Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Numbers 21:4–9, Ephesians 2:1–10, John 3:14–21
3/11 Genesis 41:28-57 Mark 11:20-33
3/12 Genesis 42:1-34,38 Mark 12:1-12
3/13 Genesis 43:1-28 Mark 12:13-27
3/14 Genesis 44:1-18,32-34 Mark 12:28-44
3/15 Genesis 45:1-20,24-28 Mark 13:1-23
3/16 Genesis 47:1-31 Mark 13:24-37
3/17 Genesis 49:29-50:7, 14-26 Mark 14:1-11
Scripture Readings for next week:
Jeramiah 31:31–34, Hebrew 5:1–10, Mark 10:(32–34) 35–45
Simple Supper signup for the Wednesday meals during Lent is found on the wall in the small fellowship hall.
Pastor Gaertner Receives Call to Serve Our Shepherd
Pastor Gaertner has received a divine call to serve as the Senior Pastor at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Michigan. He has a Divine Call to be the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and now he has also been extended this call to serve Our Shepherd. It is his duty to discern how God is working through this process. Please pray for his family. Both places are God’s flock. God will take care of us all. Pray for the people of St. Paul and the people of Our Shepherd. God has plans for us. The Word of the Lord endures forever.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Egg Hunt is on March 31, 2018 at 10am. This event is a wonderful time to invite young families to connect to Jesus at St. Paul. Easter weekend gets very scheduled, so plan early to let your neighbors, friends, and family know about the Easter Egg Hunt and worship services.
Would you like to sing praise to God for His Risen Son? Choir Practice for Easter worship will be held after the 11:00 am services on Sundays March 11, 18 and 25. See Chris Mowers (email@example.com) for more details on the types of music. Rehearsals will last 90 minutes.
Our Easter Sunday service hymns will be accompanied by instrumentalists! We will have one rehearsal, on March 31 at Noon. If you play an instrument and want to participate, email Lydia Vedder (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Mowers (email@example.com) so that we can be sure that we have music for you.
Volunteers Needed for Easter Sunday
Volunteers for Easter Sunday are needed. We are looking for ushers, greeters, readers, and communion assistants for the three worship services we provide on Easter Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am. Signup sheets are available in the Small Fellowship Hall. Talk to Mike Hausch with any questions.
Education Hour – 9:45 am-10:45 am Sunday
Our Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade meets in the multi-purpose room downstairs beginning at 9:45 am. Middle school meets in the Activity Center (the house east of the main church building). High School meets in Room 5 downstairs. Adult Bible studies meet in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Today in Sunday School
We continue with the story “The Disciples.” Look for the family take-home page for ways to extend the lesson with other hands-on ideas.
Ancient History and the Bible
This study currently is moving into the Intertestamental time of biblical and world history. This class takes place in the Large Fellowship Hall.
“Death then what?”
Pastor’s 9:45am Class
That we all die is pretty much agreed upon, it’s what takes place two seconds later that makes us wonder. Explore this lively topic in “Death … Then What?”
“Life Explored” at Fresh Brew
Fresh Brew will begin “Life Explored” on Sunday, March 11. 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 will help 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.
“Praying the Scriptures”
This class begins in the library during education hour on April 8. Join Sally Bucrek in a five-week study that will look at the power in God’s Word and then learn to incorporate it directly 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 to purchase the reference materials in advance, contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
The women will meet tomorrow, Monday, March 12, 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.
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 learn about “The Light of the Whole World!” found in Luke 2. 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.
Early Communion Workshops – A Faith Milestone Event The next workshop date will be on TODAY, 3/11, following the second service from about 12:15 -2:00 pm.
There are two options to complete the final workshop:
Option #1 for the 3rd workshop is on 3/25 at 12:15 with the Faith Milestone blessing at the Maundy Thursday worship service at 7 pm on March 29.
Option #2 for the 3rd workshop is on 4/15 at 12:30 pm with the Faith Milestone blessing on Sunday, April 22nd at the service you normally attend.
Please contact Miriam (email@example.com) for more information and to sign up.
Family Lenten Challenge
Check in with Miriam today and let her know you are working on the challenge for a chance to win a Pizza Hut gift card! Simply let her know you are using the provided materials in your family.
It’s not too late to join our family challenge and have some faith conversations during this Lenten season by using our challenge guide. Prize winners will include the family completing the most missions and a random selection of a family who worked on the challenges.
Dates for this challenge are from February 14 – April 7. 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.
Lenten Cross Kits
Lenten Cross Kits are available for $2 from Miriam. Use these kits to help observe the Lenten season and for the Lenten Challenge.
4th-6th Grade Youth (IMAC)
Our next event will be Sky Zone in Brighton on Sunday, March 18. We will meet after church for lunch then head to Sky Zone. Cost is $10 per person for one hour of jump time. If you do not have special jump socks, cost is $3. Please make sure you fill out online forms found here, https://www.skyzone.com/brighton.
Prayer Faith Milestone Workshop
On Sunday, April 22, we will be having 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 March 25 by using this form, https://tinyurl.com/stpaulprayerworkshop.
LAC (7th and 8th grade students)
The Escape Room is a new venue in Brighton. On March 18, our team will be challenged to escape the room given a series of clues that will assist us in our escape. The Escape Room has great reviews and should be lots of fun. We will gather right after church, have lunch, and then have a bunch of fun. The cost is $15 (St. Paul is paying a portion of the entrance fee). Sign up or email email@example.com now! We are limited to 7 participants.
High School Students—Scavenger Hunt
Are you ready to have some fun with friends on your team and with the competition? On Sunday afternoon, March 25, we will have lunch together and 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 March 21 so that we can plan.
Adult drivers are needed for this event, so please get in touch with Mike if you can help out. Sign up and volunteer at email@example.com
Roses in the Narthex
On March 18, 1977 Mary and John Martinowicz were married here at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamburg. In remembrance of their 41st anniversary there are 41 roses in the narthex. After the late service John will take the one white rose remembering Mary and would be honored if the ladies in the congregation take a rose to remember Mary or someone that has gone before them to be with our Father in Heaven.
In Our Community
Youth Pot? Learn a Lot!
The Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA) will host a Youth Marijuana Use Town Hall on April 12th, 2018 from 9am-12:30pm at 2|42 Community Church in Brighton. Ken Stecker and Kim Thalison will discuss the Michigan Medical Marijuana laws, the impact it has on youth substance use, and how we can keep our youth safe. This event is free, although they ask that you register using the EventBrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-pot-learn-a-lot-tickets-43139739121
EASTER BASKET PROGRAM
St. Paul’s Compassionate Care
St. Paul is currently collecting the food and household items listed below to provide an Easter meal
and support to families in our community needing assistance during the Easter Season.
Liquid Dish Soap
Boxed Scalloped Potatoes
You can also designate a cash donation to purchase perishable food such as hams, potatoes and fruit.
Please be sure to write “Easter Baskets” on the envelope or check for the offering plate.
March 23, Friday, 6:30pm, will be packing boxes
Save the date! The Easter Basket deliveries will be Saturday, March 24, 9:30am.