Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isaiah 43:16–21, Philippians 3:(4b–7) 8–14, Luke 20:9–20
Scripture Readings for next week:
Deuteronomy 32:36–39, Philippians 2:5–11, Luke 22:1–23:56
8th Grade Confirmands
Reminder, there is a meeting tonight at 6:30 pm with Pastor Riggs.
Service times in the coming weeks
April 10 is the final Wednesday night service, Simple supper at 6 pm, vespers at 7 pm.
April 14 is Palm Sunday
April 18 is Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm
April 19 Good Friday has 2 services, 12 pm and 7 pm
April 20 is the Easter Egg Hunt at 10 am and Easter Vigil Service at 7 pm
April 21 Easter Sunday services at 8:00 am, 9:30 am and 11 am
The interviews are going well. There will be a call meeting on April 28 at 12:15 pm. Once we finish interviews, information regarding the candidates to be considered for the congregation’s vote will be made available. More information to come.
During this time the Youth Group will be serving a luncheon.
Classes will meet in the lower level from 9:45-10:45. Classes will study the story, “Holy Week and Easter.”
We are now looking at “The Blessings of Baptism.” You are invited to join us at 7:30 a.m. for some great Bible study, good conversation and a fresh cup of coffee.
Monday Women’s Bible Study
The Ladies Bible study meets on Monday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. We will continue our discussion of “Mere Christianity.” If you have the book, read the chapters “Hope” and “Faith” through page 159.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We have begun a new study “The Message of James.” Now would be a great time to join us. We will meet next Saturday, April 13. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am.
The New Bible Study has begun but you may still join this Thursday
Ladies are invited to join a Bible study on Thursdays, April 4- May 16, from 1:00-2:30 pm. We will take up the Armor of God, authored by Priscilla Shirer, and grow together in the strength of the Lord as we “struggle against the spiritual forces of wickedness.” Sally Bucrek will facilitate the 7-week DVD based sessions and ladies will continue personal study using a workbook during the week. We had enough requests to have this study at 6:30 p.m. also.
Kids’ Connection During the 11 am Divine Service
This activity is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd-grade students during the 11:00 am Divine Service. The lesson today is “The Prodigal Son” found in Luke 15:11-32. 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 Faith Milestone
The next workshop is on April 14 from 4:30-6 pm. The Faith Milestone Blessing will be at the Maundy Thursday service on April 18th at 7 pm.
Upcoming Faith Milestone – Prayer – 1st and 2nd grade
The workshop will be on April 14 from 9:45-10:45 am and the worship blessing will be on April 28 during the worship service you normally attend. In order to line up prayer partners/couples and make sure we enough supplies, please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/cbbdhpNjafKfoHbp7
Faith Family Reunion Retreat – Saturday, April 27 from 9 am – 3 pm
All of us have someone in our lives who has strayed away from faith in Jesus Christ. How can we reach out not only to the prodigal, but to the parents, families, and friends of prodigals who struggle to know what to do? Join us for a retreat, here at St. Paul, on these important issues and an introduction to a ministry opportunity that churches everywhere can easily implement. Help families welcome home family members who have wandered away. Cost is $5 per participant. Sign up here: http://www.faithfamilyreunion.com/St-Paul- Hamburg-MI or contact Miriam at email@example.com. Please invite anyone (they do not have to be members) who might benefit from this retreat topic to attend!
Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars for our VBS, Miraculous Mission. Dates for 2019 are July 29 – August 2.
Lift off for an intergalactic adventure with Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World. Explore God’s miraculous mission and learn about His plan of salvation from creation to the cross!
There are lots of ways you can help with VBS. You can help create the scenery, organize receiving of donated supplies, be a teacher, or a helper. VBS Volunteer Training will be held on May 19, 2019.
National Youth Gathering Fund Raising Update Through a variety of events Youth Gathering Participant families have raised $6225.33. In addition, families have each paid $150.00 per person for registration fees. Funds that remain to be raised are $7967.27. This amount funds 16 students attending the National Youth Gathering this summer. Upcoming Fund Raisers in our church family will include:
* Serving Lunch for the Call Meeting of the Voter’s Assembly (hopefully April 28)
* The Giving Wall can now be found in the Small Fellowship Hall. Return envelopes to the offering plate or the church o office
* Easter Breakfast served on April 21, 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.
* Dinner Theater and Silent Auction on May 18
* Hosting Sunday Morning Hospitality on May 19
There may also be a posting of a Go Fund Me page in the near future
Jr. High District Youth Gathering May31-June 2
Sign up for the Jr. High Youth Gathering to be held in Frankenmuth. Cost is $50 for St. Paul Youth. Registration due date is April 18th along with your fees. See Mike Hausch for registration forms and schedule information for the event.
Open Shop Days
Daisy’s Food Pantry offers 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. No qualifications or appointments are needed. Please spread the word so we can reach more people in our community.
PLAYGOERS UPDATE – There are three tickets available for “Old Time Religion” at Turkeyville Dinner Theatre in Marshall. The matinee performance is April 13 and includes a traditional turkey dinner. There is also a flea market and antique show going on that day. The ticket is $38, and there is someone you can ride with. Contact Cindy Elowsky, firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-231-3851.
EASTER EGG HUNT:
The Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at 10am will be an excellent time for you to invite your neighbors, friends, and family to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Families love to bring their children to play games, do crafts, hunt for eggs, and hear the joy of the good news of Jesus. As you invite your friends to the Easter Egg Hunt, we encourage you to also invite them to worship with us on Easter Sunday at
8 am, 9:30 am, or 11 am.
In Our Community
Pregnancy Help Clinic
Pregnancy Help Clinic supports women by providing vital life-affirming information, as well as resources and parenting support until their children turn 3 years old. We can support life in Livingston County by attending the Celebration of Life fundraising event on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:30 at the The Naz – Brighton Nazarene Church, Brighton, MI. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com Search Pregnancy Help Clinic
LACASA Center’s annual “Drive Out Child Abuse” Celebrity Golf Scramble is held on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Lakelands Golf & Country Club.
All proceeds help vulnerable victims of child abuse at LACASA Center. Your team will be named for a child who receives services at LACASA and will play for that child at this outing.
Golfers get to mix and mingle with pro-sports celebrities after the game for photos and autograph signings. Participants are encouraged to bring a piece of sports memorabilia for celebrities to sign.
The scramble starts at 9 a.m. and includes 18-holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, snack pack, goody bag, ongoing silent auction, games, competitions, and a mid-afternoon awards dinner.
Kreft Arts Black Box Theatre—Little Women, the Musical
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott,
Book by Allan Knee,
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Music by Jason Howland
April 11, 12, 13 at 8:00PM & April 14 at 2:00PM
Kreft Center Black Box Theater
Tickets: $14 ($8 students and seniors)
Following the March family’s struggles and triumphs during the American Civil War, the show demonstrates the importance of positive friend and family relationships and examines how time and events can change a family but need not shake it. Full of song, spectacle and humor that take us on a journey of the loves that make living worthwhile.
Kreft Center for the Arts, 4090 Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor, MI
For more information: https://www.cuaa.edu/life/kreft-arts-program/black-box-theater.html