Church Bulletin Announcements

March 3, 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
  • Roy Schmidt (surgery)
  • Muriel Romig

This Week's Members

  • Bruce, Anne & Grace Appold
  • Janet Beckers
  • Daniel, Laura, Lillian, Jett & Charlotte Bourdow
  • Michael & Tricia Dijak
  • Terry & Michelle Gehrman
  • Thomas & Nancy Hoerauf
  • Ricky & Shelby Kuch
  • Klaus & Shelby Matthes
  • Morgan Pfau
  • Hope Schmidt
  • Devyn Vaughn
  • Kimberly & Tyler Young

Sunday, March 5

Worship with Communion 8:00 a.m.

Grades 5-8 Choir Sings

Bible Study 9:15 a.m.

Celebration & Praise with Communion 10:30 a.m.

First Sunday Potluck 12:00 p.m.

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

Monday, March 6

Ladies Aid Mtg. 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7

Choir Practice 6:00 p.m.

Bell Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.

Board of Elders Mtg. 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8

Newsletter Articles Due

Lenten Service 3:30 p.m.

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

Lenten Service 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 9

Church Council 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10

St. Paul Operetta (School Auditorium) 1:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 12

Daylight Saving Time Begins

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 - 388 (220, 168)


Cecelia Marie Michaels, child of David & Natalie Michaels, born on November 1, 2022, will be baptized on Sunday, March 5, 2023, during the 10:30 a.m. service. Sponsors are Eric & Andrea Rogner, along with witnesses Micah & Krista Bennett.


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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 5 - Acts 24

March 6 - Acts 25

March 7 - Acts 27

March 8 - Acts 28

March 9 - Acts 22

March 10 - Proverbs 6

March 11 - Psalms 25-26

This Sunday's Hymns

918, 601, 941, 434, 429, 542, 428, 507

Stewardship - An Act of Faith

Matthew 15:27 – “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” These are the words of faith, for faith means receiving what God gives. And God has given us so much more than just the crumbs that fall from the table — He has given us life, salvation, body and soul, eyes and ears, possessions and income. That’s where our stewardship starts: with faith in the God who is the greatest Giver.

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.

Youth Group Movie Night and Hot Cocoa Bar!

Attention all 8th grade and high school aged youth: Sunday March 12 at the Ministry Center from 5:00 -7:00pm, will be a hot cocoa bar and movie night! There will be popcorn, snacks, and a huge variety of hot chocolate flavors and toppings. Invite a friend and bring a mug!

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. Bags of eggs will be provided and can be picked up at the end of each church service on March 12 and March 19. You may choose to donate your own purchased candy to fill the eggs, or candy will be available for pick up, as well. Simply pick up a bag of 100 eggs (and candy if needed) and take home. Fill the eggs and return to church the next week. 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 [email protected] by Monday, March 27, 2023.

Quilting Group

The quilting group will be meeting every Thursday in the church basement at 9:00 a.m. Come tie quilts with us!

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. 8 - Poland Mission

Mar. 15 - Youth Group

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

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

Come enjoy the food and fellowship!

First Sunday Potluck and Fellowship

All are invited!! March 5th at noon in the Fellowship Hall the 1st Sunday Potluck and Fellowship will be back!  This is a great time to visit with people who may go to the "other service" or sit in a different area than you. If you are a new St Paul family member- please join us and get to know your fellow brother's and sister's in Christ.  We hope to see you there!

March 8 Lenten Supper

The March 8 Lenten Supper will be hosted by the Poland Mission. There will be sloppy joes, Coney dogs & hot dogs. There will also be baked beans, chips, desserts and two different salads. 

Ladies Aid

The next Ladies Aid meeting will be on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. We will be showering Lutheran Braille Workers while enjoying game night! If you plan on bringing a check, please make it payable to St. Paul Ladies Aid. The meeting hostesses will be Tammy Jaskiewicz and Catherine Hutter.

Listening Event - Board of Directors

The Michigan District Board of Directors is hosting a Listening Event for the North and East Region on Monday, March 13 at Our Savior, Bad Axe. Pastors, church workers, church leaders, and laity are all welcome to attend.

The Board seeks input in the following areas:

What should the Board know about ministry in this region?

What unmet needs do the congregations have?

What mission opportunities exist in the region?

The findings from this event will aid the Board of Directors in its responsibilities towards strategic direction of the District.

PTO Fundraiser - March 13

The next fundraising event will be at Pierce Road Bar & Grill on Monday, March 13 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. You will be able to dine in or carryout! 

*Showing the printed flyer will be required!*

Click here for the flyer. You can also look for additional flyers in the school office and church narthex in the upcoming weeks.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Save the date! March 19th at 2 pm St. Paul will participate in Bay City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. St. Paul families are encouraged to join the fun! Limit of 25 children riding on the float. Older children may walk with their parent. Wear your favorite GREEN attire! Contact Kristen Glasser at 989-529-2962 to participate. A waiver must be signed prior to the event and a parent is required to accompany their child.

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.

175th Anniversary Celebration

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

Blood Drive - Wednesday, February 22

We would like to apologize to anyone who didn't get a call from Versiti about the cancellation of the blood drive. We're sorry if this caused any inconvenience. 

-Darlene and Julia

Thank you!

"Thank you to Pastor & the Church Congregation for the prayers for Michael."

-Susan Lakel

Thank you!

"Thank you to everyone for the sympathy card after the passing of my Dad and everyone’s kind words." -Denise Daly

Memorial - Elmer (Boomie) Behmlander

"The family of Elmer (Boomie) Behmlander have made a donation to the memorial fund in honor of his 100th birthday on February 6. Dad loved his Lord, his church & baseball."

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 for both grade school and preschool.

Is Your Money Doing Double Duty?

With Church Extension Fund, your money has a double purpose. Your investment earns you interest, and it builds churches and schools throughout Michigan. For more information, contact St. Paul’s Congregation Rep, Luella Britton at 989-798-3156 or call CEF at toll-free 800-242-3944.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

St. Paul Operetta

Come support our St. Paul students, grades 5-8, as they perform the Promise U Operetta on March 10 at 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Music at St. Lorenz presents A CONCERT IN BLUE

Join the St. Lorenz Wind Ensemble and Spartan Big Band for an afternoon of jazz, swing, blues, and Gospel music, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", Glenn Miller favorites, and tunes from the movie "Up", on Sunday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m. in the Worship and Event Center, 850 W. Genesee, in Frankenmuth. The whole family will enjoy this free concert. 

Valley Vision

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

VLHS Job Openings

Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw is looking to fill two full-time faculty positions beginning July 31, 2023. The first is for a social studies teacher. The ideal candidate would have an LTD and a high school social studies teaching certificate. The second position is for Dean of Students (⅔ time) and teaching Theology courses (⅓ time). The ideal candidate would be synodically trained with experience as a teacher, youth pastor, DCE, Family Life minister, social worker/counselor, or similar ministries. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Lisa Meyers by mail (3560 McCarty Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603) or email ([email protected]). Interviews are anticipated to begin mid-March and continue until the position is filled.  

Holy Land Trip 2024

Visit the Holy Land in 2024!  Walk where Abraham and King David did.  See where Jesus preached to the crowds. Ride a boat on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Jerusalem and the site of the temple.  Mr. Patrick Winningham, a Valley Lutheran High School teacher, will lead a trip to Israel (with an optional extension to Jordan) in June of 2024. There will be an informational meeting on Monday, March 6 at VLHS in the RC.  Please consider attending for more information about this exciting opportunity.  Contact Patrick Winningham ([email protected]) for more details.

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 [email protected] or 989-790-1676 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!  

Camp LuLayLea

“As some of you know, and hopefully many more will know; Camp LuLayLea is celebrating its 75th year Serving children And their families. Many of us have also volunteered, or been employed at Camp LuLayLea. Still many more of us have financially and prayerfully supported Camp LuLayLea over the past 75 years. Thank you all. So now it is the Camp’s time to give back. Camp LuLayLea will be open to all on June 24, 2023 for our 75th year celebration and open house. This is a family event. We will be starting the day with a 10:00 a.m. worship service in our beautiful Camp Chapel building. A luncheon will be served at 1:00 p.m. There will be many activities that are currently in the planning stages. Check out the Camp LuLayLea website in the coming months for additional information and celebration updates. Even if your children are too young to attend Camp Lulaylea, this would be a great way to introduce them and their whole family to Camp LuLayLea. “

Old Testament Reading

Genesis 12:1–9

The LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.


Romans 4:1–8, 13–17

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” . . . For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Holy Gospel

John 3:1–17

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

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