Church Bulletin Announcements
February 5, 2021
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
  • 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
Special
  • 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)
  • Brandon Zeilinger
Bereaved
(family & friends of)
  • Erv Hoerauf

This Week's Members
  • Alexandria Appold
  • Dean & Karen Bass
  • Larry & Kathy Bourassa
  • Richard, Deborah, & Noah Doan
  • Timothy Gillespie
  • Justin, Ann, Ivy, & Vincent Jones
  • Brady Leppek
  • Jordan Neumeyer
  • Gary & Debra Sawicki
  • Adolph Sturm
  • Franklin & Carol 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.

Church Records
Erwin Hoerauf passed away on January 28, 2021, and received a Christian funeral on February 2, 2021, with burial in our cemetery.

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
February 7 – Acts 5
February 8 – Psalms 16-17
February 9 – Acts 6
February 10 – Acts 7
February 11 – Acts 8
February 12 – Psalm 18
February 13 – Acts 9

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.

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.
Thank You! Thank You!
The entire staff of St. Paul would like to express our sincere thanks to the congregation for blessing each one of us with an unexpected bonus that was passed at the voters meeting on January 17th. We are truly grateful and blessed to be part of the ministry here at St. Paul! May our Lord continue to work through each and every one of us to share His word with the children He has placed in our care. Please continue to pray for the health and safety of the staff and students as we go about the daily task of teaching and learning!

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.

Thank You from the Spielhaupters
Thank you to our St. Paul Family for the kind words spoken, the prayers lifted, and the cards sent as a result of my father's recent passing. They all warmed our hearts, wrapped us with love, and gave us a sense of peace. You are truly a blessing to us! George and Judy Spielhaupter

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
1 Corinthians 9:25 – “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit -- for the desires of the flesh are at war with the desires of the Spirit. Having received the new life in Christ by His grace, He now calls us to follow Him deliberately, with self-control, with intention.

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 www.vlhsauction.com or you may contact Beth Kaul at 754-5918 or the school office at 790-1676.

Valley Vision
February's Valley Vision is available by clicking here.
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
Isaiah 40:21–31
21Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.
27Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

Epistle
1 Corinthians 9:16–27
16If I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
19For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Holy Gospel
Mark 1:29–39
29Immediately [Jesus] left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

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