Noteworthy News 11/11/18

VETERANS DAY is today. Remember to keep all veterans in your prayers. We thank you for your service. 

NEWSLETTER for the December newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, Nov. 18. Thanks! 

ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR Rev. Ryan Buchmueller has accepted our call to serve here at St. Paul as Assistant to the Pastor. His installation is planned to be during the regular morning service next Sunday, November 18th with a reception following. Pastor Buchmueller’s service to our congregation in the future will look a lot like the month of October when he filled in for Pastor Hansen on vacation, and when they served together for the Reformation service. Also, if you are ever hospitalized at Mercy in Cedar Rapids, remember that you can get visits from both Pastor Hansen and Pastor Buchmueller. Contact information:, phone 319-249-1387.

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.

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!

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.


Christmas Program Update
The Sunday School children have begun practicing their songs for the Christmas program.  Check your mailboxes.  Each participating family has a CD with the music in their mailbox.  Please listen to it with your children to help familiarize them with the songs.  Parts have also been assigned and are in mailboxes.  Please let me (or Megan Johnson) know right away if you have any concerns about your child being able to learn his/her part.  Note that they do not have to be memorized. Please save Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11am for program practice.

Also, volunteers are needed to provide food for the soup supper. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex. 

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.

Family Advent Activity – Save the Date
St. Paul families and singles of all ages are invited to attend an Advent activity on Sunday, December 2 from 2:30-5pm. We will be learning about Advent and making an Advent wreath for each household to take home and use throughout the season.  We will finish by watching the animated movie, “The Star” and enjoying some popcorn and snacks.  Please sign up in the Narthex if you would like to come so we can have adequate supplies for everyone.

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 14 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7pm
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity and movie, 2:30pm
Dec. 8 – Christmas program practice, 9am
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm

Julie Baumler



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

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – 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)

THANK YOU to those who bought Butter Braids. Your order will arrive on November 14. We appreciate your support!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Jacob and Esau: Genesis 25:19–34; 27:1–40; Story Bible p. 67. The account of “Jacob and Esau” is a story of competition and bad feelings between brothers, parental favoritism, and family squabbling. Amidst this chaos, God acted with grace toward all of them—and to us. Parents might ask, “How do these sins afflict every family? Why is forgiveness important in families?”

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.

SELCC PIE FUNDRAISER Southeast Linn Comm. Center in Lisbon is selling freshly-made and frozen dutch apple and triple berry pies! Each 9-inch pie costs $12.50. All proceeds benefit SELCC programs. Call 455-2844 or email to place your order. Order by 12/3 for pickup on Tuesday, 12/11 from 9:00am-7pm. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Soldiers returning from deployment suffer major depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) at rates much higher than the general population. Families, as well as service members’ lives are forever changed. Who has served our country and now lives in your community? This week find a way to show them and their family your appreciation, respect and love. One small act of kindness can make a big difference! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, 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, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Katina White & family, family of Darlene Allard, family of Norman Kuddes, praise for birth of Isaac Pavlik, marriage of Calbert Hanselman & Portlind Schmidt, family of Kay Hill

Sunday School: Children: 22   Young Families B. Study: 10
Sunday Worship: 80   Wednesday Evening: 16

Last Sunday: $ 4,582              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 167,981            Goal: $168,300