Noteworthy News 4/7/19

CONFIRMATION Today we welcome Bryce Hepker and Madison McCarty as our newest communicant members through the Rite of Confirmation. A reception for the confirmands will be in the fellowship hall following worship today.

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.

LENTEN MEAL AND SERVICE The final midweek Lenten meal and worship service will be this Wednesday, April 10. The meal (freewill offering) is served from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Lenten worship service is at 6:30pm. Midweek classes will follow the service.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next women’s Bible study will be Saturday, April 13 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All are welcome! Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICE SPECIAL OFFERING Next Sunday, April 14 we will be taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Service. LFS is a human service agency that serves individuals, couples, families and children in need through counseling, support groups, etc. Adoption services are also available. For more information go to http://www.lutheranfamilyservice.org.

EASTER FLOWERS On Easter Sunday we will again be using Easter lilies, or any spring flower to adorn our altar.  Contact Rebecca Hansen or Gloria Krob if you wish to bring in your own flowers, and have please have them at the church no earlier than Sat., April 20. There are envelopes for monetary donations on the table in the Narthex. Place donations in the offering plate, and make checks out to the church with “Easter Flowers” in the memo line. Please have your monetary donations in by Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday).  

ALTAR GUILD Volunteers are needed to help strip the altar on Holy Thursday, April 18 at the 6:30pm worship service. On Easter Sunday, April 21, volunteers are needed to help dress the altar at the early service (7am). Ten people are needed for each service. If you are able to help at either or both services, please sign up on the signup sheets in the Narthex, or talk to Lea Snedden. Thank you.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Easter Egg Hunt
There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children following the Easter morning brunch – around 9 a.m.  We will have bags for the children to put their eggs in, or they may bring an Easter basket if they’d like.  All children are welcome to participate.  If you would like to donate individually-wrapped candy (or other small items that will fit into a plastic egg) for the hunt, please place them in the box in the Sunday School office no later than April 14. 

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
April 21 – Easter, Egg hunt at 9 a.m.
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

The youth will serve the Lenten meal on April 10. Please have youth plan to arrive at 4:30 that evening. 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 – TONIGHT
MS Retreat at Camp, April 26-27

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS John Prepares the Way: Matthew 3:1-12; Story Bible pp. 293-296. Today in Sunday School, we learn more about “John Prepares the Way.” As John pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God, so our pastors point us to this same Jesus, who grants us forgiveness, life, and salvation. Ask your children, “What did you learn about John, what he ate, and how he dressed?” 

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly and potluck will be Sunday, April 28 following the worship service. All are encouraged to attend. Reports for the meeting packet are due to Tracy by Wednesday, April 24.

TEA PARTY All are invited to an old-fashioned tea party on Saturday, June 1 at 2pm here at St. Paul. There will be food, fellowship and entertainment. Admission is a freewill donation. Please RSVP on the signup sheet in the Narthex by Sunday, May 19. Volunteers are needed for supplies, musical performances, and help with food preparation. Those signups are in the Narthex as well. Contact Kay Hertzler, 455-2095 with any questions.

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 (jeff_adrian@hotmail.com) with requests by May 15.

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 During April, the Priscilla Guild is collecting fleece tied blankets for Lutheran World Relief. You may provide the fleece: 58”-59” wide x 80” long, or you may make the blankets yourself. Please follow exact directions on the LWR table in the Narthex for making the blankets.

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. 

THANK YOU
Thank you to all who helped with the church-wide spring cleaning day yesterday.

IDE DISTRICT OFFICE POSITION OPENING The Iowa District East district office in Marion 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 http://www.lcmside.org, 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 sherry@lcmside.org.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Dale Maas, Nicole Spiess, 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, Joy Wessler, family of John Petrick

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 20   Adults: 3
Worship:  103    Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 40

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $  3,333              Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 44,933              Goal: $50,466