Pastor's Weekly Update

January 23, 2020
Worship Focus:
Martin Luther College is our WELS college of ministry.  Its purpose is to train a corp of witnesses to go out into the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus as pastor, teachers, and staff ministers.  MLC is one of four Ministerial Education schools that is supported by our congregational mission offerings (CMO).  These synod-owned and operated schools help provide workers in God’s harvest field.  MLC has launched a capital campaign in order to better meet the needs of our church body, seize expanding opportunities for gospel outreach, and provide affordable quality education to students.  Today we hear more about this campaign, and our calling to be Christ’s witnesses in the world and to point people to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
                Scripture for Sunday: Isaiah 49:1-6/John 1:29-41
Prayer Notes:
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the decision to legalize abortion in America.  Let’s include a prayer for all those who have suffered since then, and that those who carry a heavy load of guilt might find forgiveness and peace in Jesus, the Lord of life.  We ask the Lord to help us be witnesses of God’s love for all people, and to shine the light into this dark world.
Highlight Notes:
SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.)…
Youth Sunday school (K4-5th grade): The Good Samaritan
Pre-Confirmation Class (5th-6th grade): Jesus’ Work: Priest
Confirmation Class (7th-8th): 7th Petition and Doxology
Teen/Adult study: 7 Deadly Sins – Sloth
WEDNESDAY (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.): Women’s: Joseph Becomes Ruler in Egypt/Men’s: Civil Government
FRIDAY (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.): Women in the Word: “Walking in the Footsteps of Christ”
Kids c.a.r.e. cups from last Sunday’s mission focus are available for all.  See the display in the entryway on Sunday.
A new Bible Information Class begins in February.  This study covers the core truths of Scripture (and Lutheranism) and is for those interested in membership, just curious, or for review.  Sign up at church on Sunday, or respond to this email.
Friday, January 24 (starting at 6:00 p.m.): Boomers + invites all those 40ish and older to the Fellowship Hall for a soup, sandwich, and game night.  Sign up in the entryway, or contact Rich Lemke.
Saturday, January 25 (2:00-4:00 p.m.): 20s/30s group is bowling at Golden Lanes.  Contact Vicar Schaewe if you plan to go.
New Bible studies begin on Sunday, February 2nd.  You’ll have an option between two different studies.
Other Notes:    
Food packing team sign-up sheet for February is on the entryway table.
APA enrollment opens to the general public on Monday, January 6.  Early discount ends on February 1.  Spread the word.  Brochures are available on the “Visitors Welcome” stand in the entryway.
If you would like your family picture up-dated for the Fellowship Hall AP family photo board, please speak with Jeff Skory or let me know.    Directory information was in your mailbox for any updates or corrections.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for the weeks of January 26-February 1, so you can extend a greeting, if you wish:
Celebrating a birthday: Robert Wetzel III, Jeff Skory, Rich Martin, and Brett Faulkner.
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: Baylis Carroll                                                                                                                                                                    
Ushers: Brandon Hood, Joel Grimstad (E), Bob Clarke, Jason Beckstrom, Rich Lemke, Jason Hahn
Organist: Miriam Schaewe                                             
Snacks: Maguire, Hartzell
Childcare: Bryan Ballentine                                            
Flowers: ________
Altar Guild: Rich Lemke (E), Sarah Carroll (L)             
Singers: Becky Seeger, Director
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor