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Worship this Sunday (Special Concert and Special Offering)
Dear Church Family,
 
This Sunday Pastor Brian will be preaching on 1 Peter 3:18-22. This challenging text paints a picture of the "Victory of Jesus" on the cross. There are two special opportunities this coming Sunday.
 
1. Special Concert. Nashville duo Patrick and Molly Lockwood join Ginny Owens to lead second service worship. Then in the evening, they will put on a concert for us in our sanctuary. Let's show our appreciation with a good turn out. Ginny Owens is a four time Dove Award winner! Bring your family and friends. We will take up a love offering for the artists following the concert.

2. World Vision Offering. We are encouraging everyone to give generously and sacrificially to World Vision's "Hunger Fund" as we journey through Lent. We did not know this when we selected this organization to donate to, but it could not be more timely: the U.N. has declared the biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945 to be taking place right now, as 20 million risk starvation. Please consider donating to help those in need.
 
I am looking forward to an exciting day at St. Paul's this Sunday!
 
Grace,
Pastor Andrew Seley
 
St. Paul's Worship this Sunday - 3/19/2017
Greetings church family!
 
This Sunday Pastor Andrew is going to preach from 1 Peter 3:13-17 - "Honor Christ the Lord." There are other things to look forward to as well:
 
1. Special Concert. Nashville duo Patrick and Molly Lockwood join Ginny Owens to lead second service worship on March 26. Then in the evening, they will put on a concert for us in our sanctuary. Let's show our appreciation with a good turn out. Ginny Owens is a four time Dove Award winner!

2. World Vision Offering. We are encouraging everyone to give generously and sacrificially to World Vision's "Hunger Fund" as we journey through Lent. We did not know this when we selected this organization to donate to, but it could not be more timely: the U.N. has declared the biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945 to be taking place right now, as 20 million risk starvation. Please consider donating to help those in need.
 
3. April 1 - Life Summit. St. Paul's supports the cause of LIFE. Every human being is made in the image of God and deserves life and dignity. If you want to be equipped to be a champion for life at all ages and stages, you should consider attending this conference. Check the following link for more information: http://www.getintolife.org/2017-cfl-life-summit   By the way, our church will pay for 10 registrations, so let the Life Team know if you are going (Barbara van Dyk or Barb Hueffmeier)
 
4. April 2 - Presentation Sunday. This confirmation class is different than any other class I have ever taught. I strongly encourage you to be there to support these teens as they take a major step in their journey of Christian discipleship. They will present in both services of what they learned; the Apostle's Creed, 10 Commandments, and the Lord's prayer.
 
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Pastor Brian
 
Lenten Worship Tomorrow; Funeral of Lori Hageman

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Our schedule for Lenten Worship tomorrow evening is as follows:
  • 5:45: "Mini" Sausage Dinner
  • 6:30: Testimony by Ngozi Eboh
  • 6:45: Cleanup
  • 7:00: Hymn Sing in sanctuary
  • 7:15: Worship. Pastor Mark preaches from Mark 2:1-12, "A Deeper Healing."
Our dear Christian sister, Lori Hageman, is now with Jesus. We extend our Christian compassion to her entire family. The funeral will be next Sunday afternoon at Alexander Funeral Home. Please see details below:
 
Lorraine F. Hageman, (nee; Roth) passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2017 at the age of 92. Loving mother of Tom (Sue) Howat, Jeff Howat, Joanne (Thomas) Noble; cherished grandmother of Jason, Matthew, Jared and Mallory and great-grandmother of 4; Lorraine was preceded in death by her husba nd Russell Eickhoff, her son David Arnold Howat, her parents Frank and Marie Roth and her siblings, Kenneth, Anita, Donald, Frank and Robert. Our loving aunt, cousin and friend.
 
Lorraine was a long time member of St. Paul's Evangelical Church, an officer of the Golden club, a member of the American Legion Post 338 and an Oasis Tutor.
 
A funeral service will be held at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home on Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 PM. Visitation on Saturday, March 18th from 4-8 PM. Interment at Mount Lebanon Cemetery.
 

Yours in the grace of Jesus,

Pastor Mark Friz
 
Worship at St. Paul's March 12: Daylight Savings Begins

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Be sure to set you clocks ahead one hour this weekend, so that you can arrive on time for worship at 8:30 and 11:00 Daylight Savings Time. Pastor Brian Bish continues our sermon series from 1 Peter. His sermon, "Relationships in God's Kingdom," is from 1 Peter 3:8-12.
 
Here are some of the special events this Sunday between services:
  1. Newcomer's Class starts this week, in Room 203. Would you think of people who you have seen on a regular basis at St. Paul's, or people who are interested in our church, and invite them to come? Regular attenders and members are invited to come with guests!
  2. Gospel Project Sunday School Class continues in our study of Prophets and Exile. This Sunday, David Fredrick teaches from Esther 6-9 on the theme: "Esther and the Great Reversal."
  3. Sunday School for our Children is always a special event. Children's Sunday School from 3 years to 6th grade meets in the Power Plant.
  4. Book Club is reading Essays on Biblical Texts by Robert Canfield. This class is excited that the author of this book will make a visit to St. Paul's sometime in April.
Coming Up:
  1. Ginny Owens and the Lockwoods will be joining us at St. Paul's on Sunday, March 26 for the 11:00 worship service and a concert that evening at 7:00. What a privilege to be able to host these Dove Award winners at our church!
  2. Our Special Lenten Offering this year goes to Hunger Fund of World Vision. We will collect this offering on March 26. Let us remember, during these days of Lent, that Jesus commands us to offer a cup of water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, and clothing to the naked.
Next Wednesday, March 15, we continue our mid-week Lenten Series. (Note: the special symbols shared each week will all be used in on Good Friday to help bring the Lenten Season to its culmination at the cross).
  1. Ngozi Edoh, one of our newcomers from Africa, will share her testimony at 6:30 p.m. (after our Lenten Dinner in the Multipurpose Room).
  2. Pastor Mark continues our "Following the Christ" series with a message about the Healing of the Paralytic.
Grace, mercy and peace to all!
 
Pastor Mark Friz
 
Welcoming Children in Worship

Dear Church Family,

This Sunday we will now be welcoming our 2nd-6th grade children to remain with us in worship. 

Parents, you are welcome to pick-up children sermon notes for your child in the narthex. They are located on the same table as the Children's Bulletins. These "notes" will give your child some things to pay attention to during the service. 

Congregation, I have included below some helpful thoughts from Pastor Mark on how we can welcome children well into  our 1st and 2nd worship services. Please, be on the look out for how you can serve our young families.

  • ACKNOWLEDGE the presence of children. Greet them and learn their names. Hand them the offertory plate.
  • BE UNDERSTANDING of children who may make some noise during the worship service. It can sometimes be hard to sit still! Be patient with the learning process.
  • CONSIDER the promises we make to children at baptism/dedication. Remember that children learn by observing Christian traditions we model as well as by experiencing them for themselves.
  • DEMONSTRATE through your behavior the love and acceptance found within the church.
  • ENJOY the gifts that children bring to the worship community. When children are part of the service, respond to them as worship leaders, not as performers. 
  • FIND opportunities to assist parents who are choir/band members, ushers, or greeters by offering to  sit with a child you know during worship even when a parent is there.

We are excited for this change and believe it will contribute to seeing our children and families grow in faith. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Andrew Seley