Noteworthy News 4/22/18

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the May newsletter are due to Tracy TODAY. Thanks!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be TODAY following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend.

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.

CHURCH 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.

CALL DAY 2018 St. Paul has supported Andy & Stephanie Jones when they were missionaries as well as throughout Andy’s study in the seminary. Keep them in your prayers as they await their first call this Tuesday. Dear friends and family: It’s been a long journey filled with detours, but on Tuesday, April 24, I will receive my first call into the pastoral ministry. This will take place during a worship service which begins at 7pm central time. The service will be live streamed, and you can follow along here: https://callday.csl.edu/. Stephanie and I have no idea where we are going to be sent, but we are looking forward to what God has planned. Thank you for the support you have shown throughout my years at seminary. God’s blessings to you all. Andy & Stephanie Jones

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

High School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT          Youth Night, 6-8pm
Sun., May 6      Youth Night, 6-8 pm
Thurs., May 31 End-of Year High School Youth Event (welcome to new
high schoolers) More information to come. Watch your
email.

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT          Youth Night, 5-7pm
Sun., May 6      Youth Night, 5-7 pm

Higher Things Meeting
Sunday, May 6 (following service) Please plan on attending. We will be signing behavior contracts and planning a t-shirt design.

Save the Date
Wed., June 20  Adventureland – more information to come

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Backpack School Kits for Orphan Grain Train
For the next couple of weeks we will be collecting supplies to make 24 school kits to donate to Orphan Grain Train, our Sunday School mission project.  We have secured a Thrivent Action Grant to purchase the backpacks and markers and now need  some help filling them.  Items needed include spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, construction paper, crayons, rulers, glue sticks and blunt scissors.  Please take a look at the bulletin board dividers on the youth office, and select which items you would like to donate.  Donations can be brought to church no later than May 6.  The Sunday School children and youth will be putting the kits together on May 13.  Orphan Grain Train will distribute them to children both in the U.S. and other countries. 

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 6 – OGT School Kit Items Due
May 13 – Children Sing at Worship, Assemble Backpacks
May 20 – Last Day of Sunday School Celebration Breakfast
July 14 – Heritage Days Parade
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Lydia: Acts 16:11-15; Story Bible p. 450. The Sunday School students studied the story of Lydia today. Just as God worked His miracle beside the river, clothing Lydia with Christ in Baptism, so God works His miracles in pulpits and fonts around the world today, destroying the work of Satan, ripping believers from the jaws of death, washing away sins in water tinged with Jesus’ blood, and clothing believers with His righteousness. Parents could ask, “How did God use water to save Lydia and us? Who does God use to reveal His Word to us today?”

THANK YOU to all Thrivent Members who directed Choice Dollars to St. Paul Lutheran Church for 2017! We received $2,372 dollars to further our outreach ministry work enabling us to be Christ’s Love in Action. Recipients of our projects include SE Linn Food Pantry, Mount Vernon Hometown Holidays, care packages for college students, Mission of Hope, Chalk the Walk, and Matthew 25. Please see a council member if you have a project that you believe St. Paul should consider funding today.

SPRING WORKDAY AT CAMP IO-DIS-E-CA 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!

TASTING LUNCHEON Trinity Lutheran in Cedar Rapids is having their annual tasting luncheon on Friday, May 8 at 11am. Advance tickets for the luncheon are $12, and $14 at the door. For more information or to get tickets, call Diana Koehn at 319-396-7899 or Doris Stanek at 319-558-9773.

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.

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, Barb Ingersoll, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, family of Katie Dlouhy

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 21 adults: 5
Wednesday Evening: na    Sunday Morning: 108

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 2,166   Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:      $ 55,189 Goal: $57,375