This Week at St. Paul's


For Next Sunday: Isaiah 55:6−9; Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30; Matthew 20:1–16


September 17 – Pentecost XV (Proper 19A) – All human choices, including ours, affect others¬—often significantly (Romans 14:7). The devil uses the illusion of autonomy to bring about death. We cannot disconnect from each other any more than God will separate from us (Romans 14:8-9). Jesus Christ surrounds us even in sin and suffering with forgiveness, compassion, fellowship, and community (Matthew 18:27) that keeps us alive (Genesis 50:20). God of all goodness, make us stand and provide for our little ones. Amen.

Today’s Door Offering—Siberian Lutheran: The Siberian Lutheran Mission Society led by Rev. Andrei Ivolga is working to help support our Siberian Lutheran brethren.

Pick Up Extra LSSI Justice Bread TODAY: Pick up extra Justice Bread today between services. 

Quarterly Voter’s Meeting Next Sunday: Join us in the Nerger Room for our Voter’s meeting on Sunday, September 24 between the two worship services. 

Disaster Response for Hurricane Irma: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod prays for the safety and well-being of those in the path of Hurricane Irma. LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through LCMS Disaster Response, is ready to join relief efforts. The Synod will come alongside the LCMS Florida-Georgia District and disaster-response officials for a sustained relief effort. Assessments are being made to determine the immediate needs of LCMS members, congregations and communities. Monitor for updated reports and volunteer opportunities. To donate for relief efforts, text LCMSIRMA to 41444. To give online, visit Call the LCMS toll-free gift line between 8 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. Central time at 888-930-4438. By mail, make checks payable to “LCMS.” On the memo line, write “Disaster Response/Relief,” and mail to the LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO, 63166-6861. Gifts also can be designated specifically for Hurricane Irma and/or affected areas by stipulating in the memo line.

Reformation Hymn Festival Today at 6pm: Join Emanuel Lutheran Church at 800 Green Street in New Haven this Sunday at 6pm.  Join guest organist Matthew Machemer from Concordia Theological Seminary, Central Lutheran School Children's Choirs, Emanuel's Adult Choir and Handbell Choir, as well as instrumentalists for this 500th anniversary of the Reformation hymn festival. Ice cream to follow! We hope you can join us. 

7th-12th Youth Fall Fun Day Sunday, September 24: We'll explore the corn mazes at Amazing Fall Fun, 3150 C.R. 43, Waterloo.  Cost=free!  Arrive there at 3 pm, or meet at 2:15 at Arbor Farms, 12515 Coldwater, to carpool.  Text Raquel Geller (260-413-3460) if you plan on carpooling.  See for a preview.

St. Paul’s 40 Days for Life Vigil is Oct. 2 Sign Up to Pray: Please sign up for an hour or two and come be a witness to God’s love for all people, born and unborn. We will be praying outside at the Park West Shopping Center (3942 W. Jefferson Blvd) or you can pray in our sanctuary from 8am-8pm on Oct. 2. Sign up on the bulletin board, front desk or call the church office. 

St. Paul’s Citywide Reformation Celebration: Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing of St. Michael will preach at the 3pm Reformation Service on Sunday, Oct 1 at St. Paul’s. Local congregation choirs will participate and a German meal will be offered by Goeglein’s Catering. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 749-2163 for reservations. 

Progressive Dinner is Oct. 8 Sign Up Now through Sept. 24: St. Paul’s 4th annual Progressive Dinner sign ups are going on now through September 24. The dinner will be Sunday, October 8. Visit the sign up table outside the office to see this year’s menu. Participants either prepare food or host a course. 

Ladies Aid Speaker, Cindy Thies, Presents First Ladies: Join the Ladies Aid meeting at St. Paul’s in the Nerger Room as Cindy Thies, amateur filmmaker, presents Lesser Known First Ladies. She will speak about Lucy Webb Hayes, Caroline Scott Harrison and Eliza Johnson on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1pm. Bring your Mites!

St. Paul’s Helps Hurricane Victims with Pack Away Hunger: Help package meals to benefit our southern neighbors devastated by recent hurricanes and our local Community Harvest. We will need 80 people per shift, 1st shift is 9am–11:30am and 2nd shift is 12:30–3pm.  We will also need 5 volunteers for cleanup crew 2:30–3:30pm. Donations will be needed to help pay for ingredients.  Please make checks payable to Pack Away Hunger.   

Thrivent Members with Choice Dollars: If you’re an eligible Thrivent member with Choice Dollars available to designate, you can help by directing your choice dollars to work at St. Paul’s and in our community. Simply pick up a form on the Thrivent table near the elevators. Just complete and mail the form directly to Thrivent.