Church Bulletin Announcements
July 17, 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
  • Armond Beiser
  • Rick & Bonnie Emeott
  • Erv Hoerauf
  • Jon Ittner
  • Lorna Ittner
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Irma McKenzie
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Eleanor Schlicker
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger
(family & friends of)
  • Mary Pfund
  • Kitty Collins (Diane Vogtmann's daughter)

  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Hedwig Gerold (cancer)
  • Colleen (Howard Grantham's great-niece)
  • Fred Morley (uncle of DJ Bourdow)
  • Lynn Richard (Leeta Theiss’s sister-in-law; cancer)
  • Carol Wozniak
This Week's Members
  • Nancy Appold
  • Eugene & Viola Behmlander
  • Paige Clauss
  • Kristen & Dale Fisher
  • Ann Houghtaling
  • John & Janice Kushba
  • Michael Myers
  • Brian & Mieka Rueger
  • Jason, Christy, Cadence, & Hayden Swartz
  • Robert, Kelly, & Chase Wyman
July 12 - 205 (141, 64)

Livestream of Services
Remember, you can view the livestream services through this link: They will also be uploaded onto YouTube, but YouTube will not be live.

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
July 19 – Matthew 12
July 20 – Matthew 13
July 21 – Psalms 71-72
July 22 – Proverbs 18
July 23 – Matthew 14
July 24 – Matthew 15
July 25 – Matthew 16
In Our Backyard
Let’s try this again!! In Our Backyard started as an idea to give our members (and guests!) an opportunity to get together for socializing in a little different setting while exploring some out of the way places and activities in our area. Now that things are opening up again, we’ve arranged to visit Lisik Gardens in Hemlock. Phil and Ginger Lisik are retired teachers and have been collecting and selling garden plants for 30 years. They have created an extensive collection of perennials, particularly hostas and daylilies, in their country sized yard, including hostas they have developed and registered with the American Hosta Growers Association. Their gardens are awesome and you will enjoy strolling through and be inspired by the variety of plants, many available for purchase. For those comfortable with it, we will stop at Maple Grille for lunch on the way home.
When: Friday, July 24. Meet at School at 10:00 AM to carpool. This is an outdoor activity and it will happen, rain or shine.
Where: Lisik Gardens, 1445 N Iva Rd, Hemlock. Then Maple Grille, 13105 Gratiot Rd.
Who: Anyone who is interested in gardening, appreciates church friends’ company, or enjoying a summer day outside.
To do: Call, text or email Melissa Appold 989-225-6902, with questions. RSVP’s, while not required, are very much appreciated.

Reminder - Please Shut Off the Water
If you water in the church cemetery, please remember to shut off the water when you are finished. Thank you for helping us conserve water!

Softball, Pig Roast, & Chicken BBQ
37th Annual Trinity Monitor Softball Tourney including Pig Roast and Chicken
BBQ, August 8-10. Men's Slowpitch, Co-ed Slow Pitch, Women's Modified softball tourneys. Co-ed kickball. Contact Matt Burk at 757-7509 to enter a team.

Thank You from Carol Wozniak
Carol Wozniak is home from the hospital and thankful for everyone’s prayers, well wishes, and cards over the past few months. Your thoughtfulness is highly appreciated.

Please Help Keep the Church Records Updated!
Please take a moment to review your contact information that was printed last year in the 2019 phone directory. If information is outdated, please provide updates and/or changes as needed (e.g. new address(es), new email, new contact numbers, new family members added, family members who have moved away, etc.). Click here to submit updated information using an online form. Paper forms will be available in the church narthex.

Update: Alaska Mission Trip
Sadly, this trip has been cancelled for this year. Please keep the community in your prayers as they are facing a number of challenges. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to next year!

ALL ABOARD! At-Home On-Line VBS is Fast Approaching!
If you registered your student(s), here's what to do next!
  • Pick up your family's Take-Home Kit (located in the school auditorium) with 5 days of Bible story material and fun activities for each registered child. Each household has a labeled bag with your family's materials. If you have multiple students, each one will be in a separate kit INSIDE your family bag. NOTE: There are Preschool/Kindergarten Kits (marked "PS") and Elementary Kits (marked simply "Elem").
  • Take-home kits will include instructions to access the online material on the St. Paul Facebook Page - - which will include videos of our opening Sing & Play Express, Bible Adventures, Imagination Station, and Kid Vid Cinema, as well as our "Rocky Wrap-up" closing.
  • Each family can make use of each day's and each child's material as you see fit. You can do one-a-day for a week, or spread them out over the whole summer!
ENJOY! We pray that this material will be one more way your family helps guide your children down the track to a growing, personal, and mature faith in Jesus as a forever child of God!

9th Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk
Please join us for a morning of exercise, fellowship and remembrance - Our Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 12, 2020. We are keeping up to date on the current Covid-19 situation. Any adjustments or cancellation to this event may need to occur if we are following governmental recommendations and requirements. Here is our tentative plan: Students, ages 10 and under, can participate in the ¼ mile run at 9:00 and will receive a medal for participation. The 1 mile and 2 mile run/walk will begin at 9:15. All races will begin on Ziegler Rd (just next to the Church). Registration forms are available at the back of the church, in the school office, and on our website ( Registration deadline is August 31st to guarantee a race t-shirt. T-shirts are also available for purchase for $10.00 even if you are not running or walking. Please fill out a form to purchase a shirt. We would love to have you attend for a great morning of fellowship. No refunds will be processed if the event is cancelled. Thank you for your continued support of this event. We hope to see you on Sept. 12th!

Update: Help Us Show Love and Appreciation to our Construction Crew
We are in desperate need of Powerade/Gatorade and individual bags of salty snacks and nuts for the construction crew! Donations can be left in the back of church. If anyone would be willing to help with this project, we could use a couple more people willing to put ice in the coolers first thing in the morning or fill the coolers in the evening. It is not hard! Contact Matt 415-4068 or Heidi 450-0975. Thank you for your help in showing love and appreciation to these workers!

Stewardship--A Way of Life
Roman 8:18 - "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourage us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel. If we keep our focus on "the glory to be revealed," we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.

Orphan Grain Train--(McDonald's?)
A visitor to the Orphan Grain Train Center in Sebewaing will see thousands of boxes. Surprisingly, the boxes previous held containers of frozen French fries. These boxes now carry humanitarian supplies. Clothing, quilts, and medical items are boxed and sent around the world for the love of Christ. For efficient storage and shipping purposes boxes are required to be of a uniform size. Local McDonald’s restaurants donate them through a valuable partnership with Orphan Grain Train. Previously we have painted every box to cover expiration and UPC markings. Now volunteers like Rich Wrobleski use the bright idea of simply turning each box inside/out and re-taping for speedy use by other volunteers. 1,400 “McDonald’s” boxes filled with relief supplies arrived in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan in February to serve people in distress. We are eager to know where in the world Orphan Grain Train boxes will travel next. (Visit: to see pictures of the Kyrgyzstan distribution.)

Free Services Available
Region VII Area Agency on Aging is now accepting referrals for our FREE vision, dental, and hearing aid programs. Eligibility for these programs requires the participant or caregiver be aged 60 or older and a resident of Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac or Tuscola County. Region VII Area Agency on Aging is providing funding for these FREE services through September 30, 2020 or until funding is depleted.
Region VII Area Agency on Aging offers a comprehensive list of services for older adults that includes assistance with Medicaid and Medicare questions, volunteer opportunities, and the USDA Food Box Program.
Please contact the Agency on Aging at 1-800-858-1637 to inquire about these FREE services.
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 44:6–8
6Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel
and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.
7Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and set it before me,
since I appointed an ancient people.
Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.
8Fear not, nor be afraid;
have I not told you from of old and declared it?
And you are my witnesses!
Is there a God besides me?
There is no Rock; I know not any.”

Romans 8:18–27
    18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
    26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Holy Gospel
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
    24[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” . . .
    36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed is the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”