Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church. At St. Paul, we value sharing God’s grace through Christ with love, prayer, worship and service. We are a community with room and a place to belong for everyone. We provide numerous opportunities for the study of God’s word, fellowship and service for all ages. Our Sunday School involves students in hands-on participation in the Biblical stories and we value cross-generational interaction in faith development so that we can link home and congregation together.

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), as well as a partner in the Grosse Pointe Ecumenical Parish. We gather around the Word and Sacrament each Sunday and have various classes and events throughout the week for us to stay connected together. If you are a first time visitor, you can learn more about us on our welcome page.

Forever In Grace, Pastor Justin Dittrich

Worship with Communion: 9:30 am
Education Hour: 10:45 am

facebookOffice HoursTel 313.881.6670
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

News & Announcements

Office Closed on Fridays!

20110927120945The church council approved a the closer of the office on Fridays to help to tend to staff resources.  Staff may still be working that day, but phone calls will first go into voicemail and the doors will not be opened on demand. If you want to meet with a staff member, plan and call ahead. You can leave them a message and they will get back to you when they are available. Thanks for your consideration!

VBS: July 31- August 5 “Fearless Faith: Courage in Community.”

Fearless faithVBS is coming together. The overall theme is “Fearless Faith: Courage in Community.”  We have some key meeting coming up to help organize this awesome endeavor.

Organizational meeting: Apr. 24th from 2-3:30 at St. Paul. This meeting should include all key volunteers from all churches.

Safe Guarding our Children’s Seminar: June 11th from 1-4 pm at Christ Church Episcopal.  This meeting is for all key leaders working with children at the VBS.

Come help us promote a fearless faith that calls us to have courage as a community for the sake of the community. For in this VBS we are 3 churches, 2 faiths, 1 body!

RISE UP Southeast Michigan!

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RISE UP Southeast Michigan!  One of the largest Service Learning projects during the 2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit last summer was cleaning up neighborhoods and boarding up abandoned houses in the Osborn neighborhood of Detroit.  Plans are being made to continue the good work started last summer.   Volunteer to work one or more of the Saturdays in April; gather a group from your neighborhood or congregation to come work with The Youth Connection, The Osborn Neighborhood Alliance and Matrix Human Services.  The Work Day will be about 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each Saturday, lunch and snacks provided.   All skill levels are needed; we’ll be doing yardwork as well as cutting and attaching boards on the houses.    We will provide a team leader and board cutter.

TO SIGN UP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084bafa829a75-riseup/

QUESTIONS? Please email osborncommunityriseup@gmail.com and a member of the planning team will respond to you ASAP.

Beer & Hymns Spring Edition!

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Tuesday, May 3rd From 7pm-8:30pm

@ Dragonmead Microbrewery

14600 E 11 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48089

Come and drink and sing! Beer and food are available for purchase.

No need to bring anything but your voice.

Contact Pastor Justin for more information



Pastoral Notes



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baptism FlintImagine your normal life of limited means, having little in the way of “extras”, being further challenged by finding the one thing that should be so simple, clean tap water, being unavailable to you. Next, imagine for a moment your whole family bathing daily with bottled water and cooking daily meals with bottled water. You can obtain a free case of this bottled water, but only one case for your whole family. Imagine bringing your child to church for baptism and even there, bottled water is used.
This is the reality for Flint residents and Salem Lutheran Church, the only ELCA congregation in Flint, is actively serving anyone who comes seeking assistance. As you are aware, the Flint Water crisis has caused widespread and significant damage. It is estimated that 6,000-10,000 children have been exposed to lead poisoning, the effects of which are life long and add to the many disadvantages residents already experience.
fontThe ELCA and the Southeast MI Synod have asked congregations to support Salem Lutheran in Flint in a number of different ways. Salem is serving as a community water distribution site every Thursday and Saturday. Cases are distributed without limit to anyone, a difference from the government distribution sites, which require inspection of state identification. Water donation drives are necessary and helpful, however Salem also needs assistance in a building project replacing the water pipes and installing a filtration system. The initial estimated project cost is $60,000 plus additional costs for asbestos abatement.

With safe water at Salem, the community can fill water jugs with safe water. Salem also operates a food pantry and serves meals to the needy in the community twice a week. Due to the effects of lead poisoning, access to healthy foods is just as critical as safe water.
At our Church Council retreat the question, “What is St. Paul doing to respond to the water crisis” was raised and thoroughly discussed. It was decided that we would like to assist Salem in a more permanent way especially as there is a steady donation of water bottles and filters in place. We seek to

support Salem’s Pastor Monica Villareal so she and this faith community can minister to all who come to Salem, helping hold the people of Flint together in the time of crisis; the church is a safe and trusted place.

To this aim, Council authorized a donation of $5,000 from the special projects funds to support the Salem, Flint building projects. Council now offers a challenge to the St. Paul members to triple this initial offering. Please prayerfully consider how you can help Salem, Flint in a long-term manner in replacing its water pipes and upgrading it’s building. A special appeal envelope is available in the weekly bulletin, pew racks and by the water display in the foyer. Write your check to St. Paul Lutheran with “Flint Water” in the memo line. Your donations will be held in a

restricted fund; St. Paul will send a monthly contribution from this fund on one check to the synod office. The Bishop’s office has oversight of this project to ensure proper use and care of donations received. No contribution is too large or too small!

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 3/27/16

On this most holy day, let us pray to God for the church, the earth, and all in need, that the whole world may know the resurrection that God promises to give. (A brief silence.) O God of life, pour the life of your Son’s resurrection into the churches. Make visible the unity we have in you. Show to each denomination the strengths of the others. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Give to the lands and seas the life of your continuing creation. Water the flowers of springtime, and nurture the growing crops. Bless all who protect your plants and animals. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Grant to all nations your life of peace. Keep us from war. Lead us into justice. Turn enemies into friends. We pray especially for our Holy Land. Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

Visit the needy with your compassionate life. Feed the hungry. Nurse the sick. Protect the weak. Comfort the sorrowful. Attend the dying. Especially we pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Maxine, Richard, Sara, Matthew, Greg, Sue, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Keri, Elizabeth, Dianne, Michele, Michele, Betty, Mary, Mairin, Shirley, Linda, Dan, Hannah And Wilson. Give your resurrected life to those in need. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Raise up this assembly with the life of your Spirit. Reveal in our community the signs of Christ’s resurrection. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Oh God of the resurrection, Bring to life this church for mission. Bring your life to Habitat for humanity and Family Preservation Services of Lutheran Social Services. Sustain the hope and life you give the Holy Land region though our missionaries, David, Jenifer and Colin. Bless our fellowship and fun and Grant us peace everlasting. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

O God of life, we praise you for the faithful who have met you in death We pray especially Bob Buhl and Charles Henretta. Bring us all through death into the life of your resurrection. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

O God, we praise your life. We bless your mercy. We honor your power. Transform all that is dying with the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Death of Robert Carl Buhl

funeralartWith sadness and hope of eternal Life, we announce the death of Robert Buhl.

His service will be held at St. Paul on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00.  Visitation at the church will be before the service at 9:30 AM.

Visitation at AH Peters in Grosse Pointe Woods will also be held on Thursday the 24th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

You can find his obituary here

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”


– Psalm 116:15

Death of Charles William Henretta

Funeral Service forChuck Henretta

Charles William Henretta

June 10, 1944 – March 26, 2016

March 31st, 2016 at 11:00am

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

Charles William Henretta, age 71, passed away on March 26, 2016. Chuck was the loving husband of Charlene for over 53 years. He leaves behind his children; Cheryl (James) Nielsen and Craig (Barbara) Henretta, grandchildren; Kristina (Sean) Koerber, Eric (Alyssa) Nielsen, Jaycee Henretta, Masen Henretta and Jorden Henretta and siblings; Thomas (the late Sandy), Barry (Karen), Marc, Brandy Turner and Michelle (Mick) Sullivan. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Henretta and Matilda Piornack and his sister Karen Hayes.

Chuck enjoyed golfing and was proud of his hole in one shot. He was an athlete and liked many kinds of sports. He enjoyed traveling with Charlene. More than anything, Chuck loved to take care of his wife, kids and grandchildren. Chuck had an endearing sense of humor and he loved to make people laugh. He is going to be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church

375 Lothrop Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Tel 313.881.6670
Fax 313.881.6189


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