such a friend. The Lord wants our company. He invites us to meet with Him in His Word. Just imagine what He has in store for us as we meet Him with our "cup"-- our self-- a vessel created and chosen by God, redeemed in Christ, and ready to be filled for His purpose. Time spent in Bible study will fill you to the brim and beyond with God's Good News. Sip, savor, and drink deeply from His Word. Receive the outpouring of His grace, His joy, and His peace!
This Sunday, January 14, we will have the privilege of giving another child the new birth of water and the Holy Spirit through Holy Baptism. We praise God for His gift to the family and His blessing upon this little child. (sign-in required) Please note: a sign in for our website is available to any member of St. Paul. All that is needed is an email address. Please contact the church office.
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