Noteworthy News 11/5/17

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday (SE Linn). 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.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are given by Kim Konkowski in honor of Kim and Paul’s birthdays.

SEWING DAY If you have sewing skills and would like to help update the Living Nativity costumes, please contact Brenda Bany (brenda@amesweb.com). We will be having a sewing day at the church on Tuesday, November 7th starting at 9:00am.

WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER SERVICE Communion will be offered at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer Service this Wednesday, Nov. 8. All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The monthly women’s Bible study on Saturday, Nov. 11 will be at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon at 10:30am. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. 

YOUTH PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER will be Monday, November 13, 2017 from 5pm-8pm. Take a flyer or show it on your phone, and 15% of your purchase goes to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Location: Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch, 2450 Westdale Drive SW. Come Join us for dinner!

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 30 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Nov. 26 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center.  There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.

FILL A BOWL, FILL A NEED Mission of Hope is in need of 200 soup bowls at $2 per bowl, and we would like to purchase them in time for our use on December 13 as we serve chili at the noon meal that day. The Mission currently uses styrofoam bowls. The new bowls are melamine and will not break if dropped. You can help by purchasing your favorite “Bowl of Soup” on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Buy a bowl for each member of the family! Cash or checks made payable to St Paul Lutheran Church (memo Mission Soup Bowl). Thanks!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Luther Movie Watch Night
As a culmination to our Reformation 500 events, the congregation is invited to watch the movie, “Luther” next Sunday evening, November 12.  We will meet in the fellowship hall at 6pm. Popcorn will be provided.  Feel free to bring additional snacks and/or comfortable lawn chairs if you would like.  The movie was on the big screen in 2003 and is rated PG-13.  Parents may want to check out the Plugged In movie review to see if you feel it would be appropriate for your children.  We will have a children’s movie playing in the library that evening if you have younger children that need a place to hang out. 

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due Next Week
Through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, St. Paul families can create gifts by filling shoeboxes with small toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, andother crises. Packing lists and boxes are on the small table just inside the fellowship hall for members of St. Paul who would like to pack their own shoebox for a child in need.  Any shoebox (or plastic shoebox) will work. Boxes will be due to church by Nov. 12.  The Priscilla Guild has offered to pay for the shipping of the boxes.

Christmas Program
We started practicing our Christmas program songs today and will have parts assigned before Thanksgiving.  The program will be on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4pm.  Please let me know by November 12 if your children are planning to participate in the program. All children and youth ages preschool through high school are encouraged to participate. We will have one Saturday practice on the morning of Dec. 9 at 9am.

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 12      Operation Christmas Child boxes due to church
Nov. 12      “Luther” Movie Watch Night, 6pm
Nov. 19       Young Families Bible Study, 8:15am
Dec. 9        Christmas program practice, 9am
Dec. 10      Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm

Julie Baumler

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Nov. 19. There is a signup sheet on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT                      Youth Night, 5-7pm
Sun., Nov. 19               Youth Night, 5-7pm
Wed., Nov. 22              No Confirmation class

High School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT                      Youth Night, 6-8pm
Wed., Nov. 8                Butter Braid pick-up date
Sun., Nov. 19               Youth Night, 6-8pm

If you plan to attend Higher Things but have not turned in your registration and deposit, please do so as soon as possible. 

Higher Things Fundraiser: Thank You to all who purchased Butter Braids. The Butter Braids will be delivered on November 8 and distributed soon after. 

Can and Bottle Fundraiser: We are going to continue to collect aluminum cans, 20 oz. plastic bottles, and 2 liter bottles to recycle. These may be placed in the can shed boxes located near the chest freezer. If you have glass bottles, please hold onto them, and we will hold a youth collection day soon. We will announce when you can bring them to church. Thank you for your donations!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Jeremiah and God’s New Covenant: Jeremiah 1:4−10; 29:1–14; 31:31–34; 33:14–16; Story Bible p. 215. God promised to restore His wayward people, pointing them to a new covenant and a righteous Branch of David. Jesus, the promised Branch, fulfilled this covenant of righteousness for Jeremiah, Israel, and all believers. Consider discussing, “What challenges did Jeremiah face in life? What promises did God make to faithful Jeremiah?” 

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net. 

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed. 

PRAYER CHAIN UPDATE Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain. There will be a sheet in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Deloris Petersen, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, 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, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Jean White, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Christa Smith, Vernon Pickering, Darlene Allard, John Fritz

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sunday School children: 21  adults: na  young families Bible study: 9
Wed. Evening Service: 9   Sunday Morning Svc.: 84

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $   3,355                Goal: $   3,688
This Year: $162,385                Goal: $162,272