Church Bulletin Announcements
August 21, 2020
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
  • Dolores Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Armond Beiser
  • Rick & Bonnie Emeott
  • Howard Harmon
  • Erv Hoerauf
  • Jon Ittner
  • Lorna Ittner
  • Bill Kramer
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Irma McKenzie
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Eleanor Schlicker
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger
(Family & Friends of)
  • Lynn Richard (Leeta Theiss’s sister-in-law)

  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Hedwig Gerold (cancer)
  • Colleen (Howard Grantham's great-niece)
  • Howard Harmon (recovery of knee injury)
  • Fred Morley (uncle of DJ Bourdow)
  • Judy Schultz (hospice)
  • Darlene Spyker (cancer)
  • Connie Wajer (motorcycle accident)
This Week's Members
  • Randall Appold
  • Joanne Behmlander
  • Justin, Melissa, Lillian, & Elaina Garcia
  • Chad & Ashley Jaskiewicz
  • Faith LaFramboise
  • Irene Neumeyer
  • Eric Schaefer
  • Leeta Theiss
  • Arthur & Jamie Zeilinger
Altar Flowers
In memory of Wil Weiss, given by Brenda Weiss

Livestream of Services
Remember, you can view the livestream services through this link: They will also be uploaded onto YouTube, but YouTube will not be live.

The Lutheran Hour
Sunday Mornings: 8:30 on WSAM 1400 AM
Donations mail to:
Saginaw Valley Lutheran Hour
P.O. Box 133
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Daily Bible Readings
August 23 – Romans 8
August 24 – Psalm 89
August 25 – Proverbs 20
August 26 – Psalms 90-91
August 27 – Romans 9
August 28 – Romans 10
August 29 – Romans 11

Important Ministry Center Construction Note
I think it’s safe to say that most – if not all – of us are eager to see first hand what’s going on with the construction of our new Ministry Center. It’s pretty exciting to see all that’s happening.
However, we have been asked by Wolgast Construction to remind everyone to refrain from going on the site while it’s under construction. There’s just too much going on and we do not want anyone to get hurt. Especially with all of the overhead work happening right now.
So, thank you for your understanding and if you have questions about what’s going on, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to provide you with answers. But, for your own safety, please stay off the site during construction.
Thank you.
Sam Britton, Building Committee Chair
Substitute Teachers Needed
We're getting ready to head back to school, and we'd like to add a few names to our list of possible subs. If you are willing to substitute for teachers or staff, please let Principal Lustila ( know. Come share the love of Jesus with the children at St. Paul!

Sunday School Begins September 13
A new Sunday School year begins September 13, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. We are currently establishing new policies and procedures in an effort to keep children and Sunday School teachers healthy and safe. 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. If you are interested in our Sunday School program, please complete this online registration form or fill out a printed copy of this PDF (also available in the back of church) and return it to the office, so we can best prepare for our year.

High School Sunday School 
St. Paul High School Sunday School begins September 13, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. All students 9-12th grade are welcome to join us in the Conference Room. Our study will follow the readings of the Church Lectionary. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Valerie Matyas (248) 227-3491.

Sunday School Teachers Needed
The St. Paul Sunday School program is blessed to have some returning teachers for the 2020-2021 school year, but we still have a need. Teachers are needed for the 1st-2nd grade class and for the 3rd-5th grade class. 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 13. Contact Vicki Begick (525-3733) or Lynn Hendrick (450-1969).

LHM Radio Broadcast Volunteer Request
The Saginaw Valley Zone of the Lutheran Laymen's League is in great need of volunteers to participate on the Zone Radio Broadcast Team to continue to broadcast the Lutheran Hour on WSAM 1400 AM every Sunday morning. The role should take only about 10 hours of time a year and would focus on encouraging contributions from congregations in our listening area. Please contact Paul Moeller ( or 989-631-1017) or Eileen Rodammer ( or 989-652-6696) if you want additional information.

9th 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 12, 2020. We are keeping up to date on the current Covid-19 situation. Any adjustments or cancellation to this event may need to occur if we are following governmental recommendations and requirements. Here is our tentative plan: 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). Click here to register & pay online! Printed registration forms are available at the back of the church, in the school office, and on our website ( Registration deadline is August 31st 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. No refunds will be processed if the event is cancelled. Thank you for your continued support of this event. We hope to see you on Sept. 12th!

Another Update: Help Us Show Love and Appreciation to our Construction Crew
Please help by donating Powerade/Gatorade and individual bags of salty snacks and nuts or by providing cash or gift cards (Shell gas cards can help us buy ice!). Donations can be left in the back of church, and we've added a donation box for monetary gifts. Contact Matt 415-4068 or Heidi 450-0975 with any questions. Thank you for your help in showing love and appreciation to these workers!

Stewardship--A Way of Life
Matthew 16: 27  "For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done." St Paul talks about rewards on the Last Day in 1 Corinthians 3, and Jesus says more about this "repaying" in Matt. 19: 27-30 bottom line: Your good works can't buy you heaven, but in Christ your good works do matter. They are pleasing to your Heavenly Father, and they will be rewarded. In other words, our sacrifices for the Lord's Kingdom are not in vain and they are not unnoticed by your Father. This should encourage you in your faithfulness.

Orphan Grain Train Dependence
Much as we value the stream of loving contributions of clothing, medical equipment, and other humanitarian goods; much as we deeply appreciate the service of dedicated volunteers; much as we welcome generous financial support from churches and individuals who make possible international and domestic shipments of relief supplies, the Orphan Grain Train mission does not depend ultimately on goods, workers, or dollars. Reliance is only on Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. Every morning during operational hours, volunteers at Orphan Grain Train suspend their work of sorting clothing and filling boxes to hear God’s Word and to seek His help in prayer. We pray this mission be blessed in order that people in need will have their sicknesses overcome, fears calmed, and thanksgiving expressed to the Lord who abundantly cares for all. Orphan Grain Train has been an extension of Christ’s care around the world for 28 years, every day of which has depended on Him. (Visit

Free Services Available
Region VII Area Agency on Aging is now accepting referrals for our FREE vision, dental, and hearing aid programs. Eligibility for these programs requires the participant or caregiver be aged 60 or older and a resident of Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac or Tuscola County. Region VII Area Agency on Aging is providing funding for these FREE services through September 30, 2020 or until funding is depleted.
Region VII Area Agency on Aging offers a comprehensive list of services for older adults that includes assistance with Medicaid and Medicare questions, volunteer opportunities, and the USDA Food Box Program.
Please contact the Agency on Aging at 1-800-858-1637 to inquire about these FREE services.

Valley Golf Outing
Valley’s 21st Annual Golf Scramble for Student Aid will be Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at Apple Mountain Golf Course. We are working diligently to ensure the meaningful event remains safe and fun for all participants. Cost is $70 per golfer this year since we are not able to hold the banquet at this time.
Brochures are available in the VLHS office or online at Registration form, sponsorship sign-up, and payment may be mailed or dropped off to: Valley Lutheran High School 3560 McCarty Rd., Saginaw, MI 48603. In addition to golfing, there are numerous opportunities for corporations, businesses, and individuals to support Valley Lutheran through this charitable event. Sponsorship includes:
  • Recognition in the Golf Outing program
  • A sign prominently displayed at the event
All sponsorship packages are 100% tax deductible, except the Corporate Package, which has a $280 tax credit. For more information about this event call or email our Director of Development, Kyle DeWees at (989) 790-1676 or
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 51:1–6
1“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
you who seek the LORD:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
2Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
that I might bless him and multiply him.
3For the LORD comforts Zion;
he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4“Give attention to me, my people,
and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go out from me,
and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
5My righteousness draws near,
my salvation has gone out,
and my arms will judge the peoples;
the coastlands hope for me,
and for my arm they wait.
6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.”

Romans 11:33—12:8
33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Holy Gospel
Matthew 16:13–20
13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.