Week of March 26, 2017:

Stewardship Thought – Even as Jesus moved toward the day of his crucifixion and his resurrection, he had to deal with human pettiness. It is in our nature to put our wants ahead of others’ needs. Christ showed a new way: become great by serving others. God has provided us with everything we need for this kind of greatness. He gave us our lives, health, the world we live in, the work we do, money, food, clothing, talents of all degrees. When we bring our offerings regularly and use our time and talents to serve in our congregations, we join with Christians all over the world in proclaiming the news of the gospel. When we humbly reach out in love to help our neighbors in whatever needs they have, we demonstrate Christ’s love on a personal basis.

Men of Truth Conference – “The Art of Godliness” -- Embrace contentment in your walk of faith.  Featuring music by Koine and sessions by Rev. Dave Scharf, Rev. Wayne Mueller, Rev. Dustin Blumer and Mr. Mike Westendorf, spend the day with your brothers in Christ and be refreshed by the Word of Truth.  It is Saturday, April 29 from 8 AM - 3 PM at MLC.  Go to menoftruth.org for information and registration."  

Family Easter Celebration – On Saturday, April 8th, we will have an Easter event for families that will include music, crafts, games, devotion, and lunch for the family. Mark your calendar and head to splnewulm.org/familyeaster for more information and registration! We are still looking for a few volunteers. We need help with leading the music and the games, and putting together the lunch. If you can help with any of these, please contact Brandon Steenbock (bsteenbock@splnewulm.org).

St. Paul's Pre-Kindergarten – There is still room for 3 & 4 year olds in our morning and afternoon sessions for the 2017-2018 school year.  However, our morning sessions are almost full!  For inquiries, please call Mrs. Meyer (354-2329)

Reflections – Women of the area are invited to the annual Reflections Service which will be held on Sunday, April 2 from 2:30-4:00 PM. We will gather at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for dessert, fellowship, and a candlelight service of songs, readings, and prayers. The theme will be “Eve: Our Sin, God’s Grace". Sign-up sheets and more information can be found on the information desk beginning this weekend. You can also email kgrunwald@splnewulm.org. Ladies interested in setting a table should contact Mary Hussmann or Karen Grunwald, or sign up at church.  Please invite friends and sign-up by Sunday, March 26.

Thank you – Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School would like to thank St. Paul’s congregation for its support and shared work in proclaiming the Gospel. They are especially grateful for the hospitality shown to the MVL choir last weekend, as well as accommodations made for worship and Bible Class. God be praised!

Egg Bakes / Easter Breakfast – Easter is just a few weeks away!  We are looking for people to bring an egg bake. We would also appreciate donations of fruit or juice. Please contact the church office to sign up.

WINGS Salad Luncheon will be April 29 from 10:30 AM – 1 PM. It will be held in the St. Paul’s Church Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will be gifted to the various projects that the WINGS supports. See you there!

Time to Build Update – Praise God!  The total of offerings given already is $1,773,433 and the School Improvement Fund balance is $1,338,018.  Keep the project in your prayers and in your offerings!

Minnesota OWLS Rally will be held from 9-3 on April 19 at Martin Luther College. Please contact Dale Markgraf (demarkgraf@gmail.com) by April 13 to register.  Watch for program details in your email or mailbox. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria - $6.00 paid to the cashier at point of service.

Easter Cards are available for purchase. Individual cards are on the rack and boxes are on the info desk.

Lent Vespers is a service according to the order of Evening Prayer through which the Martin Luther College community observes the season of Lent in a special way. The MLC Chorale, Männerchor, Women's Choir, MLC Strings, and guest baritone soloist, Jon Hermanson will participate in the service, which features a new cantata by David von Kampen entitled, "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth." The service tonight, Wed. March 22 at 7:30 PM in the Chapel of the Christ.  There will be a presentation about the cantata beginning at 6:45 PM.

Sunday Bible Classes –  On March 26 Kevin Draper will cover Ephesians 4:1-24. The Bible Basics group, which meets in the lower level, will cover "Calling Fishers of Men" led by Mr. Ron Ohm. Couples' Bible class will also continue their study of 1-3 John.

Ephesians – Please come to the church office after March 31 to pick up your pre-ordered book.

LWMS News – A special opportunity to support WELS missionaries is offered with a pink offering envelope dated April 2, in your congregational packet. The monies donated will be sent to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) to support their chosen projects of the year: Cross Cultural Mission Conferences & Training and Equipment Fund and Nepal projects. LWMS Spring Rally will be Saturday, April 29, at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Arlington.  The theme is “Hope for Haiti” with Pastor Terry Schultz as guest speaker.  A sign-up sheet is available on the info desk and indicate if child care is desired. Contact Gladys at gbrueske@comcast.net or 359-2055 or LaDonna at glrodewald@gmail.com or 354-5141 with any questions.          

Women's Expo – The Board of Outreach is looking for a woman or group of women to help plan and run the booth for St. Paul’s Church & School at the Women’s Expo on April 22, 2017. If you or a group of friends would like to take over this event and witness to the community, please contact Bob Martens at bob.martens@icloud.com or let the church office know. Thank you!

Wind Symphony Concert – Please join us as we welcome a return to warmer weather with, Hounds of Spring, the final Wind Symphony concert of the 2016-2017 year. The concert will be Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 7:30 PM in the WCC Auditorium on the MLC campus. We will wander through the “musical wildflowers” of Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy and embrace the revelry of springtime with Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances and Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed. The concert will also include several lighter selections. The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed at https://livestream.com/mlc-streams.

PreMarriage Seminar – We will have another Premarriage Seminar weekend available for those planning to get married in the next year. The seminar takes place April 21-23. Contact Brandon Steenbock or the St. Paul's Church Office for information or to register.

Keep in your Prayers Neyla Domena Lobato Conceicão Neto, daughter of Vanda Lobato, who will be baptized Sunday afternoon in a private ceremony…Dominic Asleson, son of Kyle and Emily who will be baptized on Sunday morning…Les Ring who is in hospice…Reuben Toltzman who was hospitalized.

Prayer – Oh Lord Jesus, too often we put our own concerns and priorities above your will and work.  Please rid us of our selfishness, and fill us with the zeal to keep you first in our lives. We thank you for coming down to earth, forgiving our sins, and renewing our spirit.  Remind us through your Word that your Son's peace provides the reason for the time, talent, and treasure we dedicate in your name. Amen.