Church Bulletin Announcements
March 26, 2021
In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
Homebound
  • Dolores Appold
  • Doris Appold
  • Dorine Auernhammer
  • Gwen Bakus
  • Eleonore Begick
  • Vera Begick
  • Armond Beiser
  • 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
Special
  • Linda Abraham (Rachel's mom; surgery)
  • Wyatt Crouse (Dan Bourdow’s grandson)
  • Judy Dawson
  • Denise DuBay (hospitalized)
  • Dave Foster
  • Fred Morley (DJ Bourdow's uncle)
  • Mike Myers
  • Ron Reuther
  • Lisa Schmidt (surgery)
  • Brandon Zeilinger (surgery)
This Week's Members
  • David & Sandra Appold
  • Benjamin Begick
  • Kayla, Matthew, Owen, & Wyatt Brenay
  • Vernon & Delphine Dubey
  • Howard Grantham
  • Marian Kernstock
  • Scott, Megan, Blake, & Bailee Lowe
  • Matthew, Leslie, Hunter, & Andrew Oliver
  • Eugene Schlicker
  • Rita Tilley
  • Kathy Zaplitny
God's Blessings to Our 2021 Confirmands
Sawyer Kooreum Bebow
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
Psalm 27:1a (ESV)

Lillian Grace Garcia
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

Brooklynn Elizabeth Garrett
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:20b (NIV)

Natalie Johanna List
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior.
II Samuel 22:2-3

Hayden Julia Swartz
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

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.

Livestream

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
March 28 – Psalms 32-33
March 29 – Proverbs 8
March 30 – Philemon
March 31 – Psalms 34-35
April 1 – Mark 1
April 2 – Mark 2
April 3 – Mark 3

Ladies Aid
Ladies Aid is meeting Monday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. We will be making Mother's Day tray favors for the hospital. Feel free to bring a beverage; a light portable snack will be available. All ladies of the congregation, members and guests, are invited to join us. 

Cemetery Decorations
Mowing season is coming soon! Please remove wreaths or decorations from the cemetery by April 20. All remaining decorations will be removed and discarded.

Upcoming Blood Drive
Save the date: We are pleased to announce we will have a blood drive April 29th in our new Ministry Center. We are very excited to have this blood drive since we have not had any in a year. More details will follow. If you have any questions, you can contact Julia 684-6089 or Darlene 737-9937.

Wellspring Lutheran Auxiliary Meeting - Cancelled
The Wellspring Lutheran Auxiliary meeting scheduled for May 17, 2021 has been cancelled. Also cancelled is the Annual Convention normally held in Flint. We will hopefully be able to meet in the fall, so look for further details then. Stay safe and healthy.

Ushers Needed
Ushers are needed at 8 am and 10:30 am church services and special 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.

Taste of Bay City Fundraiser
Nacho Average Fundraiser! Enjoy Taco Tuesday with your family at The Taste of Bay City on March 30 from 10am to 9pm at 1309 S. Farragut St.; Bay City 48708. Mention you're there for the St. Paul fundraiser and they will donate 10% to the PTO. Their phone number to order is 989-391-4650.

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars
Don't let them expire! Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated 2020 Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2021, to direct them. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide grant funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church & School. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800.847.4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.

Sign Up for Easter Flowers
This year, Easter lilies and other spring flowers can be purchased by individuals in the congregation. A sign-up sheet, envelopes & payment box are in the narthex to purchase Easter plants. Checks can be made payable to Begick Nursery. If you would like to designate your flowers to be in honor or in memory of someone, there is a place to do so on the sign-up sheet. Flowers will adorn the chancel area on April 4 for the Resurrection of our Lord; memorials will be printed in that bulletin. If you have any questions, please call or text Jean Begick (989-928-6192).

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.
Easter Egg Hunt Planned for Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. – noon
Come to St. Paul Lutheran School for an Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt! Our Egg Hunt is a community event and is open to young children, through elementary school. Come any time during the 2-hour event to participate in the hunt. We have thousands of eggs available, and every child gets 20 eggs and an Easter storybook, while supplies last. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. Bring your own basket to collect the eggs. Social distancing and face masks encouraged. Rain date is April 3.
Stewardship - A Way of Life
Zechariah 9:9 – “Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” No king ever rode to war like this. But no king had ever come to wage battle by dying. In His passion, our Lord Jesus gives everything He does this to bring us from death to life and to make us His own people. And He also does all this to show us an example of self-giving love for us to follow.

Valley Vision
Click here to read the Valley Vision for April.
St. Lorenz SPRING Drive Thru Fish Fry
DATE: Friday, April 16, 2021
TIME: 4-7 p.m.
LOCATION: Enter through the WEC parking lot off W. Genesee and circle around to the backside of the school (by the gym). You will be directed into 2 lines for take outs.
COST: $12 per person (regardless of age)
MENU: fish (hand battered cod), parsley potatoes, coleslaw, tartar sauce, bread & choice of apple or cherry pie
OTHER INFO: No pre-orders or special timed pick-ups this year. This is cash only, no credit cards. We prefer no checks either but have taken them in the past.

Teacher Position
Immanuel Lutheran School of Frankentrost in Saginaw, Michigan, is accepting resumes for a preschool teacher for 3- & 4-year-olds 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 preschool 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 hecht5@netzero.com by March 31, 2021.
Old Testament Reading
Zechariah 9:9–12
9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Epistle
Philippians 2:5–11
5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Holy Gospel (Triumphal Entry & Passion Reading)
John 12:12-19
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
  sitting on a donkey's colt!”
16His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Mark 15
And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

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