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Bible Classes

Sunday’s  9:30-10:30 am

  • Pastor’s Bible Class  (church lounge)
  • Sr. High Youth Bible Study  (school, middle classroom, upstairs)
  • Sunday School (Pk-6th grade) (school classrooms, Sept thru May)
  • Youth Confirmation Class (7th-8th)  (Sept thru May)

Monday’s 9:00 am  Women’s Bible Class (Sept thru May)

Wednesday’s 10:00 am with Pastor Schmidt (church lounge)  The 3rd Wednesday of each month is a Senior Communion Service. Bible class will be at 9:30 a.m. that day.

Third Saturday 7:30 am  (church lounge Sept thru June)  Men’s Breakfast

About Bible Classes

Sunday Morning Bible Class   All are welcome to come and study with Pastor Schmidt on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the church lounge. We are currently in the study of  “The Book of Romans”.  Open discussions, videos and documentaries. Child care available.

Youth Sunday School from 9:30-10:30 am in the school building. For children grades Pk-8th on Sunday mornings at the school.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office, 248-541-0613. (Gegins: September 10)

Monday Morning Women’s Bible Class This Bible study uses CPH LifeLight material and is for women who want to participate in an in-depth Bible study which includes advance preparation.  The group does not meet when there is no school during the year or in the summer.  Presented by Janet Dunker. For questions call Janet at 248-643-7378. We meet at 9:00 a.m. (church lounge) on Monday mornings. This class meets September thru May.

Wednesday Morning Bible Class  “The Book of Daniel” with Pastor Schmidt.  Class is at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. The 3rd Wednesday of each month is a Senior Communion Service. Bible class will be at 9:30 a.m. that day. You may join us for worship at 11:00 a.m.   (August thru June)

Pastor’s Adult Information Classes  Pastor Schmidt has classes designed to teach newcomers about the basics of the Christian faith from a distinctively Missouri Synod Lutheran perspective. This  course will cover such topics as, “The Bible”, “The Ten Commandments”, “Holy Baptism” and more. While many will take this class toward membership, the most important thing is developing a life-long love and pattern of worshiping Christ. Pastor offers this class twice a year.  Please call the church office, 248-541-0613 for more information.

Young Adults is a group of post-college age to 30 something who gather together to fellowship in Bible study and events, with Tyler and Krista Zenk.

 

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Ministry

ARTS, BEATS, & EAT — It’s that time again!  Sign-up sheets are in the lobby for this year’s recycling team for Arts, Beats & Eats.  Many people are needed, so check your calendar to see when you can help.  The event will take place Labor Day weekend (September 1st , 2nd , 3rd and 4th).  Free T-shirt and admission to the festival for all four (4) days to anyone who works a recycling shift.  Any questions, call Tony or Jean Valdes at 248-435-8095.   ST PAUL PARKING – Arts, Beats & Eats We also need teams to help with parking. The schedule is 3 shifts per day – 5 people per shift. Times: 11am-3pm, 3-7pm, 7-11pm, Mon. ends 9pm. If you have questions or wish to schedule your parking shift time, contact Richard Baker 248-535-8223 or look in the lobby for the parking sign up between church services.

Sr. Craft Day ‘Crafts Made Simple’ Join us in the church lounge on September 19 and help make a craft. You may keep your craft or donate it towards the children’s Christmas Shoppe in December. Great fellowship and fun. All are invited. Questions, contact Alice Jackson, 248-589-9024. Hope to see you there.

Auction Committee We would like to form an Auction planning committee, and start meeting, as soon as possible.  This is always a big event and great fundraiser for our school.  It takes a lot of people and planning. Parents of our school, it’s a great way to help the school and earn a year’s worth of Time and Talent hours!!  We are looking for people who would like to help in any way, big or small.  Would you like to chair the committee, help to acquire Auction items or help with gift packaging?  Can you help to set up the event, or help during the event?  Could you help with printing or office work?  There is a sign up sheet on the PTL board in the main hallway at the school or contact Sue at the school to sign up or for questions.

Got Plastic Bottle Tops?  Needed for a Reformation 500 congregational project in October are OODLES of red, white, blue, yellow, gold & black plastic bottle tops. Samples of these bottle tops are in the glass case 2017 Reformation 500 display next to the St. Paul Book Nook.  Drop off your bottle caps on the shelf with the samples & keep them coming! Questions to Martha Smyth 248-677-4972 or smythfam4@aol.com.

Young Adults is a group of post-college age to 30 something who gather together to fellowship in Bible study and events. Currently we are studying the book: A Man Named Martin.   If you are interested in being part of this group, you may get in touch with Tyler and Krista Zenk thorough email: krista.h234@ gmail.com or text/call (307) 840-2263.

August Collection for ‘Operation Christmas Child’  We are collecting a different item each month needed for the shoebox gifts. Please note we are not collecting shoe boxes yet; we will let you know when, but we are collecting Small Toys, T-Shirts and Socks for the month of August. These items may be placed in the wood box located in the coatroom in the lobby. Thank you.

72nd Annual Lutheran Laymens League MEN’S RETREAT September 7-10, 2017        Guest Speaker: Rev. Mike Newman  — We start now to get our registrations in early as not to miss getting our room and board set ups. All men of St. Paul plan to attend the Men’s Retreat of the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Arcadia, MI for a long weekend of recreation and fellowship, golf, softball, and enjoy the outdoor offerings of Michigan in the late summer. Bible study will be offered at various times throughout the weekend. This year’s special speaker is Rev. Mike Newman who is a Mission and Ministry Facilitator in the Texas District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. He has written a number of books including The Life You Crave, Struggle Well, Satan’s Lies, and a new book titled, Gospel DNA: Five Markers of a Flourishing Church.  Register NOW using Camp Arcadia’s downloadable registration form at www.lhm.org or pick up a form in the wall rack located in the lobby. Fees include: lodging, meals and programs. You may contact, Don Storck, 248-288-3386 for further information.

 

PLAN FOR UPCOMING MINISTRY:

Pastor’s Adult Information Class (AIC) These classes are designed to teach newcomers about the basics of the Christian faith from a distinctively Missouri Synod Lutheran perspective. You may use these classes to be confirmed as a member here at St. Paul. If you are already a MS Lutheran and interested in becoming a member here, please contact your previous church to send a transfer and we encourage St. Paul members to come and take this class as a refresher course. Plan for these Fall classes, to held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and runs for 8 weeks. Please contact the church office to register for these classes.  First class  begins on Tuesday, September 19.

Youth Confirmation Classes—Letters were sent home recently to parents for youth in 7 & 8th grade regarding confirmation classes. If you did not receive one or received one in error please contact the church office.   A Parent Orientation Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the church lounge.  Classes are held this year on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. beginning September 13th.  Regarding curriculum, more information will be on our website at www.stpaulroyaloak.org.

 

Youth Ministry

Sr. High Bible Class for High School Youth is held on Sunday mornings for all High School aged youth at 9:30 a.m., school stage. Come engage in lively topics and discussions.

 

School Ministry               

There will be an orientation meeting for families on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and School Drop-in (classrooms) Thursday, August 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, August 26 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. another orientation at the school.

School Faculty Installation/Rededication will be held at both services on August 27.

School begins August 28.

Auction Committee We would like to form an Auction planning committee, and start meeting, as soon as possible.  This is always a big event and great fundraiser for our school.  It takes a lot of people and planning. Parents of our school, it’s a great way to help the school and earn a year’s worth of Time and Talent hours!!  We are looking for people who would like to help in any way, big or small.  Would you like to chair the committee, help to acquire Auction items or help with gift packaging?  Can you help to set up the event, or help during the event?  Could you help with printing or office work?  There is a sign up sheet on the PTL board in the main hallway at the school or contact Sue at the school to sign up or for questions.

School Coaches Needed! Our school sports teams are in need of volunteer coaches for various teams for the school year 2017/18. If you like working with the youth and have an interest in coaching, we need your help. Courtney Pomroy, our school’s Athletic Director, is seeking men or women to help with this years teams. Coaches needed for Fall leagues: Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball. Winter leagues: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball and Cheerleading and the Spring league: Track.  We need to organize these positions as soon as possible! So, please contact Courtney at 248-928-4927 or the school office, 248-546-6555 for questions. Our kids will thank you!

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS: 

SCRIP Cards Did you know that there are a few ways that you could help our students at St. Paul?  One is to contribute directly to the tuition assistance fund.  This fund helps families who are struggling financially.  Look for forms in the church office. Another way is to buy SCRIP cards.  What is SCRIP?  They are basically gift cards that you buy at face value, and the school gets a 3-13% rebate. For example:  if you buy a $100 Meijer gift card, you will be able to use the gift card to make $100 in purchases, but $3 will go to the school. You can designate a family to give the proceeds to, or just sign off proceeds to the tuition assistance fund.   Contact Carrie Smith for details:  smithcarrie5@yahoo.com or call 248-542-7391.

Kroger Community Rewards Go online to kroger.com/communityrewards to create an account. Kroger Community Rewards makes fundraising easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Another convenient way to support St. Paul. Our organization # is 83242.

Box Tops and Labels for Education Two easy ways to support St. Paul Lutheran School! Find and clip Box Tops from packages for St. Paul! They are each worth 10¢!! Our coordinator, Sarah Parks, will send them in and our school gets a check! Your kitchen is full of eligible Labels for Education  items. By collecting Labels, our school earns points that can be redeemed for Art, Athletic and Academic merchandise! Please bring Box Tops and Labels for Education to the school office in a labeled envelope. Thank you so much for all your support!  For questions about our school or any fundraisers, contact the school office at 248-546-6555.

Hollywood Market’s Apples For Schools  Hollywood Markets in Royal Oak offer ‘Apples for the Students’ to provide our school the means to acquire more of the equipment and supplies we need.  Family and friends, who would like to support St. Paul Lutheran School, simply tell the checkout cashier the name of our school.  Their points are electronically credited to our school.  It’s that easy!

More News

Food Pantry Items We are always in need of canned goods and boxed goods for our pantry. Items may include: canned Meats, Tuna, Fruit, Vegetables, Soup and Pork & Beans and boxed items such as Mac & Cheese, Cereal or Meals in a box.   “For I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 NIV

Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving Our church offers this program which allows you to make donations on a scheduled automatic basis. It is convenient and provides donation consistency for your church. To set up, pick up a form in the lobby, or find the form online at our Online Giving page, and fill it out and drop off in the church office. For questions, contact LeeAnne Millinger at 248-584-3128.

Stewardship The symbolic act of giving can be an important part of stewardship. If you want to give electronically — but you also want a visible way to participate in the offering during worship, simply put a check mark or an X on the front of your weekly offering envelope where it says, “I gave electronically,” and put it in the offering plate.

Nursery Open to children 0-5 years old. Provides safe, loving care during the 8:15am and 10:45am worship services, and 9:30am Bible Study. A changing table and chair for nursing are available for mothers of infants and toddlers. Other Nursery News: Our newest members need our help! We are in need of a happy healthy nursery for our little ones to start their journey with Jesus and our church family during our Sunday morning services. We are in much need of Volunteers, one adult and one student, per service. Choose your time and week(s). Students this is a good opportunity to earn community hours. Services: we need new or gently loved toys and some nursery items (ages infant to 5 years old). Please contact Jean Walker at 248-990-4052 for questions.

Book Nook – Christian Cards & Gifts – Open after the 8:15 a.m. service. Christian gifts and assorted cards. Located in the lobby. Cards available for only 50 cents each. Birthday, Specialty, Seasonal, Sympathy, Thinking of You and much more!  Come check it out!

Library News – Books in the library now have cards, pockets and spine labels. A catalogue with a complete listing of books will be found next to a sign with the check out procedure on the file cabinet. This process will be an indicator of what types of books are of the most interest to the congregation. Not all books are to be removed from the library, indicated by the absence of a card in the back of the book. Please check your bookshelves at home for any St. Paul library books. Thank you.