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

Pastor Mary Ann’s American Songbook (Fundraiser)

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Music, Fellowship, and Dessert: Saturday, May 28th at 7 pm in Poppen Hall at St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

Mary Ann Siefke is the featured vocalist for an American Songbook.  Siefke is serving as a Pastor Intern at St Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms; she graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, May 21st with a Masters of Divinity degree and also holds a Masters degree in Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She is now prepared to serve as a Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Fellow musicians include Linda Bauer, Rev. Justin Dittrich (Pastor at St Paul Ev. Lutheran Church), Rick Grenzke, Bob Mobley, Ben Wrobel and Bill Wrobel.  The program includes favorite works from American composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Stevie Wonder.  There will also be a sing along.  This is a fundraising event with sponsorship from Thrivent Financial to support the education of the children of Rev. Samer Azar, Pastor of The Good Shepherd Church at Amman, Jordan.  Pastor Azar has been an Ecumenical Minister at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in 2015 and 2012. Dessert and beverages will be served. Individual tickets are $20; children $5, age 6 & under free.  There will also be a Silent Auction that concludes on Sunday, May 29 at 11:15 am. Please contact Mary Mobley for more information, reservations and donation of auction items 313-885-0529.  Tickets will be available at the door.

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

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VBS at St Paul: Registration is OPEN and Volunteers are needed

Volunteer Registration can be found here. ( Fill out and return to Pastor Justin or Mary Mobley)
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.

Registration for VBS can be found Here. (When clicked, a fillable PDF should pop up. Fill it out and click submit. Then your default email provider should open and you can send it in an email. Make sure you save a copy for your records as well.)

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LSSM is now Samaritas!

samaritasLutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) has a new name!
After many months of going through the rebranding process, LSSM has launched their new identity.  The organization will now be known as Samaritas,  loosely translated as “samaritans to many” which is hoped to help others understand that their scope of service is not just for Lutherans. The mission remains the same “to serve others as an expression of the love of Jesus Christ.” Many of the agencies that we have service partnerships with have new names as well so we will include the former name with the new name in our communications for several months.

What Gifts Has The Spirit Given You To Offer?

Spiritual-Gifts-LogoBe assured God has blessed you with gifts to share for the sake of the church and the world.
1 Corinthians 14:12
So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church.
A team is working to bring you an updated Time and Talent Survey in the season of Pentecost.  In the mean time, go to God in prayer.  Ask God what you have been given to share, what difference God is calling you to make.  Please consider taking this Spiritual Gifts Survey to gain clarity of the gifts God is kindling in you.

Pastoral Notes

FLINT WATER CRISIS – SPECIAL APPEAL

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FLINT WATER CRISIS – SPECIAL APPEAL

baptism FlintImagine 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 5/22/16

Rejoicing in the triune God, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation. (A brief silence.) O Lord our sovereign, your name is majestic in all the earth. Enliven your church by your Spirit to live into the name bestowed on us in baptism. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Holy Wisdom, we praise and thank you for the mountains and hills, the earth and fields, the skies above, the fountains of the deep, and your delight in the human race. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Peace-bringing God, the nations of the world are ever and always dependent on the peace that only you give. Guide the leaders of nations to make choices that lead to peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Spirit of truth, heal us, reconcile us, break the bonds of the oppressed, give sanctuary to refugees, end the exile of those who are marginalized, and pour your love into all hearts. We Pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Maxine, Lela, Richard, Sara, Matthew, Greg, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Keri, Elizabeth, Erich, Dianne, Michele, Betty, Mary, Mairin, Shirley, Linda, Dan, Hannah and Ben. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Father of Jesus, keep us mindful of how we use the names of others. Keep us from bearing false witness, and help us honor your name above all others. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We Pray for the ministry and outreach of our congregation. For the Foster Care Services of Samaritas. We pray for our missionaries David, Jennifer and Colin in the Holy Land. We pray for our VBS. We pray for our AA groups and those who seek our space for recovery.  Keep our love and caring work focusing outward into our community.  Oh God, Holy trinity, Hear our prayers, 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.

Confirmation and Pentecost: “Cloud of Witnesses”

confirmation SundayOn Pentecost Sunday, May 15th, we will celebrate the Confirmation of three of our young people and the unity we share in the Holy Spirit. We are part of the Great Cloud of Witnesses of our faith and need YOU to help celebrate. For the past ten years, Pieces Be With You Quilt Group has made stoles with our confirmands as a sign of their vocation as Children of God. We would like to fill the sanctuary with your stoles that Sunday as a sign of our witness and faith together. Please bring your stole to the church office (labeled with your name and phone number) by Sunday, May 8th. You may take your stole after worship on May 15th.

This Sunday after worship, 10:45-11:30:

  • Everyone is invited to the reception for the Confirmands in the Harms Fireside room following worship.
  • This week the children continue discussing the work of the Holy Spirit.   
  • Middle School youth will discuss the lectionary readings. 
  • High School youth will be selling their craftwork Garden Stones as a fundraiser to support Foster Children going to Living Waters Summer Camp

Social Action Corner:

We are still collecting goods for the Home and Community Campus, Westland, formerly known as the Wayne County Family Center.  Their work remains the same, caring for homeless families and providing them with temporary housing, meals, child care and support services.  A List of their most needed items can be found by clicking  here.

Please keep the Home and Community Campus residents and staff in your prayers during April.

375 Lothrop Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Tel 313.881.6670
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