Noteworthy News 4/15/18

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Today we are 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. There is a donation basket in the Narthex.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the May newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, April 22. Thanks!

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

GRADUATE RECOGNITION We will be recognizing high school and college graduates of the congregation on Sunday, May 13. If you have a graduate, please forward the following information to Tracy by May 6: Name, parents, birthdate, school graduating from, future plans.

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.

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

Upcoming Youth Nights
April 22, May 6

Higher Things
Meeting on Sunday, May 6 at 11am (following worship) to finalize Higher Things trip details.

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Paul and Timothy: Acts 15:1-16:5; Story Bible p. 447.
The story of Paul and Timothy serves as the focus of Sunday School today. Just as many in Paul’s day thought, we think we must do something to be saved. Yet the answer is always Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus, whose resurrection from the dead sealed our salvation and absolved the world. Questions for discussion include “How are you like Timothy?” and “How are we saved from our sin?”

NURSERY MINISTRY 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.

BIBLE STUDY TUESDAY MORNING All are welcome to join the Tuesday morning weekly Bible study that meets at 10:30am. We study a passage of scripture from the upcoming Sunday service.

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.

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.

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at http://www.splcmv.org. Noteworthy News announcements are posted each week as well as the monthly newsletter, up-to-date monthly calendar, upcoming events, youth announcements, Serving the Lord schedule, etc.

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 Are you living with a person who is depressed? Getting help for a depressed person can be difficult. Depression, by its very nature, saps energy and crushes hope for ever feeling better. It involves negative and pessimistic thinking, so the depressed person may resist help and believe it is pointless. If your loved one won’t agree to talk to pastor or an LFS counselor, start with your medical doctor. Go to the appointment with him to fully describe his symptoms. Too often depression goes un-treated, which is a shame because it is highly treatable. You don’t have to continue to feel this bad. Call your closest LFS counselor – we can help. 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: 21 adults: 6
Wednesday Evening: 9 Sunday Morning: 106

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,542  Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:      $53,023 Goal: $53,550