Fifth Sunday in Lent                                       Mar. 18, 2018                                                                                        

SERVICE:  (Sun.)  8:30 AM – Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

11:00 AM – Traditional Svc.

Divine Svc. III

HYMNS: (Late. Svc.) #434 + #809 + #814

LESSONS: Jeremiah 31:31-34 + Romans 8:31-39 + Luke 13:31-35


(Sun.)   Ushers: 8:30 a.m.:  Lorna Kaspala, Greg Blust,

Wayne Volk, volunteer

11:00 a.m.: Spencer Carlson, Jim Lahti,

Marilynn Dewald, Sam Coates

Elders:  Warren Weingarten, Dustin Scherr (Early)

Mike Salmi (Late)

Acolytes: Micaela Geborkoff, Amelia Sander (Early)

Lance Motowski (Late)

Lay Reader: Mike Salmi

Greeters: Bev Auel, Pauline Kokkonen (Early)

Jerry & Nancy Smith (Late)

Office Information:

Open Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm



Pastor: Aaron Gehrke;

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff:

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt:

Office Manager: Judy Fenske;

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper;

Business manager: Jason Auel;

Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton;

Group Life: Rob & Anne Cooke;

Community: Kerri Mayra;

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke;

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers:

TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that you are worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus with us.  Part of worshiping our Lord is bringing our financial gifts in the form of offerings to support the ministry of Christ’s church.  As our guest today, please do not feel obligated to give an offering.  We are just thankful that you are here and hope you will continue to worship with us. Want to give your offerings online? Go to

 HOLY COMMUNION: In preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper, please ask yourself these questions: Have I confessed and repented of my sins? Do I believe that in this Sacrament I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins? Do I share the confession and wish to participate in the unity of this congregation? Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life? If you answer, “yes” to all of these questions, please join us for this blessed gift from God for our forgiveness.

If you need a gluten free wafer, please ask the pastor when you are kneeling at the rail.

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Church Communications Updates

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The Next New Members Class: It may be a few months away, but we want you to be informed now. Pastor Aaron will be leading a new members class for 5 weeks beginning on Sunday, April 15th. The class will be held from 9:45am-10:45am at church. This class is the formal process for joining the membership of Saints Peter and Paul. There is no obligation to join after going through the class if you would like to sit in simply to learn more about the teaching and practice of our congregation. Sign up at or on the sign-up table in the narthex.

 LENTEN SERVICES: Our Lenten Service will be on Wed., Mar. 21st. Supper will be provided before the service at 6:00 p.m.  Service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES:  Mar. 29th: Maundy Thursday Svc. with communion at 7:00 p.m.  Mar. 30th: Good Friday Svcs. at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Apr. 1st: Easter Sunday Svcs. with communion at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with a breakfast served between the two services.

SEEKING: Director of Hospitality: It takes a significant amount of people to create the hospitable environment we have at our church. In order to keep all these groups and volunteers organized, communicating well, etc, we need to have consistent leadership. Pastor Aaron has created a new volunteer position called the Director of Hospitality and is seeking a willing individual to serve. Please read the volunteer job description at and if interested email

FINAL LENT CHALLENGE : We have concluded the item collection challenge as of yesterday, March 17th, but we are issuing one final challenge, which was alluded to at the beginning of the Lent Challenge.  We are challenging you to participate in a financial matching challenge. Our goal is to raise additional funds that will go towards the 31 Backpacks being able to purchase additional required supplies. It was mentioned before that the average weekly cost to provide the supplies is $1,000, so our challenge to you all is to see if we can hit at least $1,000, if not more to help this worthwhile organization. The church will match up to $250 of what is donated. The results of the financial matching challenge will be announced on Easter Sunday, so you have until Palm Sunday to contribute to the challenge. Thank you all again for your generous support through this ongoing challenge. If you have any questions, please send Kerri Mayra an email at

RITE OF CONFIRMATION will take place on Sunday, Mar. 25th at both services.  16 young people will be confirmed.

 EASTER BREAKFAST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Volunteers are needed to help prep, set up, serve, and clean up the Easter Breakfast. If you are willing and able to do any or all of these things, please contact Annikka Chrestensen. 483-4744 or

DORCAS SOCIETY/LWML–Will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to the regular business meeting, we will have a Bible Study led by Co-Christian Life Chairman Cathy Paul and Judy Sellers.  We invite all the ladies to join us at our meetings.  The evening ends with delicious desserts made by that month’s hostesses.  Contact Jean Pemberton, for further information.

SENIOR SAINTS–Will have its next get-together on Thursday, March 22, starting at noon with lunch. The program for the day will feature Stan Vitton, who will show us pictures as a followup to his presentation last October on “Evidence for an Epic Portage Lake Flood” (study of glacial history of the Keweenaw Peninsula). We invite all seniors in our midst to join us that day.  Contact John or Jean Pemberton (487-9412), for further information

LWML Zone 2 Spring Rally – will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 146 Tamarack Street, Laurium, MI, on Saturday, March 24.  It will start at 9:30 a.m. with registration and coffee fellowship.  Cost for the day is $5.00, which includes lunch.  The Bible Study and program:  Names of God:  in Scripture and Song.  Gifts of the Heart Ingathering:  Toilet paper for local food pantry and non-profits.  We need to RSVP by March 19, so please let Jean Pemberton know if you’d like to attend ASAP.  It’s a great way to meet ladies from other churches in our Zone of the North Wisconsin District LWML.

GREETING CARD RACK, ETC – The rack has been freshened up with new cards of several different subjects.  It’s a convenient way to buy that last-minute card that you forgot to buy at the store, or just buy them to have on hand anyway.  You may place your money in the wooden box on the glass sales case.  While there, you may want to ‘shop’ for gift items in the sales case itself.  Directions on how to access the case are located on top of it. If you were to buy a church cookbook, that has to be paid for separately, to SS Peter & Paul Lutheran, with ‘cookbook’ on the memo line.  Funds raised for the cookbooks go to the Youth Group, as it’s one of their fundraisers. You will also find Mite Boxes on the stand next to the sales case, in which you may save your coins, currency, etc, and bring back to the church from time to time.  Funds raised through the mites help pay for the LWML Mission Grants, both District and National.  Saving canceled, 1st-class postage stamps is another way the LWML earns money to pay for Mission Grants.  Trimmed (to 1/4″) stamps may be placed in the gallon bag, so marked, on the bulletin board in the church entryway, near the mailboxes.  Christmas and the common flag stamps are not accepted, as there is not a market for them from stamp collectors.


Sunday            8:30 AM                      Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

9:45 AM                        Education Classes

11:00 AM                       Traditional Svc.

6:00 PM                        Student Super @ CLSC

Monday           6:00 PM                      Bd. of Elders

Tuesday          7:30 AM                      Men’s Bible Study

6:30 PM                        Dorcas/LWML

Wednesday     9:00 AM                     Parents Day Out

4:00 PM                        Confirmation Class

6:00 PM                        Lenten Supper

7:00 PM                        Lenten Service

Thursday       12:00 PM                      Sr. Saints

4:30 PM                        Praise Team Rehearsal

5:30 PM                        Hand Bells Rehearsal

Next Sunday   8:30 AM                     Rite of Confirmation, w/comm.

9:45 AM                       Education Classes

11:00 AM                        Rite of Confirmation, w/comm.

1:30 PM                         HS Youth Group

“Lutheran Hour” Radio Ministry, Sunday 8:30 AM, WHKB 102.3FM


Sun. 3/11 – (8:30) 100 + (11:00) 103 = 203


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $16,895.37
Other Income $     102.55
Total $16,997.92
Year to Date Budget Need $92,960.00
Year to Date Actual $95,773.57
Year to Date Difference $  2,813.57