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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
today has a teacher shortage so we will be watching the last 2 segments of the Kids Connection. Since today is the last day of Sunday school it also marks the first day for recruiting for Sunday school next year. Our Sunday school teachers would like to thank all the parents who faithfully brought their children throughout the past year. It was a joy and a blessing for all as we shared and learned God’s Word together

Young Adult Corn Hole Tournament:
Come join fellow WELS young adults for a fun filled night of corn hole!! It will be held on our school grounds today at 4pm until ? There is a $5 entry fee per team. Bring your own drinks (no alcohol) and some friends!! 


Outreach Meeting:
An Outreach meeting is scheduled for tonight, May 19th, 6:30pm, in the church basement to make further plans for the upcoming Bible Soccer Camp. Meanwhile in the back of church are half sheet fliers and some pocket event cards that we would like you to pick up to help us spread the word, or if you would like to donate to this outreach opportunity event there’s a canister on the information desk. Thank you! Hope to see you at the meeting. 


BALM Ascension Service:
St. Bartholomew will be hosting the BALM Ascension Service on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 pm. This glorious festival has much for us to celebrate. Come and worship with the members of the BALM congregations and other neighboring WELS churches. Let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord. The service will incorporate a grade-school choir as well as a senior choir of voices from all the BALM churches. Following the service there will be fellowship with light snacks in the church basement so that we might visit with our WELS brothers and sisters.


Friendship Registers:
Please make use of the friendship registers in the pews while the offering is being gathered. These registers assist the elders and the pastor in shepherding the flock of believers as we carry out the work the Lord Jesus assigned to us to care for the spiritual welfare of others. Please fill them out completely, indicating which family members were present and which ones received the Lord’s Supper. From this register we are attempting to keep track of those who have not been attending the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis. In order for our records to be correct, we need your participation. The Lord says it is our responsibility to look after the spiritual needs of his flock, to make sure that each soul is being fed the word of God and being strengthened through the reception of the Lord’s Supper. A lack of attendance in worship and at the Lord’s table is usually an indication that something is getting between you and your relationship with your risen Savior. We want to be able to help. Please work with us to provide accurate information each week to help us correctly identify those who are slipping away so that we might work with them and pray for them as the Lord directs in the Scriptures.


Pregnancy Care Center:
Our Saginaw Pregnancy Care Center needs summer helpers (teen or adult) for our Children's Bible Story Time which we have while clients attend Women's Bible Class at the PCC on Tuesday mornings through the summer.  The kids have a Bible sotry, color a picture, and have a snack and playtime while the moms are in their class.  Last summer we had anywhere from 1-5 children each week.  If you would be able to help with the kids from 9:50-11:10 one or more Tuesdays a month, please let Mary Shaffer know ASAP at 989-835-5669 or ronmaryshaffer@gmail.com  We will need a few different helpers so they can cover for each other when someone else is on vacation.


Family in Need:
We have a family in need of Boy’s clothes. The sizes are as follows:  4T pants, shirts 4T or 5T shorts 5T pajamas  Size 11 toddler shoes  Size 3 shoes Size 7 pants, shorts  Size 8 t-shirts, shorts If you have any gently used clothes lying around and would be willing to donate, it would be greatly appreciated! Please call
Brenda Rivet at 684-6751. Thank you!! 


Gift Card Order:
 Great Lakes Scrip is offering a Spring Gift Guide that helps you learn more about the available retailers and how SCRIP Fundraising has impacted communities through the program. Gift cards make great gifts for graduations, Mother’s Day, birthdays, Father’s Day or everyday groceries and gas purchases. When you purchase gift cards, 50% of the rebate goes back towards your school tuition costs. If you would like to place an order, contact Jodie Kregel at 992-5756 or by email at jodiekregel@gmail.com.


Bible Soccer Camp (More information under Event Registrations - Bible Soccer Camp link on left menu) 
is coming to St. Bartholomew THIS summer!! This free event is offered to our community through the St. Bartholomew Outreach Program. Line up your friends and neighbors and join in the fun on June 25-27th from 6pm8pm (ages 5-12) and from 6pm-7:30pm for age 4. Online registration begins May 19th at www.saintbartskawkawlin.com or in person by visiting the St. Bartholomew school office. 

Calling all Help!
The St. Bartholomew Outreach group is planning to take on another wonderful community project in its Bible Soccer Camp. In order to make this a success, we need your help! Please save the dates of June 25, 26, and 27 to lend a hand. We will need helpers with registration, parking, set-up, clean up, soccer mentors and more. Anyone aged 13 years and older can help...there's a task for all ages. A donation canister is on the information desk if anyone would like to donation towards the cost. It is sure to be a great community event and fellowship for all! 


T-Ball:
It’s that time of year again!! If your son or daughter is between the ages of 5 and 7, please consider letting them play T-Ball (4 year olds may play at the coach’s discretion). All practices and games will start at 6:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The fee to play is $15.00 per child. Please call Mark Boileau or Brenda Rivet at 684-6751 if you are interested in having your child(ren) play. 


Confirmed 50 years ago!!
The confirmation class of 1969 includes the following people: Mark Bauer, Ken Steih, Darrell Datte, Cindy Eisenman, Becky Long, Paula George, Cathy (Hillard) Schwab, and Gail (Peil) Anderson.


Youth Rally:
This year's regional Youth Rally will take place at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from July 15-18th. The Michigan District and North Atlantic District will again be partnering on this project. The event will be similar to the rallies held at Villanova in 2015 and at Xavier in 2017. Students and chaperones will have the chance to join fellow WELS members from around the country for worship, Bible study, games, exploring the West Virginia countryside, a trip to an amusement park, and much more! Please register online at www.welsyouth.net.


Instrumentalists Wanted
We are looking for any congregational members who play an instrument and would be willing to help beautify and enrich our festival worship services of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.  We also would welcome instrumentalists to play for our regular worship services as well.  For more information or if you are interested and willing, please contact Jeremy Dennings at (989)450-0485 or jdennings79@gmail.com

“30 and Under”:
A group of young adults are trying to get together to share God‘s word and help the church and families of the church with any special projects– they may have. This group will consist of St B members 14-30 years old. We plan to do age appropriate activities while mentoring each other. 


Financial Snapshot
Fiscal year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Budget goal for fiscal year 2019                                 $659,323.00

As of July 1, 2018—May 13, 2019


Donations/                      Budget
Offerings YTD*      Year to Date(YTD)              Difference
$576,629.88         -    $570,568.00            =      $6,061.88
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Donations/                      Fiscal Year
Offerings YTD              2019 Budget                  Difference
$576,629.88         -    $659,323.00            =    -$82,693.12

Other Liabilities
3 YR. mortgage/Line of Credit               Paid in full  05-10-2019


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!


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.