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Weekly Staff Bulletin Page: From the Desk of…

 

FROM THE DESK OF . . .
Sunday, February 18 & Monday, February 19, 2024

 From the desk of Director of Adult Education, Linda Gerlach
                THE CHOSEN Bible study, Season 2 beginning the week of February 25, 2024 – Sundays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 11:00am continuing through the week of May 19.
            Last Fall, our Adult Bible study was based on THE CHOSEN, Season One. The study guide that we used was comprised of what an LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) church in Nebraska had made available online along with additional information that I believed would help people follow and understand what was happening in the series. 
          We presented the series during Bible study classes on Sundays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 11:00am. In addition to classes, a new component was added, “The Chosen at Home”. This was appreciated by many who were unable to attend at either of these 2 class times. In all over 80 study guides were produced and prayerfully were helpful for all who used them as they viewed THE CHOSEN Season One, either in Bible class or at home.
          As you may recall, the series was “crowd sourced” which means a group of interested people produced the series. It was released “binge fashion” (an entire season released at once) so that people could watch the entire season all at once or at their own pace.  So far 3 seasons have been released with season 4 now on theaters and available soon on the same platforms as Seasons 1, 2 and 3, with a total of 7 seasons planned.
          It is still FREE and very accessible! You can watch it many ways including on THE CHOSEN app which is available wherever you get apps on your smartphone, on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, on your computer or tablet. It is also available on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Peacock, Pureflix, Tubi, Spectrum and more. You can also watch it right on their website www.angel.com. In class we will use a DVD with captions which we found helpful. However you view it, captions are helpful.
          One of the things that we learned in Season One is that the weekly videos were often close to an hour in length and there was not enough time for discussion. For Season Two, we split the longer sessions (those over 50 minutes) into 2 parts, so that we can have time to discuss the episodes and look more carefully into God’s Word. Split sessions will be led by the same leader for both consecutive weeks. There is a schedule in the study guide.
          In Season 2, just like Season 1, the basics of the THE CHOSEN are true to God’s Word. The backstories are often fictional but they help us to see Jesus and the people around Him as real people. Season 2 does spend some time helping us to be discerning about what we are viewing, to tell the biblical from the fictional.
          Copies of the study guide are available at The Information Center or at Bible class.
+God bless your study of God’s Word! Linda Gerlach+

 

All are welcome at St. Paul Lutheran – Please allow God’s love to work in and through you to brighten the lives of members and visitors alike.
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UPDATE: LUTHERAN WOMENS’ MISSIONARY LEAGUE (LWML) NEWS:
The Planet Green Recycle Fundraiser Program continues and again are accepting ALL brands of ink cartridges. You can drop off ALL your empty cartridges in the labeled bin in the Gathering Place.

Copies of the national LWML newsletter, the Lutheran Women’s Quarterly, and the Eastern District newsletter, the LWML LINK are now available. You can find printed copies in the Gathering Place or on the website at http://www.lwml.org and http://www.lwmled.org. You can also download the LWML APP on your phone.

The Eastern District Fall Retreat will be at Pioneer on the Lake in Angola from September 20-22, 2024.  It is being hosted by the Niagara Zone. Used or new Ball canning screw tops and lids as well as yellow and purple yarn and plastic canvas are needed to make the meal prayer table favors. You can place your donation in the bin in The Gathering Place or give a monetary donation in a labeled envelope and place it in the church office box.

Eastern District Convention News:

  • 5 out of the 7 Eastern District mission grants have been paid.  Please give generously so that all of the grants can be paid by the end of the current biennium (March 2024).
  • The LWML Eastern District 40th Biennial Convention is being held June 14-16, 2024 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Mars PA. St. Paul may send 2 voting delegates to the convention. The Delegate Reporting Form deadline is April 1 and the registration deadline is April 24. A copy of the registration form can be found in the winter edition of the ED newsletter, The LINK, or on their website, http://www.east-dist-lwml.org.
  • Attention all women ages 22-35.  A Young Woman Rep (YWR) is needed to represent the Niagara Zone at the ED Convention. The application deadline is Feb 26.
  • For further information regarding LWML, the Niagara Zone or the ED Convention you may contact either Bea Hapeman (716 -525-1046) or Marge Stoelting (716-693-7555).  Thank you.

***Mite boxes, Applications, Registration Forms, Eastern District Newsletter, The LINK etc. can all be found on The Information Center in The Gathering Place.

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Confirmation Class Assignments – Thursday, February 22, 2024

First Year Class –

  • Read “The Apostles’ Creed; “The Third Article; Sanctification: The Holy Spirit. The Person of the Holy Spirit & The Work of the Holy Spirit.” Questions 153-168, pages 147-157 from Luther’s Small Catechism.
  • Read Chapter 21 from The Story“Rebuilding the Walls.
  • Attend Church and complete a Worship Report Form. 
  • Mentor Question: Why do we say that the Holy Spirit is God?  

Second Year Class –

  • Read “The Apostles’ Creed; “The Third Article; Sanctification: The Holy Spirit. The Person of the Holy Spirit & The Work of the Holy Spirit.” Questions 153-168, pages 147-157 from Luther’s Small Catechism.
  • Complete Lessons 22 and 23, “The Person of the Holy Spirit; The Work of the Holy Spirit (I) & (II), from Exploring Luther’s Small Catechism.”
  • Attend Church and complete a Worship Report Form. 
  • Mentor Question: Why do we say that the Holy Spirit is God?
  • Continue studying questions for Affirmation of Faith night.

 

 


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