Pastor's Weekly Update

  Pastor's Weekly Update  

March 15, 2018

Sunday Focus:
This Sunday “Trees of Lent” series will take us to the town of Jericho and a tree that was used as a “look out” for a little man who wanted to see Jesus.  He would receive much more than just a glimpse of Jesus.  Come on Sunday and find out what Zachaeus received when he climbed up a sycamore tree.
Wednesday Midweek Lenten Focus: Commandments 9 & 10, and explanation.  Service at 7:00, supper at 6:15 p.m. 
Prayer Notes:
Let’s include a prayer that the Holy Spirit would use the message of Jesus’ cross to draw people to him for forgiveness, peace and hope.  In a confused and chaotic world, we ask God to help people see the simple yet powerful truth of salvation through Jesus, which brings clarity and confidence in this life and the certain promise of eternal life. 
Let’s ask God to give us the eagerness and courage to “give the reason for the hope that we have” (1 Peter 3:15).  Invite a friend or neighbor to join you for worship on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.):
Youth SS: Jesus Before Pilate
Confirmation group: 10 Commandments: the 6th  
Teen/Adult: “Idols We Never Knew We Had”
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY (10:30-11:30 a.m.)
Women’s: “Women of Easter”
Men’s: Study will resume after Easter
“Touch a Truck” is today from 5-7 p.m. and includes a food truck so stop in and have some BBQ as your browse.
Sunday School and Adult Choir rehearse this Sunday at 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
“Color Your Cross for the Easter Tree” – extras are available at church.  Deadline is Palm Sunday, March 25.
Campus Work Day is Saturday, March 24 (8:30 a.m. to 12 noon).  Come for all or some of the time.  There is plenty to do (mulch, weed pulling, bush trimming, etc.) and the more help we have, the more we can get done. 
Easter sign-ups at the table in the entryway:
Donate (and then take home) flowers.  You pick: lilies, tulips, and/or hyacinth.  Deadline is Sunday!
Donate cash (or check written to Abiding Peace) to help fill the eggs for the hunt on Easter Sunday.  Give donations to Jacque Gardella or to me.
Eat breakfast between services.  Sign up so we know how many eggs and sausages to buy.
Help provide some extras for Easter breakfast (juice, fruit, milk, baked goods).
Youth group serves for the breakfast.
Other Notes:
Thank you to all who came to APA Spirit Night at Chick Fil-A on Tuesday.  It was another excellent turnout!
Bible Information Class meets this Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
APA Open House/Information Night is Thursday, March 22 (5-7 p.m.).  All are invited.  Tell a friend or neighbor.
Preschool teacher and aide position descriptions are on the table in the office.  Speak with Karen Rodewald or Zach Seeger for more information and to express interest.
Youth “Winterjam” entertainment event is March 25 at The Well.  See the flyer and sign-up sheet at church.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week: 
Happy Birthday to: Luke Skory, Karen Fisher, Bob Clarke, Felicia Leeds, Asia Acosta-Chhom, Lauren Ward, Logan Ward, and Kandis Fisher
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: Lemke (E), Schmidt (L)                                     
Acolyte: Baylis Carroll
Ushers: Mark & Elijah Maciejewski (E), Steve Streblow, Brett Faulkner, Tyler Kay, Luis Tenorio (L)
Organist: Becky Seeger                                                     
Snacks: Carroll, Rodewald
Childcare: I/T: Amy Golinski, PK: Felicia Leeds
Altar Guild: Sharon Stephen (E), Melanie Skory (L)      
Soloist: Amy Golinski          
Communion Assist: Rich Lemke                                       
Flowers: Beckstrom (Asia’s birthday)
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor