Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News 10/21/18

BAPTISM Congratulations to David Irenei Hansen who was welcomed into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at our worship service this morning. Parents are Rev. Sean and Rebecca, siblings James, Sophia, Audrey, Stephen, and William.

NEWSLETTER Information for the November newsletter is due to Tracy TODAY. Thanks!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly and potluck will be TODAY following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend. 

OPEN HOUSE A 70th birthday celebration for Jane Shaw will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4-7pm at the Regal Crown in Lisbon. Dinner will be served, music will be played by Blake, and memories will be made! Please RSVP to Tonya at shaw_tonya@gmail.com or 917-686-7342. All are welcome! 

CLERGY APPRECIATION October is recognized as Clergy Appreciation month. Greeting cards for the occasion are available in the card display in the Narthex. 

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 the end of the year. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

TERRI LYNN NUTS You may preorder your Terri Lynn nuts and candies again this year. Order forms are on the table in the Narthex. Please place the order form along with payment in the order folder in the Narthex by Sunday, October 28. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild. Contact Susan Adrian for more information. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL Abraham’s Visitors from Heaven: Genesis 18:1–15; 21:1–7; Story Bible p. 54. This week in Sunday School, students studied, “Abraham’s Visitors from Heaven.” While Abraham received his visitors graciously, they brought more grace to him than he and Sarah could imagine. As a family, discuss, “How does God brings us more grace than we can imagine or expect?” 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

BUTTER BRAIDS The Higher Things youth are selling Butter Braids through TODAY. See a youth to place your order, or there is an order form on the cubicle in the Narthex.

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER The Middle School and High School youth will be having a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch (2450 Westdale Dr. SW in Cedar Rapids) on Monday, Oct. 22 (tomorrow) from 5-8pm. Pick up a flyer in the Narthex or show it on your phone, and 15% of your purchase goes to the St. Paul youth. Come join us for dinner! 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TONIGHT – Youth Night 5-7pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5-8pm
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 5-7pm

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TONIGHT – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5-8pm
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, November 11 – Iowa City Chapel Pasta Dinner fundraiser (a.m.)
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Christmas Program Set for Dec. 9
The Sunday School Christmas program is set for 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.  It will be followed by a soup supper.  All children and youth preschool through high school are welcome to participate.  Please let Megan Johnson or me know by Nov. 4 if your children/youth will be participating in the program so we can assign parts.  The children will start practicing their songs for the program next Sunday, and parts will be handed out before Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 24 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7pm
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity & movie
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program

Julie Baumler

CHRIST’S LOVE IN ACTION AT WORK – MARSHALLTOWN OUTREACH At the July Voters’ meeting, it was asked if the Council would research any needs regarding the aftermath of the devastating F3 tornado that ripped through Marshalltown, IA leaving behind 89 homes and 7 businesses destroyed and another 525 homes severely damaged. It was approved to spend up to $5,000 out of our Outreach Fund. The Council is happy to report that we have been able to locate several needs, and $1,000 was sent to both Orphan Grain Train of Central Iowa and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown to aid them in their efforts to serve those most in need. Keep up the great work St. Paul! 

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided. 

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. 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.

CAMP FALL WORKDAY at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca will be Saturday, November 3 from 9am to 4pm. The plan is to do some repairs, renovations, and landscaping at the Tree Village. We may also work on the campfire pit behind the Omega Lodge. Lunch is provided. Let Paul (site manager) know you’re coming by emailing sitemanager@iodiseca.org.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Every marriage – even the strongest – will experience times of discord. It’s normal to not be happy and to not feel “in love” all the time. Certainly, work to fix your marriage when it breaks, but also remember to perform regular wellness checkups to assure that it stays strong and healthy. LFS counselors who share your faith and values are here to help with both. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Roberto Sanchez, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, family of Jim Skow, Norman Kuddes, family of Rev. Kevin Hastings, marriage of Jayson McCarty and Brandi Davis, praise for birth of David Hansen

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School: Children: 16 Adults: na
Sunday Worship: 78     Wednesday Evening: 18

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,026              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 153,301            Goal: $156,825

 

Noteworthy News 10/14/18

THANK YOU to Rev. Ryan Buchmueller for leading the worship service today.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Today we are taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Services of Iowa. For more information about LFS, see the enclosed insert, or go to lfsiowa.org.

COMMUNION will be offered at the 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Prayer service on the following dates: October 17, October 31 

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12 noon. All are welcome! 

NEWSLETTER Information for the November newsletter is due to Tracy next Sunday, Oct. 21. Thanks! 

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly and potluck will be next Sunday, Oct. 21 following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend. Reports for the meeting packet are due to Tracy Wednesday, October 17.  

OPEN HOUSE A 70th birthday celebration for Jane Shaw will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4-7pm at the Regal Crown in Lisbon. Dinner will be served, music will be played by Blake, and memories will be made! Please RSVP to Tonya at shaw_tonya@gmail.com or 917-686-7342. All are welcome! 

CLERGY APPRECIATION October is recognized as Clergy Appreciation month. Greeting cards for the occasion are available in the card display in the Narthex. 

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 Nov. 11. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God’s Covenant with Abram: Genesis 12:1–9; 15:1–6; 17; Story Bible p. 50. In Sunday School today, our children studied “God’s Covenant with Abram.” As He did for Abram, God keeps His promises, as He did in giving His own Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. Consider discussing, “What important promises do we make as a family? How can we remind ourselves of the promises God keeps for us?”

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

The Higher Things youth are selling Butter Braids     through October 21. See a youth to place your order, or there is   an order form on the cubicle in the Narthex.

The Middle School and High School youth will be having a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch (2450 Westdale Dr. SW in Cedar Rapids) on Monday, Oct. 22 from 5-8pm. Pick up a flyer in the Narthex or show it on your phone, and 15% of your purchase goes to the St. Paul youth. Come join us for dinner!

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5-8pm
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 5-7pm

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5-8pm
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, November 11 – Iowa City Chapel Pasta Dinner (a.m.)
fundraiser-details to follow
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Children Sing on Oct. 21
The preschool – 4th grade children will sing during worship next week.  They will practice during Sunday School opening that morning and will sing both at the beginning of the worship service as well as during the offering. 

Christmas Program Set for Dec. 9
The Sunday School Christmas program is set for 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.  It will be followed by a soup supper.  All children and youth preschool through high school are welcome to participate.  If you are interested in co-directing the program, please let me know.  The children will start practicing their songs for the program on October 28, and parts will be handed out before Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 17 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 – Children sing during worship
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program

Julie Baumler

CHRIST’S LOVE IN ACTION AT WORK – MARSHALLTOWN OUTREACH At the July Voters’ meeting, it was asked if the Council would research any needs regarding the aftermath of the devastating F3 tornado that ripped through Marshalltown, IA leaving behind 89 homes and 7 businesses destroyed and another 525 homes severely damaged. It was approved to spend up to $5,000 out of our Outreach Fund. The Council is happy to report that we have been able to locate several needs, and $1,000 was sent to both Orphan Grain Train of Central Iowa and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown to aid them in their efforts to serve those most in need. Keep up the great work St. Paul!

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided. 

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. 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.

CHURCH MAILBOX Please be sure to pick up the information in your church mailbox before you leave today!

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Do hurtful or disrespectful words sometimes come out of your mouth during the week as you interact with your family? If so, know that continuing this habit is damaging to your relationships in ways that you might not even know. Try memorizing this verse and call it to memory when you are tempted to bite at someone you love this week: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Family of Kelley Vezina, family of Francis Wolrab, Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Roberto Sanchez, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, family of Megan Klaus, family of Jim Skow, marriage of Jayson McCarty and Brandi Davis

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School: Children: 17 Young Families Bible Study: 12
Sunday Worship: 101     Wednesday Evening: 21

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $  5,487             Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 150,275            Goal: $153,000

Noteworthy News 10/7/18

THANK YOU to Rev. Ryan Buchmueller for leading the worship service today.

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

LWML SUNDAY Today we recognize LWML Sunday. The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world. The St. Paul Priscilla Guild is a member of the LWML and our Iowa District East. The Priscilla Guild hosts events/activities each year with the proceeds going toward missions. If you would like to know more about getting involved with the Priscilla Guild, please contact Susan Adrian at jeff_adrian@hotmail.com.

BUTTER BREAD FUNDRAISER FOR HIGHER THINGS The Higher Things youth are selling Butter Braids starting today through October 21. See a youth to place your order, or there is an order form on the cubicle in the Narthex.

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

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Next Sunday, October 14 we will be taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Services of Iowa. For more information about LFS, go to lfsiowa.org.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly and potluck will be on Sunday, Oct. 21 following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend. Reports for the meeting packet are due to Tracy Wednesday, October 17.  

COMMUNION will be offered at the 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Prayer service on the following dates: October 17, October 31 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Youth Night Tonight
Middle School 5-7pm
High School 6-8:15pm 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5-8pm
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 5-7pm

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5-8pm
Sunday, November 4 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, November 11 – Iowa City Chapel Pasta Dinner (a.m.)
fundraiser-details to follow
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher Still Needed
We are still in need of a co-teacher for the preschool/kindergarten Sunday School class.  If you are able to help, please let me know. 

Christmas Program Set for Dec. 9
The Sunday School Christmas program is set for 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.  It will be followed by a soup supper.  All children and youth preschool through high school are welcome to participate.  If you are interested in co-directing the program, please let me know.  The children will start practicing their songs for the program on October 28, and parts will be handed out before Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 10 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 – Children sing during worship
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Noah and the Flood: Genesis 6:1-9:17; Story Bible p. 36
As our children studied the Bible account “Noah and the Flood” in Sunday School today, they considered God’s messages that He gave through the flood and the rainbow. God promises to provide a Savior to overcome sin and take its punishment for us. Parents could ask, “How do God’s promises give you comfort?”

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 Nov. 11. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

CHRIST’S LOVE IN ACTION AT WORK – MARSHALLTOWN OUTREACH At the July Voters’ meeting, it was asked if the Council would research any needs regarding the aftermath of the devastating F3 tornado that ripped through Marshalltown, IA leaving behind 89 homes and 7 businesses destroyed and another 525 homes severely damaged. It was approved to spend up to $5,000 out of our Outreach Fund. The Council is happy to report that we have been able to locate several needs, and $1,000 was sent to both Orphan Grain Train of Central Iowa and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown to aid them in their efforts to serve those most in need. Keep up the great work St. Paul! 

CLERGY APPRECIATION October is recognized as Clergy Appreciation month. Greeting cards for the occasion are available in the card display in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pay attention to signs of domestic violence among your friends, including bruises, isolation, and having to ask permission to do things or go places. Also know that women are at greatest risk of being killed by their violent partner when they file for divorce, obtain a protection order, or take other steps to end the relationship. Here’s how to help someone you know who is in a dangerous relationship: let them know you care and are ready to listen, help them make an appointment with an LFS counselor and give them the number of the Iowa Victim Service Call Center, available 24/7: 1-800-770-1650. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Family of Kelley Vezina, family of Francis Wolrab, Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Melvin Orwell, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Roberto Sanchez, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, family of Megan Klaus

STATISTICS LAST WEEK

Sunday School: Adults: 8 Children: 17 Sunday Worship: 89
Wednesday Evening: na

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,279              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 144,788            Goal: $149,175

 

 

Noteworthy News 9/30/18

MUFFINS FOR MITES Please join us in fellowship today as the Priscilla Guild sponsors “Muffins for Mites”. Your fellowship donations will go to support the continued mission work of the LWML.

NEWSLETTER The October newsletter and calendar are available to view/print on the church website, www.splcmv.org. There are a few paper copies on the table in the Narthex.

ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR See the bulletin insert. There will be a meeting after the worship service TODAY for anyone with questions, etc. This position will be an agenda item to be voted on at the Oct. 21 Voters’ Assembly.

COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Evening Prayer Service this Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30pm. All are welcome.

MEN’S BREAKFAST The next men’s breakfast will be this coming Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8am at the church. All are welcome!

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 Nov. 11. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

COMMUNION will be offered at the 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Prayer service on the following dates:

October 3
October 17
October 31 

LWML Fall Zone Rally is Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9am to 1pm at King of Kings in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am followed by brunch at 9am. The theme is “Bloom and Witness Where you are Planted.” Speaker Deanna Glass invites you to bring your sunlight smile, and be ready for a morning full of love and joy! The Ingathering is “sock-tober”. Bring pairs and packages of men’s, women’s and children’s socks, lots of socks, for the local homeless shelters and low-income schools. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher Still Needed
We are still in need of a co-teacher for the preschool/kindergarten Sunday School class.  If you are able to help, please let me know. 

Young Families Bible Study – October 7
We will be having a Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) on the first Sunday of every month starting on October 7.  It will run at the same time as Sunday School (8:15-9:15) and will meet in the back of the sanctuary. This replaces the regular Sunday morning adult Sunday School class that day. Parents are welcome to bring infants, and there is a nursery for children under 3.  This year we will focus on developing Godly character in our children.

Christmas Program Set for December 9
The Sunday School Christmas program is set for 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.  It will be followed by a soup supper.  All children and youth preschool through high school are welcome to participate.  If you are interested in co-directing the program, please let me know.  The children will start practicing their songs for the program on October 28, and parts will be handed out before Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 3 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 – Young Families Bible Study, 8:15 a.m.
Oct. 21 – Children sing during worship
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Friday, October 5 – Confirmation Retreat at camp (All are encouraged to attend)
Sunday, October 7 – Youth Night 5-7
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 5-7
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, October 7 – Butter Braid Sale Begins
Sunday October 7 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm, Butter Braid Sale Ends
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1-16; Story Bible p. 33
Do your kids get jealous? Today in Sunday School, our children studied the story of “Cain and Abel,” which tells about the first case of murder caused by jealousy. Consider discussing, “How does jealousy affect relationships in a family? Why is it important to forgive one another in our family?”

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ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided.

CHURCH MAILBOX Please be sure to pick up the information in your church mailbox before you leave today! 

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 There are two kinds of people in the world: those who wake up and say, “Good morning, Lord!” and those who wake up and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!” Which are you? It is usually true that mood follows message. How we feel emotionally results from how we think about what is happening. The next time you are having a bad day, stop and check your thoughts. Listen to what you are telling yourself. Challenge and then replace negative, untrue self-statements with the truth. (Hint: look for truths from the author of life Himself in your Bible). LFS counselors are available to help you learn to change negative thought patterns, replacing them with truth. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org). 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Family of Kelley Vezina, Julie Christiansen, Francis Wolrab, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Melvin Orwell, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Roberto Sanchez, Tate Little, Mark Zenor

 STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School: Adults: — Children: 18   Sunday Worship: 78
Wednesday Evening: 16

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 5,859              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 141,509            Goal: $145,350

Noteworthy News 9/23/18

NEWSLETTER Information for the October newsletter is due to Tracy TODAY. Thanks!

ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR See the bulletin insert. There will be a meeting after the worship service on Sunday, Sept. 30 for anyone with questions, etc. This position will be an agenda item to be voted on at the Oct. 21 Voters’ Assembly.

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 Nov. 11. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

COMMUNION will be offered at the 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Prayer service on the following dates:
October 3
October 17
October 31

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for SCHOOL KITS for LWR. A donation basket is on the table by the entry doors in the Narthex. Also on the table are lists of items needed and guidelines about those items. There is an instruction sheet to make homemade backpacks as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LWML Fall Zone Rally is Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9am to 1pm at King of Kings in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am followed by brunch at 9am. The theme is “Bloom and Witness Where you are Planted.” Speaker Deanna Glass invites you to bring your sunlight smile, and be ready for a morning full of love and joy! The Ingathering is “sock-tober”. Bring pairs and packages of men’s, women’s and children’s socks, lots of socks, for the local homeless shelters and low-income schools. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Sin Enters the World: Genesis 3; Story Bible p. 29Today our children studied the Scripture’s account, “Sin Enters the World,” as the devil tempted Adam and Eve to sin. With the fall into sin came God’s punishment of death . . . but also His promise of a Savior. You might discuss, “How does sin affect us as a family? How does God’s promise of a Savior give us comfort?”

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – Youth Night 5-7pm
Friday, October 5 – Confirmation Retreat at camp (All are encouraged to attend)
Sunday, October 7 – Youth Night 5-7
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 5-7
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – Higher Things Meeting 11am
TODAY – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, October 7-21 – Butter Braid Sale Begins
Sunday October 7 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Monday, October 22 – Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study – Being Lutheran
Wednesday evening Bible study began last week.  We are studying the book Being Lutheran.  If you are interested in coming, there are copies of the second chapter of the book available on the table in the Narthex.  Please read this chapter before the study on Wednesday evening, if possible.  The group will meet at 7 p.m. in the library of the Sunday School wing. All are welcome.

Young Families Bible Study
The Young Families Bible Study will resume on Sunday, October 7 at 8:15 a.m. (in place of the regular Sunday School class that morning) and will continue to meet on the first Sunday of each month during the school year.  This year we will be looking at Godly Character and how to impart that on our children.

Julie Baumler

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. 

CHURCH MAILBOX Please be sure to pick up the information in your church mailbox before you leave today!

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 Did You Know: “It’s more important what God thinks of you than what others think of you.” How often have you heard (or said) these words? Yet so often we slip into the habit of living for the approval of others. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to do things for the approval of men. In the same chapter, He assures us that our Father, who sees and knows us inside out, is the One who can and will meet all our needs, including our need to be recognized, valued, and loved. Whew! What a relief! Life begins to look different (and much better!) when seen through the eyes of faith in our loving, gracious, living and forgiving God. Live in the light of that great love this week! Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Francis Wolrab, Gary Petersen, Tim Akers, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Melvin Orwell, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Roberto

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School: Adults: 6 Children: 20   Sunday Worship: 90
Wednesday Evening: 17

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,030              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $135,650             Goal: $141,525

Noteworthy News 9/16/18

PRESENTATION The group that attended Higher Things this past July will be providing fellowship and giving a presentation about their trip following the worship service THIS MORNING. All are invited!

NEWSLETTER Information for the October newsletter is due to Tracy next Sunday, September 23. Thanks!

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, September 18 at 12 noon. All are welcome! 

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL Thank you to all who provided food and/or served the noon meal at Mission of Hope this past Wednesday.

CHURCH 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 Nov. 11. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

COMMUNION will be offered at the 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Prayer service on the following dates:

September 19
October 3
October 17
October 31

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for SCHOOL KITS for LWR. A donation basket is on the table by the entry doors in the Narthex. Also on the table are lists of items needed and guidelines about those items. There is an instruction sheet to make homemade backpacks as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God Creates Adam and Eve, Genesis 1:26-2:25; Story Bible p. 26. Today in Sunday School, our students heard how “God Creates Adam and Eve,” including providing them with perfect physical attributes and a lush garden in which to live. God created the world’s many natural resources so it would be a wonderful place for His most treasured creation, human beings, to live. Parents might ask, “How were Adam and Eve different from the rest of God’s creation?”

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – Youth provide fellowship and serve
Sunday, September 23 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Friday, October 5 – Confirmation Retreat at camp (All are encouraged to attend)
Sunday, October 7 – Youth Night 5-7
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 5-7

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – Youth provide fellowship and give Higher Things presentation
Sunday, September 23 – Higher Things Meeting 11am
Sunday, September 23 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday October 7 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, October 21 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study – Being Lutheran
Wednesday evening Bible study begins again this week on Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be doing another book study using the book Being Lutheran.  “Throw out all those notions you might have about what it means to be Lutheran. When it comes down to it, being Lutheran is really very simple.  It’s about following Jesus.  We go where Jesus goes, we listen when Jesus speaks, we trust when Jesus promises.  And we live because Jesus lives.” The study will combine video segments, discussion, and Scripture with reading the Being Lutheran book.  We will meet in the library in the Sunday School wing.

If you are interested in coming, there are copies of the first chapter of the book available on the table in the Narthex.  Please read this chapter before the study on Wednesday evening, if possible.  All are welcome.

Sunday School Mission Project
The Sunday School offering this fall will be directed to LCMS Disaster Response. The Disaster Response ministry launches to places when natural disasters hit both in the U.S. and abroad to provide both physical assistance and spiritual support. Recently they have helped with the forest fires on the west coast, rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, and with the flooding in Wisconsin on Labor Day weekend.

Upcoming Dates
Sept. 19 – Adult Bible study

Julie Baumler

INPUT NEEDED FOR ELECTRONIC GIVING Due to some expressed interest, the Church Council invites you to consider the possible use of ACH (Automated Clearing House) transfers from checking or savings accounts to submit tithes and offerings electronically. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers would be initiated by St. Paul Lutheran Church through Mount Vernon Bank & Trust up to two times per month with a minimum offering amount required. The service is free of charge to members and to St. Paul. Please give your input to a Council member today!

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided. 

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. 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.

CHURCH MAILBOX Please be sure to pick up the information in your church mailbox before you leave today!

IED LWML Fall Zone Rally is Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9am to 1pm at King of Kings in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am followed by brunch at 9am. The theme is “Bloom and Witness Where you are Planted.” Speaker Deanna Glass invites you to bring your sunlight smile, and be ready for a morning full of love and joy! The Ingathering is “sock-tober”. Bring pairs and packages of men’s, women’s and children’s socks, lots of socks, for the local homeless shelters and low-income schools. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit . . . therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Do you not know that this Biblical instruction isn’t written just for young people? No matter your age, take time this week to do something that will make your body stronger or healthier. Fix a healthy snack, go for a walk, and invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Honor God with your body, no matter how many years it’s been around! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org). 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Gary Petersen, Tim Akers, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Melvin Orwell, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School: Adults: 9 Children: 21 Sunday Worship: 103
Wednesday Evening: 11

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,687               Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 132,620            Goal: $137,700