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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 If information is outdated, please provide updates and/or changes as needed (e.g. new address(es), new email, new contact numbers, new family members added, family members who have moved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.).
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 - https://www.facebook.com/events/582326832718066/ - 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: www.ogt-mi.blogspot.com 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.