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									+WELCOME TO Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church
Fourth Sunday of Easter – 3 May A.D. 2009

Divine Service
WE REJOICE to have you with us today. The Holy Spirit bless you and your faith in Christ through the Word and Sacraments. WE ARE HONORED to receive our friends and guests. Please introduce yourself to the Pastor and to other church members. Please be sure to sign the “Record of Fellowship” booklet as it is passed to you during the offering as well as the guest register in the lobby after the Service. If you don’t have a church home, please leave us with the appropriate information and we will contact you. We would be delighted to serve you at Our Savior! THE SACRAMENT OF CHRIST’S BODY AND BLOOD is celebrated this morning. Communicants are asked to fill out the “Record of Fellowship” booklet (be sure to enter each family member, include address changes, visitors include your address and please check the communion box if the member/visitor is partaking). Prepare for the Supper by reading the Christian Questions with Their Answers on pages 329 - 330 in the hymnal. Since reception of Christ’s Body and Blood indicates unity in confession and faith, visitors are kindly asked to refrain from receiving the Sacrament unless you have first spoken with the Pastor. FOR PARENTS with children three years and younger, a nursery room is available for your use if needed during the Divine Services. The staffed nursery is in the classroom across from the restrooms. The parlor adjacent to the Narthex is also available for your use and has a speaker for you to hear the Service. If you find it necessary to take your little one out of the Service, please come back as soon as you are able! For parents who bring children to the altar to be blessed during the Lord’s Supper, to avoid spillage, please refrain from giving them the individual communion cup (if you use the same) after you have received Christ’s blood. Thank you. THE FLOWERS ADORNING OUR LORD’S ALTAR this morning are placed to the glory of our Triune God by the parents of the confirmands. PREACHING THE GOSPEL this morning in the 8:30 a.m. Divine Service is Rev. John Wurst, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Christ The King, Duluth, MN. Thanks be to God for the proclamation of the Good News! THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION is observed this day in the 11:00 Divine Service by the following catechumens: Alyssa Caswell Elizabeth Glasco Colton Liske Cayla Pichan Samantha Dibert Cristian Eriksen Jacob Forster Dreama Hockenhull Emma Kerr Shannon Laitila Cara Matlis Douglas Monacelli Maddison Muir Katelyn Preston Carly Schulte Delaney Serra Mary Steward

JOINED TOGETHER in HOLY MATRIMONY yesterday afternoon were BRIAN WALSH and AMANDA HARJU. God our Father bless their union in Christ Jesus by His Holy Spirit. BORN TO FRANK III AND RACHEAL PIES a son, AIDEN ROBERT. God our Father bless them in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

+ SUNDAY SCHOOL, YOUTH/ADULT BIBLE STUDY AND DAY SCHOOL +
SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY- The story of “Paul and Timothy” serves as the focus of Sunday School lesson for today. Just as many in Paul’s day thought, we think we must do something to be saved. Yet the answer is always Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus, whose resurrection from the dead sealed our salvation and absolved the world. Questions for discussion include “How did God use water to save Lydia and us? Who does God use to reveal His Word to us today?” KOINONIA MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY SCHEDULE – the Koinonia groups will meet one Sunday each st nd rd month as follows: 1 Sunday – 20’S Koinonia, 2 Sunday – 30’s Koinonia, 3 Sunday – 40”s plus th Koinonia, and the 4 Sunday – 50’s plus Koinonia. The topic for May: “Christian families”. The months with st a fifth Sunday all Koinonia groups will meet beginning with a pot-luck dinner. The topic on May 31 - The Ordination of Women led by Pastor Thoma. THIS WEEK SUNDAY – 3 MAY AT 1:00 P.M. – 20’S KOINONIA will meet at Our Savior’s baseball field. Come and enjoy, study the Word of God, and Christian fellowship. Bring your Bible and some outside entertainment (football, Frisbee, etc.). If you have questions, call Matt Murrell at 248-396-3847. MONDAY – 4 MAY AT 8:15 A. M. - THE OFFICE OF MATINS, followed by the study of “Justification”. WEDNESDAY – 6 MAY AT 8:00 A.M. - THE OFFICE OF MORNING PRAYER at our day school on Fenton Rd. WEDNESDAY – 6 MAY AT 8:45 A.M. - THE STEWARDSHIP STUDY is conducted every Wednesday after the Office of Morning Prayer, at our day school, Child of Christ on Fenton Road. Attend the chapel service at 8:00 a.m. and then stay for 45 minutes for the study. WEDNESDAY – 6 MAY AT 6:45 P.M. – ADULT SCHOOL OF RELIGION - We will meet the first and third Wednesdays in May. Let us hear what Isaiah (Lesson 7, Isaiah 34.1-39.8) has to say about God at work in history. We often think that history is determined by the nations and ideologies of the world or simply an accident of nature. Isaiah tells us that this is not so. The God, who created the world, determines the course of history, so that it ends at the goal, which he sets. Come and share in God's vision of the present and the future as announced through Isaiah. The reality of God's control over his creation both present and future gives us as his people a sure hope and present confidence to meet whatever comes our way with divine equanimity. All who read this come, hear the word of the Lord, and be moved into a life shaped by the grace of God. Pastor Heckert THURSDAY - 7 MAY AT 7:00 P.M. - MEN’S NETWORK BIBLE STUDY will meet at the Church. The study will be “Putting your faith into action?” The Lord has made men and women to complement each other. In Jesus Christ he has redeemed both from the power of sin, which corrupts this complementarily. He has renewed both by the power of his Spirit through word and sacrament, so that they are empowered to live by the Lord's divine plan. Women in the church tend to be much more active in realizing this plan than men, (women's Bible class, Lutheran Women's Missionary League). Men's Network Bible Study was devised to activate men in a creative endeavor that suits their nature. The committee of four (Harry Jock, Kurt Pochert, Gary Tino, and Pastor Heckert) challenge you to get involved in this endeavor for the sake of our Lord and his people. Pastor Heckert -For more information call Harry Jock @248-698-3144, Gary Tino @ 248-887-4239 or Kurt Pochert @ 810-632-7832. MAY/JUNE NEW MEMBER ADULT CLASS. A New Member Adult class will be beginning on Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m. following the Divine Services. If you or someone you know would be interested

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in learning the chief doctrines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, please speak to Pastor Thoma and join the class! EARLY COMMUNION CLASSES. The first of three Early Communion classes for seventh and eighth grade catechumens (as of Autumn 2009) who have had at least one year of formal midweek or day school catechesis will take place on Sunday 31 May A.D. 2009 between the Divine Services. Session two will take place here at the church on Tuesday 02 June from 3:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and session three will take place here at the Church on Thursday 04 June from 3:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Pastor Thoma.

+ FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES +
YOUTH EVENTS SATURDAY - 9 MAY - GIFT BAZAAR will be held at the church from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We will be selling corsages for Mother's Day as well as looking for donations of baked goods, specialty food items, gift and craft items from the congregation to sell at this Youth In Missions fund raiser which will be open to the public. We will also have a section where we will sell gently used items. If you have items to donate or if you are a crafter and would like to rent a table at this event, please contact Karen Cottrell at 248-685-1637 or kmcottrell@comcast.net. Donated items may be placed in the designated areas in the parlor starting today. Food items should be labeled and placed in the kitchen from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday the 8th or dropped off between 8 and 9 on Saturday morning. Please plan to attend and do some shopping as well. Thank you for your continued support. MOTHER'S DAY CORSAGES - You may pre-order orchid corsages after each service today. They will be available for pick-up at our Gift Bazaar next Saturday or next Sunday before each service. Pre-payment of $7 each is appreciated. Proceeds go to Youth in Missions. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED YOUTH IN MISSIONS by attending the Spaghetti Dinner and/or donating food items. Hope you had a great time! . There will be a container by the front door for collection. Proceeds will go to Youth in Missions.

+ GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS +
MOTHERS in our congregation are invited to suggest hymns to be sung next Sunday 10 May A.D. 2009 at the Distribution of the Lord’s Supper. Please submit your choice to the church office by Wednesday 6 May A. D. 2009. Thank you. AT THE SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON 19 APRIL A.D. 2009, THE CONGREGATION APPROVED THE FOLLOWING: st th 1) Our Savior’s fiscal year will now run from July 1 to June 30 . 2) Related, Article 8, Section B, Provision 2 of the By-Laws was changed as follows: At appropriate times, the committee shall prepare the annual budget for approval by the Church Council and for subsequent adoption by the congregation. 3) The name of our day school has been changed to Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran School. 4) Principal Steve Burger received and accepted a call to Trinity Lutheran in Hoffman, Illinois, and was granted a peaceful release from his current call at the end of June with thanks for his faithful service to the Lord. AN ECC START UP FUND has been established to accept contributions for the express purpose of meeting the costs associated with opening the Early Childhood Center. Should funds remain once all start up costs are met, the balance will transfer to the General Fund in support of all programs, including the ECC. If you wish to donate to the ECC Start Up Fund, please write ECC on your envelope and the amount designated for the fund. Thank you.

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BOARD OF SOCIAL MINISTRY was pleased to have helped eleven families with Easter Food Baskets. Now our cupboards are bare. Please consider donating food items to the Benevolence basket located under the clock near the cloak rack. FIRST IMPRESSIONS COORDINATOR. The church is in need of a “First Impressions” Coordinator. The purpose of this volunteer position is to see that the church is as “visually presentable” to members and visitors as possible. This means being sure to walk through the whole of the facility during the week to make sure that things are in good order (for example, the cloak rack is tidy, the hallway is cleared and the receptacles are orderly, marks on the walls are cleaned off, and much more). Pleas speak with Pastor Thoma if you are interested. TH NOTICE - NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS MAY 11 ! Please drop your articles off in the “Newsletter Article” slot box on the wall next to the church office door. IF YOU BORROWED BOOKS FROM PASTOR PIES’ LIBRARY and are finished using them, please return them to the church office. Thank you for attending to this important matter. HELP FINISH OUR NEW SCHOOL BUILDING/EDUCATION FACILITY – Our gracious Lord has blessed all of the prayers, hard work, devoted servants and generous donations, and our new beautiful building is approaching the final stages. As we move forward making preparations to furnish the facility, we need help. A “Wish List” is being compiled for the classrooms to help make this happen. Please see the new bulletin board which has been assembled on the temporary construction wall that blocks off the old nursery. On the bulletin board is a school supply store with wish list items. Each item is attached to an envelope with the price of the item. If you would like to purchase an item for the school, please make a check payable to “Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church” and place it in the envelope provided with the pictured item as well. Please put your name and “offering envelope number” on the outside of the envelope and place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off at the school/church office. Pictures of the purchased items will then be placed on the train as “on track” items for the new school. Thank you for your faithful service to the Lord and please continue to keep our school in your prayers.

+ OUR STEWARDSHIP IN CHRIST +
THANKS BE TO GOD for His rich benediction upon our stewardship flowing from our faith in
the Savior.

Attendance
Sunday 26 April A.D. 2009 Sunday: 139, 195 Total 334 Attendance Sunday School: 104 Total

Finances
Sunday 26 April A.D. 2009 General Fund Receipts: Soli Deo Gloria Receipts: Expenses: $ 17,245.40 $ 1,399.60 $ 2,703.89 YTD as of 28 February A.D. 2009: Received: $ 103,779.16 Expended: $ 172,613.03 Internal Debt: $ 347,599.73

SOLI DEO GLORIA giving as of 28 April A.D. 2009: Received $ 88,444.57 FINISH THE WORK CAMPAIGN to build a new school/education facility at our M-59 location, to increase
the remuneration to our staff, and to begin restoring our mission support:

160 Commitments totaling $1,465,849.00 plus grading and roofing have been received. Total amount received to date: $ 968,989.72 (28 April A.D. 2009) 4
THANKS BE TO GOD!

THE SICK, THE SHUT-INS, THOSE IN ADVERSITY; Rachael Asher, Ingeborg Bailey, Machell Baird, Sandy Beaver, Chris Caswell, Sylvia Cole, Sharon Flynn, Roy Glass, Marilyn Goers, Marguerite Griner, Vicky Gykors, David Helmreich, Don Huff, Julie Kress, Matthew Kundinger, Walter Lewandowski, Alice Lunneberg, Jeanette McCready, Chad McDonnell, Sabina Nowak, Frank Pies III, Keara Pittman, Cindy Pushman, Don Rhodes, Ron Rinkinen, Lynette Senczyszyn, Brenda Shelton, Charles Teschker, and Alan Trasciatti. MILITARY; Brandy Bates, Robert Bell, Chris Burzeau, Brian Chapman, Mark Ciero, Jonathan Cross, Michael Ellichman, Kenneth Eyer, Darrel Fenbert Jr., Derek Gorring, Tim Griffin, Paul Harrison, Drew Helmreich, Randy Horst, Sarah Johnson, Chad Libby, Matthew Niendorf, Max Ramirez, Meighan Robinson, Chris and Daniel Robosky, Jake Simkins, La Mar Taylor, and Reverend Chaplain Gary Williams.

Offertory - Christ Our Passover

Congregation

Anthems at The Distribution of Christ’s Body and Blood
Most Glorious Lord of Life (11:00)
Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day Didst make thy triumph over death and sin, And having harrowed hell, didst bring away Captivity thence captive us to win. This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin, And grant that we for whom thou did – dest die,

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Being with thy dear blood clean washed from sin, May live for ever in felicity And that thy love we weighing worthily, May likewise love thee for the same again; And for the sake, that all like dear didst buy, With love may one another entertain.

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So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought;
Edmund Spenser, William H. Harris (1883-1973)

Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

The Lord Will Guide (11:00)
The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace, having taken away the sin of the world. Christ will open the kingdom of heav’n to all who believe in his Name. Come O blessed of my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you.
Book of Common Prayer Robert J. Powell

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+ CALENDAR THIS WEEK + 3 May to 10 May A.D. 2009, GOD WILLING
TODAY ......... Divine Services ....................................................................8:30 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Sunday School Classes, Youth/Adult Bible Study .....................................10:00 A.M. Rite of Confirmation ....................................................................................11:00 A.M. Board of Youth Meeting ..............................................................................12:30 P.M. MONDAY...... Office of Matins ......................................................................................... 8:15 A.M. Study on Justification ...................................................................................8:45 A.M. PTL Board Meeting (FR) ..............................................................................7:00 P.M. School Board Meeting (FR) ..........................................................................7:00 P.M. TUESDAY MOPS Meeting ............................................................................................9:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY ..................................................................................Office of Morning Prayer (FR) Bible Study (FR) .......................................................................................... 8:45 A.M. Staff Study ....................................................................................................3:20 P.M. Adult School of Religion ...............................................................................6:45 P.M. THURSDAY.. Cantate Choir Rehearsal ..............................................................................7:00 P.M. Men’s Network Bible Study ..........................................................................7:00 P.M. Sun. 10 May. Divine Services ....................................................................8:30 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Sunday School Classes, Youth/Adult Bible Study .....................................10:00 A.M. Board of Christian Education Meeting ........................................................12:30 P.M.

Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church
13667 West Highland Road, Hartland, Michigan 48353 Phone (248) 887-4300 www.oursaviorhartland.org Fax (248) 887-3596 The Rev. Christopher I. Thoma, Pastor The Rev. Dr. Jakob K. Heckert, Assistant to the Pastor

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Mr. William K. Gramzow IV, Kantor Mrs. Donna Hay, Parish Assistant Mrs. Nicole M.N. Spangler, Parish Administrator

Child of Christ Lutheran Day School
3375 Fenton Road, Hartland, Michigan 48353 (248) 887-3836 Mr. Stephen F. Burger, Principal

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