Church Bulletin Announcements
January 7, 2022
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
Homebound
  • 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
Special
  • Dean Bass
  • Jennifer Britton
  • Linda Lee & Roger Brown
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Jon Ittner (hospitalized)
  • Kathleen Kernstock
  • Ardie Reuther
  • Jack Robinson (Jan Kinney's grandson; leukemia)
  • Rod Sauers (friend of Jeff Olson)
  • Don Schark (brain tumor)

This Week's Members
  • Rachel Abraham
  • Ryan, Danielle, & Delano Bach, & Alina Damic
  • Rollan & Deborah Berger
  • Trevor Dean
  • Charlene Fyda
  • Marie Hendrick
  • Nicole Kramer
  • Kara & Michael Marner
  • Liv Parker
  • Jason, Stacy, Calvin, & Violet Schlicker
  • Allen, Teresa, April, Dylan, Ryan, & Patrick Switala
  • Parker Wood
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. If you wish to receive communion in your pew, please inform an usher.

Church Attendance
Last Sunday - 201 (99, 102)

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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
January 9 - Luke 6
January 10 - Luke 7
January 11 - Luke 8
January 12 - Luke 9
January 13 - Psalms 6-7
January 14 - Luke 10
January 15 - Luke 11

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.

175th Anniversary Committee
The 175th Anniversary Committee will meet on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Ministry Center. Additional committee members are being sought. Stop in for the meeting and see if you would like to join.

Pick Up Your Poinsettia!
Those who purchased poinsettias can pick them up after church (either service) this Sunday. Thank you.

PTO Fundraiser at Panda Express
Come eat at Panda Express on Wilder Road in Bay City this Tuesday, January 11 all day (10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.) 20% of event sales will be donated to St. Paul. Please bring the paper flyer or show the digital version below.
Church Newsletter Deadline
If you have any articles or events to include in the monthly church newsletter, please submit them to office@stpaulbaycity.org by Wednesday, January 12.

Thank You for Your Prayers
We would like to thank Pastor for his prayers, support, and especially his visit. Thanks to our church family and friends for their cards, especially their prayers and support while I was hospitalized. We would appreciate continued prayers during my healing at home. Ron and Ardie Reuther.

Thank You from Michelle Oswald
I would like to thank everybody for all the cards and notes that you have sent me throughout my knee replacement surgery and recovery. Everything is healing nicely. Thank you again.

Sunday School Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to the following students who had perfect Sunday School attendance for the month of December:
Charles Begick, Eliana Benkert, Emmaline Benkert, Hezekiah Benkert, Josiah Benkert, , Olivia Burnison, Elise Helmreich, Jane Helmreich, Noah Helmreich, Isaac Hendrick, Abigail Matyas, Ethan Matyas, Isaac Matyas, Olivia Matyas, Ainsley Wiess, Dolan Wills, Maura Zeilinger

Dear Members of St. Paul
It is with sincere and grateful hearts that we wish to thank you for all of the Christmas gifts showered on our family throughout the month of December. Your love and appreciation for our family is felt and known deeply in our hearts. Most importantly, thank you for joining us in celebrating the greatest gift of all--the gift of salvation given to us through the Babe of Bethlehem.
With gratitude,
Pastor and Valerie Matyas

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, melissaappold@gmail.com 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!

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.

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.)

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 3:21 – “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened.” We know why the people were baptized, but why was Jesus baptized? He didn’t need repentance or forgiveness. The answer is that He did it for us. The reason God sent His Son into the world is to fulfill all righteousness for us, to do what we could not do. The whole of Jesus’ life, everything He did and said, was one great offering to the Father in our stead to fulfill all righteousness for us. With our righteousness fulfilled in Jesus and given to us in Baptism, our hearts now overflow with thanksgiving and praise.

Valley Vision
The January issue of the Valley Vision is available by clicking here.
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 43:1–7
1But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
5Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.
6I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

Epistle
Romans 6:1–11
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Holy Gospel
Luke 3:15–22
15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

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