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989-684-1002
2460 S. Fraser Rd.
Kawkawlin, Michigan  48631
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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 5:45 pm.  We are working our way through the Old Testament
  • Wednesday 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!
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Sermon series on prayer:
Sept 30— We get to speak to God!
Oct 7 — For whom do we pray?
Oct 14— Pray with Confidence
Oct 21— Pray with persistence
Oct 28— God is capable of more than we can imagine so pray BIG!!


Financial Aid Needed: There are currently a few families at the school that would benefit from financial aid. If you would like to donate to help them cover the cost of Christian education, please speak with a School Board member or our principal, Mr. Boileau.

Extended Care Program: Currently, the Extended Care Program that has been offered at school does not have enough students utilizing it to make it financially viable. The School Board is exploring a few scenarios but, for the time being, has decided that the Extended Care Program will have to be suspended as of October 1.

Church Apparel is available to order online through Sandlot Sports from September 10th through September 25 with a delivery date of October 10th.  The link for online orders is
https://stbartholomew2018.itemorder.com   An order form is on the information desk at church if you'd rather order that way.  Please contact Heather O'Brien at 600-5212 with any questions.


Little Caesars’ Pizza Fundraiser The school children will be selling Little Caesars’ Pizza Kits to help with the cost of Camp Timbers and Camp Leelanau. An order form has been placed on the information center or you may order downstairs during coffee hour. The sale will end October 17th and the pizza kits will be delivered October 23rd. Please make checks payable to St. Bartholomew PTO. 

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.

Confirmation Class Families with students of confirmation class age should receive a letter informing you of the time and day of class as well as the materials your student will need for the class.  If you do not receive a copy of this letter by August 29th, please contact Pastor Seafert.  The confirmation class is for students in 6th thru 12th grade who have not yet completed 3 years of Catechetical instruction.  The class will begin mid September.

Bible Class  this week will begin the study of the book of Song of Songs, sometimes called the song of Solomon.  It has been referred to as one of the greatest love letters ever written.  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. The next Sunday Class is September 16. This week’s readings are: 9th—Ezekiel 29-32 10th — Ezekiel 33-36 14th—Ezekiel 46-48 11th— Ezekiel 37-39 15th— Daniel 1-3 12th— Ezekiel 40-42 13th— Ezekiel 43-45

LED Lighting Project The Lighting project to convert both the church and the school to LED lighting is nearing completion. Gifts to cover the cost of this project should be labeled “church and school lighting”. The cost for the project is about $4,800. Once the project is completed and paid for, Consumer’s Power will send the church a rebate that will cover about half of the expense for this update. This update will lower our costs for lighting and will pay for itself in just a few years. Gifts to cover this update will allow us to finish the upgrade and begin saving energy and money for the congregation.

School of Outreach: The WELS is offering a school of outreach on Saturday October 27th in Mt. Pleasant. Congregations must be registered by September 21st that wish to attend so that enough materials may be prepared and shipped to the church for use. Members that are interested in attending should speak with Pastor Seafert, Doug Anderson, or Jim Schwab. It has been a few years since St. Bartholomew attended one of these sessions. In the past they have been a great experience. The more people that attend from the congregation, the more the congregation benefits from the session as ideas are exchanged and plans are made. We would love to have a group of 20 or more attend. Think about it, pray about it, and give it a try.

Adult Choir On September 4th, the Adult Choir will begin their rehearsals in the church at 7pm. All church members, high school age and above, who enjoy singing, are urged to join them every Tuesday. “Sing of the Lord’s great love forever.” Ps. 89:1

POSTED: The 50th anniversary 8th grade confirmation class photo from 1968 is on display in the back of church. See how many of the 18 young ladies and gentlemen you can put a name to the face. 4 gentlemen are still St. Bartholomew church members today. (A total of 29 individuals, including adults, were confirmed in 1968).

“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. 

Financial Situation A letter was sent to each household of the congregation this week regarding the financial situation of the congregation with the line of credit being maxed out. The blessings of the church are for every believer to enjoy and as a congregation we have committed to support the work that provides those blessings with our offerings. In order to carry out the work we agreed to do as a congregation, we agreed to provide between $11-12,000.00 a week in offerings. During the summer months, that amount has dropped to under $6,000.00 a week which has necessitated drawing all that is available from our line of credit. Please consider the blessings that God has given you and allow that to guide your hearts in providing regular offerings to the Lord in support of the work that we have united to carry out in God's name.

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.

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 

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. 


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. 

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.