Church Bulletin Announcements
December 4, 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
  • 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
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • David Dawson (hospitalized)
  • Richard Emeott
  • Hedwig Gerold (cancer)
  • Howard Harmon (recovery of knee injury)
  • Paul Jaskiewicz
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Diane Rachwitz
  • Lisa Schmidt (cancer)
  • Geraldine Stieve (broken hip)
  • Rita Tilley
  • Connie Wajer (motorcycle accident)
  • Brandon Zeilinger
(family & friends of)
  • Eleanor Schlicker

This Week's Members
  • Miranda Ayala
  • Jeffrey Berger
  • Rebecca Dijak
  • Sean, Cortney, Arabelle, & Avaya Gillespie
  • Kevin & Dorothy Kaufmann
  • Scott, Megan, Blake, & Bailee Lowe
  • Angela Persons
  • Hope Schmidt
  • Rebecca, Mason, & Paige Walraven
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
  • Eleanor Schlicker passed away on November 27, 2020, and received a Christian funeral on December 2, 2020, with burial in Floral Gardens.
  • Vera Grace Gatza, child of Austin & Sarah (Weiss) Gatza, born October 30, 2020, will be baptized at during the 1:30 p.m. service on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Sponsors/witnesses are Andy Weiss and Kelsey Gatza.

We are now able to stream live to both Facebook and YouTube simultaneously. To use Facebook, simply go to the church's page ( 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 6 Psalms 141-142
December 7 – Revelation 4
December 8 – Revelation 5
December 9 – Revelation 6
December 10 – Revelation 7
December 11 – Psalms 143-145
December 12 – Proverbs 29

Ladies Aid Bake Sale
Please remember to stop by school on Saturday, December 5th with your pre-purchased vouchers to pick up your eisencheuckles and donuts. They will be available for pick up from 9-11am. We will be outside at the school door by large parking lot to greet you. Thank you for supporting St. Paul Ladies Aid!

Christmas Decorating This Saturday
The elders are welcoming anyone interested in preparing the church building for the upcoming Christmas celebration. We'll turn on some Christmas music and get those trees a sparklin'. If you are available this coming Saturday (12/5) morning at 9:00, come and help!

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!

Wreath Fundraiser - Thank You!
Thank you for supporting the fresh wreath fundraiser! $1,300 was raised for the school technology fund. We appreciate your support and hope that you have a very Merry Christmas! - Kristen Glasser and Ray & Debbie Garcia

Dent Family Go Fund Me - Thank You!
Thank you for showing love and support for Andrea Dent and her family during her hospitalization and recovery. So far, the Dent Go Fund Me page has received $3,375 in donations to help cover medical expenses. Andrea resumed teaching on November 30th and her students were overjoyed to have her back. Please continue to pray for God’s favor regarding Andrea’s health and healing.

Ladies Aid Christmas Party - Postponed
Ladies Aid Board and Christmas Program committee have decided to postpone our December 7th Christmas Party. We are concerned about the health and safety of our members. If you have your secret pal gift, just keep it. We may try to have something next year. We will keep you notified in the bulletin and Facebook page. Please stay safe and healthy.

Children's Christmas Service Premiere
This year's children's Christmas service (originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 16) will look a bit different. Instead of having an in-person large gathering, St. Paul plans to premiere a video recording of the service. Children will be practicing their parts within each classroom. In a couple weeks, each classroom will record their portion in church. Pastor Matyas and Mr. Schultz have graciously volunteered to use their tech skills to turn this into a masterful video presentation to be released online. We will still have Advent worship services on Wednesdays at 3:15 & 6:30 p.m. during December, but there is no in-person Children's Christmas service this year.

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 Friday, December 11 to ensure orders arrive before Christmas. Click here for an order form.

Thank You from St. Paul Members
  • Thank you for all your prayers and cards that you sent while I was ill. - Rollie Berger
  • Thank you so much for prayers and cards. I'm very thankful for my church family. Every day is better. Thanks to Pastor Matyas for the visit, too! - Darlene Zeilinger
  • Thank to my St. Paul Family for your prayers, well wishes, and cards during my recent hospital stay and surgeries. Your support is deeply appreciated. - Paul Begick

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!!
Holly Jolly Christmas Store - Donations Needed
Please drop off donations by Sunday, December 6. Thank you!
Special Upcoming Church Services
Sunday, December 6
1:30 p.m. Special "Mask Only" Service with Communion

Wednesday, December 9
3:15 & 6:30 p.m. Advent Midweek 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

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, or calling 989-754-0929 for more information.
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 40:1–11
1Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins.
3A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
6A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
9Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
10Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

2 Peter 3:8–14
8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

Holy Gospel
Mark 1:1–8
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”