Noteworthy News 8/5/18

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. 

CHURCH PICNIC We’ll be having a congregation-wide end-of-summer gathering, including a pool party and picnic TODAY at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca.  We’ll start around 4 p.m. and plan to eat at 6:00.  Burgers, hot dogs, drinks and table service will be provided.  Please bring a side dish and/or dessert to share and lawn chairs. Directions to Camp are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Julie Baumler for more information and if you need a ride to the event.

WED. EVENING SERVICE We will have an Evening Prayer Service with communion this Wednesday, August 8, at 6:30pm. All are welcome.

SAUERKRAUT DAYS in Lisbon will be held August 17-18, and our church will again be having a food booth. We need some items donated, and cash donations are appreciated. Cash donations can be marked as such and put in the collection plate or given to Willis Wulf. Signup sheets for working and for donating items are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Willis Wulf for more information.

FELLOWSHIP One additional family is needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, August 19. Signup is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

INPUT NEEDED FOR ELECTRONIC GIVING Due to some expressed interest, the Church Council invites you to consider the possible use of ACH (Automated Clearing House) transfers from checking or savings accounts to submit tithes and offerings electronically. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers would be initiated by St. Paul Lutheran Church through Mount Vernon Bank & Trust up to two times per month with a minimum offering amount required. The service is free of charge to members and to St. Paul. Please give your input to a Council member today!

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Sauerkraut Days, August 17-18
If any youth are interested in helping in the stand let me know.  High school youth can just sign up.  If any Middle School youth are interested in working please let me know, and we can work together. 

End-of-the-summer Event, Tuesday, August 21
MS and HS youth – We are having our end-of-the-summer event on Tuesday, August 21st. We’ll meet at the church at 2:30pm and head over to Lake Macbride State Park for an afternoon of swimming. Bring a few bucks for snacks. After swimming, we will plan on cooking out around 5pm. Look forward to seeing everybody!! Watch for emails.

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Sunday School Starts on September 9
Mark your calendars for Rally Day in September when Sunday School starts back up after our summer break. We will have classes available for children ages 3 through high school, as well as an adult Bible study. Childcare will be provided for those with children under age 3.     We will be needing teachers for all classes, plus someone to lead the opening (singing) and large group activities.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  Please volunteer where you are able. 

Upcoming Dates
Aug. 8 – Adult Bible Study, following Evening Prayer service
Aug. 15 – Adult Bible Study, 6:30pm
Sept. 9 – Sunday School starts

Julie Baumler

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for SCHOOL 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 backpacks as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

KIDS IN THE DIVINE SERVICE is a series of bulletin inserts that complement the Lutheran service Book. They include general topics about worship as well as seasons of the church year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, etc.) Copies will be available for children/parents on the bulletin table in the Narthex (by the children’s pages) on Sundays when communion is celebrated. 

TABLE TALK RECAP Thank you to everyone who participated in our Table Talk series of church planning discussions. 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). Below is an overview of the major themes that emerged:

Community
Connections – Fun, food, fellowship (Game Night, Dining Club, picnics)
Communications – Electronic display board for events, volunteer information kiosk
Service – Organize a local service project team, Mercy Team

Spirit
Worship – Liturgy Focus (why we do what we do), Hymnal Sunday educational materials
Bible and book studies
Special music – choir, cantor, solos

Home
Efficient use of space & active planning (Sunday School spaces, storage, Work Day maintenance/fix-up events)
Spruce-up the entryway
Re-imagine, re-arrange the Narthex
Climate control (entryway and Sunday School rooms)
Equipment (fans, chairs, tables, roasters)

We hope you see reflected in the items above things you brought to the table for discussion. Again, thank you! The Church Council will discuss each of these items, review budgets, and reach out to members of the congregation for refinement. After that, we will look for project leaders and participants. If you have comments or suggestions, speak with any member of the Church Council or contact Council President, Scott Baumler (2scottjb@gmail.com or 319-462-0621). 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Every day LFS counselors meet with people who are experiencing a test or trial of some kind or have been hurt by their own or someone else’s actions. We can help, and we do, but we know we don’t work alone or by our own power. It’s certainly good news that we serve a God who can turn a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victorious survivor. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org). 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Gary Petersen, Tim Akers, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, 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, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Dani Ortmann, Melvin Orwell, Deloris Petersen’s niece Dory, Lauren Ozborn and family, family of Anita Sanchez, family of Rita Giblin

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sunday Morning: 77

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,343              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $109,119             Goal: $114,750