Church Bulletin Announcements
September 3, 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

  • Lori Toyzan
  • Dean Bass
  • Armond Beiser (hospice)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Kathleen Kernstock

This Week's Members
  • Randy Appold
  • Jack Behmlander
  • Brad & Sheri Cliff
  • Cindy Fox
  • Mike & Jennifer Kuch
  • Thomas Maxwell
  • Cody Rajewski
  • Eric, Brittny, & Easton Schwab
  • Lyn & Jan Wegener
Church Records
Lori Toyzan passed away on August 27, 2021, and received a Christian funeral on September 2, 2021.
Phyllis Rush passed away on August 11, 2021, and will receive a Christian funeral on September 4, 2021, with burial in our church cemetery.

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 - 332 (199, 133)


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 5 – Romans 15
September 6 – Romans 16
September 7 – Psalms 97-98
September 8 – Proverbs 21
September 9 – Psalms 99-102
September 10 – 1 Corinthians 1
September 11– 1 Corinthians 2

Sunday School supports Wellspring Lutheran Services with a Donation drive on September 12
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. In support of the kids and families that Wellspring serves, children are being asked to bring a donation item on the first day of Sunday School, September 12.  On opening day, a representative from Wellspring will be here to speak with the children to help kick-off this effort. If you would like to help support St. Paul’s Sunday School program in this mission, donations can be dropped off to the office or church. Items that are of the greatest need are diapers and baby wipes, back packs, school supplies, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and sports equipment (soccer balls & basketballs). Gift cards and cash donations are also appreciated by Wellspring. Please label any donations dropped off for Wellspring. If you have any questions, please call or text Vicki Begick at 525-3733 or Lynn Hendrick at 450-1969.

St. Paul Family Fun Fest
September 11th, 2021
9:00 a.m. – JME Memorial Race
10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Food, Fellowship, & Fun
*Dunk Tank Fundraiser, featuring: Mrs. Polzin, Mrs. Dent, Mr. Garcia, and Pastor Matyas!
All are welcome! Hot dogs, chips, cotton candy, pop, bounce house, lawn games, and DUNK TANK! Bring a few dollars and try dunking some St. Paul celebrities! Free will donation for food. Dunk tank proceeds make next year’s event possible. Join the FUN! – St. Paul Board of Education

CEF Investment Rebate Program Pays Off
As a result of our congregational and individual investments in Church Extension Fund, we recently received a check in the amount of $605.21 as a rebate on our loan.
You may recall hearing about this a year or so ago.
Here’s how it works:
Eligible CEF loan customers (that’s us) receive a cash rebate once a year, when the congregation’s total investments (individual and congregational) meet one of three tiers. Each higher tier pays a higher percentage of the loan balance. So, the more we invest with CEF, the bigger our cash rebate will be.
Remember, all CEF investments are used to provide low-interest loans to Lutheran Congregations in Michigan. These loans help build new churches and schools (or Ministry Center additions). So, by investing in CEF, not only do we earn a competitive rate of return, we learn how our money can be used to bless others. Truly a terrific stewardship habit that can last a lifetime.
If you would like more information on CEF investment opportunities, visit their website at – or – contact our St Paul CEF Rep, Luella Britton at 798-3156.

10th 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 11th, 2021. 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 to get a t-shirt has ended, but all are still welcome to attend on September 11th!

Join the St. Paul Bowling League!
The St. Paul Fellowship Bowling League is looking for more teams (4 Person Co-Ed). We bowl every other Sunday at Monitor Lanes at 6 PM, starting September 12th. For more details, please reach out to Jason Schlicker – 906-2132.

Head Cook for the School Needed
St. Paul will be in need of a head cook for the school lunch program starting Oct. 1, 2021. If you are interested in this position or know of someone who may, please contact the school office and ask to speak with Principal Lustila. Mrs. Heidi Schultz would like to help out in the transition process during the month of September. Mrs. Schultz will be leaving us to begin her new career as a full time grandmother! The school staff and its parents would like to thank her for all the wonderful lunches and freshly baked hamburger and cinnamon rolls throughout her years of service! What a blessing she will be to her family as she tends to her grandchild.

Thank You from the Family of Phyllis Rush
Thanks to all of you for your prayers, encouragement and notes over the past several weeks. Your caring support has meant more than we can say.
With love in Christ, Naomi and Tom Schimm and the family of Phyllis Rush

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.

2021 Phone Directory: Please Help Keep the Church Records Updated!
The 2021 phone directory of St. Paul members will be printed this fall. Please take a moment to review your contact information that was printed last year in the 2020 phone directory. If information is outdated, please provide updates and/or changes as needed (e.g. new address(es), new email, new contact numbers, new family members added, family members who have moved away, etc.). Click here to submit updated information using an online form. Paper forms will be available in the church narthex.

Needed: Volunteer Videographer
An additional videographer is needed one a month for livestream during the 8 a.m. If you are interested in helping, please contact David Schultz or Cheryl Leppek (989-460-8383) or Cathi Reymore (989-225-1204) for details.

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
James 2:2 – “For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine cloth comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in…” God shows no partiality. Rich and poor alike are called into the Kingdom. And both rich and poor alike have something to contribute to the Kingdom in accordance with the callings God has given them in their lives. This is why both the Old and New Testaments talk about proportional giving – that is giving a proportion of our income to the Lord’s work. This makes it possible for rich and poor alike to have the honor of supporting God’s work.

FORE!! Valley Lutheran Golf Outing next Saturday
Don’t miss a great day for a great cause! The Annual VLHS Golf Outing is next weekend (Sept. 11th ) at Apple Mountain. This event is known for its fun, fellowship, and occasional good weather. The $85 registration gets you: 18 holes of golf w/ cart, continental breakfast and hot dog at the turn – plus you support a great school! There are still a few spot remaining, please call the school office at 989-790-1676 to join us for this fun day.
Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 35:4–7a
4Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water.”

Epistle Reading
James 2:1–10, 14–18
1My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
8If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it....
14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Holy Gospel
Mark 7:24–37
24From there [Jesus] arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25But immediately a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
31Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”