Noteworthy News 2/3/19

LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES SUNDAY Today we recognize Lutheran Hour Ministries Sunday. LHM is a global media and congregational out-reach organization supporting the LCMS and is independently funded by its members and donors. Locally, you can listen to The Lutheran Hour on Sunday mornings at 6:30am on 600AM WMT, or go to http://www.lutheranhour.org for more listening options. A special freewill offering will be taken today. There is a basket in the Narthex. 

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday. Donations received on this day go to benefit the Southeast Linn Comm. Center Food Pantry. Be sure to pick up an envelope in the Narthex and place your donation in the offering plate during worship. 

CARE PACKAGES for college students are available today in the Narthex. Students, please pick one up before you leave today. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING COMMUNION Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer service this Wednesday, Feb. 6. All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next women’s Bible study will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

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 ACTION TEAMS What could the church do with $25,000?  This is approximately the amount of Action Team money available to St. Paul Thrivent members.  In order to better utilize these Thrivent resources, Thrivent members are encouraged to sign up.  Signing up will allow church officials, such as Pastors, Elders, Council members, etc. to know who Thrivent members are and reach out when there are opportunities to use Action Teams for projects.  Sign-up is located on the table in the Narthex.  

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

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

High School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm

Valentine’s day cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. All cards cost $1, and proceeds go to the youth.

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Bring It Home:  Reading the Great Stories of the Bible
The Bring It Home Bible reading plan starts this week.  If you requested to receive the readings in your church mailbox, they are in there now.  If you requested to receive them via email, you should receive it to your inbox this afternoon.  Please let me know if you have any problems receiving the email message, and I will work to help identify a fix.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to sign up for the Bring It Home study, you can still do so today.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex, as well as a few extra reading plan sheets if you want to grab one.

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
Feb. 6 – Adult Bible Study
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS An Angel Visits Joseph: Matthew 1:18-25; Story Bible pp. 278-280. Today in Sunday School, we studied “An Angel Visits Joseph.” Just as the angel proclaimed to Joseph that Mary would bear an infant who is the Son of God, the Savior, so God proclaimed to us in His Word that this same Jesus is our Savior from sin and death. Parents could ask, “What important message did the angel give Joseph? What important message do we hear in God’s Word?”

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 how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

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.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES February is known as the month of love. But oftentimes that word is used out of context. In the same sentence someone may say, “I love my spouse and I love chocolate.” The latter is not a true use of the word if we really look at what God says about love. In John 15:12-13, we read, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” How will you show true sacrificial love today? Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 and/or this web address: LutheranFamilyService.org).

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: 18  Adults: 7  Worship: 81
Wednesday Evening: —

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   2,003              Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 14,074              Goal: $15,528