Pastor's Weekly Update

February 13, 2020
Worship Focus:
In Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” he speaks a solemn warning. Only some will enter into heaven. How do we know we are a part of those who will enter? How do we know we are on the right path? As Christians, we know we are on that path because we have been set there by Jesus. It is because of his saving work that we have our sure foundation. It is that foundation that gives us the power to put his “sermons” into practice. As we put those sermons into practice, we see the evidence that we are on the right path.
                Scripture for Sunday: Deuteronomy 11:18-21/1 Corinthians 3:10-15/Matthew 7:1-12
Prayer Notes:
This is Valentine’s Day weekend and so “love is in the air.”  We thank the Lord for all those who love us and who are recipients of our love.  We praise him for the loving relationships we enjoy each day.  Even more, we praise and thank him for the loving relationship we have with him because “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16).  And so…”We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Highlight Notes:
SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.)…
Youth Sunday school (K4-5th grade): Mary & Martha
Pre-Confirmation Class (5th-6th grade): Jesus’ Work…
Confirmation Class (7th-8th): Commandments 1 & 2
Teen/Adult study: Politics is Driving Me Crazy or God’s Picture Book without Pictures
Wednesday (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Women: Joseph’s Kindness/Men: Civil Government
Friday (9:30-10:30 a.m.) Women in the Word: Gospel of Luke
New Bible studies continue on Sunday.  You have two options.  See the choices listed above.
Youth Choir sings on Sunday.
Special singing groups are forming for Palm Sunday and Easter.  See Sunday’s folder for details.
Chili cook-off and Game Night is planned for Saturday, February 29.  See the entryway table to sign up.
Sign up to help serve a “soup” supper for Lent, which begins February 26 (Ash Wednesday).
APA 15th anniversary “mascot challenge” continues Sunday.  See the table for details and entry forms.
MLC College Choir is coming to sing on Sunday, March 1.  See the entryway table to sign up to hosts students. 
Daddy/Daughter Dance is Saturday, February 22 (6-8 p.m.).  Cost is $25/family in advance and $30 at the door.  See Mr. Seeger to purchase tickets on Sunday, or see Jamie in the office during the week.
Other Notes:
“Bushwhack Saturday 2.0” – is this Saturday, February 15th.  We will continue to chop away at the underbrush of the wooded area to the right of the garage to clear space for overflow parking.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. Bring equipment.
Sunday worship server training (refreshing) meetings continue February 23 with all greeters meeting at 9:13 a.m. and after second service.  Also…if you’d like to be a greeter, please plan to come!
Food packing team sign-up sheets for the next six months are on the entryway table.
APA enrollment continues.  Spread the word.  Brochures are available on the “Visitors Welcome” stand.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for the weeks of February 16-22, so you can extend a greeting, if you wish:
Celebrating a birthday: Karl Sickmann, Maddie Fisher, Karen Balliet, and Jason Hahn.

Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: Joe & Sarah Carroll, and Josh & Jamie Hagedorn.
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Lemke (E), Skory (L)                                       
Acolyte: Ethan Hartzell                                                                                                                                                                   
Ushers: Al Eggert, Dan McConnell (E), Steve Streblow, Brett Faulkner, Aaron & Luis Tenorio (L)
Organist: Pam Pierson                                                     
Snacks: Frey, Seeger
Childcare: Elena Tenorio                                                 
Flowers: Beckstrom (Harlie’s Birthday)
Altar Guild: Gardella & Chiffon (E), MIller (L)             
Upright Bass: Isaiah Hartzell                                         
Youth singers: Becky Seeger & Dune Clarke
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor