Bulletin – Invocabit: The First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019


To Serve Christ and His People This Week

Wednesday:           7:00 p.m.      Midweek Lenten Service (fellowship following hosted by the Finance Board)

Thursday:                                  No Confirmation Instruction

Next Sunday:          8:45 a.m.      German Worship

9:45 a.m.      Adult Bible Class

(No Sunday School today)

11:00 a.m.      English Worship/Holy Communion

JESUS, THE LORD OF LENT, is glad for your presence this day.  So are we!  God work through Christ’s Good News to give you a penitent heart, and also a heart that hopes in Him.  Dear visitor and friend, speak with one of our ushers if you need anything while you are here.  Come see us again soon!

ATTENDANCE Sunday, March 3, 2019:  German Service, 32; English Service, 77; TOTAL, 109.  Adult Bible Class, 34.

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019:  Combined Service, 52.


(Acolytes Today) – Beau Maggio, Kelly Owenya

(Acolytes next Sunday) – Abigail McLeod, Mirek Mulukajo

USING GREETERS ONCE AGAIN:  The system of greeters we formerly used to welcome people after services is being dusted off and tried again!  Anyone willing to help us could sign in on a sheet posted outside Pastor Bugbee’s office.  Thanks!

ASLEEP IN CHRIST:  Olga Bellak (1931-2019), who died suddenly this past Monday evening.  God give His comfort to all the loved ones and friends touched by this loss.  A funeral was held here at our church on Friday.  Jesus said, As I live, you shall live also.

OUR MIDWEEK LENTEN SERVICES had a fine start on Ash Wednesday; this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. we’re moving forward on our theme, Christians in an Unchristian World, with our next Lenten service.  If you’re “up” for some homework, read 1 Peter, chapter 1 to get ready for this 45-minute vesper devotion.  Refreshments and social time follow in the Auditorium.  Join us!

THE 40 DAYS OF LENT began this past Wednesday and continue through to Still Saturday, the day before Easter.  Our altar is adorned with purple, the ancient colour of kings and somber reflection.  Note also that the celebrative “Alleluias” disappear from our hymns and liturgies during this time.

PASTOR TORGERSON IS AWAY from parish from this Tuesday, March 12 until April 9.  Among other things, he will be teaching at our mission seminary in Usatovo, Ukraine (near Odessa), and will later represent the seminary at a gathering of theological teachers in Latvia.  Pastor Bugbee will be here throughout these weeks if you need pastoral care.

SUNDAY SCHOOL UPCOMING BREAKS:  Sunday School classes will not be held one week from today, March 17, since a number of pupils and teachers are away for the March school break.  Classes meet again on March 24, then have another day off on March 31 because of the fellowship breakfast being held between the two morning services that day.

 RSVP FOR THE “PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR” set for Saturday, April 6 (10 a.m. – 12 Noon) at our church with David Friesen of Winnipeg, one of our pastor’s former co-workers there.  David is coming from Lutheran Church-Canada Financial Ministries.  This is an important gathering, and we ask as many of you as possible to plan on attending.  You can RSVP in these ways:

–           by e-mail to the church office (cisrael@firstlutheranchurch.ca);

–           by phoning Cindy in the church office (519-256-2667);

–           or by using the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside Pastor Bugbee’s office.

Please commit to this gathering as soon as possible!

2019 LENTEN DAILY DEVOTIONALS (People of the Passion), printed by Lutheran Hour Ministries, are still available at the back of the church.  We also offer LARGE PRINT copies if needed.

OUR CHURCH’S NATIONAL MAGAZINE, the Canadian Lutheran, is still available at the back of the church.  Note Pages 32 and 34 especially, which highlight Pastor Torgerson’s move from the St. Catharines Seminary faculty to his new ministry among us here in Windsor.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Through Another’s Eyes” (John 9:  1-41) – Art helps us to better see the world.  John’s Gospel, which is both history and art, puts the world in proper focus.  Hear this inspirational message by Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Ziegler on the Lutheran Hour, Sundays at 560AM (WRDT) at noon.  Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.  A special devotion is also available online from Lutheran Hour Ministries each day during Lent at www.lhm.org/lent.