Reformation Day: Sunday, Oct. 28

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Reformation Day

8:30am Contemporary Service

“God of Wonders”

“A Mighty Fortress”

“King of Love”


11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151

#657 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

#566 “By Grace I’m Saved”

#744 “Amazing Grace”

#582 “God’s Word is our Great


#794 “The Lord, My God, Be Praised”

Collect of the Day

O God, the helper of all who call on You, have mercy on us and give us eyes of faith to see Your Son that we may follow Him on the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 First Reading                                                                                  Acts 17:22–34

P      The Old Testament Reading is from Acts, the seventeenth chapter.

22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

29Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

32Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33So Paul went out from their midst. 34But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                    Romans 3:19–28

P      The Epistle is from Romans, the third chapter.

19Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                     John 8:31–36

P       The Holy Gospel according to John, the eighth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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  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 you are 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

 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         3:15 PM   Youth Group – McMonday

6:30 PM Financial Peace

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday    9:00 AM  Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation Class

5:00 PM Praise Team rehearsal

6:30 PM Adult Choir

Thursday        5:30 PM  Pietila Home Bible Study

Saturday        5:00 PM   CSM – Animal Shelter

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 – Hike

7:00 PM CSM Bible Study

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer:

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 4: Monday, October 29 – Sunday, November 4
 – 15:1-15:21
Tuesday – 15:22-15:41
Wednesday – 16:1-16:40
Thursday – 17:1-17:34
Friday – 18:1-18:28
Saturday – 19:1-19:22
Sunday – 19:23-19:41

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Fall Voters Assembly: All members are invited to attend the fall meeting of the Voters Assembly at 10:00 am on November 11th in the Sanctuary. The Board of Directors will be presenting the 2019 church budget and there will be a ministry update. We thank you for your support and participation.

 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.

Odd Jobs – Last Call – 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, to get your needs taken care of whenever you like!

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!

McMondays – Youth, come hangout with Marcus at McDonald’s in Houghton for some post class hangout time, fun, laughs, and maybe some fries from 3:15-4:15 on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.  If you want some food, please make sure to bring some money.  Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up. If you have any questions, please contact Marcus.

 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 continue this Wednesday, 10/24, 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 may also sing at the early service. We are especially in need of female voices this year. Please contact Jason Sommerville ( or Maura Leinonen ( for more information. Or, just show up at rehearsal.

Poinsettia Plants:  If you would like to order Poinsettia Plants for Christmas, please sign the sheet located on the table outside the multi-purpose room or contact the church office at 482-4750 by Sunday, November 18th.  Cost of the plant is $20.  Only those plants that have been paid for will be ordered.  You may take your plant home after Christmas Eve Svc. if you wish.

 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 , or visit the national project website at for additional information.

 Community Connection Volunteering Opportunity: Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting a neighborhood connection day for our neighbors. Today 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 for more information.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME is Sunday, Nov. 4th. Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour Saturday evening.

 LWML Sunday Results – Thank you to our generous members, we raised $427 from the door offering for “Mites for Missions.”  This was sent to the North Wisconsin District LWML to go toward their 2018-2020 Mission Grants goal.  The same day, we held a Bake Sale, which raised $292.  Funds were sent to the local Life Outreach Center in Hancock to help underwrite meals served at their annual fundraising banquet on October 23.  You certainly are a blessing, not only to our church, but to the community and the world.     Ladies of the Dorcas Society/LWML
72nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, Bake Sale, & Tea – Will take place on Saturday, November 17, from noon-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Funds raised at this event go toward missions in one way or another, and will be disbursed at the January meeting of the Dorcas Society/LWML.  There will be a Tea table, Craft table, Bake Sale, White Elephant table, Christmas items.  Anyone interested in providing a craft, baked good, special treats for the Tea Table, or usable stuff for the White Elephant table, is welcome to do so.  We also welcome workers that day, even if you don’t attend our meetings. Contact Jean Pemberton, Dorothy Paul, or any other member of Dorcas for further information.

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


Sun. 10/21 – (8:30) 167 + (11:00) 117 = 284

Office Information:

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

906-482-4750 |


Pastor: Aaron Gehrke;

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff:

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt:

Office Manager: Judy Fenske;

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper;

Business Manager: Jason Auel;

Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton;

Group Life: Rob Cooke;

Hospitality: Anne Cooke:

Community: Kerri Mayra;

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke;

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers:

SERVING: Ushers:   Christian Fitzgerald, Craig Sporalski,

Mark VanWagner, John Litzner (Early)

Marilynn Dewald, Sam Coates,

Deb Olson, Ken Clark (Late)

Elders:     Dennis Hagenbuch (Early)

Dale Dewald, Mike Salmi (Late)

Acolytes: Alex Geborkoff (Early)

Erik Wanhala, Sam Leinonen (Late)

Lay Reader: Sam Coates

Greeters: Charlotte Clouthier, Jim Walters (Early)

Roger & Janet Turpening, Elsa Strayer (Late)


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $   8,224.97
Other Income $   2,446.42
Total $ 10,671.39
Year to Date Budget Need $381,136.00
Year to Date Actual $373,780.82
Year to Date Difference $   (7,355.18)