Noteworthy News 12/9/18

ADVENT MEAL & SERVICE The next Advent meal and service will be this Wednesday, Dec. 12. 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.

YOUTH BAKE SALE The Higher Things youth are having their annual bake sale fundraiser TODAY. Proceeds benefit the yearly Higher Things Conference participants.

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

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 TODAY.

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.

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.

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.

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain.  There is a list 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.

CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Cost is $1.00 each, and proceeds go to the St. Paul youth.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR  

Children’s Christmas Program Today!
The congregation is invited to the Sunday School Christmas program this afternoon at 4pm. There will be a soup supper following the program.

Stage Setup/Takedown
We will be setting up the stage for the children’s Christmas program today following fellowship, and we will be taking down the stage after the program this afternoon. Please plan to stay and assist with either or both if you are able. Thanks!

Caroling – Dec. 16
Next Sunday, December 16, we will be Christmas caroling. We plan to go following fellowship and then meet back at the church for a soup luncheon. If you know of someone who would enjoy  having us  carol to them, please  let Pastor know so we can add them to our route.  Please sign up on the table in the Narthex if you are able to go caroling and/or bring some food for the luncheon.

Upcoming Dates
TODAY – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm
Dec. 16 – Christmas caroling, 11am

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Esau Forgives Jacob: Genesis 31:3; 32–33; Story Bible p. 78.  “Esau Forgives Jacob” is the Bible story taught today in Sunday School. This exciting account teaches us how Jacob struggled against man and God for his birthright. The children will learn that Jesus struggled against sin and death to win our heavenly birthright. Talk to your children about sin and how it breaks families and relationships. Discuss, “How has sin severed our relationship with God? How did Jesus restore our relationship with God eternally? How does Jesus help us as God’s children to restore our broken human relationships?”

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, birth of Magdalena Sanchezeen

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 18  Adults: 4  Sun. Worship: 75
Wed. Evening Advent Svc.: 28

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $    4,516            Goal: $   3,825
This Year:     $ 186,686            Goal: $183,600