Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News 2/18/18

NEWSLETTER articles for the March newsletter are due TODAY. Thanks!

FELLOWSHIP Thank you to the Bany family for providing fellowship refreshments today.

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES continue this Wednesday. A meal is served at 5:15pm (freewill offering), and the worship service is at 6:30pm. The theme this year is The Passion of Our Lord. Midweek begins at 7:15pm.

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care 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 diapers out of t-shirts as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. Take as many as you’d like, more copies can be made. The theme this year is “Silent Witnesses.”

DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® BY MARCH 31 Since 2014, St. Paul has received $5,801 in Thrivent Choice Dollars to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2018, to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!

SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the Sharon K Jurgens Memorial Scholarship for fall 2018 are available in the Narthex. This scholarship is available to high school senior or home-schooled equivalent students who are planning to attend college to pursue a degree in education. Applications are due by March 15, 2018 and should be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Collecting Necessities for Orphan Grain Train
Destitute people around the world need basic necessities. Thousands of children in India, Latvia, Liberia, Nicaragua, and other countries helped byOrphan Grain Train do not have good underwear or socks. With only the shirt on their backs since the day of their destitution, it’s difficult for them to obtain good clothes, not to mention undergarments.  For the month of February, we will be collecting NEW underwear and socks for Orphan Grain Train to send to needy people! Men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s—all sizes are needed.  There is a collection box on the small table in the fellowship hall where you can put your donations.  Please have all of your donations to the church by February 25. 

Journey to the Cross – March 24
Join us for a sensory learning event that covers the last days of Jesus’ life on earth. Meet witnesses from the Bible; taste, touch, feel, and be a part of the Passion story; take a walking Journey with your passport in hand, and be transported back to the time of Christ. This hands-on event on the morning of Sat., March 24 is for all members of St. Paul and their guests.  It’s the perfect way to prepare for Holy Week as you experience the events from Palm Sunday through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We will be needing several volunteers.  Please check out the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex. 

Upcoming Dates
February 25 – Orphan Grain Train collections due
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Night -February 18 (TONIGHT)
Youth Night – March 4 

Lent Meals (starting Feb. 21)
An email has been sent with meal schedule and food assignments. 

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Conversion of Paul: Acts 9:1-31; Story Bible p. 434.
Today in Sunday School, the children studied Paul’s conversion and learned that as God did with Paul, so God does with us. Through the Law, we are crushed by the weight of our sin and are helpless. As God revived Paul through Ananias (Acts 9:1–31), He revives us through our pastors with the proclamation of His Word and the administration of His Sacraments granting forgiveness, life, and salvation to all who believe. Talk to your children about how the Sacraments and God’s Word revive you so that you may live as God’s child.

LWML YOUNG WOMEN’S SERVANT EVENT Hello Young Ladies! Do you want to serve your community? Do you want to learn more about LWML? Join us (your IDE LWML Young Women Reps) for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and service. We are planning an event for young women on March 11 from 2 to 4pm. It will be held at our District Office (1100 Blairs Ferry Rd, Marion, IA). We will be sharing our great experiences with LWML, learning a bit more about what LWML does, and putting together school kits for Families Helping Families of Iowa. Please email Rachel at rach.wegener@gmail.com to RSVP by March 5, so we can have an idea how many to plan for.

LABORERS FOR CHRIST-MORE LABORERS ARE NEEDED! LFC is a service provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund to help LCMS ministries save money on their building projects. Currently there is a tremendous need for volunteers. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to lcef.org/laborers-for-christ/. There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES At the end of the Revolutionary War, in his letter to the States on June 8, 1783, George Washington is quoted as saying: “…the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” As you celebrate President’s Day tomorrow, pray and thank God for the gifts of liberty and freedom, and for those who currently hold national, state and local positions of leadership in government. Lutheran Family (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Glenn Kurth, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, family of Dick Peters, family of Jane Ripoff, family of Mick Baumler, family of Marge Bostwick

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 19 adults: 8 Sunday Morning Svc: 72
Ash Wednesday Svc.: 67

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 2,053 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $21,390     Goal: $22,950

Noteworthy News 2/11/18

NEWSLETTER articles for the March newsletter are due next Sunday, Feb. 18. Thanks!

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome!

ASH WEDNESDAY Lent begins this Wednesday, Feb. 14. We will have a meal (freewill offering) at 5:15pm and Ash Wednesday worship with communion at 6:30. There are no Midweek classes on Ash Wednesday.

The Priscilla Guild will be providing/serving the Lenten meal on Ash Wednesday. There is a signup sheet for food on the table in the Narthex.

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED One additional family is needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Feb. 18. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care 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 diapers out of t-shirts as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. Take as many as you’d like, more copies can be made. The theme this year is “Silent Witnesses.” Lent begins February 14.

DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® BY MARCH 31 Since 2014, St. Paul has received $5,801 in Thrivent Choice Dollars to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2018, to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Collecting Necessities for Orphan Grain TrainDestitute people around the world need basic necessities. Thousands of children in India, Latvia, Liberia, Nicaragua, and other countries helped by Orphan Grain Train do not have good underwear or socks. With only the shirt on their backs since the day of their destitution, it’s difficult for them to obtain good clothes, not to mention undergarments.  For the month of February, we will be collecting NEW underwear and socks for Orphan Grain Train to send to needy people! Men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s—all sizes are needed.  There is a collection box on the small table in the fellowship hall where you can put your donations.  Please have all of your donations to the church by February 25. 

Journey to the Cross – March 24
Join us for a sensory learning event that covers the last days of Jesus’ life on earth. Meet witnesses from the Bible; taste, touch, feel, and be a part of the Passion story; take a walking Journey with your passport in hand, and be transported back to the time of Christ. This hands-on event on the morning of Sat., March 24 is for all members of St. Paul and their guests.  It’s the perfect way to prepare for Holy Week as you experience the events from Palm Sunday through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We will be needing several volunteers.  Please check out the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.

Upcoming Dates
February 18 – Children sing during worship
February 25 – Orphan Grain Train collections due
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Night -February 18 

Lent Meals (starting Feb. 21)
An email has been sent with meal schedule and food assignments. 

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Valentines/Lent Activity: Today the children made valentines for the shut-ins and snowbirds of the congregation. They also learned about the season of Lent. Ask them how long Lent lasts and what happens to the “Alleluias” during Lent. We also talked about fasting or giving up something for Lent and why some people do that. Talk it over with your child to see if they would like to give up something for Lent this year (but don’t require it). Each family received a devotional with suggested readings from the Story Bible to use during the season of Lent. It is in your mailbox.

GREETING CARDS Valentine’s Day cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Card are $1 each, and funds go to the youth group. Place money in the coffee can on the small table.

LABORERS FOR CHRIST-MORE LABORERS ARE NEEDED! LFC is a service provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund to help LCMS ministries save money on their building projects. Currently there is a tremendous need for volunteers. Laborers, both men and women learn by doing—on the job training with fellowship. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to lcef.org/laborers-for-christ/. There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Building Healthy Families: Did you know the world has declared a special week to celebrate one of the fruits of the Spirit? The founders of National Random Acts of Kindness Week might not know it, but they have: kindness is on the list in Galatians 5! How might you give witness to the faith that is in you by doing something “unusually kind”, in Jesus name, for someone this week? Shovel your neighbor’s snow, pay for the order of the car behind you in the drive through, send flowers to someone who lives alone, stop to visit someone living in a care center…be creative and have fun! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Rebecca Hansen, Glenn Kurth, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Mick Baumler, family of Micah Stine, family of Kathleen Hoagland, praise for birth of Paul Randall

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 17 adults: 6 Sunday Morning Svc: 82
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: 7

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,260 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $18,827 Goal: $19,125

Noteworthy News 2/4/18

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.

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

LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES SUNDAY Today we recognize Lutheran Hour Ministries Sunday. LHM is a global media and congregational out-reach organization supporting the LCMS and is independently funded by its members and donors. Locally, you can listen to The Lutheran Hour on Sunday mornings at 6:30am on 600AM WMT, or go to http://www.lutheranhour.org for more listening options. A special freewill offering will be taken today. There is a basket at the back of the sanctuary.

GIVING STATEMENTS Contribution statements for 2017 are in your church mailbox. Please take the contents of your mailbox home with you today.

PRAYER SERVICE WITH COMMUNION Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer service this Wednesday, Feb. 7. All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next women’s Bible study will be next Saturday, Feb. 10 at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women of the congregation are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED One additional family is needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Feb. 18. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

ASH WEDNESDAY MEAL SIGNUP The Priscilla Guild will be providing/serving the Lenten meal on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) at 5:15pm. There is a signup sheet for food on the table in the Narthex.

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Collecting Necessities for Orphan Grain Train
Destitute people around the world need basic necessities. Thousands of children in India, Latvia, Liberia, Nicaragua, and other countries helped by Orphan Grain Train do not have good underwear or socks. With only the shirt on their backs since the day of their destitution, it’s difficult for them to obtain good clothes, not to mention undergarments.  For the month of February, we will be collecting NEW underwear and socks for Orphan Grain Train to send to needy people! Men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s—all sizes are needed.  There is a collection box on the small table in the fellowship hall where you can put your donations.  Please have all of your donations to the church by February 25.

 Journey to the Cross – March 24
Join us for a sensory learning event that covers the last days of Jesus’ life on earth. Meet witnesses from the Bible; taste, touch, feel, and be a part of the Passion story; take a walking Journey with your passport in hand, and be transported back to the time of Christ. This hands-on event on the morning of Sat., March 24 is for all members of St. Paul and their guests.  It’s the perfect way to prepare for Holy Week as you experience the events from Palm Sunday through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We will be needing several volunteers.  Please check out the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex. 

Upcoming Dates
February 18 – Children sing during worship
February 25 – Orphan Grain Train collections due
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Nights – February 4 (TODAY), February 18 

High School Youth
Community Event/Hope Lodge Dinner – Thursday, February 8 

Youth Committee
Meeting – TODAY (following worship service)

Lent Meals (starting Feb. 21)
Please watch for email with meal schedule and food assignments. 

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Philip and the Ethiopian: Acts 8:26-40; Story Bible p. 431. In Sunday School today, the children learn that as Jesus came to the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26–40), He comes to us in our weakness, for we cannot by our own reason or strength come to Him. In your family faith talks, discuss how the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies us, keeping us with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care 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 diapers out of t-shirts as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. Take as many as you’d like, more copies can be made. The theme this year is “Silent Witnesses.” Lent begins February 14.

DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® BY MARCH 31 Since 2014, St. Paul has received $5,801 in Thrivent Choice Dollars to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2018, to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!

GREETING CARDS Valentine’s Day cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Card are $1 each, and funds go to the youth group. Place money in the coffee can on the small table.

LABORERS FOR CHRIST-MORE LABORERS ARE NEEDED! LFC is a service provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund to help LCMS ministries save money on their building projects. Currently there is a tremendous need for volunteers. Laborers, both men and women learn by doing—on the job training with fellowship. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to lcef.org/laborers-for-christ/. There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Valentine’s Day is coming soon! This year, try something new: Go through the entire day WITHOUT saying, “I love you!” What? Instead, look for other ways to say it! How about, “My life is better because you are in it,” or “I am so proud that you are my daughter,” or “I am so thankful that God brought you into my life.” Be creative! And remember – on Valentine’s Day and always – how much you are loved by your Father (John 15:9-17). Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Rebecca Hansen, Glenn Kurth, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, family of Micah Stine, family of Kathleen Hoagland

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 22 adults: na Young Families Study: 6
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: na Sunday Morning Svc: 64

 

Noteworthy News 1/28/18

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck is today following the worship service. All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.

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

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Feb. 18. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

ASH WEDNESDAY MEAL SIGNUP The Priscilla Guild will be providing/serving the Lenten meal on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) at 5:15pm. There is a signup sheet for food on the table in the Narthex.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Super Skate Outing Today
An outing to Super Skate in Cedar Rapids is planned today for children, youth, families – and anyone else who would like to join us.  Children and youth can skate for $5 each. (The regular cost is $9, but Sunday School funds will cover $4 per child/youth; Adults are welcome to skate at the regular $9 price which includes skate rental).  We will plan to leave from the church at 12:30pm, after the voters’ meeting and potluck, so we can all enter Super Skate at the same time.  Please sign up on the table in the Narthex if you or your children are planning to attend.  If you plan to meet us at the Super Skate at 1:00 (rather than meeting at the church), please let me know.   

Upcoming Dates
February 18 – Children sing during worship
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Middle School and High School Youth:
Youth Nights – February 4, February 18 

High School Youth:
Community Event/Hope Lodge Dinner – Thursday, February 8 (more information to come) 

SH Youth Committee
Meeting – Sunday, February 4 (following worship service) 

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God’s Servant Stephen: Acts 6-7; Story Bible p. 428. In learning the story of Stephen (Acts 6–7), the first martyr, the children in Sunday School learn how we are crushed by and enraged at the accusations of God’s Law, but the Gospel comes to bring peace and quietness with the forgiveness of our sins. Talk with your children and point out that in church we hear from the pastor the same Word of God that Stephen preached: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care 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 diapers out of t-shirts as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. Take as many as you’d like, more copies can be made. The theme this year is “Silent Witnesses.” Lent begins February 14.

DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® BY MARCH 31 Since 2014, St. Paul has received $5,801 in Thrivent Choice Dollars to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2018, to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!

GREETING CARDS Valentine’s Day cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Card are $1 each, and funds go to the youth group. Place money in the coffee can on the small table.

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 schedules, etc.

BEST CHOICE UPC LABEL PROGRAM Just a reminder that the Priscilla Guild continues to collect Best Choice UPC bar codes (must have the bar code) for the Best Choice Save-A-Label fundraiser. Gary’s Foods in Mt. Vernon and Brother’s Market in Lisbon both carry this store brand. Cut out the UPC bar code, and place in the designated box in the church kitchen.

LABORERS FOR CHRIST-MORE LABORERS ARE NEEDED! LFC is a service provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund to help LCMS ministries save money on their building projects. Currently there is a tremendous need for volunteers. Laborers, both men and women learn by doing—on the job training with fellowship. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to lcef.org/laborers-for-christ/. There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Have you experienced the grief and loss of infertility? Or do you have parenting experience and room in your heart and home for one more child? Would you prayerfully consider adopting a child, possibly one who exists today as a waiting frozen embryo, in need of a forever family? Adoption builds a family through love that transcends genetics, biology and culture. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about domestic, international or embryo adoption invite them to contact Kim Laube, LFS’s Director of Life Ministries at klaube@LFSiowa.org or call your closest LFS office. LFS adoption workers are available statewide to provide both pregnancy counseling and adoption services. Lutheran Family Service, (563) 359-0696, LFSiowa.org

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Glenn Kurth, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, family of Sheryl Akers, family of Bob Akers, family of Micah Stine

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 21 adults: 7
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: 11 Sunday Morning Svc: 104

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,221 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $ 10,986 Goal: $11,475

 

Noteworthy News 1/21/18

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 ARTICLES for the February newsletter are due to Tracy TODAY. Thanks!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be next Sunday, January 28. There will be a special council meeting TODAY following worship to prep for the meeting. Reports for the assembly packet are due to Tracy by Wednesday, January 24.

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Feb. 18. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for 2018 on the bulletin board in the Narthex if you would like to sign up to provide altar flowers on a Sunday morning.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Upcoming Events: 

SH Youth Committee meeting on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11am. 

Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Nights – January 21 (TONIGHT), February 4, February 18 

Middle School Youth
January 26-27 – Middle School Retreat (Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca) – All youth should have received their registration packet either in paper form or by email. The registration form, health and photo release form and $25.00 are due to Sonya by January 17. Please do not let cost or transportation keep you from going. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Young Families Bible Study
The Young Families Bible Study will meet at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 28. Let me know if you have a topic idea that you would like us to cover. 

Super Skate Outing
An outing to Super Skate in Cedar Rapids is planned for children, youth, families – and anyone else who would like to join us – on Sunday, January 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Children and youth can skate for $5 each. (The regular cost is $9, but Sunday School funds will cover $4 per child/youth; Adults are welcome to skate at the regular $9 price which includes skate rental).  We will plan to leave from the church at 12:30pm, after the voters’ meeting and potluck, so we can all enter Super Skate at the same time.  Please sign up on the table in the Narthex if you or your children are planning to attend.    

Upcoming Dates
March 24 – Journey to the Cross
July 15-19 Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Peter and John Heal the Lame Man: Acts 3; Story Bible p. 425. In Sunday School today, the children learn how each of us is like the lame beggar as we stand before God (Acts 3). Yet through the Means of Grace, God’s Word and Sacraments, God bestows on us what Christ accomplished on the cross: forgiveness of sins. In your family discussions, talk about what it means to have the forgiveness of sins.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF KITS The Priscilla Guild is collecting items for baby care 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 diapers out of t-shirts as well. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LCEF SCHOLARSHIP Application for the $1,000 scholarship available to high school seniors and current college students is due January 31. Go to http://lcefuppermidwest.org/scholarships/ for more information.

DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® BY MARCH 31 Since 2014, St. Paul has received $5,801 in Thrivent Choice Dollars to help support its charitable outreach projects, and we sincerely thank all members for making this possible! Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2018, to direct available Choice Dollars®. Thousands of dollars go undirected each year, so don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to St. Paul Lutheran Church or any of your favorite non-profit organizations. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call your representative. Thank You!

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Do you remember as a child being told to “act your age”? Isn’t it great to know that when we get old, we don’t have to do that anymore? Even though getting older is frequently accompanied by a multitude of aches, pains, and worries, don’t forget to take time to play. Someone once said, “The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.” What will you do to “play” and enjoy the life God has given you this week? Lutheran Family Service, (563) 359-0696, LFSiowa.org

LABORERS FOR CHRIST-MORE LABORERS ARE NEEDED! LFC is a service provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund to help LCMS ministries save money on their building projects. Currently there is a tremendous need for volunteers. Laborers, both men and women learn by doing—on the job training with fellowship. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board, or go to lcef.org/laborers-for-christ/. There are a few printed applications on the table in the Narthex.

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 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, etc.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Glenn Kurth, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, family of Sheryl Akers, family of Bob Akers

STATISTICS LAST WEEK

Sunday School children: 20 adults: 6
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: 10 Sunday Morning Svc: 83

CONTRIBUTIONS

Last Sunday: $ 2,252 Goal: $3,825
This Year: $ 6,770 Goal: $7,650

Noteworthy News 1/14/18

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS for 2018 is today during the worship service. President: Scott Baumler; Vice Pres.: Mike Lacy; Secretary: Jo Klooster; Treasurer: Brenda Bany; Financial Secretary: Sue Lacy; Asst. Financial Secretary: Susan Adrian; new Elders: Josh Randall, Terry Klooster, Gene Freiburger, Jim Kain; Trustee: Shawn McConaughy. Outgoing volunteers: Willis Wulf (Pres.), Gary Spiess (Elder), Josh Randall (Secretary), Andy Hepker (Elder), Nicki Hanselman (Trustee). Thank you for your service.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Today we are taking a special offering for Lutheran Family Services of Iowa. Please see the bulletin insert for more information about LFS. There is a special offering plate in the back of the Sanctuary.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS We will be taking down and storing Christmas decorations after the service this morning. All are welcome to help!

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the February newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, January 21. Thanks!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be Sunday, January 28. There will be a special council meeting next Sunday, January 21 following worship to prep for the meeting. Reports for the assembly packet are due to Tracy by Wednesday, January 24.

BAPTISM Congratulations to Garrett Andrew Zell who was welcomed into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at his home on Monday, January 8. Parents are Brian & TaLisha Zell, siblings Aubry, Alethea and Arianna.

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. Signup sheets to volunteer and a calendar for Sunday morning availability are on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for 2018 on the bulletin board in the Narthex if you would like to sign up to provide altar flowers on a Sunday morning.

THANK YOU to the congregation of St. Paul for the Christmas card and gift. We appreciate your encouragement and support. We are blessed! Julie Baumler (Family Life Coord.), Jeff Adrian (Facilities Coord.).

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Sunday School Mission Project – Orphan Grain Train
The second semester Sunday School mission project is Orphan Grain Train.  Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 66 different countries including the USA.  Each week the Sunday School children in preschool – 4th grade will learn more about Orphan Grain Train projects and the support they provide across the world.  For more information, go to www.ogt.org.

Young Families Bible Study
The Young Families Bible Study will meet at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 28. Let me know if you have a topic idea that you would like us to cover.

 Super Skate Outing
I’m working to plan an outing for the Sunday School children and youth.  If you haven’t yet weighed in on your family’s available times, please visit the online poll at https://doodle.com/poll/y79hed523hfytz5x.

Upcoming Dates
March 24 – Journey to the Cross

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Upcoming Events: 

SH Youth Committee meeting on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11am. 

Middle School and High School Youth
Youth Nights – January 21, February 4, February 18

Middle School Youth
January 26-27 – Middle School Retreat (Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca) – All youth should have received their registration packet either in paper form or by email. The registration form, health and photo release form and $25.00 are due to Sonya by January 17. Please do not let cost or transportation keep you from going. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for the Christmas card and gift. It is a joy to work with the youth of our congregation!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God Sends the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:1–21; Story Bible p. 421. Today’s Sunday School lesson teaches the children that at Pentecost, God sent the Holy Spirit to His Church. Now, through Word and Sacrament, God gives us His Holy Spirit to create and sustain saving faith in Jesus. Ask the children to tell you about what happened at Pentecost. Ask them when they received the Holy Spirit (in Baptism).

LCEF SCHOLARSHIP Application for the $1,000 scholarship available to high school seniors and current college students is due January 31. Go to http://lcefuppermidwest.org/scholarships/ for more information.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Development experts say three A’s are needed for a healthy self-esteem to develop in children: Affection—a sense of belongingness, of being wanted, accepted, cared for, enjoyed, and loved; Acceptance—a sense of worth, an inner feeling that I count, I’m valued, I have something to offer; and Approval—a sense of being competent—confident that I can perform a task, meet a challenge, cope with life. It’s essential for parents to provide these for their young children, but depending on others (including our parents) to meet these needs for us as we grow is risky, and ultimately doomed to fail. Self-esteem is challenged every day through bullying, discrimination, objectification, and disappointment when others (or we) don’t live up to expectations. How about looking for and finding the three A’s – always and forever without disappointment – here instead? John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; John 15:5. Lutheran Family Service, (563) 359-0696, LFSiowa.org

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Glenn Kurth, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Jeremy Petersen, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 23 adults: 7
Wed. Evening Prayer Svc.: 12 Sunday Morning Svc: 98

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $4,518 Goal: $3,825
This Year: $4,518 Goal: $3,825