DEVOTION: John 15:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
I Am the True Vine
15 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide 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. 5 I 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. 6 If 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. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
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Thurs- Karate 6:15
Sat- No Worship 5th Sunday
Sun- Worship 10am; Potluck Fellowship Luncheon 11 (No Sunday school or Adult Bible Class)
Acolyte- Cierra Figura
Ushers- Doug Walters, Dave Callies, Kevin Luebke, Dick Peterson
Altar- Terry McKenzie
Communion assistant- John Hachtel
Greeters- Dave and Linda Callies
Projectionist- Erv Yoder
Lay Reader- Jennifer Figura
Organist- Pat Golden
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ What is a "song of ascent" in the Psalms?
From Don Nolte: "Psalms of Ascent" are 120-34 based on their titles. Exact meaning of the title is unknown, but two possibilities are likely. "Ascents" could refer to the 15 steps in the temple between the Court of Women and the Court of the Israelites. The psalms were perhaps read or sung on the steps during the great festivals. The title could also refer to the religious pilgrimages each year going to Jerusalem. The psalms would be sung as the worshipers approached Jerusalem's hills. The Psalms of Ascents have no single theme, though they are all short and frequently mention Zion and Jerusalem.
From Pat King: Oh! I know this, and I didn't even have to look it up! But why, a choir member isn't answering, is beyond me. So, a "song of ascent" is one of those hymns that the choir sings while walking – or in the case of some of our choir, hobbling – up stairs. No lie!
There are 15 of them (Psalms 120-134; or 119-133 in the Septuagint and the Vulgate) – which corresponds to the 15 steps that led into the inner courtyard in the Temple. They were sung by the Levite priests who were going there. Also, pilgrims would sing these songs – as did the captives returning from Babylon.
Anyway, you can read all about it anywhere online, or here: Song of Ascents for Dummies: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/655450/jewish/What-is-a-Song-of-Ascents.htm
TODAY'S QUIZ: Name a Psalm that talks about the constant struggle between wickedness and righteousness.
THIS WEEKEND IS A FIFTH SUNDAY WEEKEND.
We will only have one worship service at 10am. There will be no Sunday school or Adult Bible class. We will have a potluck after worship. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert! We're looking forward to seeing you!
YOUR DISHES ARE STILL DOWNSTAIRS!!
There are still many dishes of various shapes and sizes left on the table in the fellowship hall downstairs from the funeral last Thursday. Please come down and get them and take them home with you. I'll give you till Wednesday of next week and then they're all going to Agape!
Thanks for your generosity to the Scott family! I know they greatly appreciate it!
WORSHIP FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND. ENJOY AND SHARE!
YARD SIGNS FOR THE PREGNANCY OPTIONS CENTER
Would you like to have a sign in your yard promoting the pregnancy options center?
It simply says:
FAITH5 TRAINING (No FAITH5 training this Sunday due to it be a fifth Sunday)
- Every Sunday at 9:45 April 15-May 27—For the next five weeks we will be digging deeper into the five faith practices of our Faith5 movement. Yesterday we did an overview and a quick practice of Faith5 with each other. This coming Sunday we are going to take a longer look at what "Sharing" our highs and lows is all about and why it is beneficial for us. (Please note that there will be no class on April 29 because it is 5th Sunday or May 20 because of voters meeting)
- Saturday, May 19 8-Noon- We are going to take one whole morning and have a crash course on faith5 and how we can get the most out of it. Registration and Sign up is greatly appreciated for this! Sign up sheet for it is on the counter in the narthex. You can also simply reply to this email, or you can call or text me at 636-359-1061 to let me know you'll be there.
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!!!
Call the church office to get registration forms. Any questions, talk to Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier.
OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE ON THE SHELVES UNDERNEATH THE CHURCH MAILBOXES IN THE NARTHEX IF YOU HAVEN'T PICKED THEM UP YET!
OUR LAST DIRECTORY (Last updated in August of 2016) has a lot of outdated phone numbers. If your number has changed, please call the office 456-2888 and let Terry know!
DUE TO SOME TROUBLES WITH OUR CHURCH EMAIL ADDRESS WE HAVE HAD TO GET A NEW ONE
Our new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please change it in your address books!!
Pastor's email, email@example.com will remain the same.
LITTLE LAMBS IS STILL SELLING CANDY BARS AND COULD USE YOUR HELP!
If you'd like to help sell a box or two of candy bars as a fundraiser for Little Lambs preschool. Let Terry or one of the preschool ladies know. They'll hook you up right quick!
DO YOU HAVE A THRIVENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNT OR POLICY?
OPERATION BACKPACK DONATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL IS canned soup and ramen noodles.
For RON WILLIAMS' MOM, MARY WILLIAMS, as she is on hospice care at the end stages of Alzheimer's/Dementia.
For MY MOM, DEBRA KLAUSTERMEIER, as she recovers from cataract surgery. She will have the other one on May 8.
For GUS, as he will be having surgery (the Nuss procedure) on May 29 to fix his sunken chest (pectus excavatum).
For CAROL BRAZEE as she remains hospitalized trying to recover from pneumonia.
For BILL MCKENZIE, (Terry McKenzie's father in law), who is on hospice.
For JEANNIE SIEBOLD, DENISE HOOKER (Betty Tameler's daughter), GEORGE HOESCHER, and BUCK HAMPTON, as they continue to deal with cancer.
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For both DAN DREYER and SAM HARGROVE as they move on to their next assignments and/or get jobs during their interim at home.
For COLTON FIGURA deployed to Turkey for five more months.
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their lives, jobs, and families to go on duty several times a year.
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