Church Bulletin Announcements
February 12, 2021
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
  • Vera Begick
  • Armond Beiser
  • Rick & Bonnie Emeott
  • 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
  • Doris Abraham (Rachel Abraham's aunt)
  • Doris Appold
  • Paul Begick
  • Nancy Brooks (Loretta Schlicker's cousin, cancer)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Judy Dawson
  • Tom DePrekel (surgery)
  • Dave Foster
  • Sharon Garrett (surgery)
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Ron Reuther (surgery)
  • Lisa Schmidt (cancer)
  • Rita Tilley
  • Gary Tillman (Rachel Abraham's uncle)
  • Marissa Wilber (surgery)
(family & friends of)
  • Michael Mossner

This Week's Members
  • Austin Appold
  • Emily Bass
  • Andrew Bourdow
  • Jeannie Doyle
  • Jodi Gittins & Ava Gleason
  • Corinna, Julie, & Amelia Jose
  • Hannah Leppek
  • Joseph Neumeyer
  • Paige Sawicki
  • Jason, Christy, Cadence, & Hayden Swartz
  • Nicholas Wozniak
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.

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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
February 14 – Acts 10
February 15 – Acts 11
February 16 – Proverbs 4
February 17 – Acts 12
February 18 – Acts 13
February 19 – Acts 14
February 20 – Psalms 19-20

Lenten Devotions
You are invited to pick up a Lenten devotion booklet, entitled “The Marks of Love,” in the back of church for your daily study of Scripture or click here for the digital version. Regular and large-print copies are available for you to begin reading on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Thank you to Lutheran Hour Ministries for making this resource available for us to share.

Friendship Circle
All women are invited to the Friendship Circle meeting on Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Loretta Schlicker's house.

Special "Mask-Only" Service
The Special "Mask Only" Service this month is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Scrip Gift Cards Available
Scrip gift cards are available to purchase after 8 a.m. church services and in the school office all day Monday-Thursday and until noon on Fridays.

School Enrollment for 2021-2022
Starting February 1, St. Paul congregation members will be able to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. Registration will open to all current families on February 15, and to the community on March 1, 2021. A $75 preschool enrollment fee and a $50 grade school enrollment fee (per child) will reserve your child’s spot for next year. There is the potential for classes to fill up, so members are encouraged to enroll between February 1-12 to secure your child's spot. Once registration opens to current families and the community, classes will fill on a first come, first served basis. Information and enrollment forms are available in the school office or online by clicking here. If you desire your child to receive a Christ-centered education, please call the school office at 989.684.4450 for more information and to make arrangements to enroll your child.

Thank You
We at Saginaw County Right to Life are truly grateful for your participation in our recent Lifesaver Drive. $222.50 was collected. Your dedication to the precious gift of life is very much appreciated. Through your support and those of others who are committed to the sanctity of life, we will continue to educate and influence our community and work toward the protection of all human life.
Altar Flowers
The altar flower calendar is up for 2021 in the cry room. If you would like to place flowers on the altar for any occasion, write your name and occasion on the date desired and it will be in the bulletin. Don't forget to order your flowers and have them delivered. If you have any questions, please call Julia Appold or Cindy Eastman.

Turn In Your Baby Bottle!
Please return your baby bottles filled with donations for Beacon of Hope/LifeClinic, our local pregnancy resource center.

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).

Stewardship - A Way of Life
Mark 9:6 -- “For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.” Soon enough, the disciples’ terror turned into joy, for when Jesus is with us, there is no need to fear. He loves us and cares for us and will never abandon us. That assurance is the basis of all generosity -- for only those who are set free from worry can learn the joy of giving.

VLHS Virtual Auction
The 18th Annual Valley Lutheran Benefit Auction is happening February 24-27, virtually! You can register to bid at no cost from anywhere you can access the internet. This is the largest annual event fundraiser for Valley Lutheran to support the annual needs with the largest amount going to financial aid. Consider being a sponsor or advertiser, donating an item or service, or joining the virtual auction. Items are continually updated at or you may contact Beth Kaul at 754-5918 or the school office at 790-1676.
The Ebb and Flow of Orphan Grain Train
Even during the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, raw goods of clothing, quilts, and medical equipment continued to arrive at Orphan Grain Train-Michigan in Sebewaing. The “receiving room” held stacks of boxes and mountains of bags piled to the ceiling because the Center could not be in operation. Lately all those materials have been organized, processed, and warehoused for the next foreign shipment. Perhaps due in part to wintry months, raw goods have declined in supply. Empty pallets await the next surge of donations. Please remember Orphan Grain Train when you sort through unused clothing or find medical equipment no longer needed. Such valuable items will be placed in the hands of people in great need of Christian care around the world.

Welcome Home: A Bible Study on Loneliness
All are invited to Grace Lutheran Church (303 Ruth Street, Auburn) on February 12 & 13 for a Bible study on loneliness led by Pastor Fleming, the director of Doxology. In this time of the pandemic, loneliness has become such an issue. The Christian Church has practical ways to respond to "the loneliness pandemic." Please join us at Grace for these Bible studies. No RSVP required. Just come. We will have a babysitter available for young families. If you have any questions, please call Grace Lutheran (989-662-6161). The schedule for the two days is below:
Friday, February 12
7 p.m. The Loneliness Pandemic Now on Steroids
8 p.m. Compline
Saturday, February 13
8:30 a.m. Matins
9 a.m. The Church as a Real Community in a Cold World
10:15 a.m. Promoting Peace in Every Home
Pastor David C. Fleming serves as Executive Director for Spiritual Care at DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel and as Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids. He is married to his beloved Jo. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 2:1–12
1When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”
4Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. 5The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”
6Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.
9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” 10And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” 11And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.

2 Corinthians 3:12–18; 4:1–6
12Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
1Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Holy Gospel
Mark 9:2–9
2After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.