Newsletter - April 2017

From Pastor’s desk:

This April Christians everywhere will celebrate Easter. Of course, before we celebrate Easter we have to experience Good Friday. Good Friday for me has always been a difficult day. Should I be happy, or should I be sad? Maybe this Good Friday we can consider the words we learned in the Small Catechism.

In the meaning for the second article: We confess that our Lord Jesus Christ “Has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.”

Maybe on this Good Friday we can remember these words of Luther. It is on Good Friday when Jesus showed his Love for you. It is on this day that he redeemed you. It is on this day that he purchased you with his own blood. It was on this day that God the Father shows us His love for us is was so great that he was willing to send his Son to die on the cross for you. So I hope you have Happy Easter, but I also hope you don’t forget Good Friday. For without Good Friday, we would have no reason to celebrate Easter.

April Lent and Holy Week Schedule:

Lent Services 7pm – April 5th St Peter; April 6th St Paul

Palm Sunday Services – April 9th – 8:30am St Paul; 10:00am St Peter with Confirmation

Maundy Thursday Service – April 13th 7pm – St Paul

Good Friday Services – April 14th – 6pm St Paul; 7:30pm St Peter

Easter Services – April 16th

Easter Sunrise Service 6:30am St Peter

Easter Breakfasts 7:30am – Both Churches

Easter Communion Service 8:30am St Paul; 10:00am St Peter

Greetings from St. Peter Preschool!

We've had a busy month in Preschool! The Leprechauns made a surprise visit to our classroom this month, left quite the mess but also some special gold treats for the students. We had our monthly visit from Miss Barb from the public library and also our monthly show-n-tell. New this month was our "All About Me" weeks. The students work on a poster all about them and share with the class. The posters are displayed in the classroom and then moved to the hallway. Please check the posters out! The students have worked very hard on them.

Conferences are currently being held this week, the parents of all 12 students signed up to meet with me and go over their assessments. I am so thankful for that. Each and every student has developed in every aspect. What a great school year its been.

In April we will be talking more about Easter and how Jesus died for us. We will learn the song Jesus Loves Me and talk about the Easter story. The Flatrock/Florida Fire Department will be bringing their fire trucks to the preschool, thank you Kyle Richards for helping organize this. We will also have our first annual St. Jude "Trike-a-Thon!" The students will raise money for a great organization and also learn bike safety. I can't wait for this event.

We will have our Spring Break the week of April 10th - April 14th. Our Preschool ceremony & graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm with our last day of school on Thursday, May 25th. I can't believe how quickly the school year has gone.

As always, thank you for allowing me to be your St. Peter Preschool teacher. I am so very thankful for my job. In God's Blessings, Mrs. Rees

LWML News from St Peter:

Our adopted Seminarian, David Weirauch will receive his first call destination on April 25. 2017 and that service can be viewed on computer that evening at ctsfw.edu. David's graduation service will be on May 19, 2017. Another important event is that David and Kaci are expecting their third child in September, 2017. He recently wrote how grateful he is for the ways he was supported throughout his time at the Seminary. He says, "You have welcomed me into your congregation and I have gotten to know you through the letters and visits. I can't begin to tell you how your support has helped us along the way." St Peter also appreciates his service in conducting some services during our vacancy. Let us include David and Kaci and their children in our prayers with thankfulness that he has chosen such an important part in the ministry of our Church.

The next LWML meeting will be on Tuesday, April 11 at 1:30 PM at the Alpine Village Activity Room on the Lutheran Home campus.

Installation Service of Pastor Jacob Stuenkel

 Back Row: Rev. Dale Kern, Rev. Stephen Niermann, Rev. Logan Scheiwe, Rev. Charles Kramer, Rev. James Strawn, Rev. Lee Genter, Rev. Ted Rellstab  Front Row: Rev. Keith Witte, Rev. Peter Marcis, Rev. James Stuenkel, Rev. Jacob Stuenkel, Rev. Terry Cripe (District President), Rev. Jeff Corder, Rev. Gary Bernath

Back Row: Rev. Dale Kern, Rev. Stephen Niermann, Rev. Logan Scheiwe, Rev. Charles Kramer, Rev. James Strawn, Rev. Lee Genter, Rev. Ted Rellstab

Front Row: Rev. Keith Witte, Rev. Peter Marcis, Rev. James Stuenkel, Rev. Jacob Stuenkel, Rev. Terry Cripe (District President), Rev. Jeff Corder, Rev. Gary Bernath