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

What Energizes You?

Have you ever noticed that when you’re done with a task you enjoy, you seem more energized than before you began? Conversely, even spending less time on a task you’re not passionate about seems to drain you. St. Paul is offering a two-pronged approach to help connect its members with service opportunities uniquely designed for them.

Pastor Mary Ann has scheduled several discussions to this end. Please choose the Engaging & Enlivening Faith Conversation that best fits your schedule and RSVP to Mary Ann at (313) 881-6670 ext. 13 or maryann.siefke@stpaulgp.org.

Engaging & Enlivening Faith Conversations

July 11th 9:30 – 10:30 am

July 20th 7:00 – 8:00 pm

July 24th 10:45 – 11:45 am

July 28th 9:30 – 10:30 am

In addition St. Paul is also recommending a quick Ministry Involvement Survey to help members find ways to live out their faith in daily life.  You may print the survey or fill it out in MSWord and email it to maryann.siefke@stpaulgp.org.

Please take advantage of either or both of these opportunities to strengthen and share your faith.

 

Naomi Circle’s Final Meeting of the Year

NC MaryannNC PatNaomi Circle closed the year with a service project and celebratory meal.

In conjunction with Pieces Be With You Quilters, the ladies tied two beautiful quilts for Lutheran World Relief. The quilts will be sent to foreign countries where they may be used as room dividers, floor coverings, or even for swaddling a child.

The quilters, who focus on quality instead of quantity, make between 20 anNC Marie, Bevd 30 quilts each year for Lutheran World Relief alone.

“Women are desperately trying to take care of their families, and we do what we can,” explained Marie Zeller.

Amidst the quilting activity, Naomi Circle shared a potluck feast with the church staff as the group discussed their upcoming summer plans, blessings, and prayer requests.NC Dorothy, Margy

In appreNC Bonnieciation for another year of Bible Study leadership, the group presented Bonnie Steketee with a gift from South Africa—hand painted candles, a Fair Trade product providing employment for artisans around the world.

The meeting ended with a group prayer. Please consider joining Naomi Circle when it resumes in the fall.

 

Keep On Track with the Summer Reading Program

This wnoaheek’s focus is Noah’s Ark in the Spark Story Bible, pages 24-29; older children can read Genesis 6 – 9 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

 

Upcoming Prayer Vigil for Peace in Holy Land

logoWe know God responds to intentional prayer. Across our synod at various locations people will be coming together at the same time to pray collectively for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Specifically, we will be praying God’s will be done at the upcoming Church-Wide Gathering of the ELCA in New Orleans as resolutions for increased advocacy are considered. We will be gathering locally here at St. Paul on Sunday evening June 26th and Sunday evening July 24th at 5 PM at the church, in support of the International Prayer Vigil for Peace in Palestine and Israel Please plan to join us. Want to learn more?  Watch PALESTINE SHORTS http://oregonsynod.org/groups/peace-not-walls/palestine-shorts : Four Palestinian Christians tell their stories in video interview.

Welcome Nicole Minnick!

Nicole MinnickAssistant Church Business Administrator

When St. Paul revised the organizational chart by having a full time Business Administrator, the plan was to have an assistant for 10 hours a week. Due to budget constraints, that changed to a 5 hour a week position, and coverage while the CBA is out of town. This revision to the assistant position was included in the budget, which was approved at the 2016 Congregational Meeting.

It is now a pleasure to announce that Nicole Minnick, of Grosse Pointe Woods, has accepted our offer of hire. She has the needed strong computer skills, financial experience, a strong faith, and is a warm welcoming person who will be an asset to the St. Paul community. Please give her the welcome she deserves when she starts the week of June 6th.

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

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.

Below you will find the documents needed for the program. When clicked, a fillable PDF should pop up. Save the document as a PDF on your computer. Then open the document with Adobe Reader and fill it out and click submit. Then your default email provider should open and you can submit it as an email. If that does not work, you can print it and send the paper copy into Church. Make sure either way that you save a copy for your records as well.

Registration Cover page and VBS flyer is Here

Registration for VBS can be found Here.

Volunteer Registration Cover page is Here

Volunteer Registration can be found Here.

 

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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

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 6/19/16

Let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation. (A brief silence.) Gracious God, we pray for the church. Keep it faithful to you, so that your people here stand in witness to proclaim how much you have done for us in Jesus Christ. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the well-being of creation. Tend and nurture plants and animals, lands, seas, and skies. Restore the vitality of lands and waters suffering from human misuse or natural disaster.  Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations.  Work in and through governments, humanitarian organizations, and local partnerships to cast out the forces of evil and establish your life and peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Be with those who know demons of any kind, and clothe them with Christ’s freedom and healing. We pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Maxine, Richard, Sara, Matthew, Greg, Kathy, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Keri, Elizabeth, Erich, Dianne, Lori, Michele, Betty, Mary, Mairin, Shirley, Linda, Dan and Hannah. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for this congregation.  Establish and renew our faith, strengthen our ministries and bless those preparing for baptism. Bless fathers and all who provide fatherly care in their vocation to raise up our children in love.

O God, you have called the saints your own. Today we give thanks for lives of Russell Noble and William Upmeyer who have joined your heavenly saints. Gather us, with them, into your kingdom, in the promise of life forever with you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We give thanks for the support given to our missionaries David, Jennifer and Colin in the Holy Land. We pray for the global expression of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the building of the Kingdom of God Here, near and far. We pray for our VBS and our summer bible reading opportunity. May we all embrace A God that breaks all the rules so that we may know the depth of God’s Love. 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.

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!

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.

Sermon Series on Galatians: Born Free!

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For the next six weeks (May 29- July 3rd), Pastors Justin and Mary Ann will be taking us through the book of Galatians. Galatians is a small letter that Paul writes to a congregation he has formed but that has already lost track of the faith which Paul gave to them. So as Paul and Luther remind us, in Christ, we are born free. See you on Sunday!

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