Noteworthy News 12/31/17

MUFFINS FOR MITES Please join us in fellowship today as the Priscilla Guild sponsors “Muffins for Mites”. Your fellowship donations will go to support the continued mission work of the LWML.

MEN’S BREAKFAST will be next Saturday, Jan. 6 at 8am at the church. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information. All men are welcome. (No men’s breakfast in February)

CHURCH PLANNING MEETING There will be a congregational meeting next 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.

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.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for 2018 on the bulletin board in the Narthex if you would like to sign up to provide altar flowers on a Sunday morning.

DIRECTORY An updated church directory has been placed in your church mailbox in the entryway. Please take the contents of your mailbox home with you today.

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 Depression is associated with many things, but a weak faith is not one of them. Martin Luther himself struggled with depression as did many other church leaders. If you are feeling depressed, don’t suffer alone. Talk to someone. Luther had the right idea 500 years ago when he said, “Solitude produces melancholy. When we are alone the worst and saddest things come to mind. We reflect in detail upon all sorts of evils. And if we have encountered adversity in our lives, we dwell upon it as much as possible, magnify it, think that no one is so unhappy as we are, and imagine the worse possible consequences.” LFS counselors are here to help when needed. 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, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, 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, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, family of Peggy Sanders, Matt & Jenny (Nate Von Behren’s cousin), Barb Ingersoll, Rita Giblin, Mike Bonnstetter, Pat Fritz, family of Carmen Musser

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: na adults: na
Sunday Morning Svc.: 43 Christmas Eve: 93 Christmas Day: 27

CONTRIBUTIONS

Last Week $ na         Goal: $ 3,688
This Year: $191,762 Goal: $191,776