News and Notes 5/22/16


Bible Class and Sunday School are offered every Sunday morning here at St. Paul from 9:15-10:00 am.

Most Classes take place next door in our school facilities—just follow the arrows on the map below. Please note that currently, our littlest ones meet in the room adjacent to the narthex (lobby) in the church building. If you have difficulty walking across the parking lot, please know that we have wheel-chair that you are welcome to use.




Truth Treasure Map

Best Use
As a Family Night activity with children ages three through eight.

Nutritional Value
Shows that the difficult path may be the best path

Advance Preparation
Have the following supplies ready for Family Night.

• Draw two “treasure maps” as follows…
o Map #1: Boring in appearance with lots of difficult steps before reaching the treasure
o Map #2: Exciting in appearance with a few simple steps before reaching the treasure

• A Bible

Serve It Up
Follow these steps to serve up a great experience.

1. Show the kids both maps and tell them you want them to follow the directions to find two different treasures. Be sure to let the children take turns reading the clues or going to the next location so the younger or slower children can enjoy the experience.

2. Make sure they follow the exciting, simple map first. It should lead to a box labeled “False Treasure” containing dirty socks, crumpled paper or some other useless item.

3. Let the children complain about the contents of the “False Treasure” and then explain that “You’ve been following a map that seemed exciting and easy, but it was actually a lie!”

4. Now pull out Map #2 – the one that looks boring and difficult. Make sure the steps involved include crawling backwards, climbing stairs and other fun yet challenging steps. This map should lead to a box labeled “Truth Treasure” containing candy, money, a coupon to get ice cream or something else that will excite your children.

5. After the kids celebrate finding the “Truth Treasure” ask them which map was easier to follow? (The “False Treasure” map had easy steps.) Which was better? (The “Truth Treasure” map had a worthwhile reward.)

Read Peter 1:6-7. Emphasize that God promises a great reward for us in heaven. But the path to heaven (the Christian life) isn’t always an easy path. However, the hardship and trials in this life help us to anticipate and enjoy the treasure of heaven. God also uses these hardships and trials to strengthen our faith in Jesus. We learn trough trials and trouble in life that we need a Savior. Such things can help us trust him more. The ways of the world often seem easier or better, but they lead to false treasure.


St. Paul VBS will be held on June 6 – 10 from 9:00 am – noon. Please look for a green registration form in the narthex.

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 Registration and Volunteer Forms are also available at the CMO



Wise living in a world that’s gone pagan… That was the problem 2000 years ago for Christians living in the Roman city of Ephesus and it is increasingly becoming the problem for Christians today. Join St. Paul’s Adult Bible Study Class starting next week  (May 29th) for a study that will equip you for victory over temptation and strife,  over sin and Satan, so that you may serve our Lord and His purpose in all unity  and joy. Ephesians will help you understand God’s plan for your family, your pastor, and your congregation, as we serve together  according to God’s eternal purpose in Jesus Christ.


There will be a special called voters meeting during the Bible Class hour (9:15am). The meeting should be short, and Bible Class will resume following the meeting. Agenda items will include:
1. Form a call committee to hire a 3rd/4th Grade Teacher
2. Appoint a committee to select a new church secretary


The flowers adorning the altar today are in honor of St. Paul Graduation. Congratulations to ALL St. Paul graduates!


When we come to know Jesus as our Savior and Lord, our journey is only beginning. It can be easy to become wrapped up in our hectic lives and forget our first Love, and the subtle enemy who wants to keep us from Jesus. The Outreach Committee would like to invite YOU to enjoy the movie “WAR ROOM” with us on Sunday, June 12 @ 6:30 pm in the church sanctuary. In the movie “War Room”, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan are typical churchgoers who have become complacent. The devil is subtly wrecking their lives using their own pride, busyness, financial issues, and outside temptations. Please plan now to attend.


Registration for next school year is still going strong! We continue to receive calls and share St. Paul with new families, including many with Pre-K students. Please continue to share the good news of St. Paul, and encourage your family and friends to consider becoming a St. Paul Lion!


The Thorndale Police Department is sponsoring “Summer Senior Santa”. Items needed are:
9” High Velocity Table Fan
Cases of Bottled Water (24 pack)

Collection Date: June 1, 2016
St. Paul Lutheran’s students competed at PSIA, Private Schools Interscholastic Association, in Giddings back in February. Twenty one of our students placed in twenty nine events at the District level. These students headed to Texas Christian University on May 14th to compete against schools from all over Texas numbering between 150-200 schools. We are very proud of how the students represented St. Paul, Thorndale.
Every State Qualifier worked hard to get ready for State after District. Our coaches, many of which are volunteers, also worked hard to help the students be ready for the State competition. These volunteers started in October and have continued to practice through May for the State Qualifiers. Thank You!!
We are proud of all the students’ accomplishments. They did St. Paul Lutheran, Thorndale proud. We brought home twelve medals overall. The medalists are Dawson Gillmore 1st in Vocabulary, Justin Ford 1st in Dictionary Skills and 3rd in Maps, Charts, and Graphs, Emmerson Fisher 2nd in Dictionary Skills and 3rd in Vocabulary, Jenna Frias 2nd in Poetry Interpretation, Reina King 2nd in Calculator Applications, Ally Page 4th in Poetry Interpretation, Cohen Moss 5th in Storytelling, Kyla Daniell 5th in Storytelling, Agustin Cooke 6th in Art Memory, and Meagan Newton 6th in Ready Writing.
St. Paul Lutheran in Thorndale ranked at State out of 150-200 schools who competed in PSIA State. Elementary ranked 10th, and Middle School ranked 4th!! This is a great accomplishment for our Students!
This was another great ending to a fun filled PSIA year. The students are eager to start every year, and can’t wait for me to send out the sign up sheets. The students practice after school with coaches, some teachers and some parents, in order to prepare for the competitions. I am impressed every year with the effort put in by both groups. Thanks to everyone for their support, help, and prayers.


The Place of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center exists to demonstrate and share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ by providing practical help and loving support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Today kicks off their Baby Bottle Campaign. The campaign runs through Father’s Day. Place of Hope is a pro-life organization, and focuses not on hand outs, but on hands up. See your insert to give “A Gift of Life”.


The Board of Stewardship rescheduled their monthly meeting for May 24 @ 6:30pm.


St. Paul will host the baccalaureate this year for the 2016 High School Seniors. The service will begin tonight at 7:00 pm.


Welcome to our new members: Jenny and Justin Breithaupt, Jason Newton, Chris Posey, Ash Ross (and family), and Matt Vitek. Today after the 10:15 service, a pot-luck lunch will be held in the East Wing to meet and greet our new members. Please join us as we welcome them into our church family.


Mark your calendars! The Trustees have scheduled a work day for Saturday, June 11 to pressure-wash the parking lot and re-stripe it. Everyone is invited to lend a hand! More information coming soon!


The JYF will meet on May 22 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.


• The LYF will meet on May 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
• The LYF is going to New Orleans July 16 – 20 to the National Youth Gathering.
• Keep your eyes and ears open for other fund raising events! 


If you are interested in applying the Church Secretary position, please contact Pastor Aaron or Pastor Scott. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IS TOMORROW, MAY 23.


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.



May 22: Worship Services 8:00 am & 10:15 am
Short Voters Meeting 9:15 am
Sunday School and Bible Class 9:15 am
Lutheran 101 Class 9:15 am
New Member Welcome 10:15 am
Pot Luck Luncheon 11:30 am
JYF Meeting 3:00 – 5:00 pm
LYF Meeting 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Baccalaureate Service for 2016 HS Graduates Hosted by St. Paul 7:00 pm
May 23: Deadline to apply for the Church Secretary Position
May 24: Board of Stewardship 6:30 pm
May 25: Final report cards will be mailed
June 1: “Created to Praise” practice 6:30 pm
Deadline for “Summer Senior Santa” donations
June 6: Board of Trustees 6:00 pm
June 8: “Created to Praise” practice 6:30 pm
June 11: Trustee’s Work Day TBA
June 12: Worship Services 8:00 am & 10:15 am
VBS Closing 10:15 am
Sunday School and Bible Class 9:15 am
Chicken Soup for the Soul 5:00 – 7:00 pm
“War Room” Movie shown at Church Sanctuary 6:30 pm
June 13: Board of Education 7:00 pm
June 15: “Created to Praise” practice 6:30 pm
June 16: LWML Rest Home Devotions 3:00 pm
June 19: Father’s Day
Worship Services 8:00 am & 10:15 am
Sunday School and Bible Class 9:15 am
High School Graduates Honored 10:15 am
Deadline for “Place of Hope” donations
June 21: Board of Stewardship 6:30 pm
June 22: “Created to Praise” practice 6:30 pm
June 26: Blood Drive 8:00 – Noon
June 29: “Created to Praise” practice 6:30 pm

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