Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60, 1 Peter 2:2–10, John 14:1–14
5/14 Leviticus 20:1-16, 22-27 Luke 11:37-54
5/15 Leviticus 21:1-24 Luke 12:1-12
5/16 Leviticus 23:1-22 Luke 12:13-34
5/17 Leviticus 23:23-44 Luke 12:35-53
5/18 Song 1:1-27 John 5:1-18
5/19 Song 2:8-3:11 John 5:19-29
5/20 Song 4:1-5:1 John 5:30-47
Scripture Readings for next week
Acts 17:16–31, 1 Peter 3:13–22, John 14:15–21
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…
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Today in Sunday School, your children are joining in the celebration of “The Resurrection of Jesus” as they study Matthew’s account of Easter morning (Matthew 28:1–10). Consider asking, “Why is the bodily resurrection of Jesus important? How is each Sunday a celebration of Easter?”
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 “Christians Under Construction”
Kathy Kless and Sue Trotter lead a study for all students post- confirmation age. We meet in Sunday school room #5 during the 9:45am Bible Study time. Just because Confirmation is completed, it does not mean your learning is done. Come and take the opportunity to continue learning about Jesus and the Bible at our relaxed Christians Under Construction group. As a group, suggest topics to focus on re-learning Old and New Testament Bible stories, and Teen Topics!
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
Pastor Gaertner leads a Bible study at 9:45am on the New Testament book Colossians.
“Living in Resilient Hope”
Join Sally Bucrek’s Bible study as they look into Scripture and see hope in hopeless situations. The Bible is filled with examples of loss, disappointment, helplessness, and despair and the hope that comes from them. 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 “Crowds Welcome Jesus to Jerusalem” Psalm 118:19-29, Matthew 21:1-11. 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 leads a Bible study on the Formula of Concord.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will gather on Monday, May 15. Plan to come and join us, ladies! The current topic is, “Big Questions: Biblical Answers,” a video series by Brad Alles. The lesson is titled, “What is the Purpose of Life?”
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.
(4th, 5th, 6th Graders) On Saturday, May 20 beginning at 1:00 pm, students will compete in a color run. This event will be very COLORFUL! We invite members of the St. Paul church family to come and cheer and jeer, encourage and challenge, and add color and color commentary to the event. The IMAC group will run on a course around the St. Paul facility. Others young and old are also encouraged to participate and get some colorful exercise. There will be refreshments, fun, of course, and a great opportunity to encourage one another.
(7th and 8th graders – Confirmation students) This will be a fun trip to Paradise Park. On May 21 we will be meeting at church at 12:15 pm. We will have lunch together and then head to Paradise where we will play a round of miniature golf, enjoy a go-cart ride, and have a choice of time on a climbing wall or a trampoline. The cost is $15.
Car Wash and Bake Sale: Fund Raisers for Senior High Youth Gathering
The Michigan District Senior High Youth Gathering is June 25-28, 2017 and a step on the journey there is hosting a car wash and bake sale on Sunday May 21, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
So…on this very special Sunday you will receive God’s grace and forgiveness through Word and Sacrament and your car can be cleaned of its dirt as well. And…you can top all that off with food for the body at the Bake Sale. A rain date for the Car Wash is Sunday, June 4, 8:00am – 1:00pm, but the Bake Sale will happen on May 21, rain or shine!
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 today!
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.
Finance Report for March
The general fund gain year to date is $17. At breakeven compared to the budgeted loss of $10,272. Contributions exceed budget by $5,706 or 5.5%. Our treasurer suggests that comparisons from year to year wait until April since Easter fell in March in 2016 and in 2017 April.
Expenses to budget are under by $4,583. Expenses are below budget for insurance (actual variance), custodial services (1 month timing difference and new contract not finalized-possible retro to January per Keith), and copyright (timing difference). Expenses exceed budget in Benefits-Pastor (timing difference) and Snow/Ice Removal (actual variance).
|March 2017 Report||Year-To-Date Actual||Year-To-Date Budget||Over or (Under) Budget|
|General Fund Receipts||$108,874.14||$103,168.00||$5,704.14|
|General Fund Expenses||$108,856.68||$113,440.00||($4,583.32)|
|March 2017 Report of Cash Balances||December 31, 2016||March 31, 2016|
|General Fund Checking and Money Market||$118,952.18||$118,970.28|
|Restricted Special Funds||$104,122.75||$103,111.44|
|Total Cash Balance||$223,075.57||$220,081.72|
You can make donations to any of our special funds at any time. Simply mark the purpose of the donation on the check or envelope. Some examples of special funds include: Compassionate Care, Food Pantry, Gas Cards/Utilities, Youth Camp, Vacation Bible School, Altar Guild, Facilities and Properties, Education Fund, Missions, and Quilters. Money donated to our special funds helps our congregation serve people in ways that are not in our regular budget.
Ascension Day Picnic and Worship
Celebrate Jesus’ Ascension, join your church family May 25 for barbecued chicken, German potato salad, coleslaw, beverages, and an ice cream sundae for dessert.
A free will donation for the meal will benefit our community gardens.
The meal will be served at 6:00 pm with worship at 7:00 pm
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.
FREE Medicaid Planning Seminar: How to Protect Your Home, Assets & Life Savings from the Costs of Probate & Long-Term Care
The Nawrocki Center offers a series of free informational seminars on topics of critical importance to seniors. Seating is limited! To reserve your space at one of these seminars, call our 24-hour seminar reservation line (810) 355-2650 to indicate the number of seats required. Or register online at www.Nawrocki.eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Thursday, June 8, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
At the Holiday Inn – Express – Brighton At the Howell Opera House
8285 Movie Dr., Brighton, MI 123 W. Grand River, Howell, MI
(Near Home Depot) (Downtown Howell)
If you are age 54+, attend this FREE seminar to find out:
- How to plan for long-term care
- In case of illness, how to plan so you have options for quality and place of care
- How to ensure your health care wishes are carried out.
- How to qualify for government assistance earlier
- How proper estate planning can help transfer your assets to your family, intact – without probate & estate taxes
- Why it is important to take steps now with new Medicaid laws.
Learn how proper planning can benefit your family – this seminar always gets rave reviews! Attendees are entitled to a FREE consultation – a $350 value!