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Meet a Michigan Missionary (4/7)

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

Missionary #7: Rev. Larry and Tina Matro

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Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro serve the Lord as missionaries in the Oceania area of the Asia region, based in Papua New Guinea. In this role, Lawrence helps to develop and implement a mission strategy for this area and works to establish and maintain partnerships with other regional church bodies. He also works with other LCMS missionary staff serving in Papua New Guinea and is involved in theological education at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae.

Missionary #8: Rev. James & Deaconess Christel Neuendorf

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Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Puerto Rico. Both have served as missionaries in this region since 2008, based in Panama and then in the Dominican Republic.

James serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. His focus is to establish a strong Lutheran presence in this city which will boldly proclaim the Gospel and meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is hungry for the Gospel and for hope. As pastor, James engages daily with Ponce community members to share in their lives and to bring them into the life-giving presence of Jesus in Word and Sacrament. He is also working to create a generation of local leaders and well-grounded laity and future pastors who will be able to continue to spread the Gospel throughout Puerto Rico, around the Latin America region, and the world.

As a deaconess, Christel is involved in the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission’s various Casa de Amparo y Respuesta al Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response) mercy houses. From these places, LCMS missionaries and Puerto Rican Lutherans offer food, water and other basic necessities to community members affected by the hurricane. She is also engaged in assessing needs in the community and coordinating efforts to meet those needs as a congregation and mission.

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Rev. Larry & Tina Matro and for Rev. James & Deaconess Christel Neuendorf

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for the seminarians that Pastor Matro is teaching, that God would keep them faithful in their confession and diligent in their studies. Pray also that the Gutnius Lutheran Church encourages and receives these men as vicars and pastors and are blessed by what they can and will do among them when they preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Pray for the Pastor James & Deaconess Christel Neuendorf as they learn about the people that they are serving and among whom they are beginning to form the base from which the mission will continue to expand. 

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

Meet a Michigan Missionary (3/31)

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

Missionary #5: Nora Léon

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(Nora with her husband Gerson)

Nora is the founder and executive director of Caribbean Children's Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible organization formed in 2003 with the initial purpose of obtaining sponsorships for children living in orphanages of the Caribbean. Since that time their outreach has grown due to additional needs that have come to their attention. CCF now works to obtain sponsors for the education of children and young adults and to obtain medical care for critically ill children.  They are also working in a remote community to construct a school, an orphanage and a medical facility. 

 

Missionary #6: Rev. Steven & Martha Mahlburg

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Rev. Steven and Martha¬†Mahlburg serve the Lord¬†through The Lutheran¬†Church‚ÄĒMissouri¬†Synod (LCMS) as career¬†missionaries in Sri Lanka.¬†Steven seeks to build and maintain relationships with the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church¬†in Sri Lanka. He provides support for raising up pastors and grounding congregations in¬†Lutheran doctrine and practice. He works with other LCMS personnel to provide pre-seminary¬†training. In addition, Steven serves as a pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Mission Church in Sri¬†Lanka‚Äôs capital city of Colombo.

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Nora Léon and for Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for Nora's continued work in Haiti. Ask God to provide the resources needed to ease the suffering of the people there, especially as they expand their ministry to provide a school, orphanage, and medical facility for some of the poorest among them.

Pray for the Mahlburg family as they serve in Sri Lanka. Ask God to give them wisdom, comfort and support as they transition to life in South Asia. Pray for open doors and hearts in Sri Lanka that many more would hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, believe and join the Body of Christ through the waters of Holy Baptism.

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

Meet a Michigan Missionary (3/24)

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

Missionary #3: Rev. Roger & Amy James

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Rev. Roger & Amy James serve the Lord through The¬†Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri¬†Synod (LCMS) in the Philippines, where Roger serves as a theological educator at the¬†Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center (LTS) in Baguio City. This institution¬†is the seminary of LCMS‚Äô sister church the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) and¬†welcomes students from other Lutheran churches in Asia. In his work at the seminary, Roger¬†supplements the work of the Filipino faculty in raising up new pastors and helps to provide¬†continuing education for current LCP pastors.

Missionary #4: Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser

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Dr. Jim Kaiser serves Lutheran Bible Translators as a translation consultant with projects in five languages. Jim and Susan are excited to be part of a partnership between Lutheran Bible Translators and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church.  This church is Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which is the largest Lutheran church in Africa. They are helping make the Good News of God’s Word available to the people of Ethiopia in their heart languages.

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Rev. Roger & Amy James and for Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for Roger and Amy's continued safe travel and good health. Ask God to grant them wisdom and fill them with joy as they live and serve in this part of the world. Pray also for their children and grandchildren living in the United States that God protects them as they are separated from them.

Pray for Jim and Susan's continued safe travel and for peace in the regions where they serve. Ask God to grant continued wisdom as they assist with translating the books of Genesis and Luke, in particular. 

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

Meet a Michigan Missionary

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

 

Missionary #1: Alyssa Anders

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Alyssa Anders currently serves through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (an LCMS partner church) enabling them with English as a Second Language skills. Trained as a teacher, Alyssa‚Äôs goal is to help the ministers, workers and members of this church body to better interact with other Lutherans around the world and in their country so they can work in harmony to build up the Body of Christ and spread the Gospel message. During the Soviet era, the Ingrian Church experienced persecution and many church activities were suppressed or shut down. Now parishes are slowly being re-founded and churches are opening their doors. A lot of work still needs to be done, and Russian Lutherans need support from their brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe.

 

Missionary #2: Rev David (Joyce) Erber

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Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

As a theological educator, David provides special training opportunities for Ghanaian and Nigerian pastors. Presently, he is working with a team of senior pastors in Ghana to develop a training program for men who are already employed but have time during the week and on weekends to study and serve as pastors. He is also working with a second group of pastors equipping them to serve as instructors for this same training program or to serve in other leadership capacities in the church. David also works with a group of Nigerian pastors who are conducting research in evangelism in their local communities.

Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 30 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects in Africa.

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Alyssa and for Rev. Erber and Joyce

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for Alyssa as she serves in Russia. Ask God to help her adjust to the Russian culture. Pray God gives her peace as she learns the Russian language. Ask God to provide clear and open opportunities for Alyssa to teach and help the church in St. Petersburg. Pray God brings the right people into Alyssa’s life, individuals who can help and support her and who she can, in turn, help and support. Let us give thanks that Alyssa is serving in this part of the world.

Pray for the Erbers as they serve in Africa. Pray they are given wisdom and strength as David participates in training and equipping the next generation of pastors and leaders for the church in Ghana, and as Joyce takes care of the many financial details which enable LCMS missionaries to serve in many countries throughout Africa. Let us give thanks to God that David and Joyce continue to serve His children in this part of the world.

 

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

 

February 2019 Calendar

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A Lent to Remember

Lenten Midweek Series 2019: "A Lent to Remember"

Coming Upon Us...The Holy Season of Lent

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Guest Preachers:

We‚Äôre taking part in a rotation of LCMS pastors in our area. Each week the service will be led by the pastor indicated below. Added to the opportunity to hear‚ÄĒand grow‚ÄĒin God‚Äôs Word is the opportunity to hear different voices proclaiming that Word to us.

 

 

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

March 06, 2019

Dinner: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with the imposition of ashes.

Rev. Steven Stolarczyk

 

 

Midweek Worship Service

Wednesday Evenings

5:30 ‚Äď 6:30 p.m. Supper

7:00 pm Evening Prayer

 

3/13 - Remember Jesus’ Words

Rev. Joshua Haller, Grace, Fairgrove

 

3/20‚Äď Remember Sins No More

Rev. Steven Bagnall, Good Shepherd, Cass City

 

3/27‚Äď Remember The Convenant

Rev. Steven Stolarczyk, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Unionville

 

4/03‚Äď Remember Wondrous Works

Rev. Christoper Suggitt, Good Shepherd, Caseville & St. Paul, Linkville

 

4/10‚Äď Remember Steadfast Love

Rev. David Dodge, St. John Lutheran Church, Port Hope

 

National Lutheran Schools' Week & Concordia Sunday

Celebrate Lutheran Education With Us January 27

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Special Invitation to Youth: What Is God Calling You to Do?

Professor Schulz will be leading our Bible study on the topic of "raising up church workers." Part of the goal of the study is to assist and equip youth in terms of discerning a vocation. What sort of work is God calling you to? Please help us extend a special invitation to any youth in your life to join us on Jan. 27 during the Bible study hour (10:15-11:15). 

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