Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Ezekiel 37:1–14, Acts 2:1–21, John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15
Scripture Readings for next week:
Isaiah 6:1–8, Acts 2:14a, 22–36, John 3:1–17
Today after the 11 am service will be a very important Voter’s Meeting. 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.
If anyone is in need of pastoral care, please call the church office with information. They will contact the members of the council to make arrangements. Please be sure to leave your name, number, and who is in need if you leave a message.
Rev. Nathan and his wife Sarah Esala served and worked on the Likɔɔnl (or Komba) Bible project in Ghana, West Africa. Nathan’s role as a translation advisor presented new (to him) experiences such as: developing partnerships with the Komba church and community leaders, analyzing/documenting the linguistics of the language, checking translated drafts for quality, assisting in final New Testament revisions for publication, driving a hard bargain, and controlling water run-off.
Currently, Nathan is serving as the Translation Coordinator for LBT. He desires to discover and facilitate excellent practices in Bible translation and missiology for Lutheran Bible Translators with our global partners. To help accomplish that goal, Nathan is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
He also has five fabulous children Karissa, Annaka, Aili, Isaac, and Eliot.
LBT is seeking Lutherans to serve overseas through the ministry of Bible translation and Scripture Engagement. If you feel that God may be leading you towards missions or if you wish to make translation donations for a missionary, LBT may have a place for you
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 our last week with the story “Ten Men Healed.” Check out our family-take home page for ways to extend the lesson in your home.
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday school will begin on June 17. We will have one class for preschool-grade 6. Our theme will be Delivered: God’s Gift of Grace. We are looking for Summer Sunday school teachers. An engaging leader guide will provide everything you need for your lesson. Please consider signing up for one or more weeks. We need one teacher per week. Sign up in the fellowship hall or here: https://tinyurl.com/y8urybk2
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.”
“Forgiveness” at Fresh Brew
Fresh Brew study begins a new topic, “Forgiveness.” Have you ever struggled with considering the phrases from the Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” and thought ’gee, I hope not…I don’t do very well at forgiving?’ The study tool will be a resource from Ambassadors of Reconciliation that guides us through significant Biblical material on the art of forgiveness. God has a healing response in His Word. Join us, come and be healed, come and be renewed. Fresh Brew meets Sundays in the large fellowship hall at 7:30 am.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will meet tomorrow, Monday, May 21, 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 been working on 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 26.
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 “Treasure Hunt!” found in Matthew 13. 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 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.
LAC (7th and 8th graders) and High School Youth
The Activity for May will be a combined event.
Students who are part of Living Active Christians and those in High School are invited to some fun games of Laser Tag today, Sunday, May 20. We will meet after church, have lunch together and then off to Zap Zone! The cost is $15 and covers the cost
of 2 games of Laser Tag and food for lunch. Please note that this event is open to the recently confirmed, the first year Confirmation class and students in 9th – 12th grades.
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. The Pantry currently needs donations of coffee, tea, crackers and mustard.
We were the recipient of a portion of the postal workers food drive from the Pinckney post office. Daisy’s Pantry received a total of 2,127.1 pounds of food! Thank you for the awesome volunteers who picked up, weighed, sorted and boxed.
Thank you to everyone who donated blood or helped with cookies, set up or tear down. We collected 64 units. Our next blood drive will be July 17.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info!
Would you like to share your musical talents at VBS this year? We’d love to have you join our VBS band. The band practices in the summer months prior to the beginning of VBS. Band members lead music for the VBS week, sing in VBS Sundays at church, and at the fall festival. Mark your calendar for the following dates:
Tuesday, June 12 from 7 – 8:30 pm
Monday, June 18 from 7- 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 30 from 10 – 11:30 am
Thursday, July 12 from 7 – 8:30 pm
Sunday, July 22 from 3:30-4:30 pm
Please contact Miriam (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining the VBS band.
Here We Stand 2018 Summer Events
The Reformation 500 is a challenge to congregations to complete 500 miles in 5
months and raise money in the process.
Members of congregations and schools are encouraged to form teams that will work together to complete 500 miles by walking, running, and/or biking from May-September 2018. Each month would represent one century since the Reformation occurred in 1517. The Reformation 500 gives members in the Michigan District an opportunity to come together to financially benefit individual congregations and schools while supporting the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign, as well as enjoying a summer of physical activity. There is still time to get on board! Visit https://herewestand.michigandistrict.org/thereformation500
Here We Ride II
Here We Ride II is a FREE single-day bike-riding event that will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Bethany, Charlevoix. Here We Ride will take place on the Little Traverse Wheelway—a multi-use paved trail that skirts the beautiful waters of
the Little Traverse Bay. There are plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy the scenery, and happy volunteers will
be stationed along the route. More information and registration can be accessed by visiting: https://herewestand.michigandistrict.org/hereweride
Participants in both events are encouraged to collect pledges for the miles they will walk/ride/run–50 percent of the money raised goes to your congregation or school for its ministry purposes, and 50 percent will go to Here We Stand campaign initiatives. During the summer of 2017, between these two events, teams raised $10,910.81 that went to their congregations and the Here We Stand campaign. For more information, contact Ray Zavada at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Ekong at email@example.com or call Linda at 888.225.2111 ext. 265.