Bulletin – The Day of Pentecost, May 20, 2018

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (May 21 – 27, 2018)

Monday:                                   Victoria Day (church office closed)

Tuesday:               7:00 p.m.      Church Council

Wednesday:          8:30 a.m.      Chapel Service (at FLCA)

Thursday:          1:00 p.m.    FLCA Spring Concert

Next Sunday:       8:45 a.m.      German Worship/Holy Communion

9:45 a.m.      Adult Bible Class & Sunday School

(last day of Sunday School for this school year)

(Bible Class continues up to Sunday, June 24th)

11:00 a.m.      English Worship

GOD BLESS YOUR WORSHIP on this Lord’s Day.  We especially greet any visitors and guests who have joined us here in God’s House.  Feel free to sign our guestbook in the vestibule after worship, and do let our ushers know if you need help with anything while you’re here.  If you have no other church home in the area, come again soon!

ATTENDANCE LAST SUNDAY (May 13):  German Service, 26; English Service, 104; TOTAL, 130.  Adult Bible Class, 35

TODAY’S USHERS:  Jeff Laszewski, Joel Sands, Todd Sands, Paul Taylor

NEXT SUNDAY’S USHERS:  Rob Bierer, Jonathan Buller, Joshua Buller

TODAY’S ACOLYTES:  Grace Johnson, Ashley Verdonck

LET’S BRING A CHILDREN’S CHOIR BACK TO LIFE!  We’ve got a willing coordinator in the person of Hannah Garton, who is eager to see us resume choral work with any children, ages 3-10.  Practices could either be Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings after the Sunday School hour.  Would your kids like to join us?  Or do you know of someone you can encourage in this direction?  Contact the church office by phone (519-256-2667) or via e-mail (cisrael@firstlutheranchurch.ca).  What a glad thing this could be!

ABOUT THIS DAY:  Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter, is sometimes called the “birthday of the Christian church.”  It’s the day when the promised Holy Spirit came down in a visible way and equipped the apostles and early Christians to carry on the work of Christ even though Jesus had ascended to heaven.  We hang the altar today in red, the colour of the Spirit’s fire, and also to commemorate the blood shed by the apostles and others who gave their lives as a deep witness to their faith.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & BIBLE CLASS UPDATE:  Sunday School classes for children meet this week and next, May 20 and 27, at 9:45 a.m.  After that they begin their summer recess.  Pastor Bugbee’s Adult Bible Class continues through June 24 between the two services every week in the church.  In July we’ll move to the summer worship schedule (German Service at 8:45, English Service at 10 a.m.) as the Adult Bible Class goes into its summer recess.

INTERESTED IN A MEMBERSHIP CLASS?  We’ve heard from some folks lately interested in membership in our church, and we’d like to know if you … or someone you know … are open to that also.  Pastor Bugbee is hoping to put together a class to provide basis “catechesis” (Christian teaching) to prepare adults for membership in our congregation.  Be in touch sooner rather than later, so we can do our research and figure out what days and times would work best.  Call the church office about it (519-256-2667).

GERMAN SERVICES WILL CONTINUE year-round, as resolved recently by our Board of Elders.  When the summer schedule begins, we will move the English service to 10:00 a.m. while Sunday School and Bible classes are on break.  However, the 8:45 a.m. Service will continue throughout July and August.  We mention this already now to give you a “heads up”!

CONCORDIA SEMINARY’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT is scheduled for Monday, June 4th at Sawmill Golf Course in Fenwick, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The $110 per person registration fee includes a BBQ lunch (sausages, hamburgers, hotdogs and a non-alcoholic beverage), green fees, golf cart, chicken/rib combo dinner, dessert and prizes.  Please call the church office at 519-256-2667 for registration information.

CALL AND ASSIGNMENT SERVICE for our Concordia Seminary is set for this Saturday, May 26, at 4:00 p.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, 140 Russell Avenue in St. Catharines.  This is when the current “crop” of vicars and candidates receive their assignments for service in the church.  It also marks the close of the Seminary’s academic year.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Functional Atheist No More!” (Acts 2:  1-21; John 15:  26-27) – Christians like to think of themselves as following the first disciples.  That’s uncomfortably true.  The first disciples had trouble believing the promises of Jesus for their daily lives.  Too often we do too.  On Pentecost the Spirit of the Risen Lord Jesus gave the first disciples faith like they had never had before.  Today the same Spirit is ready to do the same for us.  Listen to today’s Lutheran Hour Speaker Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer on Sunday mornings at 1130AM at 6:30 a.m., 1600AM at 9:00 a.m., or 560AM at noon.  Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.

WALK FOR LIFE:  Windsor-Essex County Right to Life has set the annual 3km walkathon for Saturday, June 2.  Registration is at 9:30 a.m.  The event begins at the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, 2555 Pulford Road.  More information is available by calling the Right to Life office (519-969-7555) or from the internet website (lifecollective.io/windsor).