March 13, 2020
School Closed March 16 - April 3
The state of Michigan has mandated that all public and private schools remain closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020. We plan to resume school on Monday, April 6, 2020. During the next two weeks the teachers will post various assignments on their websites or through FastDirect on Sundays and Wednesdays. Please make sure to check in on those sites for details from each teacher. Mr. Lustila will send out phone blast messages as a reminder to check teacher’s postings. Mr. Schultz has already prepared written instructions and given them to his Confirmation class. Please continue to follow proper health and hygiene procedures while at home and when traveling about. As we move forward during these next two weeks please continue to pray for our community, state, nation, and world that this pandemic be overcome through our ever present, powerful, and loving God who always remains in control of all things. Let each of us rest assured that our loving Father will see us through this ordeal! Our school for this year comes from 1 John 4:7 - Let us love one another, for love IS from God. Let us take advantage of this time with our families to grow closer together in and through His love.  
Mr. Lustila
Friday, March 13
Operetta (Y5-4th) 1:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 15
Y5-4th Grade Cherub Choir Sings 8 a.m.

Sunday, March 22
Auction Fundraiser for Ministry Center

Wednesday, March 25
7/8th Grade Lenten Supper 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 29
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Questioning

Saturday, April 4
Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 5
Confirmation 10:30 a.m.

Monday, April 6
School Resumes

Friday-Monday, April 10-13
No School – Easter Break

Saturday, April 18
Mom2Mom Sale

Sunday, April 19
Preschool-Kindergarten Kids Sing in Church 10:30 a.m.

Friday-Sunday, April 24-26
Confirmation Retreat (7/8th graders)
Sunday, March 15
8:00 a.m. – Deanna Zeilinger
10:30 a.m. – Emily EauClaire

Wednesday, March 18
3:15 p.m. – Hogan Bourdow
6:30 p.m. – Hayden Swartz

Sunday, March 22
8:00 a.m. – Caroline Douponce
10:30 a.m. – Rachel Mammel

Wednesday, March 25
3:15 p.m. – Nathan Coyer
6:30 p.m. – Jake Appold

Operetta – Today!
The Y5-4th graders will be presenting “GT & the Halo Express” in the school auditorium on Friday, March 13 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. You’re invited to see a brother and sister learn about God’s love and a fun way to memorize Bible verses with the help of GT & the Halo Express. Come enjoy a fun time and catchy music!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Bay City has cancelled its parade this year, so we will plan to participate next year!

Lenten Dinner Hosted by 7 & 8 Graders
The 7th/8th grade class would like to invite you to the spaghetti dinner after the service on Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m. There will be spaghetti, awesome bread sticks, fixings for salads, and desserts. They are looking forward to serving you! Free-will donations will go toward the 7th/8th grade class fund for their trip to Mackinac in May. Food, fellowship, and fun--what an awesome Wednesday evening! Thank you for your support!

Easter Egg Hunt Is Saturday, April 4 
Plans are underway for the St. Paul Easter Egg Hunt and we need your help! As stores are already stocking their shelves with Easter items, please consider purchasing candy and other supplies needed for the event. Donations are needed for the following items: 
• Candy (wrapped candy, small enough to fit in plastic Easter eggs)
• Prizes (stuffed animals, small toys, coloring books, etc.)
• Baked Goods & Treats (needed for event day)
• Monetary Donations (needed for craft & game supplies)
Please drop off candy, prize and monetary donations in the office. If you have questions or are able to volunteer your time for the event, please contact Vicki Begick (525-3733) or Lynn Hendrick (450-1969).

Lip Sync Battle
Get ready for the Lip Sync Battle (see flyer below)! Rules and Registration Forms can be picked up in the school office or from Mr. Garcia. New deadline to register: Please register by April 9, 2020.

Lenten Season 
We will have Wednesday midweek services during Lent at 3:15 and 6:30 p.m. Supper will also be served on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. at school. All are welcome! A free-will donation will be taken at each supper to support the different groups hosting. Below is the schedule: 
March 18 – Poland Mission (Menu: Sloppy joes, hot dogs, and salads)
March 25 – 7/8th Grade
April 1 – Recreation Committee

Auction Fundraiser 
Join us in the school gym on March 22nd for the Ministry Center Auction Fundraiser. The event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to the public. Baked potato supper (by donation) includes drinks and desserts. Supper and Silent Auction are from 4-6 p.m. Live Auction begins at 6 p.m. Bid on a 65” Samsung TV, power recliner, cabin rentals, wine tours, quilts, and much more! Come for supper and fellowship. Stay for the fun! 

Groundbreaking Ceremony
You are invited to the Ministry Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sunday, March 29 at 12 noon.
The St Paul Apparel Store Has Re-Opened. 
The Apparel Store is open again until Wednesday, March 25th. Orders will then be ready for pickup on Friday, April 3rd. So, plan on visiting and order your new St Paul logo wear directly on-line. A note regarding the men’s blue check long-sleeve shirt – you are now able to select the color embroidery you prefer on that shirt – blue tones or green tones. You’ll see that option when you order. Thanks to all who made purchases last November, we raised nearly $1,000 for the Ministry Center campaign. Purchase some great clothing items with our St Paul logo and, at the same time, help the Ministry Center from the profits on your purchases. Call the church/school office if you have questions.

Congratulations Mr. Garcia!
Our 5th & 6th grade teacher, Mr. Justin Garcia, will receive a Saginaw Valley State University “Heroes in Education Award” during a special ceremony at SVSU (event postponed). The SVSU College of Education recognizes alumni educators, like Mr. Garcia, for their outstanding work and commitment to inspire, impact, innovate, and be involved both at school and in the community. Thank you, Mr. Garcia, for your dedicated service here at St. Paul over the last 17 years. Congratulations!

PTO Students of the Week
Congratulations to this week's Students of the Week—Hogan Bourdow, Marley Polzin, & Nataly Williams! 

Healthy Heart Challenge Update
Y5-2nd Grade: $75.03
3rd-8th Grade: $189.94
TOTAL: $264.97
We will continue to collect funds until April 24.

Volunteers Needed 
If you are willing to lend a hand the day of the Ministry Center Auction on March 22nd in the St. Paul gym, please contact Kristen Glasser (989) 529-2962. Thank you!
Coronavirus Prevention
St. Paul will cancel all events that interact with other schools, including sporting events, until the end of April. This is effective immediately. This has been directed from the local public school districts and all our fellow Lutheran schools are following suit. Pee Wee basketball and volleyball will not continue. 
Our Mission Statement
We will teach, experience, and share Christ’s love, equipping disciples
for a life-long faith walk with Jesus.