Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News 12/16/18

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

ADVENT MEAL & SERVICE The final Advent meal and service will be this Wednesday, Dec. 19. The meal (breakfast casseroles, fruit, dessert) will be from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Evening Prayer Advent service will begin at 6:30pm. Midweek classes will begin at 7:15.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Monday, Dec. 24, 6:30pm        Christmas Eve Worship – A Service of Carols & Lessons

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 9:30am        Christmas Worship with Communion

Monday, Dec. 31, 6:30pm        New Year’s Eve Worship with Communion

DIRECTORY UPDATE The church directory will be updated in January. Please take a look at the current directory in the Narthex and add/edit as needed. Thank you.

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain.  There is a list in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Cost is $1.00 each, and proceeds go to the St. Paul youth.

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Beginning January 1, 2019, members will be able to submit their tithes and offerings electronically using ACH transfers from checking or savings accounts. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St Paul Lutheran Church 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 in the back of the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

THANK YOU to all who helped in any way with the Mission of Hope meal this past Wednesday.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Caroling Today
We will be Christmas caroling today following fellowship and a light lunch.  All are welcome to join us!  We will carol at Hallmark Care Center at 12:30 and the Lisbon Rehabilitation Center at 1:30 and will work in visits to shut-ins  before  and after  these   scheduled stops.  If you know of someone who would enjoy having us stop, please let Pastor know following worship.

Thank You!!
Thanks to everyone who helped with the Christmas program in ways big and small.  We appreciate your assistance with the planning, practicing, costumes, stage set-up, meal donations, serving, and clean up.  It was a wonderful program and shared the Gospel message to all who attended.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL DECEMBER 23 OR DECEMBER 30 DUE TO CHRISTMAS VACATION. WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 6.

Julie Baumler

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES “In despair I bowed my head, ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said, ‘For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.’” During these challenging days, it’s helpful for older people who have lived through tough times to share a bit of perspective with young people. Use the piercing words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Christmas song I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day along with his family’s tragic history during Civil War times as a teaching tool and conversation starter with someone younger than you. Find the story and a beautiful recording of the hymn at www.thegospelcoalition.org, then search for the hymn by name. And don’t forget to share the message from the last verse that’s just as true for us today as it was for Longfellow: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth, good will to men.’” A blessed and peaceful Christmas to you and your family from your friends at Lutheran Family Service! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Dennis Uthof, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, David Heeren, Virginia Kurtz, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Tabitha Munn, Wrenlie Bixler, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 20   Adults: na  Sun. Worship: 98
Wed. Evening Advent Svc.: 40

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   4,659             Goal: $   3,825
This Year:     $188,545             Goal: $187,425

 

Noteworthy News 12/9/18

ADVENT MEAL & SERVICE The next Advent meal and service will be this Wednesday, Dec. 12. The meal (freewill offering) will be from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Evening Prayer Advent service will begin at 6:30pm. Midweek classes will begin at 7:15.

YOUTH BAKE SALE The Higher Things youth are having their annual bake sale fundraiser TODAY. Proceeds benefit the yearly Higher Things Conference participants.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM The children’s Christmas program will be TODAY at 4pm. All are invited to attend. A soup supper will follow the program.

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by TODAY.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Volunteers are needed to provide food and to transport/serve. There are signup sheets in the Narthex.

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 16. There is a signup sheet on the wall in the fellowship hall near the counter.

DIRECTORY UPDATE The church directory will be updated in January. Please take a look at the current directory in the Narthex and add/edit as needed. Thank you.

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain.  There is a list in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Cost is $1.00 each, and proceeds go to the St. Paul youth.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR  

Children’s Christmas Program Today!
The congregation is invited to the Sunday School Christmas program this afternoon at 4pm. There will be a soup supper following the program.

Stage Setup/Takedown
We will be setting up the stage for the children’s Christmas program today following fellowship, and we will be taking down the stage after the program this afternoon. Please plan to stay and assist with either or both if you are able. Thanks!

Caroling – Dec. 16
Next Sunday, December 16, we will be Christmas caroling. We plan to go following fellowship and then meet back at the church for a soup luncheon. If you know of someone who would enjoy  having us  carol to them, please  let Pastor know so we can add them to our route.  Please sign up on the table in the Narthex if you are able to go caroling and/or bring some food for the luncheon.

Upcoming Dates
TODAY – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm
Dec. 16 – Christmas caroling, 11am

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Esau Forgives Jacob: Genesis 31:3; 32–33; Story Bible p. 78.  “Esau Forgives Jacob” is the Bible story taught today in Sunday School. This exciting account teaches us how Jacob struggled against man and God for his birthright. The children will learn that Jesus struggled against sin and death to win our heavenly birthright. Talk to your children about sin and how it breaks families and relationships. Discuss, “How has sin severed our relationship with God? How did Jesus restore our relationship with God eternally? How does Jesus help us as God’s children to restore our broken human relationships?”

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Beginning January 1, 2019, members will be able to submit their tithes and offerings electronically using ACH transfers from checking or savings accounts. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St Paul Lutheran Church 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 in the back of the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today! 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, David Heeren, Virginia Kurtz, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Tabitha Munn, Wrenlie Bixler, birth of Magdalena Sanchezeen

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 18  Adults: 4  Sun. Worship: 75
Wed. Evening Advent Svc.: 28

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $    4,516            Goal: $   3,825
This Year:     $ 186,686            Goal: $183,600

 

Noteworthy News 12/2/18

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. 

ADVENT MEAL & SERVICE Our first Advent meal and service will be this Wednesday, Dec. 5. The meal (freewill offering) will be from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Evening Prayer Advent service will begin at 6:30pm. Midweek classes will begin at 7:15. 

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next monthly women’s Bible study will be Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

 

YOUTH BAKE SALE NEXT SUNDAY The Higher Things youth will have their annual bake sale fundraiser next Sunday. December 9. Proceeds benefit the yearly Higher Things Conference participants. 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM The children’s Christmas program will be next Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4pm. All are invited to attend. A soup supper will follow the program.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Volunteers are needed to provide food and to transport/serve. There are signup sheets in the Narthex. 

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 9. 

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 16. There is a signup sheet on the wall in the fellowship hall near the counter. 

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Advent devotionals from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available on the table in the Narthex. Please take as many as you would like, more can be printed. Regular and large print are available. The theme this year is “The Coming King.”

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle and High School Youth
Our Christmas party will be held TODAY. Highschool Youth: We will gather at the church at 4pm and head to Target to buy Christmas gifts. After that, we will go back to the Margheim’s home. Middle School youth: We will gather at the Margheim’s. Please arrive at 6pm. Once everyone is there, we will wrap presents and share a Christmas dinner. We’ll also have a White Elephant gift exchange (something funny or unique, this should be something that could be held on to if so desired). We will also read the Nativity and play games if we have time. We will finish up around 8pm.

Higher Things Fundraiser Upcoming Event
Bake Sale – December 9

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Family Advent Activity
There’s still room for more household to attend our Advent activity today from 2:30-5pm.  We will be learning about Advent and making an Advent wreath for each household to take home and use throughout the season.  We will finish by watching the animated movie, “The Star and enjoying some popcorn and snacks.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.  Please feel free to bring additional snacks to share, if you would like. 

Children’s Christmas Program
Christmas program practice is this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m.  All participants should plan to attend.  The congregation is invited to watch the program next Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m.  There is a soup supper following the program.  We could still use some food for the soup supper.  Please check the signup sheet in the Narthex, and help where you are able.

Stage Set-up
We will be setting up the stage for the Christmas program next Sunday following fellowship.  Please plan to stay and assist if you are able.

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 9. They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex. Please sign up BY TODAY if you plan to participate.

Caroling – Dec. 16
Save the date for Christmas caroling on December 16.  We will plan to go following fellowship and meet back at the church for a soup luncheon.

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Jacob’s Family: Genesis 29:1–30:24; Story Bible p. 74. Today’s Sunday School lesson is about “Jacob’s Family.” The learned that through Jacob’s family God brought forth the Savior, Jesus Christ, who endured lies, deception, and the schemes of sinful humankind to work our salvation on the cross. Families can discuss how we sin when we lie or deceive others and how such actions show that we don’t trust God to provide and care for us. Ask your children, “Have you ever suffered because of someone’s lies?” Talk about how Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross. 

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are here. Prices are marked on the bags/boxes. Place payment in the wooden lock box. Make checks payable to St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds go toward missions. 

DIRECTORY UPDATE The church directory will be updated in January. Please take a look at the current directory in the Narthex and add/edit as needed. Thank you. 

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.

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain. There will be a sheet in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

THANK YOU to all who participated in any way with the living nativity on Nov. 29. Special thanks to Brenda Bany for helping with costumes and Gene Freiburger for attending all the planning meetings and coordinating the animals. I would also like to thank Karl Hoech from Bethany who provided our sound. It was greatly appreciated. Thank You, Sonya Sullivan

THANK YOU Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for all your help and gifts of food to us. You have been a great blessing to us all as we have welcomed David Irenei into our home. Love in Christ, the Hansen family

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Beginning January 1, 2019, members will be able to submit their tithes and offerings electronically using ACH transfers from checking or savings accounts. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St Paul Lutheran Church 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 in the back of the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, David Heeren, Virginia Kurtz, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Tabitha Munn, Wrenlie Bixler

 STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: na Adults: na Sun. Worship: 58 Wed. Evening Svc.: 13

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 5,665               Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 182,170            Goal: $179,775

Noteworthy News 11/25/18

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. 

DECORATE CHURCH We will be decorating the church for the Christmas season on Monday, Nov. 26 from 6-9pm. All congregation members are invited to help.

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 29 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Rehearsal will be TONIGHT at 6:30pm at the church.

MEN’S BREAKFAST will be next Saturday, December 1 at 8am at the church. All men are invited.

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 16. There is a signup sheet on the wall in the fellowship hall near the counter.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Advent devotionals from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available on the table in the Narthex. Please take as many as you would like, more can be printed. Regular and large print are available. The theme this year is “The Coming King.”

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are here. Prices are marked on the bags/boxes. Place payment in the wooden lock box. Make checks payable to St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds go toward missions. 

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 9. 

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.

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain. There will be a sheet in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR         

Young Families Bible Study Cancelled
Due to the Christmas program practice schedule, we will not be having the young families Bible study on Dec. 2. We will resume our study on Jan. 6.

Family Advent Activity
St. Paul families and singles of all ages are invited to attend an Advent activity on Sunday, December 2 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.  We will be learning about Advent and making an Advent wreath for each household to take home and use throughout the season.  We will finish by watching the animated movie, “The Star and enjoying some popcorn and snacks.  Please sign up in the Narthex BY TODAY if you would like to come so we can have adequate supplies for everyone.

Christmas Program Update
The Sunday School children have begun practicing their songs for the Christmas program.  Participants should plan to attend practice this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m.

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 9. They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex. Please sign up BY TODAY if you plan to participate.

Caroling – Dec. 16
Save the date for Christmas caroling on December 16.  We will plan to go following fellowship and meet back at the church for a soup luncheon.

Upcoming Dates
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity and movie, 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 – Christmas program practice, 9 a.m.
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Christmas caroling

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party 6-8pM

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party & Shopping
Sunday, December 9 – HT Youth Bake Sale after worship

Butter Braids are here! If you placed an order, your braids are in the chest freezer in the back. Please take them home today!

Sonya Sullivan

SNOW REMOVAL If you would be interested in helping out with snow removal at the church this winter, please contact Josh Randall (josrandall@outlook.com), 895-8861

AMAZON SMILE Don’t forget to choose Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (or your favorite non-profit organization) at https://smile.amazon.com/ when you shop on Cyber Monday and all of your shopping at Amazon this holiday season!

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Beginning January 1, 2019, members will be able to submit their tithes and offerings electronically using ACH transfers from checking or savings accounts. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St Paul Lutheran Church 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 in the back of the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

PROJECT 60 The Lisbon School will once again be hosting the Project 60 Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 11am-2pm. The dinner is for seniors 60 and older in the Lisbon/Mt. Vernon area. There will be a meal, entertainment and Bingo. There is no cost, but donations are welcome. RSVP by Nov. 26 to Cathy Whitman at 455-2106 ext. 107. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIESAfter taking this class I am a more confident caregiver!” The woman who wrote these words participated in LFS’ 6-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers class, designed for anyone providing physical care or emotional support for disabled or elderly family members. LFS has trained group facilitators all over the state ready to lead this helpful group for caregivers in your area. Visit the LFS web site or contact Rev. Mick Wolfram at mwolfram@LFSiowa.org or 515-251-4900 for more information. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org). 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, David Heeren, Virginia Kurtz, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Tabitha Munn, family & friends of Marsha Light, family of Carolyn Dillman

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 16 Adults: 6 Sun. Worship: 89

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,975              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 176,505            Goal: $175,950

Noteworthy News 11/18/18

WELCOME PASTOR B! Rev. Ryan Buchmueller has accepted our call to serve here at St. Paul as Assistant to the Pastor, and his installation was during our worship service this morning. Cake will be served during fellowship time today to celebrate his installation. Pastor Buchmueller’s contact information: chaplain@splcmv.org, phone 319-249-1387.

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12pm here at the church. All are invited!

THANKSGIVING We will have a Thanksgiving Eve worship service with communion this Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30pm. There will not be Midweek or adult Bible study that evening. The church office will be closed Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.

OLD CREAMERY THEATER SHOW Josh and Olivia Randall are hoping to have a group to go to “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” at the Old Creamery Theater in Amana this Christmas season. They went with a group last year, and it was a lot of fun! Possible dates are Fri., Dec. 7 or Fri., Dec. 14. The plan would be for all to meet for supper before the show at 5:30/5:45 at one of the restaurants in Amana, and then attend the 7:30pm show. Tickets are normally $31.50, but the cost for a group of 15 or more is $27.50. Please let Olivia or Josh know if you are interested and which date would work best for you by this Wed., Nov. 21. Contact: orandall16@gmail.com, 895-8861.

DECORATE CHURCH We will be decorating the church for the Christmas season on Monday, Nov. 26 from 6-9pm. All congregation members are invited to help.

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 29 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir again this year. Rehearsal will be next Sunday, Nov. 25 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center. We are still in need of a narrator and someone to portray Joseph in the performances. A narrator will need to have a strong speaking voice (contact Sonya for details). There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Young Families Bible Study – Dec. 2
We will be having a Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) on Sunday, December 2 from 8:15-9:15 (takes the place of regular adult Sunday School).  Parents are welcome to bring infants, and there is a nursery for children under 3.  We will continue exploring building Godly character in our children. 

Family Advent Activity
St. Paul families and singles of all ages are invited to attend an Advent activity on Sunday, December 2 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.  We will be learning about Advent and making an Advent wreath for each household to take home and use throughout the season.  We will finish by watching the animated movie, “The Star and enjoying some popcorn and snacks.  Please sign up in the Narthex if you would like to come so we can have adequate supplies for everyone.

Christmas Program Update
The Sunday School children have begun practicing their songs for the Christmas program.  Check your mailboxes.  Each participating family has a CD with the music in their mailbox.  Please listen to it with your children to help familiarize them with the songs.  Parts have also been assigned and are in mailboxes.  Please let me (or Megan Johnson) know right away if you have any concerns about your child being able to learn his/her part.  Note that they do not have to be memorized. Please save Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m. for program practice.

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 9.  They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex.  Talk to me if you have any questions.

Caroling – Dec. 16
Save the date for Christmas caroling on December 16.  We will plan to go following fellowship and meet back at the church for a soup luncheon.

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 21 – No Wednesday Night Bible Study
Nov. 25 – No Sunday School
Dec. 2 – Young Families Bible Study, 8:15 a.m.
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity and movie, 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 – Christmas program practice, 9 a.m.
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Christmas caroling

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TONIGHT – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party 6-8pm

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TONIGHT – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party & Shopping

Annual Higher Things youth bake sale will be Sunday, December 9.

Butter Braids are here! If you placed an order, your braids are in the chest freezer in the back. Please take them home today!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS November 18 – Jacob’s Dream: Genesis 27:41–28:22; Story Bible p. 71. Our children studied “Jacob’s Dream” in Sunday School today, a story that shows God renewing His promise to bless all people through Jacob’s family. God kept His promise by giving Jesus to be our Savior. Your family could discuss, “What reminders does God give us of His promises to us?”

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are here. Prices are marked on the bags/boxes. Place payment in the wooden lock box. Make checks payable to St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds go toward missions. 

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 9. 

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.

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain. There will be a sheet in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

SNOW REMOVAL If you would be interested in helping out with snow removal at the church this winter, please contact Josh Randall (josrandall@outlook.com), 895-8861

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Virginia Kurtz, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, family & friends of Marsha Light 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sun. School: Children: 11 Adults: 9 Sun. Worship: 82 Wed. Evening: 14

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,549              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $171,530             Goal: $172,125

Noteworthy News 11/11/18

VETERANS DAY is today. Remember to keep all veterans in your prayers. We thank you for your service. 

NEWSLETTER for the December newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, Nov. 18. Thanks! 

ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR Rev. Ryan Buchmueller has accepted our call to serve here at St. Paul as Assistant to the Pastor. His installation is planned to be during the regular morning service next Sunday, November 18th with a reception following. Pastor Buchmueller’s service to our congregation in the future will look a lot like the month of October when he filled in for Pastor Hansen on vacation, and when they served together for the Reformation service. Also, if you are ever hospitalized at Mercy in Cedar Rapids, remember that you can get visits from both Pastor Hansen and Pastor Buchmueller. Contact information: chaplain@splcmv.org, phone 319-249-1387.

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 29 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir again this year. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Nov. 25 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center. There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Beginning January 1, 2019, members will be able to submit their tithes and offerings electronically using ACH transfers from checking or savings accounts. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides consistency for our church. Transfers will be initiated by St Paul Lutheran Church 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 in the back of the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

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.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Christmas Program Update
The Sunday School children have begun practicing their songs for the Christmas program.  Check your mailboxes.  Each participating family has a CD with the music in their mailbox.  Please listen to it with your children to help familiarize them with the songs.  Parts have also been assigned and are in mailboxes.  Please let me (or Megan Johnson) know right away if you have any concerns about your child being able to learn his/her part.  Note that they do not have to be memorized. Please save Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9-11am for program practice.

Also, volunteers are needed to provide food for the soup supper. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex. 

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 9.  They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  Talk to me if you have any questions.

Family Advent Activity – Save the Date
St. Paul families and singles of all ages are invited to attend an Advent activity on Sunday, December 2 from 2:30-5pm. We will be learning about Advent and making an Advent wreath for each household to take home and use throughout the season.  We will finish by watching the animated movie, “The Star” and enjoying some popcorn and snacks.  Please sign up in the Narthex if you would like to come so we can have adequate supplies for everyone.

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 14 – Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7pm
Dec. 2 – Family Advent activity and movie, 2:30pm
Dec. 8 – Christmas program practice, 9am
Dec. 9 – Children’s Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 5-7pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party 6-8pm

High School Upcoming Events (Mark your calendar):
TODAY – Iowa City Chapel Pasta Dinner fundraiser (a.m.)
Sunday, November 18 – Youth Night 6-8:15pm
Sunday, December 2 – Youth Night Christmas Party (details to come)

THANK YOU to those who bought Butter Braids. Your order will arrive on November 14. We appreciate your support!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Jacob and Esau: Genesis 25:19–34; 27:1–40; Story Bible p. 67. The account of “Jacob and Esau” is a story of competition and bad feelings between brothers, parental favoritism, and family squabbling. Amidst this chaos, God acted with grace toward all of them—and to us. Parents might ask, “How do these sins afflict every family? Why is forgiveness important in families?”

PRAYER CHAIN Here at St. Paul we have an email prayer chain. There will be a sheet in the Narthex through the end of the year. If you would like to be added, please write your name and email on the sheet, or if you would like to be removed, please cross off your name. Any questions, please contact Tracy.

SELCC PIE FUNDRAISER Southeast Linn Comm. Center in Lisbon is selling freshly-made and frozen dutch apple and triple berry pies! Each 9-inch pie costs $12.50. All proceeds benefit SELCC programs. Call 455-2844 or email nicole.selcc@gmail.com to place your order. Order by 12/3 for pickup on Tuesday, 12/11 from 9:00am-7pm. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Soldiers returning from deployment suffer major depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) at rates much higher than the general population. Families, as well as service members’ lives are forever changed. Who has served our country and now lives in your community? This week find a way to show them and their family your appreciation, respect and love. One small act of kindness can make a big difference! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org). 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Julie Christiansen, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Beverly Moore, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Carolyn Dillman, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Lori Randall, Katina White & family, family of Darlene Allard, family of Norman Kuddes, praise for birth of Isaac Pavlik, marriage of Calbert Hanselman & Portlind Schmidt, family of Kay Hill

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School: Children: 22   Young Families B. Study: 10
Sunday Worship: 80   Wednesday Evening: 16

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,582              Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:    $ 167,981            Goal: $168,300