Easter Festival Service
Kids’ Activities & Egg Hunt
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Serving Faith Mission Dinner
Mary Martha Circle
Lydia Ruth Circle
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
Youth Bake Sale for
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the
parlor before and after Sunday School and
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.
19 years ago, a colleague gifted me a signed
copy of Mark Allan Powell’s book, Jesus
as a Figure in History: How Modern Historians
View the Man from Galilee. I will confess that
even though I admire Dr. Powell as one of my
favorite professors from my seminary days, I
have not actually read that book. I have skimmed
through it once or twice and always wanted to
get around to it, but I have never actually
delved into it. Dr. Powell quotes E.P. Sanders,
author of The Historical Figure of Jesus in
the introduction: “On a spring morning
in about the year 30 AD, three men were executed
by the Roman authorities in Judea. Two were
“brigands” … the third was
executed as another type of political criminal.
He had not robbed, pillaged, murdered or even
stored arms. He was convicted, however, of having
claimed to be “king of the Jews”
– a political title. Those who looked
on … doubtless thought that … the
world would little note what happened that spring
morning … It turned out, of course, that
the third man, Jesus of Nazareth, would become
one of the most important figures in human history.”
Many folks in our congregation have grown to
appreciate the teachings of Dr. Powell. He has
written a few of the recent Bible studies for
the Women of the ELCA, and I have heard overwhelming
appreciation for his work. He is now in a time
of transition, moving from Ohio to Arizona,
where he hopes to teach classes remotely for
the seminary and cut back on his teaching and
writing responsibilities. Hard to believe that
a scholar who came to Trinity Seminary the same
year I entered as a new student is now retiring!
Recently I discovered a video series that Dr.
Powell put together to accompany that book which
my colleague gave me called “What are
They Doing to Jesus?” Newspapers, magazines,
television are presenting "new" information
about Jesus all the time. What can be said about
Jesus that people of all faiths, or no faith,
would affirm? This DVD course will examine the
opinions of modern historians concerning the
life and work of Jesus. It will try to determine
whether historical studies of Jesus undermine
the Christian faith or in fact confirm and support
our religious confessions.
Here is the schedule for Adult Sunday school
during the Sundays following Easter:
April 8 - Historians Discover Jesus: Five modern
historians: Crossan, Borg, Sanders,
April 15 - Jesus Outside the Bible: Ancient
writers such as Apocryphal Gospels, Josephus.
April 22 - The Jesus Seminar: The most controversial
modern look at Jesus.
April 29 - Jesus and Politics: Was Jesus a revolutionary?
Just a non-conformist?
May 6 – Pastor Bonny Kinnunen will talk
about Oesterlen Services for Youth
May 13 - Did Jesus work miracles?: Historians
treat the difficult questions regarding
May 20 - Who killed Jesus - and why?: A summary
of arguments involving the crucifixion of Jesus.
I hope you will join us in the parlor at 8:45
for the videos and discussion that follows.
As we consider our faith in the risen Lord,
it will be good to deal honestly and openly
with different ideas about who Jesus was and
is, as presented by a faithful Lutheran Biblical
SUNDAY – APRIL 1
You are invited to bring some fresh-cut flowers
to place on our old rugged cross to make it
a symbol of beauty and joy. Attach them any
time before the worship service on the chicken
wire surrounding the cross.
Join us at the annual Easter Breakfast, served
8:30-9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, as we celebrate
the Resurrection of Our Lord. We will need lots
of volunteers to prepare and serve the breakfast.
On Easter Sunday, all children are invited to
participate in the Easter Egg Hunt at Clinton
Heights. Meet in the Gathering Room at 9:15
a.m. to begin the fun.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed in
various ways to our youth as they prepare for
the National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas
June 27-July 1. They will be riding a bus with
groups from Advent Lutheran in Upper Arlington
and All Shepherd’s Lutheran in Lewis Center.
They have tickets to see the Houston Astros
play the Toronto Blue Jays their first afternoon
in Houston, and to tour NASA the day after the
gathering ends before heading home. During the
gathering they will experience God through their
friends, speakers, music, servanthood and many
other ways. As they continue to prepare, please
keep them in your prayers, and where you see
opportunities to help them, please be generous.
will be a bake sale on Sunday, April 22, after
church – please watch for announcements
in bulletins and weekly updates.
the youth will have a rummage sale on Saturday,
May 19. If you have items you would like to
donate (no clothes, please) either bring them
to church on a Sunday morning and we can store
them in the youth room, or call the church to
arrange for someone to come pick them up.
OFF FOR BOOKS
When our high-school youth attend the ELCA Youth
Gathering in Houston this summer, they would
like to take books with them for one of the
gathering’s projects – Houston Literacy
Campaign. The Gathering has recognized the need
to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation
of literacy starts before entering Kindergarten.
Students who read at home become strong writers,
critical thinkers, and more successful students
than those who do not. Houston Independent School
District estimates that 74% of their students
come from families who struggle to provide books
for their children. Books donated at the Gathering
will be distributed at book fairs, camps and
other events around the city.
You are invited to join in the book gathering;
however, only new or gently used books identified
by the Houston district will be accepted. The
list of forty books or book series is posted
on the church narthex bulletin board and at
This month the men of the church will meet on
the first Sunday of the month, April 7, at Panera
for our regular gathering to enjoy fellowship,
conversation and prayer. Our Bible text will
be from 2 Samuel 11:1-27, the story of David
and Bathsheba. Everything had been going King
David’s way. He had acquired the admiration
of all Israel, numerous wives and children,
stunning military victories and expansion, as
well as God’s promise that his house and
kingdom would endure forever. But was that enough
for him? How much of anything is enough for
us? We gather at 9:00 and begin our study at
9:30, closing with prayer at 10:30. Join us!
Welcome to WELCA!
Mary Martha Circle – Tuesday, April 10
, 7:00 p.m.
Study Leader: Nancy Labuhn Hostess: Elaine Botkin
Lydia Ruth Circle – Wednesday, April 11
, 10:00 a.m.
Study Leader: Eda Jane Spivey
April Bible study continues the series by Pastor
Mark Allan Powell. This month we will consider
the story of The Prodigal Son found in Luke
15:11-32. We will discuss what we think the
story is really about, how it affects us individually,
which characters in the story we identify with
and details we may not have previously noticed
about the story. These have been wonderful lessons
with lots of interesting discussion. Come join
encourages you to support our youth by collecting
books for them to take to the Houston convention
this summer. Houston is requesting specific
titles so be sure to take a look at the list
before you buy or sort through your gently used
children’s books. The youth will also
be participating in various fundraising activities
for their trip which we encourage you to support.
We have a terrific group of young men and women
whose experiences at the 2018 convention will
strengthen their faith and affirm their love
Cleaning! There may be an opportunity this month
to share all those extra and unwanted household
items with clients at Faith Mission who are
moving into housing from homelessness. Stay
tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come.
Song of Solomon 2:11,12