Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Acts 17:16–31, 1 Peter 3:13–22, John 14:15–21
5/21 Song 5:5-6:3 John 6:1-21
5/22 Song 6:4-7:5 John 6:22-40
5/23 Song 7:6-8:14 John 6:41-59
5/24 Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 John 6:60-71
5/25 Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 John 7:1-13
5/26 Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 John 7:14-31
5/27 Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 John 7:32-53
Scripture Readings for next week
Acts 1:12–26, 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11, John 17:1–11
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.
Get ready! Every Monday, between June 5 – August 28, we will offer worship services at 7:00 p.m. This evening worship service has been a wonderful option for people who go up north during the weekends in the summer. It has also been a nice option for people who enjoy an evening worship service. The service usually includes the same sermon from the Sunday morning services, and the liturgy follows the same pattern as our Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. service.
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…
On the first Easter, Mary Magdalene and His disciples discover “The Empty Tomb” (John 20:1–18). In Sunday School today, the children learned how Jesus comes to us in His Word, so that the Spirit gives us faith to believe in Christ’s resurrection and comforts us when we mourn the death of loved ones. You might discuss, “How did Jesus’ followers react when they discovered the empty tomb? How can we share the message of the resurrection?”
We gather at 9:45am in the Activity Center, which is the house east of the main church building. This group is for first, soon to be second year 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 “Jesus Comes Back to Life” Matthew 27:27-56, 28:1-11. 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, June 5. 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, “Why believe in a 6-day creation?”
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.
(7th and 8th graders – Confirmation students) This will be a fun trip to Paradise Park. Today, 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.
Be Sure to Take Advantage of the Carwash/Bake Sale Today!
From 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, proceeds benefiting The Michigan District Senior High Youth Gathering June 25-28, 2017.
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 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! Tough Issues will not meet next Sunday, May 28. Share a blessed Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.
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.
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 next Thursday 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
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 – 4pm. No appointment is needed.
At this time the pantry is in need of peanut butter, spices, canned citrus and crackers (not saltines).
Vacation Bible School – July 24-28
Volunteering at Vacation Bible School
You can register to help at this wonderful community outreach with forms that are found on the countertop in the narthex. There are two opportunities for our volunteers to attend a training orientation. At the orientation we will share the theme for each day, provide details on how to keep everyone safe, and give encouragement that we are connecting people to Jesus through this great week. All volunteers should plan to attend one of the orientations. Your choices are June 25 at 12:15pm and July 23 at 12:15pm.
Registering Children for VBS
You can register children with the paper registration form that is found on the countertop in the narthex. You can also sign up children for Vacation Bible School at our churches website by visiting stpaulhamburg.com/vbs. Registering in advance for Vacation Bible Schools helps us plan for the appropriate amount of materials and volunteers. Register today and invite others to join you at a VBS with a purpose.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at this month’s blood drive.
55 lifesaving units were collected. St. Paul will host the next blood drive on
Right to Life Flower Fundraiser
RTL is doing something NEW this year. Instead of pre-ordering your flowers and picking them up they will ONLY be offering the Greenhouse Gift Cards. This gives you the JOY of choosing from a greater variety of flowers, gifts or landscaping items. Gift cards can be used for any of your gardening or gift needs. 15% of the proceeds go to Right to Life. The following greenhouses are participating: Bordine’s, Christian’s, Meier Flowerland (also flower of the month club). You can get an order form from the church office, or call RTL at 810/227-5788
Also, Meier Flowerland in Brighton has a special deal for Senior Citizens on Wednesdays during the month of May.You receive 20% off your purchase and can use your gift cards for the purchase.
The Love INC Resale Store is almost ready, and needs you!
Volunteers are needed to launch and staff the Resale Store on an ongoing basis. We would love for you to join us. There will be back of store volunteers needed, who will organize donations and get the stock ready for sale. There will also be sales associates and cashiers needed for the front of the store.
If you’re interested in this opportunity please email your choice of one of the following Love INC orientation dates to: email@example.com:
Tuesday, May 30th at 10 am
Monday, June 5th at 10 am
Thank you, and we look forward to serving our community with you!