Noteworthy News 11/18/18

WELCOME PASTOR B! Rev. Ryan Buchmueller has accepted our call to serve here at St. Paul as Assistant to the Pastor, and his installation was during our worship service this morning. Cake will be served during fellowship time today to celebrate his installation. Pastor Buchmueller’s contact information:, phone 319-249-1387.

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12pm here at the church. All are invited!

THANKSGIVING We will have a Thanksgiving Eve worship service with communion this Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30pm. There will not be Midweek or adult Bible study that evening. The church office will be closed Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.

OLD CREAMERY THEATER SHOW Josh and Olivia Randall are hoping to have a group to go to “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” at the Old Creamery Theater in Amana this Christmas season. They went with a group last year, and it was a lot of fun! Possible dates are Fri., Dec. 7 or Fri., Dec. 14. The plan would be for all to meet for supper before the show at 5:30/5:45 at one of the restaurants in Amana, and then attend the 7:30pm show. Tickets are normally $31.50, but the cost for a group of 15 or more is $27.50. Please let Olivia or Josh know if you are interested and which date would work best for you by this Wed., Nov. 21. Contact:, 895-8861.

DECORATE CHURCH We will be decorating the church for the Christmas season on Monday, Nov. 26 from 6-9pm. All congregation members are invited to help.

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 next Sunday, Nov. 25 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center. We are still in need of a narrator and someone to portray Joseph in the performances. A narrator will need to have a strong speaking voice (contact Sonya for details). There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.


Young Families Bible Study – Dec. 2
We will be having a Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) on Sunday, December 2 from 8:15-9:15 (takes the place of regular adult Sunday School).  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. 

Family Advent Activity
St. Paul families and singles of all ages are invited to attend an Advent activity on Sunday, December 2 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.  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.

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 9-11 a.m. for program practice.

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 sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex.  Talk to me if you have any questions.

Caroling – Dec. 16
Save the date for Christmas caroling on December 16.  We will plan to go following fellowship and meet back at the church for a soup luncheon.

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 21 – No Wednesday Night Bible Study
Nov. 25 – No Sunday School
Dec. 2 – Young Families Bible Study, 8:15 a.m.
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity and movie, 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 – Christmas program practice, 9 a.m.
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Christmas caroling

Julie Baumler



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

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TONIGHT – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party & Shopping

Annual Higher Things youth bake sale will be Sunday, December 9.

Butter Braids are here! If you placed an order, your braids are in the chest freezer in the back. Please take them home today!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS November 18 – Jacob’s Dream: Genesis 27:41–28:22; Story Bible p. 71. Our children studied “Jacob’s Dream” in Sunday School today, a story that shows God renewing His promise to bless all people through Jacob’s family. God kept His promise by giving Jesus to be our Savior. Your family could discuss, “What reminders does God give us of His promises to us?”

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are here. Prices are marked on the bags/boxes. Place payment in the wooden lock box. Make checks payable to St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds go toward missions. 

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 9. 

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.

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.

SNOW REMOVAL If you would be interested in helping out with snow removal at the church this winter, please contact Josh Randall (, 895-8861

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Virginia Kurtz, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, 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, family & friends of Marsha Light 


Sun. School: Children: 11 Adults: 9 Sun. Worship: 82 Wed. Evening: 14

Last Sunday: $ 3,549              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $171,530             Goal: $172,125