Noteworthy News 9/16/18

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 THIS MORNING. All are invited!

NEWSLETTER Information for the October newsletter is due to Tracy next Sunday, September 23. Thanks!

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, September 18 at 12 noon. All are welcome! 

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL Thank you to all who provided food and/or served the noon meal at Mission of Hope this past Wednesday.

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

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God Creates Adam and Eve, Genesis 1:26-2:25; Story Bible p. 26. Today in Sunday School, our students heard how “God Creates Adam and Eve,” including providing them with perfect physical attributes and a lush garden in which to live. God created the world’s many natural resources so it would be a wonderful place for His most treasured creation, human beings, to live. Parents might ask, “How were Adam and Eve different from the rest of God’s creation?”

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – Youth provide fellowship and serve
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):
TODAY – Youth provide fellowship and give Higher Things presentation
Sunday, September 23 – Higher Things Meeting 11am
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

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study – Being Lutheran
Wednesday evening Bible study begins again this week on Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be doing another book study using the book Being Lutheran.  “Throw out all those notions you might have about what it means to be Lutheran. When it comes down to it, being Lutheran is really very simple.  It’s about following Jesus.  We go where Jesus goes, we listen when Jesus speaks, we trust when Jesus promises.  And we live because Jesus lives.” The study will combine video segments, discussion, and Scripture with reading the Being Lutheran book.  We will meet in the library in the Sunday School wing.

If you are interested in coming, there are copies of the first chapter of the book available on the table in the Narthex.  Please read this chapter before the study on Wednesday evening, if possible.  All are welcome.

Sunday School Mission Project
The Sunday School offering this fall will be directed to LCMS Disaster Response. The Disaster Response ministry launches to places when natural disasters hit both in the U.S. and abroad to provide both physical assistance and spiritual support. Recently they have helped with the forest fires on the west coast, rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, and with the flooding in Wisconsin on Labor Day weekend.

Upcoming Dates
Sept. 19 – Adult Bible study

Julie Baumler

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!

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided. 

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. Noteworthy News announcements are posted each week as well as the monthly newsletter, up-to-date monthly calendar, upcoming events, youth announcements, Serving the Lord schedule, etc.

CHURCH MAILBOX Please be sure to pick up the information in your church mailbox before you leave today!

IED LWML Fall Zone Rally is Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9am to 1pm at King of Kings in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am followed by brunch at 9am. The theme is “Bloom and Witness Where you are Planted.” Speaker Deanna Glass invites you to bring your sunlight smile, and be ready for a morning full of love and joy! The Ingathering is “sock-tober”. Bring pairs and packages of men’s, women’s and children’s socks, lots of socks, for the local homeless shelters and low-income schools. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit . . . therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Do you not know that this Biblical instruction isn’t written just for young people? No matter your age, take time this week to do something that will make your body stronger or healthier. Fix a healthy snack, go for a walk, and invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Honor God with your body, no matter how many years it’s been around! 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 School: Adults: 9 Children: 21 Sunday Worship: 103
Wednesday Evening: 11

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,687               Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 132,620            Goal: $137,700