Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Acts 2:14a, 36–41, 1 Peter 1:17–25, Luke 24:13–35
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 2:42–47, 1 Peter 2:19–25, John 10:1–10
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 lesson studies “Peter Denies Jesus.” Though we, like Peter, deny Jesus and His gifts, Jesus cannot deny us, because we are part of Him, baptized members of His own Body. Instead, He forgives us and welcomes us back. Consider asking, “How does Peter’s denial affect him? In what ways does God forgive us and welcome us back?”
We gather at 9:45am in the Activity Center, which is the house east of the main church building. This group is for confirmation students.
High School Study
Kathy Kless and Sue Trotter lead a study for high school students. The 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 9:45am 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 11am Divine Service. This week we will learn about how “Jesus Tells About the Good
Samaritan” Luke 10:25-37. 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
Pastor Gaertner will lead a new topic on Sunday, April 30 on the Formula of Concord.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will gather again on Monday, May 1. Plan to come and join us, ladies! The current topic is, “Big Questions: Biblical Answers,” a video series by Brad Alles. The lesson on May 3 is titled, “Does Human Life Have Value 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 8:30am.
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 – 6:15pm. We share some conversation and we share some food. See you next Sunday!
Youth Confirmation meets today April 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.
LAC (7th and 8th graders – Confirmation students) We will go 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. Maybe we will find a Pokémon or two. We will return to the church by 5:00pm.
We wrap up the garage sale today, April 30 from 9am-1pm.
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 container by the mailboxes or near that container.
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/
The pantry is in need of peanut butter and spices at this time.
We are so blessed to have such a supportive congregation. 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.
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.
Camp Liberty Conservation Day–May 6
On Saturday, May 6, 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 for a number of downed trees.
Conservation Day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a meeting in the Program Center. Lunch and beverages will be provided, and we will wrap up before 3:00 p.m. Please dress in layers of work clothes as the weather may change during the day. Work gloves and boots are also suggested. If you would like to bring a rake, shovel or chainsaw, that would be helpful.
The Blood Drive is May 16 from 1pm-6:45pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help please contact Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503
Summer Lunch Bunch
The Summer Lunch Bunch is gearing up for an exciting summer of 2017. We need you! It’s a collaborative community meals program that is all about alleviating the summer meals gap and fun! There are games, guest speakers, art, science, literacy, nutrition, and more.
The program has physical locations in Brighton, Fenton, Fowlerville, Gregory, Howell and Whitmore Lake, as well as the opportunity to volunteer in our seasonal food warehouse or by serving as a clerical support person at our 503 Lake Street Location. There are thousands of hours of volunteer time needed to make this program a success, so you can offer a few hours, a few days, or get involved on a more regular basis.
Visit our website at www.salvationarmylivingston.org.