|Bible Class Schedule
We have plenty of room for you and your family. Come grow in the word with us!
- Sunday Morning Bible class will begin at 10:20 am (after the 9:00 am service)
- Sunday School for children is held at 10:15 a.m in the church basement for ages preschool through 8th grade (September thru May)
- Monday Bible class 5:45 pm. We are working our way through the Old Testament
- Wednesday Bible class 10:00 am. We repeat the Monday 5:45 pm class
- Bible study also takes place at the beginning of each Elders' meeting and Church Council meeting
Pastor will be on vacation starting November 9 and will return to the office on Tuesday,
November 20th. Worship times will remain the same with Pastor Emeritus John Seifert leading worship on November 11-12 and November 18-19. He will also be leading Bible sutdy on Sunday mornings at 10:20. There will be no Monday/Wednesday Bible class on November 12/14 and no classes on November 19/21. Classes will resume after Thanksgiving on Mondays 5:45pm and Wednesdays
10 am as we study the book of Isaiah. There will be no BIC class on Wednesday the 14th and no Catechism class on Tuesday November 13th.
Pastor Paul Schaewe has agreed to cover any emergencies that arise while I am on vacation. He is the pastor at St. John's in Bay City and can be reached at 989-684-6791.
Sunday School lesson is
Ahab and Jezebel– 1 Kings chapters 16, 17, 18, 19, asst vs. Ahab, the most evil of all the kings of Israel, did more to provoke the Lord to anger than all the kings of Israel before him. Lesson learned: Don’t ignore the Lord like Ahab! Parents, teach your children to seek the Lord in everything. Sunday School is here for you 10:15- 11:00am!
Ladies Aid Christmas Party and Missions Auction 2018
December 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Join in for a great evening of fun and fellowship starting with a delicious catered meal followed by raffles and silent and live auctions. $10 per person. Sign up by December 9th as seating is limited to the first 100 participants.
SEE EVENT REGISTRATION ON THE SIDE BAR FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER!
Mommy and Me
We will be starting our Mommy and Me Class on Tuesday, October 23rd. The class is for children ages 1 ½-3 and their parent or caregiver. Please join us from 11:30- 12:00 in the preschool classroom for some fun fall activities. Please call the school at 989-684-6751 to register your child.
Koine, the WELS Hymn band from Milwaukee, will be coming to Bay City for a Christmas concert on Friday, December 7th at 7pm at the State Theatre. If you like listening to beautiful Christmas hymns, please plan on attending!
Martin Luther College
is now accepting applications for a regular full-time Graphic Arts Worker and a part-time Grounds Worker. Comprehensive descriptions of these positions can be found at mlc-wels.edu/hr. Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.
Concealed Weapons Permit:
Per our church‘s CWP Policy, members wishing to carry a concealed weapon on the church premises must among other things be members in good standing, be in possession of a valid CPL license from the State of Michigan and submit an application each year along with a copy of their current permit. Applications will be received for review and acceptance from Nov 15th until Dec 15th and are available at the information desk.
Contribution envelope Help
There are 3 contribution envelopes that are being used but are not assigned to anyone. They are numbers 47, 216, and 363. If you have one of these numbers, please let Brenda Rivet (450-2092) know right away so we can get this corrected as soon as possible. Thank you!!
Financial Picture at a Glance
Offerings budgeted Offerings received Difference
Weekly $12,679.29 Last week $6,48.72 ($6,130.57)
Don‘t forget, electronic giving is offered here at St. Bartholomew and is an excellent way to give each week. It‘s all set up so you don‘t need to worry about it on Sunday morning and the church knows exactly what to expect, which helps with budgeting. If you have any questions, please speak with Kim Gregory.
Financial Aid Needed
There are currently a few families at the school that would benefit from financial aid. If you would like to donate to help them cover the cost of Christian education, please speak with a School Board member or our principal, Mr. Boileau.
The PTO would like to say THANK YOU to all the school and church families that utilize the SCRIP Fundraising Program. Because of your dedication we sold $70,042 in gift cards last school year which enabled the PTO to receive $2,583.91 back in rebates. Of that rebate, $915.65 was paid towards the tuition of the school families that participated in the program. Any school family that uses the SCRIP program receives 50% of their rebate to use towards their school tuition. What a blessing this program is for our
school!! We can accomplish so much when we work together. Thank you! If you would like to learn more about the SCRIP program, please contact Jodie Kregel at 989-992-5756.
Extended Care Program
We are happy to announce that our Extended Care Program will be offered throughout the end of this school year. Starting on Monday, October 1st , the cost will be $5.00 per hour for the first child and $4.00 per hour for siblings. Our hours of service are: 7:00am – 8:00am Mon – Fri, 11:30am – 6:00pm Tues & Thursday, and 3:00pm – 6:00pm Mon, Wed, Fri. If you are interested in having your child make use of our Extended Care Program or have any questions, please contact School Board Chairman Mike Burke at 928-2660 or Principal Mark Boileau at 684-6751.
We now have Smart Cards available for purchase! Over $8,000 in value for only $20. 425 restaurant offers for fast food or casual dining of buy one get one FREE or 50% off a meal, More than $900 in discounts for golf courses, over $3,000 savings in 2 for 1 entertainment deals. plus discounts on car washes, health & beauty, auto services, groceries and much more. Offers are good until November 2019. You can purchase the smart cards at school or during coffee hour at church. Please contact Mr. Boileau 684-6751, Heather O'Brien 600-5212, Sarah Clifford 980-0742, or Jodie Kregel 992-5756 if you‘d like one.
If you have a child in grades 1-8 that enjoys doing projects, going to Halloween and Christmas parties, getting together with other kids from our church, and learning a few new fun things, then they should join Pioneers! Pioneers meet the first and third Thursdays of each month in the church basement from 6:30-8:00pm beginning the first Thursday in October. There is a fee of $25.00 per child to
cover the costs of materials. Currently, we do not have a leader for boys in grades 1-3. If you are interested in leading this group, please contact Cathy Schwab at 684-6198.
MLS Fall Play
The MLS Drama group, Court Street Players, is proudly presenting Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” on Thursday, November 15, and Saturday, November 17, at 7:00 PM. There will also be a 2:30 matinee on Sunday, November 18. Tickets go on sale October 15 at 10:00am. Visit www.mlsem.org/fall-play.
Public School confirmation class
will begin this year on Tuesday evening September 18 at 6:30pm. If you have a student in 6th,7th or 8th grade or even in high school that wishes to be confirmed in the Christian Faith, make sure that student is enrolled in this class. The class meets from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the church basement. Students will need a Bible, a notebook and a Catechism. New students who need a Catechism should contact Pastor Seafert so one can be ordered.
This week will begin the study of Isaiah this week. Join us at 5:45pm on Monday or 10am on Wednesday morning in the basement at St. Bartholomew Church
Sunday Bible Class
From 10:20-11:00am we hold a Bible class in the church basement while the children attend Sunday School. Currently we are reading the Bible in 365 days and discussing what we have read each week on Sunday morning, Everyone is invited. You do not have to have been at a previous session to fit into this class. Come and check it out and have a doughnut or two.
LED Lighting Project
The Lighting project to convert both the church and the school to LED lighting is nearing completion. Gifts to cover the cost of this project should be labeled “church and school lighting”. The cost for the project is about $4,800. Once the project is completed and paid for, Consumer’s Power will send the church a rebate that will cover about half of the expense for this update. This update will lower our costs for lighting and will pay for itself in just a few years. Gifts to cover this update will allow us to finish the upgrade and begin saving energy and money for the congregation.
On September 4th, the Adult Choir will begin their rehearsals in the church at 7pm. All church members, high school age and above, who enjoy singing, are urged to join them every Tuesday. “Sing of the Lord’s great love forever.” Ps. 89:1
The 50th anniversary 8th grade confirmation class photo from 1968 is on display in the back of church. See how many of the 18 young ladies and gentlemen you can put a name to the face. 4 gentlemen are still St. Bartholomew church members today. (A total of 29 individuals, including adults, were confirmed in 1968).
Forms were sent home last week to those individuals with missing church information. If you would be so kind as to fill out the high lighted fields and return to Brenda Rivet as soon as possible, it will help tremendously! A tray is located in the entrance of the church on the old altar to collect the forms. Thank you!!
WELS Campus Ministry
Heading to college can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. WELS Campus Ministry can help! Let us help you stay connected to God's Word. To begin go to wels.net/campus-ministry and click the button “College students register here.” You can register for free subscriptions to Forward in Christ magazine and Meditations devotional booklets and will be connected to the campus pastor for your school. Students who have previously registered for WELS Campus Ministry are encouraged to check your profile and preferences and make any necessary updates. For questions please contact Ginny Mundstock at the WELS Campus Ministry office, email@example.com or 414-256-3279.
A letter was sent to each household of the congregation this week regarding the financial situation of the congregation with the line of credit being maxed out. The blessings of the church are for every believer to enjoy and as a congregation we have committed to support the work that provides those blessings with our offerings. In order to carry out the work we agreed to do as a congregation, we agreed to provide between $11-12,000.00 a week in offerings. During the summer months, that amount has dropped to under $6,000.00 a week which has necessitated drawing all that is available from our line of credit. Please consider the blessings that God has given you and allow that to guide your hearts in providing regular offerings to the Lord in support of the work that we have united to carry out in God's name.
Hot Lunch Program
We will be having a hot lunch program for the 2018-2019 school year, offered every day, from Secret Recipes in Freeland. If you would like to be a volunteer server, please call Melissa Gregory at 989-233-8774 or Brenda Rivet at 989-450-2092. Anyone is welcome— Grandmas, Grandpas, Moms, Dads, etc.! What a wonderful way to serve the Lord and help out our school!!
Secretary Hours and Phone Numbers
During the summer, Brenda Rivet our Church/School secretary, is working in the school building from 8:00 until 3:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8:00 until 12:30 on Wednesdays. When the school year starts, Brenda will begin at 7:30 am every day and on Wednesdays, she will work until 1:00 pm. If you need to reach her, please call the school phone number 684-6751) or her cell phone (450-2092) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
LED Sign Update
Thank you for your support! It is because of your generosity we have been able to raise over $11,000 towards a LED sign for the church and school. This sign will be read by thousands of people everyday and will be leading many of our outreach efforts. We still have more work to do! To donate, please use the envelopes marked LED Sign and place in the Help Thy Brethren Box, or speak with Pastor, the School Board or PTO.
Directory phone app
The company that we worked with to assemble our latest directory offers a phone app so that you may access the church directory from your phone. More information will be coming soon and you may need to check your spam filter for an email blast that gives you the password and directions.
Over the last month members of the congregation have attended a number of different security conferences. One new measure we will be adding is the locking of the west door (the one facing the freeway) during worship. If you or someone you know comes late to worship, please use the north (facing Pastor’s house)
A list of retailers that participate in the program is available on the information desk, on the bulletin board downstairs at church and also at school on the bulletin board by the entrance. Gift cards are available every Sunday during coffee hour and before or after school during the week .If you would like to place an order or purchase gift cards please contact Jodie Kregel at 989-992-5756.
New Facebook Page
Bible Information Class
A new Facebook page has been created. Please go to the link below and follow us on Facebook!
Pattie Kruse and Marla Gary have taken over the administration of the website for the ministry of our congregation. If you have items that need to be posted on the website, please email them using the new email. StBwebadmin@saintbartskawkawlin.com
For those who would like more information about what the Bible teaches, we offer a Bible Information Class (BIC). This class covers the basic teachings of God's Word. Upon completion of this class a person is eligible for communicant membership if they agree with what has been taught. Please speak to pastor if you are interested in taking a class like this.
If you have a Kroger Plus card and would like to register St. Bartholomew for the reward program, our school code is 84567. You can register online. A percentage of your purchases comes back to our school.
Looking for Computer Players
Soon we will be introducing regular use of the TV monitors before, during and after worship services. We are looking for those who would be willing to help run the computer during worship. The only qualifications are that you are able to follow a worship service, and press a button. If you are interested, please talk to Pastor.
Choir rehearsals for all interested people are on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the church from September through May. Bring your folder and a few friends. We welcome all who like to sing.
We now have the opportunity to give to the congregation through either an automatic withdrawal or you can do it manually each time. If you don't have a computer and you still want to use this service, please fill out a form found on the information center. If you have any questions, please talk to Kim Gregory.
St. Bartholomew Decal
Your Outreach Group now has a way for you to get the word out about your church and school. They have created a decal to put on your car, truck, boat, tackle box, tool box, front or back door to your home -- the only limit is your imagination! They are available on the information center. Suggested donation is $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00. Please consider this silent Outreach tool and may God bless you in your efforts. Display it proudly!
The elders would like to remind the congregation members to please sign the communion registry located on the old altar. This helps us greatly to keep track of our members.
It would be a great help and save a lot of paper if every page of the Friendship Registers in the pews was used up before flipping to a new page. Please write the new date off in the left-hand margin of the paper beside a new line and continue on the same page until it is full. Also, thank you to everyone who is writing their phone number or e-mail address in the column on the right. It is a great example to help our visitors see what information is needed.
If you are planning to get married at St. Bartholomew in the near future, please speak with pastor so that we can begin pre-marriage counseling with you. There will be a series of at least four meetings with the pastor that must be completed before the wedding takes place. Working ahead with us also allow us to get your date on the calendar so that the church is reserved.
If you have given or would like to give a memorial offering and would like to direct for what it will be used, we ask that you please contact Howard Rahn at 989-684-5932.
Where do I find out about
Forgot what day the meeting was going to be held? Can’t find your bulletin from Sunday? Want to hear a Bible class or sermon again? All of these things can be found on our website – www.saintbartskawkawlin.com. Our website has a church and school calendar, announcements, News and Views for a whole year, sermons and Bible classes, athletic schedule, school handbook, the school newsletter, a listing of current officers, and many other things. Check out the website and see what it offers.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Time for Silent Meditation
The request has been made that each of us would be respectful of those who have entered church early so that they might spend time in mediation and prayer before the service begins. In an attempt to assist with this, the elders will be closing the doors into the sanctuary ten minutes before the service begins so that the conversations in the narthex do not disturb those who have already seated themselves and are preparing for worship and the reception of the Lord's Supper.
Bay County Bookmobile
The Bay County Bookmobile will be visiting our school on a regular basis this year. The bookmobile is open to all people in the community, so parents, you are welcome to come as well. A schedule is available by
For the Hearing and Vision Impaired
For those with vision problems, we have large print hymnals and service folders. For those with hearing problems, we also have assistive listening devices. Should you need either or both, please speak to one of the elders who are stationed at the doors entering the church. Or, if the service has already begun, the elders will be seated in the last pew on each side of the aisle.
For Parents with Small Children
It has been requested that parents with small children please make use of the nursery in the back of church if their child is being disruptive. The nursery is located by the bathrooms, just past the women's bathroom. The back pews have been reserved for families who have small children and those who are unable to sit in the front.
If you are or a member of your family is hospitalized or moved into a nursing facility, please take the time to inform the pastor so that we can pray for you and so that we know where to visit you. The hospitals do not always call to inform us. If you are hospitalized after 12:00 pm on Friday, the hospital will not call until Monday morning. If you want us to visit, you or a family member needs to inform us that you have been hospitalized. Thank you for helping us with this important information.