Pastor's Weekly Update

March 21, 2019
Worship Focus:
Last week God’s Word reminded us of the passion of Jesus, that he was willing to suffer for something he loved; that is, you and all mankind!  That’s what the season of Lent proclaims to us. But that isn’t all!  Today we see another attribute of God as we see Jesus being completely faithful.  In stark contrast to the unfaithfulness of people, including each of us, Jesus was faithful in all things.  His faithfulness is seen in another name he uses to describe himself.  This coming Sunday we hear that name and as we do we receive a warning, and comfort.  What is that name?  Literally it means “I is who I is” – but the Bible translates it as “I AM.”
Scripture for Sunday: Exodus 3:1-15/1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Prayer Notes:
We pray for the young people who will be with us tonight – students of Michigan Lutheran Seminary.  We ask God to keep them safe during their choir tour, and that the message of their songs would bring peace and joy to all who hear.  We also ask that God would lead many of them to continue their education at Martin Luther College to prepare for full time Gospel ministry.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY   SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.): Youth: Betrayal in Gethsemane
Teen/Adult: The Miracles of Jesus
WEDNESDAY (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Women’s: “Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man” (Christlight series)
Men’s: A Profile on Peter
THURSDAY (9:30-10:30 a.m.) Women in the Word: “The fruit of the Spirit.”
Tonight all are invited to worship at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome the Concert Choir of Michigan Lutheran Seminary.
Chicken dinner is served from 5:45-6:15 p.m.
Thank you to all who are bringing desserts for the meal.  If possible, please bring them to church by 5:15 p.m. as that is when the students will be eating.
Men’s breakfast Bible study meets Saturday, March 23rd at the Coach House in Simpsonville at 8:00 a.m.
Food packing is Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin. 
“Touch-a-Truck” is Thursday, March 28th from 5-7 p.m.  Lots of vehicles will be on display (including a food truck and the Batmobile!) for you to see and “touch.”  APA Open House will also be held at the same time.  Plan to come.  Invite a friend to join you! 
Midweek Lenten worship returns to Wednesdays – next week the “Three Words of Truth” are: “I Am He.”  Worship is at 6:30, with dinner served from 5:45-6:15 p.m. 
Call update:
Mr. Seeger declined the Call to serve in Watertown, SD.  We ask God to bless his continued service at AP.
Liz Tiedemann has received a Call to teach grade 2 and lead school music in Rochester, MN. 
Rachel Kanter continues to deliberate her Call to serve here in grades 1-2. 
Other Notes:    
See the sign-up table for Easter flowers, and breakfast (to attend and to bring an “extra”).
If you’d like to help fill the Easter eggs, please give your donation to Jacque Gardella or me.
Youth are invited to sign up to help serve for Easter breakfast.  See the entryway table.
Campus work day is Saturday, April 13, from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon.  Come for some or all of the time.
Birthdays/Anniversaries next week, so you can send a greeting, if you wish:
Happy Birthday next week: Christine (Swanson) Daughtrey, August Carroll, Joe Carroll, and Michael Juengel
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: none, according to our records.
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Gardella (E), Clarke (L)                                                  
Acolyte: Grace Ballentine
Ushers: Joey & Braden Golinski (E), Bob Clarke, Jason Beckstrom, Rich Lemke, Jason Hahn (L)
Snacks: Hartzell, Frey
Childcare: Pam Pierson                                                                    
oloist: Luke Skory
Altar Guild: Sharon Stephen (E), Melanie Skory (L)                   
Flowers: Carroll (August’s Birthday)
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor