Noteworthy News 3/18/18

MUFFINS FOR MITES Please join us in fellowship today as the Priscilla Guild sponsors “Muffins for Mites”. Your fellowship donations will go to support the continued mission work of the LWML.

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

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES conclude this Wednesday. A meal is served at 5:15pm (freewill offering), and the worship service is at 6:30pm. The meal will be provided by the youth this week and will be lasagna/pasta, bread and salad.

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. Volunteers are still needed to help cook on Tuesday morning at 9am and serve at the mission for the noon meal on Wednesday. Contact Lorena Freiburger for more information.

CONFIRMATION Next Sunday, March 25 we will be welcoming Kian Hageman and Tessa Cords as our newest communicant members through the Rite of Confirmation.

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!


Journey to the Cross Cancelled
Due to lack of volunteers who are able to help, as well as several families being out of town that day/weekend, the Journey to the Cross event on March 24 is being cancelled.

Young Families Bible Study Postponed
With next week being Confirmation and Palm Sunday, the young families Bible study originally scheduled for March 25 will not meet.  Our next meeting will be on April 29.

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.

Julie Baumler



Upcoming events
Lenten Meal – March 21 (lasagna/pasta)
Easter Breakfast – April 1
SH Youth Comm. Meeting – April 8 after worship
Youth Nights – April 8, April 22, May 6

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS: Peter’s Escape from Prison: Acts 12; Story Bible p. 440
“As it was for Peter, so it is for us” is the message of today’s Sunday School lesson (Acts 12). The Word of God is never proclaimed in vain. Though we suffer because of the sin of others, God’s will is done. Talk with your children about modern-day persecution of the Church of God and how, even in the midst of persecution, God sustains and increases His Church. How does God’s Word break through the chains of our sin and the suffering it causes?

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 You can get involved in mission work without leaving Iowa! Lutheran Women in Mission are gathering Saturday, April 14 to energize one another at our Spring Zone Rally at Bethany in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am, and breakfast will be served at 9am. Enjoy a presentation by Ronda Anderson, speaking on “Letting Your Faith Shine During Times of Trial”. Plan to attend “God’s Wisdom in our Suffering: Lessons from Job”. Signup sheet is in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Ever have one of those days when it feels as if no one cares? Next time you do, remember these profound and true promises from the One who knows you better than anyone ever will and loves you regardless of what your life has become: I will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12); I will be with you (Isaiah 43:1); I will watch over you (Psalm 50:15); I will deliver you (Psalm 50:15). Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Ben Sullivan, 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, family of Kim Friday


Sunday School children: na adults: na
Sunday Morning Svc: 61 Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 42