Noteworthy News 1/27/19

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly/potluck is TODAY following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend.

MEN’S BREAKFAST The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8am at the church. All men are invited. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information.

OUT OF OFFICE Tracy will be out of the office Wednesday, January 30 through Tuesday, February 5. For prayer requests and other needs during this time, please contact Pastor Hansen at 319-210-4660 or email pastor@splcmv.org.

LHM SPECIAL OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY We will be recognizing Lutheran Hour Ministries Sunday next Sunday, Feb. 3. We will be taking a special offering that morning.

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 February the Priscilla Guild is collecting all items for personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. There is a list of items needed by the donation basket near the church entry doors. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. 

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! 

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. 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.

You can sign up for the Bring It Home mailing list using the online form at splcmv.org (click on the Bring It Home logo at the bottom of the page).  There is also a signup sheet on the table of the Narthex.  We will start our readings next week. 

Young Families Bible Study on February 3
We will continue our Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) next Sunday, February 3.  We meet from 8:15-9:15am (this takes the place of regular adult Sunday School). 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.  

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. 

Upcoming Dates
Jan. 30 – Adult Bible Study
Feb. 3 – Bring It Home program begins
Feb. 3 – Young Families Bible Study
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
February 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
February 3 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event (evening)
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Birth of John: Luke 1:57-80; Story Bible pp. 275-277. Today in Sunday School, children studied “The Birth of John.” Zechariah spoke God’s Word, announcing that this baby, John, would give people knowledge of salvation in the forgiveness of sins. God speaks through His Holy Word to give us knowledge of salvation and forgiveness through Jesus, His Son. In your family discuss, “How does Jesus remind us of the work He has done for us?”

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. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Depression is associated with many things, but a weak faith is not one of them. Martin Luther himself struggled with depression as did many of our other church leaders. If you are feeling depressed, don’t suffer alone. Luther had the right idea 500 years ago when he said, “Solitude produces melancholy. When we are alone the worst and saddest things come to mind. We reflect in detail upon all sorts of evils. And if we have encountered adversity in our lives, we dwell upon it as much as possible, magnify it, think that no one is so unhappy as we are, and imagine the worse possible consequences.” Talk to an LFS counselor, or someone you trust. 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 Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, 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, family of Jan Behn

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children:  13   Adults: 8   Worship: 80
Wednesday Evening: na

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   6,512               Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $   12,071              Goal: $11,656