Mar 6 – mar 13 Fourth Sunday of Lent

Scripture Readings for This Week
Scripture Readings for today:
Isiah 12:1-6, 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
3/6                                 Genesis 41:28-57                                              Mark 11:20-33
3/7                                 Genesis 42:1-34, 38                                         Mark 12:1-12
3/8                                 Genesis 43:1-28                                                Mark 12:13-27
3/9                                 Genesis 44:1-18, 32-34                                   Mark 12:28-44
3/10                               Genesis 45:1-20, 24-28                                   Mark 13:1-23
3/11                               Genesis 47:1-31                                                Mark13:24-37
3/12                               Genesis 49:29–50:7, 14-26                           Mark 14:1-11
Scripture Readings for next week
Isaiah 43:16-21, Phillipians3(4b-7), Luke 20:9-20

Lent Midweek Services


Wednesday evenings between February 24 and March 16 we will offer Simple Suppers at 6pm and Evening Prayer at 7pm. This upcoming Wednesday we will rejoice that when we confess our sins God forgives us.

Lent has traditionally been a time of repentance and renewal.  In the early church, this was a time of preparation and instruction for those to be baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday. Later this idea of preparation and instruction was applied to baptized Christians as well. In our Lenten observance on these Wednesday evenings, we will concentrate on the six great themes of Luther’s Small Catechism for our lessons and sermons.

Christian Education


Kids’ Connection Today
This is a time for 3-year-olds through 2nd grade students at the 11 a.m. Divine Service. Students will learn how “Jesus Tells the Parable of the Lost Son.” This is 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.

Baskets of Promise
During the Lenten Season our Sunday school is collecting health care items for a Basket of Promise in partnership with Lutheran World Relief.


Fresh Brew Bible Study
Today a new topic begins at the Fresh Brew Bible Study. We will study who we are becoming when we believe in Jesus. This study is grounded in Scripture and will look at ten key virtues that characterize someone who is becoming like Jesus. We will use material from the Zondervan series “BelievetheStory.”


Sunday Education Hour – 9:45-10:45 A.M.

  • Nursery is staffed for young children
  • Sunday School is a place for kids 2 years old through sixth grade
  • Holy Huddle meets for middle school students in the Activity   Center and Senior High Youth are invited to join.
  • Pastor’s Bible Study and Sundays and Seasons are great groups for adults

In Sunday School today the event is “Jesus Preaches on the Mount.” Jesus explains in His Word that He was poor, hungry, sorrowful, hated, and rejected for our sake so that God would grant us His gifts and blessings. Discuss with your children, “How does our sin blinds us? What does Jesus offers us through faith in Him?”

Sundays and Seasons

Every Sunday we hear three Bible readings in the Divine Service, an Old Testament lesson, a reading from the Epistles and reading from one of the Gospels. These Bible readings reflect the current church calendar and usually serve as the basis for the sermon. This Bible study helps them come to life. This study will meet in the Large Fellowship Hall and no longer in the lower level.

Pastor Bible Study
During the Education Hour this Sunday, Pastor Gaertner will lead a Bible study in the Large Fellowship Hall. We are journeying to the cross with Jesus by studying in the Gospel of Luke the week before Jesus dies on the cross. Today we are studying the events that took place on Good Friday. Everyone is encouraged to be involved on Sunday morning in a Bible study. Make this Sunday the first in a new habit.

Monday Women’s Bible Study
We will meet tomorrow, March 7, beginning at 11:00 am. The Bible study is “Connections: Knowing God.” This Bible study will – by God’s grace – build your relationship with God and with others all at the same time, just like Jesus intended. This week we continue the lesson, “Knowing God by Name.” Make a ‘connection’ tomorrow.

Time Change


Spring Forward
On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 3am. Nationally church attendance drops 15% on the Sunday when we lose an hour. Churches across the country report empty seats and late arrivals. Families with small children are the most likely to struggle with arriving to church when we lose an hour. The day after the switch also tends to be a low energy sermon. Can St. Paul Lutheran Church buck the trend this year? Pastor Gaertner will go to bed early, and the Spirit of God will lift him in his sermon. Can you make it next Sunday?



“In Christ Alone” National Youth gathering participants
We will have our monthly meeting this Sunday, March 6. We will set dates for upcoming events and enjoy a pre-event Bible study. We will have lunch together and then handle business. We should conclude by 2:00 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Compassionate Care


James 2:24
“A person is justified by works and not by faith alone.”
Our congregation has always shown faith by good works whether it be supplying items for holiday baskets or for our pantry. We generously step up for many occasions to help others.

Please continue to support us through donating items. Would you help by buying a item or two for our clients. Current needs are pork and beans, tomato sauce, canned pasta and meat items and cereal. Place these items in the cart near the pantry door by the east entrance. We no longer need bags or egg cartons at this time.

Perhaps you know of someone who could use assistance with food, utilities, clothing, gas vouchers, heating wood and other services. Have them call Love INC at 517-553-3620 to set an appointment. If you are a member of St. Paul or St. Stephens or have a relative or neighbor who could services of our pantry, please have them call the church office, Linda Freeman or Ellen Johnson to set a private appointment.

Financial News


The month of January had a general fund loss of $2,790.  The budgeted loss for the month was $11,913 so the loss of $2,790 is quite favorable to budget.

In distributing the budget between months for 2016, Sheila Wortmann adjusted the expected contributions to better reflect the decrease during the winter months and the significant increase for Easter and Christmas weeks.  With those adjustments contributions to budget were favorable by $4,580.

Expenses were under budget for January but the variance is primarily due to when insurance and custodial services were paid.

Comparative to 2015, January contributions increased by $6,625. The mild winter weather perhaps.  Expenses were similar to 2015, a slight increase of $733.


In Our Community


Assembly of 1,000 Easter Baskets For Detroit Children
March 16-18, 2016 | East Bethlehem, Detroit
Many volunteers are needed to assemble over 1,000 Easter baskets for the Gifts For All God’s Children Easter Fairs at Detroit Lutheran churches and ministries in March. The Easter Basket Assembly will take place on March 16-18 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at East Bethlehem, Detroit. Please RSVP to Carlyn Roth: 586.978.9349 or carlynr@giftsforallgodschildren.org or

www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/6661829060121. Donations are needed for preschool, school age, and teen baskets for both boys and girls. Items welcome are: hygiene items, coloring books, crayons, stickers, flash cards, beanie babies or stuffed Easter animals, small toys, games and puzzles, fruit snacks, granola bars, small Bibles, and Christian message items. You can choose to assemble and donate an entire basket or drop off donations at Faith, Troy or East Bethlehem, Detroit.


Church Softball League
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church and School is forming a softball team for a summer league that will begin play in late April or May. The season will last until mid-late July. The games will be mostly on Thursday evenings, but there will be a few Tuesday games. Double headers are played each time, two 7-inning games. Please contact Pastor Gaertner if you are interested in joining with SOTL. If there are enough from St. Paul Lutheran Church, then we may be able to form our own team.


LACASA’S Child Abuse Prevention
(CAP) Council hosts Pinwheels for Prevention each April to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The community gathers at the Howell Carnegie District Library for a presentation on child abuse prevention. The event culminates with children from area schools planting a Pinwheel Garden along the library’s front entrance.

Blue pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures that all children deserve. The Pinwheel Garden project symbolizes the community’s commitment to protect the children of Livingston County.

Plant Your Own Garden. If your school, business or organization would like to plant a pinwheel garden in April, please contact LACASA’s CAP Coordinator, Holly Naylor, at 517-548-1350 or hnaylor@lacasacenter.org. Please join us in recognizing this national month and building awareness about how to prevent child abuse in our community.

1 Comment
  • Janet Magee Posted March 20, 2016 10:55 pm

    Please join the nearly 8 million people who will be praying for abused children on National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer on April 24th. It’s free. nothing to join. Just prayers. Learn more at http://www.bluesunday.org

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