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

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Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

News & Announcements

Tuesday Mornings with Justin

Are you looking for a more in-depth foray into the scriptures?  We invite you to attend our Timg_5355uesday morning Bimg_5352ible 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/.

Fall Stewardship Drive!

SKMBT_C45416020317280_0001The fall stewardship drive is in full swing. We are currently collecting your estimates of giving for 2017. For more information please click here:stewardship-packet-2017. If you are interested in making giving simple by having the offering taken directly from your account, please fill out a simply-giving-form and return it to the office.

It’s Time To Order Your Poinsettias!

Help make the altar beautiful this poinsetiaChristmas Eve while honoring and remembering your loved ones.  Poinsettias that are ordered will be displayed on the altar, and can be taken home after the services for you and your family to enjoy Christmas Day. You may pick up an order form in this week’s bulletin insert.  You can also download the form here:order form.

Angels of St. Paul

occ-box-drop-offThe “Operation Christmas Child” team collected 632 showboxes this year.  The boxes came from our own parishioners, staff members, fellow churches, neighbors, businesses, and many other organizations and individuals.  Thank you to Mary Mobley for spearheading this daunting task.

“Christmas Comfort Dinner”

Our second annual Christmas Comfort Dinner is scheduled for Dec 16th this year.  The holidays can be a difficult and lonely time for those suffering with grief, whether from the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or any other significant loss.  The Comfort Dinner is intended to let those hurting people within our congregation know that they are loved and not left alone.  We will begin with a welcome at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and program that includes music from our youth choirs.

All those interested in helping with cooking, serving and clean-up are asked to contact Dana Miller.  Additionally, she requests your input on any possible guests for the dinner.

“Listening for God’s” Next Meeting

what-women-fearOur women’s book club, “Listening for God,” began a new book this November.  Because of the busy holiday season, they will next meet at 7:30 pm on January 11th.  Any interested woman should bring her own copy of Angie Smith’s What Women Fear (available at the GP library, amazon, or as an e-book).  We will read and discuss one or two chapters each month.  The topics are designed to be applicable to any stage of life and address how faith helps with those things that cause us fear.  We would love to have more women join us and gain a blessing from the sharing of our faith and the friendships formed in this group.  Please call the office for the meeting address @ (313) 881-6670.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday…

December 11, 2016

 Gods Work Our Hands Sunday.

After Worship everyone is invited to come to the Bethany Room and Fireside Room to package gifts for the residents of Samaritas House of Detroit (pictured below), formerly Heartline Home for Women.

Baked goods have been prepared and are ready to be beautified by your wrapping. If wrapping is not your forte, how about writing a note of encouragement lending hope and faith to the residents? If neither of these options work for you, then say a prayer, admire the work of others, and give thanks for all we are able to do for others.samaritas-house-detroit


Next Sunday

December 18, 2016 – Children’s Christmas Program, Cookie Walk & a brief Congregational Meeting

We’re posting just a few pictures from last year to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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“Always Reformed, Always Reforming” Advent Update

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ARAR Update

Advent is a season of waiting, hoping and becoming. We are waiting for Christ to come, we are hoping for gifts of grace and we are celebrating God becoming human in the person of Jesus.

The “Always Reformed, Always Reforming” (ARAR) process is in our season of Advent as well.  We have mailed invitations to candidates for our ARAR team and we are excited by the willingness of our congregation to lead  this process.

We hope our congregation will be excited to host and support the cottage meetings between now and the end of February. At these meetings we will discover our guiding questions for the ARAR process and hope to discover which areas of ministry we would like to really wonder about to find clearer direction and aspirations.

Through these cottage meetings, we hope we discover how the Holy Spirit is working in our church. We hope this process will help us understand what kind of Church we are becoming by celebrating who we were in the past and discovering what is working in the present.

Please keep your eyes peeled on your emails, on our Facebook and in our narthex for information on upcoming Cottage meetings.

Below is an overview of the process for your reference.

Step One: (Present – February)

  • Cottage meetings will be held in congregant’s homes, coffee houses, or at St. Paul to determine our guiding questions for this process of discovery and the areas we would like to further reform.

Step Two: (March – June)

  • Church-wide, interactive meetings will take place to find solutions and actions for our guiding questions.

Step Three:  (June – October)

  • A draft of our reformation directive will be written by the ARAR team, considered by the congregation and ultimately, received on Reformation Day 2017—the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.

Please keep this process in your prayers and as opportunities arise please give your heart, mind, and time to this process.

faith-formation-circleChristian Education is moving out of the classroom to engage people in active faith and to build relationships.  It will now be called Faith Formation to encompass the many activities we do to build relationships, serve others, learn and grow in our faith.

Church Council supports this transition to a Four Sunday format that will look like this:

  • “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday – A service-based learning experience that will engage members of all ages in an organized service project will take place either on site or in the community.
  • Fellowship Sunday – An opportunity for all ages to come together and build relationships within a programmed activity.  This will also be a Sunday that each member is encouraged to invite a guest.
  • Lutheran Roots – A Sunday learning session presented to explore Lutheran theology and history through various topics.  This will be similar to the Adult Forum structure, and the children will have Sunday School during this time.
  • Lutheran Lens – A Sunday learning session that will have guest speakers from partner agencies or speakers that will highlight topics of interest.  The children will have Sunday School during this time.

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 11/20/16

With the people of God gathered here and throughout the world, we offer our prayers for the church, those in need, and all of creation. (A brief silence.) For Christ’s church on earth and for those who proclaim the good news of your reign, that all divisions cease, Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For your creation in all its beauty, for water and land, plants and animals, and for those who advocate for the just use of the earth, that all creatures enjoy life abundant, Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For government leaders, for those who provide justice and safety, and for those in war-torn places, that all be guided by the peace of the Lord, Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the alienated, for the sick and suffering, for those living with terminal illness, and for those in need of reconciliation, that God provide them with skilled medical practitioners and counselors, Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For those traveling this week, for those gathered with family and friends, for protection from inclement weather, and for the body of Christ gathered here, Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We Pray for our ministries at St. Paul. We pray for our Advent Workshop. We pray for our renewal of vision and mission in our “Always Reformed, Always Reforming” process. We Pray for our Operation Christmas Boxes. May they bring Joy to those who receive them. We pray for Wayne State’s, Transition to independence program in which we support young adults limited by their foster care situation. May our outreach bring the comfort and joy that you bring in our lives. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

 

Almighty God, you have promised to hear those who call upon your name. We commend all our spoken and silent prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through your Son, 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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