Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday, Nov. 11

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Praise to the Lord the Almighty”


“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)”

“This is Amazing Grace”


11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151

#468 “I Am Content! My Jesus Ever Lives”

#396 “Arise and Shine in Splendor”

#725 “Children of the Heavenly Father”

#617 “O Lord, We Praise Thee”

#465 “Now All the Vault of Heaven



Collect of the Day

Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Grant us so firmly to believe in Your Son Jesus Christ that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

First Reading  Acts 26:1-32                                   

P      The First Reading is from Acts, the twenty-sixth chapter.

1So Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:

2“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, 3especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

4“My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. 5They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. 6And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, 7to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! 8Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

9“I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. 11And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

12“In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

19“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

24And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 29And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

30Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. 31And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” 32And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

P  This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                                             Mark 12:38–44

P  The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the twelfth chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

38 In his teaching [Jesus] said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces

39and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

41And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

P  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

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

 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 Voters Meeting

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

6:00 PM CSM Student Supper

Monday          3:15 PM  McMondays

6:30 PM Financial Peace

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

5:00 PM Praise Team rehearsal

6:30 PM Adult Choir

Thursday      12:00 PM  Sr. Saints

5:30 PM  Pietila Home Bible Study

Saturday      12:00 PM   Dorcas Bazaar & Bake Sale

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

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

12:30 PM Youth Group – Laser Tag

2:45 PM Team Meeting 2

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: J.P. and Aimee Cima, Vietnam

Read Acts:

Daily Readings – Week 6: Monday, November 12 – Sunday, November 18

Monday – 24:1-24:21

Tuesday – 24:22-24:27

Wednesday – 25:1-25:12

Thursday – 25:13-25:27

Friday – 26:1-26:11

Saturday – 26:12-26:32

Sunday – no reading

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Fall Voters Assembly: All members are invited to attend the fall meeting of the Voters Assembly this morning at 10:00 am 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.

New Members: We would like to welcome several new families into our congregation.  It is a blessing to have them join our church family. They are: Karyn Fay, Joan Hembroff, David & Marthe Kuhn, Ron and Mary Mikkola, Jim and Anna Taylor, and Eric & Cindy Trail.

 Thanksgiving Eve Service will be on Wednesday Nov. 21st at 7:00 p.m.

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.

 Thanksgiving Student Supper – College students, please join us today for CSM‘s Thanksgiving Student Supper at our student house on Blanche St. Take a break from studying and enjoy some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and more! Dinner is at 6:00pm. Need directions? Contact Marcus

 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.

 Laser Tag –  High school youth, next Sunday we are going to play tactical laser tag. Please contact Marcus to RSVP as space is limited. Come join us for this awesome event. Cost is $10.

 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.

 REMINDER: 2018 OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COLLECTION DEADLINE IS NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. Please help us reach our goal of 250 filled boxes and $2,500 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the project. Last year we donated 226 boxes and $2,065. 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, smaller 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.  Contact Denise Coates at 296-9561 or , or visit the national project website at for additional information.

 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.

 Advent by Candlelight: We invite all ladies to the Advent by Candlelight on Sunday December 2nd at 6:30.  This is a very special evening that you can participate in by either hosting a table for your dear friends, or simply come as a guest.  All we ask is that you let us know your preference, there is a sign up sheet in the narthex.  Any questions, please see Dorothy or Cathy Paul. FYI for ladies that host a table, we can only set up on Sunday prior to the event.  Come anytime after the 11AM Service.  Thank you!

Angel Tree Volunteer Needed: It’s that time of year again when we begin to prepare for the holiday season. For several years our church has participated in the Angel Tree program, which is a program that benefits local families by providing Christmas gifts to families in need. We are in need of a volunteer or volunteers who would be willing to spearhead the program this year. This means reaching out to the organizing agency to gather information, coordinate donation collection and drop off. If you are interested, please contact Kerri Mayra at for more information.

 SERVING: Ushers:   Rob Scholie, Dennis Hagenbuch,

Jed Chrestensen, Zachary Lynch (Early)

Sam Coates, Deb Olson,

Ken Clark, Peter Pietila (Late)

Elders:     Chris Middlebrook (Early)

Mike Salmi, Jon Leinonen (Late)

Acolytes: Jordan Chrestensen (Early)

Logan Moilanen, Mikko Salmi (Late)

Lay Reader: Mike Salmi

Greeters: Greg & Sherry Blust (Early)

Lynn Lanala,  Lori Nordmark (Late)


No Financial Summary this week.

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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: