Women’s League Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

St. Paul’s Women’s League has a slew of events coming up!

The February General Meeting will occur on Tuesday, February 27, at 7 p.m. The service project will be making Easter cards for members of our congregation. Materials will be provided. Come brighten someone’s day and remind them of the love of God!Women's ministry

On Sunday, March 11, the Women’s League will be sponsoring a “baby shower” for the AAA Pregnancy Center. All kinds of new and gently used baby clothes, maternity clothes and furnishings, along with formula and diapers are needed. Bring all your donated items to church that morning, and stay for the special Coffee Hour.

The spring rummage sales will take place from April 5 – 7, so start boxing/bagging up your donations now in preparation for dropping them off right after Easter.

On April 24, the LWML Spring Rally will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Northville.

On April 30, the Council of Lutheran Women will conduct their spring meeting here at St. Paul’s. We need your help wo serve the continental breakfast at 9:15, and the lunch at noon.

Noon Lenten Services with Luncheons will be Held Again This Year

Everyone is invited to attend the popular midweek, midday Lenten worship services and luncheons, beginning at noon on Wednesday, February 14, at Christ Our Savior, located at 14175 Farmington Road in Livonia (just north of I-96). Pastors from area LCMS congregations will take turns preaching at these noon Lenten services, while a pastor from Christ Our Savior will lead the liturgy and prayers. A light luncheon will be provided after every service. Come join us during the daylight hours for worship and lunch with brothers and sisters from nearby congregations! The midweek services will run through March 21.

TIC TOC Challenge: Teaching In Christ, Teaching Our Children

St. Paul’s Hopes to Restart its Preschool Ministry this Fall – You Can Help!

We have been given a tremendous opportunity to restart our Preschool. We are trying to do it using funds raised for a specific purpose instead of adding it on the congregational budget.

The startup cost has been estimated at $70,000. An anonymous donor will contribute $10,000 if the congregation can raise the other $60,000 by the last day of February.

Preschool kids learning about JesusWe ALL know the importance of teaching children, from a very young age, of the love and knowledge of God: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” [Proverbs 22:6].

Not only would we be providing a service for our members and the community around St. Paul’s, we would also be able to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to expand God’s Kingdom.

Can you help? Open your checkbook, grab your credit card, ask your friends, bosses, and everyone you can think of that could contribute to a worthy cause. Every contribution counts!

 

Greetings!

Let me first say how excited I am to have been called here to be your Intentional Interim Pastor (IIP).  My wife Beth and I have been looking forward to being here for this very important ministry.

First of all, some of you may wonder: ‘what exactly is an IIP?’

An IIP is an ordained pastor who conducts and directs a specialized ministry called the Intentional Interim Ministry.  This specialized ministry is carried out in times of change in pastoral leadership and is a ministry of the whole church in support of the local congregation, such as St. Paul’s, Farmington Hills.  The interim is a time of opportunity for a congregation to analyze who it is, deal with internal relationships, discover fresh leadership, focus on definite goals, and encourage a vision for the future.  With trained pastoral leadership, it can make this interim period a very profitable and special chapter in the life and mission of any congregation.

The IIP is trained to intentionally work on these important functions with congregation.  He is not a “Vacancy Pastor” in the traditional sense of the term. Vacancy pastors usually fill the Sunday morning pulpit and make basic calls on the sick and shut-ins.  This is why pastors who want to do interim ministry are required to take special introductory and continued and ongoing training courses.

Most interims last twelve to eighteen months, some even longer to help the congregation prepare for their new permanent “settled” pastor.  Leading the congregation through a five process phase, the IIP prepares the congregation for a new beginning in their ministry.  The five phases are:

  • Dealing with its history in an honest way.
  • Broadening leadership.
  • Defining its identity.
  • Strengthening its relationship with the district/synod.
  • Determining a new direction for ministry and mission.

Depending upon the needs and status of the congregation, emphasis and time spent on any one of the five phases could be vastly different; and to determine what phase/s will need the most attention, I will make every sincere effort to immerse myself in St. Paul’s system, while staying outside the system to provide objective diagnosis and healing through intentional use of Law and Gospel.  A trained IIM pastor (such as myself) “begins with the end in mind.”  He comes to the congregation knowing he is the temporary shepherd and not eligible to become the settled pastor.  His sole purpose is to bring the congregation to the best outcome, which is well defined at the outset of the interim.

Please take a moment to visit my bulletin board as you enter the sanctuary to worship, for any new information regarding the status and progress of this ministry.

May God’s Kingdom grow according to His will, here at St. Paul’s, and I hope to meet you all as you come to worship.

Rev. Gary L. Siefert

 

 

Amazon Smile

Hi Folks,

As the Holidays approach, we wanted to remind you that we have an Amazon Smile Link setup, so that a portion of your Amazon shopping can benefit St. Paul’s.  Every little bit helps, so if you haven’t tried this yet, its very easy.  Just use this link to get to Amazon, and then anytime afterwards, go to smile.amazon.com.  Thanks, and have a blessed Christmas Season!

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-1672380

 

New Online Giving Site is Up!

St. Pauls just released a new online giving system today! Off to the right of the church website, you’ll notice you can click “Give Now.” That link will let you submit your offering via Credit Card / Debit Card or setup re-occurring transfers from a bank account. We’re trying to draw attention to some outstanding expenses the church has and hope that this will assist with those.

We also hope this brings convenience to our parishioners and would ask that you check it out today!

Click Here to check out the new site

FYI – You may also see the following symbol in some of the church bulletins coming up.  Smartphones (With the right app) will be able to scan this and direct you easily to the new site.  Thank you!

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