Church Bulletin Announcements
October 2, 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
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Hedwig Gerold (cancer)
  • Colleen (Howard Grantham's great-niece)
  • Howard Harmon (recovery of knee injury)
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Darlene Spyker (cancer)
  • Connie Wajer (motorcycle accident)
This Week's Members
  • Thomas & Melissa Appold
  • Nathan & Kristian Behmlander-Mohror
  • Madelyn Dean
  • Dale, Lynn, & Leah Jezowski
  • Jessica & Steven Legner
  • Katherine Neumeyer
  • Eugene Schlicker
  • Karl & Tammy Verity
  • Kenneth Zeilinger
Livestream of Services
Remember, you can view the livestream services through this link: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulfrankenlustbaycity/ They will also be uploaded onto YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCizDeFUgNsoP61Zd_kGdCFg, but YouTube will not be live.

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
October 4 Psalms 108-109
October 5 – 2 Corinthians 4
October 6 – 2 Corinthians 5
October 7 – Psalms 110-111
October 8 – 2 Corinthians 6
October 9 – 2 Corinthians 7
October 10 – Psalms 112-114

Ladies Aid
Ladies Aid will meet Monday, Oct 5 at 7:00 in the Church. A light, portable snack will be served but bring your own beverage if desired. Rev. Eichinger will lead us on a discussion of the history of the Bible. Please remember masks and distancing.

LWML Rally
Spend a pleasant morning at the LWML Mini Fall Rally this Saturday, October 10, 2020, right here in our St. Paul sanctuary! 9:45 – 11 am, bring your mask and Mites. Enjoy the Power Point Report from Cheri Fish, Dianne Gerhauser, and Linda Klimmek from their MOST Eyeglass Trip to South Africa.

St. Paul Auction
Bidding begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6th at: bidnow.us and continues until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13th. Please share our online auction with your friends and family! Proceeds benefit the St. Paul Ministry Center. Happy bidding!

Fresh Wreath Sales – School Technology Fundraiser
Spruce up your holiday decor in support of St. Paul's school technology fund. Order your 24 inch Fraser Fir holiday wreath now. $25. Presales end November 6th. Wreaths will be available by November 22nd, just in time for Thanksgiving celebrations. Makes a great gift! Contact Kristen Glasser 989-529-2962 or Ray & Debbie Garcia 989-662-6050 to place your order now.

Flu Clinic - Postponed
Wellspring Lutheran Services has postponed the flu clinic. The manufacturer hasn't shipped the flu vaccine to them yet. Wellspring plans to be here in the church narthex on Sunday, October 25 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Mites for Missions
There will be a door offering for collecting mites this Sunday, LWML Sunday, October 4th. Please join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord. Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite, the Mite Box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" — offerings above and beyond the support given to the congregation and the Synod. As small as a mite is, the Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants. In fact, the LWML has collected over $100 million dollars since 1942. Yes … these coins have and will continue to make a difference. Thank you for contributing to the Mite Box and providing the opportunity for us to spread the Gospel in our state to throughout the world.

Roll Call Postponed for 2020!
The Roll Call Service and Banquet for 2020 has been postponed. The current plan is to combine the 2020 and 2021 groups next year at the normal time. On top of health concerns (Banquet attenders are often elderly and more susceptible to Covid-19), and school building use policies, we thought being able to use the new facilities in the Ministry Center would be a great way to celebrate these anniversaries and enjoy the new building. After toying with moving it to January/February (already 2021 calendar year), it was decided to combine 2020 and 2021 groups in October of next year. This announcement is intended to serve as a general notice, but a letter will go out to the normal participants for this year celebrating every-10-year observances to let them know specifically about the postponement.

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).

Drinks & Snacks Needed
We are totally out of water and Gatorade for the construction workers, and we are almost out of snacks. Please help by donating bottled drinks and individual bags of salty snacks and nuts or by providing cash or gift cards (Shell gas cards can help us buy ice!). Donations can be left in the back of church, and there is a donation box for monetary gifts. Contact Matt 415-4068 or Heidi 450-0975 with any questions. Thank you!

Giving Back
Stewardship is returning a portion of our gifts to God. The gifts we return are our time, our talent, and our treasure. We return these gifts not because God or our church needs them but because we feel an overwhelming need to show our love and gratitude to God.
  • "Our Video Display Team"
  • Economy Shop needs volunteers
  • "Food for Faith" talk with Dave Schultz
  • Many ways to give back to God

Stewardship - A Way of Life
Matt. 21:43  "Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits." The Pharisees were not bearing fruit. They were faithful to the letter of the law in keeping the Sabbath, tithing, and all the rest, but they neglected the heart of God's will. The grace of God belongs at the center. Our giving and all our other good works flow forth from receiving God's grace. 

Valley Vision

VLHS Annual Fruit Sale
Valley Lutheran High School Booster Club is holding their annual Fruit Sale beginning October 12-November 10, 2020. The fruit will be passed out Saturday, December 5th at VLHS from 7:30am-2:00pm. Fruit will be boxed bulk, sold by the pound, with no trays, except for Citrus Delight. For more information, please call the VLHS office at 989-790-1676.
Substitute Teachers Needed
We're getting ready to head back to school, and we'd like to add a few names to our list of possible subs. If you are willing to substitute for teachers or staff, please let Principal Lustila (JackLustila@stpaulbaycity.org) know. Come share the love of Jesus with the children at St. Paul!

Economy Center Help Needed
Our manager, Larry, is having health issues and cannot handle all the donations that come in. We occasionally get furniture and other heavy items that neither he nor the ladies can handle. Men volunteers would be very welcome, someone to call when needed. We also would like more ladies to volunteer as clerks, people to sort and price items. If able to help, call the Economy Center at 989-895-5155 or Larry at 989-280-8343.

Please Support the Foster Children of Wellspring Lutheran Services
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Wellspring Lutheran Services Auxiliary meeting for September or November 2020, which be when we normally sign up to provide a Christmas gift for a foster child from Bay County. The need to support these children is greater than ever, so the Auxiliary has come up with an alternate plan for congregation members to help with this cause. Wellspring Lutheran Services has asked for either a $30.00 Walmart gift card or a check made out to Wellspring Lutheran Services for $30.00. Please put your cards and checks in an envelope labeled with Wellspring Lutheran Services and St. Paul Lutheran Church on the outside. A donation box will be available in the church narthex, or you can place them in the dropbox hanging by the main school gym entrance. If you have any questions, please contact Darlene Zeilinger (989-737-9937) who will make sure these donations get to Wellspring in November.

Cookbooks for Sale
Toni and Trish House for the Care of the Terminally Ill in Auburn has cookbooks for sale, with all profit going to Toni and Trish House. Cookbooks have 400 recipes and are selling for $11.00. Great Christmas gifts! Can be purchased at the Toni and Trish house, or call Rita Maier at 989-450-1687. Thank you for your support.

Project Possibilities with Orphan Grain Train
Some of the most valuable work for Orphan Grain Train happens away from the Sebewaing Center—in the form of local projects by churches, schools, and organizations. Projects may include the assembling of layette kits, hygiene kits, school kits, or flood buckets. Other initiatives could be hosting an Undie Sunday or having a winter-wear gathering of mittens, sweaters, coats, boots, etc.  Recently a Thrivent Action Team in concert with Immanuel Lutheran School, Alpena assembled 547 Hygiene Kits. The following day at the OGT Center women of the LWML prepared all those kits for shipment. There are multiple support possibilities available to those who wish to share the love of Christ with those in need—matching Christian deeds with our Christian creeds.

Chipotle Fundraiser
Save the date for St. Paul PTO's Chipotle fundraiser on Wednesday, October 21 from 4-8 p.m. in Saginaw. Show the casher the flyer below!
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 5:1–7
1Let me sing for my beloved
my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
2He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
4What more was there to do for my vineyard,
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
5And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
6I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and briers and thorns shall grow up;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
7For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice,
but behold, bloodshed;
for righteousness,
but behold, an outcry!

Epistle
Philippians 3:4b–14
If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness, under the law blameless. 7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Holy Gospel
Matthew 21:33–46
33[Jesus said:] “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 34When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”
42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

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