Sunday, March 18, 2018
  The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Bonding with the Wardens

Your senior warden Mark Eissler and I have some uncanny overlaps: we’ve both lived in the same towns in IL, WI and MI; Mark graduated from the same high school as my husband, and his sister graduated with Barry; Mark’s father is in the same senior living facility where Barry’s father lived in Lombard IL.

Now I can to report that I have been successful in an effort toward forging some similar bonds with the junior warden, April Cooke. Last Sunday, while I was visiting an old friend on his Virginia farm, I was carrying my luggage down a flight of stairs. I missed one of the steps before a landing. My ankle turned and I landed on the wrong side of my foot. (I missed the memo that told me you’re not supposed to walk on the top of your feet – only on the bottom.)  I now have two chipped bones in my right foot and a sprained ankle (I sprained this same ankle 10 years ago). So, just as April makes her way into the world of the walking, I enter the world of the limping -- and I so very much appreciate in ever new ways all she has endured this past year with her ankle.

Right now I am very grateful for Miss Millie’s closet and the kind and loving attention of Lu Pilgrim. I am also grateful for the temporary loan of April’s “knee scooter” (look out when I buzz around the corners of SJP). And I am so very grateful for your kind offers to help in so many ways, and for your assistance and patience. 

This experience is a reminder that healing takes time. That living organisms, like feet and ankles and people and churches, don’t just bounce back immediately from distress.  That even resilience is a process to respect. That time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once. If only I’d remembered that when I tried to carry too much luggage down those stairs.

Pastor Dana

For pastoral care issues that may arise, please call Pastor Dana Runestad, Interim Rector at 734-765-1141 .

Evening Prayer & Healing Service
& Faith Story

This Wednesday at 7:00pm

March 21:  Howard Zuckerman
Howard’s faith journey felt like "The Road Less Traveled" as he sought to find G-d's will in his life. His journey began in Judaism and led to a search filled with openness and hopefulness, even as his faith ebbed and flowed, in and out, through ups and downs, and often sideways up until he found Christianity and Jesus's teachings and messages. Every step of the way life's experiences shaped his journey, continuing until this day and undoubtedly will evolve until his time on earth is over, shaped by his education and experiences through business, being a stay at home Dad, and perhaps most profoundly in his work as a counselor.  He looks forward to sharing his journey with you.

To hear prior weeks faith stories of April Cooke, Joe Sabo and Teri Long, click here.

Lenten Soup Suppers

This Wednesday will be the final Wednesday evening soup supper. Attend the supper at 6pm and then head to the sanctuary for worship and to hear Howard Zuckerman's faith story at 7pm.

DONATIONS for March 21! 

Centering Prayer Small Groups
Tuesdays  from 5:30–6:30pm or
Wednesdays from 9:00-9:30am

"The Other Six Days"
Sermon Discussion

(what do we do with what we learn in
church for the rest of the week?)

Sundays at 11:15am in the Gathering

Palm Cross Making & Breakfast
Friday, March 23 at 9:00am

Plan to attend the Altar Guild's Palm Cross Making and Continental Breakfast event on Friday, March 23 at 9:00am. Bring yourself, a friend and a pair of scissors. No experience needed. Sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway.

Prayer Loom
Our prayer loom is in the Narthex-write your prayer on a tag provided and tie to the loom.

Join Others in Prayer
Dedicated to Healing Violence
Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-10am

SJP will be joining with others throughout the world in the "United in Prayer Day 2018” on Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-10:00am. The day is dedicated to healing the violence within ourselves and the world. A group will meet at SJP at 9:30am in the choir room or you may pray at home. For more information, contact Jayne Watson.
Hands on Holy Week-Stations of the Cross
Family Event – Palm Sunday, March 25

After 10am worship on Palm Sunday, March 25, take your family through the Parish Hall for several interactive Holy week activities. We will have the following stations:

·   Garden of Gethsemane–Make a prayer cube to take home; spend time each day to reveal a different prayer

·   The Last Supper-Children will experience the ritual of communion with bread and wine (grape juice)

·   Denying Christ–“Peter denied Christ three times”-What was it like to be Peter? For Jesus?

·   Foot Washing-An act of love Jesus did for his disciples

·   Sin Station–“Christ died for our Sins”-Sins can be written and placed in a bowl to be burned on Good Friday.

·   Good Friday-Why is it called Good Friday?

Alleluia Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 15 at 11:15am

Mark your calendars for the SJP Easter Egg Hunt! Have questions? Contact
Jayne Watson.

Easter Lily & Music Dedications

Orders for Easter Lily and Easter Music Dedications will be taken today through March 25. You may find order forms on the table in the Narthex. Please complete the form, enclose payment and return to the parish office or simply put in the Sunday offering plate.
Check out this weeks Journey Pages for more details regarding the Lenten opportunities, the worship serving calendar, the prayer list and more.
Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 25                                8 & 10am

Maundy Thursday, March 29                      7pm

Good Friday, March 30                                 12pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31                 8pm
  Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit

Easter Sunday, April 1                                   8 & 10am
   Coffee Hour between services
Thank You, Phyllis!

Our parish administrator, Phyllis Ikegami, has resigned effective March 31, when the full-time position she holds reverts to a part time parish office manager position. Today the vestry invites you to a reception/ coffee hour in her honor, following the 10am service, to thank and bid her a fond farewell. Please join us!
"Good-Bye Purse" for Phyllis

If you would like to contribute to a “good-bye purse” for Phyllis, please place your donation in an envelope in Jackie Binder’s mailbox.
Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Men's Group Begins New Study

The Saturday morning the men's group will begin a new series “Jesus and His Jewish Influences” beginning Saturday, March 17. The series is for anyone interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world - what made Jesus Jesus. Saturdays begin at 7:30am with coffee and bagels, the study begins at 8:00am. The group is open to all men!

Crossroads Soup Kitchen-Sunday, March 18
We will be going to Crossroads on Sunday, March 18 to serve chili, hot dogs and cookies to about 500 of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We will package utensils, cookies and preparing the meal. If you haven't signed up but would still like to participate, contact Dick Bass at 248-245-4560.

Coffee Hours Hosts: We are in need of hosts for April 8 and May & June. Coffee Fellowship Hour (after the 10am service) is a great way to connect with and/or meet new members of the SJP community. Sign-up on the Sign-Me-Up board or contact Lana Klosterman.

URGENT-Communion Bread Bakers Needed: We need a couple more volunteers to make communion bread which can be made and stored in the church freezer. Please contact the office if you are interested in this ministry.

Help Clean & Polish:
We are looking for volunteers to help clean and polish altar guild items for Easter. The group will meet in the Sacristy (in the hallway next to the sanctuary) on Saturday, March 31 at 9:00am.

8:00 & 10:00am

SUNDAY NURSERY (infant-age three) is open year-round 9:45-11:45am. The nursery is located in room 2 in the Sunday School hallway.

This mid-week opportunity to gather and pray for the needs of those in our parish, our community and the world. Join us in the Sanctuary at 11am (12pm during Lent). Eucharist is offered every week.

Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

Wednesday mornings at 9:30am

Thursday mornings
Coffee at 9:30am, Study at 10:00am

Saturday mornings at 7:30am

Sunday mornings at 11:15am