Noteworthy News 12/3/17

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

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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING TODAY The congregation is invited to go Christmas caroling today following worship. After fellowship, we will plan to sing at Hallmark Care Center before their meal, then gather back at the church for a soup luncheon. After eating, we will carpool to various homes for caroling.

ADVENT SERVICES Our first Advent meal & service will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The meal (casseroles, lettuce salad, dessert) will begin at 5:15pm, and Advent worship is at 6:30pm. The meal is served by the youth (freewill offering).

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will be next Saturday, Dec. 9 at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon at 10:30am. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. All women of the congregation are invited!

MISSION OF HOPE We will be serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Volunteers are needed to provide/prepare/serve the meal. There are signup sheets in the Narthex. Food items needed include: apple crisps, cookies and cornbread. Contact Vickie Ozburn for more information.

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 10.

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 17. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Paper Advent devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. You may also read the devotions online, subscribe to having them sent to you in emails, or listen to audio podcasts. Go to http://www.lhm.org/advent for more information.

TERRI LYNN NUTS AND CANDIES are here. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild and place in the wooden lock box. Proceeds go toward missions.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God’s People Go Home: Ezra 1:1–2; 7:11–28; Nehemiah 2:1–8; 12:27–43; Story Bible p. 247-252. God used unbelieving kings to restore His exiled people to Jerusalem according to His will. God sent Jesus, the King of kings, to Jerusalem to restore His wayward people to Himself forever. As a family, discuss, “What preparations did the people need to make before they returned to Jerusalem? How can you prepare for worship each week?”

DIRECTORY UPDATE The church directory will be updated in January. Please take a look at the current directory in the Narthex and add/edit as needed. Thank you.

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.

PROJECT 60 The Lisbon School will once again be hosting the Project 60 Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11am-2pm. The dinner is for seniors 60 and older in the Lisbon/Mt. Vernon area. There will be a meal, entertainment and Bingo. There is no cost, but donations are welcome. Reservations are appreciated but not required. (Contact Cathy Whitman at 455-2106 to make reservations.)

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Carol Wulf, Glenn Kurth, Patti Hawxby, Norma Frey, Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Sue Larson, Brent & Jenni Flickinger

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Christmas Program – Dec. 10
The children and youth invite the congregation and their guests to their Christmas program, “Starry, Starry Night” at 4pm next Sunday, December 10. The program will be followed by a soup supper for all.  If you would like to help out with the soup supper, there is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  We will have practice Saturday morning, Dec. 9 at 9am. All participants are encouraged to attend the Saturday practice.

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 10.  They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  Let me know by TODAY if you children would like to participate.

Stage Set-up
We will be setting up the stage for the Christmas program next Sunday following the worship service.  We could use a few good men (or women) to help.  We will also need assistance taking it down after the program, following the soup supper.

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle and High School youth
Christmas Party Tonight:

Highschool Youth–We will gather at the church at 4pm and head to Target to buy Christmas gifts. After that we will go to the Margheim’s home.

Middle School youth: We will gather at the Margheim’s. Please arrive at 6pm. Once everyone is there we will wrap presents (if needed) and share a Christmas dinner. We’ll also have a White Elephant gift exchange (something funny or unique, this should be something that could be held on to if so desired). We will also read the Nativity and play games if we have time. We will finish up around 8pm.

Higher Things Fundraiser
Bake Sale – Dec 17 (Watch for emails)

Sonya Sullivan

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: na adults: na
Wed. Evening Svc.: 9 Sunday Morning Svc.: 63

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $ 3,798 Goal: $ 3,688
This Year: $177,376 Goal: $177,024