|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
.Sunday School lesson
"Daniel in the Lion's Den!" (Daniel 6.) Come to Sunday school today and learn why Daniel was "thrown under the bus" by his so-called "friends" and how the Lord protected him in the lions' den.
Our new software for church allows us to reach out to our members fairly easily and in various ways that were not possible before. We would like to take advantage of that and keep improving our communication, especially with our young confirmands ages 14 to early 20's. This group is difficult to reach because (a) they live with their parents and the parents are the ones receiving any correspondence from church, or (b) they have recently moved out and we have no current address or contact information for them. We would like them to be included in emails and other mailings. To that end, we are asking parents to provide email and cell phone numbers of any children who have been confirmed who are living at home and complete contact information for those who have moved out. Please contact Brenda Rivet (989-684-6751 or 989-450-2092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) with any information so she can update the church software. If you'd like a General Information Sheet to fill out for them, Brenda can provide that for you. Thank you
Circuit Pastor Meeting:
Pastor is scheduled to be at Circuit Pastor meetings on January 29th and 30th in Ohio. There will be no Bible class that week on Monday or Wednesday and there will be no Catechism class for public school students on Tuesday, January 29th.
January Voters' Meeting
Our January voters' meeting will be held on January 20th at 11:30am.
The church council met last night and acted on the input gathered by the survey regarding the time of evening services at St. Bartholomew, especially the midweek Advent and Lent services. The input from the surveys showed that most of the people who responded favor the 6:30 pm time slot for all evening services. The council is recommending to the voters in January that we officially make our Monday evening service time as well as our Advent and Lent services 6:30pm. They are recommending that Bible class on Monday evenings would be moved up to 5:30 pm and shortened to 45 minutes instead of an hour. This would also mean that the Wednesday morning Bible class would become a 45 minute class. It would still meet at 10am but would only last for 45 minutes. This recommendation will be discussed at the voters' meeting in January so please plan to be there for this discussion
Don't forget to sign up for the Men Alive Rally. It is being held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center in Midland. The deadline for registration is January 31st. Registration forms are on the information center.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
7:15-8:00 a.m. Registration and Executive Breakfast
8:00-8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Worship
8:55-9:55 a.m. Bible Study
10:10-11:05 a.m. Breakout #1
11:20 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Breakout #2
12:30-1:25 p.m. Buffet Lunch
1:45-2:40 p.m. Breakout #3
2:50-3:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Devotion
Self Assessment & Adjustment Program (SAA)
St. Bartholomew is beginning an exciting program that will answer questions: "Are we heading in the right direction as a congregation? What do we need, as a congregation, to make our ministry the best it can be? Are we doing everything we can possibly do to share the Gospel, both with our members and also with the lost?" To receive the most thorough and accurate answers for our congregation's future, we need your help!! "I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought." (I Corinthians 1:10) We need every one of our members to participate, both with the Pulse Survey and with the Seminar on Saturday, February 23. Please set this date aside. We are all part of the greater whole. "Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many." (I Corinthians 12:14)
Pulse Survey Link: The correct link for the Pulse Survey is:
Congregation Counseling Program:
Our Congregation voted to participate in the congregation counseling program offered by our synod in a voter’s meeting back in January of 2018. That process is now beginning for our congregation. The process requires us as a congregation to work together in the next two months to compile the information that is needed for our counselor to review so that he can properly access the ministry we are conducting at St. Bartholomew. The first step is a Self- assessment in which the goal is to have every communicant member participate in what is called a pulse survey. It is an on-line survey that is used so that all the information can be tabulated and assembled for our counselor. In the weeks to come more information will be given about this survey. The goal is to get as many members of the congregation to participate either through an on-line survey or through a paper version of it that will then have to be uploaded into the on-line system. We will set up a time at church for people to come in and be walked through the survey on lap tops as well. The second step will be to have our counselor on site with us for a weekend. During that weekend he will lead us through an 8 hour Bible class on Saturday, meet with groups and individuals and meet with the large group again on Sunday to review and give us a game plan going forward. As a congregation we will get out of this as much as we put into it. The more people that participate the more our congregation will benefit.
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 retreat will be held March 22 - 24, 2019 at the Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac Hotel, Pontiac, MI. Rooms are also available at the Courtyard by Marriott on the same campus. The theme for this year’s retreat is "He Has Made Everything Beautiful in its Time" Eccl. 3:11. This year we are offering a special rate for students of $115.00, along with speakers and topics that will appeal to young women. The password for the online registration is the word retreat.
The WELS Marriage Enrichment weekend
is scheduled for March 29-31, 2019. It is located in 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.
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 email@example.com, (414) 899-8173, and firstname.lastname@example.org, (414) 405-9226.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.