Scripture Readings for This Week
Confirmation and Welcome of New Members
Please look at the welcome board in the small fellowship hall that celebrates all the people that have joined St. Paul since last May. Also, celebrate this day with the seven youth who publicly confirm their faith and rejoice in the promises of Baptism.
Confirmation Verses 2018
Noah Ankenbrand – 1 Peter 3:15 Ashton Foley – Colossians 3:17
Gwen Mastenbrook – Psalm 55:22 Jamie Meadows – 1 John 1:8-9
Amelia Robinson – John 8:12 Daniel Stack – Proverbs 30:5
Ethan Zagotta – John 14:6
New Members: Scott, Miriam, Jonathan Abigail, Jacob, Joelle, Josiah Yakimow; Rodger, Shirley Sanborn; Steve Bishop; Donna Cook; Craig, Sandra Gow; Rob Price; Carol Gabriel; James Shafor; Lenore Waldo; Drew, Amanda Slade; Jennifer Hansor; Colten Burns; Sandy Lobbestael; JoAnne McCurdy; Chadd, Greyson, Logan Schlamb; Bert, Tanya Wells; Michele, Hank Knezek
My family and I appreciated the time together with the congregation last week at the farewell luncheon. The food was outstanding. Thank you to each person that found a way to make all of our favorite St. Paul potluck dishes. Thank you, dear friends of St. Paul for so many kind words and gifts. This is a congregation filled with encouragement and love for people, and we certainly have been blessed in countless ways by the encouragement and love we have received from so many people over these past 9 ½ years.
Our new home address will be 4203 Seminole Dr, Royal Oak, MI 48073. We will keep our same phone numbers and email addresses.
May 20 after the 11 am will be a very important Voter’s Meeting. The church council will have had time to ask questions and discuss possibilities with the Michigan District. St. Paul will be moving forward in her mission to Connect People to Jesus. Plan on attending, you won’t want to miss this meeting.
Ascension Day Barbeque and Worship
Join your church family May 10 for barbecued chicken, German potato salad, coleslaw, beverages, and an ice cream sundae for dessert. It will be a great time of worship and fellowship.
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.
As a church family, we seek to comfort the bereaved by offering funeral luncheons. St. Paul Lutheran provides the main course, i.e., meat, beverages and all paper products. A donation is accepted to cover the cost of the meat and paper products.
We have a small group of members who take turns preparing other dishes (salads, vegetables, casseroles, and desserts), setting up, serving the meal and cleaning up. Because this group is so small, the same members are sometimes called every time there is a funeral luncheon. With additional members on the list, we will rotate volunteers serving and providing for these luncheons.
Anyone interested in serving on this group would be most welcome. This is a wonderful service provided for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Please sign up in the fellowship hall if you are interested in being included on this list.
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Plan to join us during the Education Hour this week. We provide opportunities for people of all ages to read and inwardly digest the true promises of God revealed in the Bible.
This week we begin the story “Ten Men Healed.” Check out our family-take home page for ways to extend the lesson in your home.
Adult Bible Study Opportunities
The People of God
Pastor Gaertner continues this week a Bible study on what it means to be a member of the Church. Christians are by definition members of the Church, which is the people of God. We are baptized into a people, kingdom, a body, a global family of Christians. Come to this Bible study to learn what it means to be a part of the people of God. Professor Yakimow plans to continue this study next week. Vibrant discussion and study of God’s Word is a trademark of this study that will continue because of the Holy Spirit at work through the sharing of God’
“Life Explored” at Fresh Brew
Fresh Brew studies “Life Explored.” Life Explored is a new way to share the gospel in today’s highly visual culture. The seven interactive sessions are based on stunning films shot all over the globe. The series helps people uncover what they are living for, and see how, in Christ, God meets their deepest desires for happiness. Fresh Brew meets Sundays at 7:30 am.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will meet tomorrow, Monday, May 7, at 11:00 am. Our Topic will be “Forgiveness How am I reconciled to God?” Join us for a discussion on the exceptional topic.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We have begun a new study titled, “Discipleship Explored.” The study is based on Paul’s letter to the brothers and sisters in Philippi, and we have just begun. It is a great time to join this group. We meet Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. See you next Saturday, May 5.
Kids’ Connection During the 11 am Divine Service
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd-grade students during the 11:00 am Divine Service. This week we will look at the story “The Captain of the Storm” found in Mark 4 and Matthew 8. 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.
Family Ministry Resource Center
We have developed a center for the purchase of resources to encourage faith conversations in the home. We currently have 3 resources available: Faith Talk with Children, Faith Talk Conversations, and The Story Bible. Please see Miriam for more information or visit the small fellowship hall poster for more details.
LAC (7th and 8th graders) and High School Youth
The Activity for May will be a combined event.
Students who are part of Living Active Christians and those in High School are invited to some fun games of Laser Tag on Sunday, May 20. We will meet after church, have lunch together and then off to Zap Zone! The cost is $15 and covers the cost of 2 games of Laser Tag and food for lunch. Get your name on the sign-up sheet or in an email to Mike no later than May 18. Please note that this event is open to the recently confirmed, the first year Confirmation class and students in 9th – 12th grades.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is May 15, from 1 pm-6:45 pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970.
Vacation Bible School
Save the date:
July 23-27 is VBS!
At Splash Canyon VBS, your children learn God keeps His promises on life’s wild ride! They’ll investigate the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts where our faithful God keeps His promises to be with us and gives us life and hope through Jesus, our Savior.
Registration is now open for children 3 years old – 8th grade! Register at stpaulhamburg.com/vbs.
If you can help full or part-time, we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Contact Ashleigh Mowers (email@example.com) for more info!
Servant Projects this Summer
Camp Restore, Detroit, July 8-14, 2018
Camp Restore will do exciting things this summer at Calvary Lutheran Church in Detroit. We will help with the renovation of 2 houses near the church, one will serve the community as a fine arts center and the other a math and science learning lab.
Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, Robbins, Tennessee, August 5-11
St. Paul has a long history serving with this Habitat partner. We have worked on building a storage shed, painting, building a sub-floor, installing roof shingles, and landscaping. We will stay at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Tennessee, which is sweet housing, great showers, a fun fellowship hall, comfortable sleeping areas and a well-equipped kitchen.
Both servant events are open to anyone connected with St. Paul that has completed 8th grade. Sign up for one or both of these events, using the preliminary application sign-up sheet in the small fellowship hall on the clipboards. You can ask Mike Hausch any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Our Community
Communications workshop by Kem Meyer
“LESS CHAOS. LESS NOISE.”
June 6, 2018 | A Communications Strategy Workshop
How do you break through the chaos and the noise to reach people who are already bombarded, stressed out, and overloaded with the pressures of life? This workshop shares simple strategies that demonstrate it’s easier than you think. It’s for any pastor, creative professional, ministry leader, or volunteer looking for ways to “get their message out” to where their audience connects–online or off. This one-day workshop, led by Kem Meyer, will take place June 6, 2018, at Concordia University Ann Arbor’s North Building. For more information, or to register, michigandistrict.com/events. The first 30 to register will receive a copy of Kem’s book, Less Chaos. Less Noise.
Lutheran High School Invitation
You are invited to Lutheran High School Westland’s Spring Sports Spectacular. Four Warrior varsity teams will be in action on Tuesday, May 8 at 4:30 pm. Come cheer on the baseball team, the girls’ soccer team, and both track teams. Admission is free for the whole family, and there will be activities and snacks for kids and a chance to tour the school. Contact admissions coordinator Christi Gaertner at 810-355-1600 or email@example.com with any questions.
Lutheran Westland presents the play The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults. LHWL students and grade school students are free. Call 734-422-2090 or email LHWLinfo@lhsa.com with any questions.