Church Bulletin Announcements
December 11, 2020
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
Homebound
  • Dolores Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Eleonore Begick
  • Armond Beiser
  • Rick & Bonnie Emeott
  • Erv Hoerauf
  • Jon Ittner
  • Lorna Ittner
  • Bill Kramer
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Irma McKenzie
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger
Special
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Richard Emeott
  • Hedwig Gerold (cancer)
  • Howard Harmon (recovery of knee injury)
  • Paul Jaskiewicz
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Lisa Schmidt (cancer)
  • Rita Tilley
  • Brandon Zeilinger
Bereaved
(family & friends of)
  • David Dawson

This Week's Members
  • Nastassja Ayala
  • Karen Berger
  • William & Greta Dijak
  • Susan Gillespie & Evan & Mikayla Ulbricht
  • Dennis & Kathy Keith
  • Jack & Kathy Lustila
  • Ethan Persons
  • Joshua Schmidt
  • Chloe Warren
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.

Livestream
We are now able to stream live to both Facebook and YouTube simultaneously. To use Facebook, simply go to the church's page (www.facebook.com/stpaulfrankenlustbaycity). To use YouTube (which you can broadcast on most newer televisions), find and subscribe to "St. Paul Bay City"

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
December 13 Revelation 8
December 14 – Revelation 9
December 15 – Revelation 10
December 16 – Revelation 11
December 17 – Psalms 146-147
December 18 – Proverbs 30
December 19 – Revelation 12

Calling All Heroes
On Wednesday, December 16th, both midweek services will be designed toward honoring all "front-line" workers to the glory of God. As 2020 draws to an end, we have been blessed to remember all those who have dedicated their lives to the service and safety of others. The names of these people (living and dead) will be memorialized in a special blessing during the services.
Please email Pastor Matyas (dwmatyas@gmail.com) by December 15th with any names of heroes you know that fit these categories:
• Police (and police chaplains)
• Firefighters
• EMTs
• Military Personnel
• Nurses
• Doctors
• Other health care workers
All of these men and women are a testimony to the gracious servitude of our Lord Jesus Christ, and their selflessness exhibits His work in their own chosen vocations, especially in a very difficult year.

Thrivent Action Teams - Last Call for 2020!
Attention Thrivent members: have you used your 2 action team grants this year? Unused grants will expire at the end of the year. Hot Lunch and Aftercare could definitely use assistance with food items. COVID has limited our ability to get together, but there are still opportunities to use these grants. Please contact John Schlicker (johnschlicker@hotmail.com) for assistance or if you need ideas. Also, Thrivent members can use their Thrivent Choice dollars now to support the church and school.

2021 Offering Envelopes
The 2021 offering envelopes are ready, so please look for and pick up your box. If you would like to request a box of envelopes for 2021, please contact the church office. Thank you!

Thank You St. Paul Family
Thank you for all your loving thoughts and love that was given to our mother, Eleanor. All the beautiful get-well, birthday, and sympathy cards and memorials were a blessing. God bless you! - The Schlicker Family

Thank You to My St. Paul Family
I want each of you to know how much I appreciated – and continue to appreciate – your prayers on the occasion of my recent knee replacement surgery. Also your cards, phones calls, and Pastor Matyas keeping an eye on me. Truly, God has blessed us with great friends and church family members. Thank you all for your thoughts and encouragement. My sincere appreciation and gratefulness goes out to you. - Sam Britton

To My St. Paul Friends
I deeply appreciate your support at this difficult time. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. - Jon Spyker

Ladies Aid Bake Sale - Thank you!
A BIG thank you to all who helped and purchased and supported the Ladies Aid Bake Sale in any way this year. We made about $2,700.00.

Children's Christmas Service Premieres This Thursday!
This year's children's Christmas service will be released online this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Check the church's YouTube channel or the school's Facebook page.

Gift Cards Available
Get started on your Christmas shopping and participate in our Scrip fundraiser by purchasing gift cards from us! Please contact the school office to see what cards are in stock and to arrange payment (cash or check) and pick up. Deadline for special requests (e.g. large quantities) is today (Friday, December 11) to ensure orders arrive before Christmas. Click here for an order form.

Thank You from Zion's Food Pantry
Dear friends at St. Paul,
Wow! Your contributions of groceries will make a big difference in our community! Thank you. The secretary reported dual trips with over 10 bags and 5 boxes of food. Very Generous! Thank you so much. Our team is poised and ready to assist families in need!
Thank again,
Zion's Food Pantry Team

Stewardship - A Way of Life
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. “ Christians express their thanks to God in many ways; in prayer, in giving to the Lord’s work, in acts of service to others, and in faithful living in their daily callings. Everything we do to honor God in our lives is a means of returning thanks for the Lord’s many gifts to us.

Free In-Home Flu Shots
Get your flu shot administered in the comfort of your own home for free! Contact the Agency on Aging at 1-800-858-1637 to sign up. Please be prepared to provide your name, number, and address. You must be at least 19 years old to participate.

Please Help!
Our Video Display Team desires to add more members to help build playlists and/or operate screens for our worship services. Training is available. We would like to have enough members so that each member serves for one Sunday per month. Anyone interested should call Don Krueger (895-5737).

St. Paul Hot Lunch
Thank you to all who have continued to support the Hot Lunch program. It certainly has been a help as we face an interesting year!! All meals are served in takeout containers this year which has been an unexpected added expense to the program. Due to COVID we no longer are doing the Adopt a Salad Bar program but we do have needs for gift cards or cash donations to help offset the cost of these additional items that we need to purchase. Walmart, Sam’s, Meijer gift cards or cash donations would be greatly appreciated. They can be labeled Hot Lunch and put in the offering basket at church, sent to school with a student or put in the specially marked box (formerly construction worker snack collection) in the back of church. If you have any questions please call Heidi at school 684-4450. Thank you again for your ongoing support of this ministry!!
Special Upcoming Church Services
Sunday, December 13
1:30 p.m. Special "Mask Only" Service with Communion

Wednesday, December 16
3:15 & 6:30 p.m. Advent Midweek Services

Sunday, December 20
1:30 p.m. Special "Mask Only" Service with Communion

Thursday, December 24
1:30 p.m. Special "Mask Only" Service with Communion
3:15 p.m. Celebration & Praise with Communion
6:30 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve with Communion
11 p.m. Christmas Vespers

Friday, December 25
9 a.m. Christmas Day Worship with Communion

Thursday, December 31
6:30 p.m. New Year's Eve with Communion

Thanks from VLHS
Thank you to all churches and people associated in any way with our Fruit Sale Fundraiser. Our appreciation to all buyers, sellers, distributors and helpers for your cooperation and support. Money raised will help support music, drama, athletics and many other activities at Valley Lutheran High School. Through your support and the student body, we are fortunate and thankful to meet our goal. Total boxes sold for 2020 were 343 = 9200+ pounds. WOW!!

Valley Vision

Job Opening
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost is seeking applicants for the position of church office secretary. This is a part-time position (approximately 30 hours weekly). Please apply by contacting the church office by email churchoffice@frankentrost.org, or calling 989-754-0929 for more information.
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations. . . .
8For I the LORD love justice;
I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.

Epistle
1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.
23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

Holy Gospel
John 1:6–8, 19–28
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. . . .
19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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