Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 25:6–9, 1 Corinthians 15:1–11, Mark 16:1–8
4/1 Exodus 14:10-31 Hebrews 7:23-8:13
4/2 Exodus 15:1-18 Hebrews 9:1-28
4/3 Exodus 15:19-16:12 Hebrews 10:1-18
4/4 Exodus 16:13-35 Hebrews 10:19-39
4/5 Exodus 17:1-16 Hebrews 11:1-29
4/6 Exodus 18:5-27 Hebrews 12:1-24
4/7 Exodus 19:1-25 Hebrews 13:1-21
Scripture Readings for next week:
Acts 4:32–35, 1 John 1:1–2:2, John 20:19–31
Continuous Celebration of Easter
Today we celebrate our Risen Savior! Easter is not only celebrated today, but it is a continuous festival.
- Yearly we gather on this day to hear the good news that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia!
- Weekly we receive the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we receive the Lord’s Supper, we receive the good news that Jesus Christ is present in his very body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. The Lord’s Supper is a meal filled with the promise of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Daily our lives should be an Easter day with a funeral and a resurrection. We put to death our sinfulness and emerge a new creature living before God and one another by the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Daily we place our sins at the cross and trust in the power of new beginnings revealed in the empty tomb.
Celebrate the good news of Easter yearly, weekly, and daily.
This is an amazing time for the good news of Jesus to be shared in our community, in our homes, and in this congregation. Pray that our Easter services and activities will be a blessing.
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 next week. We provide opportunities for people of all ages to read and inwardly digest the true promises of God revealed in the Bible.
Next week we will finish the Palm Sunday-Easter story.
Adult Bible Study Opportunities
Islam and Christianity
Dr. Scott Yakimow on April 8 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 divided section of the large fellowship hall on April 8. 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. he 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 2, 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 a thoughtful and challenging Bible study and discussion on “Forgiveness.” This group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. See you next Saturday, April 7.
Youth confirmation program meets this month on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6:30pm.
Kids’ Connection During the 11 am Divine Service
Please join us next week for Kid’s Connection. This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd-grade students during the 11:00 am Divine Service. 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.
Easter Books and Resources
Please take an Easter book or activity booklet today. Books can be found in the narthex as you leave the sanctuary.
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
This is the final week to complete your challenges listed in our guide. Forms should be brought next Sunday, April 8. You do not have to complete every mission listed on the challenge form. The goal is to have every family participate in some way! See Miriam (firstname.lastname@example.org) or http://stpaulhamburg.com/2018/family-lenten-challenge/ 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 April 8 by using this form, https://tinyurl.com/stpaulprayerworkshop or contact Miriam Yakimow, email@example.com.
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)
This year we distributed baskets of food and personal needs items to 48 families. Thank you to all that volunteered time and materials to make this care for our community possible. We are connecting people to Jesus.
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 on Saturday, April 21, 2018 ~ 9:00 AM – 12 Noon. The rally will take place at Living Water Lutheran Church of Whitmore Lake, 200 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
There will be donations collected to be taken to C.S. Mott Hospital Wish List Links to check out are at:
Amazon: amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/JDMBTCG7VOOY): Uno Card Game, Crayola Crayon/Pencils, Secular Coloring Books, Kohl’s Cares Plush New Stuffed Toys, Super Hero Action Figures, Small Lego Kits
Thank you from the Compassionate Care Team
Our sincerest thanks to all of the volunteers that helped successfully deliver Easter
Baskets with food for the body and soul to 48 families in need in our community.
This event was marked by a wonderful outpouring of support and
fellowship in the last week as we connected as a church family to
work together in God’s fields and for God’s glory.
- Thank you to the volunteers who called all the families to assess their needs and share
the good news of Jesus’ love.
- Thank You to all those who donated food and funds for the baskets.
- Thank You to the generous person who donated handmade dishcloths for all the families
- Thank you to the generous family that donated pies for all the families.
- Thank you to all those who volunteered to sort and pack food for the baskets.
- Thank you to all the volunteers behind the scenes helping to count items, print maps,
make boxes, buy books and hams and secure funding as a Thrivent Action team.
- Thank you to all the drivers who delivered baskets to families all across our community.
- And special thanks to members of our sister congregation, Trinity Lutheran in Pinckney,
for their support of donated items and volunteer time.
Of course, all thanks be to our God who so awesomely blesses our church family that
we can forward His blessings to others and continue to connect people to Jesus.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of
mine, you did for me.” Mathew 25:40
The St. Paul Compassionate Care Team