Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church. At St. Paul, we value sharing God’s grace through Christ with love, prayer, worship and service. We are a community with room and a place to belong for everyone. We provide numerous opportunities for the study of God’s word, fellowship and service for all ages. Our Sunday School involves students in hands-on participation in the Biblical stories and we value cross-generational interaction in faith development so that we can link home and congregation together.

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), as well as a partner in the Grosse Pointe Ecumenical Parish. We gather around the Word and Sacrament each Sunday and have various classes and events throughout the week for us to stay connected together. If you are a first time visitor, you can learn more about us on our welcome page.

Forever In Grace, Pastor Justin Dittrich

Worship with Communion: 9:30 am
Education Hour: 10:45 am

Office HoursTel 313.881.6670
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

News & Announcements

“Thrivent Builds Worldwide” Trip

Since 2014 members from St. Paul have participated in annual church-supported Thrivent Builds. This year our group will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Portugal to renovate a home.  The trip dates are May 26 – June 4, and is open to anyone age 16 and older.  Join us for the informational meeting on October 25 at 7:00 pm in the second-floor classroom.

National Youth Gathering: Register Now!

 

This summer, Lutherans in the ELCA have a very exciting opportunity to attend the 2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX, June 25-July 3 (Including travel).  Youth who are currently 8th-12th graders are welcome to attend, and we also need several adult leaders to be in attendance.  St Paul and First English would like travel and room together.

To learn more about the trip check our the gathering website ( NatGath website) for basic info.  The discounted registration rate expires November 15th, so there’s no time to wait!  Please contact Renata Conger renata@feelc.org or Pastor Justin at Justin.dittrich@stpaulgp.org if you are interested.

You can find registration here (Registration_Worksheets). We will also need a $130 deposit at the time of registration.

 

Tuesday Mornings with Justin

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Are you looking for a more in-depth foray into the scriptures?  We invite you to attend our Tuesday morning Bible Study group.  Pastor Justin leads out in a group discussion every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m in the Harms Fireside Room.  The discussions focus on the coming Sunday’s readings as taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.  While the readings follow a three-year cycle, the conversations vary as each participant brings his or her own unique perspective to the conversation.  We look forward to seeing you there. Follow the link below for a look at this week’s readings

http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday . . .

December 17th, is a busy Sunday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church!

At 9:30 a.m. our youth choir, Joyful Noise, is assuming the mantle of leadership and will participate in every aspect of the worship service.

Following the service, is our annual Cookie Walk–a symbiotic event where attendee’s leave with a full box of Christmas delicacies and the Pastor’s discretionary fund is enriched to allow further service to the community.

At 6:30 p.m. anyone who is experiencing grief is welcome to fellowship at our Hope for the Holidays Meal.

Following the meal, we will be hosting the Motor City Choral, lead by our own Eric Miller.

Christmas Eve Worship at St. Paul

Come and worship as we give glory to God in the highest heaven for the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ!

9:30 am – Service of Readings and Carols
4:00 pm – Family Service
7:00 pm – Service of Readings and Carols
10:00 pm – Candlelight Service

A Message for Our President

Sunday October 22nd Congregational Meeting Results

Congratulations Pastor Frederic J. Harms! The congregation of St. Paul voted unanimously to confer Pastor Harms with the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus. The announcement of the unanimous vote was met with dozens of smiling faces and vigorous applause. An amazing moment! The Pastor Emeritus ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 10th during the regular worship service.

The congregation of St. Paul also approved an air conditioning motion. Please click here to read the motion. The motion passed soundly with an 80% pass rate: 64 YES, 14 NO, 2 ABSTENTIONS. The next step is collecting pledges. Please click here for a pledge form.

Notable dates:

  • Pledges for A/C motion are being accepted now through December 22, 201
  • Funds for pledges are due by May 31, 2018

Please consider the air conditioning pledge drive separately from your annual Stewardship pledge. Your annual Stewardship pledge supports the ongoing ministries of St. Paul.

Cheryl Wiseman, Congregation President

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 11/26/17

Welcoming God’s reign of righteousness and mercy, let us pray with people of every time and place.

A brief silence.

Almighty God, your merciful rule encompasses all the world. As we gather for worship in safety, we pray for places where the church is persecuted. Watch over your people as they witness to your good news. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Give bountiful pastures, safety, and health to herds, livestock, and all animals. May our care for all of your creation reflect your shepherding love for all that you have made. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for international organizations that shine your light in places of strife especially Lutheran world relief and Lutheran Disaster response. Lead relief and aid workers, leaders and volunteers to seek the lost and provide safety. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, abused, or ill. We pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Richard, Dean, Matthew, Kim, Al, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Elizabeth, Erich, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Janice and Dan. We also pray for those who we say out loud or in the silence of our hearts. (PAUSE). Give wisdom to counselors, doctors, nurses, and all in professions that provide healing. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Shepherd your churches to welcome the stranger and immigrant in our midst. Call all your people to welcome, clothe, feed, and visit those in need just as you have provided for the lost and despairing throughout the ages. We pray for Operation Christmas Child. May the boxes we collect bring hope and wellness to the receiving communities. We pray for the Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. May our directives provide for the mission and vision you desire for us. We pray for those who pick up where the disaster of Hurricanes and fires have left.  We give thanks for the past 500 years of reformation. May the next 500 continue to reform the church into a better resemblance of your kingdom Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers and the hopes and concerns of our hearts, O God, as we entrust into your loving care all for whom we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

375 Lothrop Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Tel 313.881.6670
Fax 313.881.6189

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