This Week at St. Paul's

For Next Sunday: Isaiah 9:1−4; 1 Corinthians 1:10–18; Matthew 4:12–25


January 15 – Second Sunday after Epiphany: With divine value also comes a vocation from above. Holy Trinity gives a purpose when He makes a person (John 1:31, 42). By the life of Jesus among us He not only calls His human creatures into being, He also calls us all into belonging and belovedness (John 1:39), from the very beginning (Isaiah 49:1, 5), whether or not we perceive it. Good Shepherd, make us know and obey Your voice, and open our ears and hearts to the cries of Your people. Amen.


Pick Up Your LSSI Justice Bread TODAY: Extra loaves of Justice Bread available for purchase.  Pick up your Justice bread between services. Thank you! 

2017 Offering Envelopes & “Initial” Envelope: Please pick up your new envelopes TODAY in the front cloister.  The “Initial” offering Envelope, the very first one of your 2017 envelopes, is used to defray the expense of purchasing the envelopes.  Last year’s cost was $1,802.00.  

Stop by and join the fun at our chili cook-off: Please be our guests this afternoon for lunch in the Nerger Room after the 11:00 am service. The Saint Paul's Life Team will be hosting a panel-style discussion on the topic of adoption and a Chili Cook-Off in honor of Life Month. Vote for your favorite chili, while learning about the many blessings of adoption from some of our own church members. We will also have a social worker, AJ Broxon, who will come to talk us on her work at The Villages of Indiana. 

Kantorei Epiphany Evening Prayer Today: Today the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne will host the Kantorei in Kramer Chapel at 4:00pm.  The Kantorei is a men’s choir of students studying for the pastoral ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, directed by Kantor Kevin Hildebrand.  This service includes choral music for the season and congregational hymns and canticles.

Attention Young Adults-Married and Single: A group (YAMS) will be going out for lunch after the late service on January 22. All young adults, married or single, ages 18 to 30-something are welcome. Meet Pastor Smith by the church office following the January 22 Divine Service and we will go from there.

March for Life on Saturday, January 21: Join over 1,000 pro-lifers from Allen County for a march through downtown Fort Wayne to show local politicians that you support the unborn.  Rally at noon University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center and 1pm March.  Our keynote speaker is Peter Heck,

Annual Lutheran Schools Open House Next Sunday, Jan. 22: If you are interested in sending your child to St. Paul’s or if you know of someone who may be interested in our school, please join us on next Sunday between noon-3pm.  Mr. Marinko, our Principal, Mrs. Kleinschmidt, our Admissions Counselor and various teachers and school board members will be available for you to chat with.  So, please stop by, meet us and take a tour of our facility to find out all that we have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you!

National Lutheran Schools Prayer Vigil Monday, January 23: The sanctuary will be open for anyone willing to join us in prayer from 8am-5pm on Monday, January 23.  You may pray for our school, students, families, teachers, and whatever is on your heart.  On Sunday, January 22 in the front hallway, we will have cards with a school family listed on them.  We ask you to prayer for these students and their family members.  More information will be in next week’s insert.  Thank you for being a part of our National Lutheran Schools Week!

Man-Power Staff Needed for Ushering: We are in need of 6-7 more ushers to fill our teams.  Please consider volunteering for this worthwhile service.  Contact Greg Roberts at 424-7418 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Request for 2017 Church Newsletter Sponsors: Would you like to sponsor the “Messenger” for a month in 2017?  A donation of $100.00 will help cover the monthly expense of paper and postage for each newsletter.  Please contact Margo Ernst at the church office, 423-2496, if you are interested, and please indicate if your sponsorship is in memory/honor of a loved one or special occasion.   (Available months: February, May, August and September.)  

St. Paul’s SCRIP Shopping – Volunteers Needed: SCRIP hours are between services on Sunday and every Tuesday & Friday 8:30-9:30am, while school is in session.  Volunteers are still needed for SCRIP! Please call the church office to help.  Check with us to see if SCRIP certificates are available. Drop us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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