News and Notes 4/10/16


God’s Timing

Best Use
As a morning activity and dinner-time faith chat.

Nutritional Value
Learning about God’s perfect timing.

Advance Preparation

 You’ll need a slow cook crockpot

 Gather recipe ingredients for taco soup

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, with liquid

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, with liquid

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

2 cups water

2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes

1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers (optional)

1 package ranch-dip mix (optional)


Serve it up

Start this activity in the morning, at least 8 hours before dinner.

SAY: “Tonight we are going to have a warm, yummy soup for dinner! But, I need help because it takes a long time for this soup to be just right.”

DO: In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on the LOW setting for 8 hours.

READ: Psalm 5:3 together: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

SAY: “We have put all the ingredients together and now we must wait expectantly for our yummy meal. God’s Word says to bring our requests to Him and wait expectantly for Him to answer.”

ASK: “Does God always answer our prayers immediately?”

ANSWER: “Sometimes God’s answer is for us to wait. He knows best and has the best plans for

CATECHISM CONNECTION: Read red letter questions # 197 & 200 in Luther’s Small Catechism.

READ: Psalm 40:1 together: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.”

DINNER PRAYER: Before you eat, pray together and thank God that He is in control and knows perfect timing: “We thank you, Lord, that you are in control. Help us to be patient as we wait for your perfect timing. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”

DISCUSS: During the meal, talk about how long it took to cook the dinner. What if you had rushed the meal and eaten it before it was ready? In the same way, we have to wait patiently for God’s timing. We don’t always get everything we want when we want it. We can trust that God knows best.



For the week of April 10-16

Catechism Lesson: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism – Power of Baptism

How can water do such great things?

Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. (Titus 3:5-8)


Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter Bind my wondering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it: Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.



The Ladies of St. Paul Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), Thorndale, would like to invite you to join us as our special guest tomorrow night for our 2016 Annual Spring Banquet.

Monday, April 11, 2016 7:00 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church – Family Activity Center

Contact Barb Machu with questions (512) 925-6563. We look forward to seeing you!



St. Paul’s quarterly Voters meeting will be held this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Agenda items include:

1. Establish a Final Review Committee for 2015

2. Resolution to remove inactive members from the church roll

3. Resolution to add 1.5 months of salary coverage for the non-called grade school teachers starting the current budget year.



Please join Outreach Ministries on Thursday, April 21 for a day of fun at the movies and lunch to follow. The movie and restaurant will be announced next week.  Please invite family and friends to attend with you.



Thank you to Jennifer and Larry Fisher for the special donation to “Build the Vision” in honor of Jennifer’s 50th Confirmation Anniversary – Class of 1966.



Confirmation is May 15, and plans are underway for this big event in your confirmands Christian life. Confirmation gowns are $25 each. Please send payment with your child as soon as possible. An email was sent to all confirmand parents last week. If you did not receive this email, please call the CMO with a current email address. Thank you.



Thank you for keeping me in your prayers. A special thanks to Pastor Scott for his visit, devotion, and prayer while I was in the hospital. Thanks for the cards I received. God’s Blessings to all. ~Caroline Fuessel



The LYF is hosting Parents Night Out on Saturday, April 16. The youth are raising money to attend the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Please see the yellow insert for more information.



St. Paul Vacation Bible School will be held on June 6 – 10 from 9:00 am – noon. Please see the green insert to register.



6th Grade through Adult volunteers are needed to help in the Barnyard Round- Up! Look for the pink form in the narthex to volunteer.



VBS T-shirts are available for $10 each. If you are unsure about sizes, sample shirts are located in the narthex, or you can contact Pastor Scott. Key chains and CD/DVD’s are also available for $5 each. Look for the white order forms located in the narthex.



There has been some confusion about the “Building Fund” and “Build the Vision”. The words “Build the Vision” were established to identify our “vision” for St. Paul School and Ministry – the proposed new school building. When giving a special donation or memorial to the proposed new school building, please make a note on your check or envelope that you are designating it to “Build the Vision”. This will ensure that your donation goes to the proper location. If your donation indicates “Building Fund”, it will not be designated at this time to the new school building.



St. John Lutheran Church in Thrall is sponsoring a Polka Worship Service featuring the Praha Brothers Polka Band on April 17, 2016. The service begins at 10:15 am, and a catered Chicken Fried Steak meal will be served after the service. Tickets are $10. Call (512) 898-2136 or (512) 461-5165 for tickets or further info.



The Thorndale Café located at 118 S. Main Street has pledged to donate 10% of your dining expense back to St. Paul. Just remember to ask for a receipt and turn it in to the Central Ministry Office or to Carol Wuensche.



The elders would like to say a big THANK YOU to the generous donation of $7500 that was given to help fund the technology needs (audio/video) for the new sound booth in the back of the sanctuary.  As you may have noticed our worship committee has begun transferring our worship hymns and liturgy to the screens on select Sundays.  This is a great enhancement to our worship. The sound booth will greatly increase our ability to continue doing this, as well as video record our services for distribution to home-bound members.  God willing the build out for the booth will be completed by the end of April.  After reevaluation, the elders would still like to raise $2000 to complete the project and purchase some other needed items. Donations can be placed in the offering plate (please designate “for Sound Booth”).



Please check the sign-up sheet in the East Wing kitchen area to volunteer for refreshment duty. Volunteers will need to show up for Bible Class a few minutes early (8:30am) to brew coffee and set out cookies and donuts. Please check your calendar and see when it will work best for you. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Aaron.



Apr 10: Worship Services: 8:00 & 10:15 am

Bible Class and Sunday School 9:15 am

Lutheran 101 Class 9:15 am

Young Adult Choir Sings 10:15 am


Chicken Soup for the Soul 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Board of Education 7:00 pm

Apr 11: LWML Spring Banquet 7:00 pm

Apr 12: Genesis Bible Study 10:00 am

Apr 13: Mid-Week Chapel 2:45 pm

Apr 14: Adult Choir Practice 7:30 pm

Apr 15: St. Paul Field Day – volunteers needed

Apr 16: LYF “Parents Night Out” 6:00 – 11:00 pm

Apr 17: Worship Services: 8:00 & 10:15 am

Created to Praise Practice 6:30 pm

SPJST Worship 11:30 am

Bible Class and Sunday School 9:15 am

Lutheran 101 Class 9:15 am

JYF 3:00 – 5:00 pm

LYF 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Apr 18: Board of Outreach 6:00 pm

Apr 19: Genesis Bible Study 10:00 am

Apr 20: Mid-Week Chapel 2:45 pm

Apr 21: SPJST Worship 11:30 am

Apr 24: Worship Services: 8:00 & 10:15 am

Board of Stewardship 6:30 pm

Created to Praise Practice 6:30 pm

Rest Home Devotions 3:00 pm

Adult Choir Practice 7:30 pm

Bible Class and Sunday School 9:15 am

Lutheran 101 Class 9:15 am

Apr 26: Genesis Bible Study 10:00 am

Apr 25–28: ITBS Testing – please make sure your children are in school

Apr 27: Mid-Week Chapel 2:45 pm

Apr 28: SPJST Worship 11:30 am

Apr 29: PreK 3 & 4 Field Trip

Created to Praise Practice 6:30 pm

Adult Choir Practice 7:30 pm

Spelling Bee – K – 2nd Grade

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