Church Bulletin Announcements
November 13, 2020
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
Homebound
  • Dolores Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Armond Beiser
  • Rick & Bonnie Emeott
  • Erv Hoerauf
  • Jon Ittner
  • Lorna Ittner
  • Bill Kramer
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Irma McKenzie
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Eleanor Schlicker
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger
Special
  • Paul Begick (knee surgery)
  • Rollie Berger
  • Sam Britton (knee surgery)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Richard Emeott
  • Hedwig Gerold (cancer)
  • Howard Harmon (recovery of knee injury)
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Michelle Oswald (hospitalized)
  • Diane Rachwitz (hospitalized)
  • Eleanor Schlicker (hospitalized)
  • Geraldine Stieve (broken hip)
  • Connie Wajer (motorcycle accident)
  • Darlene Zeilinger (knee surgery)
This Week's Members
  • Morgan Auernhammer
  • Bonnie Berger
  • Hilda Dijak
  • Lisette Gibson
  • Justin, Ann, Ivy, & Vincent Jones
  • Bonnie List
  • Jeffery Olson
  • Matthew, Kayla, Lukas, Espen, & Norah Schlicker
  • Matthew Wagner
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.

Altar Flowers
This Sunday's altar flowers are in honor of Ferdinand Zeilinger's 101st birthday on November 17, given by his family.

Special Upcoming Services
Sunday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m. - Special "Mask Only" Service with Communion
Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. - Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thursday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m. - Thanksgiving Day Service

Livestream Change
We are now able to stream live to both Facebook and YouTube simultaneously. To use Facebook, simply go to the church's page (www.facebook.com/stpaulfrankenlustbaycity). To use YouTube (which you can broadcast on most newer televisions), find and subscribe to "St. Paul Bay City"

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
November 15 John 11
November 16 – John 12
November 17 – Psalm 132
November 18 – Proverbs 27
November 19 – John 13
November 20 – John 14
November 21 – John 15

Wellspring Flu Clinic - Cancelled
Since Wellspring Lutheran Services still has not received the flu vaccine from their supplier, they have cancelled this year's flu clinic at St. Paul. If you would like to get a flu shot, please visit your family doctor or a pharmacy.

Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle will be meeting on Thursday, November 19th, at Virginia Hutter’s home, 6:30pm. Please remember to bring your Mites, and your Bible for the LWML Quarterly Bible study. The Fall 2020 are available in the narthex, and copies of the study from that issue will be passed out at the meeting.

Advent Devotions
You are invited to pick up a blue Advent devotion booklet, entitled “God with Us,” in the back of church for your daily study of Scripture. Regular and large-print copies are available for you to begin reading today. Thank you to Lutheran Hour Ministries for making this resource available for us. You can share these devotions as a printed copy or through the LHM website: lhm.org/advent where others can read and listen to these messages of hope and joy.

Ladies Aid Christmas Announcement
Ladies Aid Christmas party will be held in church on December 7th at 7:00. Desserts and water will be provided. Bring Secret Pal gift. If unable to attend, please contact Brenda at 686-0536 to make arrangements for gift pick-up. We are having fellowship, readings, and singing. Hope to see you there.

Thanksgiving Display and Donations
The Elders are planning to include a cornucopia display in the altar area for the Thanksgiving worship services again this year. The items will then be donated to a local food pantry. Those interested in contributing food to the display may bring them to church on the two Sundays prior to Thanksgiving. Please leave them in the corner of the narthex near the basement stairs. Items can also be brought to the Thanksgiving Eve and Day worship services and they can be included. Thank you for supporting the needs of our community in this way.

Dent Family Go Fund Me
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to gather donations for our 1st & 2nd Grade teacher, Andrea Dent, and her family. Please pray for them and for Andrea’s continued healing.

Saginaw Valley Zone of the Lutheran Laymen’s League
The Saginaw Valley Zone of the Lutheran Laymen’s League supports Camp Lu Lay Lea, the local radio broadcast of The Lutheran Hour, and the Tri City Community Good Friday Service. The Zone needs more people to become involved in order to continue to support these programs.  Please contact Paul Moeller, LLL Zone President, at 989-631-1017 or pamoeller@aol.com if you are interested in supporting Zone efforts or to get information needed to attend the virtual annual meeting being held at 9 am on Saturday November 21.

Ladies Aid Bake Sale
Don’t forget to pre-order your Christmas treats! The St. Paul Ladies Aid bake sale has been canceled this year but we will still be selling eisenkuechle and fresh homemade donuts. Vouchers for these items will be sold after both church services starting Oct. 18th. One dozen eisenkuechle for $7.00 and 1/2 dozen donuts for $4.00. We will accept cash, check, or Venmo. We will have a drive thru set up on Saturday Dec. 5 from 9-11a for you to pick up your goodies by presenting your pre-purchased vouchers. There will be a limited supply of vouchers sold. Get yours soon!  Thank you in advance for supporting our St. Paul Ladies Aid.
If you are currently not attending church, we will be happy to make special arrangements with you to be able to purchase vouchers.
For questions please contact Barb Appold- 989-239-8780 or Ann Rajewski- 989-284-0955

Please Help!
Our Video Display Team desires to add more members to help build playlists and/or operate screens for our worship services. Training is available. We would like to have enough members so that each member serves for one Sunday per month. Anyone interested should call Don Krueger (895-5737).

Thank You St. Paul Family!
Many thanks for the very generous donations that our St Paul family poured out for our construction workers. Workers were blessed by your kindness over the past several months. Coolers of water and Gatorade along with snacks were available for them. Several times this summer we were able to grill out or order pizza for their lunch. We even had subs donated to the workers at times.
We will no longer be needing to collect donations for this since we have a decent amount of items on hand and the amount of workers are not as numerous. We should have enough to get us through the final stretch of this project. Again, thank you for sharing God’s love in this very tangible way. You were a blessing to many.

Stewardship - A Way of Life
Matthew 25:30a – “And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.”
Why did the worthless servant act the way he did? Because of what he believed
about the Master. He didn’t trust or love the Master. So, his actions did not
Demonstrate love and trust but rather hate and mistrust. It’s the same with us,
but in reverse. Since we know our Lord God to be faithful and kind, we desire
to serve Him and render faithful service with what he has given us.
STEWARDSHIP – a way of life

Auction News!
After many months of storing auction items, we were happy to have an online Ministry Center Auction in October through Albrecht Auction Service. What a blessing! A big thank you goes out to all of the individuals and businesses who generously donated auction items. We are thankful for Julia Appold for helping to gather donations. We also appreciate the generosity of Thrivent and our St. Paul teachers and students for donating classroom baskets. After our settlement with Albrecht Auction, we were able to make a profit of $8,175. In addition, a year ago, we were gifted estate items and other goods donated by St. Paul members. We collected $1,975 in presales for the Ministry Center. That’s a total of $10,150! God is good! To Him be the glory. – Ray & Debbie Garcia and Kristen Glasser
 
VLHS Annual Fruit Sale
Thank you to all that ordered fruit from the Valley Lutheran High School Booster Club. The fruit will be passed out Saturday, December 5th at VLHS from 7:30am-2:00pm. For more information, please call the VLHS office at 989-790-1676.

St. Paul Hot Lunch
Thank you to all who have continued to support the Hot Lunch program. It certainly has been a help as we face an interesting year!!
All meals are served in takeout containers this year which has been an unexpected added expense to the program.
Due to COVID we no longer are doing the Adopt a Salad Bar program but we do have needs for gift cards or cash donations to help offset the cost of these additional items that we need to purchase.
Walmart, Sam’s, Meijer gift cards or cash donations would be greatly appreciated. They can be labeled Hot Lunch and put in the offering basket at church, sent to school with a student or put in the specially marked box (formerly construction worker snack collection) in the back of church. If you have any questions please call Heidi at school 684-4450. Thank you again for your ongoing support of this ministry!!
Holly Jolly Christmas Store - Donations Needed
Free Clothing Available
Grace Your Closet is a free clothing closet available to anyone in need in the community. We are open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon at 303 Ruth St in Auburn. Do you know someone in need? Are you interested in our ministry? Would you like to help us out? Please stop in on November 21 or December 19 and check us out. If you have any questions please call Karla Weiss 989 245-8627. Our biggest need at the moment is for gently used, clean children's and young adult clothing. Donations can be dropped off at the Grace office on Tuesday or Thursday between 10 a.m.-noon.
Old Testament Reading
Zephaniah 1:7–16
7Be silent before the Lord GOD!
For the day of the LORD is near;
the LORD has prepared a sacrifice
and consecrated his guests.
8And on the day of the LORD’s sacrifice—
“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
and all who array themselves in foreign attire.
9On that day I will punish
everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s house
with violence and fraud.
10“On that day,” declares the LORD,
“a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,
a wail from the Second Quarter,
a loud crash from the hills.
11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
For all the traders are no more;
all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
and I will punish the men
who are complacent,
those who say in their hearts,
‘The LORD will not do good,
nor will he do ill.’
13Their goods shall be plundered,
and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
they shall not drink wine from them.”
14The great day of the LORD is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter;
the mighty man cries aloud there.
15A day of wrath is that day,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.

Epistle
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Holy Gospel
Matthew 25:14-30
14[Jesus said:] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

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