Noteworthy News 7/1/18

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday. Donations received on this day go to benefit the Southeast Linn Comm. Center Food Pantry. Be sure to pick up an envelope in the Narthex and place your donation in the offering plate during worship. 

PASTOR OUT OF OFFICE Pastor will be attending the Higher Things Conference this week (Tuesday through Friday) with the youth that are participating. In case of emergency during this time, you can call his cell phone, 319-210-4660, or the church office during office hours, 895-8772. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday, July 7 at 8am at the church. All men are welcome. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information. 

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Next Sunday, July 8, 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. Adoption services are also available. For more information go to lfsiowa.org. 

PRISCILLA GUILD GARAGE SALE The Priscilla Guild will be having their annual garage sale and food booth on Saturday, August 4. Please place donated items in the designated rooms in the Sunday School wing. Parents/Adults: Please make sure children are accompanied by an adult if they are in the Sunday School wing prior to the garage sale in August. The Priscilla Guild would like to make sure all donated items remain in their designated rooms, and also some items may pose a safety risk to children. Thank you! 

TABLE TALK RECAP Thank you to everyone who participated in our Table Talk series of church planning discussions. We certainly appreciate your input! If you did not have an opportunity to participate, you are welcome speak with any member of the Church Council or contact Council President Scott Baumler (2scottjb@gmail.com or 319-462-0621). The discussions were centered on three broad topics that emerged through previous planning meetings: Spirit (worship, & learning), Community (volunteerism & activities), and Home (physical property & improvements).  The next step is to compile and consolidate the ideas.  Once organized into draft plans, the Church Council will discuss them and reach out to “topical experts” in our congregation for refinement.  After that, we will present the Action Plans for next steps.  Look for additional information in the August newsletter!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Adult Bible Study
There will be no adult Bible study on July 4.  We will resume on July 11 and will cover chapters 5 & 6. 

Join our Rip-Roaring Rafting VBS!
Life is full of thrills and spills; we may not know what’s around the bend, but God does! At Splash Canyon, kids discover that, on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side.  Children ages 3 through entering 5th grade should make plans to attend our Splash Canyon Vacation Bible School the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.

Register Now!
You can register online at the church website:  www.splcmv.org or you may use the paper copies that are on the table in the Narthex.  Please place completed registrations in my mailbox.

 Invite Your Friends to VBS
Please invite your friends, family, and neighbors to VBS this year.  We have some postcards on the table in the Narthex that you can share with others.  Take as many as you need.  We have plenty to replenish the stock.

VBS Volunteer Meeting
We will have a brief VBS volunteer meeting on Monday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. to go over schedules, child protection procedures, and answer any questions volunteers may have.  Please contact Julie or Brenda if you are unable to make it to the meeting.

Decorate for VBS
Save the dates:  We will be creating VBS decorations on the evening of Mon., July 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and we plan to decorate the church on Thurs., July 12 starting at 1:00 p.m.  We will work into the evening if necessary.  If you would like to help after work but want to make sure we’re still there, just call my cell (319-929-2097).

Tarps Needed
We could use a few blue and/or brown tarps to decorate for VBS.  Please mark your name on them and leave them in the Sunday School office.

Heritage Days Parade on July 14
All members are invited to join the Heritage Days parade entry from St. Paul.  We will have a float to ride, as well as spots for walkers to hand out VBS postcards and candy.  Participants can park at the church at 9:30 a.m. and ride the float to the Cornell field or meet us at the Cornell field parking lot between 10:00 and 10:45. The parade starts at 11 a.m.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.

Upcoming Dates
July 4 – NO adult Bible study
July 9 – VBS Volunteer Meeting, 6pm, Decorating Prep at 6:30pm
July 11 – Adult B. Study following prayer service
July 12 – VBS Decorating, 1pm – evening
July 14 – Heritage Days parade, lineup 10:30am at Cornell
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School and High School Youth:
Adventureland, Thursday, July 26, 2018 (Rescheduled)

We will leave from St. Paul at 8am and return in the evening.

Sonya Sullivan

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.

I BELIEVE IN CAMP Fundraiser auction and scholarship runs will be Saturday, July 28 at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca. The event will begin with a 1-mile run for campers and a 5K fun run for adults at 10am. Top placers in each race win camperships toward the 2019 camp season. The auction begins at 1pm. Quilts and fine craft items are still needed. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex for more information.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Many years ago, our Lutheran ancestors left behind their known world and came to America seeking religious freedom in a new land. We celebrate that freedom today, even as we recognize the growing challenges to religious liberty. Join us in praying for our leaders this week, both those in government and in our church. Pray that God will strengthen our leaders to speak and act in ways that secure our freedom not just to have faith, but to live out that faith in the public square. Your prayers for the staff and leadership of LFS as they boldly proclaim God’s plan for life, marriage and family are also appreciated. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org) 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Ben Sullivan, Kelly Hanselman, Susan Schmidt, Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, 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, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, LaVerne Krueger, Jone Paarmann, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, those attending Higher Things Conference this week           

STATISTICS LAST WEEK

Sunday Morning: 80   Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.:  14

CONTRIBUTIONS

Last Sunday: $ 5,177              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 93,801              Goal: $95,625