Church Bulletin Announcements
September 17, 2021
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
  • Dolores Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Eleonore Begick
  • Vera Begick
  • Jon Ittner
  • Bill Kramer
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Anna Spielhaupter
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Frank & Carol Wozniak
  • Dean Bass
  • Armond Beiser (hospice)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Kathleen Kernstock
  • Jack Robinson (Jan Kinney's grandson; leukemia)

This Week's Members
  • Sarah Appold
  • Jonathan, Trista, Leo, & Carolyn Behmlander
  • Justin Cliff
  • Grant Fry
  • Thomas & Nancy Hoerauf
  • Russell Kuch
  • Dwight & Duana McCulloch
  • Kristin, Mark, Flynn, & Taylor Ramseyer
  • Matthew Schwab
  • Andrew & Summer Weiss
Altar Flowers
Altar flowers are in memory of Roy Bruzewski, on what would have been his 86th birthday, given by his daughter Cindy & Mike Appold and family.
Side flowers are in memory of Eldor (Butch) Appold, given by his family. He was taken home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 18, 2011.

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 Attendance
Last Sunday - 369 (276, 93)


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
September 19 – 1 Corinthians 8
September 20 – 1 Corinthians 9
September 21 – Psalm 105
September 22 – 1 Corinthians 10
September 23 – 1 Corinthians 11
September 24 – 1 Corinthians 12
September 25 – 1 Corinthians 13

Attention Widows and Widowers
The next gathering will be Thursday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. No luncheon but plenty of fellowship, games, & snacks.

4th Thursday - Visual Faith Meets This Week
Does September have you feeling swept up in a swirl of events and responsibilities? It's hard to find time to slow down and refocus, but when we don't things only seem to get worse... Set aside Thursday evening to come and be refreshed by an evening of fellowship, watercolor, devotion, and prayer! Bring your Bible, any favorite supplies, and a friend. Mark the 4th Thursday of each month to come join us in the Ministry Center from 6:30-8:30! Questions? Call or text Katie at 989.225.3532

Make a Joyful Noise - Singing or Ringing!
The St. Paul adult vocal choir and the bell choir have begun regular rehearsals again! Are you blessed with the ability to sing on pitch (people don't complain when you sing with the radio!), or can you keep a rhythm with some coaching? Are you in high school or older? Talk to choir members and see if this is a way for you to help in worship, or just show up at practice and give it a try.
Vocal choir meets at 6 pm, Bell Choir at 7, on Tuesdays in the church.
Call Tom or Naomi at 989-493-5835 with questions.

Cookbook Fundraiser
PTO is organizing a St. Paul Lutheran Church & School Cookbook fundraiser. Submit your favorite recipes, and order copies for all your friends! Please visit the display set up in the back of church for more details or contact the following:
Shasta Duffey 269-752-4957
Kayla Schlicker 989-450-8057
Deadline for submissions and orders is Monday, October 4.

JME Race & Family Fun Fest - Thank You!
The 10th annual JME Memorial Run / Walk was a great success! We had record high participation with 176 racers! Following the race, families enjoyed lawn games, concessions, face painting, a bounce house, and good old-fashioned fellowship. It was a beautiful day spent together. Our Dunk Tank Fundraiser, featuring Lara Polzin, Andrea Dent, Justin Garcia, and Pastor Matyas raised $300! Concessions earned another $370 to make next year’s event possible. A special thank you to Liz Begick for donating event beverages and Gary Behmlander for the delicious Italian Ice. Thanks to all who attended and volunteered. We could not have done this without you! See you next year! – With appreciation from the Garcia and Glasser families and the St. Paul Board of Education

Parking at Church
If you consider yourself able-bodied, please leave the parking spaces in the front of the church on Ziegler Rd. for those who may need a shorter walking distance. Thank you!

It's back! Friday, October 29th, from 6-7pm, at the school playground and ball diamond. Bring the kids for a bit of trick-or-treating, run around, and enjoy being together. The event will be all outdoors this year, light snacks and cold drinks provided. It's super fun to host a Treat Trunk! Text Katie at 989.225.3532 to register a trunk.

Youth Group
Reminder Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 5-7pm in the Ministry Center. Games, Dinner (Pizza) and Devotions. Good times!

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
Mark 9:32 -- “But they did and understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.” The disciples really do hold up a mirror to our faces and force us to see ourselves. We are misunderstanding, afraid, confused. But the Word of God is clear if only we will listen with open ears. What was blocking the disciples’ ears? The Gospels tell us time and again. The disciples did not expect a suffering Christ. So when Jesus spoke of suffering, they plugged their ears and didn’t listen, and they ended up confused and scared. What about us? What’s in the Word of God that we find hard to hear and contrary to our desires and expectations? That might just be exactly what we need to hear!

Wellspring Auxiliary Update
In keeping with guidance from the corporate offices of Wellspring Lutheran Services, there will be no Wellspring Auxiliary meeting in September or November this year. Hopefully we will be able to meet again in May 2022.
Like last year, we will be collecting $30.00 Walmart gift cards or checks made out to Wellspring Lutheran Services to help provide Christmas for Bay County foster children handled through their office. The cards and checks need to be taken to the Economy Center by November 5, 2021.
If you have any questions, please call Kathie Colone at 989-671-9650. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

September Valley Vision
Click here for the September Valley Vision.

St. Michael's Hymn Festival
A Hymn Festival celebrating the completion of organ renovations will be held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Richville on Sunday, September 26, at 3:00 PM. Under the theme "Our Help in Ages Past," it will focus on the blessings of God as He has given them in the past, at the present, and the future.
The organ at St. Michael's was first installed when the new sanctuary was built in 1971. The recent renovations included replacing the console with a new, four manual design, and expanding the size of the instrument by making it a "hybrid," this is, by the addition of electronic stops to the existing pipes. The newly remodeled instrument now has 2395 pipes and a total of 92 ranks (both pipe & digital).
The organist for the Festival will be St. Michael's new Director of Parish Music, Dr. Jon Eifert. He holds the D.M.A. in organ performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Dr. Gerre Hancock. He has been an active organ teacher and clinician, and has played many organ dedication concerts across the country over the course of his career. The Adult Choir of St. Michael's Church will also be featured. Some highlights include Bach's monumental Passacaglia and Fugue; Maurice Durufle's Chorale & Varations on "Veni, Creator," plus featured Hymn Concertatos and settings by Walter Pelz, Charles Ore, Paul Manz, John Behnke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, & Jon Eifert.
The public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend. A free-will offering will be received. Come and join us as we sing about the greatness of God's gifts to us all.

Smorgasbord Dinner and Country Store
The ladies of Zion Lutheran Church of Beaver will be having a take-out only Smorgasbord Dinner and Country Store on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the school located at Eleven Mile and Seidler Roads northwest of Auburn. A dinner is $12. They will be serving an old-fashioned country meal, including pork sausage, chicken, sauerkraut, dressing, German potato salad, real mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, squash, coleslaw, and pies. The Country Store will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature Christmas items, sweethearts, plants, home-grown produce, candy, baked goods, and hand-crafted items.

Orphan Grain Train—Michigan Call for Goods
In two years of regular operations, Orphan Grain Train—Michigan has prepared 9,000 boxes of humanitarian relief assembled at the OGT Center in Sebewaing. Goods include clothing, bedding, medical equipment, hygiene and school kits, and more. Donations and funding gifts make this work possible. We continue a general call throughout the church. Donations of clean serviceable clothing of all sorts (infant, children, adult) are welcomed. Medical supplies, bicycles in working condition, and blankets are also in the nature of primary needed goods. A much fuller list may be found at Tap “What We Do / Special Project / Wish List.” Items may be delivered to the OGT-Michigan Center Tuesdays or Thursdays (9:00 am—noon) or by special arrangement by calling 989-600-2264. The Orphan Grain Train—Michigan Center is located at 126 E. Main, Sebewaing. Our team of volunteers actively prepares these desperately needed relief supplies for people world-wide.
Old Testament Reading
Jeremiah 11:18–20
18The LORD made it known to me and I knew;
then you showed me their deeds.
19But I was like a gentle lamb
led to the slaughter.
I did not know it was against me
they devised schemes, saying,
“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
that his name be remembered no more.”
20But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously,
who tests the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.

Epistle Reading
James 3:13—4:10
13Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Holy Gospel
Mark 9:30–37
30[The disciples] went on from there and passed through Galilee. And [Jesus] did not want anyone to know, 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
33And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”