Pastor's Weekly Update

May 15, 2019
Worship Focus:
Last Sunday we gathered to give thanks to the Lord for his grace in giving us special days to celebrate – Mother’s Day and Confirmation Day.  On the Church year calendar last Sunday was designated as Good Shepherd Sunday, and we don’t want to overlook that reason for celebrating, too.  Therefore, this Sunday we will focus on that unique picture of our Savior – how he is our Good Shepherd, and what that means for us.
                Scripture this week: Ezekiel 34:25-31/Revelation 7:9-17/John 10:22-30
Prayer Notes:
We pray for the Assignment Committee of our church body (WELS), as they meet this week and next week to prayerfully and carefully consider graduates of Martin Luther College (teachers and staff ministers) and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (pastors) and assign them to their first places of service in congregations, schools and mission fields around the world.  At WLS, Vicars are also placed on the same day as pastors.
We ask for God’s blessings on all confirmands and graduates as they mark these important milestones in their lives.  We ask that the Good Shepherd keep them close to him and his Word and that they follow him and his voice all the days of their lives.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.): Youth: Jesus’ Ascension
Teen/Adult: Miracles of Jesus
TUESDAY (9:30-10:30 a.m.) Women in the Word: “You are God’s Masterpiece” (a study of Ephesians)    
WEDNESDAY (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Women’s: Feeding the Five Thousand
Men’s: The Apostle Peter
Sunday school/Bible study meet this Sunday at our regular time.
Youth group is meeting at the Hahn house on Friday night.  An evite was sent out this week.  Take a look.
20s & 30s group is heading out on Saturday to throw axes at Craft Ax Throwing.  If you didn’t sign up, but want to go, contact Vicar Jenswold (
Vietnam mission opportunity donation envelopes that will be gathered – deadline is this Sunday.  More envelopes are available at church.  Please write checks to AP.
Graduation Celebration is June 2nd for all APA 5th graders and AP preschool, high school, and college graduates.  We ask that all might return their bio forms as soon as possible (and photo, too, if possible).
Want to go see the Greenville Drive play?  Sign up to attend on Saturday, June 1 (7 p.m.).  Cost: $10/person.  Please give your payment to Lisa or Scot Chiffon, and pick up tickets at the “will call” window office.
Other Notes:    
June 2nd is also the Sunday we will say thanks and ask God’s blessing on Liz Tiedemann as she completes her fourth year of service here and heads north where Cody is already serving as a sheriff deputy. 
For your calendars: June 2 will be an open forum for updates and a review of the APA budget proposal, and then on June 9 will be a Voters Assembly.  These meetings will be held between services.
Summer Sunday School will be from June 23-July 28 for ages K4 and older.  We are looking for teachers for all age levels.  See the entryway table to sign up to be part of a teaching team for these 6 weeks of study.
Birthdays/Anniversaries next week (May 19-25), so you can extend a greeting, if you wish:
Celebrating a birthday: Mike Litz, Scot Chiffon, Marley White, and Karina Luthra.
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: Dan & Kathy McConnell and Al & Joyce Hilbert.
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.                            
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Lyss (E), Tipton (L)                                                          
Acolyte: Grace Ballentine
Ushers: Joey & Braden Golinski (E), Bob Clarke, Jason Beckstrom, Rich Lemke, Jason Hahn (L)
Organist: Jason Beckstrom                                                            
Snacks: McKelvey, ________
Childcare: Bryan Ballentine                                                            
Altar Guild: Tenorio (E), Liimatta (L)                                             
Flowers: _________
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor