Noteworthy News 3/4/18

BAPTISM Congratulations to Paul Allen Randall who was welcomed into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at our worship service this morning. Parents are Joshua and Olivia Randall.

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.

CARE PACKAGES for college students are available today in the Narthex. Students, please pick one up before you leave 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. Breakfast casseroles, fruit & dessert will be served for the meal. The theme this year is The Passion of Our Lord. Midweek begins at 7:15pm.

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

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, March 21. Look for a signup sheet for food/workers early in March.

EASTER FLOWERS On Easter Sunday we will again be using Easter lilies or any spring flower to adorn our altar. Contact Rebecca Hansen or Gloria Krob if you wish to bring in your own flowers, and have please have them at the church no earlier than Sat., March 31. There are envelopes for monetary donations on the table in the Narthex. Place donations in the offering plate, and make checks out to the church with “Easter Flowers” in the memo line. Please have your monetary donations in by Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday).

ALTAR GUILD Volunteers are needed to help strip the altar on Holy Thursday, March 29 at the 6:30pm worship service. On Easter Sunday, April 1, volunteers are needed to help dress the altar at the early service (7am). Ten people are needed for each service. If you are able to help at either or both services, please sign up on the signup sheets in the Narthex or talk to Lea Snedden. Thank you.


Journey to the Cross – March 24
On Saturday, March 24th, get immersed in Easter like never before!  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 inhand and be transported back to the time of Christ.  This come-and-go event for all ages will be held on the morning of Saturday, March 24 between 9:30 and 11:30.  It takes about an hour, so plan to arrive by 10:30 to experience the entire journey.  Participants will journey in groups of 5-10 people led by a tour guide. We need some great volunteers to make our Journey to the Cross as meaningful as possible, and we’re hoping that you will help. Please prayerfully consider serving our church in one of the following roles: station volunteers, tour guides, greeters, prop coordinator, costume coordinator, decorating committee, or planning committee.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
The snow has barely melted, but it’s never too early to start thinking about VBS!  We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crew leaders, games, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain. 

Upcoming Dates
March 11 – NO Sunday School
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School                                                            Julie Baumler


Middle and High School Youth
Tonight – Youth Night: Middle school 5-7pm, High School 6-8pm

Upcoming events
Lenten Meal – March 7, March 21
Easter Breakfast – April 1
Youth Night – April 15

Lenten Meal March 7
Breakfast casseroles, Fruit, Dessert                                                     Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Peter and Cornelius: Acts 10; Story Bible p. 437. In Sunday School, the children learn how the Good News comes to us as it did to Peter and Cornelius. Talk about how in church we receive the Good News that, although we are judged unrighteous and deserving of death, God mercifully declares us holy, righteous, and innocent because of Christ. “What does this mean for our daily lives?” is a good question to discuss as a family.

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.

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®. Go to or call 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” to allocate funds. Thank You!

NOMINATIONS FOR SYNODICAL POSITIONS The next LCMS convention will be in the summer of 2019. At this time, the Synod’s Committee for Convention Nominations is collecting nominations for the various and boards and positions of the Synod. Should you wish to recommend any nominations, please contact Pastor Hansen. Thank you.

LWML YOUNG WOMEN’S SERVANT EVENT 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.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Did You Know: Eight LCMS members currently serve in the Iowa legislature. Please name each of these individuals as well as the elected representatives from your area in your prayers this week, asking God to give them wisdom, strength and peace as they carry out their important work: Senators Roby Smith (Trinity, Davenport), Jason Schultz (Immanuel, Schleswig), Mark Segebart (Trinity, Manilla), Tim Kraayenbrink (St. Paul, Fort Dodge), Julian Garrett (Mt. Calvary, Indianola), and Jerry Behn (Trinity, Boone), Representatives Mary Ann Hanusa (St. Paul, Council Bluffs), and Dan Huseman (St. Paul, Aurelia). Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Ben Sullivan, 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, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Joyce Church, family of Mick Baumler, family of Marge Bostwick

Sunday School children: 22 Young Families Bible Study: 10
Sunday Morning Svc: 84 Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 42