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Bulletin Announcements Mar. 1 – Mar. 8

Welcome! If you are a guest with us today, we are so glad you are here! We invite you to fill out a card from the pew rack and give it to an usher during the hymn before the sermon. Prayer Requests If you have something you would like us to pray about this week, you can write it on the back of the pew card and your request will be included in the prayers of the church. Nursery If you have children, our nursery provides a loving, safe atmosphere for your children, infants through 3-year-olds. The nursery is found in the hallway east of the fellowship hall. An usher would love to help you find it. Lord’s Supper We celebrate the Lord’s Supper with confidence in Jesus’ words, “This is my body…this is my blood.” Jesus is present working the forgiveness of sins and strengthening faith. Examine yourself before communing. Repent of your sin and trust that Christ’s body and blood are given and shed for the forgiveness of sin. If you have any questions about the Lord’s Supper, please speak to the pastor and/or an usher. You can also review the Small Catechism that can be found in the hymnal on page 321. Children and adults so not instructed or those of a different confession of faith may come forward to receive a blessing. For those with special dietary requirements we provide grape juice in the center row of the communion tray. Gluten free communion wafers are available by request.   WIFI Password GoInPeace

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Scripture Readings for This Week

Scripture Readings for today:

Genesis 3:1–21, Roman 5:12–19, Matthew 4:1–11

3/1          Genesis 4:1-26                                         Mark 2:18-28  
3/2          Genesis 6:1-7:5                                        Mark 3:1-19
3/3          Genesis 7:11-8:12                                   Mark 3:20-35
3/4          Genesis 8:13-9:17                                   Mark 4:1-20
3/5          Genesis 11:27–12:20                              Mark 4:21-41
3/6          Genesis 13:1-18                                      Mark 5:1-20
3/7          Genesis15:1-21                                        Mark 5:21-43

Scripture Readings for Next Week

Genesis 12:1–9, Romans 4:1–8, 13–17, John 3:1–17

Call Update

Congregational Call Meeting – Sunday, March 8

On Sunday, March 8 at 12:15 pm we will be having a congregational call meeting to issue a Divine Call to our next settled pastor. The call committee has interviewed 8 pastors, over the past two weeks, in order to recommend candidates to the congregation on March 8. Many of the pastors on our call list are also listed on call lists for other congregations. Because of this, the call committee is working quickly to choose candidates to present.

Join us for a Prayer Service for Pastoral Candidates on Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm. Information about recommended candidates will be presented at this service and we will gather as a community to pray for each of the candidates.

The Journey to Calvary

Please Join us as we follow Christ on the Journey to Calvary

March 11    “Jesus is Betrayed, Deserted & Arrested”  
Matthew 26:47-56
March 18     “Trial before the High Priest”
  Matthew 26:57-68
March 25 “Trial before Pilate”   Matthew 27:11-23
April 1    “The Verdict” Matthew 27:24-31
April 9       Maundy Thursday
April 10   Good Friday

Wednesdays from March 4-April 1 we will have a simple supper which starts at 6pm.  Please sign up if you can supply food that evening. Lenten Vespers begin at 7pm.

Christian Education

Sunday School Classes

All classes, grades preschool-grade 6, meet in the lower level of the church building at 9:45 am for an opening. Following the group opening, classes are dismissed by age levels into their classrooms. We will study “The Red Sea.”

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

Today, Pastor Riggs will continue a study of the book of Romans.

Fresh Brew

Today we continue a study titled “Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a deeply Divided World” by Philip Yancey. Lesson subtitles are: ‘We Got Problems,’ ‘What Can We Do About It?’ ‘Who Are the Grace Dispensers?’ ‘Is It Really Good News?’ and ‘Holy Subversives.’ We invite you to join us at 7:30 am for some Bible study, conversation and a cup of coffee. There is room for you around the table.

Monday Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible study will meet on Monday, March 2, we will continue our Bible study on the book of Ephesians. This week the lesson is titled “Called to Others.” See you on Monday at 11:00 am.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study

Men, we will meet next Saturday, March 7. We have recently started a new video course titled based on Ephesians. Join us for a healthy breakfast, some good conversation and a great Bible study. We meet Saturdays at 8:30 am.

Adult Study on Sunday morning, during Education Hour (starting at 9:45 am) “So the Next Generation Will Know” by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace. This next generation, quite literally, has the potential to change the world. If you’re raising, grandparenting, mentoring or teaching Generation Z, the study, backed by the latest research with great ideas for activities, teaching and training. This course will span over 8 weeks. Join them in the Upper Room.

Family Ministry

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 “John Prepares the Way” found in Mark 1:1-8. 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.

Lent in a Bag: A Visual Faith Devotion

Families and individuals are encouraged to take join us on our Lent in a Bag devotion for Lent. A devotion booklet with guided conversations, questions, prayers, and other activities can be found in the church entryway or near the coffee in the fellowship hall. Each week those using the visual faith devotion will have a new item to discuss that helps us reflect on the Lenten season. Devotional activities begin starting today.

Vacation Bible School

VBS for 2020 is July 27-31. Mark your calendars to join us for this event!

Vacation Bible School – We need you!

Please consider helping with our VBS in some way this year. It takes many different people with various skills to put together an amazing week for our kids. Volunteer information forms are in the church entryway. There are opportunities for those who can be around for the week, those who can do preparation work, and those who might only be able to help for one day. Every little bit helps tremendously and lets our young people know they are important!

Youth

Youth Bible Study

Youth Bible Study for High School students meets on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 am. The topic is titled “Vocation a Chance to Serve in Plain Clothes” based on 1 Peter 2:4-108. High school students meet in room 4 on the lower level.

Holy Huddle (confirmation students)

This group will continue meeting on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 am. Today our study focuses on Luke 19:1-10. We will discuss the Calling of Zacchaeus. See you all today in the Holy Huddle classroom.

Compassionate Care

Daisy’s Pantry

Daisy’s 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.

Red Cross Blood Drive– March 17

Two or three co-coordinators are needed for the Blood Drives. There are 6 per year. The upcoming Blood Drive is from 1pm-6:45pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Barb Wahls 734-878-9332.

Fellowship News

An A Capella Concert held at Whitmore Lake High School

We are getting a group together March 13 @ 5 pm at Captain Joe’s Grill for dinner followed with SING! An A Capella Concert held at Whitmore Lake High School at 7 pm. Groups that will be performing include Decibelles from the Brighton area, Evergreen from Eastern Michigan University, Amazin’ Blue from University of Michigan, Everyone Can Sing Chorus from Whitmore Lake, and the Whitmore Lake Middle School and High School choirs. There will be a concession stand, a 50/50 drawing, and a couple of baskets to be raffled. This is a fundraiser for the Whitmore Lake Foundation for Education Excellence, which supports special programs at Whitmore Lake Schools. St. Paul member, Ramona Meadows, is President of the Foundation. More information about the programs supported can be found at www.wlfee.org. Tickets are $10, there’s a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall.

LWML

LWML ANN ARBOR ZONE

If any of the Ladies of St. Paul have been thinking about starting a Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, SAVE THESE DATES!

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 – ANN ARBOR ZONE PRAYER SERVICE
“Living in Love, Bearing Fruit” 9 – 11:00 am at MOST Ministries
655 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor 48108. RSVP to fuzzy_sergeant@yahoo.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 – ANN ARBOR ZONE “SPRING FLING”
   9 am – 12:30 pm, Shepherd of the Lakes, 2101 South Hacker Road, Brighton 48114. RSVP to jbgallmeyer@gmail.com
Please mark these dates on your calendar and bring a friend to learn more about LWML and what it means to “serve the Lord with gladness.” Look for more details to follow!

Mens Retreat                                                       

2020 OUR SHEPHERD LUTHERAN MEN’S RETREAT
God’s Extraordinary Grace for Ordinary Men
2 Corinthians 12:9
Friday, March 20, 2020 – Sunday, March 22, 2020

To read the biblical story is to read the Word of God whose extraordinary grace pursues ordinary people who struggle with personal failures, family problems, loneliness, and a long list of other weaknesses and challenges. Their stories are still our stories today, and their God is still our God. We will immerse ourselves in these biblical narratives to better understand who we are, who our Savior is, and how the Old Testament continues to testify to the lord of mercy. http://ourshepherd.net/mens-ministry/ to register.        

God’s Blessings: Use Them – Share Them, Camp Restore – June 21-27
As God’s people at St. Paul, each one of us has been created and blessed to know the message of salvation, the peace of sin forgiven, and the joy of a relationship with our Savior. And as St. Paul says to all of us in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Knowing that God’s already done the preparation for us, we have an opportunity this summer to share the blessings of our God at Camp Restore in Detroit. Our responsibility is to respond to the need for volunteers to work alongside this ministry in one of many capacities – VBS or sports camp volunteer, construction, clean-up of neighborhoods, etc. The first information and training session for interested teens through senior citizens is scheduled for April 5 during Education Hour. In the meantime, to express an interest or ask a question, contact Barb Nettleton at 810-355-4350 or maxbarb@chartermi.net God knows what needs to be done! Is He asking you to take advantage of this opportunity to be one of the “doers” of His word and work?

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward March 8

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