Today we welcome Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow as our guest preacher. He is a Professor of Theology at Concordia University Ann Arbor, and he is the husband of Miriam, our director of family ministry. He arrived at CUAA after spending five years as a mechanical engineer, another four years as a missionary in both East Africa and Morocco, and five years as an Associate Professor at Concordia-Portland.
Pastor Gaertner accepts call to serve Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was not looking to leave St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamburg when I received word that I was on the call list for Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. I have had a pattern of telling congregations that inform me that I am on their call list, “I am not looking for a change right now, but I do know the Holy Spirit has a bigger imagination than my own.” No doubt, God has a big vision for His church, and remarkably He uses each of us in ways beyond our expectations. God calls us to be at work accomplishing His plans with grace and mercy.
On March 4, the people of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Michigan, were led by the Holy Spirit to extend to me the call to serve as their Senior Pastor. With awe and hope in the promises of God at work among His people in every place, I accept the call to serve at Our Shepherd.
This was not an easy decision. Christi and I prayed fervently as I wrestled with the opportunities to serve at two amazing congregations. Exciting ministry is happening at St. Paul. No doubt this is a community of people gathered by God in order to connect people to Jesus, and my family has loved being a part of this for the past nearly ten years.
I trust that the community of believers at St. Paul will continue to maintain the bonds of love through the sharing of God’s Word and the administration of the Sacraments. You will rely on God to be at work as you seek to call a man to serve as your pastor. Pray for the mercy and care of our Savior Jesus to lead you through this time.
During this upcoming time of transition, I pray confidently the Lord Almighty will guide our steps.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Rev. Dr. Evan Gaertner
Britt Odemba will visit our congregation at 11am on Monday, April 16. She is 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.
We will finish the Palm Sunday-Easter story.
Adult Bible Study Opportunities
Islam and Christianity
Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow during the Education Hour will lead a Bible study about the relationship between Islam and Christianity, “Oh that Ishmael might live in Thy Sight: A Christian Approach to Islam.”
Death… then what? – Education Hour
On April 15, Pastor Gaertner will conclude this study that examines what happens when we die and how the promises of God allow us to grieve with hope.
“Praying the Scriptures” – Education Hour
This class begins in the Upper Room, the divided section of the large fellowship hall. Join Sally Bucrek in a five-week study that will look at the power in God’s Word. Learn how to incorporate God’s Word into our prayers. The class will give you an overview of a centuries-old prayer approach called Lectio Divina which is still in use today in many Christian churches. For more information or to purchase the reference materials in advance, contact Sally at email@example.com.
“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
The women will meet tomorrow, Monday, April 9, at 11:00 am. Our topic is, “Go and Be Reconciled.” This topic is great for the congregation and our homes. It is a great time to join the study and discussion.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast and 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. A great time to join us. This group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. See you next Saturday, April 14.
Youth confirmation program meets this month on April 8, 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 “Let’s Go!” From Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4-6. 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.
Family Lenten Challenge
Please turn in your forms today.
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 April 8 by using this form, https://tinyurl.com/stpaulprayerworkshop or contact Miriam Yakimow, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tool Time Attendees
Tool Time for Confirmation students is April 14-15 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. This is a reminder for those who have signed up. We will meet at St. Paul at 10:45 am on Saturday, check in is 11:30am. Closing worship starts at 1:00 Sunday and we should return to St. Paul at 2:00 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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Our Community
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School in Brighton invites you to their free Family Science Night on Friday, April 27 from 6pm to 8pm. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum delivers 20 interactive science and math activities geared toward the whole family. Launch antacid rockets, design a windmill, pierce a bag of water without getting wet, and more! Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School provides an accredited, Christian education to students in preschool through eighth grade. SOTL is located at 2101 S. Hacker Rd., Brighton, MI 48114. Visit sotlschool.com for more information.
Pregnancy Help Clinic: Celebration of Life April 12
Held at The NAZ, 1669 Brighton Rd. Brighton, MI 48114, this event proves to be a real moving experience. Guest Speaker will be Patricia Sandoval. Optional time for the buffet, mingling, and browsing has been added to this year’s event. Pastors and a guest are free.
Doors open at 5:30pm so you can come any time to eat, mingle, and view Theme Baskets and amazing specialty items. The program begins at 7:30. The event features appetizer and dessert Buffet, Theme Basket Drawing, specialty item Drawing, Music, Education, Inspiration. Tickets are a $20 donation. Order 10 or more and save $2 per ticket. Free Child Care Available. Please email ann@PregnancyHelpClinic.com with your child’s age and name to reserve.