Church Bulletin Announcements
September 24, 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
  • 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
Special
  • 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
  • Scott Appold
  • Kimberlyn Behmlander
  • Daniel, Nicole, Elaina & Calvin Covieo
  • Justin, Melissa, Lillian & Elaina Garcia
  • Robert & Diane Hofford
  • Vernon Kuch
  • William McKenzie
  • Bently Raquepaw
  • Michael Schwab
  • Brenda Weiss
Church Records
Hunter & Gatlin Duffey, children of Troy & Shasta Duffey, will be baptized during the 8 a.m. service on September 26, 2021.

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 - 255

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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
September 26 – 1 Corinthians 14
September 27 – 1 Corinthians 15
September 28 – 1 Corinthians 16
September 29 – Proverbs 22
September 30 – Psalm 106-107
October 1 – 2 Corinthians 2
October 2 – 2 Corinthians 3

Sunday School supports Wellspring Lutheran Services: Thank you for your donations!
During this school year, the St. Paul Sunday School program will have a “kids helping kids” theme, supporting Wellspring Lutheran Services through offerings and donation drives. We were able to donate a generous supply of items to Wellspring from the collection during Sunday School kick-off on September 12. Thank you to those who donated school supplies, personal care items, cleaning supplies, diapers and baby wipes to help support the kids and families that Wellspring serves. Please remember to send offerings with children attending Sunday School. This year, all offerings collected will benefit Wellspring.

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 269-753-4957
Kayla Schlicker 989-450-8057
stpaulwildcatspto@gmail.com
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!

Trunk-or-Treat
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 9:45 – “And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.” So, what is causing us to sin? Lust? Greed? Fear? It’s better to cut “it” off! We need the Lord’s help to do this, and you are in the right place this Lord’s Day to receive that help through Word and Sacrament!

Roll Call Sunday - October 31st, 2021
Our annual Roll Call Sunday celebration was not annual last year! So this year we are inviting anyone celebrating an "every 10th Year" anniversary in either 2020 or 2021 to come to the Roll Call Service and Banquet at the 10:30 service on Sunday, Oct. 31 2021. If you were confirmed in one of those years at St. Paul or a sister congregation, you should receive a letter with details and a registration form. If you think this is you (or someone you know) and you haven't gotten a letter, it is possible that our records need updating, so please contact the church office to bring us up to speed. You can also register on-line by going to the St. Paul website (www.stpaulbaycity.org) to the "News & Events: Event Registration" page and clicking on the Roll Call link. If you would like to come to the Banquet, but are not part of one of the classes, you may register on-line as well.

Valley Lutheran's Fall Information Night
7th and 8th grade families are invited to attend Valley Lutheran's Fall Information Night - a station-based, on-the-move, one-hour, in-person opportunity to experience Valley Lutheran on Thursday, October 7. Hear how VL is a place where students prepare, belong, and excel. Tour new spaces and meet school leaders. Arrivals begin at 6 with the last tour beginning at 7:10. Please let us know when you're coming at www.vlhs.com/InfoNight. Small groups will be maintained throughout the evening. Contact Director of Admissions Amy Cooper at acooper@vlhs.com with any questions.

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.

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.

Immanuel Lutheran Church Chicken BBQ
The Men’s Club of Immanuel Lutheran is sponsoring a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, October 10, 2021, beginning at 11:15. It will be Drive Thru ONLY.
Menu includes ½ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Corn, Cole Slaw and cupcake. Cost is $12.00. Immanuel Lutheran School; 8220 Holland Rd; Saginaw, MI 48601 

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 www.ogt.org. 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                  
Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29(ESV)

4Now the rabble that was among [the children of Israel] had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. 6But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.
10Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. 11Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? 13Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ 14I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. 15If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”
16Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.”
24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
26Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

EPISTLE READING                                                     
James 5:1–20 (ESV)

1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.
7Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
12But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
13Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
19My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
 
HOLY GOSPEL                                                                 
Mark 9:38–50 (ESV)

38John said to [Jesus], “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40For the one who is not against us is for us. 41For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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