Church Bulletin Announcements
December 23, 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
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger
Special
  • Doris Abraham (Rachel Abraham's aunt)
  • Paul Begick (surgery)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Angela Gee (Larry & Kathy Bourassa's daughter)
  • Howard Harmon
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Lisa Schmidt (cancer)
  • Rita Tilley
  • Gary Tillman (Rachel Abraham's uncle)
  • Brandon Zeilinger
Bereaved
(family & friends of)
  • Irma McKenzie

This Week's Members
  • Marcia Bacon
  • Joan Bohlen
  • Mary Divo
  • Jodi Gittins & Ava Gleason
  • Marian Kernstock
  • Raymond & Pamela MacLeod
  • Morgan Pfau
  • Ricky & Debra Schmidt
  • Nathan 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 27 Revelation 19
December 28 – Revelation 20
December 29 – Revelation 21
December 30 – Revelation 22
December 31 – Psalms 148-150
January 1 – Psalms 1-2
January 2 – Luke 1

Sunday School Christmas Schedule
All children, preschool through 8th grade, are welcome and encouraged to come to Sunday School at St. Paul. A high school Bible study class is available, as well. Classes are held in the St. Paul School building from 9:15-10:15 am on Sundays. Remember to bring your offerings each week. Offerings support the Sunday School program.
There will be no Sunday School or High School Bible Study on December 27. Classes will resume on January 3, 2021.
Here is a review of the Sunday School procedures which have been put in place to keep students and Sunday School volunteers healthy and safe and to respect the current school building use requirements.
  • Please drop students off at the main gym door (door number 1) for attendance and temperature check. 
  • Entrance to the school will be restricted to students and Sunday School volunteers only. 
  • Facial coverings must be worn by Sunday School volunteers and students when in indoor hallways and common areas. 
  • All Sunday School volunteers and students will be wearing masks during class indoors.
  • School cleaning/disinfecting guidelines will be followed. 
  • For pick up at 10:15 am, please line up outside and children will be sent out to parents one by one.

Office Hours
During Christmas break, the church & school office will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you would like something in the bulletin those weeks, please submit it by noon on Wednesday. Normal hours will resume Monday, January 4, 2021.

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.

Hot Lunch "Takeout Thursdays"
St. Paul Hot Lunch is excited to introduce "Takeout Thursdays" in 2021. Each Thursday, we will be ordering takeout from a local restaurant and offering these meals at regular hot lunch rates. We are looking for Thrivent Action Team gift cards or other donors willing to help sponsor these meals. Donor support of these meals will allow us to apply excess funds as a fundraiser for the Hot Lunch program. We look forward to partnering with and supporting local restaurants. If you are willing to donate toward this cause or apply for a Thrivent Action Team, please contact Heidi Schultz at school (684-4450).

Updated Phone Directory
The new 2020 church phone directories have arrived! They are available in the narthex for you to pick up.

Thank You for Supporting the Holly Jolly Christmas Store!
The Holly Jolly Christmas Store had another successful year thanks to all of you! For all of the donations, volunteer hours, and parents who sent money and shopping lists to school with their student, a sincere thank you! The store made $1,830. Many, many thanks! It was a wonderful event! - St. Paul PTO

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
I deeply appreciate all the prayers during Dave's sickness and passing. Thank you Pastor for your visits. Thank you for all the cards and memorials. - The Dawson family

Stewardship - A Way of Life
Luke 2:39 – “And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord…” The law of God is good. Of course, it always shows us our sins, but that is good, too! We need to be driven back to the forgiveness of Christ. And the Law also shows us the truly blessed way to live. As Mary and Joseph found their joy in a godly life, so should we see the Law as a guide for Christian living and the roadmap for saying thank you to the Lord for all His grace and mercy 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).
Principal/Teacher Position
Immanuel Lutheran School of Frankentrost in Saginaw, Michigan, is accepting resumes for a full-time principal/teacher position for the 2021-2022 school year. Applicants must be a caring Christian role model and highly qualified with a current State of Michigan School Administrators Certificate or be able to attain one. He or she must possess all skills required to fulfill the duties of the principal/teacher. Resumes can be dropped off or mailed to Immanuel Lutheran School, Attn: Gloria Hecht, 8220 East Holland Rd, Saginaw, MI 48601 or submitted to Gloria Hecht via email at hecht5@netzero.com by January 31, 2021.

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.

Orphan Grain Train Reaches Panama
Orphan Grain Train—Michigan is delighted to announce the ten-ton shipment of humanitarian goods from Michigan has arrived at its Panama destination. In late October volunteers at the Orphan Grain Train Center at Sebewaing loaded a 40-foot shipping container with 1,400 boxes of relief supplies, clothing and quilts, over twenty wheelchairs, four hospital beds, medical equipment and more. This past week the goods arrived with the Gospel message for people living in distressed circumstances. The supplies are currently being distributed by Casa de Refugio (House of Refuge) in Puerto Caimito, La Chorrera, Panama. This was all made possible through caring people who support with donated goods and funding the international humanitarian aim of Orphan Grain Train, your Christian volunteer network sharing personal and material resources domestically and around the world in Christ’s Name. Orphan Grain Train is a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Valley Vision
The January issue of the Valley Vision is available by clicking here.
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 61:10—62:3
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.
1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Epistle
Galatians 4:4–7
4When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Holy Gospel
Luke 2:22–40
22When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30for my eyes have seen your salvation
31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

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