Noteworthy News 8/26/18

NEWSLETTER The September newsletter is available to view/print on the church website, There are a few extra paper copies in the Narthex.

CONGRATULATIONS to Willis & Carol Wulf who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this coming week. They will be providing cake for fellowship time today. Altar flowers today are given by the Sullivan and Shultz families in honor of their parents’ anniversary.

CONGRATULATIONS also to Sheena Reiter and Alex Stricker who were married here at St. Paul yesterday.

MEN’S BREAKFAST will meet next Saturday, September 1 at 8am. All are welcome. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, September 12. Volunteers are needed to help serve at the mission. Look for signup sheets in the Narthex.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Do you have a special cooking talent?  We are looking for congregation members who have special cooking talents they would like to share with the youth.  We cook dinner from 6-7pm on youth nights.  Please contact Sonya Sullivan if you are interested.

CHURCH NURSERY Volunteers are needed to staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, Sept. 9. Two people are needed each Sunday. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for Sept. 9 through Nov. 11. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

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!


Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, September 9 – Rally Day
Wednesday, September 12 – Confirmation/youth Kick-off 5:30pm (parent meeting following 6:30pm service)
Sunday, September 23 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Friday, October 5 – Confirmation Retreat at camp (All are encouraged to attend)
Sunday, October 7 – Youth Night 5-7
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 5-7

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, August 26 – Youth Committee Meeting 11am (following service)
Sunday, September 9 – Rally Day
Sunday, September 9 – HS youth kick-off cookout 6pm
Sunday, September 16 – Youth provide fellowship and give Higher Things
Sunday, September 23 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday October 7 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm

Sonya Sullivan


Sunday School for all ages starts on September 9
Sunday School for ages 3 through adult will start on September 9 at 8:15 a.m. There will also be a Bible study class for adults before the worship service, as well.  A nursery is available for children under age 3. The children will be singing a few of their VBS songs during worship on September 9.

Rally Day Potluck
The congregation is invited to share in a potluck celebrating the start of Sunday School.  It will take place on Sept. 9 following worship.  Please bring food to share and plan to enjoy a time of fellowship together.

We still have a few spots to fill for teaching!
If you’re willing to help out, please sign up on the table in the Narthex or talk to me about which class/role might be a good fit for your skills.

Sunday School Teachers’ meeting on August 29
Sunday School teachers will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 29 at the church.  We will go over the Sunday School structure, distribute materials, and answer questions.  This is also a good time to coordinate with your team teacher to determine how you wish to split up responsibilities.

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. 

COMMUNION will be offered at the 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Prayer service on the following dates:

September 19
October 3
October 17
October 31

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GREEK CLASS St. Silas in North Liberty is offering a New Testament Greek class on Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm beginning September 6. The purpose of this course is to teach students to read the new Testament in the original Greek, develop in them a passion for studying the Scriptures in the original languages, and to increase their love of and delight in reading God’s Words. For more information or to register, go to 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES A research project conducted with 80 college age students here in the Midwest found that most of them reported having an important relationship with grandparents or significant elders that influenced their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of self, roots, and tradition. Grandparents, do you know how important you are? Make sure the young adults in your life who are going off to college continue to hear from you! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or 

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, Mary Alice Caraway, family of Judy Perry, Feltz family


Sunday Morning: 84   Wednesday Evening: 12

Last Sunday: $ 2,818              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $119,638             Goal: $126,225