Church Bulletin Announcements

September 2, 2022

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6


  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Vera Begick
  • Jon Ittner
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Irene Neumeyer 
  • Julie Roark
  • RoseAnne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Anna Spielhaupter
  • Tim Wegener
  • Frank & Carol Wozniak


  • Dean Bass
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Larry Daly (Denise Daly's father; cancer)
  • Dave Foster
  • Debbie Kahihikolo (Denise Daly's sister)
  • Connie Makl (Jeremy Warren's aunt)
  • Irene Neumeyer (Sheffield Place)
  • Jack Robinson (Jan Kinney's grandson; leukemia)
  • Dave Sherry (cancer)
  • Fuzz Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Herb Appold
  • Megan Lowe & Lisa Easton
  • Marie Hendrick 

This Week's Members

  • Rachel Appold
  • Jack Behmlander
  • Nancy & Courtney Chartier
  • Todd Emeott
  • Carolyn Grussing
  • Dennis & Kathy Keith
  • Michael & Susan Lewis & Emily EauClaire
  • Christopher Neumeyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Timothy Smith
  • Michael Weiss

Sunday, September 4

Worship with Communion 8 a.m.

Bible Class 9:15 a.m.

Celebration & Praise with Communion - Outdoors, Weather Permitting 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Night Youth Group 5-7 p.m.

Monday, September 5

 No school - Office closed

Tuesday, September 6

Choir 6;00 p.m.

Bell Choir 7:00 p.m. 

Elders Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 8

Board of Education Meeting 6:00 p.m. 

Church Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

 JME Walk/Run 9:00 a.m.

Family Fun Fest 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 11

Worship with Communion 8 a.m.

New Membership Class & Sunday School Begin 9:15 a.m.

Worship with Communion 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Night Youth Group 5-7 p.m.

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. If you wish to receive communion in your pew, please inform an usher.

Church Attendance

Last Sunday - 315 (168, 147)

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 4 - Romans 14

September 5 - Romans 15

September 6 - Romans 16

September 7 - Psalms 97-98

September 8 - Proverbs 21

September 9 - Psalms 99-102

September 10 - 1Corinthians 1

1st Sunday Mites

Just a reminder that Friendship Circle is not meeting until September, but you can still drop off your mites the first Sunday of each month in the large mite box on the card table in the narthex.  

Stewardship - An Act of Faith

Luke 14:33 – “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” None of what we have is ours. It all belongs to God. That is the foundation of Christian stewardship. What we have been given is to be used for God’s purposes according to our callings in home, Church, and society. As we learn to leave generously in these callings, we renounce our ownership of our wealth. It’s not “ours,” it’s His. God owns everything, and we manage for the furtherance of His goals.

Thank You

Thank you for your kind expressions of sympathy. The care that you have shown has given us great comfort at this difficult time. It is deeply appreciated and will forever be remembered. -The Lowe Family

Welcome Kermit Lawrence Wood

Born August 10th, 2022 at 12:02 p.m., weighing 7lbs 12oz, 19.25 inches. As faithful supporters of the Lord’s work in Indonesia we want to share with you the joyful news of our son’s birth. Kermit is named after Matthew’s grandfather and Saint Lawrence whose commemoration is August 10. Kermit was brought to the Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 14th at Concordia Lutheran Church Maplewood, MO. Over the last two and a half years you have been faithful in your support and prayers as we struggled with visa issues. What a joy it is to ask you to rejoice with us and thank God for His wonderful gift of life given to Kermit. We are presently working to get all of the necessary documents for Kermit’s passport application. Once we receive his passport we will be returning to Indonesia. Our tentative date of departure is October 24. Thank you for being part of this ministry!

In Christ – Rev Matthew Wood & Family

Sunday School begins September 11

A new Sunday School year begins September 11, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., in the Ministry Center. It’s the goal of the Sunday School program to provide a foundation upon which children and youth will build a lasting relationship with Jesus. Children, preschool through 8th grade, are welcome and encouraged to come. A High School Bible class will also be offered. If you are interested in our Sunday School program, please fill out a registration form here. You can also find a hard copy in the back of church and ministry center, please return the completed form to the office, so we can best prepare for our year. 

11th Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk

Please join us for a morning of exercise, fellowship and remembrance - Our Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 10th, 2022. Students, ages 10 and under, can participate in the ¼ mile run at 9:00 and will receive a medal for participation. The 1 mile and 2 mile run/walk will begin at 9:15. All races will begin on Ziegler Rd (just next to the Church). Registration forms are available at the back of the church, in the school office, and on the St. Paul Website. Online registration is available by clicking here or a PDF version to print and return is available by clicking here.

Registration deadline is September 1st to guarantee a race t-shirt. T-shirts are also available for purchase for $10.00 even if you are not running or walking. Please fill out a form to purchase a shirt. We would love to have you attend for a great morning of fellowship. Thank you for your continued support of this event. We hope to see you on Sept. 10th!

Ladies Aid September Meeting

Ladies Aid September meeting will be held in the Ministry Center, Monday September 12, at 7:00 PM. All ladies of the congregation and their guests are warmly invited to join us. Our topic for the night will be on our committees, what they do, what is involved with each one and some ideas for a bit of restructuring. Your input is important! This will be an informative meeting for all of us but maybe even more so for our newest members or anyone wondering who we are and what we do. Please join us!

Women's Fall Day Retreat

Lay Your Burden Down

How do you take a small next step following Jesus without carrying the burden of being a good Christian, or good woman, or good mom, or friend, or wife, or ... ? How can you see discipleship as a series of mini-adventures with the Holy Spirit, covered by a relationship of mutual delight with your heavenly Father?

Join singer/songwriter Brooke Orozco and award-winning author Justin Rossow as they help you pause, refresh, and reset.


Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: St Paul Ministry Center at St Paul Lutheran Church in Bay City

Cost: $50 (includes a catered lunch)

Early Registration Discount: $40 if paid in full by October 1st

Registration and fellowship will begin at 8:30am. A light breakfast will be available.

Please call or stop by the Church Office to register. 989-684-4450

JOY (Joyful Older Youth) Outing

JOY is planning a bus trip to Turkeyville Dinner and Theater on Friday, October 21.  This trip is open to singles and married people. We will leave St. Paul Ministry Center at 8am, travel to Horrocks in Lansing for a little shopping, arrive at Turkeyville at 11:45 for dinner and theater, and then travel back arriving at St. Paul approximately at 6:30pm. Cost for the trip will be $83 per person which includes coach and Turkeyville Dinner and Theater. Any questions or to reserve a spot, call Virginia Hutter (989-686-3262) or Bonnie List (989-225-6801).

Sunday School Teachers Needed

The St. Paul Sunday School program is blessed to have some returning teachers for the 2022-2023 school year, but we still have a need for several classes. Materials are provided and lessons are fun and simple to teach. The time commitment varies, depending on the number of teachers per class. Sunday School cannot succeed without our dedicated teachers, so please prayerfully consider being a part of our program. Sunday School begins, Sunday, September 11. Contact Tiffany List at 989-225-8516 or Catherin Hutter 989-395-5540.

St. Paul Bowling

Enjoy a night every other Sunday at 6pm! We are a non-sanctioned fun league at Monitor Lanes. No need to be a good bowler, just a great night out to socialize with other people. No need to be a St. Paul member! Only requirements is a team of four with at least one woman and 18 years and older. All age teams from senior members to college age! Any questions call Stacy Schlicker at 989-213-5926.  

Accepting Sealed Bids for Disney World Tickets!

Now accepting sealed bids for FIVE (5) Walt Disney World 1-Day Theme Park Tickets to benefit the St. Paul Ministry Center. 

Tickets expire June 17, 2024. Approximate value: $545.

Place your bid in person at the St. Paul Welcome Center using provided materials and entry box. Bidding reserve is $250. Deadline is NOON on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Highest sealed bid received by the deadline wins all 5 tickets. Will not separate. Contact Kristen Glasser for more information: 989-529-2962.

Valley Vision

The September issue of the VLHS Valley Vision is available here.

German Worship Service

On Sunday, Sept. 11th, St. Lorenz’s monthly German worship service will be held at 11:00 am in the Church - 1030 W. Tuscola Rd., Frankenmuth. The Service reflects on the joys, sorrows, challenges, opportunities, needs, threats and fears occurring in daily life. A soul restored by Jesus is ready and equal to facing such things and can even find joy! The service features German liturgy and an English sermon by Pastor Bill Hoesman entitled “Soul Restoration” based on Psalm 23:3. Don Bruns will sing a solo “O Jesu Christe, wahres Licht” (O Christ, Our True and Only Light) and the congregation will join in singing favorite hymns: “Jesus nimmt die Sünder an “ (Jesus Sinners Doth Receive), “Aus Gnaden soll ich selig warden” (By Grace I'm Saved, Grace Free and Boundless), “Weil ich Jesu Schäflein bin” (I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb) and „ Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ “ (Thee Will I Love).  

The service will also be broadcast on Charter cable channel 191, on the St. Lorenz app., and livestreamed (and stored) on the St. Lorenz website, At ‘Traditional Services” (on the left side), select the German service. Broadcast can also be accessed on your Smart TV (Roku, Apple TV, etc.) by typing in “St. Lorenz Church and School” and adding the channel or on Facebook on the St. Lorenz page or the Frankenmuth-Gunzenhausen Sister Cities page. Prior German worship services can be viewed here

The next German worship service will be Oct. 9th, 2022. Please join us as we rejoice in our amazing Shepherd Jesus Christ!

GriefShare at Grace, Auburn

Have you suffered loss? Are you grieving the death of a loved one? There’s help for you. Grace Lutheran in Auburn will be starting a new round of GriefShare on Thursday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. GriefShare is a 13-week program designed to provide comfort to those who mourn. Each session is around 90 minutes, beginning with a video and followed by a discussion. GriefShare is a safe space to open up about your sorrow and be heard. We are there for one another. GriefShare reminds us that we’re not alone, but rather Jesus comes alongside us to comfort us and lead us through our grief. GriefShare is open to everyone. It's free and all materials will be provided. Every session is a standalone session, so you can come and go as needed during the 13 weeks. Pastor Schian and Deaconess Mika will facilitate the discussions. Please contact Pastor Schian or Deaconess Mika at Grace (989-662-6161) with any questions.

Golf Outing: September 17 at Apple Mountain Golf Course! 

You are invited to participate in a day that celebrates the ministry of Valley Lutheran High School while generating valuable funds for Financial Aid making the Valley Lutheran experience accessible to students who need it most. Make a gift or register online here. The entry fee is $85 per person. Please contact Heidi in the VLHS office at 989-790-1676 with questions.

Old Testament Reading

Deuteronomy 30:15–20

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”


Philemon 1–21

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will. For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Holy Gospel

Luke 14:25–35

Now great crowds accompanied [Jesus], and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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