|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 5:30 pm. We are working our way through the Old Testament *currently not in session until August 12th*
- Wednesday Bible class 10:00 am. We repeat the Monday class *currently not in session until August 14th*
- Bible study also takes place at the beginning of each Elders' meeting and Church Council meeting
Calling for Help!!
The trustees are looking for volunteers to help with small painting projects at the Parsonage. All materials will be supplied. Contact Kent Peil at 989-529-8565 if you are interested.
The Outreach Group is hosting a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, August 4th, starting at 11:30am. It is a free will offering event to help fund future Outreach projects. You can dine in or get takeout. They are looking for volunteers who'd like to bring a pie or two for dessert. The sign up sheet is on the Information Desk at church. Hope to see you there!
St. John's invites us to join them for a weekend campout at the Bay City State Park, September 20th-22nd. Everyone is welcome! To reserve your campsite, visit the Michigan State Park/DNR website. Activities for Saturday, September 21st (Shelters 1 & 2): 3pm Games & activities 5pm Potluck dinner (paper products and lemon- ade/punch will be provided) 6pm Outdoor church service (bring own lawn chair) Even if you aren't camping, you are invited to come our and enjoy Saturday's activities! Please use the sign-up sheet on the information desk. The deadline to sign up is September 2nd. Any questions, call Mike Merkle at
In order to increase security here at church, the church council began to lock the side door of the church about a year ago, once the service begins. The more information that we look at, the more we are encouraged to take additional steps with security. Beginning in July, all the doors will be locked once the service begins. The elders will be seated in the narthex so that they might allow entry to those who may be running late. This change is being made because up until now the only person who can see the door during the service is the pastor, if he is facing the congregation. This change will help us to provide a little more security for our members, especially the children who might use the restrooms during the service. Concerns about this new procedure can be addressed at the July voters’ meeting.
Bible Class Update:
Due to the scheduling challenges and summer programs, the Bible Class that usually meets each week on Mondays at 5:30pm and repeats on Wednesdays at 10am will not meet during the months of June and July. The study of the Book of Isaiah will resume on Monday August 12 and Wednesday August 14th with Chapters 39-40.
The Church and School Secretary will have different hours during the summer months. They are as follows: Monday—Thursday 8am-3:30pm. Fridays she will not be in the office but will have her laptop at home and will be checking emails throughout the day. If you need to contact Brenda on Fridays, you may also call her cell phone at 989-450-2092. Submissions for the church bulletin remain unchanged as the deadline is Wednesday each week.
Family Bible Week:
On July 22-25 from 6:15-8:15pm, St. Bartholomew will be having a Family Bible Week which includes Vacation Bible School. While the kids are meeting in the church basement for lessons, crafts and snacks, the adults are welcome to meet in the church with the pastor to study the same lessons as the children in more depth, along with other topics of interest. This year’s theme is “Set Sail”. It will be a wonderful way for the whole family to study God’s Word in Christian fellowship. Please feel free to invite relatives, friends, and neighbors! Please contact the school at 684-6751 to register or you can use the registration forms that are located on the information desk. Hope to see you there!
The report from our counselor has arrived. The report is over an inch thick with all the materials that have been sent to help us and encourage us. On Tuesday of this week, June 4th, the weekly email will have two attachments. These are two of the documents that are part of our counselor’s report. One is an overall summary. One is a list of recommendations. For those who do not have email, those same reports will be available with the printed version of the Tuesday email on the information desk for you to pick up on Sunday. These are a small part of the materials we need to work through. These are his recommendations. It is now time for our congregation to review those recommendations and decide upon a course of action. Some of the materials he refers to as instruments for us to use are going to be available on the synod website in June. Once we have those materials, a meeting of the congregation, men and women, will be held for us to discuss these recommendations and to chart a course of action that will make use of the various talents of all the members that are willing to get involved and work to accomplish this work. This meeting will probably be held in July. Watch for more information. For those who are interested, a full copy of the report is on the information desk for you to look through but please do not remove it from the church. Other segments of this report will be shared at later dates as we begin to sift through it and chart a course of action. May God bless the efforts of our congregation Please look for ways to be a part of this work.
Summer Coffee Hour:
Volunteers are needed to serve the Summer Sunday coffee Hour. This would entail making the coffee, providing the breakfast treats (homemade treats are welcome) and the clean up. You will be reimbursed for any expenses. A sign up sheet is posted on the board in the basement. Please consider taking a Sunday to help. If you have questions, call Gay Drescher 989-928-6225.
Please make use of the friendship registers in the pews while the offering is being gathered. These registers assist the elders and the pastor in shepherding the flock of believers as we carry out the work the Lord Jesus assigned to us to care for the spiritual welfare of others. Please fill them out completely, indicating which family members were present and which ones received the Lord’s Supper. From this register we are attempting to keep track of those who have not been attending the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis. In order for our records to be correct, we need your participation. The Lord says it is our responsibility to look after the spiritual needs of his flock, to make sure that each soul is being fed the word of God and being strengthened through the reception of the Lord’s Supper. A lack of attendance in worship and at the Lord’s table is usually an indication that something is getting between you and your relationship with your risen Savior. We want to be able to help. Please work with us to provide accurate information each week to help us correctly identify those who are slipping away so that we might work with them and pray for them as the Lord directs in the Scriptures.
Fiscal year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019
Budget goal for fiscal year 2019 $659,323.00
As of July 1, 2018—June 30, 2019
Offerings YTD* Year to Date(YTD) Difference
$643,813.09 - $659,323.00 = -$15,509.91
Donations/ Fiscal Year
Offerings YTD 2019 Budget Difference
$643,813.09 - $659,323.00 = -$15,509.91
Line of Credit ($17,000.00)
Total Due Gymnasium Fund ($15,000.00)
Terms yet to be established
*YTD Donations do not include offerings designated
outside of the General Fund
**Numbers inside of (brackets) represent a negative number
We are looking for any congregational members who play an instrument and would be willing to help beautify and enrich our festival worship services of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. We also would welcome instrumentalists to play for our regular worship services as well. For more information or if you are interested and willing, please contact Jeremy Dennings at (989)450-0485 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“30 and Under”:
A group of young adults are trying to get together to share God‘s word and help the church and families of the church with any special projects– they may have. This group will consist of St B members 14-30 years old. We plan to do age appropriate activities while mentoring each other.
Paper copies of the Tuesday email are located on the Information Desk for those of you who do not have an email address. Be sure and pick up a copy!
Gift Card Order:
Great Lakes Scrip is offering a Spring Gift Guide that helps you learn more about the available retailers and how SCRIP Fundraising has impacted communities through the program. Gift cards make great gifts for graduations, Mother’s Day, birthdays, Father’s Day or everyday groceries and gas purchases. When you purchase gift cards, 50% of the rebate goes back towards your school tuition costs. If you would like to place an order, contact Jodie Kregel at 992-5756 or by email at email@example.com.
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.
Join us at 5:30pm 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-256-3279.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.