Things Won’t Make You Happy
How do you know when you are blessed? Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute has written about developing a happiness portfolio that does not center on consumption or development of material abundance. This Easter season we celebrate the crucified Christ is risen from the dead. Through the life, love, and community we find in Jesus Christ we will find the means to develop our happiness portfolio. Read through this list and consider how the crucified and risen Christ is necessary to make each of these possible.
Faith: You have a way to make sense of death and suffering.
Family: You have a home life with mutual affection, where the good of others is as important to you as your own happiness.
Community: You have at least two friends who feel pain when you suffer and share joy when you thrive.
Work: You believe that there are other people who genuinely benefit from the work you do. Our calling is not about simply being well-compensated, but rather answering the question, “Does it matter?”
Pastor Gaertner accepts call to serve as Senior Pastor of Our Shepherd
Pastor Evan Gaertner has accepted the divine call to serve as the senior pastor of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Michigan. His last Sunday at St. Paul will be May 6, which is also the Sunday we will welcome new members and witness the public confirmation of faith by our youth catechumens. There will be a special fellowship time on April 29 to send off the Gaertner family with blessings. His installation into the public ministry at Our Shepherd will be at 3pm on May 20.
Britt Odemba will visit our congregation at 11am April 16. She is a missionary that supports the educational work of the Lutheran Church in Kenya. Come to her presentation and hear how you can support the mission of God to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus. You can learn more about her mission by visiting lcms.org/odemba.
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 will begin the story “Jesus Feeds 5,000.” Please look for our take home family page for ways to extend the lesson and encourage faith conversations during the week at home.
Adult Bible Study Opportunities
Death… then what? – Education Hour
Pastor Gaertner concludes today this study that examines what happens when we die and how the promises of God allow us to grieve with hope.
The People of God
Next week Pastor Gaertner will begin 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.
“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, April 16, at 11:00 am. Our special guest will be, “Britt Odemba. She will visit our congregation at this time.
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, April 21.
Youth confirmation program meets this month on April 15, 22, and 29 at 6:30pm.
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 “A little girl and a poor frail lady” from Luke 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 resource 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.
Prayer Faith Milestone Workshop
On Sunday, April 22, we will have a prayer faith milestone workshop for 1st and 2nd grade children and a parent. Our focus in this milestone is prayer and talking with God. Children and parents will learn about prayer in special hands-on activities and learning stations. Each child will have a prayer partner.
To make sure there are enough materials and to select prayer partners, please register by today by using this form, https://tinyurl.com/stpaulprayerworkshop or contact Miriam Yakimow, email@example.com.
Tool Time Attendees
Tool Time is April 14-15 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. The event is being attended by two students, Bryce Kurth and Abby Yakimow and two adults, Mike Hausch and Bailey Vanderweel. Closing worship starts at 1:00 Sunday and we should return to St. Paul at 2:30 pm on Sunday.
LAC (7TH and 8th graders)
Our April Activity is a Lock-In on Friday, April 20. We will start at 7:00 pm and conclude by 8:00 am on Saturday – right after breakfast. The program will end at 11:00 pm on Friday for those who do not want to stay the night. The theme is “Who Is My Neighbor?” Bring $5 for food and a snack to share. Beverages will be provided. Sign up by Wednesday, April 18, 5:00 pm.
Senior High Youth
The activity this month is on Sunday, April 22. We will grill some hamburgers and have complimentary side dishes. Then engage our brains, our memories, and teamwork to participate in a Scavenger Hunt! The event will wrap up at 4:30 pm. Get your name to Mike Hausch via the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 20, 5:00 pm so that we can plan.
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 look into 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. To sign up for one or both of these events, there is a preliminary application sign-up sheet in the small fellowship hall on the clipboards. You can ask Mike Hausch any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expanding Open Shop Days
Daisy’s Food Pantry in April will begin to offer open shop days every Wednesday between 1pm-4pm. Our food pantry helps households in our community bridge out of crisis. Families can shop 6 times a year in our pantry.
Volunteers are needed in the Food Pantry
Because of this increase of providing open shop days every Wednesday, we need more volunteers on Wednesdays and also a volunteer that will help pick up food at Kroger on Tuesday mornings at 9am.
Please contact Ellen Johnson if you are able to help in our food pantry (734-904-2870 or email@example.com)
In Our Community
LWML Ann Arbor Zone Spring Rally – Healing in the Hospital
All ladies of St. Paul are invited to attend the Spring Zone Rally Saturday, April 21, 2018 ~ 9:00 AM – 12 Noon Living Water Lutheran Church of Whitmore Lake200 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. The speaker and special guest will be Joel Maier and Denver the Therapy Dog, C.S. Mott Hospital Child Life Specialists
The event schedule is as follows: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration Suggested Donation $5.00. Free-Will Mite Offering Mission Grants.9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon Worship, Business Meeting, Program, Lunch at Noon. RSVP is appreciated to Linda Murdock, 734.761.6150
New Foster Services
If you have ever thought about Foster Care, the department of Health and Human Services of Livingston county is having an informative brunch on April 21 from 10am to 12pm. Contact Laurie Russell for location and further information.