NEWSLETTER articles for the March newsletter are due next Sunday, Feb. 18. Thanks!
FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome!
ASH WEDNESDAY Lent begins this Wednesday, Feb. 14. We will have a meal (freewill offering) at 5:15pm and Ash Wednesday worship with communion at 6:30. There are no Midweek classes on Ash Wednesday.
The Priscilla Guild will be providing/serving the Lenten meal on Ash Wednesday. There is a signup sheet for food on the table in the Narthex.
FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED One additional family is needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Feb. 18. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care kits for LWR. A donation basket is on the table by the entry doors in the Narthex. Also on the table are lists of items needed and guidelines about those items. There is an instruction sheet to make homemade diapers out of t-shirts as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. Take as many as you’d like, more copies can be made. The theme this year is “Silent Witnesses.” Lent begins February 14.
DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® BY MARCH 31 Since 2014, St. Paul has received $5,801 in Thrivent Choice Dollars to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2018, to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!
|NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR
Collecting Necessities for Orphan Grain TrainDestitute people around the world need basic necessities. Thousands of children in India, Latvia, Liberia, Nicaragua, and other countries helped by Orphan Grain Train do not have good underwear or socks. With only the shirt on their backs since the day of their destitution, it’s difficult for them to obtain good clothes, not to mention undergarments. For the month of February, we will be collecting NEW underwear and socks for Orphan Grain Train to send to needy people! Men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s—all sizes are needed. There is a collection box on the small table in the fellowship hall where you can put your donations. Please have all of your donations to the church by February 25.
Journey to the Cross – March 24
|NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR
Middle School and High School Youth
Lent Meals (starting Feb. 21)
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Valentines/Lent Activity: Today the children made valentines for the shut-ins and snowbirds of the congregation. They also learned about the season of Lent. Ask them how long Lent lasts and what happens to the “Alleluias” during Lent. We also talked about fasting or giving up something for Lent and why some people do that. Talk it over with your child to see if they would like to give up something for Lent this year (but don’t require it). Each family received a devotional with suggested readings from the Story Bible to use during the season of Lent. It is in your mailbox.
GREETING CARDS Valentine’s Day cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Card are $1 each, and funds go to the youth group. Place money in the coffee can on the small table.
LABORERS FOR CHRIST-MORE LABORERS ARE NEEDED! LFC is a service provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund to help LCMS ministries save money on their building projects. Currently there is a tremendous need for volunteers. Laborers, both men and women learn by doing—on the job training with fellowship. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to lcef.org/laborers-for-christ/. There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Building Healthy Families: Did you know the world has declared a special week to celebrate one of the fruits of the Spirit? The founders of National Random Acts of Kindness Week might not know it, but they have: kindness is on the list in Galatians 5! How might you give witness to the faith that is in you by doing something “unusually kind”, in Jesus name, for someone this week? Shovel your neighbor’s snow, pay for the order of the car behind you in the drive through, send flowers to someone who lives alone, stop to visit someone living in a care center…be creative and have fun! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).
PRAYERS THIS WEEK Rebecca Hansen, Glenn Kurth, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, 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, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Mick Baumler, family of Micah Stine, family of Kathleen Hoagland, praise for birth of Paul Randall
STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 17 adults: 6 Sunday Morning Svc: 82
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: 7
Last Sunday: $ 4,260 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $18,827 Goal: $19,125