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Tuesday Morning Prayer Hour -- This group meets every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary to give thanks to God & pray for the concerns that are shared. We pray for those who have had requests put in the prayer box in front of the sanctuary, our church, community world and whatever needs might be shared via the church office. These concerns are then lifted up to God in prayer. You may request prayer from this group or you may join them as a pray-er at any time. No training needed for prayer! If you do not wish to speak your prayers, you may join in whatever way you are comfortable. Consider praying from home or work on Tuesdays at 11!


LOCAL Ways to Serve and Share NOAH LUNCH PROGRAM - We assist Central United Methodist Church, Detroit in feeding men and women who are homeless. Two to three times a year St. Paul helps by preparing about 350 sandwiches on a Wednesday evening. We also then need a few people to go to the church with us the next morning (Thursday) at 8:30 a.m. to deliver the sandwiches and help serve them. You may also help with a monetary donation, this help to defray the cost. As well, donated new packages of underwear, hygiene items, hats and gloves are appreciated. Watch the worship bulletin and Echos newsletter announcements for the next NOAH opportunities.

FAIR TRADE - Consider purchasing gifts for the holidays or birthdays that benefit artisans and craftspeople from low income areas across the globe. Our Community Ministry folks often arrange for a Fair Trade Sale some time in the month of November.

Look for the SERVANT BOARD, located in the lobby of the Educational Building, outside the main Church Office. It has sign-up sheets where you can volunteer to donate flowers, bulletins or communion elements in honor or in memory of loved ones....or perhaps you can sign up to volunteer to be a lesson reader, worship assistant, communion assistant, acolyte, or monthly altar care leader. Look at the list and see what strikes your fancy (a.k.a. Where God's Spirit is calling you)!

Helping Hands Food Pantry at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, Dearborn. Non-perishable food items are collected throughout the year. During the season of Lent, we also share a list of specific items to be donated throughout that 40-day period. Did you know that nationally at least 13.5 million households in the U.S. are "food insecure"; 4.4 million experience hunger at some point in each year. Food insecure households include an estimated 38 million people, of which almost 14 million are children. Please be generous with your offerings. There are many in our midst who are unemployed, under employed or facing an uncertain future with the upheaval in the auto industry. The requests for assistance are up and the need in our area is great. Place your contributions in the red box across from the church office. Monetary donations are also accepted at the church office and will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for the World Hunger Program. St. Paul operates a Crisis Fund to provide help for people in our area who have fallen on difficult times. We are inundated with calls and are in need of an infusion of cash to keep this fund operational. If you can help us with a donation designated for that fund, it will be appreciated. Through our help we are able to give a deeper understanding of what a Church Family is all about.

EMPTIES4CASH Support this worthwhile recycling program of used computer ink cartridges. Bring in to the church office your used cartridges in a sealed Ziploc-type bag. St. Paul gets $4.00 per cartridge, so this is another great way for our youth to raise money for ministry, and it keeps all of those cartridges out of our landfills where they won't decompose for 100 years!

RETURNABLE BOTTLES AND CANS COLLECTED to support global missions projects. Members from Community Ministry love to take care of your returns, but also remind you that they can only accept bottles and cans with MI (Michigan) Refunds. Water bottles, foreign bottles and cans without the stamp end up in the trash or recycling! Place your returnables in the green can outside of the coat room near the church office.

CARE FOR OUR ST PAUL CHURCH LIBRARIES Help is needed to "care and feed" both of St. Paul's libraries. There is the adult library on the first floor as well as the children's library on the second floor. If you can share time and talent in this way, please contact the church office.

ALSO, Did you know....that Heartline of Michigan (a ministry of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan) always needs donations of folding umbrellas, deodorant and toothpaste as well as household items to help their program participants embark on a new phase in their lives? ....that St. Leo's Soup Kitchen in Detroit always needs large cans of food and used bath towels? ....that the Wayne County Family Center (a ministry of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan) always needs donations of snacks (cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc.) and laundry and dish detergents (any size package, any brand), flatware (especially spoons) and anything that can be used as a soup bowl (bowls or large mugs). Place these donations in the red barrel outside of the church office and the items will be appropriately distributed.

GLOBAL Ways to Serve and Share F.A.W.N. Stands for “Fighting Aids With Nutrition.” Each February we get a smile out of saying it is the month ever year when it is okay to bring a case or six-pack to church—of liquid nutrition, that is! Yes, Boost or Ensure or other store brands are collected that month, and we add our donations to those of Faith Christian Assembly Church in Melivindale. The cans of liquid nutrition are shipped then to Botswana to support AIDS relief in that country, and again we are a part of making a difference in the lives of God's people.

LENTEN COIN OFFERINGS Offering boxes are made available at the beginning of the Lenten Season each year for you to collect coins. The boxes are returned to church during Holy Week, the coins counted, and the offering given to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. In 2014 we raised $1,400 through this offering. Thank you, and thanks be to God!

Ten Thousand Villages fair trade boutique at 303 South Main Street, Ann Arbor Michigan (phone: 734-332-1270) or log onto their website at Ten Thousand Village stores are affiliated with the Mennonite Central Committee and are a part of their quiet worldwide outreach and relief services. They seek out artisan groups in underdeveloped countries (currently 30), provide fair prices for the handicrafts produced, and help them develop new and better products with local materials that are environmentally safe and even recycled materials. The artisans receive a percentage of the price up front and the rest on delivery and there are no middle men. 75% of the artisans are women. The money they earn usually goes to feed and clothe their children so they can attend school. Several of the artisan co-ops themselves provide funds to create or support local schools.

For information on how the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is taking action nearby and around the world, check out If we all play a small part, together we will make a very BIG difference.

Opportunities at St. Paul SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP meets the third Monday of the month in the Parlor at 7 pm. This group seeks to offer mutual care and information networking in a confidential setting to families who have members experiencing special needs.

ST PAUL QUILTERS meet at 9 am on most Thursdays for a morning of fun, food and stitchery. They are responsible for the wonderful quilts given to each child when they are baptized at St. Paul. This is a group for fellowship and mutual support while producing a precious piece of art. The Quilters love to welcome helping hands

T.O.P.S (Taking off Pounds Sensibly) has had a chapter at St. Paul Church for 50 years. They meet on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Education Building. For additional information on T.O.P.S. please contact Kathy LeFranc through the church office.

COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN This garden on the east side of the church, between the church and the parsonage, has become a serene and lovely retreat for our congregation and neighbors. If you are interested in supporting the Garden by purchasing memorial plaques or bricks, benefactor bricks or honorary bricks or wish to prepay scattering fees or donate to the Garden, applications are available throughout the year through the church office. All bricks or plaques will be ordered and installed twice a year; once in the spring and again in the fall. Meanwhile, the Garden is for all to enjoy, so please visit, stroll through or sit for a while. If you have questions, please direct them to Norene Sligay at the church office at 313-561-0168.

DEARBORN ACOUSTIC NIGHT A relaxed evening of open-mic acoustic music is offered in our downstairs Fellowship Hall the fourth Saturday evening each month, 7-9 pm. At the door your $2 donation helps to defer the cost of copyright fees. Musicians are welcomed to play 2-3 pieces. Refreshments are served during intermission. The November/December evening is combined the first Saturday of December and is a Toys for Tots collection. Weather permitting, Acoustic Night is held on outdoors on the west lawn in July and/or August.

Simply Giving -- Forms for the Simply Giving Program are available through the church office. These forms allow you to contribute to St. Paul through automatic withdrawal from your bank account on a regular weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. Besides being convenient for you, it gives St. Paul Church a consistent income each month. Consider joining this worthwhile program.

- 9:00 am Quilters
- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Pastor at Samaritas meeting n Troy
- 5:45 pm Yoga w/ Nancy
- 7:00 pm Endowment

- 6:00 pm AA & Al-Anon

- 4:30 pm Worship
- 8:00 pm Boy Scout Troop 193 overnight til 8:00 am Sunday

- 9:00 am Worship
- 10:15 am Fellowship
- 11:15 am Worship
- 7:30 pm AA

CALENDAR-January 14, 2018-January 21, 2018

- 9:00 am Worship
- 10:15 am Fellowship
- 11:15 am Worship
- 3:00 pm Martin Luther King Observence at Christ Episcopal
- 7:30 pm AA

- 5:45 pm Yoga w/ Nancy
- 7:00 pm TOPS

- 9:30 am Staff Meeting
- 11:00 am Prayer Group
- 7:30 pm AA & Al Anon
- 7:45 Communications Committee

- 10:30 am Pastor Nieman at American House
- 1:00 pm Women's Bible Study
- 3:45 pm Confirmation
- 4:00 pm Hosanna Singers
- 6:00 pm SP Ringers
- 7:00 pm SP Singers
- 7:45 pm Worship Ensemble

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