Noteworthy News 9/9/18

INSTALLATION OF SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS and substitutes is this morning. Teaching this year:
Preschool-Kindergarten, Sonya Sullivan, Brenda Bany (helper), Kim Shultz (helper)
1st-2nd grade, Jessie Von Behren, Amanda Kahl
3rd-4th grade, Jill Hepker, Sue Lacy, C. J. Horan
5th-8th grade, Sue Margheim
High School, Jeff Adrian, Scott Baumler
Express Leader (large group activities), Julie Baumler
Opening, Crysten Sanchez, Megan Johnson
Substitutes, Willis Wulf, Rob Meier 

SUNDAY SCHOOL began this morning for preschool through adults. The Sunday morning adult Bible study will be on the book of Colossians. A nursery is provided for children under the Sunday School age. 

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 12. Volunteers are needed to provide food and help serve at the mission. There is a signup sheet for food/workers in the Narthex.

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.

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

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

September 19
October 3
October 17
October 31

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):
TONIGHT – 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

Rally Day Potluck
The congregation is invited to share in a potluck celebrating the start of Sunday School today following worship.  Even if you have forgotten to bring food, you are still very welcome to join in the fellowship.

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.

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. 19 – Adult Bible study

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God Creates the World: Genesis 1:1-2:3; Story Bible p. 19. We begin this quarter with God’s account of the beginning of all things in “God Creates the World.” During the week, point out to your children some of the wonderful things in our world God made and praise Him for these creations. Consider asking, “How did God create the world? What is your favorite part of God’s creation?”

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. 

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!

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BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Did You Know: September 12 is National Day of Encouragement! This special day, first proclaimed for Arkansas by its governor in 2007 and later for the entire nation by President George W. Bush, is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact. National Day of Encouragement was intended for all of us to do something to offer encouragement to those around us. How might we best do this? There are many great ways to encourage others, taking time to share uplifting messages through words, written notes, phone calls, texts, Facebook posts and Snap Chat messages, but there’s one, perhaps more effective than any other. Take a minute this week to read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Then be encouraged and encourage others with these words! 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, Melvin Orwell, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sunday Morning: 82

CONTRIBUTIONS

Last Sunday: $ 4,697              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 127,033            Goal: $133,875