Noteworthy News 1/13/19

 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS for 2019 is today during the worship service. President: Scott Baumler; Vice Pres.: Mike Bany; Secretary: Jo Klooster; Treasurer: Lea Snedden; Financial Secretary: Sue Lacy; Asst. Financial Secretary: Brenda Bany; new Elders: Curt Taylor, Ryan Johnson; Trustee: Jim Kain. Outgoing volunteers: Mike Lacy (Vice Pres.), Jim Kain (Elder), Daniel Sanchez (Elder), Rich Krob (Trustee). Thank you for your service.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Today we are taking a special offering for Lutheran Family Services of Iowa. Please see the bulletin insert for more information about LFS. There is a special offering plate in the Narthex. 

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, January 15 at 12 noon. All are welcome! 

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly/potluck will be Sunday, January 27 following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend. There will be a prep meeting Sunday, Jan. 20 after the worship service, and reports for the meeting packet are due to Tracy Wednesday, January 23. 

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are now $1.00 off the marked price. Please make checks payable to the St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds benefit missions.

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.

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Members are now 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 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 on the table in the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Bring It Home:  Reading the Great Stories of the Bible
With busy schedules, we struggle at times with being in the  Word in our homes…and sometimes  it’s difficult to understand everything that we do read.  The Bring It Home program will provide members with five great stories from the Bible each week.  Participants will receive weekly emails (or handouts, for those who don’t email) that will list the stories, discussion questions, and prayers for each of the five days.  To make the readings even more accessible, participants can choose to read the stories from their own Bible, “The Story Bible” or another great resource, “Know the Bible Now.”

“Know the Bible Now” contains 120 key Bible stories, along with infographic summaries, maps, and realistic illustrations.   It is written for ages 10 – adult and is a great resource for those with older kids – or adults without kids in the home. We are doing a group order of “Know the Bible Now” for those interested using this resource for the Bring It Home program.  The cost is $16/book.  There is a copy of the book for you to review, along with a sign-up sheet in the Narthex if you would like to participate in the group order.  Orders are due Jan. 20.

You can sign up for the Bring It Home mailing list using the online form at splcmv.org/family-life.  There is also a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  We will start our readings the week of Feb. 3. 

Adult Bible Study – Holy Spirit
The Wednesday evening Bible study has resumed.  We are starting a new 6-week series using the study “Holy Spirit:  Creative Power in Our Lives.”  The study will cover: Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Spirit work in our lives as individuals, families, communities, and in the world at large? Drawing on Scripture, Luther’s writings, and contemporary theology, this study invites readers to experience the Spirit’s creative life and power within the complexity of our everyday lives. Last week we did a general overview.  This week we will start on Chapter 1. All members are invited to join us on Wednesdays at 7pm (following the prayer svc).

Upcoming Dates
Jan. 16 – Adult Bible Study, 7pm
Jan. 20 – “Know the Bible Now” orders due
Feb. 3 – Bring It Home readings begin

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
January 20 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
January 25-26 – Retreat at Camp, Snowlympics
February 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
January 20 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 3 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event (mark your calendars)
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Birth of Jesus Foretold: Luke 1:26-38; Story Bible pp. 269-271. In Sunday School today, the children heard the message “The Birth of Jesus Foretold.” God favored Mary, choosing her to be the mother of Jesus. God favors us because of Jesus Christ, choosing us to be His children! Ask your children, “How did God show Mary, and us, His unmerited grace and favor?”

LWR KITS During January the Priscilla Guild is collecting dark towels and bath soap for Lutheran World Relief kits:

  • light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • bath-size bars of soap, any brand, in original wrapping

Put items in the basket on the table inside the entry doors. Thank you! 

DIRECTORY An updated congregational directory is in your church mailbox. Please take it and all the contents of your mailbox home with you today!

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the first 6 months of 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. 

THANK YOU Thank you all so much for the Christmas card and gift.  It has been my great pleasure to serve the congregation of St. Paul this year, and I appreciate the support and encouragement given to me by all of you.  Your kindness and generosity is appreciated. Julie Baumler 

CAMP REGISTRATION for summer camp at Io-Dis-E-Ca is now open. To register, go to https://campiodiseca.org/summer-camp/registration/. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Butterflies taste with their feet. Starfish don’t have brains. Elephants can’t jump. A cockroach will live seven days without its head, before it starves to death. All of God’s creatures are amazing but the greatest of all is…you! But unlike animals, we are created in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27) Each human person from the moment of conception is uniquely created by God, in I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14) Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Jo Klooster, Richard Koehn, 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, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 17  Young Families Study: 10  Worship: 100
Wednesday Evening: 16

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,241               Goal: $ 3,882
This Year:     $ 3,241                Goal: $ 3,882