Noteworthy News 3/11/18

NEWSLETTER articles for the April newsletter are due next Sunday, March 18. Thanks!

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, March 13 at 12 noon at the church. All are invited!

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES continue this Wednesday. A meal is served at 5:15pm (freewill offering), and the worship service is at 6:30pm. Communion will be celebrated at the service this Wednesday. The meal will be provided by the Elders this week and will be brats. No Midweek this week.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, March 21. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex.

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.

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!


Orphan Grain Train Collection
Wow!  We had a great collection of socks and undies for the Orphan Grain Train in February!  We collected 153 pairs of socks and 68 pairs of underwear.  They will be used by children and adults in India, Latvia, Liberia, Nicaragua, and other countries helped by Orphan Grain Train, as well as for disaster relief in the U.S. 

Journey to the Cross – March 24Have you been thinking about volunteering for the Journey to the Cross event, but haven’t gotten around to signing up?  This is the Sunday to do it!  We need volunteers on Saturday, March 24 from     about 8:30 a.m. – noon (times include preparation and clean up) in order to make this hands-on activity featuring the events of Holy Week happen.  I know that several people will be out of town that day, so we could use all the help we can get.

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 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School                                                         Julie Baumler


Upcoming events
Lenten Meal – March 21
Easter Breakfast – April 1
SH Youth Comm. Meeting – April 8
Youth Night – April 22                                                                            Sonya Sullivan

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.

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the LWML Spring Zone Rally on Saturday, April 14 at Bethany, 2202 Forest Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. Enjoy a presentation by Ronda Anderson, speaking on “letting your faith shine during times of trial”. She will be sharing about how trials bring us to a fork in the road and the choices we make affect us greatly. She will be using examples from Stevens Ministry of the mud hole and the true identity of the tree. Registration is at 8:30am, and breakfast will follow at 9:00am. Signup sheet is located in the Narthex.

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.

BIRTHDAY A surprise 100th birthday party for Eldred Gerhold will be today from 1-4pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Did You Know: Who was the man God used to bring the Gospel to convert pagans to Christ over 1600 years ago in Ireland? The world will celebrate him this Saturday with parades and green beer, but has no idea of his important role in Christian history. The little known and incredible story of St. Patrick is researched and told by physicist and writer, John Murphy Ball, a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Huntsville, Alabama. Look it up, share it with your children and grandchildren, and be amazed again of the many ways our loving Lord directs the path of His children, from the beginning of time until this very day. Find St. Patrick’s story on the web at or call LFS for a copy. 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, 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 Glenn Kurth, family of Zalma Snowdin


Sunday School children: 24 adults: 5
Sunday Morning Svc: 112 Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 33

Last Sunday: $ 5,885     Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:      $34,965    Goal: $34,425