St. Bartholomew Evangelical Lutheran Church Coming Together in Christ's Name
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Bible Class Schedule
  • Beginning May 28, the Sunday Morning Bible class will begin at 10:15 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 5:45 pm.  We are working our way through the Old Testament
  • (No Monday/Wednesday Bible Class in June or July)
  • Wednesday 10:00 am  We repeat the Monday 5:45 pm class
  • (No Monday/Wednesday Bible Class in June or July)
  • Bible study aslo 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!

St. Bartholomew will be having a Family Bible Week which includes Vacation Bible School.  While the children are meeting in the church basement for lessons, crafts, and snacks, the adults will be meeting in the church with Pastor to study the same lessons as the children in more depth and other topics of interest.  Each child will receive a "Space Station" t-shirt.  Parents are encouraged but not required to stay for Bible Class.  It will be a wonderful way for the whole family to study God's Word in Christian fellowship.  Click Here for more information.

REGISTRATION - Children age 4 (by Dec 1, 2018) through grade 8 should be signed up on the blue sheet on the information sheet in the church entrance,  or by calling Lynne Irving at 989-895-5190.  If leaving a message, please include the children's names, grade in the fall, and your phone number.  There is also a Registration form here for your convenience.. Click Here 

Voters meeting Our next voters' meeting is on July 22 at 4pm.  All males 18 years and older are voting members.  Please come and help us make decisions for our school and church.  Holy Cross’ will be at 2:00pm and St. Bartholomew’s is at 4:00pm

Chicken BBQ This is the last Sunday (July 22) to sign up for the Chicken BBQ following the mission festival scheduled for August 5th at St. Bartholomew. The chicken needs to be purchased, so sign up today! 

Next Sunday’s Worship Mr. Caleb Rothfuss will be leading worship for both churches next Sunday. Caleb is a student at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and has been encouraged to preach in local congregations during the summer to gain experience. The loose plate offering at St. Bartholomew on the 29th will be given as a gift to Mr. Rothfuss as he continues his study to be a WELS pastor.

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

Moving expenses: The estimated cost for moving our new Kindergarten teacher and her family to Kawkawlin with Stevens Van Lines is just under $16,000.00. A gift of $5000.00 has been put forth as a matching funds gift toward defraying this cost which is outside of the budget. Any gifts given to this fund should be marked—Moving expense matching fund. 

Special Mission Festival On Sunday August 5th, Pastor Jon Holtz, who serves as a missionary in Malawi, Africa, will be with us for special worship service and presentation on the work our synod is carrying out in that mission field.  The money we send as a congregation to the synod contributes to the support of this mission work.  Plan to be with us for this special event as it is not often that our congregation gets to host a missionary and learn about the mission field he serves. The loose plate offering will be given to
Pastor John
Holtz.  Following the presentation on Sunday, at 11:45 there will be a Chicken BBQ.  Proceeds from the freewill offering will be going to help offset our $17,000 mission subscription for 2018.  Please sign up at the information station in the back of church by July 25 if you will be attending the mission festival BBQ dinner

Desserts Needed!! We are in need of desserts for the Chicken BBQ meal on August 5th. Please bring your favorite dessert to share on this festive occasion!! 

Training Presentation Parents are invited to attend a presentation by Stephanie Ridley on Saturday, July 28th at St. John's Lutheran School at 12:30 pm. The title of her training is called "Changing Challenging to Charming". There is no charge for parents who would like to attend, but a free-will donation will be collected to help offset expenses. 

LED Lighting upgrade: The church and school are poised to undergo a lighting upgrade. Consumer’s is working with us in a program that will significantly reduce the cost of electricity in both buildings. The initial cost for the upgrade is $5000.00. Consumer’s will send us a rebate check of $2000.00 once we have purchased the materials. The new lights will allow us to reduce lighting costs by 60% a year. That means that this new program will pay for itself in the savings in about two years. The trustees are looking for donations toward the initial $5000.00 so that the work may begin. If you are interested in helping with this project financially please contact Kent Peil or Farrell Spencer.

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.

Preschool update: The 4/5 year old preschool has reached its capacity for the upcoming school year. The school board is looking at possibilities to accommodate more children in that age group should the need arise. Those applying from this date forward will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified by August 1 of options. The three old preschool still has openings for the upcoming school year. If you have a three year old and are considering preschool, get your application in now to hold a spot as the reputation of our preschool and school are drawing people to apply and spots are filling up. Spread the word to others that may be looking for a school for their children. 

Extended Care Worker Needed: St. Bartholomew Lutheran School is looking for someone to operate and work in our before and after school program for the remaining portion of this school year. We are also looking for someone for the 2018 -2019 school year. We are asking that this person be a WELS member, be able to work flexible hours, and have early childhood experience. The ideal candidate would have some early childhood education and training, and have experience working with young children. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Principal Mark Boileau at 684-6751 or by email at 

Update of the Holy Cross/ St. Bartholomew discussions: A summary of the duties that will be expected of pastor as the two congregations have agreed to share a pastor is printed in the June issue of the News and Views along with the notes that were taken at the meeting on May 17. Please take the time to read through it as you prepare for the voters meeting in July as the voters of both congregations must approve of the plan which is scheduled to begin August 1.

Courageous Fathers of the Bible is the title of a new Bible class for men that will begin meeting sometime after Easter. It has been suggested that we meet on Sunday evenings. Currently we are looking at meeting on the second Sunday evening of the month for Bible study that will be followed with fellowship time, snacks, cards etc… Please speak with Pastor Seafert and let him know if that one Sunday evening a month will work for you and if you want to start in July or September. 

Monday/ Wednesday Bible class— The class will not meet in the remaining weeks of June nor will it meet in July but will resume in August with the study of Ecclesiastes. 

Summer Schedule for Scrip Cards SCRIP cards will be available for purchase during the summer on July 1st and August 5th following the church services. If you need to make other arrangements to purchase gift cards please contact Jodie Kregel at 989-992-5756.

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.

365 Bible Study– average attendance 35-40 people If you are interested in a plan for reading through your Bible in 365 days please see Pastor Seafert. If you have questions on what you read you may address those questions to Pastor Seafert in Sunday morning Bible class. He will reserve up to 1/2 of the class period to discuss questions on the reading .

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) 

Sunday Bible class—  Pastor Seafert is currently setting aside up to the first half of each Sunday morning class to discuss “The Bible in 365 days” readings for the week.  You may ask questions about anything you read.  The second half of the class period continues the review of the Small Catechism.  We are currently reviewing the 7th commandment.  Everyone is welcome—whether you read this week or not.  Come and enjoy the discussion of God’s Word. 
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. 

Sunday School
We welcome all ages from PreK through 8th graders today and every Sunday from 10:15-11:15 am in the church basement.  If you wish to enroll your children in Sunday School, please contact Jim Schwab.

We are looking for teachers to help out with grades pre-k and grades 1-4.  If you, or someone you know are interested in helping with teaching any of these grades or would like to help out by planning some activities for children of these ages, we could sure use your help.  If you can only teach once or twice a month, we would be willing to work with your schedule.  if you are interested, plesae contact Jim Schwab or one of the pastors.

New Facebook Page:
A new Facebook page has been created. Please go to the link below and follow us on Facebook! 

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.

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 one of the pastors 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 Lindke. 

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 Pastor Lindke or 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 –  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. 

EHV For Sale
On the Information Center is a copy of the EHV Bible, the Psalms and the New Testament. If you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, please sign up on the sheet. The cost will be $15 per copy.  

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. 

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.