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989-684-1002
2460 S. Fraser Rd.
Kawkawlin, Michigan  48631
Announcements
Bible Class Schedule
  • 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 5:30 pm.  We are working our way through the Old Testament 
  • Wednesday Bible class 10:00 am.  We repeat the Monday class
  • Bible study also takes place at the beginning of each Elders'  meeting and Church Council meeting

We have plenty of room for you and your family.  Come grow in the word with us!
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Sunday School lesson
"Jesus' Betrayal in Gethsema-ne." (Matt 26:36-56, John 18:1-11) We will learn how Jesus showed his perfect willingness to suffer as our Savior.


Easter Flowers for the Alter 
It‘s that time of year again! We have the opportunity to adorn our alter with spring‘s beautiful colors to celebrate the rising of our Lord. The sign up sheet and payment box is located on the information desk. We need to have our order in by March 29th so please respond promptly. Thank you for participating.

MLS Presentation 
On April 4, Pastor Andrew Naumann, the Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS) recruiter, will have a presentation about MLS. Those interested in learning about MLS, especially grade school students and their families, are welcome to attend. Michigan Lutheran Seminary is a preparatory high school that encourages young men and women to consider entering the ministry. Your weekly mission offerings help support MLS and three other schools across the WELS.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group of Bay County
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Golden Horizons, 1001 Marsac St., Bay City, MI. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, please call 989-892-6644.

Free Dementia Class
Offered in April, 2019 at Golden Horizons. The class is called ?Stress and You? and will be held on Thursday, April 25th from 6:30pm to 9pm or Monday, April 29th from 9:30am to12:00 noon. To register, please call 989-892-6644. Classes are held at Golden Horizons, 1001 Marsac St., Bay City, MI.

Pastor Lindke’s Nuptials
As you know, Pastor Lindke and Madeline Pfotenhauer are finally getting married after having resolved Madeline?s requirements for immigration from Canada into the United States, in order to become a US citizen. Their wedding date is set for March 30, 2019. There will be a wrapped box in the back of the church for anyone wishing to drop a wedding card or a few kind words for the newlyweds to be, and we will be glad to deliver it for you.
 
Financial Snapshot
As of July 1, 2018—March 11, 2019


     Fiscal                       Fiscal
YTD Budget         YTD Donations*       Difference**
$456,454.39            $473,252.89             $16,798.50

Other Liabilities
3 YR. mortgage/Line of Credit               ($25,000.00)
Payable in full on May 12th, 2019

Total Due Gymnasium Fund                    ($15,000.00)
Terms yet to be established
 
Lace Loan                                                  Paid in Full

*YTD Donations do not include offerings designated
outside of the General Fund

**Numbers inside of (brackets) represent a negative number


Tuesday Email
Paper copies of the Tuesday email are located on the Information Desk for those of you who do not have an email address. Be sure and pick up a copy!
 
Robotics
The upper grade students have been enjoying and learning to use the new Lego EV3 robots that so many members gave generously to provide for our students. The younger students use a simpler version of the Lego robots and they are in need of updating. The cost to purchase 10 kits for the younger students is $2000. We have received a generous matching donation that if we can raise $1000 toward the purchase of the WeDo robots, we will be able to purchase all 10 kits! If we are blessed with more than $1000, we will purchase a few extra kits as we have some larger classrooms coming up through the ranks. Please consider making a gift toward the purchase of these special kits intended to help our kids STEM program. Thank you!


Lent Services
wll begin on Wednesday, March 6th. Once again, we are participating in a preaching rotation on the Wednesdays in Lent. The theme for the midweek services this year is “Three Words of Truth”.   Service time is at 6:30 pm


Lent Schedule:
The “Three Words of Truth” schedule is as follows:
March 20: Pastor Killinger—Watch and pray (Matthew 26: 35-41)
March 27: Pastor Starr—Love one Another (John 13: 31-35)
April 3: Pastor Luetzow—Is it I? (Matthew 26: 20-25)
April 10: Pastor Schaewe—Take him away (John 19: 14-18)


Lent Dinners:
The following schedule shows who will be hosting the Lent suppers and what delicious food to expect. Please be sure to thank these groups that so graciously offered to feed us. We do have a couple openings. If anyone would like to host on those evenings, please let Brenda Rivet know by phone call (684-6751) or email (bsrivet@yahoo.com).

Mar 20: Hosted by Outreach / Meal: Coney dogs, potato salad, coleslaw,Chips, veggies
Mar 27: Hosted by Elders / Meal: Pulled Pork sandwiches, Vienna Hotdogs, salad, & desserts
April 3: Hosted by PTO / Meal: Mashed potato bowls- Consists of chicken, potatoes, corn and gravy. Salad, veggie tray, fruit tray, desserts

April 10: Hosted by Pioneers Meal: to be determined

Forward in Christ subscription
has expired. Last year we had 16 people who took advantage of this monthly periodical. There is a sign up sheet on the Information Desk to renew or to sign up. The annual cost is $11.50 for 12 issues, which is a cost savings of $6.50 from the individual subscriber cost of $18.00. What exactly is this “Forward in Christ” all about? Here are some of the articles in this month’s edition: “Where is God”, “Teen Ministry, Strength in Sorrow”, “The Book of Revelation: Comfort in the midst of conflict”, and “Epiphany Season Quiz”. Let it be a start to your home Bible study.


Evening Worship Time:
The time for evening worship services was officially adopted by the voters in the meeting on Sunday, January 20th to be 6:30pm. This means that all Advent and Lent services will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesdays. This also means that the Monday evening service will be changed as well so that all evening worship services will be held at 6:30pm. This change will go into effect on
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25th so that we have time to make sure everybody knows about the change before it takes place.


SYNODWIDE SPECIAL CAMPAIGN – SPECIAL OFFERING UPDATE:
The Holy Spirit has enabled manyWELS congregations and individuals to offer God more than $500,000 toward our goal of $2 million to fund the land purchase, building construction, and the first two years of operational costs for a theological training facility in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thank you for your prayers and generous gifts! We are well on our way to purchasing the land needed to build the training facility and a quarter of the way towards our overall goal. We are incredibly thankful for everyone’s support as we all work together to share Christ’s gospel with more than 100,000 members of the Hmong Fellowship Church in Vietnam. Worship materials and promotional resources are available at wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach to promote this opportunity in your congregation, school, or church group. Visit the website for more information about this mission opportunity, or e-mail missionspromotions@wels.net with any questions about the synodwide campaign.


Today’s Christian Women’s Retreat registration has begun
Registration materials are available on the information desk at church and also online at www.tcwr.org 


The WELS Marriage Enrichment weekend
is scheduled for March 29-31, 2019. It is locatedin Canton, Ohio at the Glenmoor Country Club. The cost is $375.00 per couple, which includes all the enrichment sessions, two nights lodging, breakfast both Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Saturday. The facilitator is Pastor Randy Hunter. To register, go to www.wels.net/marriage-enrichment   Brochures with more information are located on the Information Desk at church. 


Communication:
We are still looking for email addresses and cell phone numbers for our young confirmands from about age 14 and up. Please call or email Brenda Rivet at 684-6751 or bsrivet@yahoo.com with any information. 


Qualified Charitable Distribution Giving Opportunity:
As of 2016 anybody 70.5 years or older has a new option for making gifts to the Lord’s work at your home congregation, a local WELS-affiliated ministry, and/or a WELS area of ministry: your IRA! Typically IRA distributions are taxable and, by increasing your taxable income, they may reduce certain tax deductions and personal exemptions you might claim and may increase the tax on your Social Security income or even increase your Medicare premium. But, as of 2016, Congress made permanent the opportunity known as the qualified charitable distribution where direct transfers from an IRA to charity are free from federal and potentially state income tax. If you generally do not itemize your deductions, a direct transfer to a WELS ministry may be especially appealing because you will still receive tax benefits for your generosity. If you do not need the required minimum distributions that you receive from your IRA, consider directing those to WELS to save on taxes, then use the cash you would have given to charity for other needs. Under the new law you and your spouse, assuming he or she is 70.5 years or older and also has an IRA, may each make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year to charity. Direct transfers to charity are wholly excluded from your taxable income, so they do not have any adverse effect on other tax benefits you might enjoy. These transfers do not generate a charitable deduction, but the relief from tax impact is often more advantageous. Consult your tax or financial advisor to determine the most appropriate gift assets for your situation. To make a direct transfer of IRA assets you will need to contact the investment firm that handles your IRA to request a direct transfer to a particular WELS ministry. To ensure that your IRA transfer is not taxable, the check must be made payable to the charity, not to you personally. You can give to multiple WELS designations by directing your transfer to WELS Foundation. They will distribute funds to the ministries per your instructions. WELS Foundation then provides you with the appropriate acknowledgement for this type of gift. If interested, talk to your financial planners and your local WELS Christian giving counselor to learn more. Note: List john.graf@wels.net, (414) 899-8173, and john.kenyon@wels.net, (414) 405-9226.

 
Electronic Giving
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. 


Pioneers
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.

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.


Bible Class

Join us at 5:30pm 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. 


Church Records
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, ginny.mundstock@wels.net or 414-256-3279. 


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 bsrivet@yahoo.com


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.


Security Measures
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) 

SCRIP Order
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
A new Facebook page has been created. Please go to the link below and follow us on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/St.Bartholomew.Kawkawlin/ 


Website Information
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

Bible Information Class
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.    
 
 
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 Practices
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. 

Electronic Giving
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!


Communion Registry
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.

Friendship Registers
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.


Wedding Plans
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.  

Memorial Reminder
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
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.

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

Clicking here

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. 

Hospitalizations
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.