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Midweek Advent

Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th, & 14th

9:30am, 5:00pm, 7:00pm - Sanctuary

Christmas Concert

Dec 10th - 6:30pm - Sanctuary

Dec. 11th - 3:00pm - Sanctuary


St. Lorenz is taking applications for a custodial position at the church.  The positon is 25-30 flexible hours a week.  Job description and applications can be picked up at the church office and questions on the job can be directed to Phil Haubenstricker at 989-652-6141 ext. 452.


The MInistry Financial Plan passed.

Assistant Treasurer.....Marisa Ahrens

Ministry Council.....Gary Schiefer and Deb Krafft

Commission on Spiritual Life.....Kendall Judson

Commission on Christian Education.....Nathan Bruff

Commission of Physical Properties.....Charlie Weiss


Ministry Council will be meeting next Monday and making a decision on the remaining appointments for the various Commissions positions. 

Submitted by Pete Bender

The Lutheran Witness

It's time to subscribe, or re-subscribe, to receive the discounted rate.  Price is only $12.00 a year if ordered through St. Lorenz.  (Regular cost is $20.00) Mail in your check or stop by the church office by Dec 9 to get the lower rate.

Rebroadcast Weihnachts-Singfest

The Weihnachts-Singfest is scheduled for rebroadcast on Charter Cable TV Channel 191 on Friday Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm and Sunday Dec. 11 at 5:00 pm.  Herzlichen Dank to organist Myles Hayden, pianist Noah Hecht, Soloists Jordan Maurer and Emily Haubenstricker, musicians Rev. David Winningham and Jake Rummel, and the 14 readers.


We want your "dough" for donations to the residents at Wellspring, providing them with Christmas gifts, monthly entertainment, and to show them love and community!  Donations can be made by check or cash by December 10th.  Checks should be made to St. Lorenz, please specify "Bakeless Bake Sale " in the memo section.  


Your contributions can be sent to:

Marilyn Bernthal

227 Frank Rd.

Frankenmuth, MI 48734


St. Lorenz Women in Mission in support of Wellspring Auxiliary.

Sponsored by Thrivent


The service is on December 11th at 11am in the Church.  It focuses on Advent joy the joy of anticipation, celebration, and perpetuation.  This joy is not dependent on our day to day life experiences but on Jesus.  The service features an English sermon by Pastor Bill Hoesman entitled "Quiet Joy."  The scripture lessons will be read by German teacher Barbel Sturmer and her 7th grade students.  Please join us as we praise and welcome the Christ child with Joy.   "O lasset uns anbeten den Konig!"

Advent Carols with Bobby and Myles

An evening of caroling and reveling in the beautiful advent songs and hymns of our church and Gospel of Christ given as the Light of the world.

Join Bobby and Myles as they lead carol singing and share the joy of the Christmas story through song and hear the story of the angels announcing Christ's birth through the lens of a clip from The Chosen series.


Wednesday, December 21st @ 6:30pm in the Worship Center.


As we near our fiscal year end, we will continue to provide updates regarding the projected financial needs to carry on our ministry at St. Lorenz.  Based on anticipated expenses in the Operating Fund, we will need receipts of approximately $1,020,000 to finish this year in the black.  Additionally, Missions and Capital Improvements will need $145,000 and $25,000, respectively, to reach our annual goals.  These amount may appear to be daunting, but rather than be discouraged, please continue to reflect on God's Blessings in your life and respond to His great love in kind.  We thank God for the gifts we receive to conduct our ministry and show how beautiful it is to live with Jesus.


Last chance to sign up and play in the church League.  Games will start the second weekend in January and run till the end of February.  Bring $25 for registration.  More details to follow once the teams are formed.  This is a coed league, but if there is enough interest a girls' team will be started.


Any questions contact Pastor Eden at 989-652-6141 ext. 129 or Chris Matzke via text 810-955-4498.


It was so good to welcome almost 200 women and begin the season of Advent!  We enjoyed having many new guests, as well as first time hostesses!  Thank you to all who helped, and for providing a generous donation to buy gift cards for youth who age out of foster care!  We'll continue to accept cash/check donations through Dec 6 at the church office.  (Make checks payable to "St. Lorenz" with "Aged Out" in the memo)....Questions?  Call Pam


Do you Knit or Crochet?

Knitters and Crocheters are needed to make baby blankets.  These blankets are gifted with the Faith Chests given to baptized infants at St. Lorenz.  Yarn and patterns are provided.  Call Nancy Frank at 989-652-2017 if you are interested.  


Our 72nd Annual Christmas Concert is coming up!  The theme "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" will focus on the true joy of Christmas, Christ our Savior!  Join us on Saturday, December 10th at 6:30pm and/or/ Sunday, December 11 at 3:00pm.  Under the direction of our new Parish Music Director, Myles Hayden, the concert will include vocal choirs, hand bells, wind ensemble, organ, and joyous congregational song.  Come early to enjoy 30 minutes of pre-concert selections by the wind ensemble.  The public is invited.  There is no admission fee.


The 2023 Altar Flower Calendar has been placed in the church narthex on the east wall of the center entrance.  Please feel free to sign up for providing flowers for the altar vases on a given Sunday.  This can be done in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special anniversary, birthday, etc.  


Donations to the Altar Guild are also accepted to help pay for flowers when no one has signed up.  The cost of flowers for both vases is $100.  Contact Lori Warnemuende at 989-652-2999.  


Please consider donating new or used children's books to children who lost everything after Hurricane Ian.


Labeled totes will be placed at school entrances.



Tis the season for a Christmas Bible Study and lunch on Thursday, December 15 at 11:00 am.  Doors open at 10:30 for jingling and mingling.  Wear your festive Christmas vest, hat, sweater, accessories or colors.  Included is a scrumptious lunch of ham, scalloped potatoes and all the fixings catered by Bavarian Inn.  Special singing by St. Lorenz' preschoolers and older students serving.  Invite a neighbor or friend to our holiday event.  

SLN seeking contributions for next issue

Articles from organizations, ministries, and individuals may be submitted for publication for the January-February-March edition of the St. Lorenz Newsletter (SLN).  Please send via email to by the end of the day on Monday, November 28th.  JPG pictures may be sent via email or submitted separately.  Contact Nancy Honold @ 989-992-6484 with questions.

LWML Bookstore

We have "Frankenmuth" Coloring Books for children or adults; St. Lorenz is featured on a few of the pages.  We also have boxed Christmas cards.  Stop in and browse!


What's your 80?

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!  What a wonderful response to our homeless kit collection so far!  We collected and amazing number of wool socks in October and November.

Please consider donating a gently used or brand new reusable water bottle to our Homeless Kit Boxes through the month of December!  See the bins for drop off at church, the WEC, and the school!   Any questions contact Jennifer Krueger C/O Women in Mission Group at


Thank you in advance for helping us to care for and reach others with the love of Jesus.


Homeless collection kit click here


"Church Bells in the Forest" 

With the help and permission of Concordia Publishing House, Immanuel Lutheran Frankentrost's Anniversary Committee has reprinted the book "Church Bells in the Forest" which tells the story of the Franconian Settlements in Michigan's Saginaw Valley in the mid-1840s early 1850s.  This story includes Immanuel's early history and is a pleasant read.  Copies are now available for purchase for $15.00 each in the church & school office at Immanual Frankentrost or by sending in and order form with payment, only while our supplies lasts.  Contact for more details.


Wonders of God's Creation 

A video based study that will allow you to view God's incredible fingerprint on the totality of creation.

Stunning images and well-known hymns will surround you with the beauty of creation.  This 6-week study by the Moody Institute of Science will begin on Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:00pm.  Call Paul Droste:  586-251-9469You can call weekly to see if there is an opening.

Women's Conference

Join us on Saturday, January 21. 2023 for a Women's Conference at the St. Lorenz Worship and Event Center featuring international speaker and author, Sue Heimer.  We want you to experience the life changing power of Christ's atoning work on the cross that you'll carry with you into 2023 into your homes, workplaces, and community!


Register for and incredible day filled with worship, two keynote sessions, numerous breakout sessions, and a boxed lunch provided by the Bavarian Inn.


Get ready to be impacted by the freeing power of forgiveness!  As Isaiah 1:18 tells us "Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow."  We hope you'll plan to join us for this wonderful day of renewal in Jesus!


For more information and to register, please visit:  If you're on Facebook, join our St. Lorenz Women's Conference group.


Chapel, December 7


Come to chapel and stay for coffee.  Chapel starts at 8:10am on the first Wednesday of the month.  Love to see you there!

Bible Studies

Refer to the Bible Studies tab on the App/website for more information. 

On the App:  Outreach, Ministries, Bible Studies Ministry

On the web: Home page, Ministries, Bible Studies