April 2019 NEWSLETTER
Spirit of Truth Lutheran, Church
PO Box 481, 112 E Annabelle St, Brandon, SD 57005 605-582-5030
Funeral for Carolyn Brazee will be held at Spirit of Truth, Thursday, April 4, at 2:00 pm. Carolyn is the mother of Barb Dawley. Please remember Barb and her family in your prayers.
FROM THE PASTOR:
Dear Spirit of Truth family;
We are in the midst of the season of Lent. Over the past few weeks, we have focused on the biblical narrative of the passion of Christ as seen through the words of the familiar hymn, “Ah, Holy Jesus.” This several hundred year old hymn captures the essence of Christ’s suffering on our behalf, and relays to us the tremendous gift we have been given through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
Our observance of Holy week begins with Palm Sunday worship at 9:30 followed by a breakfast served by the youth of our congregation that are planning for a short-term mission trip to Jamaica in June. We will have worship services on Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m., and on Good Friday also at 7:00 p.m. The Maundy Thursday service will include First Communion for our Fifth Graders. Spirit of Truth will also be hosting Heritage Lutheran at the Good Friday service. Holy Week concludes with our celebration of Christ’s glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday morning at 9:30. Please make it a priority to gather for worship on these special days. God bless you on your Lenten journey!
In Christ, Pastor Jerry
Remaining Lenten and Holy Week Schedule 2019
April 3rd Midweek Service at Heritage Lutheran, 6:30 PM. Meal served before, 5:30 to 6:15 pm
April 10th Midweek Service 6:00 p.m. followed by a light meal
April 18th Maundy Thursday service, 7:00 p.m.
April 19th Good Friday Service, 7:00 p.m. (with Heritage Lutheran joining us)
April 21st Easter Sunday Service, 9:30 a.m. NO other activities this Sunday
Sundays, 8:30am, Adult Bible study in Education area
Sundays, 9:30am, Worship, communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays
Sundays, 10:30 am, Coffee Fellowship
Sundays, 10:35 am – 11:15 am, Sunday school for all children and youth
NO Sunday school April 14 or 21; last day of Sunday school will be April 28
Sunday, May 5, Senior Sunday at Spirit of Truth, Seniors will be recognized and are asked to bring pictures and items to share with the congregation during the reception during the coffee hour.
Sundays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Compass for high school youth, NOT on April 21, Easter
Tuesdays, 9:30am, Women’s Bible study at Bethany Meadows on Acts, all welcome
Wednesdays, text study, 7:00am on the lessons for the upcoming Sunday
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, Confirmation begins after Easter, April 24
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Middle school youth group, April 3, 10
7:30 – 8:30 pm Middle school youth, April 24
Thursdays, 10:30am, Men’s Bible study at church, all welcome
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
Quilting on Wed. April 10, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. Potluck lunch at noon.
Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 pm – Spirit Lifters meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the church to make cards.
Sunday, May 5 – Graduation Sunday, honoring high school/college graduates.
Please email the church with information on your graduates as to accomplishments and future plans, along with a picture. We plan to do a picture page with information on each graduate for the May newsletter. There will be tables available for them to set up a small display of pictures or awards they have earned. Past students have made poster boards or brought something for people to write advice in.
*During Lent, Middle School will be from 7 to 8:30
Cookie Bombing | April 14 | All Youth | 2pm-6pm
We will be baking Easter themed cookies and surprising community members with them. We will need adult volunteers! Please sign up on youth table!! Supper will be provided.
No youth group April 17 or April 21
*Youth’s Lenten journaling project is due April 24 for MS and 28 for HS
Event | TBD
Last day of regular youth group for High School is May 12 and for Middle School is May 15.
Youth Jamaica Team
Palm Sunday Breakfast | April 14 | 10:30 am
We will serve breakfast. The sign up to bring food is on the youth table.
Brandon City Wide Rummage | May 9-11 | Times Vary
Please bring donated items to the youth room, if you have large items please contact Alice Jacobson for them to be dropped off at our rummage location in Brandon.
Jamaica team: Please continue to write and send out sponsorship letters. Donations can be given online here:
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES FOR APRIL, 2019
Thanks to those who helped deliver backpacks in March and brought paper good and cleaning supplies for the Brandon Food Pantry.
NORTH AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH AND LENT – https://thenalc.org
Lenten devotions – The Rev. Paull Spring, bishop emeritus of the NALC, and the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, assistant to the bishop for missions, have written Lenten devotions for the North American Lutheran Church. The Lenten devotions are available in several formats at thenalc.org/lent. The PDF format may be printed for individual reading or distribution in churches. The devotions are also available in the NALC Walk of Faith app for Apple or Android devices. You may sign up to receive each day’s devotion as a text message or email. For instructions on how to sign up to receive the daily messages go to: thenalc.org/lent
We are most grateful for your recent donation to our church and ministry here in Jamaica. It was extremely generous of you to remember us as we continue to grow and try to finish our new building. God is good and we add on a little to the building as God provides the finances. We are also still enjoying all that you sent us on the container. I went to Africa this year on a missions trip so not sure if I will get to the states but will be coming to see you again in the future as God provides.
Love in Christ, Pastor Lorene Chisholm and Green Heights Churc