Church Bulletin Announcements
July 31, 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
  • Howard Harmon
  • 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
  • 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; hospice)
  • Judy Schultz (hospice)
  • Darlene Spyker (cancer)
  • Carol Wozniak
This Week's Members
  • Matthew Appold
  • Glenn, Kelly, & Colby Behmlander
  • Bradley & Sheri Cliff
  • Cynthia Fox
  • Virginia Hutter
  • Jeff, Lori, Morgan, & Marshall Kurchak
  • Joshua, Kelly, Hayden, & Jack Kusterer
  • Gavin Nagy
  • Nicole, Kase, & Emmerson Savoie
  • Eddie & Tiffany Switek
  • Nanette Yoder
Church Records
Emmiley, Charles, & Alexander Lusher, children of Brian & Sheri Lusher will be baptized during the 10:30 a.m. service on August 2, 2020. 
Brian & Sheri Lusher will confirm their Lutheran faith during the 10:30 a.m. service on August 2, 2020. 

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
August 2 – Psalms 74-75
August 3 – Psalms 76-77
August 4 – Proverbs 19
August 5 – Matthew 23
August 6 – Matthew 24
August 7 – Matthew 25
August 8 – Psalm 78
Job Opportunity: Custodian Needed
St. Paul Lutheran School is looking for a part-time school custodian. Responsibilities to include cleaning and all janitorial duties for the school. Detailed job description available upon request. For inquiries, please email resumes to Principal Lustila at

Church Newsletter Deadline
Articles for August's newsletter may be submitted by Wednesday, August 12 to

Thank You from Steve Neuman
Thank you for all the prayers, well wishes, and cards! Blessings to you all, Steve Neuman

Request for Clothing
A family in the community is in need of girls’ clothing (size 8 clothes; size 1½ shoes & sandals). If you are able to help, please call Monica (989-414-9188) or contact the church office to make arrangements.

LHM Radio Broadcast Volunteer Request
The Saginaw Valley Zone of the Lutheran Laymen's League is in great need of volunteers to participate on the Zone Radio Broadcast Team to continue to broadcast the Lutheran Hour on WSAM 1400 AM every Sunday morning. The role should take only about 10 hours of time a year and would focus on encouraging contributions from congregations in our listening area. Please contact Paul Moeller ( or 989-631-1017) or Eileen Rodammer ( or 989-652-6696) if you want additional information.

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!

UPDATE: Softball, Pig Roast, & Chicken BBQ
After much discussion, the Athletic Club of Trinity (Monitor) Lutheran Church (20 E. Salzburg Rd.) has decided to cancel their Pig Roast and Softball Tournament for this year. There will still be a modified version of the Chicken BBQ on Saturday, August 8th. Meals will be prepackaged and take-out style and will offer curbside service as well. There will be plenty of room for social distancing in the pavilion and surrounding grounds for those that would like to stay and eat. Chicken dinners will consist of ½ chicken, baked beans, squash, cole slaw, a roll, and bottle of water. Cost will be $10 per meal (no substitutions will be allowed) and will be served from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Floyd G’s Juice Machine will be in the pavilion from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. playing all your favorite songs to sing along to. Bring your lawn chair, spread out, and enjoy some Christian fellowship! The concession stand will be open from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. selling hot dogs, brats, fries, drinks, and ice cream. To keep everyone safe, all recommended state guidelines will be followed.

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!

Another Update: Help Us Show Love and Appreciation to our Construction Crew
Please help by donating Powerade/Gatorade and individual bags of salty snacks and nuts or by providing cash or gift cards (Shell gas cards can help us buy ice!). Donations can be left in the back of church, and we've added a donation box for monetary gifts. Contact Matt 415-4068 or Heidi 450-0975 with any questions. Thank you for your help in showing love and appreciation to these workers!

Stewardship--A Way of Life
2 Cor. 3:5  "Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God."  We are not sufficient, we are not enough, and we are not capable in and of ourselves. But God gives us what is enough, He gives us what is sufficient, and He makes us capable. That is the beginning of wisdom: We are utterly dependent on God's mercy. Our whole Christian life flows forth this dependence. For if we are dependent upon the Lord, how can we not follow His commandments and walk in His ways?

Consider an Orphan Grain Train Volunteer Team
Volunteers are vitally important to process the increasing quantity of goods generously given for the mission of Orphan Grain Train. Have you thought of possibly making up a small team? Please consider the possibility from your church whether from the Thumb or wherever in the Valley region. A carload of two or three volunteers might come to Sebewaing once a month. The time involvement, whether much or little, would be entirely up to you. The satisfaction in serving distant people whom Jesus loves is enormous. For information about volunteering contact Orphan Grain Train—Michigan branch manager, Pastor Dave Reed at 989-600-2264. No qualifications are necessary except a heart for those around the world who are impoverished, displaced, or discouraged.

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 55:1–5
1“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.”

Romans 9:1–13
1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call— 12she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Holy Gospel
Matthew 14:13–21
13Now when Jesus heard [about the death of John], he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.