Noteworthy News 10/1/17

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday. Donations received on this day go to benefit the Southeast Linn Comm. Center Food Pantry. Be sure to pick up an envelope in the Narthex and place your donation in the offering plate during worship.

CARE PACKAGES for college students are available today in the Narthex. Students, please pick one up before you leave today.

LWML SUNDAY Today we recognize LWML Sunday. The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world. The St. Paul Priscilla Guild is a member of the LWML and our Iowa District East. The Priscilla Guild hosts several events/activities each year with the proceeds going toward missions. If you would like to know more about getting involved with the Priscilla Guild, please contact Lorena Freiburger, President, at

WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE Communion will be celebrated at our 6:30pm prayer service this Wednesday, October 4. All are invited.

LFS OFFERING Next Sunday, October 8 we will taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Service of Iowa. For more information go to

CHONDA PIERCE SHOW The women of the congregation are invited to go see Christian comedian Chonda Pierce at the Paramount in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7pm.  Tickets are $27 plus a handling fee.  If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex, call the church office (895-8772) or email by Sunday, October 8.  Contact Susan Adrian if you have questions.  You can read more about Chonda Pierce at

LWML FALL ZONE RALLY “Faith through the Word” is the theme of our LWML Fall Rally on Saturday, October 7 here at St. Paul. You can experience the emotions of mission work from our presenters, Willis and Carol Wulf, who have gone on mission trips to Vietnam. We suggest you invite a friend to spend the morning with you. What a great way to spend time with a friend! Signup sheets for attendance and to provide items for the brunch we will be serving are located in the Narthex. Check out the poster on the bulletin board for more information and items to bring for the ingathering for SE Linn Food Pantry. Registration begins at 8:30am, and breakfast will be served at 9:00am.

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY Come and join us on Sunday mornings at 8:15am to study “A Man Named Martin.” This 3-part (13-week) study from Lutheran Hour Ministries covers the man, the moment, and the movement.  Contact Pastor Hansen for more information. Weekly recaps are being sent by email to the congregation, and you may also find recaps from past weeks on the Adult Bible Study link on the homepage of our website,


Reformation Walk, October 8
Walk where Luther walked. You may not live in sixteenth-century Germany, but on October 8, you can walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther at our Reformation Walk. Your whole family will enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Reformation and learn how the world changed forever. The walk will be held from 2-5 p.m. at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca.  Invite your friends!  There are handouts on the table in the Narthex that you can take and share with others as well as maps to the camp. We will be serving a simple “German” snack of rootbeer and pretzels.  We need donations of 2-liter bottles of rootbeer and bags of twist-style pretzels. Please put your donations in the kitchen by Wednesday, Oct. 4. We will have a brief meeting during fellowship today for the volunteers helping with the walk.  

Sunday School Children Learning about Luther
During the first four Sundays in October, the K-3rd graders are learning about Martin Luther and the Reformation during the “large group” portion of Sunday School.  They will be doing some hands-on activities and demonstrations to help them understand how Luther’s work and the Reformation has shaped our core beliefs about grace, Biblical truths, and Jesus.

Upcoming Dates
October 8 – Reformation Walk at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca, 2pm
December 10 – Children’s Christmas Program

Julie Baumler



HS and MS Youth Upcoming Events October 8, Reformation Walk
We are doing this in place of the youth night.     This is for all Middle School and High School youth. It will take place at Camp IO-DIS-E-CA from 2-5 pm. We will meet at the church at 1:30 and travel there together. Please RSVP by Oct. 1 (TODAY) so that I make sure transportation is covered.     If you are planning to attend with your family, that is fine, you can meet up with us at Camp. I hope everyone can make it.

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
Sun., October 22         Youth Night 5-7pm

High School Youth Upcoming Events
Sun., October 22         Youth Committee Meeting (following service)
Sun., October 22         Youth Night 6-8pm
Wed., Nov. 1                Deadline for Higher Things Registration/$100 deposit

Sonya Sullivan

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, October 15. There is a signup sheet on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Elijah and the Prophets of Baal: 1 Kings 18:20-46; Story Bible p. 221. Just as the true God revealed Himself on the altar of Mount Carmel, so on the cross-shaped altar of Mount Calvary Jesus revealed, once and for all, that He alone is the real God who loves us enough to die for us. Parents could ask, “How did God demonstrate His power on Mount Carmel? How does God reveal Himself to us?”

LWR KITS The following items are needed to complete this year’s Lutheran World Relief kits which will be delivered to the drop off location in mid October: dark colored hand towels, blunt children’s scissors, rulers, black or blue pens (no gel ink), crayons (24 in a box), 2 ½” eraser, bar soap, metal nail clippers, sturdy wide-tooth combs. Please put items in the basket inside the entry doors by Sunday, October 8. There is a list of items needed on the table by the basket. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

CLERGY APPRECIATION MONTH October is recognized as Clergy Appreciation Month. Take a moment this month to thank Pastor Hansen for all his hard work and dedication. Greeting cards for the occasion are available in the card display in the Narthex.

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Mt. Vernon Methodist Church women are holding this event on Thursday, October 19 at 7pm. Nicole McAlexander, the Executive Director at Southeast Linn Comm. Center, will be sharing about the services that Southeast Linn provides to folks in the MV/Lisbon area. The focus will be on how we, as church women, can help meet some of those needs, especially for women and children. See the flyer on the bulletin board for items to bring to the event to help stock the shelves at SE Linn.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Deloris Petersen, Gary Petersen, Glenn Kurth, Jan Behn, Sharon Jurgens, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Leona Danker, Keith Karr, Aïchatou Johnson, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Jeff Butterbaugh, John Lord, Marcia Hauschild, Jim Otto, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Sue Margheim’s aunt Beverly, Annie Walker

Sunday School children: 22  adults: 2 young adult study: 10
Wed. Evening Service: 7   Sunday Morning Svc.: 80

Last Week $    3,451                Goal: $    3,688
This Year: $144,046                Goal: $143,832