Vacation Bible School
Imagine traveling through time and meeting the most important man ever – a man who was not just a man, but also God. One who turned the world upside-down. One who existed outside of time! Children in preschool through 5th grade joined us to do just that during a weeklong Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 22nd. Daily, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, we embarked on a machine in our TIME LAB, discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future. Every morning, children learned about Jesus through stories, music, crafts, science experiments, missions and snacks. Click here to see some of the fun we had!
Teens and adults interested in volunteering to help at Vacation Bible School in 2019 should contact the Church Office at 989-224-3178.
A Sunday morning Bible Study is led by lay leader Jeremy Heimsoth. This study is held in the gym from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., and also includes coffee and cookies. A Ladies Bible Study is offered on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m., and is held in the library. A third Study is also held in the library on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Peter Lutheran Church has a charming library that members are invited to visit and enjoy. Categories of books include: a nice variety of Christian non-fiction; Parenting Resources; Christian Growth; Christian children’s books; and some family friendly DVD’s. Items are available to be enjoyed in the library or to be checked out and read at home. If you’re interested in a specific book or some suggestions contact the librarian. You may also contact the librarian if you have a book you think others might enjoy and you would like to donate it to the library.
St. Peter offers Christian education for every member of the family on Sunday mornings. In addition to Sunday morning Bible study for adults and teens, Sunday School classes are offered year-round for children in Preschool through 5th grade. Children enjoy Bible lessons, arts and crafts, mission projects and music. To join a class or to volunteer to help teach classes, contact the Director of Christian Education, Sally Pontius – firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 204-7991.
St. Peter Lutheran Church partners with the American Red Cross to host four blood drives each year. Red Cross staff is on site in the St. Peter Lutheran Church Fellowship Center from 1:00 – 5:45 pm to receive donors and collect donations. Upcoming date: November 13, 2018.
You can be someone’s hero and you could help save three lives when you donate. Most people have blood to spare, yet there is still not enough to go around, whatever your reason, consider donating and making a contribution to a healthy and reliable blood supply. And if that’s not reason enough, the homemade cookies and ground bologna sandwiches are delicious! You can schedule an appointment by emailing Theresa Silm at email@example.com or going directly to the Red Cross site to make an appointment.
Members of St. Peter help to provide Christmas gifts for families that are not able to afford them for their family. Suggestions for families are accepted from the Food Pantry, members of the congregation, Hazle Findlay, and the Family Caring and Sharing Resource Center. Five to seven families are selected each year and contacted for a list of needs and gift ideas. Names are kept confidential and the individual items are hung on the Giving Tree. Members choose items to purchase, wrap and return to church. Packages are then put together and delivered to the individuals/families prior to Christmas. It is through this act of love that members share the joy of Christmas and let families know that God knows and loves them. To suggest a family or to learn how you can be get involved, contact Giving Tree Coordinator, Diane Thurston at (989)-388-2069.
Christ Lutheran Church in Lansing hosts a soup kitchen that feeds about 200 people every Saturday and St. Peter Lutheran volunteers help with that meal twice a year. St. Peter members help to set up, prepare the meal, serve the meal, and clean up and in doing so demonstrate the love of Christ for all. Twelve to fifteen volunteers are needed each time to help with tasks and serve the people of the community. Adults and teens are invited to participate and this is a great opportunity for families to serve together. Upcoming dates that St. Peter will be serving: September 15, 2018 and December 8, 2018. To find out how you can get involved or to volunteer, call Al & Renee Schmitzer who coordinate this ministry. Their number is (517)505-0811.
Soup Kitchen Gifting Room
In conjunction with the Soup Kitchen, St. Peter organizes a special Gifting Room for those who attend. Congregation and community members collect and donate new and gently used items like blankets, coats, hat, gloves, mittens, and other winter clothing. These are arranged and displayed in a room adjacent to the soup kitchen dining room and made available free of charge to those who attend. In addition to the items previously mentioned, personal hygiene bags filled with new toothpaste, deodorant, soap, socks, etc. are given to each attendee. The Gifting Room is one more way that St. Peter Lutheran Church strives to spread the love of Christ and serve our neighbor. The 2018 Gifting Room is scheduled for December 8th. To find out how you can volunteer to support this ministry, contact Coordinator Bonnie Gregory at (989) 292-4152.
St. Peter Food Pantry
St. Peter realizes it’s important to feed the body as well as the spirit and so, in Christian love, members operate the St. Peter Food Pantry. Families wishing to utilize the pantry can contact the Church Office at (989) 224-3178. Members are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, paper products, and laundry soap. Donations can be left in the basket in the back of the church or in the Fellowship Center. To learn more about the food pantry, making a donation, or volunteering to help, contact the Food Pantry Coordinators. The Food Pantry also prepares food baskets for families at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Suggestions for donation items include:
- Beverages: hot chocolate, coffee, tea
- Boxed meals: Complete dinners, Helper & pasta meals
- Canned beans: kidney, navy, pinto, pork & beans, refried
- Canned fish: salmon, tuna
- Canned fruit or vegetables
- Canned meals: beef stew, chili, hash, Spam
- Canned pasta: Beefaroni, ravioli, Spaghetti Os
- Cereals (hot and cold)
- Fruit juice, 100% (canned and boxed)
- Instant pudding or Jell-O
- Laundry Soap
- Muffin and pancake mixes
- Pasta: macaroni, noodles, spaghetti
- Peanut butter
- Potatoes, instant
- Rice: instant and dinners
- Snack items: fruit snacks, granola bars, pop tarts
- Snack items: cookies (store-bought not home-made), crackers
- Soup (canned and boxed)
- Staples: flour, spices (basic), sugar, syrup
- Toilet Paper, Paper Towels
- Tomato products: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste
- Vegetable oil (bottled)
- Home-canned or homemade goods
- Opened or damaged items
- Fresh or perishable items
Supporting Ronald McDonald House
It’s been said that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Collecting tabs from pop cans and other aluminum cans is one way that members and friends of St. Peter Lutheran Church turn trash into a valuable resource for the Mid-Michigan Ronald McDonald House in Lansing. The house, adjacent to Sparrow Hospital is a home away from home for families of hospitalized children who are able to stay near their sick children at no cost. Tabs which are useless after the can is opened are collected and turned into money which annually raises nearly $2,000, enough money to pay the utilities for a month. Tabs can be placed in the box in the back of church or left in the Church Office.