Noteworthy News 1/14/18

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS for 2018 is today during the worship service. President: Scott Baumler; Vice Pres.: Mike Lacy; Secretary: Jo Klooster; Treasurer: Brenda Bany; Financial Secretary: Sue Lacy; Asst. Financial Secretary: Susan Adrian; new Elders: Josh Randall, Terry Klooster, Gene Freiburger, Jim Kain; Trustee: Shawn McConaughy. Outgoing volunteers: Willis Wulf (Pres.), Gary Spiess (Elder), Josh Randall (Secretary), Andy Hepker (Elder), Nicki Hanselman (Trustee). Thank you for your service.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Today we are taking a special offering for Lutheran Family Services of Iowa. Please see the bulletin insert for more information about LFS. There is a special offering plate in the back of the Sanctuary.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS We will be taking down and storing Christmas decorations after the service this morning. All are welcome to help!

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the February newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, January 21. Thanks!

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

BAPTISM Congratulations to Garrett Andrew Zell who was welcomed into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at his home on Monday, January 8. Parents are Brian & TaLisha Zell, siblings Aubry, Alethea and Arianna.

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.

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.

THANK YOU to the congregation of St. Paul for the Christmas card and gift. We appreciate your encouragement and support. We are blessed! Julie Baumler (Family Life Coord.), Jeff Adrian (Facilities Coord.).

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Sunday School Mission Project – Orphan Grain Train
The second semester Sunday School mission project is Orphan Grain Train.  Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 66 different countries including the USA.  Each week the Sunday School children in preschool – 4th grade will learn more about Orphan Grain Train projects and the support they provide across the world.  For more information, go to www.ogt.org.

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.

 Super Skate Outing
I’m working to plan an outing for the Sunday School children and youth.  If you haven’t yet weighed in on your family’s available times, please visit the online poll at https://doodle.com/poll/y79hed523hfytz5x.

Upcoming Dates
March 24 – Journey to the Cross

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Upcoming Events: 

SH Youth Committee meeting on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11am. 

Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Nights – January 21, February 4, February 18

Middle School Youth
January 26-27 – Middle School Retreat (Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca) – All youth should have received their registration packet either in paper form or by email. The registration form, health and photo release form and $25.00 are due to Sonya by January 17. Please do not let cost or transportation keep you from going. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for the Christmas card and gift. It is a joy to work with the youth of our congregation!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God Sends the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:1–21; Story Bible p. 421. Today’s Sunday School lesson teaches the children that at Pentecost, God sent the Holy Spirit to His Church. Now, through Word and Sacrament, God gives us His Holy Spirit to create and sustain saving faith in Jesus. Ask the children to tell you about what happened at Pentecost. Ask them when they received the Holy Spirit (in Baptism).

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

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Development experts say three A’s are needed for a healthy self-esteem to develop in children: Affection—a sense of belongingness, of being wanted, accepted, cared for, enjoyed, and loved; Acceptance—a sense of worth, an inner feeling that I count, I’m valued, I have something to offer; and Approval—a sense of being competent—confident that I can perform a task, meet a challenge, cope with life. It’s essential for parents to provide these for their young children, but depending on others (including our parents) to meet these needs for us as we grow is risky, and ultimately doomed to fail. Self-esteem is challenged every day through bullying, discrimination, objectification, and disappointment when others (or we) don’t live up to expectations. How about looking for and finding the three A’s – always and forever without disappointment – here instead? John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; John 15:5. Lutheran Family Service, (563) 359-0696, LFSiowa.org

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, Pat Fritz, George Cusher

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 23 adults: 7
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: 12 Sunday Morning Svc: 98

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $4,518 Goal: $3,825
This Year: $4,518 Goal: $3,825