Noteworthy News 1/20/19

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.

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

LIFE SUNDAY Today St. Paul and many other Lutheran churches across the country are observing Sanctity of Life Sunday sponsored by Lutherans for Life (LFL). See the bulletin insert for more information. Financial support for LFL is vital since 95% of their funding comes from individuals and churches. Today we are taking a special offering for Lutherans for Life, and there is a basket is in the Narthex. For more information about LFL, go to http://www.lutheransforlife.org.

WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER SERVICE Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm prayer service this Wednesday, January 23. All are welcome.

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 through May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

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!

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.

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.”  Additionally, Pastor is also planning to record short videos for each week giving further insight to the readings.  They will be on the church website, and a link will be provided to participants.  

“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 signup sheet if you would like to participate in the group order.  Orders are due today.   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.  

Save the Date for VBS! As you start to think about your summer plans, make sure you save the evenings of July 21-25 for our Miraculous Mission VBS!  It’s not too early to think about volunteering.  If you already know you would like to volunteer at VBS, please talk to me and I will reserve your spot.  

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR       

Middle School
TONIGHT – 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
TONIGHT – 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 Mary Visits Elizabeth: Luke 1:39-56; Story Bible pp. 272-274. Today in Sunday School, the children learned the account “Mary Visits Elizabeth.” In the presence of the Son of God growing within Mary’s womb, John the Baptist leapt inside Elizabeth’s womb. God fills us with Himself in Word and Sacrament, and we, like Mary, offer our praise and worship. Consider asking, “How or when does God fill us with His presence today?”

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® Since 2014, St. Paul has received Thrivent Choice Dollars® to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2019 to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more, or call your representative. There are also brochures and instructions on how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

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 Have you experienced the grief and loss of infertility? Or do you have parenting experience and room in your heart and home for one more child? Would you prayerfully consider adopting a child, possibly one who exists today as a waiting frozen embryo, or one who is waiting in foster care, in need of a forever family? Adoption builds a family through love that transcends genetics, biology and culture. To learn more about embryo adoption, visit http://www.embryoadoption.org.  Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PARENT CAFÉ is an informal discussion group that offers an opportunity for parents of children 18 and under to connect with others to share tips and ideas. It is every Tuesday through March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm at the SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. Come to any or all sessions. Free meal and childcare provided. Call/text Steve at 319-241-1400 to RSVP or for more information.

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, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim Overmann

STATISTICS LAST WEEK

Sun. School: Children: 22   Adults: 10  Worship: 91
Wednesday Evening: 15

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $2,318                Goal: $3,882
This Year:     $5,559                 Goal: $7,764