Noteworthy News 1/7/18

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.

CHURCH PLANNING MEETING There will be a congregational meeting TODAY 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. It will be decided at the meeting whether or not to proceed with future building planning.

FOREVER YOUNG Forever Young meets for a potluck the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12 noon. All retired folk, or anyone who has the lunch hour open are welcome. Come join us for great food and great fellowship! Our next potluck will be this Tuesday, January 9 at 12pm at the church. All are welcome!

PRAYER SERVICE WITH COMMUNION Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer service this coming Wednesday, January 10. All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next women’s Bible study will be Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10:30am a Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women of the congregation are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS will be next Sunday, January 14 during the 9:30am worship service.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Next Sunday, we will be taking a special offering for Lutheran Family Services of Iowa. For more information about LFS, go to

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be Sunday, January 28. There will be a special council meeting on Sunday, Jan. 21 following worship to prep for the meeting. Reports for the assembly packet are due to Tracy by Wednesday, January 24.

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,

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.

THANK YOU Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and generous gifts. We are so grateful for your love and care for us. In Christ, Pastor Hansen and Family

Thank you to the congregation of St. Paul for your Christmas card and gift. It’s truly been a blessing to serve as your church secretary the past several years. God’s blessings to you all. Tracy


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

Sonya Sullivan


Sunday School Mission Project – Mission of Hope
The Sunday School children and youth completed their mission project for the first semester.     Their offerings for Mission of Hope totaled $143.07. They are excited to be able to share their gifts with those at the mission.

Young Families Bible Study
The Young Families Bible Study will meet at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 28. Let me know if you have a topic idea that you would like us to cover. 

Upcoming Dates
March 24 – Journey to the Cross

Julie Baumler

CAMP Registration for summer camp at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca opens on Friday, January 12. Go to to register. Summer staff hiring has begun. Go to for more information.

JOINING JESUS ON HIS MISSION SEMINAR King of Kings in Cedar Rapids will be having a seminar led by Rev. Greg Finke, author of the book Join Jesus on His Mission, on Saturday, January 13 from 9am to 2pm. The seminar will focus on what it might look like to join Jesus on His mission in everyday life at the places we already live, work and go to school. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex for more information, or go to

LCEF SCHOLARSHIP Application for the $1,000 scholarship available to high school seniors and current college students is due January 31. Go to for more information.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES You have heard the saying, the family that prays together, stays together? A survey by the Barna Research Group indicates that this old saying is still true, not just for families but also for married couples. Research documents that couples who hold a shared belief system (including prayer and attending church regularly) have a significantly lower divorce rate than the general population. So just a little reminder in case you didn’t already know: growing in your faith is not only good for you and for your children, it’s good for your marriage! Lutheran Family Service, (563) 359-0696,

PRAYERS THIS WEEK 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, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, praise for birth of Garrett Zell, Pat Fritz, family of Carmen Musser


Sunday School children: na adults: na
Sunday Morning Svc: 72

CONTRIBUTIONS (final totals for 2017)

12/20 thru 12/25     $ 8,845
Last Sunday 12/31 $ 4,940       Goal: $ 3,688
This Year:                $199,923   Goal: $195,464