Church Bulletin Announcements
May 14, 2021
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
Homebound
  • Dolores Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Eleonore Begick
  • Vera Begick
  • Bonnie Emeott
  • Jon Ittner
  • Lorna Ittner
  • Bill Kramer
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger

Bereaved (family & friends of)
  • Roy Bruzewski (Cindy Appold's dad)

Special
  • Armond Beiser (hospice)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Preston Jaskiewicz (thanksgiving for baby born to Chad & Ashley)
  • Richard Kunkel
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Lisa Schmidt

This Week's Members
  • Herbert Appold
  • Mark, Vicki, & Charles Begick
  • Diane Burk
  • Loretta Eickmeyer
  • Spencer Hardy
  • Ashley Kloha
  • Kara & Michael Marner
  • Nathan, Carolyn, Gabriel, & Abigail Pepple
  • Robert & Gail Schlicker
  • Nicholas Verity
  • Kenneth Zeilinger

Altar Flowers
This Sunday's altar flowers are given in honor of Floyd & Julia Appold's 36th wedding anniversary.

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.

Livestream

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
May 16 – 2 Thessalonians 1
May 17 – 2 Thessalonians 2
May 18 – 2 Thessalonians 3
May 19 – Psalms 46-47
May 20 – Philippians 1
May 21 – Philippians 2
May 22 – Philippians 3

Upcoming Voters Meetings
The regularly-scheduled annual voters meeting is on Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m., and a special voters meeting has been scheduled on Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m. to vote on SMP expansion of pastoral staff. Please plan to attend both meetings.

LWML Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle will meet Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Welcome Center. All ladies are welcome!

Thank You! Gracias! Danke!
What an overwhelming feeling of love and support has been expressed this week! From every little note to each special gift to all the yummy food, we say thanks! Thank you also to those who have given gifts anonymously. Your generosity is amazing to us, and we certainly feel very appreciated. Special thanks to the Board of Ed for their yummy treats each day. What a blessing to be part of the St. Paul family!
Love, the Teachers & Staff of St. Paul

To Our St. Paul Family
During our recent illness with Covid, and Sam’s hospital stay, it’s difficult to find just the right words to express our gratefulness for so many prayers, cards, and calls from our St. Paul Family. All of these acts of love reminded us of God’s continuing blessings of healing, protection, and presence in our lives. Please feel our heartfelt thanks. Sam & Luella Britton

Enroll Now for 2021-2022
We are still enrolling for next school year! Information and enrollment forms are available in the school office or online by clicking here. Please call the school office at 989.684.4450 for more information and to make arrangements to enroll your child or put your name on a classroom waitlist (preschool & 1st/2nd grade).

Thank You for Supporting Our Blood Drive
Thank you to all the people who came to donate at our blood drive on April 29. We collected 25 units of blood. Great job, everyone! Our next blood drive will be Thursday, June 24. We hope to see more of you there.

Congratulations Mr. Garcia!
We are thrilled to announce that our 5th & 6th grade teacher, Mr. Justin Garcia, has been recognized as the 2021 Michigan District, LCMS K-8 Teacher of the Year!
Each year the Michigan District lifts up outstanding educators who are doing extraordinary things in the classroom. For the past 18 years, St. Paul has been blessed by Mr. Garcia’s innovative teaching and passion for Jesus. We are grateful for the powerful impact that he has made on those he has been called to serve. May our Lord continue to bless Mr. Garcia’s ministry both inside and outside the classroom. Congratulations!

Do you have an old baseball glove to donate?
St. Paul Lutheran School is looking for donations of old baseball/softball gloves for a PE unit in May. Please drop off gloves at the school if you have any to donate. Thank you!

Sunday School Has Moved!
Sunday School has moved to the St. Paul Ministry Center. We are excited to welcome children to the new classrooms! Sunday School is held on Sundays, from 9:15am – 10:15am. It is the goal of the Sunday School program to provide a foundation upon which children and youth will build a lasting relationship with Jesus. All children, preschool through 8th grade, are welcome and encouraged to come. A Youth Bible Study for High School kids will also take place in the Youth Room. We will maintain our temperature check and mask procedures, in an effort to keep children and Sunday School teachers healthy and safe. Temperature checks will take place in the Welcome Center area and masks are requested while in classrooms.

Thank You, St. Paul!
I would like to extend a huge thank you to our St. Paul family. Every prayer, card, and kind word gave us peace to get through this difficult time. God bless each and every one of you.
~Dan, Amanda, Dolan, and Ella Wills

Ushers Needed
Ushers are needed for 10:30 am church services at St. Paul. If you are willing to help, please contact Vaughn Begick at 989 686-0578 or Dale Jezowski at 989 667-9194.

The Ascension of Our Lord
Acts 1:11 - “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ is ascended, and Christ will come again. We live our lives in this world in the sure confidence of the world to come. We live as people who know our Lord Jesus and who know that He is coming back. This makes all the difference in how we approach our stewardship and how we care for the things of this world.
Stewardship - A Way of Life
1 John 5:12 -- “Whoever has the Son has life: whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Jesus is the foundation, the bedrock, the beginning, and the end. To have Him is to have it all. In Him we have life. We are called to live in Him, to live this new life He has given us, and to grow up into His image. This is a struggle in this sinful world! But His grace is sufficient as He refreshes us through Work and Sacrament.

Summer Camps at VLHS
Yes, summer camps at Valley Lutheran are a 'go'! Middle school students are invited to join us in June for a wide range of camp offerings in a safe and fun setting. Sports, liturgical dance, art, STEM activities - you'll likely find something for everyone! Head to www.vlhs.com/camps to view the full camp schedule and to register. Please contact Summer Camp Coordinator Amy Cooper at acooper@vlhs.com or 989-790-1676, ext. 40 with any questions.

Valley Lutheran High School Association Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Valley Lutheran High School Association will be held Wednesday, May 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school's resource center.

Grace Your Closet
April 2021 marked the 4 year anniversary for Grace Your Closet. In these past 4 years, the closet has helped 100s of local families through the gift of free clothing. Here are some facts you may not know about the Closet:
  • Over 24,000 articles of clothing/shoes have found new homes.
  • In 2019 Grace Your Closet went mobile and collaborated with Food of Faith and 95 coats found new homes
  • We’ve sent boxes of clothes to a Dow Chemical family in Houston whose home was destroyed in Hurricane Harvey. Dow flew the boxes for us at no charge.
  • We couldn’t operate without our dedicated volunteers! They meet monthly to sort and put out clothes. They’ve sorted through thousands of pounds of clothes. If you’re interested in helping, join us the third Tuesday of the month from 6PM – 8PM. We can always use the extra hand.
We are open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am-12pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 303 Ruth St in Auburn. If you have any questions, please call Karla Weiss 989 245-8627.
Drive Thru Chicken BBQ
The Athletic Club of Trinity Lutheran Church (Monitor), 20 E. Salzburg Road will be hosting a Drive Thru Chicken BBQ on Saturday May 22nd from 4-6pm (or until sold out). The cost is $10 per meal which includes ½ chicken, baked beans, squash, coleslaw, roll, and bottle of water. If you have questions, call the church office at 662-6093.

German Service at St. John Amelith
Herzliche Einladung zur Pfingstvesper in der Evanglisch-Lutherischen St. Johannes-Kirche zu Amelith am 23sten Mai, 2021 um 4 Uhr nachmittags.
A cordial invitation to a Pentecost Vespers in the Evangelical Lutheran St. John Church at Amelith on the 23rd of May, 2021 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
First Reading
Acts 1:12–26
12Then [the apostles] returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18(Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20“For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
and
“‘Let another take his office.’
21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Epistle
1 John 5:9–15
9If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Holy Gospel
John 17:11b–19
[Jesus said:] “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

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