Noteworthy News 2/18/18

NEWSLETTER articles for the March newsletter are due TODAY. Thanks!

FELLOWSHIP Thank you to the Bany family for providing fellowship refreshments today.

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES continue this Wednesday. A meal is served at 5:15pm (freewill offering), and the worship service is at 6:30pm. The theme this year is The Passion of Our Lord. Midweek begins at 7:15pm.

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,

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.”

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 to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!

SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the Sharon K Jurgens Memorial Scholarship for fall 2018 are available in the Narthex. This scholarship is available to high school senior or home-schooled equivalent students who are planning to attend college to pursue a degree in education. Applications are due by March 15, 2018 and should be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion.


Collecting Necessities for Orphan Grain Train
Destitute people around the world need basic necessities. Thousands of children in India, Latvia, Liberia, Nicaragua, and other countries helped byOrphan 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
Join us for a sensory learning event that covers the last days of Jesus’ life on earth. Meet witnesses from the Bible; taste, touch, feel, and be a part of the Passion story; take a walking Journey with your passport in hand, and be transported back to the time of Christ. This hands-on event on the morning of Sat., March 24 is for all members of St. Paul and their guests.  It’s the perfect way to prepare for Holy Week as you experience the events from Palm Sunday through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We will be needing several volunteers.  Please check out the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex. 

Upcoming Dates
February 25 – Orphan Grain Train collections due
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler


Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Night -February 18 (TONIGHT)
Youth Night – March 4 

Lent Meals (starting Feb. 21)
An email has been sent with meal schedule and food assignments. 

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Conversion of Paul: Acts 9:1-31; Story Bible p. 434.
Today in Sunday School, the children studied Paul’s conversion and learned that as God did with Paul, so God does with us. Through the Law, we are crushed by the weight of our sin and are helpless. As God revived Paul through Ananias (Acts 9:1–31), He revives us through our pastors with the proclamation of His Word and the administration of His Sacraments granting forgiveness, life, and salvation to all who believe. Talk to your children about how the Sacraments and God’s Word revive you so that you may live as God’s child.

LWML YOUNG WOMEN’S SERVANT EVENT Hello Young Ladies! Do you want to serve your community? Do you want to learn more about LWML? Join us (your IDE LWML Young Women Reps) for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and service. We are planning an event for young women on March 11 from 2 to 4pm. It will be held at our District Office (1100 Blairs Ferry Rd, Marion, IA). We will be sharing our great experiences with LWML, learning a bit more about what LWML does, and putting together school kits for Families Helping Families of Iowa. Please email Rachel at to RSVP by March 5, so we can have an idea how many to plan for.

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. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES At the end of the Revolutionary War, in his letter to the States on June 8, 1783, George Washington is quoted as saying: “…the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” As you celebrate President’s Day tomorrow, pray and thank God for the gifts of liberty and freedom, and for those who currently hold national, state and local positions of leadership in government. Lutheran Family (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Glenn Kurth, Steve Williams, 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, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, family of Dick Peters, family of Jane Ripoff, family of Mick Baumler, family of Marge Bostwick


Sunday School children: 19 adults: 8 Sunday Morning Svc: 72
Ash Wednesday Svc.: 67

Last Sunday: $ 2,053 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $21,390     Goal: $22,950