Church Bulletin Announcements
November 19, 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
  • Armond Beiser
  • Jon Ittner
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Anna Spielhaupter
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Frank & Carol Wozniak
Special
  • Dean Bass
  • Vi Behmlander
  • David Britton
  • Jennifer Britton
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Cindy Eastman (surgery)
  • Dave Foster
  • Howard Grantham
  • Jim Hoppenjam (friend of Ken Van Cise, hospitalized)
  • Nancy Hoerauf (surgery)
  • Kathleen Kernstock
  • Ann Lewandowski
  • Jack Robinson (Jan Kinney's grandson; leukemia)
  • Rod Sauers (friend of Jeff Olson)
  • Don Schark (brain tumor)
  • George Spielhaupter (surgery)
  • Lisa Stanley (surgery)
This Week's Members
  • Morgan Auernhammer
  • Zachary, Vanessa, Emmaline, Josiah, Eliana, & Hezekiah Benkert
  • Jordan Delgado
  • Melissa Gerhauser
  • Terri LaFontaine & Lexi Hutchinson
  • Jonathan Mueller
  • Abigail, Tye, & Truly Riley
  • William & Linda Snelenberger
  • Eric & Heather Wilber
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.
Church Records
Christopher William Lutz & Morgan Rae Auernhammer will be united in marriage before our altar on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Church Attendance
Last Sunday - 330 (152, 178)

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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
November 21 – John 15
November 22 – John 16
November 23 – John 17
November 24 – Psalms 133-134
November 25 – Psalms 135-136
November 26 – John 18
November 27 – John 19

Updated Phone Directory
The new 2021 church phone directories have arrived! They are available in the narthex for you to pick up.

Adult Singles Fellowship
Attention: New date for the Adult Singles Fellowship gathering. Because Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday of November and Christmas week is the 4th week of December, it is planned to combine our gathering into one on Thursday, December 9th. A potluck luncheon is planned for noon in the Ministry Center Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy a meal and fellowship. Table service will be provided. Call Virginia, 989-686-3262, or Bonnie, 989-686-6848, and let us know you are coming.

Christmas & Engineering Help Needed!
The Board of Elders is seeking assistance with the roadside nativity display at St. Paul. Since the longstanding display was built to fit in a specific spot (that no longer exists due to the Ministry Center), some reengineering is needed. Specifically, we're looking for someone with an engineering mindset (and Christmas decorating skills) to help develop a nativity display that can proclaim the Christmas message while also being safe in wind and weather. Components of the existing display can be reused, or a totally new design developed. Please text or call Jeremy Warren at 989-245-8765 if interested.

Visual Faith - Nativity Set Event
Join us Saturday morning, Nov 20th, from 10-noon to create your own peg doll nativity set! All supplies will be provided, and step by step instruction throughout the project make it easy to relax and enjoy creative fellowship. Kids 5th grade and up are welcome to come along with a parent/grandparent! Supplies are limited so please text an RSVP to Katie at 989.225.3532

Poinsettia Orders
Ladies Aid is taking orders for poinsettias to be placed in church for Christmas. Prices are as follows:
4.5" Pot (1 Plant Branch) $5.50
6" Pot (1 Plant Branch) $11.00
7" Pot (2 Plant Branches) $17.00
7.5" Pot (3 Plant Branches) $23.50
8" Pot (4 Plant Branches) $29.50
10" Pot (5 Plant Branches) $38.00
There is also a Cyclamen in a 6.5" pot for $12.50.
If you have questions or would like to order, call or text Julia Appold at 989-225-1889. Orders and payment are due by November 21.

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. Collected items will 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 to be included. Thank you for supporting the needs of our community in this way.

Thank You
Thank you for all the cards and well wishes for my complete hip surgery. It is a warm feeling to receive those good wishes on the dark and dreary days. A special thank you to Pastor Matyas and Mr. Schultz. - Vi Behmlander

Ladies Aid Bake Sale
St. Paul Ladies Aid will be having a donut hour and bake sale this year on Saturday, December 4. Donut hour will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. with bake sale starting at 9:30 a.m. Please understand there will be a limited variety of baked goods this year due to Covid guidelines being followed for all goods being sold. We do plan to have all of our traditional German treats including eisenkuechle, springerle, stollen, butter horns, breads, and sauerkraut.

Ladies Aid Christmas Party
St. Paul Ladies Aid will be having their annual Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 6 in the Ministry Center. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and we will begin eating at 6 p.m.

Wreaths Have Arrived!
Pick up your wreaths at church (near Ziegler Road entrance) on Sunday, November 21st after both services.
If you are not available during this pickup time, contact Kristen Glasser to make arrangements: 989-529-2962. Thank you for supporting St. Paul Lutheran School!

Advent Devotions
You are invited to pick up a red Advent devotion booklet, entitled “Child of Promise,” in the back of church for your daily study of Scripture. Regular and large-print copies are available for you to begin reading on Sunday, November 28. 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.

Thrivent Action Teams - Last Call for 2021!
Attention Thrivent members: have you used your 2 action team grants this year? Unused grants will expire at the end of the year. Hot Lunch, PTO, & Aftercare could utilize these grants. Please contact John Schlicker (johnschlicker@hotmail.com) for assistance or if you need ideas. Also, Thrivent members can use their Thrivent Choice dollars now to support the church and school.

Advent Season
Advent begins Sunday, November 28. We will have Wednesday midweek services during Advent with a supper planned for some weeks at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome! A free-will donation will be taken at each supper to support the different groups hosting. If your group is interested in hosting a supper, please contact the church office to schedule.
December 1
Services at 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
4 p.m. Supper served by the Alaska Mission
December 8
Song Service at 6:30 p.m.
Tentative Supper (open to a group to host)
December 15
Children's Christmas Program at 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Reception following the evening service
December 22
Services at 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Tentative Supper (open to a group to host)

Sunday Night Youth Group!
Lots of good things are going on Sunday nights, 5-7 p.m. in the new Youth Room! On top of all the normal activities you would expect from a youth group (interesting discussions, activities to build up relationships, stuff just for fun, the often-homemade supper every week!) there are also lots of out of the ordinary things coming in the next couple months to enjoy with your fellow teens.
  • Nov. 21 will be a Youth "Friends-Giving" Feast! Bring a friend you are thankful for to our turkey feast!
  • Nov. 28 NOTE: No SNYG that night
  • Dec. 12 - A Christmas Cookie Making Party! 
Not to mention several other things we need to tackle as the year comes to a close like planning for the Christmas Eve 11:00 p.m. service, preparations for the National Youth Gathering, and recognizing our great volunteers. If you are in High School, you are invited and encouraged to come check out what is going on.

Holly Jolly Gift Donations
PTO is still accepting gift donations of new and gently used gift items for the Holly Jolly Christmas Store, as well as supplies for gift wrapping. Students will be given an opportunity to shop for new and gently used items to give as Christmas gifts for their parents and siblings. Donations can be dropped off in the box at church or the bins at school.

PTO is also looking for volunteers to help work the store (shoppers, cashiers, and wrappers)and with set up/clean up.
If you're able to help please Click here to sign up!
If you have any questions, please call Kayla Schlicker at 989-450-8057.

Please Help!
Our Video Display Team desires to add members to build playlists and/or operate screens for our worship services. Training is available. We’d like enough members so that each serves for one Sunday per month. Call Don Krueger (895-5737) if interested.

Stewardship Vision
Our vision is to identify the gifts and abilities and time and talents of our congregational family, and connect them to the needs and areas of service of the staff and the programs at St. Paul to further God’s kingdom.

Stewardship - A Way of Life
Isaiah 51:6b – “...for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment...” The things of this earth – the things that hold our attention, that cause us worry, and that tempt us away from the Lord -- are all passing away. They will vanish like a garment. They are not for us to worry over. Rather, they are to be used for the Lord’s purposes. The things of this world are not the ends, in and of themselves, but only the means to be used wisely by the children of the Kingdom that has no end. STEWARDSHIP – A way of living

Stewardship - Thanksgiving
Deuteronomy 8:10 -- “And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.” And what a rich, peaceful, prosperous land the Lord has given us! As God blessed His people of old, so He continues to bless us. Let our lives demonstrate our thankfulness for His unceasing generosity! STEWARDSHIP – Is heart work

Financial Report
Faith, Bay City - Smart Cards
Faith Lutheran Church is selling Smart Cards this year for $25.00. Those interested in purchasing a Smart Card can contact the church office at 989-684-3430.

Grace Your Closet
Grace Your Closet is now in need of winter clothing, boots, and coats for all sizes but especially children and junior sizes. Please donate clean and gently worn clothes only. We cannot take any household or children’s toys or other items. Clean and gently worn donations can be dropped off at Grace Lutheran Church (303 Ruth St., Auburn) office Tuesday or Thursday 9am-12pm.
We are open the third Saturday of every month from 9am-12pm. Please stop in on November 20th and check us out. We are set up to facilitate social distancing. If you have any questions, please call Karla Weiss 989-245-8627.

Living Nativity
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost (8220 E. Holland Rd., Saginaw) will host its 25th annual "Living Nativity - A Journey to Bethlehem" on Friday, December 3 (7-9 p.m.); Saturday, December 4 (6-8 p.m.); and Sunday, December 5 (6-8 p.m.). Experience the sights and sounds of Bethlehem on that blessed night when Jesus Christ was born. This is a free 30 minute outdoor walk, so dress for the weather. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the school.

Christmas Bazaar
St. Peter Lutheran Hemlock annual Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 4th, 9am to 2:30 pm. Featuring crafts, baked goods, fresh greens, candy, and famous White Elephant Room. Luncheon served 11:30am – 1pm. Contact Julie 989.245.7114 to rent a space or table.
Old Testament Reading                 
Isaiah 51:4–6
4“Give attention to me, my people,
and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go out from me,
and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
5My righteousness draws near,
my salvation has gone out,
and my arms will judge the peoples;
the coastlands hope for me,
and for my arm they wait.
6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.”

Epistle Reading
Jude 20–25
20But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22And have mercy on those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
24Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Holy Gospel
Mark 13:24–37
24[Jesus said:] “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

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