Church Bulletin Announcements

August 19, 2022

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6


  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Vera Begick
  • Jon Ittner
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Irene Neumeyer 
  • Julie Roark
  • RoseAnne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Anna Spielhaupter
  • Tim Wegener
  • Frank & Carol Wozniak


  • Dean Bass
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Larry Daly (Denise Daly's father; cancer)
  • Dave Foster
  • Debbie Kahihikolo (Denise Daly's sister)
  • Connie Makl (Jeremy Warren's aunt)
  • Irene Neumeyer (Sheffield Place)
  • Ardie Reuther
  • Jack Robinson (Jan Kinney's grandson; leukemia)
  • Don Schark (brain tumor)
  • Dave Sherry (cancer)
  • Fuzz Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Herb Appold

This Week's Members

  • Matthew Appold
  • Glenn, Kelly & Colby Behmlander
  • Colton Bush
  • Joan Elenbaas
  • Courtney Goulet
  • Kevin & Dorothy Kaufmann
  • Hannah Leppek
  • Gavin Nagy
  • Abigail, Tye & Truly Riley
  • Spencer Smigiel
  • Brenda Weiss

Sunday, August 21

Worship with Communion 8 a.m.

Bible Class 9:15 a.m.

Worship with Communion 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Night Youth Group 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 23

 First Day of School - Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 24

Young Adult Bible Study 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 25

Blood Drive 2:00-6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 28

Worship with Communion - Staff Blessing & Rededication 8 a.m.

Bible Class 9:15 a.m.

Worship with Communion - Staff Blessing & Rededication 10:30 a.m.

Potluck & Card Celebration 12:00 p.m.

Sunday Night Youth Group 5-7 p.m.

Communion Statement

The Lord's Supper is celebrated here in the confession and glad confidence that our Lord, as He says, gives not only bread and wine, but His very body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sin. In joyful obedience to the clear teaching of our Lord Jesus those are invited to His table who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us. They show forth His death until He comes. Because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and so are unable to receive the Sacrament are invited to meditate on God's Word in the distribution hymns and pray for the day when divisions will have ceased. If you wish to receive communion in your pew, please inform an usher.

Altar Flowers

This Sunday's altar flowers are in honor of Larry & Kathy Bourassa's 43rd anniversary

Church Attendance

Last Sunday - 287 (135, 143)

The Lutheran Hour

Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on WSAM 1400 AM

Donations mail to: Saginaw Valley Lutheran Hour; P.O. Box 133; Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Daily Bible Readings

August 21 - Romans 6

August 22 - Romans 7

August 23 - Romans 8

August 24 - Psalm 89

August 25 - Proverbs 20

August 26 - Psalms 90-91

August 27 - Romans 9

Increased Sunday Morning Church Attendance

St. Paul has been blessed with increased attendance Sunday mornings but that brings a bit of a challenge as well. Please remember that the back 3 rows of pews are intended for parents with small children and/or those physically challenged to walk farther forward. Thanks for your consideration for your fellow worshipers!

1st Sunday Mites

Just a reminder that Friendship Circle is not meeting until September, but you can still drop off your mites the first Sunday of each month in the large mite box on the card table in the narthex.  

Stewardship - An Act of Faith

Luke 13:26 – “Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.'” Proximity to Jesus and the things of faith is not faith itself. Many Pharisees heard His Word – but ignored it, refused to believe in it. We want to be not only hearers, but doers of Jesus' Word. We want not just proximity to Jesus, but true communion with Him. We want to hear Him, follow Him, praise Him, and return thanks.

Thank You

Thank you to our St. Paul family for all of the cards & prayers due to the passing of our brother Al Wegener. -Lyn & Jan Wegener

Thank You

Thank you for the prayers, cards and well wishes during my hospital stay and rehab. -Floyd Appold

Thank You

Thank you all for you thoughts, cards & prayers when I was hospitalized. Bless you all. -Linda Snelenberger

Potluck & Card Reception

Due to Labor Day being on the first Sunday of September, the potluck will be held August 28th at 12:00 p.m.

There will also be a cake & card reception by the Board of Education to celebrate Lisa Stanley's 30th anniversary and Pastor Matyas' 10th anniversary within the LCMS. If you wish to show your appreciation to Lisa or Pastor, a card box will be available.

Sunday School begins September 11

A new Sunday School year begins September 11, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., in the Ministry Center. It’s the goal of the Sunday School program to provide a foundation upon which children and youth will build a lasting relationship with Jesus. Children, preschool through 8th grade, are welcome and encouraged to come. A High School Bible class will also be offered. If you are interested in our Sunday School program, please fill out a registration form and return it to the office, so we can best prepare for our year. 

11th Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk

Please join us for a morning of exercise, fellowship and remembrance - Our Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 10th, 2022. Students, ages 10 and under, can participate in the ¼ mile run at 9:00 and will receive a medal for participation. The 1 mile and 2 mile run/walk will begin at 9:15. All races will begin on Ziegler Rd (just next to the Church). Registration forms are available at the back of the church, in the school office, and on the St. Paul Website. Online registration is available by clicking here ora PDF version to print and return is available by clicking here.

Registration deadline is September 1st to guarantee a race t-shirt. T-shirts are also available for purchase for $10.00 even if you are not running or walking. Please fill out a form to purchase a shirt. We would love to have you attend for a great morning of fellowship. Thank you for your continued support of this event. We hope to see you on Sept. 10th!

Women's Fall Day Retreat

Lay Your Burden Down

How do you take a small next step following Jesus without carrying the burden of being a good Christian, or good woman, or good mom, or friend, or wife, or ... ? How can you see discipleship as a series of mini-adventures with the Holy Spirit, covered by a relationship of mutual delight with your heavenly Father?

Join singer/songwriter Brooke Orozco and award-winning author Justin Rossow as they help you pause, refresh, and reset.


Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: St Paul Ministry Center at St Paul Lutheran Church in Bay City

Cost: $50 (includes a catered lunch)

Early Registration Discount: $40 if paid in full by October 1st

Registration and fellowship will begin at 8:30am. A light breakfast will be available.

Please call or stop by the Church Office to register. 989-684-4450

Sunday School Teachers Needed

The St. Paul Sunday School program is blessed to have some returning teachers for the 2021-2022 school year, but we still have a need for several classes. Materials are provided and lessons are fun and simple to teach. The time commitment varies, depending on the number of teachers per class. Sunday School cannot succeed without our dedicated teachers, so please prayerfully consider being a part of our program. Sunday School begins, Sunday, September 11. Contact Tiffany List at 989-225-8516 or Catherin Hutter 989-395-5540.

St. Paul School Soccer Coaches

The school is looking for three different soccer coaches for this fall.  The season will be from September until the first week in October.  We have enough students to have two 2/3 grade teams and one 4/5 grade team.  Please let Lisa Stanley know if you’re will to help at 989-751-5209 or the school office know. 

Calling all Senior Choir Singers and Adult Bell Ringers!

Calling all Senior Choir singers and Adult Bell ringers! These two groups will begin practices on September 13th. Singers will be at 6:30 p.m. and Bell choir at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there... in the church balcony! -Director Thomas Schimm

Part-Time Evening Custodian at Peace

Peace Lutheran Ministries is seeking a part-time evening custodian in the Early Childhood Center at Peace Lutheran School, 3161 Lawndale Road in Saginaw Township. Hours are 6-10pm Monday through Friday; 20 hours per week. Must be reliable, have attention to detail, have your own reliable transportation with a valid driver’s license, and must pass a background check. Duties include sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, window cleaning, emptying trash, stocking bathrooms, locking up building, and setting up for weekend worship (Fridays only). Starting pay is $10.25 per hour with the potential for a raise after 90 days. Interested? Please contact Facilities Director Joel Keup at or 245.7878.

GriefShare at Grace, Auburn

Have you suffered loss? Are you grieving the death of a loved one? There’s help for you. Grace Lutheran in Auburn will be starting a new round of GriefShare on Thursday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. GriefShare is a 13-week program designed to provide comfort to those who mourn. Each session is around 90 minutes, beginning with a video and followed by a discussion. GriefShare is a safe space to open up about your sorrow and be heard. We are there for one another. GriefShare reminds us that we’re not alone, but rather Jesus comes alongside us to comfort us and lead us through our grief. GriefShare is open to everyone. It's free and all materials will be provided. Every session is a standalone session, so you can come and go as needed during the 13 weeks. Pastor Schian and Deaconess Mika will facilitate the discussions. Please contact Pastor Schian or Deaconess Mika at Grace (989-662-6161) with any questions.

Camp Lu Lay Lea

Dear Fellow Congregations, We are grateful for the many ways that God has blessed Camp Lu Lay Lea this summer. As many of you know, we were unable to have our usual summer camp activities the previous two years. That created some challenges for us, but God is good! He provided a wonderful group of directors, counselors, program staff, kitchen staff, and volunteers this summer as we welcomed back campers for seven weeks of fun, fellowship, and growing in faith. Being unable to have camp in 2020 and 2021 did have a significant impact on our finances. We were able to weather that storm and open for 2022 with a budget that was fiscally responsible but did not have much room for unexpected costs. During the beginning of our last week at camp, COVID-19 caused us to shut things down and send our campers home. We were able to refund registrations for the families that week, but it has crippled our cash reserves. Please pray for the ministry of Camp Lu Lay Lea and consider providing any financial blessings in support of camp. The Board is seeking +$20,000 of donations to give us the ability to get through the months ahead and be ready to open for the summer of 2023. If you are able to please give a donation to Camp Lu Lay Lea, go to our website or send a check to our address - 92 Ohio St., Lupton, MI 48365. Any questions can be emailed to our director, Amy Wojtowicz, at Thank you for your consideration and may the Good Lord continue to bless the work and ministry of Camp Lu Lay Lea as He has for the past 74 years! Sincerely, The Camp Lu Lay Lea Trustee Board

Golf Outing: September 17 at Apple Mountain Golf Course! 

You are invited to participate in a day that celebrates the ministry of Valley Lutheran High School while generating valuable funds for Financial Aid making the Valley Lutheran experience accessible to students who need it most. Make a gift or register online here. The entry fee is $85 per person. Please contact Heidi in the VLHS office at 989-790-1676 with questions.

Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 66:18–23

“For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD. “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD,

so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon,

and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me,

declares the LORD.”


Hebrews 12:4–24

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Holy Gospel

Luke 13:22–30

[Jesus] went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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