Noteworthy News 12/23/18

MUFFINS FOR MITES Please join us in fellowship today as the Priscilla Guild sponsors “Muffins for Mites”. Your fellowship donations will go to support the continued mission work of the LWML. 

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.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY The Journey: From Unbelief to Faith Join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30am to learn about four individuals and their journey from unbelief to faith. This study from Lutheran Hour Ministries has four video interviews with a former atheist, religious Jew, new age spiritualist, and scientific rationalist, followed by group discussion. The first session is on January 13. 

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 January through May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for January through June 2019 posted on the bulletin board.  If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR
Middle School
January 6 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
January 20 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
January 25-26 – Retreat at Camp, Snowlympics

High School
January 6 – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm
January 20 – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL DECEMBER 30 DUE TO CHRISTMAS VACATION. WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 6.
 

Young Families Bible Study Resumes on January 6
We will continue our Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) on the first Sunday of every month starting on January 6.  We meet at the same time as Sunday School (8:15-9:15).  Parents are welcome to bring infants, and there is a nursery for children under 3.  This year we are focusing on developing Godly character in our children.

New Adult Bible Study – Holy Spirit
The Wednesday evening Bible study will resume on January 9 at 7:00 p.m. (following the prayer service).  All members are invited to join us. We are starting a new 6-week series using the study “Holy Spirit:  Creative Power in Our Lives.”  See the January newsletter for a description of what we will cover.

Upcoming Dates
Dec. 30 – No Sunday School
Jan. 6 – Sunday School resumes, 8:15am Young Families Bible Study
Jan. 9 – Adult Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Julie Baumler

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! 

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. Noteworthy News announcements are posted each week as well as the monthly newsletter, up-to-date monthly calendar, upcoming events, youth announcements, Serving the Lord schedule, etc.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Did You Know: Someone once said, “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.” What have you done lately to show your spouse how much you appreciate them? During these busy days of preparation for the coming Christmas celebrations, a handwritten note, an unexpected and gentle physical touch, affirming words, preparing a favorite meal or joyfully helping with household responsibilities are simple ways to let your spouse know just how much they mean to you. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Dennis Uthof, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, 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, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Wrenlie Bixler, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 17   Adults: 4  Sun. Worship: 76
Wed. Evening Advent Svc.: 41

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $    4,062            Goal: $   3,825
This Year:     $ 192,607            Goal: $191,250