Pastor's Weekly Update

March 12, 2020
Worship Focus:
Our theme for the Sundays in Lent is “The Savior We Want Need.”  It reminds us that our wants and desires may be way off and confused compared with what we actually need.  This Sunday we see that we need a Savior who can do what we cannot.    We will also be celebrating the 15 years of God’s grace and Christian education through Abiding Peace Academy.  Our school started because we wanted to utilize another way to proclaim Jesus to our members and to the community.  Hundreds of students and families have heard the good news that a Savior has done what we are unable to do.  Come and hear more about and celebrate the great things our God has done.
                Scripture for Sunday: Genesis 22:1-14/2 Corinthians 5:14-21/Matthew 20:17-28
Prayer Notes:
In our prayers this week as ask the Lord to calm the troubled hearts and minds of so many in the world who are in fearful panic because of the coronavirus.  We give God thanks for his providence and how he governs all things for the good of his people.  We trust in his perfect care while we live carefully and wisely on this earth.  We ask the Lord to quickly grant recovery and removal of this virus, according to his will.
Highlight Notes:
SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.)
Youth Sunday school (K4-5th grade): Zacchaeus
Pre-Confirmation Class (5th-6th grade): Faith and Good Works
Confirmation Class (7th-8th): Commandments 7 & 8
Teen/Adult study: “God’s Picture Book without Pictures” and “Shadows of the Savior”  (See the note below.)
WEDNESDAY (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Women: Moses’ Flight to Midian/Men: (on break)
FRIDAY (9:30-10:30 a.m.) Women in the Word: Gospel of Luke
APA Alumni and current LES sings in the 10:30 service. 
After second service on Sunday – tour the classrooms and then gather under the tent for cake and the APA mascot reveal.
Bible study options on Sunday: “God’s Picture Book without Pictures” meets in the Fellowship Hall, and “Shadows of the Savior” meets in church.
At 9:25 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall Mr. Seeger and Becky will be sharing information about their Calls to serve at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, OH.  Bible studies begin afterward. 
Lots of lost and found coats are hanging on the coat rack.  Is one yours?
Pick up a few small “care bags” to have in your care to give to homeless and others in need.
Youth Rally sign up is underway – speak to Vicar for questions.
Other Notes:    
Wednesday Lent worship continues on March 18 – “The Warrior Knows the Enemy!”
Sign up for Easter flowers – see the entryway table.
Sign up on Sunday if you are interested in attending the summer LWMS convention to beheld in Athens, GA.
Flyer flooding for Easter will be on Saturday, March 21 (Start at 9:30 a.m. and finish with pizza back at church).
A spring campus event (“Spring Fling”) is being planned for Thursday, April 2.  See the entryway table to help.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for the weeks of March 15-21, so you can extend a greeting, if you wish:
Celebrating a birthday: Bob Clarke, Felicia Leeds, Asia Acosta-Chhom, Lauren Ward, Logan Ward, Kandis Fisher, Amy Golinski, and Jim Hancock                                                  
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: Hammon (E), Clarke (L)                                
Acolyte: Preston Ballentine                                                                                                                                                       
Ushers: Al Eggert, Dan McConnell (E), Steve Streblow, Brett Faulkner, Aaron & Luis Tenorio (L)
Organist: Miriam Schaewe                                             
Snacks: Hood, ____________
Childcare: Lauren & Logan Ward                                  
Flowers: Beckstrom (Asia’s Birthday)
Altar Guild: Anderson (E), M. Skory (L)                        
APA and APA Alumni singers: Karen Rodewald and Dan Granberg
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor