Noteworthy News 4/8/18

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, April 10 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next monthly women’s Bible study will be Saturday, April 14 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Next Sunday, April 15, we will be taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Service of Iowa. LFS is a human service agency that serves individuals, couples, families and children in need through counseling, support groups, etc.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be Sunday, April 22 following the worship service. There will be a special council meeting to prep for the assembly next Sunday, April 15 at 11am. All reports for the assembly packet will be due to Tracy by Wednesday, April 18.

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.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the remainder of 2018 posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided.

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY “God’s Wisdom in our Suffering: Lessons from Job” is the theme of our LWML Spring Rally next Saturday April 14, and you can experience the emotions of mission work from 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. Rally registration starts at 8:30am with breakfast at 9am. Bring your friends along with you to the Zone Rally at Bethany Lutheran in Cedar Rapids. What a great way to spend the morning with a friend. A signup sheet is in the Narthex. Check out the poster on the bulletin board for more information and items to bring for the ingathering for Trinity Lutheran School.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Paul’s First Missionary Journey: Acts 13-14; Story Bible
p. 443. In Sunday School today, students learned the story of Paul’s first missionary journey. Just as God sent Paul and Barnabas to spread the Gospel, so today He sends pastors to preach the Gospel, baptize, and feed Jesus’ body and blood to His children, against whom the gates of hell cannot prevail. Consider discussing, “Who gave Paul directions on where to travel? What was Paul’s message?”

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. A signup sheet to volunteer through the end of the school year is on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 319-624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

THANK YOU Gary and Deloris Petersen wish to thank Pastor Hansen and the congregation of St. Paul for the prayers and support they have received the past few months as they battle health issues. It is much appreciated.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
Get ready for a rip-roaring rafting 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, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the signup 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
April 29 – Young Families Bible Study
May 20 – Last Day of Sunday School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Youth Committee Meeting
TODAY – Following worship service 

Youth Night, TONIGHT
5-7pm Middle School
6-8pm High School

Upcoming Youth Nights
April 22, May 6

Sonya Sullivan

SPRING WORKDAY AT CAMP IO-DIS-E-CA You can help make Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca a beautiful place for all who use it! On Saturday, April 28, we’re looking for volunteers to prepare our site by clearing out brush, mulching trails, cleaning out a few cabins, and possibly putting together a new shed. We will also work on the landscaping for the new playset that will go between the gazebo and the parking lot. As always, lunch is provided, so let Paul, our Site Manager, know you are coming by emailing him at sitemanager@iodiseca.org or by calling 319.848.4187. We’ll be getting start by 9am and finish up by 4pm. This is a great event of Christian service for youth groups, families, and individuals!

LLL CONVENTION The annual IDE Lutheran Laymen’s League convention will be Saturday, April 28 at Park View Church in Eldridge, Iowa. The speaker will be Dr. Erik Hermann, Assoc. Professor and chair of the department of Historical Theology at Concordia in St. Louis. He served as the consulting historian for the PBS documentary, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” which aired in 2017. Sign-in begins at 9am; the convention starts at 10am and will conclude about 4pm. A noon meal will be served. Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex. Registration deadline is Friday, April 20.

LWML CONVENTION The 39th Biennial LWML-IED Convention will be June 15-16, 2018 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Convention Center. The convention will be hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Zone, and the theme is “Grafted to the Vine” from John 15:16-17. There are registration forms on LWML table in the Narthex and are due May 1.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Don’t assume that the next generation believes what you believe about faith. The book, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, authors Smith & Denton report an alarming conclusion: “The majority of teenagers are incredibly inarticulate about their faith, religious beliefs and practices, and its place in their lives. The de facto dominant religion among contemporary U.S. teenagers is what they call ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Deism’: A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth; God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions; the central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself; God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem; and good people go to heaven when they die.” Parents and grandparents, use this information to start a conversation with your children and their friends today! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Susan Schmidt, Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Barb Ingersoll, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, family of Tony Bonnstetter, family of Lorenz Petersen

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: na  adults: na
Holy Thursday: 70 Holy Friday: 56 Easter Vigil: 17
Easter Sunrise Svc: 102 9:30am Easter Svc.: 65
Wednesday Evening 4/4: 13

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 5,191 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $ 48,481 Goal: $49,725