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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 9:00 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!
Summer Schedule
Through Labor Day weekend we will hold one worship service on Sunday morning at 9:00 am.  Bible class will be held in the church basement at 10:15 am on Sundays.  We will also have a worship service on Mondays at 7:00 pm with a Bible class before the service at 5:45 pm.

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.  

Christian Fellowship Softball Tournaments
Men’s slow-pitch, women’s modified, and coed slow-pitch softball teams needed! The Athletic club of Trinity Lutheran church (corner of Salzburg & 8 Mile Roads), Bay City, is looking for softball teams to participate in our 34th Annual Softball Tournament, August 11th—13th. This is a “for fun” tournament to promote Christian fellowship. If your church would be interested in putting together a team for our tournament or would like more information, contact Matt Burk at (989)798-1418, or email Lisa Mrozinski @ churchsecretary@trinitymonitor.org. The cost for the tournament will be $20 per game (paid prior to each game), with a guarantee of at least 2-3 games depending on the number of teams. Along with the softball tournament, we will also be having our annual chicken BBQ (Saturday, August 12th) and Pig Roast (Sunday, August 13th). Mark your calendar and plan on joining us for a fun weekend of Christian fellowship and great food! The deadline to enter a team will be August 1st

 
Website Administrator
Kristine Friebe will be moving out of state this month and so it has become necessary to recruit a new website administrator. Two individuals will be working together to keep the website up to date. They are Marla Gary and Pattie Kruse. If you have something that needs to be uploaded to the website please contact them. 

Sunday School
Our Sunday School class will begin again in September  Watch for updates about our summer VBS.

We welcome all ages from PreK through 8th graders today and every Sunday from 9:00 to 9:45 am in the church basement.  (5/28/17)

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. 


Tunes and Twirls
Tunes and Twirls will no longer be meeting this school year.  Look for them to start up again in the fall.


Budget
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. 

Concert in the Park Series
This summer Bay Area Lutheran Ministries (BALM) has secured a date for a public concert at Wenonah Park in Bay City for Sunday, August 27.  If the weather is bad, the concert will move into the State Theatre.  This year BALM is bringing the band KOINE to play in the park.  It is a free concert for those who attend.  

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.

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


Financial Peace University
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.   

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.    

Sunday Morning Bible Class
We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Join us in learning the truths of God's Word that make us wise for salvation.  Beginning May 28, the Bible class will meet at 10:15 am (after the 9:00 am worship service)

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. 

 
Disc Golf & Cookout for College-Aged Adults
College-aged adults are invited to join us at Memorial Park in Frankenmuth on Saturday, July 22, as we spend time on one of the best disc golf courses in mid-Michigan as well as enjoy free food and a Bible study led by Hans Thomford.  The evening begins at 4:00 pm with golf, and dinner and Bible study beginning around 6:00 pm.  Contact Matthew Augustine, LES Principal at Zion, Chesaning, with any questions (920-327-9613) or text him to RSVP.

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. 

The Harbor Youth Center
A safe place for kids to grow and learn in Christ for the community.  Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00 pm at 1901 Broadway Street, Bay City, MI.  To register call 989-892-5435.  The youth center will run from June 19-August 4 and is open to kids ages 10-18.  A fun free place for kids to learn and grow.  We offer a great place for kids to learn and grow for their community and for their Savior with fun along the way!  We have a beautiful gym, for basketball, volleyball, and indoor kickball.  We have a great air hockey table and an awesome pool table that kids will be able to play on and also be able to have tournaments against each other.  Computers - Here your kids will be able to use the computers in free time as well as learn basic computer skills that will help down the line, as well as online safety.  Life Skills - Here we will let your kids learn how to cook, learn basic money usages such as budgeting, how to fill out a check, and other, also how to interview for a job as well as dress for success and manners.  God's Word - Your child will be instructed in God's Word every single day and will be involved in a place that treats them as redeemed children of God.


Friends for 
Freedom
Friends for freedom is a support group for the families and friends of those struggling with same sex attraction.  Friends for Freedom (FFF) is meeting on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Amazing Grace Christian Resource Center, 1901 Broadway, Bay City, MI. This is a time of prayer, study of God's Word, and confidential sharing in an effort to support Christian brothers and sisters who are hurting.  For more information, contact Pastor Starr directly at 989-450-1708.  You are welcome and you are not alone!

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 jrk@mlsem.org or Dean Melissa LaBair mjl@mlsem.org
 

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will be held August 7-11, 2017, from 9:00-11:30 am.  Children ages 4 (by December 1, 2017) to Grade 8 are invited to attend.  It will be held at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church, 997 E. Beaver Rd at Fraser Rd.  Call Lynne Irving at 895-5190 to register.  Please provide the names of the children and their upcoming grade.  If leaving a message, please include your phone number.  You may also invite relatives, friends, and neighbors.  

SCRIP Order
Check out the large selection of retailers at www.shopwithscrip.com and use the gift cards for your everyday purchases or for gifts.  Stop down in the basement between services where a member of the school's PTO will be selling the cards and answering any questions you may have or contact Kate Wakefield (989-460-3116)!
Public School Catechism Class
We currently offer a Catechism instruction class for students in 6-8th grades that do not attend our Lutheran elementary school.  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.  

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 – 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. Their next visits will be Wednesday, July 26
 from 1:00-2:00 pm.    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 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.  

Funerals
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.