Noteworthy News 9/2/18

ALTAR FLOWERS today are given by Kim Konkowski in honor of her and Paul’s anniversary.

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.

CARE PACKAGES for college students are available today in the Narthex. Students, please pick one up before you leave today.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next monthly women’s Bible study will be next Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All are welcome! Contact Gloria Krob 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.

HIGHER THINGS PRESENTATION The group that attended Higher Things this past July will be providing fellowship and giving a presentation about their trip following the worship service on Sunday, September 16. All are invited!

CHEFS 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. 

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

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
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, September 9 – HS youth kick-off cookout 6pm
Sunday, September 16 – Youth provide fellowship and give Higher Things presentation
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

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

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.

We still need 2 more teachers!  We are still in need of one more teacher for preschool-kindergarten and one teacher for middle school.  Please talk to me if you are interested, or sign your name to the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.

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.

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study
We will resume the Wednesday evening Bible study on Sept. 19.  It will be immediately following the 6:30 p.m. prayer service, so will start approximately 7:00 p.m.  We will meet in the library in the Sunday School wing.  Please let me know if you have ideas for topics or a book to study.

Upcoming Dates
Sept. 9 – Sunday School resumes; potluck following worship
Sept. 19 – Adult Bible study

Julie Baumler

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. 

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. 

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 greek2018.eventbrite.com. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Did You Know: From the newborn infant to the hospice patient in his final hours and for all stages of life in between, physical touch from another person is vitally important. Infants who aren’t touched, even though they receive nourishment, will die from Failure to Thrive Syndrome. For adults, physical touch can reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. How long has it been since you have held another person’s hand or given or received a hug? 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, 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, Feltz family, Malinda White

STATISTICS LAST WEEK

Sunday Morning: 68

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,598               Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 123,236            Goal: $130,050