What does Easter mean to you?
Is it just another long holiday weekend? Is it the glimmer of hope that despite the onslaught of "old man winter," warm sunshine will eventually prevail? Is it God's way of telling us there is life forever?
For Jesus of Nazareth Easter meant the vindication of who He is and what He did. Easter means Jesus is God's Son. All His promises are true. He died the death we all deserved under God's anger for our sins. He rose to guarantee God has forgiven us and that whoever trusts in Jesus will know God's love now and forever in a very real heaven.
Nothing in this life can shake our fear of death; nothing in this life can ultimately satisfy; by God’s grace we know life to the full through the living Lord Jesus. Won’t knowing Jesus lives for us inspire us to live for Him, to worship Him, and to seek His kingdom first? Consider the many opportunities we have this Lent and Easter time to celebrate Jesus’ victory and what it means for us. Come joyfully. Invite your friends!
Pastor Jonathan Schultz
Lent Worship continues Wednesdays, March 7-21, 6:15 p.m. Our special services focus on the real meaning of our lives & lead to a spiritual renewal through the Holy Week and Easter messages! “The Light of the World in the Light of the Passion” is our theme. We follow our Lord as the hours are marked by the light – Moonlight, Torchlight, Firelight, Early light, Morning light, Sunlight – and Noonday darkness.
Soup Supper for Lent To enable you to attend Lent worship with your family, we’re offering soup supper from 5:30 – 6:00 on the Wednesdays in Lent. Please sign up to prepare and serve the supper on the list on the counter.
Christ Revealed: “Defend Your Faith” seminar, Saturday, March 3, 10 AM-4 PM. We’ll view video-led interview & offer discussion to learn how to respond to the questions our culture is asking and to defend the message of the Bible. Note the information on the Fellowship Board. Cost - $10 ($40 max/family). RSVP by Feb. 25 to email@example.com or use the sign-up sheet on the counter.
Meditations The new quarter of these daily devotions is available in your boxes. Extras to share are on the counter. This year’s Meditations review the main teachings of God’s Word, summarized in Luther’s Small Catechism.
Seminary Choir Concert is Easter Sunday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. We’re hosting the choir for supper Sat., March 31; billeting overnight, and will be blessed Easter Sunday with their concert. We are adjusting our worship a half hour earlier so the choir can be at St. Paul’s by 11:30 that day. Our Easter worship will be at 9:00 a.m.
Sign the list on the counter to billet students. We’ll be hosting 45 men training for ministry at our seminary. Hosts will pick them up Saturday after supper and return them to church by 8:00 a.m. Sunday for their warm-up.
Holy Week & Easter services
Holy Thursday (Holy Week Communion), March 29, 6:15 p.m. commemorates the night Jesus established the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday: March 30, 6:15 p.m.
Easter Sunday, Festival worship 9:00 a.m. (Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary choir concert!) Easter breakfast, 10:45 a.m.
“Easter for Kids,” with the Easter message for the children while the breakfast is being set up.
Ministry Meeting Dates:
Elders’ Committee Tuesday, March 20, 9:30
Council: Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.
Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 11! Don’t forget to “spring ahead” and ensure so you are rested for worship Sunday morning.
Can you offer your Christian hospitality? “Ronny” is a 20-year-old student from Vietnam. His parents sent him to one of our Lutheran high schools for an education in the U.S. There the Holy Spirit brought him to faith. He was baptized & confirmed. He has enrolled at our ministerial college in Minnesota, Martin Luther College (MLC), to train for pastoral ministry. He’s currently finishing a term at the University of Manitoba, and he can’t re-enter the U.S. until July 21 according to visa requirements.
He’ll be in Calgary where he’s working on his visa from April 23-July 21.
President Zarling of MLC asked if we could offer him lodging for the three months until he enters the U.S. and takes up residence at MLC. Can you help? Please speak with Pastor. We could set up a rotation if we had several families who take turns hosting him.