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Midweek Lenten Series: The Wounds of Christ

The Five Wounds Of Christ

Lent Midweek Series

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About Our Series:

The wounds that our Lord endured upon His body speak of His bleeding love for you. Be gathered with your brothers and sisters in Christ each Wednesday throughout Lent to consider a specific wound upon the Son of God: head, back, hands, side, and feet.

About the Services:

This year we’ll be taking part in a “round robin” along with Good Shepherd, Caseville/St. Paul, Linkville; Good Shepherd, Cass City; Grace, Fairgrove; and Trinity/St. James, Munger. Our pastors will rotate between our congregations from week to week, so you’ll have the chance, each week, to hear from one of the other LCMS pastors from the area.

Wednesday Evenings: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup Supper

7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer

Ash Wednesday 2/14

2/21 – The Wounds on His Hands (The Rev. Michael Stahl, Pastor, Trinity/St. James, Munger)

2/28 – The Wounds on His Head (The Rev. Christopher Suggitt, Pastor, Good Shepherd, Caseville & St. Paul, Linkville)

3/7 – The Wounds on His Back (The Rev. G. Stevens Bagnall, Pastor, Good Shepherd, Cass City)

3/14 – The Wound in His Side (The Rev. Steven Stolarczyk)

3/21 – The Wounds on His Feet (The Rev. Joshua Haller, Pastor, Grace, Fairgrove)

January 2018 Newsletter

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New Service Schedule Has Begun

It's Here!

nullAs of the first Sunday in January, we are officially on our new schedule of one service at 9:00 a.m. Hopefully you have all prepared yourselves for the change. Set those clocks a little later-- or earlier, depending upon which one was 'your' service. 

What Is-- and Isn't-- Happening

Just to review, the new schedule is worship at 9:00 a.m., Sunday School and Bible study following (probably at 10:15 - 10:30). Sunday school will still meet in the school building. Adult Bible study will still be meeting in the church basement (although we're temporarily relocated to the sanctuary while the basement is being fixed). Our communion schedule is not changing, either. It is still offered on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. 

As you can see, most things have stayed the same. 

Remind Me Why We Are Doing This?

There are a couple of things that we hope to accomplish by making this change. The biggest one is having the church more full from week to week. When we split our congregation between two services from Sunday to Sunday it gives the appearance that our attendance is much lower than it actually is. Not only does it feel nice to have more people there at once, there are other benefits, as well. When the church is more full we begin to get a better sense of our singing abilities, for example. 

Similarly, it will allow you to see people that you otherwise would not have seen again in church until the summer. Let's face it, even though we could go to the other service on any given Sunday, we rarely do. That's why it's been said that a church that adds a second service now has two congregations. It's not unusual to hear someone wonder where another member has been-- only to find out that they've been there, but at the opposite service.

Along with that, we hope to try to build a greater sense of fellowship. For decades, our members were, generally speaking, related to at least a few other families in the congregation. There is still some of that, but we're slowly losing those bonds. If we're not careful about building a sense of fellowship through other means, then we'll lose a great deal more in the near future.

But Isn't It a Big Inconvenience?

For a number of people it is. Change is difficult because we struggle with the simple fact that, when things change, they won't be the same. We like what we like and we don't want to give it up. But is that really a good reason to stay away from worship entirely, for example? Especially when we compare our concerns to Christians around the world who literally risk their lives for the opportunity to worship, our slight discomfort is put into better perspective.

That's not to say that there won't be significant impacts, though. The new time doesn't work the best for some families with young children who normally are napping at that time of the day. It also causes some significant challenges to having our school choirs play/sing during our services. Since our service times no longer match up with Immanuel's, having the school children singing in church at either place causes a negative impact upon the Sunday school program at the other church. These are real issues that we're working to address as best we can. 

Either way, we appreciate your patience as we make the change. We hope that everyone will find that the benefits are worth it.

 

Harold Deeg, Sr., Passes Into Church Triumphant

nullWe are saddened to share the news of the passing of our brother in Christ, Harold Deeg. 

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant Harold.

Harold Paul Deeg, Sr., was given life by his creator and was born on March 29, 1932, the child of Paul and Laura (Schulz) Deeg. On April 29, 1932, he received the gift of Holy Baptism and became a child of God. On May 13, 1945, he publically confessed his faith and was confirmed. He received the precious gift of the Lord’s life-giving body and blood. Through the course of his life he received the gift of a beloved companion in his wife, Beverly, and, after her passing, his wife Marcella. God blessed Harold’s life with the gift of children: William Deeg of Sebewaing, Susan Ahearn of Bad Axe, Lee (Marci) Deeg of Watkins, IA, Ann (Andrew) Manial of Spring Hill, TN, Melynda Deeg of Bay City and Harold, Jr. (LeeAnn) Deeg of Bad Axe; grandchildren: Sandra, Beverly, Joshua, Shelly, Robin, Brett, Kyle, Erica, Ryan, Jared, Ryan, Nick, Chad, Andreah, Nathan, Ashlee, Matthew and De’Antre; several great grandchildren; siblings: Jerry Deeg of Sebewaing, Robert Deeg of Sebewaing, Selma Schulz of Deckerville, and Shirley Leiterman of Sebewaing; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, God also blessed Denny’s life with many special people as he served God in his vocations at home, here at St. Paul, at Michigan Sugar, on the farm, at the American Legion Post, at the Sebewaing Sportsman’s VFW Hall, and in the community. Finally, on December 16, 2017 God blessed Harold with a holy death and took him home to rest in the arms of Jesus to await the resurrection of the dead.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord. We give thanks to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord, for Harold, our brother in Christ.

Harold's funeral will be here at St. Paul on Wednesday, December 20, at noon. For more information, see his obituary at http://www.jmfuneralhome.com/obituary/harold-deeg-sr.  

New Secretary Hired

Help Us Welcome Tracey Reinbold to Our Church Office

nullOver the past six weeks  we have been about the task of looking for a new church secretary We were blessed to have four excellent candidates apply for the position. Through the interviews with the applicants, it became clear that each one offerred a great deal, making it a very difficult decision.

After prayerful discussion and deliberation, we are very pleased to announce that the church council has chosen to hire Mrs. Tracey Reinbold as our new church secretary. Tracey brings an impressive set of skills and experience that will be a great blessing to our congregation. She is a member of Grace, Fairgrove, and her children have attended CTK since 2016. Please help us welcome Tracey to St. Paul! 

Tracey will start work this Monday, December 11, and will work from the office in the school. Regular office hours will be announced soon.

Update: Her regular office hours will be Mondays from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Closer Look at Our Chrismons

There's Something New This Advent!

This year we are blessed to have some new decorations hung in our sanctuary: Chrismons. We have had Chrismons for some time, until they had to be retired last year because their condition had deteriorated so much over the years. After quite a bit of work by the women of our LWML, we rejoice in having them decorating our sanctuary once again. 

To the ladies who devoted such time and energy into making them: "Thank you!"

What are "Chrismons"?

Chrismons are ornaments made from Christian symbols. The name 'Chrismons', is a contraction of the words 'Christ monograms'. They were first developed in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Spencer and the women of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. 

A Closer Look

nullYou're invited to come forward before or after the service to take a closer look and appreciate the beauty of these works of art. It's also worth taking a moment to explain what the symbols mean. 

The "Chi-Rho"

There are three styles of chrismons decorating our tree. The first is the “Chi-Rho” shown at right. It is made up of four letters. The first, X, and the second, P are the largest and most prominent. These two Greek letters are the first letters in the word χριστος—which means ‘Christ’. Hanging from either side are two other Greek letters: Α (alpha) and Ω (omega), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Together, they represent Jesus’ words: “I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13).

 

 

nullThe Circle with Monograms

The second style you'll notice is a circle with monograms, crosses, and other symbols in it. The circle, which is endless, symbolizes eternity. By extension, it can also symbolize God, the only Eternal One, or the eternal life we may have with Him. It takes on additional meaning based on the designs and monograms that are put within the circle. The symbols chosed for ours say, "By the resurrection (butterfly) of the Christ (X) from the death of the cross, we may look to eternal life (O) with Him who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Butterfly

Tnullhe third style you'll see on our tree is the butterfly. The butterfly, for obvious reasons, represents the resurrection and new life. Just as a caterpillar lives, then encases itself in a chrysalis-- seemingly dead, to all outward appearances-- only to emerge again a short time later. And not only does it emerge again, alive, even though it seemed to be dead, it comes out transformed from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.

Similarly, our Lord was laid in the tomb, dead, only to emerge three days later. And not only did He emerge again, alive, even though He had been dead, He came out transformed. Prior to His death He had humbled Himself-- He did not always or fully use His divine power and authority. Now He lives fully according to both His divine and human natures-- an even more stunning transformation than even a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Voters' Meeting Called for Jan. 7, 2018

Special Voters' Meeting Called

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The church council has scheduled a special voters' meeting for Sunday, January 7, 2018, immediately following the service (since we will be on our new schedule-- one service at 9:00 a.m.-- it will start at approximately 10:15). 

The purpose of the meeting is to review our financial standing and to consider a stewardship program and budget measures that might be taken to address the situation. It is important that everyone join us for this meeting. Your input is very important as we set the direction for our congregation.

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