Noteworthy News 6/9/19

NATIONAL OFFERING This summer in July (20th-25th), elected delegates representing congregations and circuits will gather as brothers and sisters in Christ in Tampa, Florida around the 2019 LCMS Convention theme Joy:fully Lutheran. All LCMS congregations, including ours, are invited to participate in the Synod’s National Offering, a special ingathering to support the mission of our Synod in the years following this convention. TODAY is designated at National Offering Sunday. There is an insert in your bulletin with more information and payment options if you would like to give.

PASTOR OUT OF OFFICE Pastor Hansen will be out of the office June 11-14. In case of emergency during this time, contact Pastor Hansen on his cell 319-210-4660, and he will make sure you receive pastoral care. Or contact Tracy at the office (or cell 319-826-4435). Tracy will be out of the office June 10.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be supplying/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 12. Signups for food/serving are in the Narthex.

PRISCILLA GUILD ANNUAL GARAGE SALE will be NEXT SATURDAY, JUNE 15 this year. Please place donated items in the designated rooms in the Sunday School wing. (NO TVs PLEASE) Signups for food/workers are in the Narthex.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers are needed to provide/serve fellowship on June 16 & 23. Signup is on the wall near the counter in fellowship hall. The cutoff to sign up is one week prior.

LWR During May the Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lists of items currently needed for the kits are on the LWR table in the Narthex (please take one). Please follow the specific guidelines. Also on the table are directions for fleece blankets if you would like to contribute in that way as well.

GREETING CARDS Father’s Day cards are now available in the greeting card display in the Narthex. Cost is $1.00 per card, and proceeds go to the St. Paul youth.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Lift off for an intergalactic adventure and learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross! Keep Jesus and His Gospel at the center of your children’s VBS experience with Miraculous Mission at St. Paul on the evenings of July 21-25.

Volunteer for VBS
We still need volunteers!!!  As VBS volunteers, you will help kids discover God’s miraculous mission to save you, me, and the whole world!  Volunteers are needed to help plan, teach, and guide children to each station.  There is a volunteer sign-up on the table in the Narthex.  Please contact me or Brenda Bany if you have any questions about job responsibilities of the various volunteer positions.

Register for VBS
We are now collecting registrations for children ages 3 through entering 5th grade.  You can register online at the church website:  http://www.splcmv.org, or you may use the paper copies that are on the table in the Narthex.  Please place completed registrations in the Baumler mailbox. Please register by June 23, if possible, so we can order t-shirts and ensure that we have adequate supplies. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS – There is a stack of VBS invitation postcards on the table in the Narthex. Take what you need, and share them with friends, family and neighbors.

VBS Supplies Needed
We need a couple of items listed below to help with decorating for VBS.  If you can donate these, please place in the Sunday School office.  Large cardboard can be placed in the library: Christmas lights with white cord and white lights – both single bulb or icicle lights are good – please mark with your name to return after VBS; Large cardboard boxes/sheets of cardboard – appliance boxes are ideal

Summer Adult Bible Study: “The Life You Crave”, Wed. at 6:30pm
Do you ever wonder what your next step should be? If there is more to life? Do you crave something better?  More than security or wealth success or popularity, what we really need is to be loved, to matter. God offers us grace. Pure, lavish, unending grace. Discover the life you crave. Join us for the adult Bible study on Wednesday evenings this summer beginning this Wednesday, June 12.  We will be using the book The Life You Crave by Michael W. Newman.  The plan is to begin at 6:30pm except on the evenings where there is Evening Prayer service.  On those evenings, we will start following the prayer service (around 7pm). If you’d like to join us, grab a copy of the first chapter on the table in the Narthex to read prior to our first study. 

Upcoming Dates
June 12 – Adult Bible Study, 6:30pm
July 13 – Heritage Days Parade
July 21 – 25 – VBS, 6-8 p.m.

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School and High School Youth (5th grade and up, 2019-2020 school year):
Adventureland on Wednesday, June 19th. We will leave at 8am from St. Paul and return in the evening. Bring money for food (both lunch and supper–approximately $30) and incidentals. Do not let money be a deterrent from attending! We will cover anyone who needs it. **I will need some adult chaperones and drivers (depending on how many youth are coming).** Sonya Sullivan

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Now that summer is here, wouldn’t it be nice to have your church offering given even if you are unable to attend church on a Sunday? Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St. Paul through Mount Vernon Bank & Trust on the 15th and the 30th of the month with a $10 minimum offering amount required. The service is free of charge to members and to St. Paul. Forms are on the table in the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

SUMMERFEST AT KING OF KINGS A car show and worship concert will be held at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, June 15. Events begin at 2pm. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex for more information.

FLOOD RELIEF The Iowa District West communities of Glenwood and Pacific Junction are in need of flood relief. See the information posted on the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex. If you would like to donate money to the IDW Disaster Relief Fund, go to http://www.iowadistrictwest.org or send a check to IDW-Flood Relief, 409 Kenyon Rd., Suite B, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

LUMC INVITATIONAL All are invited to the Lisbon United Methodist Church Women’s annual invitational on Thursday, June 20 at 1:30pm at the church. Pastor Karen Nelson will be speaking on simplicity and how it affects our daily lives. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Wendy Johnson at johnsonwendy725@gmail.com or call or text 319-551-1428.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES What is your favorite Bible verse? Why? Consider writing about this verse, exploring why it has special meaning for you. Take the time to share it with your spouse, a family member or a friend. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11 Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Area 563-359-0696 or http://www.lutheranfamilyservice.org)

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Kay Hertzler, Dale Maas, Gary Petersen, Deloris Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Bryan Mason, Jim Steinberg, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Pat Allard, David Feltz, Tate Little, Sherry Tobin, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Bill Freiburger, John Turner, Jack Wagner, family of Larry Sproston

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Ascension Service May 30: 18   Worship Service:  91
Wednesday Evening Service: 6

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,636              Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 77,033              Goal: $85,404