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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 am in the church basement for ages preschool through 8th grade (September through May).
  • Monday at 5:45 pm.  We are working our way through the Old Testament. 
  • Wednesday at 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.
We have plenty of room for you and your family.  Come grow in the Word with us!
Prospects In Need
We have had a couple interested in worshiping with us at St. Bartholomew but they don't have a ride into Kawkawlin.  They live in Linwood.  If anyone would be willing to bring them to church to worship with us, please talk with Pastor Lindke.

Return to Grace
On September 24th BALM will be showing the new movie about Martin Luther's life, Return to Grace, at the State Theater at 2pm.
The tickets are $2 each.  If you would like to purchase a ticket, please talk with Pastor Lindke.  If you can't make it September 24th, Good Shepherd in Midland is showing it on September 17th at 2pm at the Grace A. Dow Library.  Following their showing there will be a question and answer time with Professor Korthals from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  If you would like tickets please call Good Shepherd at (989) 835-4181.

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.

Outreach Chicken BBQ
On October 8th, after worship, the Outreach Group will hold their annual Chicken BBQ fund raiser.  This helps put on events like our Christmas for Kids, Easter for Kids and Egg Hunt, as well as our Family Fun Festival this October 29th.  You can either come and sit down and eat or get a takeout box to go.  Please sign up on the sheet on the information center if you want to get some of this delicious chicken.

Pioneers will be holding our first meeting on Oct 5 from 6:30 - 8:00. We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month, Oct -Mar. in the church basement. Dues are $25.00. Any questions contact Lynn McNally 696-4548, Cathy Schwab 684-6198 or Conrad Fischhaber 662-2367.

Christian Estate Planning Seminar:
You are invited to attend the Christian Estate Planning Seminar that will be held during the Bible Class hour on October 15th.  Pastor John Kenyon, who is a Christian Giving Counselor from the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving, will present.  Pastor Kenyon's ministry to our Michigan and North Atlantic Districts helps our WELS members and congregations in three ways:  1. Encouraging having an estate plan, so that all the Lord has given you may be given to your family and others in the easiest and simplest way that will benefit everyone in the best possible way. 2. Showing different ways of making gifts to our congregation or Synod.  Some ways of giving may also allow you to receive an income from the gift, or eliminate taxes such as capital gains taxes.  3. Helping congregations with setting up or maintaining endowments.  If you don't have a will or any estate plan, this will be a good place to get basic information.  There will be information on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives, and new developments with gifting and taxes.  Pastor Kenyon can help you with organizing things for your estate.  If you already have a plan, but might like to update it, he can help you with that.  If you have a plan and are happy with it, the seminar still might give you some current information that will be useful.  Pastor Kenyon can meet with you individually at your home or at church.  If you can't make it to the seminar, you can still contact him for information or for a visit at 414-405-9226  or

The PTO is selling Smart Cards
Which contain coupons and discounts for area restaurants and businesses.  They can be purchased at school or on Sundays after the church service in the basement. The cost is $20.00 per card.  You may pay by cash or by check.  Please make check payable to St. Bartholomew PTO.  There are brochures on the information desk that lists all the discounts and coupons available with the purchase of a Smart Card, please feel free to take one.  Thank you for your support.

The PTO will also be selling Subway Cards
The cards will sell for $10.00 each with coupons for buy a sub get a sub free with a drink purchase and also buy a platter get a platter 50% off.  The cards may be used at any Subway location not just the businesses listed on the back of the card and they never expire!  Look to purchase the cards within
the next week or two; they will be available during coffee hour.

Church apparel/Husky merchandise
with the Husky logo and/or merchandise with the church name will be available to purchase next week.  We will be offering Husky T-shirts, Martin Luther Reformation T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo's, womens pullovers and joggers through the online stores.  Next Thursday in the Husky newsletter or Sunday in the church bulletin you will be given the website address to go to;  the online store will be open until October 9th.  Orders will be available for pickup on Friday October 20th.  You can pay online with credit card or make checks payable to St. Bartholomew PTO.

Tunes and Twirls
will be starting up again on Tuesday, October 17th.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 and their parents, caregivers or grandparents are invited to join up in the St. Bartholomew preschool room on Tuesdays at 11:30 for a half hour of music, movement, and a read aloud book by guest readers.  The cost is free and siblings are welcome!

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Food Bank Collection
The date is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 that the truck will depart for the Seminary in Mequon, WI
More specifics (needed items, drop-off locations, etc) will be coming in the next week or so)
St Pauls in Saginaw will start accepting donations on Monday, October 23rd.

Pictorial Church Directory:
Our dates for photography will be October 5-7. Please contact Kay Marquardt with any questions. We will be working with a new company than was used on previous projects. It is our hope that we can get most of our congregation to participate. 
To make this project a success and to make this directory the most useful we need everyone to participate.
Please sign up on-line or at the table in the narthex.      Church Code  MI1026    Password  Stbart

Time is running out.  Sign up soon!  When you come in for your family pictures to be taken, you will receive a free 8"x10"
photo and a free directory just for having your picture taken.  you can sign up on line or see Kay Marquardt or Barb Hoffmeister.

Financial Peace University
Time is getting short to sign up for the Financial peace classes that will begin in September. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings. Sign up today so the materials can be ordered.

Approximately 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck regardless of their income.  Broke has become the new normal in our nation, but this doesn't have to be true for you.  Taking control of your money starts with a plan, and Financial Peace University is that plan!  FPU is financial expert Dave Ramsey's nine-week money class.  You'll learn practical ways to pay off debt, overcome your fear of budgeting, and create a savings plan to repace retirement worries with financial peace.  More than 4.5 million people have changed their futures with FPU.  You can too!  The cost is $98 per family unit.  If you are interested please sign up on the sheet on the information center.  The class will take place every Wendesday night from 6:30 pm-8pm starting on September 6th and going through November 1st.  If you have any questions please talk to Kim Gregory.

School Families in need of financial assistance:
Currently we have a few families that are in need of financial assistance to cover book fees as the new school year begins.  The Book fee is $500.00 per student.  If you have interest in helping please speak to one of the pastors, our principal or a school board member.

Preschool Registration
Beginning September 2017, St. Bartholomew Lutheran School will offer before and after school care for students of our school and preschool in our Extended Care Program. Students can arrive as early as 7:00 am. and stay until 6:00 p.m. each day the school is open. There is a charge to use the program. 
Beginning September 2017, St. Bartholomew Lutheran Preschool will offer all day preschool for students in the four and five year old class, on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. The program runs from 8:10 am. until 3:10 pm. 
For more information about enrollment, please contact the school at 684-6751

Missing Coffee Pots
Two of the church's 30 cup coffee makers have gone missing.  One is stainless steel, and the other is green.  If anyone knows where they have gone, please contact a member of Ladies Aid or return them to the church basement.  Thank you!

Singers and Musicians Wanted
The Saginaw Valley Lutheran Chorale will begin rehearsals on Sunday, September 10, from 6-8 the choir room at Michigan Lutheran Seminary to prepare for a sacred Christmas concert in early December. The Chorale, formed in 1990, is a
volunteer choir and is open to all confirmed members of WELS and ELS congregations. Rehearsals are each Sunday evening. The Chorale cordially invites you to join them! All voices are welcome. For more information, please contact the Chorale director, Ryan Friske at

Public School Confirmation Class:
It is that time of the year, where we begin to think about our confirmation classes starting up again. With the new worship schedule we will be holding class at 10:15-11:45am on Sunday mornings after worship. Over the last few years we have changed our class from a 2 year program to a 3 year program so we have more time to teach the basic truths of God’s Word and the basic stories of the Bible. If your child is going into 6th grade, or you know of someone who will be who does not go to our school, please contact either pastor so we can add you to our class.

Sunday Worship Schedule:
We will not be going back to our usual 8am & 10am worship after Labor Day, but will continue our 9am worship schedule through the year. We will offer coffee hour after worship, and following that we will have our Sunday School, Confirmation,
Youth Group, and Adult Bible Classes. They will start around 10:15.

Mid-Week Worship Schedule:
We will no longer be offering a 3:30 & 7pm worship service during Advent and Lent, but will go to one service at 6:30pm.

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.

Work has begun on the new financial plan for the ministry of our congregation.  We formerly referred to this as a budget.  Going forward we will be referring to it as a ministry financial plan which puts the emphasis on ministry and what God has called us to accomplish with his Word.  Once we determine as a congregation what the Lord has called us to do and the various forms that ministry takes on, we will develop a financial plan to support that ministry and its programs.  If you have any special concerns that you would like the MFP committee to consider as forms of ministry to be funded, please contact one of the pastors or the church president - Kim Gregory. 

Faith, Fellowship and Fitness
Faith, Fellowship and Fitness is being held on Thursday evening at State Park.  You can walk, bike or run.  We will have a devotion and spend some time with others getting a little exercise. We will meet again on Thursday this week at 6:30 pm at shelter #2.  All are welcome.

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.    

Youth Bible Class
If you are in high school or college. Pastor Lindke invites you to join the youth Bible study held on Sunday mornings from 9:20-9:40 am in the church worship area.  Sunday School and Pastor Seafert's class meet in the basement during the same time period.  Come and study topics that you will deal with in your daily life.

In addition to the Bible study geared for teens, there will also be other activities planned throughout the year. 

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. 

Host Families Needed
MLS is looking for host families for some new international students from Asia.  We need families that are willing to model typical American Christian family life for these students.  While they will live in the dorm, they need places to stay when the dorms close for vacations.  Although we usually have host families that have a student at MLS, this is not absolutely necessary.  For the 2017-2018 school year MLS will be able to give the host families $300 per international student as a token of our appreciation and to help offset the cost of hosting.  In addition to regular host families, we are also looking for people who can occasionally help out for the times when our host families are not able to take their student during one of the school breaks.  For more information, please contact Prof Joanne Kohler or Dean Melissa LaBair

SCRIP Cards are also available!
These are gift cards for local buseinsses  (Meijer, Wal-Mart, Applebee's, Marshall's, Old Navy, The Home Depot, Speedway, Marathon, CVS, Taco Bell, 
Visa Cards and many more) that you can purchase at face value. (you buy a $25 card and you get a $25 card, no activation fees and they don't expire)
 They are sold during coffe hour or you can purchase them before or after school.  We do keep an inventory of popular selling cards.  If we don't have what you are looking for, we can order it for you.  

Public School Catechism Class
It is that time of the year, where we begin to think about our confirmation classes starting up again.  With the new worship schedule, we will be holding class at 10:15-11:45 a.m on Sunday mornings after worship.  Over the last few years we have changed our class from a 2 year program to a 3 year program so we have more time to teach the basic truths of God's Word and the basic stories of the Bible.  If your child is going into the 6th grade, or you know of someone who will be who does not go to our school, please contact either pastor so we can add you to our class.  

This course is meant to take the students into a deeper understanding of the Christian faith by using Bible History accounts to help them understand how God's Word applies to their daily lives.  This is a three year course because it meets once a week.  In that one class each week, we must teach the Bible History lesson so that we can teach the catechetical truths that the story helps us to understand and relate to.  At one time the pastors could expect the students to know this basic Bible history because the students were learning it in Sunday School.  Since many families no longer utilize the Sunday School, the pastors need to teach the Bible history and the Catechism.  It takes us three years to cover the material once.  The students in our LES study these Bible history lessons daily for 9 years and receive 4 years of Catechism instruction.  In order to be confirmed, an individual must possess a basic knowledge of God's Word and have been instructed in the key doctrines expounded upon in the Catechism.  Confirmation is intended to begin a lifelong study of God's Word, it is by no means a graduation from God's Word.  Parents, we cannot stress enough how important it is to have your students in Sunday School each week in order to prepare them for Catechism class.  

Holy Cross Vacancy
Holy Cross has decided that it will hold its worship services at 12 noon on Sundays during the vacancy.  A 45 minute adult Bible class will be offered following the service.  This means that Pastor Seafert will be leaving St. Bartholomew immediately following our worship services on Sundays to drive up to Holy Cross to serve them with the Word of God.  He will also be offering a Bible class on Thursday mornings at Holy Cross during the vacancy.  

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 one of the pastors 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 pastors 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.  

Pastor Seafert and Pastor Lindke will be working together to cover any funerals that may be requested.  The pastor who is not scheduled to preach on the upcoming Sunday will be handling the funeral unless the family requests one of the pastors specifically to serve the family.