Palm Sunday 3/20/16

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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. 

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Eggs-cuse Me?

Best Use

As a breakfast meal chat (or “breakfast for dinner”)

Nutritional Value

Illustrating the Gospel and discussing our true status without Christ

Advance Preparation

  • Have enough eggs to make omelets for everyone, including whatever ingredients you want to add (cheese, mushrooms, bacon, etc.).
  • Set apart one egg that will be your “rotten egg” (you can use a regular egg, discolor one yourself, or find an actual rotten egg.

Serve it up

SAY:  Share that you have something to confess about the omelets – “I discovered that one of the eggs was rotten but used it anyway to make sure we would have enough food for everyone.”

ASK:  “Who still wants to taste their omelet first?” (Wait for reactions and then reveal that you were just kidding and have everyone begin eating).

ASK:  During the meal, hold up your designated “rotten egg” and ask what they would have thought if your attitude had been, “I’ll just mix this rotten egg in with all the good ones and no one will know the difference.”

READ:  Read James 2:10 together:  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

CATECHISM CONNECTION:  Read red letter question # 75 in Luther’s Small Catechism.

SHARE:  Explain that every sin is like one rotten egg in an omelet, it ruins the whole person.   This is why we can’t be holy on our own, we need a Savior!

DISCUSS:  Ask if anyone knows the solution to our rottenness (i.e., Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross pays the penalty for our sin).

DIG DEEPER:  For further study together on how sin impacts human omelets see Romans 3:23-24.

PRAY:  Pray together:  “We thank you, Lord, that even though we are sinners, you have provided a cure for our rottenness. Thank you for your death on the cross and for providing the way to heaven.  And thank you for our time together.  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”

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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 20-26

Catechism Lesson: Confession & Absolution (Part 2)

 Which are these [sins]?

Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

Bible Verse:

For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.  Romans 3:23

HYMN 436: GO TO DARK GETHSEMANE (STANZA 2)

Follow to the judgement hall, View the Lord of life arraigned;

Oh the wormwood and the gall! Oh, the pangs his soul sustained!

Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; Learn of Him to bear the cross.

 

LYF FUNDRAISER MARCH 26 – ORDER AND PREPAY TODAY

The LYF will be available after church today to take your order for a fully cooked, bone-in Pork Boston Butt Roast (8-10#).  The cost of each roast is $40.00 (prepay).

Pick up date:  Saturday, March 26
Thorndale Fireman’s Hall BBQ pit area
9am – 11am

The LYF is raising money to attend the National Youth Gathering this summer.

 

LENTEN MEALS

Thank you to “Chicken Soup for the Soul” for preparing the delicious meal of Beans and Cornbread last Wednesday.  AND THANK YOU to ALL the organizations that stepped forward to host a Wednesday meal.  God has blessed this congregation with many willing servants (and good cooks!)

 

LWML COLLECTING ITEMS FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF

The LWML will be collecting items and/or cash donations for Lutheran World Relief through next Sunday, March 27.  A collection area is located in the narthex.    Look for the insert in this bulletin for a list of needed items and additional information.

 

SAVE YOUR THORNDALE CAFÉ RECEIPTS

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.

 

“BUILD THE VISION”

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.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIBLE CLASS REFRESHMENTS

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.

 

ST PAUL TO HOST SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK

St. Paul will host a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, March 21st – Thursday, March 24th.  Funds raised will help purchase books for the school library.  Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.  The Book Fair will be open daily from:

Monday:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday:  2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday:  2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday:  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from dozens of publishers.

 

EASTER LILIES FOR EASTER SUNDAY

The church as pre-ordered 40 lilies. We are asking members of the congregation to order a lily so that our sanctuary can be beautified for the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection.  Please complete the pink insert in this bulletin.  Lilies are $10 each. If you wish to purchase more than one lily, please indicate this on the form.  Payment can be dropped off at the church office during the week or placed in the offering plate with a clear designation “FOR EASTER LILIES.”  All proceeds go to benefit the YOUTH for their trip to the National Youth Gathering.  Lilies can be taken home after the late service on Easter Sunday.  Thank you for making our sanctuary beautiful.

 

QUILTS ON DISPLAY!

The quilts on display this morning are just a few of the 30 quilts the LWML has been working on for the last several months.  These quilts will be sent to individuals in need.  These quilts become a comfort and much more to the individuals that receive these quilts.  The quilts will possibly be used as:

  • a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;
  • a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;
  • a sack for transporting those goods to market;
  • a sunshade; and protection from the weather and elements, a cover to keep someone warm
  • a shawl or article of clothing; and most importantly
  • a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.

A special “Thanks” to Ruby Schroeder for making many of the quilt tops, to the Durwood Tucker family for donating some of the quilt tops, which were made by Mr. Tucker’s grandmother, to Jane Becker for donating a completed quilt, to the individuals that came to help complete the hand work on these quilts and a very special THANK YOU to Alice Schneider for her many hours of work making quilt tops, sewing them together and bringing them to each of the quilting sessions.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Mar 20:               Worship Services:  Palm Sunday         8:00 & 10:15 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

Mar 21 – 24:       Scholastic Book Fair (see note above for times)

Mar 21:               Board of Education                                              7:00 pm

Mar 22:               Genesis Bible Study                                           10:00 am

Board of Stewardship                                          6:30 pm

Mar 23:               Mid-Week Chapel                                                2:45 pm

Mar 24:               SPJST Worship                                                  11:30 am

Maundy Thursday Service                                  7:00 pm

Adult Choir Practice                                             8:00 pm

Mar 25:               Good Friday – No School – CMO closed

Good Friday Service                                            7:00 pm

Mar 27:               EASTER SUNDAY

Sunrise Service (Holy Communion and skit by HS youth)       7:00 am

Pancake Breakfast                                                 8:15 am

Easter Egg Hunt (children assemble in SS rooms)              9:30 am

Celebration Service (No Communion; children sing)    10:15 am

Mar 28:               Young Adult Choir Practice                                5:30 pm

Mar 30:               Created to Praise Practice                                   6:30 pm

Mar 31:               Adult Choir Practice                                             7:30 pm

Apr 3:                  Worship Services:                                 8:00 & 10:15 am

Bible Class and Sunday School                          9:15 am

Lutheran 101 Class                                               9:15 am

LYF                                                            5:00 – 7:00 pm

Apr 4:                  PTF Huddle                                                          6:04 pm

Board of Trustees                                                 6:00 pm

Apr 6:                  Mid-Week Chapel                                                2:45 pm

Created to Praise Practice                                   6:30 pm

Board of Elders                                                     7:00 pm

Apr 7:                  SPJST Worship                                                  11:30 am

Adult Choir Practice                                             7:30 pm

Apr 10:                QUARTERLY VOTERS MEETING                2:00 PM

 

UPCOMING WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

MARCH 24TH (MAUNDY THURSDAY)                                     7:00 pm

MARCH 25TH (GOOD FRIDAY)                                                    7:00 pm

           Tenebrae (Service of Shadows)

 MARCH 27th – EASTER SUNDAY                                    

           Sunrise Service (with communion)                                     7:00 am

           Breakfast                                                                                      8:15 am

           Report to Sunday School Classes for the Easter Egg Hunt        9:30 am

                 No Adult Bible Class – No “Lutheran 101” Class

           Celebration Service (no communion)                               10:15 am

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