Noteworthy News 2/17/19

FELLOWSHIP Thank you to the Bany family for providing/serving fellowship this morning. Volunteers are needed to provide/serve fellowship for March 17 (cutoff to sign up is March 10) and March 24 (cutoff to sign up is March 17). Signup is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL Who Am I: Join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30am to discuss the questions, “Who am I?” “What am I doing here?” In this six-part video-based study from Lutheran Hour Ministries, Dr. Joel Biermann will explore what God has revealed about life’s biggest questions in six videos. The first session was this morning. 

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome! 

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICE Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer service this Wednesday, February 20. 

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. 

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.  Signup is located on the table in the Narthex.  

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 YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
TONIGHT– Youth Night, 5-7pm
March 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm
March 3 – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm

Mark your calendars: The middle and high school youth will prepare and serve the meal on Wednesday, March 6 before the Ash Wednesday service.  Please have youth plan to arrive at 4:30 that evening.  The other Wednesdays we will be doing the Lenten meal are March 13, April 3 and April 10.  Please see Sonya if you have any questions.

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

More than Money Matters – Save the Date
On Sunday, March 3 we will be offering a mini-workshop covering strategies to help Christians use their money wisely so they can live lives of contentment, confidence, and generosity. The workshop will help participants establish  a  system to  actively  manage their  money to align financial decisions with their values and make progress toward their goals.  Participants will also learn how to communicate about money with those closest to them. The free workshop, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, will be held in our fellowship hall from 4-6 p.m.  Childcare will be available for those who need it. Please register on the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex so we can plan for supplies.

Upcoming Dates
Feb. 20 – Adult Bible Study
March 3 – More than Money Matters Workshop
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-20; Story Bible pp. 282-284 (1st paragraph). “The Birth of Jesus” as recorded in Luke 2 is today’s Sunday School lesson. A Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! As a family, discuss the details of Christ’s birth. Ask, “How does our sin cause us to fear God like the shepherds did? Focus on the fact that God’s Son, Jesus, takes away our fears and offers us true peace, rescuing us from sin and death.

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.

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. It has recently been redone to be more user friendly. 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.

BIRTHDAY JAR There is a birthday jar near the card display in the Narthex.  Members of the congregation are encouraged to drop in a penny for each year of their age during their birthday week.  The funds raised are used for Sunday School needs.

GREETING CARDS Remember there are greeting cards available in the church Narthex. There are cards for several occasions, and the cost is $1.00 each. Proceeds go to support our youth groups. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis. If you need assistance navigating the world of technology and raising a teen to make good choices, contact Lutheran Family Service. Workshops are available to help families stay safe in a technological world. One parent who attended this workshop recently shared, “It opened up the door for us to talk about our use of social media.” Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 and/or this web address: LutheranFamilyService.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 26 (extended due to weather cancellations) 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, 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, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim Overmann, Mike Moore, Bill Freiburger

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sun. School: Children: 17   Adult Sunday School: 7
Worship: 83  Wednesday Evening: 12

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   2,869              Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 20,246              Goal: $23,292