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APOSTLES EPISTLE

The Monthly Newsletter April 2010 of Apostles Lutheran Church, ELCA

The Mission of Apostles Lutheran Church is to be and make Disciples for Christ.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Holy Week Worship Message from Pastor HOPE Nehemiah Action First Communion New Members Inquirer's Class Baby Shower WELCA News Seminary Concert April Calendar Altar Flowers A-Men Keenagers News Women's Night Out Easter Pancake Breakfast Lunch w/Pastor Youth, Young Adult Children & Families Opportunities to Serve Fill the Well Summer Camp Birthdays Apostles Business Members Apostles Vision Apostles Information Cover 2, 3 3 4 4 4 4 5, 6, 7 7 8&9 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 12 13 13 14 15 15 16 16

Palm Sunday Worship, March 28 at 9:00 & 10:30 AM Sunday of the Passion

Maundy Thursday Worship, April 1 at 7:30 PM

Good Friday Worship, April 2 at 7:30 PM

Apostles Players & Gloria Dei Choir present "The Last Words"

Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 3 at 6:30 PM

1st Communion & Baptism will be celebrated.

Easter Sunday, April 4 at 9:00 & 10:30 AM

The Resurrection of Our Lord!

A-Men will be prepare a delicious Easter Pancake Breakfast in Theisz Hall from 8:00 AM ­ Noon on Easter morning. The freewill offering will support Apostles' ministries.

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As the Lenten journey to the cross with Jesus draws to a close, we anticipate the outburst of joy that emanates from the empty tomb on Easter morning. The 40 penitential days of Lent are now eclipsed by the 50 days of unbridled joy of Easter. Through the resurrection, our Lenten focus on our mortality and our need for repentance of our sins is transformed into a joyful celebration of forgiveness and life. Our Alleluias are sung once again as we rejoice at the great Feast of Victory for our God. We transition to our celebration of Easter joy as we observe the Triduum, the Great Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. On Maundy Thursday, April 1st, we focus on the events of the Upper Room. As Jesus gathers with his disciples, he gives them the new commandment to love one another as I have loved you. To emphasize the life of servanthood to which they are being called, Jesus takes a bowl of water and a towel and washes the disciples' feet. Then during the supper, he gives them the bread and the cup saying, This is my body...This is my blood...given for you. Then he commands them, Do this for the remembrance of me. Through the sharing of this holy meal we call communion, we relive the experience of our redemption so that we never forget what God has done for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus. On Good Friday, April 2nd, we focus on the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. We gather to hear The Last Words. In these words, we discover why this day is called Good. His death is not an accidental tragedy; it is a purposeful act of God for our redemption. His sacrifice is God's gift of atonement for us. Through the shedding of his blood, our sins are washed clean, so that in him we stand spotless and pure before God. On Saturday, April 3rd, we celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter. We gather in anticipation of the resurrection. The Easter Vigil is an ancient service of worship in the life of the church. It is actually four services woven together as one: the Service of Light, the Service of Lessons, the Service of Baptism and the Service of the Supper. One of the joys of this service at Apostles is the celebration of Baptism and the celebration of First Communion. Receiving the gift of baptism at this service will be Vivian Rose Donza, daughter of Scott and Vicki Donza. Receiving the gift of communion for the first time are Alex and Ryan Crawford, Saron and Issay Musa, and Dray Reid. Of special joy is the fact that the children receiving their first communion and their families are new to Apostles. On Sunday, April 4th, we celebrate Easter, the Festival of the Resurrection of Our Lord. Our worship and music will soar with joyful sounds of praise as we celebrate the great Feast of Victory for our God...For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

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Some years ago Tony Campolo, the renown Christian author and speaker, shared the following excerpt from a sermon during one of his talks at our Synod's Conference on Ministry. It is entitled Its Friday...but Sundays Coming. It truly captures the explosion of joy at Easter that sends shockwaves through the world. Its Friday...Jesus is nailed dead to a cross...but Sundays Coming. Its Friday...Marys crying her eyes out ,,cause her baby Jesus is dead...but Sundays Coming. Its Friday...The disciples are running in every direction like sheep without a shepherd...but Sundays Coming. Its Friday...Pilates strutting around washing his hands cause he thinks hes got all the power and the victory...but Sundays Coming. Its Friday...People are saying, "So things have been, so shall they always be. You cant change anything in this world"...but Sundays Coming. Its Friday...Satans doing a little jig saying, "I control the whole world"...but Sundays Coming. Its Friday...The temple veil ripped from top to bottom--the earth shook--the rocks split and the tombs opened. The centurion screamed in fear, "Truly, this was the Son of God!" Sundays Coming. Its Sunday--The angel, like dazzling lightning, rolled the stone away exclaiming, "He is not here! He is risen!" Its Sunday-- Its Sunday-- Its Sunday! Come and share in these moving services. The journey to the cross with Jesus will prepare you for life in the resurrection. Peace and Joy in Christ, Pastor V

Being & Making Disciples for Christ in Our World Today!

Each week at the end of Worship we are charged to ... "go into the world to be and make disciples for Christ". Over the next few months we will highlight different areas of ministry that allow us to just that; to be Christ in our world today!

HOPE

Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality

HOPE membership throughout Hillsborough County represents a diverse mix of race, culture, and religious traditions. Member congregations act together to achieve justice and fairness in Hillsborough County. HOPE brings together people of different backgrounds to work side-by-side as equals listening, identifying, researching and achieving systemic change that tackles serious prioritized community problems.

HOPE NEHEMIAH ACTION

"...When I heard their outcry... I was very angry.... After thinking it over.... I called a large meeting..." Nehemiah 5:1-13

Monday, April 19, 2010 6:30 pm ­ 8:30 pm

Mt. Calvary 7th-Day Adventist Church

4902 N. 40th Street Tampa, FL 33610 [On northwest corner of N. 40th Street and E. Osborne; between E. M.L.K. Blvd. & E. Hillsborough Ave.]

**There will be Parking Lot Attendants**

We will receive reports and seek public commitments from decision makers on proposals to tackle problems related to our Youth, Dental Care, and the Homeless.

Who attends? We all do! This is our chance to live out the words of Jesus ... `Truly I tell , just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Mt. 25:41

Look for the information board and sign-up sheets outside the Narthex

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First Communion Class

Children receiving their First Communion at the Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 3rd are:

Dear Congregations of the Tampa Conference, Our Tampa Spring Conference Meeting will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church in Lutz on Sunday, April 18 th, beginning at 3:00 pm. We are awaiting confirmation of the presenter but as soon as confirmation is obtained, we will send out that information. We give this advance notice so that you can put this opportunity on your calendars. Blessings, The Tampa Conference Executive Committee

Alex Crawford Ryan Crawford Issay Musa Saron Musa Dray Reid

Welcome Our New Members

On Sunday, April 11 we will welcome the following new members into our Apostles family: Carol Brewer Richard Cassem Lucy Ann Clark H. T. Eich Connie Farmer Delores Hodges Russell & Cathy Martin, Eli Andrew & Christy Singer, Josie & Alex

Adult Education

Tuesday Evenings ­ 7:00 p.m. in the Social Room; Study of Genesis facilitated by Debbie Nickeson. Wednesday Evenings ­ 6:30 p.m. in the Social Room; Study of Ephesians ­ facilitated by Tom Canham. **Thursday Mornings ­ The Thursday 10:00 a.m. adult Bible Study group continues a new study titled "More Alive Under the Shadow" based on a book by Forrest Chaffee. This study lifts up the life of Simon Peter. The shadow of this big fisherman is cast on us through the pages of Holy Scripture. The weekly topics are: Forgiveness Under the Shadow; New Birth Under the Shadow; Boldness and Healing Under the Shadow; Acceptance Under the Shadow; and Praying and Freedom Under the Shadow. Each week our discussion will center on the shadow cast by Peter, an ordinary fisherman who became a great leader in the early church. All are invited to come and join the conversation at 10:00 a.m. in North Theisz; facilitated by SueAnn Collinge. Sunday Mornings ­ 9:00--10:00 a.m. in Theisz D; We are examining the Scriptures used in Worship on Sunday and how they apply to our lives today. Mike Weber facilitates. Call Liz or SueAnn in the church office for more information on any of these adult education opportunities. On April 4th, Easter Sunday, we will all have the opportunity to take part in a "Baby" Shower. We will be collecting baby items; wipes, diapers, formula, baby food/juice, bottles, to donate to Haitian refugee families that have been displaced while healing from injuries sustained in the earthquakes. On Easter morning there will be a decorated barrel in Theisz Hall. You can drop of your donated items as you come into Theisz Hall for your Easter Pancake Breakfast. We will continue to collect baby items through the month of April. The barrel will be relocated to the Narthex for the weeks following Easter.

Thank you ahead of time for your generosity.

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WOMEN Of the ELCA

Spring Gathering

From Tears to Joy ­ The Spiritual Law of the Harvest - Bible Study

Spring will be here soon with the new blooms, new growth and new beginnings all around us. Now is the time to feed your own Spiritual Spring Growth at the Spring Gathering. Worship with women from the Tampa Bay Area in a day filled with joy, laughter and friendship.

Saturday, April 10th Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 501 South Dale Mabry, Tampa

Cost is $7 for the day

A Day of Worship--Agenda 9:00 AM--Registration & Breakfast 9:45 AM - Opening Prayer & Song Welcome by Good Shepherd 10:15 AM - Commitment Song & Watch WELCA DVD 10:45 AM - Break 11:00 AM--Song, Bible Study 12:00 PM - Lunch 12:30 PM - Elections Vice President Secretary

Greetings & Remarks from Guest Speaker Marilyn Martin from the SWO Board and A guest speaker on our efforts in Haiti through the synod and Lutheran World Relief. Over by 2:30 pm

Points of Interest for Spring Gathering

There will be two offerings at the Spring Gathering: 1. for the Synodical Womens Organization (to support their mission and programs) and 2. a love offering for Carver Heights (the SWO - Love Offering recipient for 2009-2010).

What to Bring?

Bring your HEALTH KIT supplies. There will be no additional charities. The Good Shepherd Sunday School Kids will assemble the kits and the Women of the ELCA at Good Shepherd will pay the postage to send them to LWR. Elections: Tampa Conference will be electing a new Vice - President and Secretary. SPAGHETTI JAR CHALLENGE: Dont forget your money for the SWO Leaders in Mission Scholarship Fund. Collecting your spare change through the year to help those who further their education in seminary school is vital to the growth of our church and mission.

A carpool will be arranged if enough people would like to attend this wonderful event.

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WOMEN Of the ELCA

The Women of the ELCA, the womens organization of the church, has thousands of participants in thousands of congregations. Together we are committed to growing in faith, affirming our gifts, supporting one another in our callings, and engaging in ministry and action that promotes justice and wholeness for all people. www.elca.org

Upcoming Women's Events

Thurs. Apr.8th - Rebecca's Circle Quilting 1:30--4:30 PM in Theisz Hall.

Lutheran World Relief needs OUR help!

There is a call and still a great need for Health Kits for Extra quilting days to finish our quilts: Friday, Apr. 23 the people of Haiti. These kits help refugees maintain personal hygiene while living in large camps, in make& Thurs., Apr. 29th from 1:30-4:30 PM in Theisz Hall shift shelters and on the streets. Apostles will be April 10th--Spring Gathering - Good Shepherd collecting the following items between now and April Lutheran Church , Tampa. A day of renewal. 9:00 AM-- 2:00 PM. See page 5 of this issue of the Epistle for more 7th to ship to LWR. detailed information. Bath Soap (4-5 oz--individual wrapped) Tues., Apr. 27th--Esther Circle meets the 4th Tuesday Adult toothbrushes (individual packed) of every month at 10:00 AM in the Garden Room. All Nail Clippers with file attached women of Apostles and their friends are welcome to come for a morning of devotions and fellowship. Large Sturdy Combs Sat., May 1st - Place the Childrens quilts on the back of the pews for display on Sunday. Handtowels (dark colors)

Wash Clothes (dark colors) May 2 - Rachel's Day & Quilt Blessing - Blue Ribbons These items will be turned in at the Womens Spring will be passed out in remembrance of Rachels Day. Gathering. Good Shepherds youth group will assemble The Quilts for "A Kids Place" will be displayed on the the kits and their Womens Ministry will ship them to back of the pews LWR. SPECIAL NOTE: for events not held at Apostles , we will offer car pooling for those who do not wish to drive far away or late at night. We thank you for the GREAT response there has been to this outreach!

Want to get involved, enjoy fellowship while reaching out to the community? Participate in one of Apostles' women's circles.

Which Circle is for you?

Esther Circle - meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM in the Garden Room. They are currently each bringing a devotional to share with the group.

1st Friday Circle - meets at 7:00 PM the 1st Friday of the month in Theisz Hall. This group opens with devotions

then sews the evening away.

Rebecca Circle - meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 1:30 PM in Theisz Hall. This group also starts the

afternoon with devotions then sews the afternoon away. A great place to find a wonderful Faith Devotion is the: www.boldcafe.org Check out the free podcasts, discussion groups and Bible Studies

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WOMEN Of the ELCA

Giving back to our Community...

We all know times are tough. Because of the hard economic times outreach programs are in desperate need of our assistance. The women of Apostles decided that helping the youngest children in our community would be a wonderful way to give back. Connecting our congregation with children at risk is a great way for us to build relationships with the community. It reminds us that, "it takes a village to raise a child".

Quilts for neglected & abused children @ the Kid's Place

The Kid's Place mission is to protect & care for neglected and abused children who have been removed from their homes. A Kid's Place provides comfort and safety, in a stable and nurturing environment, at a critical time in their little lives. They provide on-site well child exams, therapy services, dental services, educational programs and many more programs. They are the FIRST residential facility in Hillsborough County to provide this level of service on-site. They look to provide an enriching experience that will instill hope, encourage growth and provide opportunities for success. There are a few local groups providing quilts to The Kid's Place. Our goal is for every child to leave with their own quilt. This has been a successful program and helps bring smiles and encouragement to young children in a time of great need. Watch for the Quilts to be blessed & displayed, on Sunday, May 2nd - Rachel's Day. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church boldly speaking up for Children, throughout the whole country.

For more information about The Kid's Place on Lithia Pinecrest visit www.akidsplacetb.org For information about Rachel's Day: www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Ministry/Women-of-the-ELCA.aspx

Quilter's Wish List

The Quilters are looking for a few things to help with these special quilts: Gentle used kid print, cotton sheets or curtains to add fun, kid friendly sides to our quilts for the children. PROFESSIONAL ironers (no experience necessary).

Paul Gibson, an accomplished musician, will hold a benefit concert, "My Journey on to Seminary" , Wednesday, May 19th at 2:00pm at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey. Tickets are $10, in advance, at the box office. This will be a great concert, at a wonderful price, to benefit a future leader. Call 727-842-6777 for more information. If there is enough interest in attending the concert we will car pool from the Brandon Area.

The Women of Apostles (all of us are members of the WELCA) are undertaking some new ministries within our congregation and to the community: A Casserole ministry to assist those who have family emergencies, new babies or just need pampering; making cloth diapers (from donations of something in YOUR closet) for Honduras & possibly migrant workers an Empty Nest Night for those who are at home with no children, with a potluck dinner and bible study. We are bold women on a mission.

April

Sunday 28 29

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 7:00 PM O.A. 7:00pm - (GR)

Monday 30

Tuesday 31

O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

6:30 AM 9:30 AM

(2) WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:30 AM 9:15 AM or 10:15 AM Confirmation Class - (NT) PALM SUNDAY 9:00 AM Adult Class - (Theisz D) 11:30 AM Inquirer's Class - (HR & SR)

3:00 PM Troop 110 Drum Practice (TH) 8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri)

7:00 PM Pack 110 Cub Scouts (TH)

9:00 AM M.O.W. 7:30 PM BSA Troop 110 (TH) 7:30 PM Ichthus - Rehearsal

6:30 PM 7:00 PM Words 8:00 PM

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5 Easter Monday - Office Closed

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 7:00 PM O.A. 7:00pm - (GR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

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(2) WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:30 AM Easter--The Resurrection of Our Lord 9:00 AM or 10:30 AM - Children's Education 8:00 AM Pancake Breakfast (TH)

8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri)

7:00 PM Pack 110 Cub Scouts (TH)

9:00 AM M.O.W. 7:30 PM BSA Troop 110 (TH) 7:30 PM Ichthus - Rehearsal

6:30 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM

6:30 PM 7:00 PM

11 (2) WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:30 AM 9:00 AM or 10:30 AM - Children's Education New Member Sunday

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 7:00 PM O.A. 7:00pm - (GR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

14 AM PM PM PM M.O.W. Council Meeting (HR) BSA Troop 110 (TH) Ichthus - Rehearsal 5:00 5:30 6:30 6:30 7:00

6:30 AM 9:30 AM

7:00 PM Pack 110 Cub Scouts (TH)

9:00 7:00 7:30 7:30

9:00 3:00 6:00 6:30

AM PM PM PM

8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri)

Adult Class - (Theisz D) Troop 110 Drum Practice (TH) Women's Night Out Senior High Time (GR)

PM PM PM PM PM

18 (2) WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:30 AM 9:00 AM or 10:30 AM - Children's Education 9:15 AM or 10:15 AM Confirmation Class - (NT) 9:00 AM Adult Class -(Theisz D) 6:30 PM Senior High Time (GR)

8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri)

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 7:00 PM O.A. 7:00pm - (GR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

21 5:00 5:30 6:30 6:30 7:00 28 5:00 5:30 6:30 6:30 7:00

6:30 AM 9:30 AM

7:00 PM Pack 110 Cub Scouts (TH)

9:00 AM M.O.W. 7:30 PM BSA Troop 110 (TH) 7:30 PM Ichthus - Rehearsal

PM PM PM PM PM

25 (2) WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:30 AM 9:00 AM or 10:30 AM - Children's Education 9:15 AM or 10:15 AM Confirmation Class - (NT) 9:00 AM Adult Class - (Theisz D)

3:00 PM Troop 110 Drum Practice (TH)

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 7:00 PM O.A. 7:00pm - (GR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

6:30 AM 9:30 AM

7:00 PM Pack 110 Cub Scouts (TH)

9:00 AM M.O.W.

10:00 AM Esther Circle

6:30 PM Senior High Time (GR)

8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri)

7:30 PM BSA Troop 110 (TH) 7:30 PM Ichthus - Rehearsal

PM PM PM PM PM

2010

Wednesday Thursday 1 Maundy Thursday

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

Friday 2 Good Friday

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

Saturday 3 Easter Vigil

O.A. 10:30a (GR)

M Good News Ringers M Dress Rehearsal - The Last (WC) M Gloria Dei Choir

M A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) M Hallelujah Quilters (NT)

10:00 AM Bible Study - (NT) 11:30 AM Lunch W/Pastor (TH) 7:30 PM Maundy Thursday Worship (WC)

7:30 PM Good Friday Worship (WC)

8:00 PM A.A. ( TH Sun/SR Fri)

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 8:00 AM A-Men Breakfast & Bible Study - (NT) 10:00 AM Easter Eggstravaganza - (TH) 6:30 PM Easter Vigil Worship 10

O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

9

M A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) M Am. Sewing Guild (TH) M Hallelujah Quilters (NT)

M Stephen Ministry (ST) M Good News Ringers (WC)

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 10:00 AM Bible Study - (NT) 6:30 PM GS Troop 881/434 (PS) 8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri) 1:30 PM Rebecca's Circle

9:00 AM ­ 3:00 PM Diakonia (HR)

(TH/NT) 1:30-4:30 PM

6:30 PM Daisy Troop 986 (PS)

6:30 PM GS Troop 36 (TH) 8:00 PM Gloria Dei Choir

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

M A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) M Hallelujah Quilters (TH) until 3PM

M String Quartet(WC) M Brass Ensemble (WC) M Confirmation (TH) M Scrapbooking (HR) M Good News Ringers (WC)

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 10:00 AM Bible Study - (NT) 6:30 PM GS Troop 881/434 (PS) 8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri) 11:45 AM Keenagers

9:00 AM ­ 3:00 PM Diakonia (HR)

6:30 PM Daisy Troop 986 (PS)

8:00 PM Gloria Dei Choir

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

M A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) M Hallelujah Quilters (NT)

M String Quartet(WC) M Brass Ensemble (WC) M Confirmation (TH) M Stephen Ministry (ST) M Good News Ringers (WC)

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 10:00 AM Bible Study - (NT) 6:30 PM GS Troop 881/434 (PS) 8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri) 6:30 PM Daisy Troop 986 (PS)

9:00 AM ­ 3:00 PM Diakonia (HR)

6:30 PM GS Troop 36 (TH) 8:00 PM Gloria Dei Choir

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6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

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O.A. Tues 7:30p/Sat 10:30a (GR) 6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR)

M A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) M Hallelujah Quilters (NT)

M String Quartet(WC) M Brass Ensemble (WC) M Confirmation (TH) M Scrapbooking (HR) M Good News Ringers (WC)

6:30 AM A.A. (M-Sat.)- (SR) 10:00 AM Bible Study - (NT) 6:30 PM GS Troop 881/434 (PS) 8:00 PM A.A. (TH Sun/SR Fri) 6:30 PM Daisy Troop 986 (PS)

8:00 PM Gloria Dei Choir

8:00 AM A-Men Breakfast & Bible Study - (NT)

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April & May Designated Altar Flowers

Do you have someone or something special in your life that you would like to commemorate? A wonderful way to do that is by donating the Altar flowers for Worship, the Communion Wine or Eternal Flame. Call Liz in the church office at 689-2571 and she will be glad to add you to the schedule. The flowers for each vase cost $20.00/$40.00 for both vases. You can donate either one or both vases. The Communion Wine is $10.00/week; the Eternal Flame is $5.00/week. You can also sign-up on the sheets in the case outside the church office. Please print clearly.

Please place payment in Designated Giving Envelopes. A-Men for March & April On Sat., April 3rd A-Men will be get together for breakfast, Bible study and fellowship. Come and join other men of the congregation for a morning of Breakfast & Bible Study. All men 18 and over are encouraged to attend. You do not have to be a member of Apostles. Cooking starts at 7:30 am; begin eating around 8:10 am; and are finished by 9:30 am.

Lunch w/Pastor April 1st at 11:30 AM in Theisz Hall Remember that lunch is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag lunch); only drinks and dessert will be provided. Hope to see you Thursday, Apr. 1st at 11:30 AM in Theisz Hall for Lunch with Pastor V.

Women's Night Out for April

On Sunday, April 11 at 6:00 PM Apostles' women and their friends will meet at

Easter Morning Pancake Breakfast

On Easter Sunday morning our A-Men will host a yummy Pancake Breakfast in Theisz Hall from 8:00 AM - Noon. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, cereal, sausage, bacon, orange juice and coffee, as well as wonderful fellowship, before or after worship. A Freewill Offering will be accepted to benefit the ministries of Apostles.

For more information call Howard McNair at 6438655 or Greg Prince at 681-8768.

O'Toole's Irish Pub 1215 West Brandon Blvd.

for an evening of delicious food, great fun and wonderful "girlship". All women of Apostles and their friends are encouraged to come and enjoy someone waiting on them for a change. Please note: This is the 2nd Sunday of April. The 1st Sunday of the month is Easter. Call or see Debbie Nickeson (813-684-8587) and let her know that you will be joining us Sunday, April 11 at O'Toole's. Hope to see you at 6:00 PM! Keenagers is a group of men and women age 50 and over who meet every third Thursday for socializing, potluck lunches, or going to local restaurants for lunch. Spring is FINALLY here! Diane Fox and SueAnn Collinge will host our next luncheon with a ,,Springtime" celebration on Thursday, April 15 at 11:45 AM in Theisz Hall. Everyone is asked to bring one of your favorite side dishes or desserts to go with the main dish. Think green, light and fresh. Just like our weather! Mark your calendar now so you dont miss out on this afternoon of good food and fellowship.

The next church Council Meeting will be held Tues., April 13th 9 at 7:00 PM in the Harmony Room.. Council meetings are open to the congregation.

Do you have questions or would like more information about the ELCA ? Go to www.elca.org. Looking for a comprehensive place to find faith building resources? Go to "The Resource Center" at www.Fbsynod.org and look at all the helps they offer.

You do not have to be a member of Apostles to attend.

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Spa Time 4 Girls

Spa Time 4 Girls is a program designed for teenage girls to learn about skin care and makeup and how to be beautiful on the outside. But the program also looked at; how to be beautiful on the inside by discussing healthy relationships with boys; a discussion about how boys and girls think and communicate so differently; how girls can feel good about themselves; and where God is in the midst of this! We had eight girls from Apostles attend this fun and informative event. A Great Big THANK YOU goes to Glenna Rahr, Sandy Cottingham and Peggy Prince for volunteering their time and talents at the Spa Time 4 Girls! Glenna provided wonderful information about self esteem and then helped each girl create their own self esteem book. Sandy, a Mary Kay representative, provided all of the lovely spa supplies and the girls learned about skin care and make-up techniques. Each girl was given a gift bag to take home. Peggy created a beautiful table of treats, from chocolate covered strawberries to cream puffs and cheesecake!

Thank you for making our Spa Time a beautiful event.

GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP

The Great American Clean-Up is scheduled for Sat., April 17 from 8:00 am to Noon. This is a family event where people from all over the county get together to help clean-up our community! Sign up at the youth table!

We would like to recognize all of Apostles high school graduates. If you are graduating from High School and your name is NOT on this list, please notify the church office at 813-689-2571. Alison Alford Jacob Bukaweski Tyler Greenwood Sarah Fox Mallory Nelson Bradley Rahr Rebecca Thomson Ric Van Epps Jacy Vigness

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Children, Family & Education Ministries

Kit O'Rourke, Coordinator

Do you receive Kit's weekly Children & Families e-mail update? Would you like to? Kit sends her weekly newsletter out to keep families informed of what is happening in the Children & Family ministry; to ask for ideas; and to seek volunteers and /or donations. You do not have to be a member of Apostles to receive emails from her. She want everyone to feel that the arms of Apostles are open wide and friendly to everyone. If you would like to receive her updates, send Kit your e-mail at her e-mail; [email protected]

On Saturday, April 3rd, children 5th grade and younger will celebrate with an Easter Eggstravaganza in Theisz Hall. Look for the sign-up sheet and more information on the table outside the Narthex. Please invite your family & friends; Everyone is Welcome! Confirmation students: This is a fun event to help with and get Confirmation points at the same time. See or call Kit O'Rourke (689-2571) if you would like to volunteer for this fun morning.

New Children's Education Schedule

Traditional Service 9:00-10:00 AM

Children's Education 9:00 until after the sermon (the children will be brought to their families in Worship)

Day Camp News

Believe it or not, Day Camp is coming up. The date is July 19th - 23rd. We will be raising the fees to $40.00 per camper, with a family maximum of $80.00. Each fee only pays part of the cost per camper. The rest is made up through scholarships.

Preschool-K in Theisz A 1st-3rd in Theisz B 4th-6th in South Theisz

Extended Class After the sermon-10:00 AM there will be a Blended Group for those students whose parents are in the adult class

Don't miss Day Camp/VBS! Living Christ's Love

Contemporary Service 10:30 ­ 11:30 AM

Children's Education 10:30 until after the sermon (the children will be brought to their families in Worship)

Preschool-K in Theisz A 1st-3rd in Theisz B 4th-6th in South Theisz

Extended Class ­ if there is an adult education class offered during this time there will be an Extended Class after the sermon-11:30 AM Blended Group - for any children whose parents may be in the adult class.

This month we will have a change in our donations. Instead of collecting food & non-perishables we will be having a Baby "Shower" to help Haitian refugees and their families as they spend time in our area recovering from injuries sustained during the earthquakes. Each week of April we ask the children to bring baby items; diapers, wipes, formula, baby food , etc. . We will collect all the donations at the beginning of Children's Education .

(See page 4 for more information)

Of course, we gladly accept any and all donations. Offerings can also be placed in the labeled food baskets in the Narthex.

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April 2010

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Opportunities

Dear Friends, The demand for water is growing as the world's population increases. But at the same time, clean water is becoming more scarce. Of the limited water resources that are available, many are contaminated. And increasing droughts across the globe limit agricultural growth. Did you know that: 1.2 billion people lack access to clean and affordable water. 2.6 billion people lack proper sanitation services. 5 million people, mostly children, die each year from water-borne diseases. Water affects every aspect of life. Without clean, reliable sources of water, farmers can't grow crops to sell and feed their families. Women and children must often travel several miles each day to collect water, taking precious time from work and school. And dirty drinking water is a constant threat to people coping with disaster. In honor of World Water Day, LWR is pleased to announce a $1 million campaign to help provide water to those in need throughout the world. Will you help LWR Fill the Well? You can help provide plentiful water to the world's poorest people. Please give a gift today or learn more at lwr.org/water. Where there is water, there is life. Your life-giving gift will help people in need grow food, improve health and thrive. In Christ, John A. Nunes President and CEO Lutheran World Relief

"Caring Casserole Ministry" here at Apostles. She is compiling The Café will now be open from 9:00 AM--10:30 AM. a list of names of those that would be willing to make and deliver casseroles to members of our Would you like to be a Café Host one Sunday? Apostles family that are in need; whether it's from March 28 The Clark Family--Matthew's Birthday Bash Apr. 4, Easter Pancake Breakfast hosted by A-Men illness/accident, having a baby, etc. We would take Apr. 11 New Member Welcome the unbaked casserole (in a disposable aluminum Apr. 18 available pan that Anne will provide) w/baking/freezing Apr. 25 available As you can see there are available dates in April for café Hosts! Would directions so it can be used when needed.

you like to live out your discipleship through this ministry? It is easy and fun. Just sign-up to host one Sunday, then provide the goodies and a For those of us that do not cook, Anne is asking for warm welcome to those who visit the Café. You can make the menu as delicious casserole recipes so she can build a file easy as you like. Coffee and drinks would be just wonderful! with a variety of ingredients.

Café Hours! The Café has changed their hours to reflect our new Worship schedule.

Anne Boehm is spearheading a

The clipboard with sign up sheet is usually on a table in the Cafe. Please encourage anyone who is interested to sign up for a Sunday. Or you can call or email Janet Wedlock at 813-654-4907 [email protected] She will be very happy to hear from you.

If you have a heart to be part of this ministry call or e-mail Anne at 813-685-4791 or [email protected]

$$ Offering Counters Needed $$

Are you good with numbers? Can you balance your checkbook? This job may be for you. Glenna Rahr, our Financial Secretary, is building a team of offering counters. Counters are scheduled for one month's Sundays at a time. If you think that this ministry is for you, see or call Glenna at 813-685.8766.

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April 2010

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APOSTLES LITTLE ANGELS SUMMER CAMP 2010

Apostles Preschool: 200 Kingsway Road, Brandon, Florida

Apostles is offering a summer camp for children ages 3-8 years old. This program will include learning, arts and crafts, outdoor time, and fun themes. This is an eight week camp that operates from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This includes one full week of vacation bible school during the week of July 19th- July 23rd. V.B.S. hours are 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Registration begins: Last Day to Register: Ages: Cost:

April 1st for current Apostles students and alumni. April 19th Open Enrollment to the public. May 14th 3-8 years (Must be three and potty trained by June 1, 2010)

$25.00 Registration Fee $50.00 Supply fee (due at time of registration please) $280.00 for seven weeks of camp plus a bonus week of Vacation Bible School. Total of eight weeks!!!! Tuition is payable in two installments of $140.00 due on June 9th and July 6th.

Sibling Discount: Days and Hours: Camp Weeks:

$20.00 Registration Fee for each child $10.00 off total tuition for each child Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Week 1: June 22nd - 24th Week 2: June 29th - July 1st Week 3: July 6th - 8th Week 4: July 13th - 15th Week 5: July 19th - 23rd Week 6: July 27th - 29th Week 7: August 3rd - 5th Week 8: August 10th - 12th Pirate Week Patriotic Week/4th of July International Week Camping Week V.B.S. Week 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Western Week Zoo Theme Back to School Theme

Please note the teachers for this camp will be Ms. Sandy, Ms. Janine and Ms. Alicia. Remember space is limited so register early to insure your child's spot. The teachers for the optional week of vacation bible school will be a combination of church volunteers and a professional Lutheran youth staff. Registration applications are available attached or upon request. If you have any questions or need more information please call Sandra Sornson at 813-689-2571.

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1. 2. Jay Therkilsen Jacob Bukaweski Ron Croone Ruth East Jesse Hough Greg Prince Sandie Zwygart Sandy Castro Blake Bredbenner Britta Gundlach Chris Bredbenner Brian Flynn Sarah Hall Dawn Gundlach Lisa McNew Bill Foelker Mary Ann Foelker Janine Schoening Michael Hackett 12. 13. 14.

April 2010

John Ionoff Kathleen Freeland Dave Berg Ed Musgrave Chris Rogers Don Lovering David Schwarz Chris Connett Jennifer Schommer Matt Brooks Audrey Hackett Elijah McNew Dave Valleri Kham Loraamm Joel Rentz Pete Keinath Todd Amaden Barb Hehr Lilyann Belcher 21. 23. Darien Santmyer Don Konen Carole Rink Nichole Cornelius Joe Ammerman Demetra Olson April Bonner Toni Carey Pat Granger Harriet Raschke Thomas Desmond Ally Louden Richard Olson Rita Croone Wally Lowry Daniel Gasiorek

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If we missed your birthday, or if there are any corrections, please call the office at 813-689-2571. We may not have all the information we need for our membership records. Thank you.

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OFFICE STAFF

C. Handlee Vige SueAnn Collinge Kit O'Rourke Michele Van Epps Ron Beisecker James Carmichael José Rivera Sandra Sornson Liz Jimenez Greg Prince Mary Mealy Ron Beisecker Coleman Hill Joel Rentz Bert Seibert Synod Deacons Pastor Associate in Ministry Coordinator for Children, Family & Education Ministries Coordinator for Youth, Young Adults & Drama Ministries Parish Administrator Organist and Choir Master Music Director for Contemporary Worship Pre-School Director Office Secretary/Receptionist Sextons

April 2010

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Our Vision

The Vision of Apostles Lutheran Church is to:

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Introduce people to Jesus Christ Disciple members, and Serve the needs of people in our community and the world.

Sunday Worship Services 9:00 am Traditional 10:30 am Contemporary Education Programs provided at 9:00 am & 10:30am

Non-Profit Org.

These ministries are undertaken

Apostles Lutheran Church 200 Kingsway Road Brandon, FL 33510 Phone: (813) 689-2571 Fax: (813) 653-4919 Email: [email protected] Website: ApostlesLutheran.net

in faith TO THE GLORY OF GOD

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