Beginning on Sunday, September 10, our fall worship schedule begins. On this day, our worship service on Sunday morning will be at 9 AM, with Sunday School and Bible Study beginning at 10:15 AM.
Council Meeting Notes
Membership change was approved: — receive Robert & Irene Palzer back by profession of faith
The trustees reported that the parts to repair windows at school had come in and were installed. One of the security cameras was replaced under warrantee. They would also be looking for volunteers to paint the porch on the front of church and the back blocks at church (or for suggestions of who could be hired to do it).
The Board of Education reported that the voters offered the job of daycare director to Lynn Johnston, a member at St Paul of Stevensville. (She has now called to accept the position.)
The project to fill the cracks in the parking lot and seal it by Arnt was completed.
The catechism class will be on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 PM. (This could change if the parents decide so at our first meeting on August 29).
With this being the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation (October 31, 1517), our Bible Class will take a closer look at the Reformation. Each week, this Bible study will include a short video vignette, about 3-4 minutes, from the 2017 Reformation celebration film, “A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy.” As participants view the introductory clip for each lesson, they will deepen their understanding of Reformation history and connect with what their church believes, teaches, and practices today.
Small school items are being collected to be sent to the Apache children in Arizona. To save on shipping costs, we are receiving cash donations for school supplies, order them online, to be shipped directly to the school. We are looking for personal (especially religious) items. These can be purchased and dropped in the box in the entry of church.
The fall rally is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, at St. Paul’s of Stevensville, MI. Speaker: Pastor Jon Bare, the International Recruitment Director of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. The Topic: The world starts where you are. Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:1—Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you. Registration starts at 9:00AM, with the Rally starting at 9:30AM.
Again this year, the Women’s Guild is sponsoring a mum sale. A sign-up sheet and envelope for payment is posted on the board in the entry of church. On Sunday, September 24, they will adorn our worship, and then you may take them home with you. The cost will be $5 each.
Our Women’s Guild does not hold a regular meeting all summer. They will begin to hold their monthly meetings again this month. They usually meet on the fourth Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 PM. In September, they will meet on September 28.
Every lady from the congregation is welcome and encouraged to come. Our Women’s Guild seeks not just fellowship with one another, but also serves the congregation by supervising many different activities in the church. If more ladies become actively involved, they will be able to accomplish more tasks in the service of their Lord.
Lutheran Music Festival
For the 50th anniversary of St. James Lutheran Church of Portage, MI, they are hosting a Lutheran Music Festival at Chenery Auditorium on Saturday, Oct 14, 2017, beginning at 6:30 PM. This is a concert of praise to our Lord and Savior. Musicians Chris Driesbach and Stephen Bautista will sing songs of praise, as well as the Concert Choir of Michigan Lutheran Seminary. The concert will wrap up with a hymn sing. Tickets (to cover the cost of the musicians) are $5.
A district-wide Reformation rally will be held at the Dow Center in Saginaw on November 5, beginning at 4 PM. This service is meant for the whole district of Michigan.
The 2nd Annual WELS DAY at Ford Field will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 4:30 PM, with The Detroit Lions playing the Chicago Bears. Exclusive WELS member discounted tickets are available at $99 for the lower level, or $55 for upper level. You will get a free pair of Lions sunglasses with every ticket .
The Fort Wayne WELS Churches Invite You to a Women's Retreat Getaway held on Friday — Sunday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
We hope you will join us for fellowship, Bible Study, thought provoking discussion, relaxation, and some fun with your sisters in Christ as we study “Growing in Discipleship — Learning to Share Christ with Friends.” It is a privilege to be part of God’s plan to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. God’s desire for every believer is that she becomes a disciple. Discipleship involves discipline, training, servanthood, and a heart filled with love for lost souls.
We invite you to grow and share with us as we work through 5 lessons: What is a Disciple, The Responsible Steward, Helping Others Find Christ, The Follow-up, and finally Putting What You Have Learned to Work.
Registration fee: $50 for registration, book & materials. Lodging (2 nights): $90 for 2 nights lodging, and all meals.
The registration fee of $50 is due by September 10th.
The goal of our annual retreat is to encourage spiritual growth, fellowship, and friendship between area WELS women and their guests. Please complete the registration section on the brochure found at church and send it, along with your $50, to the Retreat Committee as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Any remaining balance is due upon arrival.
Contact for your questions: Shelley Crum .......................... ..260-396-2542........................ .. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new director, Mrs. Lynn Johnston, will begin on Monday, September 11.
Preschool and Noah’s Ark will begin after Labor Day.
Our theme for this year is STAND FIRM. This is based on the passage from Hebrews 10:23, Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. What a blessing to begin our 48th year of holding classes for teenagers that will help them to fall back once again on their Lord and Savior’s faithful promises. We have many reasons to be thankful for this blessing, but in this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, remember to keep in your prayers the gift of our Lutheran Schools. For these are places that the themes of the Reformation (Sola Gratia, Fide, and Scriptura) are taught to our youth, so that as they grow in their knowledge of Jesus, they can STAND FIRM against the assaults of the evil one and profess unswervingly the hope that is theirs and will be handed down by them to the next generation.
In order to best carry out recruitment for the Titan Center, the administration recommended hiring a recruitment director to travel outside of SW Michigan and to all international agency fairs. Joel Cordes has started the work.