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

Easter Lillies

Lillies!  Easter!!  
Order a lily, or two, to decorate the altar, and take them home after the service to decorate your table.  Lillies are only $10 each.
Order form is attached.  Form may be emailed or bring a hard copy to church.  Checks can be made out to St Paul with Easter Lily on the memo line.

Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday, April 13, Services will be held at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
On Good Friday St Paul will participate in the Stations of the Cross, “Stations in the Street.” Click here for a flyer with information.
There will also be a Tenebrae service on Good Friday at 7:30 PM at St Paul.

Lenten Season

Mid-week Services will be held at both 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Wednesdays throughout Lent from March 1 through April 5. 

As is customary at St. Paul, there will be Lenten Dinners before the Wednesday 7:00 services This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fellowship with friends, both old and new, while enjoying an evening free from cooking.  Each meal is provided by an individual or a group with a freewill offering will be accepted from those attending.  Proceeds from the meal then go to either a St Paul group or to an outreach program, the decision being made by the meal provider.  Many worthy groups have been recipients in the past, ranging from Food Pantries to the Music Enrichment fund at St Paul. Sign-up sheets for attending will be in the foyer on the long wooden table.

This year there will also be Lenten Luncheons following the 11:00 AM services that we are conducting in partnership with First English Lutheran Church.  Come join in as you are able, there is no sign up needed.

Living Waters Brings Christian Yoga to St. Paul

Join us for a five-week session of Christian yoga every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm from April 19 – May 17.

Childcare will be provided at no cost.

To register please use Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christian-yoga-tickets-3269260… or email welca@stpaulgp.org If emailing, please indicate dates attending, number attending and number and ages of children in childcare.

If you would like more information on Christian yoga, you may visit the Living Waters site: http://www.livingwatersyoga.com/christian-yoga/

Progressive Dinner – Saturday, May 6

St. Paul’s Sandrock Hall will be the starting point of our evening’s journey.  Appetizers will be served at 6:00 pm, and guests will also discover their next stop of the night.  After splitting up into various homes for the main portion of the meal, the group will reunite at the Sabol’s home for dessert and drinks. For more information, view the attached brochure.

–presented by WELCA

WELCA Treinnial Gathering

Did you know that every woman of the church is automatically a member of WELCA?  Which means that you could attend the 10th Annual Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, July 13-16.  We are real women talking about our faith. About our doubts and challenges. About joy and what inspires us. We’ll experience simple conversations between friends—old and new—that will develop into a movement sweeping the church, inspired and infused with the Holy Spirit.

Join the conversation as we explore the triennial gathering theme All Anew.” Listen to inspiring speakers; participate in worship and praise; learn by attending workshops, viewing films and engaging in servant events. Visit the exhibit hall where you can gather, shop and connect.

Check the WELCA website for more information or speak with one of the WELCA Board members, Gretchen Archinal, Brenda Dittrich, Carol Meza, Alana Sabol, Lela Ulmanis or Peg Upmeyer.

Prayer Vigil

The dates have been set for our monthly Prayer Vigil for Peace.  Please make plans to join us at 7:00 p.m. on March 20th, and April 24th. We will be using the video series, “Stations of the Cross,” filmed in Jerusalem on the Via Della Rosa.  This devotional series is hosted by Rev. Eric C Shafer.

To watch a brief introduction to the video series, please click the link: Introduction.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday…

April 2, 2017 is a Lutheran Roots Sunday

Following our 9:30 Worship Service, Pastor Justin will present our Adult Faith Formation, “Refining Holy Spirit: Making room for what’s next for St. Paul.”

Sunday School will focus on “Luke’s Holy Week” from the Whirl Curriculum based on Luke 22:14-23 & 23:2-56.

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming”– An Overview


A Big “Thank You” to All Cottage Meeting Participants

The Cottage Meeting phase of our ARAR Process is now complete. We held a total of 19 cottage meetings during January and February. Ten of those meetings were hosted in member’s homes with the rest being held at St. Paul.

Feel free to give yourself a pat on the back if you are one of the 81 members who participated in the process. Each meeting saw a dedication and enthusiasm which led to well thought out questions. A total of 216 questions were generated for consideration by the ARAR Team.

The next step has already begun. The ARAR Team is meeting to review the questions we have received and distill them into guiding questions to be posted for comment by you over the next few months. Please keep the ARAR Team in your prayers as they work to bring us the questions which will guide us into our future.

Rick Grenzke

Chairman, ARAR Team

Deck the Halls with Guiding Questions?  The ARAR team is currently compiling the Guiding Questions produced during our Cottage Meetings. Soon these questions will each be displayed on individual bulletin boards throughout the church building.  You may use the accompanying sticky notes to “post” your answers or suggestions below each question.  We will also provide green and red stickers to add your agreement or disagreement to an already-posted answer.  Over the next three months, we encourage you to visit the boards that interest you most and continue to add your feedback.  This process will be very fluid, so check back often.

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.

Christian 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.  Click link for more details.

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 3/26/17

Lifting our voices and turning toward God, let us pray for the church, the earth, and all who are in need. (A brief silence.) God of the ages, as your church prepares your table for all to celebrate in one holy meal, restore the unity of those who gather in your name. Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

You shed light on your creation. Let the changing of the seasons bring forth growth and new life from what was dormant and fallow. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Shine your light on the people of every nation. Reveal your reconciling love in places where fear and conflict thrive. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of wholeness, bring clarity to those in confusing times, bring healing to those in painful times, bring peace to those in trying times. We pray for Jim, Lynne, Sara, Dean, Matthew, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Erich, Elizabeth, Sandy, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Dan, Hannah and Andrew. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Restore, renew, and enliven the ministry and work of this congregation. We Pray for our Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. We pray for refugees and Immigration around the globe. We pray for Samartitas and it’s work with Families in Detroit. We pray for our Trip to Jordan and the work we will do for housing With Habitat for Humanity. Help us to see your purpose clearly. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Into your hands, merciful God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love; through Christ our Lord.


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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

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