Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Acts 8:26–40, 1 John 4:1–11 (12–21), John 15:1–8
Scripture Readings for next week:
Acts 10:34–48, 1 John 5:1–8, John 15:9–17
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. His installation into the public ministry at Our Shepherd will be at 3pm on May 20.
Please join us as we bid farewell, best wishes, and blessings in ministry to Pastor Gaertner and family on Sunday, April 29, at 12:00 pm. The congregation will be providing meat, beverages, and cake. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share.
May 20 after the 11am will be a very important Voter’s Meeting to consider options for pastoral care during the vacancy. 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. This 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 if you are interested in being included on this list. A box will be placed in the Narthex to collect these forms.
Prayer Faith Milestone
Today we will bless 1st and 2nd grade students who participated in our prayer workshop last Sunday. Please pray for the following and their prayer partners, that new relationships may grow, and each person’s faith may be strengthened through these partnerships.
Neveah King & Patti Meadows
EJ Knezek & Ray Woods
Aiden Smith & Chuck/Janet Simpson
Josiah Yakimow & Bill/Elaine Zolner
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 finish with 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
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.
“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 30, 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.
Youth confirmation program meets tonight at 6:30pm. Prayer partners meet with their youth on tonight at 7:30pm.
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 “The Singer” found in Matthew 6, 9 and Luke 12. 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.
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. 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 is now offering 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.
In Our Community
Adult Gathering: Proclaiming the Caring Creator
The Psalmist says, “I will proclaim Your great deeds” (Psalm 145:6). Do you feel confident and equipped to share your faith in your everyday conversations with friends, families, and neighbors? With this question in mind, The Lutheran Adult Gathering has been crafted to provided practical help for proclaiming the Caring Creator and His great deeds with people today.
The event will be held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, October 12-14. Room rates include Grand Hotel amenities, 2 five course dinners, 2 full breakfasts, Champagne reception, Cocktail reception coffee breaks and a single room. See the Michigan district website for more information and to register
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.
Faith Under Fire Movie Extra Needed
10-15 movie extras are needed for the filming of Faith Under Fire on Sunday, May 6 at the Flint Surgery Center. Call time is 2 p.m. If you are interested, please RSVP Melissa at email@example.com.
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 4:30pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.