Church Bulletin Announcements
April 30, 2021
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
  • Dolores Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Eleonore Begick
  • Vera Begick
  • Bonnie Emeott
  • Jon Ittner
  • Lorna Ittner
  • Bill Kramer
  • Mike & Karen Kusch
  • Margaret Meyer
  • Julie Roark
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Rose Anne Schmidt
  • Roy Schwab
  • Al Wegener
  • Tim Wegener
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger
  • Linda Abraham (Rachel's mom; surgery)
  • Armond Beiser (hospice)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Dave Foster
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Lisa Schmidt (surgery)

This Week's Members
  • Floyd & Julia Appold
  • Jean Begick
  • Robert Brown
  • Kurt & Heidi Eichinger & Caroline Douponce
  • Kennedi Hardy
  • Jason Jimenez & Brandi, Riley, & Eston Kernstock-Jimenez
  • Lois & Gordon Mammel
  • Scott Parrent
  • Loretta Schlicker
  • Alexis Verity
  • Ferdinand Zeilinger

Communion Statement
The Lord's Supper is celebrated here in the confession and glad confidence that our Lord, as He says, gives not only bread and wine, but His very body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sin. In joyful obedience to the clear teaching of our Lord Jesus those are invited to His table who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us. They show forth His death until He comes. Because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and so are unable to receive the Sacrament are invited to meditate on God's Word in the distribution hymns and pray for the day when divisions will have ceased.


The Lutheran Hour
Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on WSAM 1400 AM
Donations mail to: Saginaw Valley Lutheran Hour; P.O. Box 133; Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Daily Bible Readings
May 2 – Galatians 1
May 3 – Galatians 2
May 4 – Galatians 3
May 5 – Galatians 4
May 6 – Galatians 5
May 7 – Galatians 6
May 8 – Psalms 42-43

Congratulations Mr. Garcia!
We are thrilled to announce that our 5th & 6th grade teacher, Mr. Justin Garcia, has been recognized as the 2021 Michigan District, LCMS K-8 Teacher of the Year!
Each year the Michigan District lifts up outstanding educators who are doing extraordinary things in the classroom. For the past 18 years, St. Paul has been blessed by Mr. Garcia’s innovative teaching and passion for Jesus. We are grateful for the powerful impact that he has made on those he has been called to serve. May our Lord continue to bless Mr. Garcia’s ministry both inside and outside the classroom. Congratulations!

Do you have an old baseball glove to donate?
St. Paul Lutheran School is looking for donations of old baseball/softball gloves for a PE unit starting in May. Please drop off gloves at the school next week if you have any to donate. Thank you!

Sunday School Has Moved!
Sunday School has moved to the St. Paul Ministry Center. We are excited to welcome children to the new classrooms! Sunday School is held on Sundays, from 9:15am – 10:15am. It is the goal of the Sunday School program to provide a foundation upon which children and youth will build a lasting relationship with Jesus. All children, preschool through 8th grade, are welcome and encouraged to come. A Youth Bible Study for High School kids will also take place in the Youth Room. We will maintain our temperature check and mask procedures, in an effort to keep children and Sunday School teachers healthy and safe. Temperature checks will take place in the Welcome Center area and masks are requested while in classrooms.

Ladies Aid
Ladies Aid Honorary Member recognition night is Monday, May 3 at 7:00 in THE MINISTRY CENTER....Yay! We will be acknowledging all honorary members as well as 4 new ones. There will be dessert and coffee and we are planning an entertaining evening. Spouses, special guests, and anyone of the congregation is warmly invited to join us. See you there!

Ascension Day Meal - Thursday, May 13 from 4-6 p.m. in the Ministry Center
Free Will Donation - Proceeds to go to Alaska Mission.
Menu: Wild Rice Soup, Beef Vegetable Barley Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Assorted Salads (individual)
Everything will be in disposable containers so you may eat in or take out.
If you would like to pre-order soup, please call or text Heidi 450-0975. We will have 12 oz. or 32 oz. containers available.
If you are unable to attend and would like to donate to the mission trip, you may send donations to Ladonna Herbert PO BOX 518 Cooper Landing AK, 99572.

Ushers Needed
Ushers are needed for 10:30 am church services at St. Paul. If you are willing to help, please contact Vaughn Begick at 989 686-0578 or Dale Jezowski at 989 667-9194.

School Enrollment for 2021-2022
Registration is now open! A $75 preschool enrollment fee and a $50 grade school enrollment fee (per child) will reserve your child’s spot for next year. Information and enrollment forms are available in the school office or online by clicking here. If you desire your child to receive a Christ-centered education, please call the school office at 989.684.4450 for more information and to make arrangements to enroll your child.

Financial Update - March 2021
Stewardship - A Way of Life
John 10:14 - “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” What does it mean to know the Lord? It starts with being known by the Lord. He claims us as His own and calls us by name. Then, once we are His, we learn to know Him. In knowing Him, we learn to imitate Him. That is how the Christian life of good works and generosity grows from the Lord’s grace.

Valley Vision
May's issue of the Valley Vision is available here.

Trinity-St. James Drive Thru Swiss Steak Dinner
DATE: Saturday, May 8, 2021
TIME: 3-6:30 p.m. or until sold out
LOCATION: Trinity-St. James Lutheran Church; 119 E. Munger Road
Teacher Position
Immanuel Lutheran School of Frankentrost in Saginaw, Michigan, is accepting resumes for a part-time 1st & 2nd grade teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Applicants must be a caring Christian role model and highly qualified with a current State of Michigan Teaching Certificate or be able to attain one. He or she must possess all skills required to fulfill the duties of the 1st & 2nd grade teacher. Resumes can be dropped off or mailed to Immanuel Lutheran School, Attn: Gloria Hecht, 8220 East Holland Rd, Saginaw, MI 48601 or submitted to Gloria Hecht via email at by May 10, 2021.

$11 Sponsors One Box of Aid from Orphan Grain Train
More than 3,728 semi-truckloads or shipping containers of food, clothing, and medical supplies have been sent into 68 countries and to U.S. disaster areas since the inception of Orphan Grain Train in 1992. All this occurs by volunteers and contributors – people thankful for their blessings who want to provide a blessing to others. Volunteers sort and pack donated items in warehouses across the U.S. including the Michigan Orphan Grain Train Center in Sebewaing. It is precious cargo. In less than two years of operation, OGT-Michigan has shipped 2,800 boxes internationally with another shipment loading May 13 for Moldova. Volunteers at the far end of the journey place these gifts of love into the hands of needy people. Through Christ there is great hope embodied in the efforts of Orphan Grain Train. Pray for it. Join us.
First Reading
Acts 8:26–40
26An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

1 John 4:1–21
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Holy Gospel
John 15:1–8
1[Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”