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St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, School & ECC

23000 Gratiot Avenue
Eastpointe, Michigan
586-777-6300 / email:



A Pastoral Meditation

Marriage: A Necessary Evil, or, a Gift from God

 "Thus even if this image has been almost completely lost, there is still a great difference between the human being and the rest of the animals. Before the coming of sin the difference was far greater and more evident, when Adam and Eve knew God and all the creatures and, as it were, were completely engulfed by the goodness and justice of God. As a result, there was between them a singular union of hearts and wills. No other beautiful sight in the whole world appeared lovelier and more attractive to Adam than his own Eve. But now, as the heathen say, “a wife is a necessary evil.” Why they call her an evil can be perceived readily enough; but they do not know the cause of evil, namely, Satan, who has so vitiated and corrupted this creation." M. Luther

  I was reading in Luther yesterday and came across this quote as he was discussing the image of God that He gave to us at Creation and what it is that we have lost because of the Fall into sin. As today I celebrate 16 years of being blissfully wedded to my bride Emily, the section where he says that the heathen say: “a wife is a necessary evil,” stuck out to me like a sore thumb. In typical Luther style he comments: “Why they call her an evil can be perceived readily enough.” (Now we know why Luther has never been accused of being a romantic!) Luther’s brutal honesty I think can be forgiven because we know him and know how much he cared for his wife Katrina von Bora; he is not disparaging her here, but rather confessing the Biblical understanding of the utter corruption of humankind because of the Fall.

  Now, why am I taking the time on my anniversary to write about this passage? From the beginning, God’s intention for man included that he would be one flesh with the woman that God made; that the two would share the image of God and be each other’s life-long helpmate. In the passage above, Luther also says: “No other beautiful sight in the whole world appeared lovelier and more attractive to Adam than his own Eve.” In an age were marriage is despised and ridiculed every day, where it is more-often-than-not looked upon as an evil, what a delightful reminder it is to know that it was not always so. Marital fidelity was not something to be scoffed at, nor was there any desire for anyone other than the perfect spouse that God had given. Marriage is a gift from God for our good. Christians must not hesitate to be counter-cultural in this area, and openly celebrate marriage as the true gift that it is.

By God’s grace, I can honestly say that I have never thought of my wife as a necessary evil. I have failed my wife in many ways over the last 16 years, but she has always been my best friend and the only person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. I delight in her. I consider her to be one of God’s greatest gifts to me personally, and this makes me marvel at God’s unending goodness. Although we have lost the original righteousness that Adam and Eve shared, God, through his baptismal grace, has blessed us with the joy that Adam originally expressed when he saw Eve for the first time: “At last! This is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!”

Instead of wringing our hands about the state of marriage in the world, or worse, joining the world and Satan in further corrupting this part of God’s beautiful creation by what we say and do, let’s resolve as Christians to speak well of marriage and our spouses, just like Adam did. Because Christ has made the Church his Bride, you are part of the new creation – which means your marriage is too! Paul tells us that marriage is a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. By our Christian witness, let us shine the light of Christ’s love into our decaying society by affirming the gift of marriage, and by publicly honoring our spouses as the gifts they are from God. Pastor Cook




A Pastoral Meditation


     Galatians 5:1 says: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." 
     Satan's desire is to lead each of us back into slavery to sin and the evil desires of our flesh. Even as we acknowledge that our American freedom is not free, but that it was purchased by brave men and women who fought for our country, so too our spiritual freedom has been bought with the blood of Christ. Apathy about either freedom will lead to a loss of that freedom. Christ Jesus has set us free so that we might use that freedom to grow in our faith, and that we might serve our neighbors in love. Lord Jesus, please continue to bless us with your freedom - an everlasting freedom from sin, death, and the Devil. Empower us to use that freedom to lead others to you so that they too may be free indeed. Amen.




Vacation Bible School, June 20th-24th, 2016

VBS is coming!!! June 20th-24th!! 9am-12pm!! For Preschool-5th Grade!! Please stop by or call the church office if you are interested in registering your child. (586)777-6300. You can also contact Heidi Chaplin at Please also contact her if you are interested in helping out! 


Spring Cleaning??

St. Peter's wants your books and coats!

The Outreach Committee is looking for book donations to share with our community during the Gratiot Cruise. All books will be given away to the public for free with St. Peter's bookmarks and information. Children through Adult Reading Levels (Please, no textbooks.) Drop off in the church office or see Barbara Rusin. Donations taken through June 11th.

The Outreach and Human Care Committees are also seeking donations of clean, gently used or new winter gear to share with those in need in our community this coming fall. Please leave donations in the bins at the front and rear entrances of the church or in the office. All sizes, infant to adult. Including: hats, coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, boots, and snow pants.


Men's Ministry Breakfast

Men's Ministry The men of St. Peter's are invited to attend the Men's Ministry Breakfast this Saturday (May 14th) from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Middle Basement. Come learn about the Men's Ministry and enjoy some delicious pancakes and sausage. Free will donation. Contact Jim Peckham or call the church office (586-777-6300) for more information.


Say Cheese!

It's time for a new St. Peter's pictorial directory!  All participating families will receive a FREE 8x10 photo and the new directory.  No purchase necessary.  Photo sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15th - Saturday, June 18th.  You may book your photo session on Sundays between services or online at On the right side, look for the "click here to schedule your photography session." The St. Peter's Church Code is MI853. The password is splc1. If you will have 6 or more people in your photo, please book 2 consecutive times slots. Please note online scheduling is not available on Sundays to avoid double bookings.


Two Upcoming Concert Opportunities!

Please join us as we welcome two choirs to our church!  

This Friday, March 11th,  we are pleased to welcome the Golden Voice and Symphonic Band from Valley Lutheran High School under the direction of Lindsey Mueller and St. Peter's alumnus, Paul Eschmann.  The concert begins at 7:00pm.  Please come and enjoy hearing the voices of these young people praising our Lord!

On Sunday, April 17th at 3:30pm plan to join us again to hear praise lifted to God by the Michigan Ohio Chorale.  The concert entitled, "Let Hallelujahs Ring!", will also include our school Choristers.  St. Peter's members Patty O'Hara, Mary Rich, and Karla Leidecker are part of the Michigan Ohio Chorale.  


Good Friday Fish Fry

The Good Friday Fish Fry is on March 25th from 3:30 pm to 6:45 pm. Tickets available Sundays between services in the hallway and at the door - $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for Seniors,  $5.00 ages 12 to 2,  Under 2 free. Enjoy all you can eat fried or baked fish, french fries or potatoes, coleslaw, cottage cheese, rolls, beverage, and dessert.  Sponsored by the Fellowship Committee.



Palm Sunday Breakfast

Please join us on Palm Sunday, March 20th from 9:00 am to Noon for our Pancake Breakfast.  Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, tater tots, coffee, juice and milk. Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for Seniors and $3.00 for children 5 and under.  Tickets will be available in the hallway between services prior to Palm Sunday and at the door on Palm Sunday.  Proceeds to help support the youth and adults attending the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July.


Holy Week Schedule


Please take note of the events that are scheduled for Holy Week...

  • March 20th - Palm Sunday - 8:00 am (Communion) and 10:30 am
  • March 24th - Maundy Thursday - 7:00pm (Communion)
  • March 25th - Good Friday Tre Ore - 12:00-3:00 pm 
    (Words of Jesus from the cross - mini-service starts every 25 minutes:
  • Good Friday Tenabrae    7:00 pm
  • March 27th - Easter Sunrise - 6:45 am (Communion)
    Easter Morning  8:00 am (Communion)
    Easter  - 10:30 am (Communion)




Spring Cleaning!

  Join us for a morning of cleaning on March 12 begining at 8:00am! For more deatails check out our Facebook event page.





Lenten Supper


Don't miss this Wednesday's Lenten dinner and Worship Service. This week's dinner is sponsored by the Trustees and will feature smoked ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and rolls. Dinner served from 5:30-6:45 pm. Free will offering. Worship service begins at 7:00 pm. Bring a friend!


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St. Peter's Gala 2016

An evening of fun and fellowship awaits you!  Please plan to join your St. Peter's family on Saturday, April 23rd for our Second Annual Gala Event!  We will once again enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at the Lakeland Manor in St. Clair Shores.  This year's proceeds are going towards helping our school with technological improvements such as updated Mimio projectors and iPads!  We would love to make this event even bigger and better than last year!  Auction items are coming in fast and we have some pretty amazing ones this year!  Tickets will go on sale starting March 6th.  Tickets are $50 per person or $225 if you purchase 5 tickets.  What a deal!  You can purchase your tickets today by clicking on the button below!   Hope to see you all there!  



Super Bowl Subs

Now that we know which teams will be playing in the big game on Sunday, Feb. 7th, it's time to plan your menu. Order your delicious sub sandwiches from the St. Peter's Youth and Family group and you'll be enjoying the game instead of cooking! The proceeds will benefit the youth attending the LCMS National Youth Gathering. Choose form a turkey and cheese or meat and cheese featuring ham, bologna, salami and cheese. Cost: $3.00 each or $30.00 a dozen (dozen can be of one variety or a mix of the two) Fill out the order form (available in the main hallway or email Deadline for ordering is NOON on Sunday, January 31st. There may be extras available on Feb. 7th but no guarantees so pre-order and save! Thank you for your support! (And GO BRONCOS!)


Valentine's Scavenger Hunt

St Peter’s Lutheran Church and School Cordially invites you to a Valentine Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Feb. 7th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Open to all Preschool-8th graders. Parents can enjoy coffee and fellowship during the event. Kids will have fun crafting, puzzling and unscrambling their way through a fun Love themed scavenger hunt! Please RSVP by February 1st to Barbara Rusin at


Cloverleaf Night

Please come out to Cloverleaf on Monday, November 9th to support our school!  There will be a TV raffle from 4-8pm!  Be sure to mention St. Peter's when you pay your bill and our school gets 20% profit!  Thanks everyone!  



Installation Service and Potluck


The installation service for Pastor Joshua Cook will be on Sunday, October 11th at the 10:30 a.m. service.

There will be a potluck following the service sponsored by the Women's Ministry in the Middle Basement.  Please bring a dish or dessert to pass.

Join us on October 11th as we welcome Pastor Cook and his family into our St. Peter's family.


Welcome Pastor Cook and Family!

We are so excited to share that Pastor Joshua Cook has accepted the call to be our Senior Pastor!  He and his wife Emily have six children - Lorraine, Aggie, Seth, Marcus, Eldon, and Peter.   Pastor Cook spent time in the US Army after high school and serving time in Kosovo and Iraq.  During that time he received his B.A. from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan with a major in Religion and a minor in History.  Upon returning from Iraq and receiving an honorable discharge he enrolled in Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He graduated with a Masters in Divinity in 2008 with a major in Exegesis and a minor in Church History and received his first call to St. John's Lutheran Church in White Creek, Indiana.   He has served there until his call to be our Senior Pastor.  

The Lord has been faithful to St. Peter's and we praise Him for providing us with a new shepherd!  Look for Pastor Cook and family this weekend as they move in and attend Kinderfest!   Pray for them as they transition and pray for St. John's Lutheran in White Creek as they seek God's guidance in their search for a new Senior Pastor.  

Welcome Pastor, Emily, Lorraine, Aggie, Seth, Marcus, Eldon, and Peter!  



Scrapbooking and Craft Day * Saturday, October 10th * 8 am - 4 pm

Come craft, share your expertise and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. Enjoy some time to scrapbook, rubber stamp, knit, or work on Christmas gifts. Lots of cropping and crafting space available!

Includes continental breakfast, lunch, desserts and refreshments.  Vendor shopping from 10 am – 2 pm (Tastefully Simple, Partylite, Avon, Watkins, Jamberry and more!) 

Massage Therapist will be onsite! Door prizes available throughout the day! Crazy Slipper Contest with prize!

Learn to Knit - Knitting Workshop Available Beginners and intermediate knitters can come and enjoy learning from an instructor with years of experience. Some easy patterns will be available, as well as a selection of needles and yarn.

Registration: $30.00. Proceeds benefit the Advent by Candlelight event.  Click here  to download the registration form.  


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