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

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.

Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice

logoSt Paul’s monthly Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel meets outdoors at 5pm, weather permitting.  Resources from the World Council of Churches International Week of Prayer will be shared. Beginning Monday October 24, this 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.

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!

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.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday…

Stepping into Faith Formation: Join us at 9:30 AM as we celebrate the Sunday School and Confirmation Milestones to begin our Faith Formation Season.

Adult Faith Formation:  After the worship service, this Sunday’s focus is Lutheran Roots – “From Conflict to Confession to Mission,” a lesson in Reformatiom. Pastor Justin will guide us from the 95 Theses to the Augsburg Confession so we may better understand how conflict leads to a confession of faith which, in turn, leads to mission.

Sunday School Kick-off: Children from preschool to 5th grade will meet in Sandrock Hall for a special All Kid’s celebration of the Bible with songs, games, and crafts.  Parents of preschoolers are especially welcome to join the fun with their youngest children.  High school youth are serving as leaders for this event. Children in middle school will meet in their second-floor classroom directly after worship for their own snacks and fellowship along with some friendly competition in Bible Baseball.

 

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.

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 9/18/16

Rejoicing in the Spirit’s work among us, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need. (A brief silence.) Giver of the feast, bless your church and all who hunger and thirst. Nourish us richly with your word and meal, and send us as signs of your living presence in the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Ruler of the earth, bring forth an abundant harvest from fields, orchards, and gardens. Renew fields that will soon lie fallow. Feed and protect all wild creatures. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of the nations, we pray for places in the world affected by conflict, war, and turmoil especially Our Holy land. We pray that your perfect peace and order be restored. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of our weary years, God or our silent tears, we remember before you those among us who are sick or who are recovering from illness or surgery. We pray for Jim, Ilene, 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.

God our beginning and ending, we thank you for hope even in the midst of despair. Visit this assembly with your light and truth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the work of Lutheran World relief and for the school materials we seek to gather for those who need them. We give thanks for the rummage that has turned into riches. For the hard work of volunteers and the generous hearts of those who came and shopped. We pray for the gleaning, the distribution of the left overs, and we pray for the discernment process of what to do with the resources. We pray for our children who start a new year of school and we pray for our teachers and school administers with whom we trust with our children. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Into your hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

375 Lothrop Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Tel 313.881.6670
Fax 313.881.6189

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