Apr 9 – Apr 16 Bulletin Announcements

Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 50:4–9a, Philippians 2:5–11, Matthew 26:1–27:66 or
Sunday of the Passion Matthew 27:11–66 or John 12:20–43

4/9                                 Exodus 8:1-32                                        Hebrews 1:1-14
4/10                               Exodus 9:1-28                                        Hebrews 2:1-18
4/11                               Exodus 9:29-10:20                                Hebrews 3:1-19
4/12                               Exodus 10:21–11:10                              Hebrews 4:1-16
4/13                               Exodus 12:1-28                                      Hebrews 5:1-14
4/14                               Exodus 12:29-32; 13:1-16                    Hebrews 6:1-20
4/15                               Exodus 13:17–14:9                               Hebrews 7:1-22

Scripture Readings for next week
Acts 10:34–43 or Colossians, 3:1–4 Matthew 28:1–10, Jeremiah 31:1–6


Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday, April 13 – 7pm service with focus on Holy Communion

Good Friday, April 14 – 12pm and 7pm services

Holy Saturday, April 15 – 10am Easter Egg Hunt (led by 1st year confirmation students) and 7pm Easter Vigil

Festival of the Resurrection, April 16 – 8am, 9:30am, 11am Festival Services. Easter Breakfast served 8:45am-10:45am (led by 2nd year confirmation students)


Prayers for our Family

Here’s a prayer that Rev. William Weedon, LCMS Director of Worship, has suggested that a person consider as a prayer for his or her family. Consider adding this to your prayers, and keep ever in your heart the desire that we share our faith to the next generation.

O God, our Heavenly Father, You love mankind and are most merciful and compassionate. Have mercy on our children…, our grandchildren, …, and our godchildren, … Your servants, for whom we humbly pray to You and commend them to Your gracious protection. Be O God, their guide and guardian in all their endeavors; lead them in the path of Your truth, and draw them nearer to You, that they may lead a godly and righteous life in Your love and fear, doing Your will in all matters. Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout, and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption of this life; and direct them in the way of salvation, for the merits of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.


Christian Education

Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday

Sunday School
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade begins at 9:45am in the large room on the lower level. There is a group opening, and then the children go to classrooms appropriate to their age.


Today in the Sunday School…
“The Widow’s Offering” serves as the focus of the Sunday School lesson for today. Just as the widow gave all she had to God, trusting Him to provide and care for her, so Jesus gave His all for us, who fail to trust in God for all things. Consider discussing, “How was the widow’s offering different from the others? How has God given us His greatest treasure?”


Holy Huddle
The 7th and 8th grade students are doing a service project today. We will be making preparations for the Easter Egg Hunt. This class starts at 9:45am in the Activity Center, which is the house east of the main church building.


High School Study
Kathy Kless and Sue Trotter lead a study for high school students. The current study is looking at the 10 Commandments and applying them to our lives. We meet in Sunday school room #5 during the 9:45am Bible Study time.


Sundays Readings Bible Study
Every Sunday we hear three Bible readings in the Divine Service. These Bible readings reflect the current church calendar and usually serve as the basis for the sermon. This Bible study helps them come to life.


Pastor Bible Study
This week Pastor Gaertner leads a study of the events of Holy Week.


“I Believe” Sunday Morning Bible Study
“Sola scriptura” or Scripture alone is the foundation of our faith in God. Nearly every Christian congregation recites the Apostle’s Creed or the Nicene Creed faithfully each week, but they are not in the Bible. Where did they come from? Why have they persisted as statements of our faith for nearly 2000 years? We will spend 6 weeks, March 5 – April 9 learning about the creeds, how they are valuable instruments of our faith, and how they equip us to witness in this present world. Join Sally Bucrek in the library at 9:45.


Kids’ Connection
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 am Divine Service. Students will learn how “Jesus Explains Eternal Life to Nicodemus.” This is found in John 3:1-17. Children leave for Kids’ Connection after the children’s message and return when the offering is received so that they may participate in a blessing at Holy Communion as well as the close of the worship service.


Fresh Brew Bible Study
This Bible study takes place on Sunday morning at 7:30 am. Today we continue “40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Mike Hausch leads this study. Now is a great time to join and journey with community during this Lenten season.


Monday Women’s Bible Study
Join us tomorrow, April 10 at 11:00 am. We conclude our study, “A Man Named Martin: part 1, session 5.” We will also begin a new study tomorrow. Do come and join us, ladies! The topic will be, “Big Questions: Biblical Answers,” a video series by Brad Alles.


Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, come join your brothers in Christ to study God’s Word. We will have healthy breakfast and a thoughtful and challenging discussion on the book “Loved and Sent” by Jeff Cloeter. This group meets on Saturday at 8:30 am.



“Tough Issues”
This is a study for High School students and meets on Sunday afternoons from 5:00 – 6:15 pm. We continue our discussion of the movie “I’m Not Ashamed.” We share some conversation and we share some food. See you tonight!


Garage Sale
We have planned for a garage sale on April 28-30. We will welcome your donations after Easter. Proceeds will benefit St. Paul high school students who attend the District Youth Gathering this summer.


Can and Bottle Collection
We have begun a collection of empty cans and bottles to support our youth. This spring the can and bottle drive will assist students attending the district gathering. You can place your cans in the brown can by the mailboxes or near that can.



Easter Egg Hunt Come Join Us!! April 15, 2017 our first year confirmation students will host for the community an Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcome from 10am-11:30am to enjoy loads of fun with crafts, games, prizes, egg hunt, and the good news that Jesus lives!


Compassionate Care

Pantry News
Please share with folks you know who may need some help with groceries. Our Open Shop days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 2 – 4. No appointment is needed.

You can also advise someone who could use assistance with food, utilities, clothing, gas vouchers, heating wood and other services to call Love INC at 517-552-3620 to set an appointment here or to get their needs met in other areas.

If you are a member of St. Paul or St. Stephens or have a relative or neighbor who has need of our pantry, please have them call the church office or Ellen Johnson to set a private appointment.


Luther500 – Here We Stand – We Can Do No Other
Mark Your Calendars for the Michigan District-Wide Reformation Worship Service on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University. Visit MichiganDistrict.org/500 for more information. Stan Bucrek is our congregation’s ticket captain. You can tell him you are planning to attend. Also look for the opportunity to volunteer to setup on Saturday or sing in the festival choir.

Community Events

LWML – Lutheran Women Missionary League
Greetings, Women of St. Paul.
LWML Spring Rally is Saturday April 29, held at the new School of Nursing located at 3475 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Registration will be from 9-9:30 am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Concordia. Our guest speaker will be the school’s dean Cindy Fenske. Let’s also get together at the school cafeteria after the rally for brunch, $8 per person. BRING YOUR DAUGHTERS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS!


Cinderella’s Closet opens Thursday, April 6, 2017
Cinderella’s Closet is an eco-friendly boutique that offers gently-used party dresses for high school girls at affordable prices. LACASA Center hosts Cinderella’s Closet twice a year during the spring prom season and fall homecoming.

Dresses are $25 at Cinderella’s Closet and all proceeds go to provide help and hope for victims and survivors of interpersonal violence at LACASA. Limited dress scholarships are available by speaking with the project leader on duty.

PLEASE NOTE: Cinderella’s Closet is for high school teens only, Shoppers
will be asked to present their student IDs.
Go to http://www.lacasacenter.org/cinderellas-closet-events/ for more information.

Witness, Mercy, Life Together

In Christ, for the Church and the World

These phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in our congregations, communities, and throughout the world. These phrases describe the emphasis of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.