Noteworthy News 10/28/18

MUFFINS FOR MITES Please join us in fellowship today as the Priscilla Guild sponsors “Muffins for Mites”. Your fellowship donations will go to support the continued mission work of the LWML. 

NEWSLETTER The November newsletter/calendar are available to view or print in the church website, There are a few paper copies on the table in the Narthex. 

WED. EVENING COMMUNION Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer Service this Wednesday, Oct. 31. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST will meet next Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8am at the church. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information. 

TERRI LYNN NUTS You may preorder your Terri Lynn nuts and candies again this year. Order forms are on the table in the Narthex. Please place the order form along with payment in the order folder in the Narthex TODAY. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild. Contact Susan Adrian for more information.

THANK YOU to those who bought Butter Braids. Your order will arrive on November 14. We appreciate your support! Thank you also to all who came to dinner at Pizza Ranch on Monday, Oct. 22 to support the youth. It was another successful fundraiser.

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 29 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir again this year. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Nov. 25 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center. There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan. 

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 the end of the year. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.


Young Families Bible Study Next Week
We will be having a Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) next Sunday, November 4.  It will run at the same time as Sunday School (8:15-9:15).  Parents are welcome to bring infants, and there is a nursery for children under 3.  We will continue exploring building Godly character in our children. 

Christmas Program Set for Dec. 9
The Sunday School Christmas program is set for 4pm on Sunday, Dec. 9.  It will be followed by a soup supper.  All children and youth preschool through high school are encouraged to participate.  Please let me know by Nov. 4 if your children/youth will or will not be participating in the program. The children started practicing their songs for the program today, and parts will be handed out before Thanksgiving. Please save Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11am for program practiced. 

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 9.  They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  Talk to me if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 31 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7pm
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity & movie
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program

Julie Baumler


Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party 6-8pm

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, November 11 – Iowa City Chapel Pasta Dinner fundraiser (a.m.)
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party (details to come)

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Abraham and Isaac: Genesis 21:1–7; 22:1–19; Story Bible p. 61. In Sunday School this week, students learned the account of “Abraham and Isaac.” By God’s grace, Abraham didn’t have to make his sacrifice, but God did. He sacrificed His own Son so that we could have salvation. Discuss, “How do the sacrifices we make compare with the sacrifice God made to save us from sin’s punishment?” 

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Beginning January 1, 2019, members will be able to submit their tithes and offerings electronically using ACH transfers from checking or savings accounts. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St Paul Lutheran Church through Mount Vernon Bank & Trust on the 15th and the 30th of the  month with a $10 minimum offering amount required. The service is free of charge to members and to St Paul. Forms are in the back of the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today! 

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain. There will be a sheet in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

LWR KITS The following has been given in 2018 for Lutheran World Relief: 8 tied fleece blankets, 8 school kits, 15 baby kits. Thank you for your donations.

CAMP FALL WORKDAY at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca will be Saturday, November 3 from 9am to 4pm. The plan is to do some repairs, renovations, and landscaping at the Tree Village. We may also work on the campfire pit behind the Omega Lodge. Lunch is provided. Let Paul (site manager) know you’re coming by emailing

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES As you and your children or grandchildren plan fanciful costumes for Halloween this week, take time to reflect on the masks you wear. How do you think others view you? How do you want them to view you? More importantly, how does Jesus view you? (Look up 1 Samuel 16:7 and Colossians 2:13-14) Resist the temptation to compare yourself with others and don’t allow feelings of insecurity to rob you of your identity in Christ. God knows who you really are. He loves you and created you for a purpose. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, 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, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Roberto Sanchez, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, family of Jim Skow, Norman Kuddes, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Katina White & family

Sunday School: Children: 18 Adults: 6
Sunday Worship: 87     Wednesday Evening: 11

Last Sunday: $ 5,048               Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 158,349            Goal: $160,650

REMINDER: Daylight Saving Time Ends next Sunday, Nov. 4. Fall back one hour!