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

God Be with You ’till We Meet Again

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On August 21st we said, “Farewell” to Intern Pastor Mary Ann Siefke. Services were followed by a delicious fellowship meal and multiple tributes to Mary Ann’s ministry including a roast by Pastor Justin, an original responsive song, and tokens of our appreciation for all Mary Ann has brought to St. Paul Lutheran.  We wish her God’s blessing in her future and thank Him for the way she has touched each one of our lives.

Spark Summer Reading Program

This week we’re enjoying the story of The Good Samaritan.  Younger children can find good samit on pages 300-305 in the Spark Story Bible, and older children can read Luke 10:25-37 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

 

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.

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 Intercession 8/21/16

Rooted in Christ and rising to serve, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need. (A brief silence.) Lord of all languages, we pray with and for Christians in worship all over the world. Make your church joyful to reflect the diversity of your people and the unity of your love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Your Spirit speaks in creation. We thank you for watered gardens, for abundant yield, for clean water, for sunlight, for communities where people and nature live in peace together. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Remove the yoke of destructive partisanship and bless nations in need. Empower all to speak the truth, encouraging honorable leadership. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bring strength, health, and wholeness in the parched places of our lives. Bless those in need this day and surround them with care and hope. We Pray for Jim, Michael, 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.

We pray for those who must be absent from this assembly while they work. Give them and all people sabbath rest. Refresh our hearts in Christ. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Oh God, make straight that which is crooked and give freedom to those who are bound. We pray for Intern Pastor Mary Ann and her future call in the Church. We give thanks for those who are going to work with Habitat for humanity this week in at Prince Edward Island. And we pray for the rummage sale and all the resources needed to make it successful. 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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