Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Acts 2:42–47, 1 Peter 2:19–25, John 10:1–10
5/7 Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36 Luke 9:1-17
5/8 Leviticus 9:1-24 Luke 9:18-36
5/9 Leviticus 10:1-20 Luke 9:37-62
5/10 Leviticus 16:1-24 Luke 10:1-22
5/11 Leviticus 17:1-16 Luke 10:23-42
5/12 Leviticus 18:1-7, 20-19.8 Luke 11:1-13
5/13 Leviticus 19:9-18, 26-37 Luke 11:14-36
Scripture Readings for next week
Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60, 1 Peter 2:2–10, John 14:1–14
Youth Confirmation 2017
We praise God for these youth who today confirm the promises they have received in their Baptism
Daniel Edwin Carstens – Romans 1:16
Henry Paul Gaertner – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Stephen Jacob Hochendoner – 1 Peter 3:15
Kylie Ann Jamrog – John 8:12
Jordan Christina Kless – Proverbs 30:5
Adelaide Roisin McCloskey – Philippians 4:4
Mason Michael McGuire – Ephesians 2:8-9
Alyssa Lynn Pugh – Psalm 27:1
Brenna Carol Tarlton – Colossians 3:17
Kylie Deanna Tarlton – Isaiah 41:10
Cody James Wohlfeil – Jeremiah 29:11
Today we recognize and welcome Tara Smith, Beverly Berczel, Richard and Jeannette Buesing, Margaret Hicks, Mark and Carol Krueger, Jackie Nast, the Pease family-Sheryl, Ryan, Sydney, Caitlyn and Nattaly, Jim Shafer and Carol Gabriel to St. Paul. Through transfer, confirmation, or affirmation of faith, they have joined with us as new members of our church family.
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 Sunday School lesson covers Matthew’s account of “The Passion of Christ” as He ventured to the cross for you and me. The Father, the perfect, righteous judge of the universe, forsook Jesus on the cross so that the perfect, righteous sacrifice, Jesus Christ, could be punished for the sins of the whole world. Discuss with your children, “Why was it necessary for Jesus to die? What benefit do we gain from the death and resurrection of Jesus?”
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
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, email@example.com.
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 Raises Lazarus from the Dead” John 11:1-45. 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 again on Monday, May 8. 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 Listen to the Bible About Sex and Marriage?”
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.
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!
Thank you to everyone that donated, purchased, and volunteered at our garage sale. We raised over $2100 in support of our high school youth attending the district gathering this summer.
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.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is a great way to introduce your family to Jesus!
Join us: 9am-12pm 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/
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|
Ascension Day Picnic and Worship
Want some great food?
Want to give thanks to Jesus for His position speaking to our Heavenly Father on your behalf?
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
In Our Community
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. The Salvation Army would like our help! It’s a collaborative community meals program that is all about alleviating the summer meals gap and fun!
The program has a location in Whitmore Lake, as well as the opportunity to volunteer in the seasonal food warehouse or by serving as a clerical support person at the 503 Lake Street Location. There are thousands of hours of volunteer time needed to make this program a success, so can you offer a few hours, a few days, or get involved on a more regular basis.
Visit our website at www.salvationarmylivingston.org.
Heart of Instruction
May 16 4-8pm Concordia University Ann Arbor
A high school dual enrollment information day. Come see what Concordia has to offer. Email Erica Whitesell at Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-995-7831 to register
- Early college credits,
- Concordia Promise Scholarship for Dual Enrollments
- Wide range of classes
- Unique, Christ centered campus
Bible Study Fellowship
Join fellow member, Sally Bucrek, in attending Women’s Interdenominational Bible Study and Children’s Program (Birth—kindergarten)
Every Wednesday @ 9:30-11:20am 2017-18 Study: The Book of Romans.
Host Church: Calvary Bible Church, 8318 Carpenter Rd. Ypsilanti.
Pre-registration: May 3, 2017
Sept 13 & 20, 2017, Oct.4, Nov 1, Dec 6
Jan 10 & 17, 2018, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2.
Learn more and take a virtual tour: bsfinternational.org
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