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

Congregational Meeting – Oct. 22

There are two items that council has been working on for the past several months that are ready for congregational review and potential approval. We have scheduled a congregational meeting for October 22nd to address them both.

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Prayer Vigil For Peace – Oct. 23

Held every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, these evenings begin with a short video followed by a discussion.  Everyone is invited, and there is no preparation needed.  The next vigil will be held on October 23rd.  The prayer forum used is entitled, ACT Palestine Forum Prayer. A link to the organizations website may be found here.

“Thrivent Builds Worldwide” Informational Meeting – Oct 25

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.

Youth Gathering Meeting – Oct 9

 

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.  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, please attend the informational Youth Trips Meeting at First English on Monday, Oct 9 at 7:00pm.  You may also peruse the NatGath website for basic info.  The discounted registration rate expires in November, 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.

 

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/.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday . . .

 Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. when our Joyful Noise youth choir will be adding their voices to our praises.

After the service, we will have a congregational meeting to consider motions on air conditioning and honoring Pastor Fred Harms with the Pastor Emeritus role. After this meeting, we invite you to participate in a Lutheran Lens presentation on the “Always Reformed, Always Reforming” findings and Sunday school for our youth and Children.

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming”

 

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What’s the Next Step in the ARAR Process?

The final Reformation Directive document will be communicated to the congregation on Sunday October 222nd after our congregational meeting

On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, the congregation will be asked to pledge their support for the Reformation Directive by signing a pledge page to be attached to the document.

 

ARAR Overview

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.

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 10/15/17

Open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation. (A brief silence.) You rejoice in your church, gracious God. Welcome your children to the table you have prepared and send us forth to share the saving mercy we meet in Jesus Christ. Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

You rejoice in your good creation. Provide moisture for parched places, wind and sun for flooded lands, and shelter and sustenance for creatures of every kind. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You rejoice in the people and places of the world. We pray for nations who cannot sit at table together, for leaders distracted by anxiety and fear, and for refugees unwelcome in their homelands. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You bring peace that surpasses understanding. We pray for all who cannot worship with us this day: those who are homebound, hospitalized, imprisoned, or working. We pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Pat, Richard, Sara, Dean, Matthew, Kevin, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Elizabeth, Erich, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, and Dan.   Comfort their hearts and ours with your healing presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You rejoice in this congregation. We pray for its ministries of hospitality: for ushers, greeters, and all who welcome guests in this place. We give thanks for our Rummage sale. We pray for Operation Christmas Child and that the boxes we collect may bring hope and wellness to the receiving communities. We give thanks for the elders of our congregation and their legacy of faith. We pray for the Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. May our insights be food for thought and give strength for mission. We pray for those who pick up where the disaster of Hurricanes and fires have left.  Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting the power of Christ and the gifts of the Spirit.

Amen.

375 Lothrop Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Tel 313.881.6670
Fax 313.881.6189

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