Noteworthy News 3/24/19

FELLOWSHIP Volunteers are needed today to help with fellowship setup/cleanup (donuts). Thanks! 

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES continue this week on Wednesday, March 27. The meal (freewill offering) is served from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Lenten worship service is at 6:30pm. Midweek classes and the Wednesday evening adult Bible study will meet after the service. The theme for the Lenten season is “Behold the Man!”. Accompanying devotionals for the season are on the table in the Narthex.

PRISCILLA GUILD LENTEN MEAL The Priscilla Guild will be providing the Lenten meal on Wednesday, March 27. Signup sheets are on the table in the Narthex.

SPRING CLEANING DAY There will be a church-wide outdoor spring cleanup day here at the church on Saturday, April 6. All participants are invited to the church for breakfast at 8am, and work will begin after that. Projects include: power washing church siding, tile and seed area on south side of lawn, edging sidewalk, raking, pruning, etc. Equipment needed: 2 power washers and splitter to run 2 water hoses from one spigot, edger, tools to trim tree. Contact Jim Kain for more information.

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY “Serve the Lord with Gladness.” Isn’t that what we’re about?  Yes!  Dear Sisters in Christ, please come to the LWML Spring Rally at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 6.  Registration is at 8:30am and brunch at 9. Featured speakers are Sue Hutchins and Leon Kroemer presenting “Living Beyond the Bars” which is about providing hope and support for the loved ones of the incarcerated. The Ingathering is for Trinity Lutheran School – donations (cash or check) to make upgrades to the infrastructure (computers).  Signup sheet is in the Narthex.

CAMPERSHIPS The St. Paul Priscilla Guild is offering campership funds to youth of the congregation for summer church camp. Camperships are not based on need. They are a “thank you” for all the support the congregation gives to the Priscilla Guild. If you are interested, please contact Susan Adrian ( with requests by May  


The youth will serve the Lenten meal on the following remaining Wednesdays: April 3 and April 10. Please have youth plan to arrive at 4:30 those evenings. Please see Sonya if you have any questions.

The youth will be providing/serving the Easter breakfast on April 21. More information to come.

Upcoming Events:
MS & SH Youth Night – April 7
MS Retreat at Camp, April 26-27

Sonya Sullivan


Lenten Cross Project
Today in Sunday School, the students started a project that we would like others from the congregation to join in on.  We’re inviting everyone from the congregation who would like to participate to decorate a cross (using crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.).  We are going to create a larger display cross using the individual crosses.  We have blank crosses on the table in the Narthex that you can take home, decorate, and bring back before Easter to add to the display.  Or, there will also be tables set up in the fellowship hall after worship where you can decorate your cross while enjoying some fellowship time.  Please put completed crosses in the Baumler mailbox. 

Easter Candy Needed
We are looking for a few donations of individually wrapped Easter candy – or other small child-safe items – to put in the eggs for the egg hunt on Easter morning.  If you are able to donate, please sign up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.  You may place donations in the box in the Sunday School office by Sunday, April 14.

Upcoming Dates
March 27 – Holy Spirit Adult Bible Study, following Lenten service
April 21 – Easter, Egg hunt at 9 a.m.
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

 PRISCILLA GUILD ANNUAL GARAGE SALE will be SATURDAY, JUNE 15 this year (a change from previous years). You may start putting donation items in the Sunday School wing following the last day of Sunday School on Sunday, May 19.

LWR KITS Continuing through March, 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.

COMMUNITY DRIVERS St. Paul is considering offering a free driving service to our community to help those less fortunate get to doctor appointments, the grocery store, etc. If you would be interested in being a driver periodically (possibly a half day every week or every other week), please sign up in the Narthex. Contact Willis Wulf 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.

 LHM ANNUAL CONVENTION Lutheran Hour Ministries will be holding its annual convention on Saturday, April 13 at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca. The guest speaker will be Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke presenting about depression. All are invited. The event will run from 8:30am to 4pm, and the cost is $18 which includes a noon meal and snacks. More information and registration forms are on the table in the Narthex. Registration deadline is April 6.

 IDE DISTRICT OFFICE POSITION OPENING The Iowa District East district office is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Communications/Events/Technology Coordinator.  Interested applicants may obtain a copy of the job description on the table in the Narthex, on the district website at, or by contacting Sherry Brendes at 319-373-2112 with questions.  Please submit your resume and cover letter to:  Sherry Brendes, Iowa District East-LCMS, 1100 Blairs Ferry Road, Marion, IA 52302, or via e-mail to

 BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES It is recommended that children read at least 15-20 minutes per day. If families get involved together, it makes for an even greater positive impact! Consider using a children’s devotional or Bible to create this reading time as part of a family devotion. Your child will have the opportunity to read aloud and you will have the opportunity to share God’s love with him or her! “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 and/or this web address:

 PRAYERS THIS WEEK Dale Maas, 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, 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, John Turner, Jack Wagner, congregation members and all on Vietnam mission trip

Sun. School: Children: na   Adults: na
Worship:  64    Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 36


Last Sunday: $  4,016             Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 38,534              Goal: $42,702