Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Deuteronomy 26:1–11, Romans 10:8b–13, Luke 4:1–13
Scripture Readings for next week:
Jeremiah 26:8–15, Philemon 3:17–4:1, Luke 13:31–35
Dear St. Paul congregation:
The call committee is delaying the Call Meeting previously scheduled for March 17, 2019.
Of the 13 candidates on the list provided by the District, (5) immediately withdrew from consideration. (3) others either were not a good match for our congregation, were in the middle of managing building programs or already considering a call from another congregation.
The remaining (5) candidates, whom we interviewed, either did not fit our profile or had issues that would keep them at their current call/congregation.
We have reviewed our status with our Circuit Visitor and District President who are in agreement and we have requested a new candidate list while recommending some new additional potential candidates.
Though we have experienced a slight delay in calling a new pastor, we remain confident that this process is entirely in God’s hands.
We also rejoice in having Pastor Bob Riggs to shepherd us through this interim period. God is good!
Please pray that we will act according to God’s will to find the man whom He has determined to next lead our congregation.
The St. Paul Pastoral Call Committee
LENT BEGINS MARCH 6.
Ash Wednesday worship services that day will be at noon and 7 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, March 13 we will have a simple supper at 6 p.m. followed by a devotional service at 7 p.m. May the Lord bless our Lenten reflection.
Welcome Lutheran Choralaires! March 13
On Wednesday, March 13 the Lutheran Choralaires will be our guests! This men’s chorus tours churches in the greater Detroit area during Lent. Dan Ragle is one of their members. Their anthems will add to our devotional service that night.
A note from Marie
Marie Hagen would like to thank everyone for the prayers and cards sent after her surgery.
Classes will meet in the lower level from 9:45-10:45. Classes will study the story, “The Good Samaritan”
Today we begin a new study on “The Gift 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, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. We will continue our discussion of “Mere Christianity.” If you have the book, read the chapter “Christian Marriage.” through page 120.
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
Men enjoy a healthy breakfast. We will begin a new study “The Message of James.” We will meet next Saturday, March 16. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am.
New Bible Study option coming soon!
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 is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd-grade students during the 11:00 am Divine Service. The lesson today is “Jesus Calms the Storm” found in Mark 4:35-41 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
As part of our Faith Milestones, St. Paul encourages those children who are ready to receive the Lord’s Supper before they are confirmed, an opportunity for parent/child workshops to learn about the Sacrament. Many children are ready to receive the Lord’s Supper in upper elementary when they understand these words, “given and shed for you.” Typically, children are often ready at 4th grade. Those who are interested in attending these series of workshops should see Miriam or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshops will be on March 10, 17, and April 14 from 4:30-6 pm. The Faith Milestone Blessing will be at the Maundy Thursday service on April 18th at 7 pm.
Lent in a Bag
Our Lenten Faith challenge invites families and individuals to focus attention on the Lenten season by using our “Lent in Bag” Devotion items. Lent in a Bag items will be available now.
Upcoming Faith Milestone – Prayer – 1st and 2nd grade
The workshop will be on April 7 and the worship blessing will be on April 14. Watch for upcoming details.
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.
Vacation Bible School – Save the Date Need something new
Mark your calendars for our VBS, Miraculous Mission. Dates for 2019 are: July 29 – August 2.
VBS Volunteer Training will be held on May 19, 2019.
Jr. High Tool Time
Registration closes this Friday, March 15 for Jr. High Tool Time! Cost for St. Paul youth is now $40. St. Paul pays a portion of your cost of the event. You are welcome to bring a friend! Register here:
LCMS Youth Gathering Preparation
Chili Cook-off and Dessert Auction
The National Youth Gathering participants hosted and chili cookoff last Sunday. The winners are:
First place: Wes Munshaw
Second place: Scott Yakimow
Third place: Sylvia Munshaw
$1312.35 was raised to assist young people to attend the National Youth Gathering this summer.
Driver’s License Milestone: Driving is a privilege and a responsibility. Through a Faith Milestone your church family with partner with the new driver and parent(s)/guardian(s) to bring God’s grace and goodness to this step toward maturity and responsibility. Today during Education hour from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Mike Hausch will lead a discussion and Bible study with parents and the new driver. So, new drivers, if you have received your driver’s license in the last year or will be receiving it by December 2019, please join us for this helpful and informative time together.
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.
Pantry Needs: Mac n’ Cheese, canned Ravioli or pasta meal, oil.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is March 19 from 1 pm-6:45 pm. Volunteers and cookies are needed. Appointments can be made online. If you can help, please contact Sheila Mueller at 517-861-6970 or Lori Schonsheck at 248-763-8503.
The Quilters Need Sewers
The Quilters need people who can help sew the tops of the quilts. This can be done at home or join the quilters for conversation while you sew. Contact Julia Childress for more information: 810-231-2331.
If you have not yet received your copy of the new pictorial directory, copies are located in the library. Stop and get yours, even if you are not pictured. If you find any inaccuracies, please report them to the church office so corrections can be made.
Give me that Old Time Religion, it’s good enough for me! Toe tapping, and knee slapping inspirational music we all love! A group from St. Paul will be going April 13 for the matinee performance. Today is the deadline to sign up. A traditional turkey dinner is included! We are carpooling, so don’t let the drive stop you from signing up, there will be someone to ride with. If you have any questions, contact Cindy Elowsky, firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-231-3851. The synopsis and signup sheet are in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Ticket price is $38/each. Make your check out to St. Paul with “Turkeyville” on the subject line and put it in the offering plate.
This conference is presented by The Center for Worship Leadership. Held on July 24-26, 2019 at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 2101 S Hacker Rd, Brighton, MI 48114.
The Summit is presented by the Center for Worship Leadership from Concordia University Irvine (formerly known as Worship Arts Leadership Institute). This conference is intentionally designed to address the needs of worship arts ministry staff, volunteer leaders, team members, pastors, and students preparing for church worker vocations. Through built-in time for one-on-one conversations with friends and presenters/clinicians alike, our hope is that the Summit will give you the opportunity to find answers that will help you and people who can readily support you.
So, please, come and join us at The Summit! It’s here for you! Use MI-DIST25 and save on individual and team registrations until 3/31/19 at https://michigandistrict.org/event/the-summit/#register