Noteworthy News 4/29/18

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 The May newsletter and calendar are available to view on the church website, There are a few paper copies in the Narthex.

PASTOR OUT OF OFFICE Pastor Hansen will be out of the office April 30-May 4. Emergency contact during this time is Pastor David Hansen, 815-551-3989. Or contact Tracy at the office (or cell 310-826-4435), and she can get a message to Pastor. Tracy will be out of the office Friday, May 4.

MEN’S BREAKFAST will be Saturday, May 5 at 8am at the church. All men of the congregation are invited to attend. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information.

ASCENSION SERVICE This year we are celebrating The Ascension of Our Lord with a special worship service on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm. It will be a Divine 1 service with communion. All are welcome 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 next Sunday 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.

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,


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

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
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

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Paul and Silas in Prison: Acts 16:16-40; Story Bible p. 453.  Just as God freed Paul and Silas from prison, granting them life out of death, so Christ by His crucifixion and resurrection frees me from the prison of my sins and grants me life eternal. Questions for discussion include “How is this event more than just a story about Paul’s escape from prison?” and “How has God rescued us from the prison of sin?”

CONGRATULATIONS to Andy and Stephanie Jones as Andy received his first call out of the Seminary. They will be relocating to California serving First Lutheran Church in Concord (California/Nevada/Hawaii District). Keep them in your prayers as they begin this new journey.

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.

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.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES The truth hurts, or so they say, but lies hurt so much worse. Whether you are a teenager relating to your parent or a husband or wife relating to your spouse, pledge to always be truthful even (and maybe most especially) when it would seem easier not to. Don’t try to cover things up. Trust is eroded, which puts the relationship at great risk. “We trap ourselves by telling lies, but we stay out of trouble by living right.” Proverbs 12:13 Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or

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, Frances Humpfeld, Rhonda Petersen, family of Katie Dlouhy

Sunday School: children: 19 adults: 5
Wednesday Evening: 10 Sunday Morning: 94

Last Sunday: $ 3,568 Goal:   $ 3,825
This Year:      $ 58,757 Goal: $61,200