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

Operation Christmas Child At St. Paul

children-with-occ-boxesNovember 6tth’s “God’s Work. Our Hands.” service project will be Operation Christmas Child (OCC).  Come learn about OCC and help pack a shoebox for a child in a difficult situation.  OCC was created in 1993 during the height of the Bosnian war to show the love of God to children caught in a humanitarian disaster.  Since then 135 million shoebox gifts have been distributed to hurting children around the world through local churches, including Lutheran churches in Africa.  Every gift is given with a presentation about God’s love given through Jesus Christ.  Children in war zones, refugee camps, orphanages an other miserable circumstances will be greatly blessed by our shoebox gifts.  OCC is a Thrivent Action team community event. Please invite a friend.

On Sunday, November 6 from 10:45-11:45 all of St. Paul will assemble and personalize preprinted shoeboxes, pack the shoeboxes with gifts from the Thrivent Action Team, and receive information and inspiration to complete additional shoebox gifts.  Furthermore, we need volunteers to serve at St. Paul during the National Collection Week, Nov. 14th-21st.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in the hall.

Drop off hours during National Collection Week are as follows:

  • Mon, Nov. 4     9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Tue,  Nov.15    9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wed, Nov.16    9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thu,  Nov.17    9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Fri,    Nov.18    9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Sat,   Nov. 19   9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Sun,  Nov. 20 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Our OCC team is eager to meet you during these times and properly accept and process your gifts.

“Listening for God” Begins A New Book

what-women-fearOur women’s book club, “Listening for God,” will begin a new read this November.  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.  Those interested may call the church office for the time and location of our first meeting.

Prayer Vigil for Peace

Befaith-in-the-face-of-the-empireginning Monday, October 24th at 7:00 pm, the monthly prayer vigil will add a discussion of Faith in the Face of the Empire, by Rev. Mitri Raheb, Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.  Copies of the book are available in the office with the study guide.  For more information, contact Dave Upmeyer or Mary Mobley.

Join Our Next Webcast on October 27

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Please mark your calendars for the next live webcast, “Ecumenical and Interreligious Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary,” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT. As Lutherans, we have 499 years of history, but on this day we will explore:

  • What was the Reformation, and what does it mean for Lutherans and ecumenical partners?
  • What is “Declaration on the Way,” and why is it significant for Lutheran-Catholic relations?
  • What might ecumenical and interreligious relationships look like in the future, and what does this mean for our faith community?

Tune in to the live webcast on Oct. 27 by visiting ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the recorded video will be made available after the broadcast. A live stream also will be available at Facebook.com/Lutherans. If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to livinglutheran@elca.org and provide your name and your congregation’s name, city and state. Check our website for future information concerning our participants and selected resources. We also invite you to participate and join the conversation by using #ELCAwebcast on social media.

God’s peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop

St Paul Thrivent Builds 2017

habitatCongratulations to our 2016 Canada team who built interior walls, shingled the roof, and insulated the future home of 6 year old Simone and her mom Anna on Prince Edward Island.  An informational meeting will be held for our 2017 trip to Jordan will be Wednesday Nov 2 at 7 pm.  The trip dates are March 31-April 9.

Engaging Adults in Faith Formation

We have a great opportunity to learn more about the new Faith Formation format.  The Christian Education Committee is holding a one-day workshop at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills.  Our church struggles to thrive without effective ministry to adults.  This workshop will focus on adult faith formation and how it effects the transition of faith to the next generation.  Please join us October 28th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at 5631 North Adams Rd.

Our Newest Missionary

grandgaard-baby-picJennifer and Colin Grangaard, our missionaries in the Holy Land, joyfully announce the birth of their second child.  Weighing 9 lbs. 3 oz., Amos Ferdinand Grangaard was born Sept. 19th at 8:06 p.m. Jeni and Amos are tired, but healthy!  We give thanks for this gift!

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday…

Reformation Sunday

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation


Our “Year of Reformation” Kick-Off

October 30, 2016

After Worship please come to the Harms Fireside Lounge for cake and fellowship.

The “Road Map to the Reformation” will include three Reformation Centers.  Fifteen-minutes visits will begin at 11:00 am.

  • Luther and Music in the Sanctuary
  • Luther and the Word in the Bethany Room
  • Luther and the Arts in the Fireside Room

Everyone is invited to visit each Reformation Center, rotating from one to another. Children under the age of 8 are to be accompanied by a parent.  The nursery is available for the youngest children.

Next Sunday we have God’s Work, Our Hands that will focus on Operation Christmas Child (OCC).  We will be in the Fireside and Bethany Rooms building shoeboxes, learning what to pack inside and beginning the packing process with a few of the essential items.

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.



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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 10/23/16

Set free by the truth of God’s gracious love, we pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s good creation. (A brief silence.) Only you are righteous, O God. Lead your church to true repentance so that we reflect your light and truth to the world. Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

Only you can bring rain, snow and seasons O God. Be with those who lack clean water and those who struggle with weather. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Only you can judge the nations, O God. Raise up leaders with humble hearts so that your peace spreads across the earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Only you can bring healing, O God. Be with all whose hearts ache, who hold out empty hands, who long for forgiveness. Comfort the grieving and heal the sick, especially Jim, Emily, Sara, Roger, Linda, Richard, Sara, Matthew, Greg, Kathy, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Keri, Beverly, Elizabeth, Erich, Heidi, Dianne, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Dan and Hannah. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Only you know the depths of our hearts, O God. Call this congregation to loving action in your name and open our eyes to what you are doing among us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We Pray for refugees who have been forced to leave their homes to seek safety and stability. We pray for Freedom House and Samaritas who serve the refugees who have landed on our shores. We pray for our nonfood pantry and for those who receive needed items from it. Help us to be humble so that the humble may be lifted up. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great

Into your hands, faithful God, we place ourselves and our prayers, spoken and unspoken, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.


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