Noteworthy News 12/16/18

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome! 

ADVENT MEAL & SERVICE The final Advent meal and service will be this Wednesday, Dec. 19. The meal (breakfast casseroles, fruit, dessert) 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.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Monday, Dec. 24, 6:30pm        Christmas Eve Worship – A Service of Carols & Lessons

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 9:30am        Christmas Worship with Communion

Monday, Dec. 31, 6:30pm        New Year’s Eve Worship with Communion

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.

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!

THANK YOU to all who helped in any way with the Mission of Hope meal this past Wednesday.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Caroling Today
We will be Christmas caroling today following fellowship and a light lunch.  All are welcome to join us!  We will carol at Hallmark Care Center at 12:30 and the Lisbon Rehabilitation Center at 1:30 and will work in visits to shut-ins  before  and after  these   scheduled stops.  If you know of someone who would enjoy having us stop, please let Pastor know following worship.

Thank You!!
Thanks to everyone who helped with the Christmas program in ways big and small.  We appreciate your assistance with the planning, practicing, costumes, stage set-up, meal donations, serving, and clean up.  It was a wonderful program and shared the Gospel message to all who attended.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL DECEMBER 23 OR DECEMBER 30 DUE TO CHRISTMAS VACATION. WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 6.

Julie Baumler

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES “In despair I bowed my head, ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said, ‘For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.’” During these challenging days, it’s helpful for older people who have lived through tough times to share a bit of perspective with young people. Use the piercing words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Christmas song I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day along with his family’s tragic history during Civil War times as a teaching tool and conversation starter with someone younger than you. Find the story and a beautiful recording of the hymn at www.thegospelcoalition.org, then search for the hymn by name. And don’t forget to share the message from the last verse that’s just as true for us today as it was for Longfellow: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth, good will to men.’” A blessed and peaceful Christmas to you and your family from your friends at Lutheran Family Service! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Dennis Uthof, 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, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 20   Adults: na  Sun. Worship: 98
Wed. Evening Advent Svc.: 40

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   4,659             Goal: $   3,825
This Year:     $188,545             Goal: $187,425