21st Sunday After Pentecost: Sunday, Oct. 14

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am Contemporary Service

“Forever” (We Sing Hallelujah)

“Everlasting God”

“Jesus Loves Me”

“Happy Day”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service II, page 167

#907 “God Himself Is Present”

#706 “Love in Christ Is Strong and


#547 “The Lamb”

#537 “Beautiful Savior”

#785 “We Praise You, O God”


Collect of the Day

     Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace always precedes and follows us, help us to forsake all         trust in earthly gain and to find in You our heavenly treasure; for You live and reign         with the Father and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever.

Old Testament Reading                                                    Amos 5:6-7;10-15

P      The Old Testament Reading is from Amos, the fifth chapter.

6Seek the Lord and live,

lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,

and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel,

7O you who turn justice to wormwood

and cast down righteousness to the earth!

10They hate him who reproves in the gate,

and they abhor him who speaks the truth.

11Therefore because you trample on the poor

and you exact taxes of grain from him,

you have built houses of hewn stone,

but you shall not dwell in them;

you have planted pleasant vineyards,

but you shall not drink their wine.

12For I know how many are your transgressions

and how great are your sins—

you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,

and turn aside the needy in the gate.

13Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time,

for it is an evil time.

14Seek good, and not evil,

that you may live;

and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,

as you have said.

15Hate evil, and love good,

and establish justice in the gate;

it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,

will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

Second Reading                                                                                        Acts 7:51—8:3

P The Epistle is from Acts, the seventh chapter.

51“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.   As your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

54Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1And Saul approved of his execution.

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

P  This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                               Luke 23:26–34

P  The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the twenty-third chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

26And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise to You, O Christ.


Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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 yourself these 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.

Notes and News


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

10:00 AM New Member Class

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

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Monday         6:00 PM   Bd. of Elders

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study

6:30 PM Dorcas/LWML

Wednesday    9:00 AM  Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation Class

Thursday        4:30 PM  Praise Team Rehearsal

5:30 PM Pietila Home Bible Study

Saturday        7:00 PM   CSM Corn Maze

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

10:00 AM Education Classes

10:00 AM New Member Class

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

12:30 PM Youth Group

6:00 PM CSM – Student Supper

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

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

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

Read Acts:

Daily Readings – Week Two: Monday, October 15 – Sunday, October 21 
 – 5:1-5:42
Tuesday – 6:1-6:15
Wednesday – 7:1-7:60
Thursday – 8:1-8:25
Friday – 8:26-8:8:40
Saturday – 9:1-9:19
Sunday – 9:20-9:43

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Looking for a Truck: We are looking for a used, but decent plow truck for the church. Ideally it would be 3/4 ton with a V plow. If you or someone you know is looking to sell one, please let me know. pastorgehrke@copperluth.org.

 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!

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!

Movie matinee – The high school youth group will be kicking off food fun and a movie next Sunday, Oct. 21st starting at 12:30! Please come and be a part of our youth group!

CSM –  Concordia student ministries or CSM is our college focus ministry based out of our student house at Michigan Tech. We have events every Saturday afternoon/ evening Bible study on Sunday nights. Come connect with other Christian college students and join us at one of our weekly events!

 Senior Saints – The October get-together will take place on Thursday,
October 25, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.  It will
start with a tour of the facility at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be at 1:00
p.m. in the Community Room.  This is different than how we usually do
things, but the Library has a Storytime for young children on Wednesdays
and Thursdays, which ends in early afternoon.  By us eating at 1:00, it
gives them time to put things away and get the room ready for us.
Another twist to this event is that we ask all who are coming to bring
their own sandwiches of choice.  Chips and desserts will be provided, as
well as coffee, tea, lemonade, and water.  During lunch, Library
Director Dillon Geshel will tell us about what’s going on at the Library
these days.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex so we
can get a count of how many are coming for the Community Room setup purpose.

 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.

 Dorcas Society/LWML – will have its monthly meeting this Tuesday evening, October 16, at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to the Agenda items, which will focus on the upcoming Bazaar and Advent by Candlelight events, the program will be a Bible Study, led by Christian Life Chair Cathy Paul.  We invite all the ladies in our midst to join us as we do God’s work, study His Word, and enjoy a dessert afterward.

Choir: Do you sing in the shower or garden? Do you have fond memories of your high school or college choir? Are you that one person in your circle of friends who keeps trying to organize Karaoke night? Choir rehearsal will start this coming Wednesday, 10/17, at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. We will be offering our praise to God twice a month at the late service. Depending on demand we many also sing at the early service. We are especially in need of female voices this year. Please contact Jason Sommerville (jason.sommerville@gmail.com) or Maura Leinonen (maura.leinonen@gmail.com) for more information. Or, just show up at rehearsal.

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

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


Sun. 10/7 – (8:30) 132 + (11:00) 124 = 256

Office Information:

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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

SERVING: Ushers:   Lorna Kaspala, Greg Blust,

Wayne Volk, volunteer (Early)

Jim Lahti, Marilynn Dewald,

Sam Coates, Deb Olson (Late)

Elders:     Dustin Scherr (Early)

Tim Stites, Don Kuiper (Late)

Acolytes: Sam Roberts (Early)

Xander Nordmark, Phoenix Nordmark (Late)

Lay Reader: Gene Kuiper

Greeters: Greg & Sherry Blust (Early)

John & Dala Beard (Late)


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $   10,546.62
Other Income $        173.00
Total $  10,719.62
Year to Date Budget Need $362,544.00
Year to Date Actual $354,501.05
Year to Date Difference $   (8,042.95)