Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Acts 5:29–4, 2 1 Peter 1:3–9, John 20:19–31
4/30 Exodus 32:15-35 Luke 6:39-49
5/1 Exodus 33:1-23 Luke 7:1-17
5/2 Exodus 34:1-28 Luke 7:18-35
5/3 Exodus 34:29-35:21 Luke 7:36-50
5/4 Exodus 38:21-39 Luke 8:1-21
5/5 Exodus 39:32–40:16 Luke 8:22-39
5/6 Exodus 40:40-56 Luke 8:40-56
Scripture Readings for next week
Acts 2:14a, 36–41, 1 Peter 1:17–25, Luke 24:13–35
The Paschal Greeting, also known at the Easter Acclamation, is a custom among Christians. We greet each other with the good news of Jesus. One person says, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen.” The other person responds, “He is risen indeed, Alleluia.”
During the Easter season at St. Paul we have a custom of ringing bells whenever we hear the word “Alleluia.” So when you hear the word, then ring your bells. The bells can be sounded during the sermon, liturgy, or in a hymn. We have some bells to share, but you are also encouraged to bring your own. Joy can be found in hearing the different kinds of bells ring throughout this Easter season.
Education Hour – 9:45am-10:45am Sunday
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 children learned about “The Lord’s Supper” (Luke 22:1–23) in Sunday School today. In your family discussion ask, “What benefits and blessings do we receive in the Lord’s Supper?”
We gather 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 begins a new Bible study on the New Testament book Colossians. In this book Paul and Timothy give thanks for the powerful effect the gospel has had on the Colossians. How does the gospel serve as the key to growing Christian life? Come to this study and discover how God’s Word clothes us with His promises.
“Living in Resilient Hope”
Sally Bucrek leads a new Bible study beginning April 23 at 9:45 in the library and running through May 28. Join us as we look into Scripture and see that hope in hopeless situations is more than platitudes and over-used Bible verses. The Bible is filled with examples of loss, disappointment, helplessness, and despair. Come see what God teaches us in those examples. Questions: Sally Bucrek, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 am Divine Service. This week we will learn about how “Jesus Talks with the Samaritan Woman” John 4:5-42. 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. Today, we will conclude the 40-day journey discussion. Pastor Gaertner will lead a new topic on Sunday, April 30.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will gather again on Monday, April 24. Plan to come and join us, ladies! The current topic is, “Big Questions: Biblical Answers,” a video series by Brad Alles. The lesson on April 24 is titled, “Does Science Confirm the Bible?”
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men, come join your brothers in Christ to study God’s Word. We have a 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.
Join us this Sunday for a “Tough Issues” discussion. This is a study for High School students and those who are part of the Confirmation class of 2017. We meet on Sunday afternoons from 5:00 – 6:15 pm. We share some conversation and we share some food. See you next Sunday!
Youth Confirmation meets again on April 23 and 30 at 6:30pm.
Reminder that the prayer partners and confirmation youth will pray together on April 30 at 7:30pm. If you will not be able to attend please contact Barb Nettleton.
IMAC (4th-6th grade students) We will do a Service project this Sunday, April 23, beginning at 12:15pm with a Hobo lunch. Our service project is partnering with Family of God Lutheran Church in Detroit. Students will prepare a “Newborn Kit” for the babies born to moms who are patients of the pre-natal clinic.
LAC (7th and 8th graders – Confirmation students) We will be going on a trip to the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, April 30. We’ll have lunch together (Zoo food), then travel to the zoo to check out the wonderful animals of God’s creation, and maybe find a Pokémon or two. We will return to the church by 5:00pm.
We will have a garage sale on April 28-29 from 8am-5pm and April 30 from 9am-1pm.
We welcome your donations, which you can place in the breezeway of the Activity Center.
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.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is a great way to introduce your family to Jesus!
July 24-28, 2017!
At Mighty Fortress, kids will read real Bible stories about real people to learn real life lessons from Scripture. From the Opening to the Closing, every aspect of VBS is designed to help them better understand the Bible and grow in their faith.
You can register for VBS and read more about Mighty Fortress at stpaulhamburg.com/ministries/vbs/
Please share with folks you know who may need some help with groceries. Our Open Shop days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm. No appointment is needed.
The pantry is in need of peanut butter and spices at this time. We are so blessed to have such a supportive congregation.
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.
Love INC Annual Golf Outing!
Win a car! Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram donated a car for the hole in one!!
The 2017 Golf Outing benefiting Love INC will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Once again, Whispering Pines Golf Club has generously offered to host the event. You can register either by calling 517-552-3816, online at http://www.livingstonloveinc.org/spring-fling/, or the day of the event.
Registration at 8 am, 9 am shotgun start. $85 per golfer includes breakfast, lunch at the Turn, buffet dinner and awards.
Camp Liberty Conservation Day–May 6
On Saturday, May 6, we will hold our Fifth Annual Conservation Day. Together, volunteers have worked to develop more than $50,000 of habitat improvements that help veterans through Camp Liberty’s outdoor recreation programs.
We invite you to participate in helping plant trees and flowers. We hope to plant grass around our new pond, maintain our fruit trees, and continue to develop the beautiful natural environment of Camp Liberty. We can also use volunteers skilled in the use of chainsaws as we have a number of trees that have blown down in the recent high winds.