Noteworthy News 12/24/17

NEWSLETTER The January newsletter and calendar are available to view on the church website, http://www.splcmv.org. There are a few paper copies available in the Narthex.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
Sunday, Dec. 24 6:30pm Christmas Eve Worship, “A Service of
Lessons & Carols” (no communion)
Monday, Dec. 25 9:30am Christmas Morning Worship (comm.)
Sunday, Dec. 31 9:30am Regular Sunday Morning Worship
(No New Year’s Eve Evening Service)
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL Dec. 31, Resumes 1/7

CHURCH PLANNING MEETING There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, January 7 at 11am to discuss future church building needs. All congregation members are welcome to attend. 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 bring to the meeting that day. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please fill out the sheet and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox. It will be decided at the meeting whether or not to proceed with future building planning.

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.

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.

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.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Upcoming events
January 7, 21 – MS & SH Youth Nights
January 26-27 – Middle School Retreat (Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca) 

Sonya Sullivan

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Over the coming Christmas season we will spend more time together than usual with our families. As you gather, keep a watchful eye out for excessive negative talk including complaining, fault-finding, and passing on gossip. Sharing gossip and negative messages of gloom and doom is not only sinful and dishonoring to our Father, it also fosters a depressing atmosphere in the home (…and in the church). Instead, look hard for the positive and talk about it often! “Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely…think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 Lutheran Family Service, (563) 359-0696, LFSiowa.org

WORKSHOP AT TRINITY “Confessing Christ” workshop will be presented by Rev. Dr. Dean Rothchild on Saturday, January 6 from 8:30-12 at Trinity Lutheran in Cedar Rapids. Topics to be covered include: What does it mean to confess Christ Jesus?; Why do you attend the Divine Service?; other related topics. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by January 2. Call 319-366-1569 x220 to register.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Butch Heck, Glenn Kurth, Norma Frey, 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, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Laurence Petersen, John Koester, family of Vernon Pickering (Vickie Ozburn’s father), Jeremy Petersen, family of Peggy Sanders, Matt & Jenny (Nate Von Behren’s cousin), Barb Ingersoll, Rita Giblin, Mike Bonnstetter

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 20 adults: 8  Wed. Advent Svc.: 34
Sunday Morning Svc.: 83

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $ 5,628 Goal: $ 3,688
This Year: $191,762 Goal: $188,088