Noteworthy News 12/2/18

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday. Donations received on this day go to benefit the Southeast Linn Comm. Center Food Pantry. Be sure to pick up an envelope in the Narthex and place your donation in the offering plate during worship. 

ADVENT MEAL & SERVICE Our first Advent meal and service will be this Wednesday, Dec. 5. The meal (freewill offering) will be from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Evening Prayer Advent service will begin at 6:30pm. Midweek classes will begin at 7:15. 

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next monthly women’s Bible study will be Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

 

YOUTH BAKE SALE NEXT SUNDAY The Higher Things youth will have their annual bake sale fundraiser next Sunday. December 9. Proceeds benefit the yearly Higher Things Conference participants. 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM The children’s Christmas program will be next Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4pm. All are invited to attend. A soup supper will follow the program.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Volunteers are needed to provide food and to transport/serve. There are signup sheets in the Narthex. 

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. 

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 16. There is a signup sheet on the wall in the fellowship hall near the counter. 

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Advent devotionals from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available on the table in the Narthex. Please take as many as you would like, more can be printed. Regular and large print are available. The theme this year is “The Coming King.”

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle and High School Youth
Our Christmas party will be held TODAY. Highschool Youth: We will gather at the church at 4pm and head to Target to buy Christmas gifts. After that, we will go back to the Margheim’s home. Middle School youth: We will gather at the Margheim’s. Please arrive at 6pm. Once everyone is there, we will wrap presents and share a Christmas dinner. We’ll also have a White Elephant gift exchange (something funny or unique, this should be something that could be held on to if so desired). We will also read the Nativity and play games if we have time. We will finish up around 8pm.

Higher Things Fundraiser Upcoming Event
Bake Sale – December 9

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Family Advent Activity
There’s still room for more household to attend our Advent activity today 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.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.  Please feel free to bring additional snacks to share, if you would like. 

Children’s Christmas Program
Christmas program practice is this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m.  All participants should plan to attend.  The congregation is invited to watch the program next Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m.  There is a soup supper following the program.  We could still use some food for the soup supper.  Please check the signup sheet in the Narthex, and help where you are able.

Stage Set-up
We will be setting up the stage for the Christmas program next Sunday following fellowship.  Please plan to stay and assist if you are able.

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. Please sign up BY TODAY if you plan to participate.

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.

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Jacob’s Family: Genesis 29:1–30:24; Story Bible p. 74. Today’s Sunday School lesson is about “Jacob’s Family.” The learned that through Jacob’s family God brought forth the Savior, Jesus Christ, who endured lies, deception, and the schemes of sinful humankind to work our salvation on the cross. Families can discuss how we sin when we lie or deceive others and how such actions show that we don’t trust God to provide and care for us. Ask your children, “Have you ever suffered because of someone’s lies?” Talk about how Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross. 

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. 

DIRECTORY UPDATE The church directory will be updated in January. Please take a look at the current directory in the Narthex and add/edit as needed. Thank you. 

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.

THANK YOU to all who participated in any way with the living nativity on Nov. 29. Special thanks to Brenda Bany for helping with costumes and Gene Freiburger for attending all the planning meetings and coordinating the animals. I would also like to thank Karl Hoech from Bethany who provided our sound. It was greatly appreciated. Thank You, Sonya Sullivan

THANK YOU Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for all your help and gifts of food to us. You have been a great blessing to us all as we have welcomed David Irenei into our home. Love in Christ, the Hansen family

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!

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, David Heeren, 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, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Tabitha Munn, Wrenlie Bixler

 STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: na Adults: na Sun. Worship: 58 Wed. Evening Svc.: 13

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 5,665               Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 182,170            Goal: $179,775