20th Sunday After Pentecost: Sunday,


Songs/Hymns for the Day

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

8:30am Contemporary Service

“Come As You Are”


“Beautiful Things”

“Our God”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Svc. I, page 151

#580 “The Gospel Shows the Father’s


#856 “O Christ, Who Called the


#842 “Son of God, Eternal Savior”

Collect of the Day

Merciful Father, Your patience and loving-kindness toward us have no end. Grant that by

Your Holy Spirit we may always think and do those things that are pleasing in Your sight;

through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Reading                                                                                            Genesis 2:18–25

P    The Old Testament Reading is from Genesis, the second chapter.

18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called Woman,

because she was taken out of Man.”

24Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

Second Reading                                                                                          Acts 1:12–26

P      The Epistle is from Acts, the first chapter.

12Then [the apostles] returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.

13And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

15In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18(Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20“For it is written in the Book of Psalms,

“‘May his camp become desolate,

and let there be no one to dwell in it’;


“‘Let another take his office.’

21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                                  Matthew 10:1–15

P   The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the tenth chapter.

C   Glory to You, O Lord.

1And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, 10no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

P  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.


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TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that youare worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus with us.  Part of worshiping our Lord is bringing our financial gifts in the form of offerings to support the ministry of Christ’s church.  As our guest today, please do not feel obligated to give an offering.  We are just thankful that you are here and hope you will continue to worship with us. Want to give your offerings online? Go to www.copperluth.org/give.

 HOLY COMMUNION: In preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper, please ask yourselfthese questions: Have I confessed and repented of my sins? Do I believe that in this Sacrament I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins? Do I share the confession and wish to participate in the unity of this congregation? Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life? If you answer, “yes” to all of these questions, please join us for this blessed gift from God for our forgiveness. If you need a gluten free wafer, please ask the pastor when you are kneeling at the rail.

SERVING: Ushers:   Christian Fitzgerald, Craig Sporalski,

Mark VanWagner, John Litzner (Early)

Deb Olson, Ken Clark,

Peter Pietila, volunteer (Late)

Elders:     Warren Weingarten, Chris Middlebrook (Early)

Mike Salmi (Late)

Acolytes: Jordan Chrestensen, Bob Cooke (Early)

Kierah Hietala (Late)

Lay Reader: Marilynn Dewald

Greeters: Wayne Volk, Pauline Kokkonen (Early)

Lynn Lanala, Lori Nordmark (Late)

Notes and News


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study

10:30 AM Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday    9:00 AM  Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation Class

Thursday        4:30 PM  Praise Team Rehearsal

6:00 PM Bd. of Directors

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc., w/comm.

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer: www.copperluth.org/prayer-request

Cancer: Julia Munson, Nancy Pintar, Elaine Monette, Sue Etapa,

Lori Pemberton, Mary Ann Tervo, Julie Sutinen, Jim, Jeanne Huff

Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Mary, Pastor Paul, Nancy Smith

Missionary of the Month: Rev. Andrew & Kelsey Schlund, Mexico

Read Acts:

Daily Readings – Week One: Monday, October 8 – Sunday, October 14
Monday – 
Tuesday – 1:12-1:26
Wednesday – 2:1-2:47
Thursday – 3:1-3:10
Friday – 3:11-3:26
Saturday – 4:1-4:22
Sunday – 4:23-4:37

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Thank You. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me out in the past several months while I have been ill. Any and all help has been much appreciated! I particularly am overwhelmed by the amount of people praying for me; thank you just doesn’t seem to be adequate enough. All of the birthday cards last week put a much needed smile on my face. May the good Lord continue to bless you all!

Bd. of Directors: Members are invited to address the Board of Directors during their regular meetings. The next meeting is on Thursday, October 11th at 6:00 pm. The current board members are Bob Chalgren, Jed Chrestensen, Maura Leinonen, Rob Scholie, Jason Sommerville, Jim Spence, and Kristin Wanhala.

 Financial Peace University, a bibically based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God’s way. This 9-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! The class has been transformational for many members of our church and we’re happy to offer it once again. The class is starting October 15-December 10 and will be Monday nights 6:30-8. The cost for the class is $119. Register online at http://copperluth.org/fpu.

 Odd Jobs – Need Help with taking care of fall chores? CSM can help!  We have a group of college students with strong backs and quick minds that are willing to do some leaf raking, heavy lifting, wood cutting/moving, or anything else.    We will be accepting free will offerings to help fund Concordia Student Ministries Spring Mission trip, but we are willing to serve regardless.  Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Joel Komurka, jakomurk@mtu.edu to get your needs taken care of whenever you like!

National Youth Gathering – It’s going to be an awesome experience that you won’t want to miss! If you are in grades 8-12, you are eligilbe to attend and we want you to join us!  Registration Deadline is fastly approaching, Oct 7th, so if you haven’t handed in your form and deposit, please contact Marcus Huff, marcus@copperluth.org for the form and details.

Youth Group – Are you in High School and interested in events and activities with other youth? Then join us on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month at 12:30pm beginning Oct. 21st.  Watch your email for more details!

 LWML Sunday – The Dorcas Society/LWML will be celebrating the Lutheran
Women’s Missionary League, aka Lutheran Women in Mission, on October
14.  It is the official women’s arm of the Lutheran Church-Missouri
Synod.  As the name suggests, the main focus of the LWML is missions.
Mission Grants are voted on at conventions, both on the National and
District Levels, funding needs around the world, as well as in the U.S.
There will be a special door offering after each Service on the 14th for
“Mites for Missions.”

Life Outreach Bake Sale – The Dorcas Society/LWML is holding a Bake Sale
on Sunday, October 14, after each Service.  Funds raised will help
underwrite the annual Life Outreach Banquet.  This year’s Banquet will
take place on Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Calumet.  In addition to a dinner, the event will feature a
speaker and an opportunity for those in attendance to make a donation to
Life Outreach and its pro-life mission.  The Life Outreach Office has
recently moved from downtown Houghton to 300B Quincy Street, Hancock,
across from the Salvation Army.

 2018 Operation Christmas Child – 25th ANNIVERSARY: Our 2018 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Mission Project has begun and we are once again asking for your generous support. This is the 25th anniversary of this amazing global project, and we have set a special goal of donating 250 filled boxes along with $2,500. Last year we achieved a record 226 boxes and $2,065. Our collection deadline this year is Sunday, November 11th. Examples of items to fill boxes include; wash cloths, bar soap, tooth brushes, hair brushes, combs, crayons, regular and color pencils, sharpeners, erasers, felt tips, small notebooks, and toys. Make sure the items will fit easily in the boxes. Do not include any sharp items or war related toys, Again this year items such as toothpaste, candy, hand sanitizer, or liquid of any kind are not permitted.  A donation of $9 is also requested for each box to help defray international shipping costs. Please visit the display table in the narthex where information and program boxes are available. Store bought plastic shoe boxes are also a great idea because the kids can reuse them. You can contact Denise Coates at 296-9561 or bdcoates@wildblue.net , or visit the national project website at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ for additional information.

Community Connection Volunteering Opportunity: Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting a neighborhood connection day for our neighbors. On Sunday, November 4th, we will be providing a helping hand to nearby residents, which may include anything from raking leaves to basic yard work or just simply visiting with them to make them feel like part of our greater community. If you and/or your family are interested in participating please sign up on the form located on the table in the Narthex or contact Kerri Mayra at community@copperluth.org for more information.


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $   8,903.50
Other Income $      128.00
Total $  9,031.50
Year to Date Budget Need $353,248.00
Year to Date Actual $343,801.00
Year to Date Difference $   (9,446.57)

 “Lutheran Hour” Radio Ministry, Sunday 8:30 AM, WHKB 102.3FM


Sun. 9/30 – (8:30) 170 + (11:00) 128 = 298

Office Information:

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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Pastor: Aaron Gehrke; pastorgehrke@copperluth.org

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff: marcus@copperluth.org

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt: preschool@copperluth.org

Office Manager: Judy Fenske; secretary@copperluth.org

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper; maintenance@copperluth.org

Business Manager: Jason Auel; business@copperluth.org

Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton; louann@copperluth.org

Group Life: Rob Cooke; groups@copperluth.org

Hospitality: Anne Cooke: anne@copperluth.org

Community: Kerri Mayra; community@copperluth.org

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke; children@copperluth.org

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers: bryant@copperluth.org