Church Bulletin Announcements
December 17, 2021
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
  • Dolores Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Eleonore Begick
  • Vera Begick
  • Jon Ittner
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Anna Spielhaupter
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Frank & Carol Wozniak

  • Joyce (Betty Stieve's mother)
  • Marlene Goupil
  • Armond Beiser

  • Dean Bass
  • Jennifer Britton
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Howard Grantham
  • Kathleen Kernstock
  • Michelle Oswald
  • Ardie Reuther (hospitalized)
  • Jack Robinson (Jan Kinney's grandson; leukemia)
  • Rod Sauers (friend of Jeff Olson)
  • Don Schark (brain tumor)
  • Linda (a member's sister)

This Week's Members
  • Nastassja Ayala
  • Jeffrey Berger
  • Jakob Dijak
  • Gregory Gibbon
  • Dale, Lynn, & Leah Jezowski
  • Susan & Michael Lakel
  • Steven & Debra Neuman
  • John & James Rodgers
  • Amanda & Craig Wilson
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.

Church Records
Marlene Goupil passed away on December 11, 2021, and received a Christian funeral on December 16, 2021.

Altar Flowers
In loving memory of Pastor Paul Theiss given by his family

Church Attendance
Last Sunday - 307 (177, 130)
Children's Christmas Service - 557 (292, 265)


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
December 19 – Revelation 12
December 20 – Revelation 13
December 21 – Revelation 14
December 22 – Revelation 15
December 23 – Revelation 16
December 24 – Revelation 17
December 25 – Proverbs 31
Sunday School Birthday Party for Jesus – December 19, 9:15 a.m.
During Sunday School on December 19, we will host the annual Birthday Party for Jesus. Children, Preschool through 8th Grade, can join us for activities, crafts, games, and treats, celebrating Jesus’ birthday. 
In support of the kids and families that Wellspring serves, children are being asked to bring a donation item for a collection during Birthday Party for Jesus.
Please note that Sunday School will not meet on December 26 or January 2. Sunday School will resume on January 9.

Advent Season
December 22
Services at 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
4-6 p.m. Supper hosted by the Alaska Mission
Menu: Sloppy Joe's or hot dogs, chips, coleslaw, & desserts

Christmas Season
December 24
3:30 p.m. Celebration & Praise Christmas Eve Service
6:30 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Service
11 p.m. Christmas Vespers
December 25
9 a.m. Christmas Worship with Communion
December 31
No Service
January 6
6:30 p.m. Epiphany Service

Sunday Night Youth Group!
Christmas Cheer at Sunday Night Youth Group, 5-7 p.m. in the Youth Room! 
Dec. 19 - CHRISTMAS PARTY! Bring a friend, a fun-but-not-crazy$ Gift for the Gift Exchange Game, and a dish to pass for the Appetizer Pot Luck! Stay after if you are planning to be involved with the Christmas Eve 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service.

Dec. 26 & Jan. 2 – No SNYG – Have a good break!

If you’re in High School, you’re invited to check out what is going on.

Voters Meeting - Sunday, January 9 at 1 PM
Attention all members of St. Paul: There is a Voters Assembly in the sanctuary on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 1 PM. Click here to view the proposed budget summary. A detail budget is available in the office.

Call for Donations
As we have taken ownership and moved into the Ministry Center it is evident, and was expected, that some items never intended to be part of the physical building costs are still needed. Some have been purchased already and some are still on the ‘Wanted’ list. The Procurement Committee (for lack of a better name) is seeking donations of new or gently used:
Carpet spot cleaner, and large (4X4 ish) coffee table and bean bag chairs for the Youth Room. (A step ladder has already been donated. Thank you!)
Also, financial ‘sponsorship’ is desired for a Youth Room game table, Christmas decorations, and basic décor – artwork, artificial plants etc.
Please contact Melissa Appold, 989-225-6902, with questions or to discuss a donation, and David Schultz, 989-450-2516 for Youth Room items. Thank you for your generous support!!

Thank You from PTO
Thank you to all those who donated and volunteered for the Holly Jolly Christmas Store. We raised $2,156! Also, if anyone is out shopping Christmas clearance, we'd happily take any wrap, gift bags, tape, bows, tags, gifts for next year!

Blood Drive
We are hosting a blood drive in the Ministry Center on Thursday, December 30 from 2-6:30 p.m. Please call Darlene (989-737-9937) or Julia (989-225-1889) to schedule an appointment or click here to schedule online. All donors will receive a $10 e-gift card. If you are healthy and able, please donate blood!

New Bible Study
A new Bible study will be starting January 11. We plan to meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Ministry Center. If you are interested in joining, please contact Julia Appold at 989-225-1889.

2022 Altar Flowers
The Altar Flowers Calendar for 2022 is hanging on the wall in the cry room in the back of church. If you would like to put flowers in church in 2022, you may mark it down on the calendar. You order the flowers and the committee will make sure the information is published in the church bulletin.

Thank You for Your Prayers
It is with a glad heart that I thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers for my good friend, Jim Hoppenjan. We shared many experiences together and now he rests, waiting for the resurrection! -Ken VanCise

Joy-Filled Investing
Your investment in Church Extension Fund helps build facilities for the spreading of the Gospel. Your investment works for you earning competitive interest rates while serving the Lord; a double joy! For more information, contact St. Paul’s Congregation Rep, Luella Britton at 989-798-3156, or call toll-free 800-242-3944.
(The information provided here is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy CEF securities. The offering of CEF securities is made solely by our Offering Circular. CEF will offer and sell our securities only in states where authorized. The securities are subject to certain risk factors as described in our Offering Circular. CEF investments are not insured by the FDIC, SIPC, or any other governmental agency.)

Dear St. Paul Family
Thank you very much for the calls, cards, flowers, and well wishes during my knee surgeries. I truly appreciate all your love and support! God's blessings, Lisa Stanley

To the Members of St. Paul
Thank you so very much for your grocery donations. It is so appreciated, especially as we continue our holiday basket program. On behalf of those who serve and are served, many thanks. - Zion's Food Pantry

Updated Phone Directory
The new 2021 church phone directories have arrived! They are available in the narthex for you to pick up.

Please Help!
Our Video Display Team desires to add members to build playlists and/or operate screens for our worship services. Training is available. We’d like enough members so that each serves for one Sunday per month. Call Don Krueger (895-5737) if interested.

Stewardship Vision
Our vision is to identify the gifts and abilities and time and talents of our congregational family, and connect them to the needs and areas of service of the staff and the programs at St. Paul to further God’s kingdom.

Stewardship - A Way of Life
Luke 1:45 -- “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” The Lord always fulfills what He promises. We can be certain of that, and He has proven it over and over again. This faith in the Lord’s own faithfulness is what gives us the courage to follow the Lord’s commands in the face of the world’s anger and resistance. Mary’s faith also gave her the courage to carry on in her seemingly embarrassed circumstances. STEWARDSHIP – Is the way of life

Valley Lutheran Thanks You!
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 & support. Money raised will help support music, drama, athletics & many other activities at Valley Lutheran High School. Through your support & the student body, we are fortunate and thankful to meet our goal. Total boxes sold for 2021 were 230, for 5,980 pounds. Wow!
Camp Lu Lay Lea is Now Hiring for Summer 2022!
Camp Lu Lay Lea is now hiring for all staff positions for the summer of 2022. Camp Lu Lay Lea is located in Lupton, Michigan (near Rose City/West Branch). Positions include the following: Kitchen Kats, Program Staff, Counselors, and various director positions. If you are looking for fun, summer employment while working with youth, ages 8-14, in a Christian atmosphere, then check out and click on the staff tab for more information. Applications are due by December 28th, 2021.
Old Testament Reading
Micah 5:2–5a
2But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
3Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5And he shall be their peace.

Epistle Reading
Hebrews 10:5–10
5When Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
6in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
7Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
8When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Holy Gospel
Luke 1:39–45
39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”