This Week at St. Paul's

For Next Sunday: Jeremiah 11:18−20; James 3:13–4:10; Mark 9:30–37


September 16 – Pentecost XVII (Proper 19B) – Ancient societies often avoided demon-possessed persons (Mark 9:17-18, 22). “It’s your problem, not my business. Don’t bother me, deal with it yourself.” The modern mantra, “Your body, your choice,” tells the same lie. When we keep silent and still on life issues, we only confirm this devilish deception. Christians get to speak with Christ’s courage and reach out in God’s compassion: “You matter. We’ll help” (Isaiah 50:4). O Lord, loose our tongues to declare Your mighty deeds. Amen.


Today’s Door Offering—Siberian Lutheran: Today's door offering for the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the  work of Rev. Andrei Ivolga has made a great contribution to the mission work in the remote regions of Siberia. He has recently been assigned to new work in the Ural region and is now supported by the SELC. Bishop Lytkin has requested that our Russian mission offerings support Pastor Vitali Gavrilov and the mission congregation in Tuim. For more information please read today's bulletin insert. 

Extra LSSI Justice Bread Available Today: Your bread will be available for pick up between services. 

We need Reading Buddies! If you are available on Tuesday afternoons from 2-2:45pm please come and have a great time reading with our 2nd and 3rd graders.  We would love to have your help.  Please contact Kris Hall in the school office (424-0049) or Megan Koenemann our 2nd grade teacher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Join Adult Choir on Wednesdays at 7:30pm: St. Paul’s Adult Choir has resumed on Wednesdays at 7:30pm! The choir is directed by Matthew Machemer, Associate Kantor at CTSFW and St. Paul member. Please consider joining us as we sing praises to our Lord and joyfully edify the song of the church! If you have any questions contact Kantor Machemer via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone 452-2199.

8th Graders D.C. Cake Roll Fundraiser: Through mid October, the 8th graders are selling Audrey's Cake Rolls to help fund their Washington, D.C. Class Trip!   These gourmet cake rolls come in 12 different flavors and are perfect desserts for Holiday gatherings and parties.  The Cake Rolls come frozen, and can be stored in the freezer until you are ready to use them at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  The Cake Rolls will be delivered to you before Thanksgiving.  Please find an 8th grader or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to purchase a cake roll!  Thank you for your support!  

Pastor Hedtke to Present to Golden Heirs on Sept. 24: Pastor Robert and Diana Hedtke—will share their experiences in Thailand. “Bangkok and Beyond” Southeast Asia’s only free country, Thailand serves as wonderful place to present the Good News of Jesus to the “Land of Smiles” where 95% of the people are Buddhist. Come and share an hour with them September 24 at 10am in the Nerger Assembly Room. Lunch following at Park Place, Barr and Main St. RSVP to Carole by September 18. 

St. Paul’s Run Bears Run-Fort 4 Fitness September 28: St. Paul's Annual Run Bears Run event is scheduled for Friday, September 28 at Parkview Field.   Our students have been working on a healthy life style and "training" over the summer and will walk the "final mile" in conjunction with the Fort Wayne Fort 4 Fitness event.

Oktoberfest Ladies Aid Meeting at Country Heritage Winery: Join us at Country Heritage Winery at 1pm on Thursday, October 11 at 0185 County Rd.68, 13 miles from Fort Wayne. We will meet at the church at noon for those who need a ride. A signup sheet will be at the office, please indicate if you need a ride. We are looking forward to seeing you!  Contact Donna Goodwin at 210-3124, if you have any questions.  

8th Grader’s Selling Nelson’s Chicken for D.C. Trip: Buy your $7 pre-sale ticket (per half chicken) from a St. Paul’s 8th grader, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stopping in the school office. Cash or checks payable to St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Pick up your chicken from 10am-4pm outside the school on Friday, October 26. PIT-TATOES will be available for $3.50 on October 26.

Indiana 50% SGO Tax Credit Began July 1: The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana enables low-to-middle-income families to send their children to the school of their choice. For their generosity, donors receive a 50% state tax credit. The continuing popularity of the SGO tax credit has been increased to $14.5 million as of July 1. August 1 is the first due date for applications.  UPDATED SGO forms are located near the front desk and on the glass case in the narthex.  Donating anonymously is now an option.  Contact the SGO office at 260-203-4509 or visit their website at to learn more. 

Thrivent Members with Choice Dollars: If you’re an eligible Thrivent member with Choice Dollars available to designate, you can help by directing your choice dollars to work at St. Paul’s and in our community. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, visit Or contact your local Thrivent Financial representative. Another simple option is to pick up a form from the magazine rack hanging on the wall outside the church office. Just complete and mail the form directly to Thrivent.