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

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

News & Announcements

VBS: July 31- August 5 “Fearless Faith: Courage in Community.”

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VBS at St Paul: Registration is CLOSED and Volunteers are STILL needed

St Paul is hosting VBS July 31-August 5 here on site! This is a great joint venture with First English Lutheran Church, Christ Church, and Living Waters Day Camp staff who will lead the music and teaching.  Volunteers are needed for decorating, preparing morning snacks, security, registration and as Shepherds for the groups of preschool and elementary age children as they rotate between activities.   Please consider how you can support this excellent outreach opportunity that is happening right here at St Paul!  Everyone has something to offer.  Youth currently in middle & high school can obtain valuable community service hours as volunteers.

For more information, please contact Pastor Justin or Mary Mobley.

Come help us promote a fearless faith that calls us to have courage as a community for the sake of the community.

Below you will find the documents needed for the program. When clicked, a fillable PDF should pop up. Save the document as a PDF on your computer. Then open the document with Adobe Reader and fill it out and click submit. Then your default email provider should open and you can submit it as an email. If that does not work, you can print it and send the paper copy into Church. Make sure either way that you save a copy for your records as well.

Registration Cover page and VBS flyer is Here

Volunteer Registration Cover page is Here

Volunteer Registration can be found Here.

 

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Rummage Sale

Rummage SaleOur annual church rummage sale is fast approaching!  Mark your calendars for September 16th and 17th. Our doors will open at 9:00 a.m. Friday and will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s shopping will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Keep On Track with the Summer Reading Program

jonahThis week’s focus is The Story of Jonah in the Spark Story Bible, pages 180-183; older children can read Jonah 1-4 in their Bibles. Click on the link below for creative ideas and activities that can be downloaded. (Call the office if you don’t receive the weekly email).  Don’t forget to download and mark the tracking sheet once this story is explored! http://info.sparkhouse.org/summer-reading-plan

 

Pastoral Notes

FLINT WATER CRISIS – SPECIAL APPEAL UPDATE MAY 31

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FLINT WATER CRISIS – SPECIAL APPEAL

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Flint Water Appeal Update: As of May 31st we have raised $4,710 to help Salem Lutheran Church in Flint during the water crisis. This is in addition to the $5,000 that St. Paul donated out of the Special Project fund.

Imagine your normal life of limited means, having little in the way of “extras”, being further challenged by finding the one thing that should be so simple, clean tap water, being unavailable to you. Next, imagine for a moment your whole family bathing daily with bottled water and cooking daily meals with bottled water. You can obtain a free case of this bottled water, but only one case for your whole family. Imagine bringing your child to church for baptism and even there, bottled water is used.
This is the reality for Flint residents and Salem Lutheran Church, the only ELCA congregation in Flint, is actively serving anyone who comes seeking assistance. As you are aware, the Flint Water crisis has caused widespread and significant damage. It is estimated that 6,000-10,000 children have been exposed to lead poisoning, the effects of which are life long and add to the many disadvantages residents already experience.
fontThe ELCA and the Southeast MI Synod have asked congregations to support Salem Lutheran in Flint in a number of different ways. Salem is serving as a community water distribution site every Thursday and Saturday. Cases are distributed without limit to anyone, a difference from the government distribution sites, which require inspection of state identification. Water donation drives are necessary and helpful, however Salem also needs assistance in a building project replacing the water pipes and installing a filtration system. The initial estimated project cost is $60,000 plus additional costs for asbestos abatement.

With safe water at Salem, the community can fill water jugs with safe water. Salem also operates a food pantry and serves meals to the needy in the community twice a week. Due to the effects of lead poisoning, access to healthy foods is just as critical as safe water.
At our Church Council retreat the question, “What is St. Paul doing to respond to the water crisis” was raised and thoroughly discussed. It was decided that we would like to assist Salem in a more permanent way especially as there is a steady donation of water bottles and filters in place. We seek to

support Salem’s Pastor Monica Villareal so she and this faith community can minister to all who come to Salem, helping hold the people of Flint together in the time of crisis; the church is a safe and trusted place.

To this aim, Council authorized a donation of $5,000 from the special projects funds to support the Salem, Flint building projects. Council now offers a challenge to the St. Paul members to triple this initial offering. Please prayerfully consider how you can help Salem, Flint in a long-term manner in replacing its water pipes and upgrading it’s building. A special appeal envelope is available in the weekly bulletin, pew racks and by the water display in the foyer. Write your check to St. Paul Lutheran with “Flint Water” in the memo line. Your donations will be held in a

restricted fund; St. Paul will send a monthly contribution from this fund on one check to the synod office. The Bishop’s office has oversight of this project to ensure proper use and care of donations received. No contribution is too large or too small!

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 7/24/16

Rooted in Christ and rising to serve, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need. (A brief silence.) Faithful God, through diverse cultures and countries, your Spirit weaves us together as one church. Help us all, your disciples, to ask for the things we need, confident that you hear us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Call us to notice places and people you created but we have forget. For busy places, for those working in the noon heat, in the silence of the night, and in care of your creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bring peace where strife is found, where homes have become battlegrounds. Empower leaders and organizations to find solutions through persistence and faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Turn our hearts to the cries of those in great need. Comfort those who suffer from racism, sexism or classism. Comfort those who grieve, especially those who miss Larry Channell. Heal those who are Ill. We Pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Maxine, Richard, Sara, Matthew, Greg, Kathy, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Keri, Elizabeth, Erich, Dianne, Lori, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Dan and Hannah. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Seek after us Oh God, wherever we are to be found in these summer months. Grant safety to those who travel, especially those Nativity Lutheran Church who is traveling here to serve. Grant sabbath rest to those who vacation, and perseverance to those who have no leisure time. Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

We pray for our Senior programs that we support through Samaritas and Gateshead senior living. From Young to old oh God, may your faith continue to grow in our hearts. We pray for the 70 kids who will participate in our VBS next week and the volunteers that have taken their time to help serve. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We lift our prayers to you, O God, trusting your promise to hear us; 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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