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May 2014

Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.

Every year we have lots of fun at the Easter Egg Hunt!  We hope to see you there!

God’s richest blessings, Quintin, Victoria, and Austin, on your First Communion tonight!

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St. Paul Lutheran Church Olean’s annual Good Friday Service is scheduled for Friday evening, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to join us!

Maundy Thursday Service

Please join us for Maundy Thursday services on Thursday evening, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.  Three of our young people will have their First Communion at this service – Austin Darnold, Quintin Thomas, and Victoria Thomas.

Streams in the Desert for Kids:

Matthew 6:30–33, The Message

Have you ever wandered deep into the woods and found a beautiful flower blooming there? Ever wondered who, besides you, will ever see that beautiful flower? Jesus talked about that. He said that God gives a flower so much beauty and detail and then he may put it in a place where no one ever sees it. Why? It is because God makes everything perfect whether or not anyone notices. Everything he makes has a purpose. You have a purpose. And he didn’t make any mistakes when he made you. Even if you sometimes feel like you are hidden in the woods where no one notices you, God has a purpose for your life.

Because you are his child, God will take care of all your needs. Jesus told the people of his time to stop worrying about everything. He told them that God knew they needed certain things to live. He said that if God dressed the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, God will certainly take care of his children—that includes you—who are much more important to him than flowers.

If you can understand that God loves you and wants to take care of you, life will be a lot easier. God knows what you need. God knows what your family needs. Count on the fact that God knows, and trust him.

Dear Lord, I know you love me and that you care about my needs. Help me to trust you to take care of me and my family. Amen.

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Just for Kids: A Wild Dream

Genesis 41:47

Pharaoh had a really bad dream. He saw skinny, ugly cows gobble up fat, healthy cows. Shortly afterward, he had a second dream of seven heads of thin, sickly grain swallowing up seven healthy heads of grain. When he called Joseph to come tell him what the awful dreams meant, he probably did not expect what Joseph told him. Joseph said that there would be seven years with good harvests, but right after that there would be seven years of famine, hard times, and hungry people—unless they prepared. God was good to the Egyptian king and all the people who lived in his land when he gave them an opportunity to get ready for the hard times that were coming.

God tells us that we will have hard times, but we can be prepared by staying close to God and his love. He will care for us in tough times.

Dear Lord, I know that tough times happen in everyone’s life. Help me to be ready by staying very close to you every day. Amen.

Just for Kids: September 30, 2013

Matthew 10:5-20

New International Version (NIV)

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Hannah and Tommy liked football season. In fact, their entire family watched their favorite football team play on TV.

One Sunday, their favorite team wasn’t playing, so they watched another game. Hannah and Tommy didn’t recognize either of the teams.

“Which team are you going to cheer for, Dad?” asked Hannah.

“I root for the underdog,” Dad answered.

“What’s an underdog?” Tommy wanted to know.

“An underdog is a person or a team that isn’t expected to do well or to win,” Dad explained. “I like to cheer for them; maybe they will win.”

“I think I’ll cheer for the underdog too,” said Hannah.

“Let’s all cheer for them,” agreed Tommy. “Go, team!”

When Jesus called His twelve disciples, He wanted to get them ready to preach about Him in many places. He warned them that they might seem like underdogs. He said, “I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” Jesus knew His disciples would be arrested, beaten, and brought before governors and kings. Many people would not think of the disciples as winners, but Jesus told His friends not to worry or be afraid. The Spirit of God would be with them, making them winners.  

God sent the twelve apostles to tell others that the kingdom of God was near. God’s Spirit was with them. God has sent pastors to you to proclaim that Jesus has come for you. God’s Spirit goes with pastors too. Through them, God’s message of love and forgiveness comes to all people, the underdogs and the top dogs.

Journal:  Write down the names of pastors you know. Pray for them.

Pray: “Dear God, thank You for coming to me in Your Word, in Baptism, and to others in the Lord’s Supper. Be with my parents, pastor, and others who bring me Good News about You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Happy 101st Birthday to Lawrence Green!!!!!