Church Bulletin Announcements

March 17, 2023

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6


  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Jon Ittner
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • RoseAnne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Anna Spielhaupter
  • Tim Wegener
  • Frank & Carol Wozniak
  • Shirley Ziegler


  • Dean Bass
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Debbie Kahihikolo (Denise Daly's sister)
  • Connie Makl (Jeremy Warren's aunt)
  • Herb Appold
  • Mary Ghosh (Schlicker relative; cancer)
  • Janet Hoerauf
  • Larry Kramer
  • Fuzz Appold
  • Leslie Kelley
  • Judy Coulter
  • Sandy Hafer
  • Lois Matthes
  • Muriel Romig
  • Carol Wozniak
  • Tami Springer (Gail Gesinski’s sister)

This Week's Members

  • Dan & Shelley Appold
  • Paulette Beckers
  • William, Chessa & Hogan Bourdow
  • William & Greta Dijak
  • Haley Gengler
  • Ann Houghtaling
  • Vernon Kuch
  • David Maxwell
  • Jack Pickell
  • Lisa Schmidt
  • Karl & Tammy Verity
  • Arthur & Jamie Zeilinger

Sunday, March 19

Worship with Communion 8:00 a.m.

Bible Study 9:15 a.m.

Worship with Communion 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Night Youth Group 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21

Choir Practice 6:00 p.m.

Bell Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22

Lenten Service 3:30 p.m.

Lenten Supper 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Lenten Service 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Quilting Group 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 26

Worship with Communion 8:00 a.m.

Bible Study 9:15 a.m.

Worship with Communion 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Night Youth Group 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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 - 296 (166, 130)

Mid-Week - 181 (134, 47)


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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

March 19 - 2 Timothy 1

March 20 - 2 Timothy 2

March 21 - 2 Timothy 3

March 22 - 2 Timothy 4

March 23 - 1 Timothy 5

March 24 - Psalms 32-33

March 25 - Proverbs 7

This Sunday's Hymns

426, 571, 434, 849, 744, 431, 697

Easter Flowers

This year, Easter lilies and other spring flowers can be purchased by individuals in the congregation. A sign-up sheet, envelopes & payment box are in the narthex to purchase Easter plants. Checks can be made payable to Begick Nursery. If you would like to designate your flowers to be in honor or in memory of someone, there is a place to do so on the sign-up sheet. The deadline to order flowers is Sunday, March 26. Flowers will adorn the chancel area on April 9 for the Resurrection of our Lord; memorials will be printed in that bulletin. If you have any questions, please call or text Jean Begick (989-928-6192).

Spring Break - Office Hours

The office will be closed during Spring Break, March 27-March 31. If you need to contact the office, please email at The email will be monitored during the break, although phone calls will not be available.

New Church Photo Directory

If anyone is interested in coordinating a new church photo directory, please contact Pastor or Vicar.

Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study

The Tuesday morning women's Bible study will be starting a 10 week study of Joshua beginning on April 4. If you are interested, please contact Darlene (989) 737-9937 or Julia (989) 225-1889 by March 26 so that books may be ordered.

Please Help!

Our Video Display Team desires to add a screen operator for our first Sunday of the month, 10:30 a.m. Celebration & Praise Service. Training is available. Call Don Krueger (989-895-5737) if interested.

Stewardship - An Act of Faith

Psalm 142:5 – “I cry to you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’” The Lord is our portion, our refuge, our everything. His mercy preserves us through all our days in the land of the living. This confidence frees us from the fear that so often leads to sins of greed and coveting. We have the Lord, we have a Father, He is in control, so we can follow His Word in confidence.

Sunday School Recognizes Perfect Attendance

Congratulations to the following students who have had perfect Sunday School attendance for February: Evelyn Burninson, Olivia Burnision, Jane Helmreich, Calvin Schlicker, Violet Schlicker, Abigail Matyas, Isaac Matyas, Elise Helmreich, Noah Helmreich, Isaac Hendrick, Ethan Matyas, Olivia Matyas & Owen Wiess.

Easter Egg Hunt is planned for Saturday, April 1

Plans are underway for an outdoor Easter Egg Hunt on April 1, 2023 (Rain date April 8). Candy donations are needed to fill eggs. Small, wrapped candy that will fit inside a small plastic egg is preferred. We are also asking for volunteers to fill eggs. We will be meeting on March 26, after church, in the school auditorium at 11:30 a.m. to stuff eggs as a group. If you have any questions or can volunteer your time for the event, please call or text Tiffany List at 989-225-8516 or Catherine Hutter at 989-395-5540 or contact the church office.

POSITION OPENING | Part-Time Second Grade Teacher

Being blessed by an increase in enrollment, St. Paul Lutheran School, Bay City (Frankenlust), is seeking a Part-Time Second Grade Teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. The position’s responsibilities include leading instruction in second grade Reading/Spelling and Math. Highly qualified candidates should have a current Michigan Teaching Certificate or be willing to obtain one. If you or someone you know is interested, please email your resume along with two references to Principal Valerie Matyas at by Monday, March 27, 2023.

March is Reading Month!

Our St. Paul School is planning some fun activities for Reading Month in March, and we will have weekly prize drawings. We are looking for $5 gift card donations (e.g. Five Below, Target, McDonalds, Culver's, Walmart), or monetary donations. Please contact Andrea Dent if you have any questions.

Wednesday Evening Lenten Suppers

Wednesday Evening Lenten Services and Suppers have begun and that means Lenten Suppers are coming your way.

Here is the lineup:

Mar. 22 - 7th & 8th Grade Class (at School during the Science Fair)

Mar. 29 - Meats & Mooore (To benefit St. Paul School)

Come enjoy the food and fellowship!

Meats & Mooore Lenten Supper - March 29

The Lenten Supper from Meats & Mooore will help to provide much needed new athletic uniforms for St. Paul Athletics! BBQ chicken, polish links, polish sausage and homemade sauerkraut, broccoli salad and macaroni and cheese, as well as desserts will be served! If you are able to help or provide a dessert please contact Justine Marlette at (989) 397-6123.

Good Friday Service

The Tri-City Good Friday Service will be held on April 7, 2023, at the Horizon’s Conference Center at 6200 State Street in Saginaw Township at 1 pm. The Reverend David A. Davis will be the guest speaker. He is the President of the Michigan District-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. To underwrite the cost of the service, we are seeking support from congregation members as we have done in the past. If you have donated in the past, you will receive a letter in your mailbox at church or by regular mail. If you have not donated in the past and would like to, please contact your congregation representative, Vaughn Begick at 989 295-0209. Checks should be made out to “Good Friday Service”. Thank you for any support that you can give, and invite your relatives, friends, and unchurched acquaintances to join us at the service.

Prayer Day Service - Bay Area Zone LWML

On April 29, from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church (3033 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706) there will be a prayer day service, along with breakfast. There is a $5 registration fee and a mite offering will be collected. Please RSVP by April 22. All are welcome to attend! Questions and registration contact Kay Arnold at or Dorothy Krider at

Thank you - Poland Lenten Supper Helpers

Thank you to Nancy Hoerauf, Dianne Kramer, Sandy Behmlander, Bonnie/Tiffany List, Virginia Hutter, Julia Appold, Cindy Appold, Kristen Kolberg & Janet Beckers for making desserts! And anyone else who I may have forgotten, thank you. Thank you to Cindy and Mike Appold and Tammy and Dennis Eickmeyer for helping with the dinner!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support of this mission trip to Poland!! -Lisa Stanley

Thank you - Alaska Mission Lenten Suppers

Thank you to everyone who came to the Lent Dinners the last 2 weeks which supported the Alaska Mission! We thank God for the kindness and generosity for His people! -Heidi Schultz

Thank you!

"Thank you for all the cards, memorials, expressions of sympathy and loving hugs in the passing of my mom, Norma Weiss. She is now at peace with her Lord. Also, a special thank you to Pastor Matyas for his visits, prayers & comforting words, and for a beautiful funeral service." -Brenda Weiss

Get Ready for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Enrollment is open for St. Paul congregation members, current families and the community for the 2023-2024 school year. Click here for enrollment information.

175th Anniversary Celebration

The 175th Anniversary Celebration and dinner will be held on June 25. More details to follow.

Third Quarter Cafeteria Kid Assistant Volunteers

Thank you to our Second Quarter Cafeteria Kid Assistant Volunteers! You helped our students navigate the cafeteria procedures, cleaned tables between groups, and assisted students with opening food and drink containers. We appreciate you! If you would like to help during the second quarter, please check out the Third Quarter Sign Up Genius here. Only one volunteer is needed each day from 11:00 am -12:30 pm. Thanks for your help serving our school community!

Childcare During Bible Study Hour

To volunteer in the nursery during Bible Study hour, to watch children who are younger than Sunday School age, so their parents may be able to attend the Bible Study hour, please click here. You may also contact Tiffany List by phone (989)225-8516 or email at 

Additionally, if you could benefit from Child care during the Bible Study Hour please fill out the form by clicking here or contact Tiffany List (989)225-8516 or

Mid-Michigan Family Bible Study

March Madness! No, we aren’t going to talk about NCAA Basketball, but we will be tackling madness! Anger! All that can make us "ticking time bombs!" Does our Lord have anything to say about anger and the Christian life? What can be done with anger to make the devil’s plans blow up in his face? How can anger be an instrument used by the Holy Spirit to strengthen the Christian life and Church? Let’s have our own version of March Madness for the Mid-Michigan Family Bible Study on Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at Grace (303 Ruth Street, Auburn)! No one will be a loser! Everyone's a winner! See you there!

Valley Vision

The March issue of the VLHS Valley Vision is available here.

Music Department Tour Home Concert

The VLHS Music Department will present a Lenten worship concert on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Reese. This service is the final concert of a 5-day, 6-concert tour through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Michigan. We invite you to join us as we reflect on God's 'Love Unknown' - the overwhelming and incomprehensible love the Father showed us through his Son.

Spring Information Night

Valley Lutheran invites current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their parents to our Spring Information Night, a station-based, one-hour, informative tour of Valley Lutheran. Hear how Valley is a place where students prepare, belong, and excel! Arrivals begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023 with the last tour beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please let us know you're coming and choose your arrival time at Contact Director of Communications & Admissions Amy Cooper at or 989-790-1676 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!  

Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 42:14–21

For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor; I will gasp and pant. I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools. And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, “You are our gods.” Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the Lord? He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear. The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.



Ephesians 5:8–14

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Holy Gospel

John 9:1–41

As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

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