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Service Schedule

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April 27, and May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014

8:30 Worship Service

9:45 Sunday School

11:00 Worship Service

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Holy Communion served at all services.

Nursery care provided during services.

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April Children’s Ministry News

Sunday School News-
We are so happy to have new children and families join us in Sunday School.  It is never too late.  If you have never been to Sunday School, we would love to have you join us.  Please call 243-1144 if you have any questions or come on a Sunday morning at 9:45 and we will help you find your class.  Kids from age 3 to High School are always welcome.

Vacation Bible School-
Teens and adults… we need you.  With summer quickly approaching, we hope that our St. Paul VBS will be a part of your summer plans.  Our VBS will be held from July 7-11 from 9:30-Noon.  We are in need of adults and youth that will step forward in the leadership roles. We will all work together. Lots of help and guidance will be given as we prepare for this exciting week here at St. Paul.  Please consider joining our VBS team and sharing one week with some terrific kids.  This year our VBS is called “Weird Animals-Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.”  Our children will be introduced to weird animals from around the world as we are reminded that nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus in our lives. Please help us spread this important message by signing up on the bulletin board as you enter the second set of doors by our classrooms. Your help and leadership with our 2014 Vacation Bible School is so appreciated.   Please see Susan Moore (243-1144) if you have any questions.  Thanks so much.

     *Kids-Registration for you will begin May 1st.  Grab your friends and watch for upcoming details.  You won’t want to miss it!*

Berea Food Bank-
During the month of April, we will be bringing in rice & cereal for the folks in need.  Our children can bring the items into our Closing Room at the end of Sunday School.  Thanks so much for your generosity.

                                         -Susan Moore, Dir. Children’s Ministry   

April Children’s Ministry Calendar

April 6th 9:15-10:15 Adult Recorders
           9:30-9:45 kids’ Recorders
           9:45-10:45 Sunday School 
           11:00 Leave for Conneaut to visit Jordy  
             
April 13th 8:30 & 11:00 Children’s Church
            9:45-10:45 Sunday School
            9:45-10:20 Children’s Ministry Commission Mtg.
                              (Sunday School Office)
            10:45 Easter Egg Hunt
            11:00 Kids Sing in Worship

April 17th 6:00 Family Reception in Fellowship Hall
7:00 Maundy Thursday Worship/First Communion

April 20th No Sunday School
Happy Easter! 

April 27th 8:30 & 11:00 Children’s Church
9:45-10:45 Sunday School

Confirmation

Confirmation:  Sundays April 6th, 13th and 27th at 9:45 AM
We will continue to discover what Holy Communion means to us.  Why bread and wine?  What are we remembering?  What are the benefits of remembering for us?

Test Stuff

 

Test Stuff for Lessons 8 and 9

Presence             to “be there” for real (in person)
Holy                       set apart for God or because of God
Benefit                 the good we get from something

What is the benefit of such eating and drinking?
It is pointed out in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”  Through these words, the forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the Sacrament, for where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation.

We recognize that God speaks in two important ways: The law includes the conditional commands and requirements of God, showing us our need for forgiveness; The Gospel is the promise that God gives us freely in Jesus Christ.
We receive the benefit of God’s promises in faith: forgiveness, life, and salvation.

In what way is Holy Communion the “Last Will and Testament” of Jesus?  What are the gifts he has promised to us?

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Test Stuff for March 23, 2014

Betray                                   to turn against a friend

Remembrance                  thinking back what God has done for us

Institute                               to start an ongoing tradition       

Covenant                            an official agreement, testament, or promise

 The three marks of a Sacrament are the three things required for something t be considered a Sacrament in the Lutheran Church.  A Sacrament: a) conveys a promise from God, b)is connected to anatural element, and c)was commanded by Christ himself.

 When Jesus and the disciples gathered for the Last Supper, they were celebrating the Jewish holiday of the Passover.  This was the same night that Judas betrayed Jesus to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver.  In Church we often refer to this day in Holy Week as Maundy Thursday.

 What is Holy Communion?

It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself.

 Where is this written?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Paul say: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night in which he was betrayed,  took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.  Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying: Take and drink of it, all of you.  This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you and for all  for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

 What happened to the Israelites in the Old Testament story of the Passover, during the time of Moses?  In our lives of faith, what does the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice do for us?

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Test Stuff for March 16th, 2014

 Forgiveness                        to release or set someone free from the punishment for sin

Penitent                              to be sorry for our sin and seek to change our ways

Impenitent                         to not care whether we sin, even when we know something is wrong

Absolution                          the words that announce God’s forgiveness

 The “office of the keys” is a name we use to describe the power that Jesus gave his followers to declare God’s forgiveness to those who repent, and to declare to those who do not repent that their sins are not forgiven.

 Short answer question

In what way is sin like a lock that holds us bound?  What does God do to set us free?  How do you know that Jesus will do this for you in Communion?

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Test Stuff for February 2nd, 2014

Faith                   to trust in and rely on God
Justified            to be made right with God
Regeneration   to be restored or made good again

Compare a “God Centered View” of Baptism with a “Human Centered View” of Baptism, by identifying statements associated with each view.  In the space below, mark a “G” for God Centered of a “H” for Human Centered:

G             Baptism is a promise being made by God to the person being baptized.
H             Baptism is a statement of faith being made to God by the person being baptized.
G             People may be baptized at whatever age they are presented (infants, children, adults).
H             Only people who are already adult believers are allowed to be baptized.
G             God can freely show his grace and favor to anyone he chooses.
H             God cannot give us a promise unless we already have faith.
G             God gives us a promise, so that we will have something we can trust in.
G             In Baptism, God announces to the world that we are his children.
H             It’s better to wait to be baptized, so you can decide for yourself and be in charge.

T (TRUE)               God uses the real things of this world to get his work done.
T (TRUE)               Jesus authorized and sent his disciples to baptize and teach all nations.
F (FALSE)             In certain cases of extreme sin, a person must be re-baptized.
T (TRUE)               Sponsors at a child’s baptism may also be called “God-Parents.”
T (TRUE)               It is God’s Word that makes Baptism powerful and effective.

The test will be February 16th………

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Test Stuff for January 19th, 2014


Deliverance        to be rescued or saved from something
Promise               the assurance of some good action
Forgive                 to release someone from the punishment for sin

T (TRUE) In Baptism God gives us the promise of forgiveness and new life
T (TRUE) In Baptism we are adopted into God’s family
F (FALSE) God alone is not able to save us, we need to save ourselves.
F (FALSE ) Forgiveness means that God doesn’t care whether we sin or not.


What is this Word of God?
It is the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the HolySpirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

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Test Stuff for January 12th, 2014


Authorization    to grant official power or recognition
Command           to order and give direction to
Grace                    all that God freely gives to us
Sacrament          a promise from God attached to a physical sign

F (FALSE) Martin Luther invented Baptism
F (FALSE) Real Christians are those who work hard to earn God’s grace
F (FALSE) In the Lutheran Church, we never baptize adults – only babies.
F (FALSE) Only “holy water” that has been specially blessed may be used in Baptism.
T (TRUE) Baptismal Sponsors promise to support the baptized person in their life of faith.

In the Bible, Jesus said that we must be “born again” by water and the Holy Spirit.

What is Baptism?
Baptism is not merely water; it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s Word.

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Test Stuff for January 5th, 2014

Means – instrument or tool used to do a job

The two Sacraments recognized by Lutherans are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.  They are sometimes referred to as God’s “means of grace.”

The three marks of a Sacrament are the three things required for something to be considered a Sacrament in the Lutheran Church.  A Sacrament


Conveys a promise from God 

Is Connected to a natural element

Was commanded by Christ himself.

One way to remember the meaning of the word “grace” is to think of it as an acronym,, with each letter representing a word.  You can define grace in this way…
G.R.A.C.E.= Gifts we Receive And Cannot Earn.

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Test Stuff for December 8th, 2013

Devotion – faithful affection and dedication

Contrary – something that goes against or contradicts

 T (TRUE) Like a loving parent, God gives good things to his children

T(TRUE) We should pray for both our friends and our enemies

F(FALSE) Prayer is our chance to show-off how religious we are, to God and others

T(TRUE) Prayer is our chance to ask God for what we need

T(TRUE) When we pray, we express our dependence upon God.

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Test Stuff for November 24th

Doxology – words of praise and worship to God


The Hebrew word “Hallelujah” means “praise the Lord.”  Like the conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer, it is a simple example of what we call a “doxology” – words through which we give God credit for all the good we experience.

When we say the word Amen, we are saying “Yes, I agree.”  It is the last word of the Bible.

T (TRUE) To “affirm” our Baptism means we are saying “yes” to the promises of God.

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Test Stuff for November 17th

 Deliverance—to rescue and save from harm

 Grace – Gifts we Receive And Cannot Earn

 T (TRUE) In prayer, we should ask for God’s will to be done

T (TRUE) God is going to win that final victory over the devil.

T (TRUE) In times of trial, we pray that God would give us strength to trust and to His will.

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Test Stuff for November 3rd


 Temptation – to face a time of trial and testing

 The Small Catechism reminds us that “God tempts no one to sin.”  The evil tempter in the Bible is the devil.

 F (FALSE) If God doesn’t answer our prayer we should just stop praying

 F (FALSE) Longer prayers are better than shorter prayers

 F(FALSE)  God likes us to brag about ourselves in prayer

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Test Stuff for October 27th


Trespasses    -     when we “cross the line” into sin

When we pray that God will forgive our sins, we are asking him not to hold our sins against us.

T (True) Because God forgives us, we should forgive others.

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Here is the "Test Stuff" for October 20th.


The phrase “daily bread” in The Lord’s Prayer includes more than just food; it refers to all the things we need for our everyday life.

F (FALSE) God never really answers people’s prayers.

F (FALSE) God’s will is not done unless we pray for it.

Dependence   -   the need to rely on something

Daily Bread    -   everything required to meet our earthly needs

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Here is the “Test Stuff” from our October 6th class

 When Jesus talked about the “kingdom of God,” he is describing what faith is like in our lives, when God gives us his Holy Spirit, and we believe in God’s Word.

 Kingdom – rule, reign, goverance.

 (FALSE) The disciples made up the Lord’s Prayer in honor of Jesus.

(TRUE) When we say “thine is the kingdom,” we are saying the kingdom belongs to God.

(FALSE) God’s kingdom will not come unless we pray for it.

T (TRUE) Being in God’s kingdom means we trust and believe in God.

 Also, the test has questions on it that you may want to think about ahead of time.  Two of these are…..

 If God already knows everything about us, why does God want us to pray?

 Why is it when we pray for something, it doesn’t always happen the way we might want it to?  How is praying different from making a wish?

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Here are the questions and answers for the test stuff we learned on September 22nd.


 In explaining the way we represent Jesus to others, the Bible says that all Christians are “ambassadors for Christ.”


 In our everyday lives, we keep God’s name ‘hallowed” when we seek to live in accordance with God’s Word.


 F (FALSE) The disciples made up the Lord’s Prayer in honor of Jesus


Hallowed             to be kept holy, to be honored
Accordance        when things match, or go together in harmony

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Here is what we went over for our December Lord’s Prayer test on September 15th.

Prayer –to call upon or make a request to God.

Jesus often used parables as teaching stories (the word ‘parables’ is the word students will need to know to fill in the blank).

The Lord’s Prayer has seven petitions.  Jesus taught us to ask God for what we need.

TRUE Jesus told us we should pray to God.

TRUE Prayer is the means by which we communicate to God.


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Dates to Remember

Week of Hope Community Service Camp in Pittsburgh June 15-20, 2014.  Cost will be about $262.

Help

“ST. PAUL CONFIRMANDS” board in the hallway is missing pictures from 2010 and 2011. If you have an 8x10 or just a snapshot, please bring to the office, we can copy and return to you.

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Directions

Saint Paul Church is located on the south-east corner of East Bagley Road and Eastland Road in Berea, Ohio.

Our address is: 276 East Bagley Road, Berea, Ohio 44017

From the north take I-71 South to the Bagley Road exit, turn west (right) on Bagley Road, drive 1 mile, the church will be on the left.

From the south take I-71 North to the Bagley Road exit, turn west (left) on Bagley Road, drive 1 mile, the church will be on the left.

From the east or west take I-480 to I-71 South, to the Bagley Road exit, turn west (right) on Bagley Road, drive 1 mile, the church will be on the left.

Parking lot off Eastland Road

Map

Listen To Us

Sermons

Sermon April 20, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Maundy Thursday Sermon April 17, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon April 13, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon April 9, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon April 6, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Lenten Sermon April 2,2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon March 30, 2014 The Way Forward Team

Lenten Sermon March 26, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon March 23, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Lenten Sermon March 19, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon March 16, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Music

He's Alive Praise Choir with Rob Winwood soloist 4-20-2014

Rise Up, Easter Morning Covenant Choir 4-20-2014

Colors of Grace Good Friday Cantata 4-18-2014

Hosanna (with All Glory, Laud and Honor) Covenant Choir & Choir Fire 4-13-2014

O Savior Of The World Covenant Choir 4-6-2014

Adagio P. Kelly, S. McLaughlin, S. Siebert Flute Trio 3-30-2014

O Sacred Head Now Wounded Ringers for Jesus 3-30-2014

Adantino Siciliano & Adagio P. Kelly, S. McLaughlin, S. Siebert

Flute Trio 3-30-2014

Pie Jesu S. McLaughlin 3-23-2014

Ancient Words Choir Fire 3-23-2014

Love Keep Us Steadfast Covenant Choir 3-16-2014

Great Is The Lord Worship Team 3-9-2014

The Cross Said It All Praise Choir 3-9-2014

Heavenly Light Covenant Choir 3-2-2014

Joy Choir Fire 2-23-2014

Let There Be Peace On Earth Worship Team 2-23-2014

Where Two Or Three Are Gathered Covenant Choir 2-16-2014

Bring Forth The Kingdom Of God Worship Team 2-9-2014

People Need The Lord Praise Choir 2-9-2014

I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light Faithful Ringers with V. Kurek & C. Ozanich 2-2-14

Blessed Are They Covenant Choir 2-2-2014

God Is Good All The Time Worship Team 1-26-2014

Heavenly Sunlight Covenant Choir 1-26-2014

I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light Faithful Ringers 1-26-2014

This Little Light Of Mine Sunday School Ringers 1-26-2014

Listen God Is Calling Choir Fire & Worship Team 1-26-2014

To The Hills Covenant Choir 1-19-2014

We Are Marching In The Light Of God New Song Worship Team 1-12-2014

Daystar (Shine Down On Me) Praise Choir 1-12-2014

Behold That Star Covenant Choir 1-5-2014

I Saw Three Ships S. McLaughlin 1-5-2014

Believe Lena & Lynne Morella 12-29-2013

Christmas Carol Selections Youth Orchestra 12-29-2013

Joseph's Song S. Coughlin 12-24-2013 11PM

Away In A Manger Away In A Manger - Flutes, Organ & Trumpet 12-24-2013

Infant Holy Infant Lowly Organ & Trumpet 12-24-2013

In The First Light Praise Choir 12-24-2013

Mary Did You Know Choir Fire 12-24-2013

Christmas Selections S. McLaughlin & S. Siebert 12-24-2013

Still Still Still Handbells 12-24-2013

Away In A Manger Sunday School Kids 12-24-2013

Joy To The World Organ Flutes & Bells 12-24-2013

Silent NightOrgan Flutes & Bells 12-24-2013

Extra

Colors of Grace Good Friday Cantata 4-18-2014

The Apostle's Creed

The Lords Prayer

The Nicene Creed

Mission

Sheep and Goats for April—


APRIL SHEEP & GOATS: ELCA Malaria Campaign. This April, the focus of our Sheep & Goats program at St. Paul Lutheran Church will be the ELCA Malaria Campaign. This is a continuation of the pilot program that we started in 2011 when we were invited to learn about and focus our efforts to stamp out malaria along with other Northeast Ohio Synod To date, our NEOS program has reached $266,000 in contributions. The national total for the ELCA has reached the $10 million mark with a goal of $15 million. We are so close! The ELCA Malaria Campaign enables St. Paul’s to reach out and join with African companion churches in Angola, Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to prevent, treat and contain malaria. Dollars spent go toward adequate malaria treatment programs, community prevention programs including health care, sanitation equipment and insecticide-treated mosquito nets, educational programs, and support of income-generating activities so that families can afford health care and purchase preventative supplies. Our support for the ELCA Malaria Campaign enables our congregation to participate in an important global activity in support of our brothers and sisters who live in conditions very different from ours. It gives true meaning to our understanding of what it means to “walk as the body of Christ” and a tangible response to the parable of the Sheep and Goats This April, please consider gathering up any loose change or dollars that fly out of your wallet on who knows what and set it aside for this worthy cause. Small amounts can make a huge difference. Mark your giving envelopes “ELCA Malaria” and pray for continued success eradi- cating this preventable disease in our world.

Malaria Facts: Every 60 Seconds, a child dies of a mosquito bite. Malaria is the 3 biggest killer of children globally rd Malaria is 100% preventable and treatable. World Malaria Day is April 25 th

Organ pipes

Our Music

Saint Paul church offers a wide variety of liturgical music and has choirs and music groups for all ages. You can choose to attend services with traditional or contemporary music most Sundays.

Check out the "Listen To Us" tab

Traditional Services This Month

April 6, and 20, 2014 @ 8:30 AM

April 20, 2014 @ 6:30 AM

April 13, and 27, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Contemporary Services This Month

April 13, and 27, 2014 @ 8:30 AM

April 6, and 20, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Special Music This Month

April 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM Cantata "Colors of Grace"

Cantata

Outreach Programs

St. Paul has many programs and projects that impact the local community as well as the greater world beyond our neighborhood. Many of our members and friends are not aware of these efforts, and the great opportunities they present to show Christ’s love to others. Here are some of them:

  • Adopt a Platoon: Dave Hall is the coordinator. This project collects cash and material donations. The product is “Care Packages” sent to an isolated US Military unit overseas. “Adopt A Platoon” is a National Organization. See www.adoptaplatoon.org/. We have had about 10 different groups over the years since 2002.
  • Community Meal: In cooperation with other Berea churches offers meals on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM to community members. The community meal is currently being held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
  • Fair Trade Coffee and chocolate sales: Marianne and Bob Trausch are the coordinators. Proceeds go to benefit Lutheran World Relief and the coffee is OUTSTANDING! Watch for Bob in the hallway outside the church office between services.
  • Habitat for Humanity: This program provides decent, affordable housing to dramatically change a family's life. The cycle of poverty is broken, health, physical safety and security improve, educational and job prospects increase, a sense of stability and dignity grows and money is freed up for other essential needs. Many of our members work on local building projects. John and Mary Evans serve as fund raising coordinators and also in many other roles.
  • Just Like Home: Provides support to Baldwin Wallace college students who sign up to be a part of the group.
  • Meals On Wheels: St. Paul’s provides the kitchen facilities for this critical local outreach program that provides meals (at a nominal fee) to shut ins and the elderly throughout Berea and adjacent towns. Contact the office if you are able to help with meal delivery or other assistance.
  • Pre-School: The Early Education Center provides a quality Christian education for children 3 - 5 years old and offers support and guidance for parents.
  • Redeemer Crisis Center: is a ministry serving low income families with meals and the necessities of life. Located on the near west side. We help serve meals, pack groceries and have an ongoing clothing collection. Contact the office if you would like to help.
  • Sheep & Goats: This is a project to collect an extra offering in response to the challenge in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25. “Whatever you did for the least of these …”. A different social concern is chosen every month and all donations for the month go there. Recipients have included Lutheran Metro Ministry
  • Support for Providence House: Cindy Cain coordinates donations and special projects. Providence house is one of the nation's oldest operating crisis nurseries offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis.
  • Youth outreach: TORCH - This is a Saturday program where youth groups from several local churches join forces to help needy people and congregations in the Cleveland area. The kids meet with leaders in the morning and groups are dispatched to places like the LMMO Mens’ shelter on Lakeside and St. Herman’s monastery. They all meet back at the starting point for pizza around dinner time. Adult helpers are always needed! Contact Pastor Tom for more info.

Our Pastors

Rev Tom Henderson

Senior Pastor - Rev. Tom Henderson x102

E-mail: thenderson@stpaulberea.org

 

 

 

Pastor Pam Kelly Associate Pastor - Rev. Pam Kelly x108

E-mail: Pkelly@stpaulberea.org

 

Staff

Director of Music Ministry - Lois Hines x103

E-Mail: Music@stpaulberea.org

Director of Children’s Ministry - Susan Moore x107

E-Mail: children@stpaulberea.org

Assistant Organist - Richard Densmore

Worship Leader - Barbara Tibbitts

Children/Cherub Choirs - Linda Forster

Office - Sandy Henning & Rae Batig x100

E-mail: officestaff@stpaulberea.org

Bookkeeper - Lynnette Ozanich x104

Nursery Care Provider - Gail Brandt

Pastor's Letter

What are we willing to let go of to embrace new life with Christ?  These past few Sundays we have met characters in our Gospel lessons who move from darkness to light with Christ’s help.

--in a conversation in the dark of night Nicodemus
comes to the light of new insights
--from the darkness of being on the edge of her
community the woman at the well comes to the
light, becoming a centered witness to Jesus’ power
in her community
--Jesus gifts the man born blind with the power to see.
--Lazarus emerges from death’s darkness to the
light of life.

When we read these encounters again we find that each one wrestled with letting go of their old lives before they could embrace the one Jesus hoped for them.  Nicodemus let go of old thought patterns, the woman let go of her water jug, the man born blind let go of the way he had always navigated in the world, Lazarus has to let go of death itself to respond to Jesus’ call to come out of his tomb.

Each character found new life, a life they could embrace with joy.   This Lent my hope is that these characters shine a light for us as we struggle with our doubts, our living as outsiders, our blindness, and the little deaths we experience often.  When we place all we wrestle with, and most importantly ourselves, in Jesus’ presence, new life can come.

We have a few weeks until Easter morning, when the power of death and darkness is conquered forever.  On your way to Easter, what darkness are you wrestling with?  Have you talked about it with the Lord?  Really put all of it in front of him?  He promises that he is the way, the truth, and the life. He knows the way from darkness to light for you.   Spend some time listening for his voice this month.  My hunch is if you do, you will come to the “Easter triumph, Easter joy,” we will sing about on April 20th.  Like Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and Lazarus, what have you got to lose?
—Pastor Pam Kelly

Preschool

Philosophy of the Center

St. Paul Early Education Center is a non-profit Christian center for young children and their families.  It is a place where chil­dren are encouraged to develop their own unique, individual skills and talents. The center provides a healthy, loving child-centered environment to aid young children in their social, emotional, physi­cal, intellectual and spiritual growth. Programs to support and encourage par­ents of young children are also provided as an integral part of our program.

Staff

The school is governed by a Board of Di­rectors comprised of nine members, two of whom are parents of children in the early education center.

Our faculty has been carefully selected for experience and love of children.  All teachers have an Early Childhood Education degree or a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  All assistant teachers have experience and an Early Childhood Education degree or certification from the Department of Human Services.

Schedule/Program

We will follow the vacation schedule of the Berea Public Schools September—May.

3’s        M—T               9:15 — 11:15 am
*After Christmas       9:15  –  11:45 am
4’s        W-Th-F          9:15 — 11:45 am
Pre-K   T-W-Th-F      12:30 —   3:00 pm

An average day at the center includes, but is not limited to: art, music, dramatic play, language development, listening skills, large and small motor activities, creative play and Bible stories. There is also time for a snack, occasional field trips and special visitors.

Tuition

Supply/Registration fee: $40 per family plus $10 for each additional child.

2 day 3’s         2  hours             $85 monthly
(after Christmas 2 1/2 hrs)
3 day 4’s         2 1/2  hours      $110 monthly
4 day Pre-K       2 1/2  hours      $130 monthly  
If a second child attends, his/her tuition is reduced $10 each month.
Prices are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Scholarships

There are a limited number of scholarships avail­able to assist with tuition. Decisions, based on need, are made by the Scholar­ship Com­mittee. All information is kept confidential within the Scholarship Committee. An application is included in each enrollment packet.

Enrollment Information

· A non-refundable fee of $40 per family plus $10 for each additional child registered is due with the application.

· Children must be 3 by October 1 for the 3-year-old class and 4 by October 1 for the 4-year-old or Pre-K class — or have the approval of the director.

· All children must be toilet trained.

· For further information or to schedule an appointment for observation, call St. Paul Lutheran Church at 440.243.1144.

Currently there are openings in each class.

Scripture Readings For December

April 6, 2014

Ezek 37:1-14, Ps 130, Rom 8:6-11, John 11:1-45

April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday

Isa 50:4-9a, Ps 31:9-16, Phil 2:5-11, Matt 26:14-27:66

April 17, 2014 Maundy Thursday

Exod 1 2:1-4 [5-10] 11-14, Ps 1161-2, 12-19, 1 Cor 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

April 18, 2014 Good Friday

Isa 52:13-53:12, Ps 22, Heb 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42

April 20, 2014 Easter

Acts 10:34-43, Ps 118:1-2, 14-24, Col 3:1-4, Matt 28:1-10

April 27, 2014

Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Ps 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School-
Teens and adults… we need you.  With summer quickly approaching, we hope that our St. Paul VBS will be a part of your summer plans.  Our VBS will be held from July 7-11 from 9:30-Noon.  We are in need of adults and youth that will step forward in the leadership roles. We will all work together. Lots of help and guidance will be given as we prepare for this exciting week here at St. Paul.  Please consider joining our VBS team and sharing one week with some terrific kids.  This year our VBS is called “Weird Animals-Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.”  Our children will be introduced to weird animals from around the world as we are reminded that nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus in our lives. Please help us spread this important message by signing up on the bulletin board as you enter the second set of doors by our classrooms. Your help and leadership with our 2014 Vacation Bible School is so appreciated.   Please see Susan Moore (243-1144) if you have any questions.  Thanks so much.

     *Kids-Registration for you will begin May 1st.  Grab your friends and watch for upcoming details.  You won’t want to miss it!*

Youth Activities

Confirmation:  Sundays April 6th, 13th and 27th at 9:45 am
We will continue to discover what Holy Communion means to us.  Why bread and wine?  What are we remembering?  What are the benefits of remembering for us?

Youth Jam Sunday, April 6th at 6 pm
Did someone in the Bible really walk through walls?  Come and we will discover the answer together.  NO YOUTH JAM ON EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 20th!

T.O.R.C.H.  Saturday, April 12th  at 12:30pm
Because “It’s fun and Jesus said to,” we will gather to spend an afternoon serving others.  We might play bingo, cut bread, sort clothes, or have another adventure!
 
Friday April 25th to
Saturday, April 26th

We will gather to learn more about those who go hungry every day...and fast for 30 hours!  Watch for more details soon……