Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News 2/17/19

FELLOWSHIP Thank you to the Bany family for providing/serving fellowship this morning. Volunteers are needed to provide/serve fellowship for March 17 (cutoff to sign up is March 10) and March 24 (cutoff to sign up is March 17). Signup is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL Who Am I: Join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30am to discuss the questions, “Who am I?” “What am I doing here?” In this six-part video-based study from Lutheran Hour Ministries, Dr. Joel Biermann will explore what God has revealed about life’s biggest questions in six videos. The first session was this morning. 

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome! 

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICE Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer service this Wednesday, February 20. 

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 May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy. 

THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS What could the church do with $25,000?  This is approximately the amount of Action Team money available to St. Paul Thrivent members.  In order to better utilize these Thrivent resources, Thrivent members are encouraged to sign up.  Signing up will allow church officials, such as Pastors, Elders, Council members, etc. to know who Thrivent members are and reach out when there are opportunities to use Action Teams for projects.  Signup is located on the table in the Narthex.  

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® Since 2014, St. Paul has received 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, 2019 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. There are also brochures and instructions on how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
TONIGHT– Youth Night, 5-7pm
March 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm
March 3 – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm

Mark your calendars: The middle and high school youth will prepare and serve the meal on Wednesday, March 6 before the Ash Wednesday service.  Please have youth plan to arrive at 4:30 that evening.  The other Wednesdays we will be doing the Lenten meal are March 13, April 3 and April 10.  Please see Sonya if you have any questions.

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

More than Money Matters – Save the Date
On Sunday, March 3 we will be offering a mini-workshop covering strategies to help Christians use their money wisely so they can live lives of contentment, confidence, and generosity. The workshop will help participants establish  a  system to  actively  manage their  money to align financial decisions with their values and make progress toward their goals.  Participants will also learn how to communicate about money with those closest to them. The free workshop, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, will be held in our fellowship hall from 4-6 p.m.  Childcare will be available for those who need it. Please register on the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex so we can plan for supplies.

Upcoming Dates
Feb. 20 – Adult Bible Study
March 3 – More than Money Matters Workshop
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-20; Story Bible pp. 282-284 (1st paragraph). “The Birth of Jesus” as recorded in Luke 2 is today’s Sunday School lesson. A Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! As a family, discuss the details of Christ’s birth. Ask, “How does our sin cause us to fear God like the shepherds did? Focus on the fact that God’s Son, Jesus, takes away our fears and offers us true peace, rescuing us from sin and death.

LWR KITS During February the Priscilla Guild is collecting all items for personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. There is a list of items needed by the donation basket near the church entry doors. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at splcmv.org. It has recently been redone to be more user friendly. 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.

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.

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 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis. If you need assistance navigating the world of technology and raising a teen to make good choices, contact Lutheran Family Service. Workshops are available to help families stay safe in a technological world. One parent who attended this workshop recently shared, “It opened up the door for us to talk about our use of social media.” Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 and/or this web address: LutheranFamilyService.org).

PARENT CAFÉ is an informal discussion group that offers an opportunity for parents of children 18 and under to connect with others to share tips and ideas. It is every Tuesday through March 26 (extended due to weather cancellations) from 5:30-7:30pm at the SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. Come to any or all sessions. Free meal and childcare provided. Call/text Steve at 319-241-1400 to RSVP or for more information. 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim Overmann, Mike Moore, Bill Freiburger

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sun. School: Children: 17   Adult Sunday School: 7
Worship: 83  Wednesday Evening: 12

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   2,869              Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 20,246              Goal: $23,292

Noteworthy News 2/10/19

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL Who Am I: Join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30am to discuss the questions, “Who am I?” “What am I doing here?” In this six-part video-based study from Lutheran Hour Ministries, Dr. Joel Biermann will explore what God has revealed about life’s biggest questions in six videos. The first session is on February 17. 

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 May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

LWR KITS During February the Priscilla Guild is collecting all items for personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. There is a list of items needed by the donation basket near the church entry doors. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. 

THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS What could the church do with $25,000?  This is approximately the amount of Action Team money available to St. Paul Thrivent members.  In order to better utilize these Thrivent resources, Thrivent members are encouraged to sign up.  Signing up will allow church officials, such as Pastors, Elders, Council members, etc. to know who Thrivent members are and reach out when there are opportunities to use Action Teams for projects.  Sign-up is located on the table in the Narthex.  

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® Since 2014, St. Paul has received 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, 2019 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. There are also brochures and instructions on how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR     

Middle School
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
March 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
February 17 – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm
March 3 – Youth Night, 6-8:15pm                                                             Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR    

More than Money Matters – Save the Date
On Sunday, March 3 we will be offering a mini-workshop covering strategies to help Christians use their money wisely so they can live lives of contentment, confidence, and generosity. The workshop will help participants establish  a  system to  actively  manage their  money to align financial decisions with their values and make progress toward their goals.  Participants will also learn how to communicate about money with those closest to them. The free workshop, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, will be held in our fellowship hall from 4-6 p.m.  Childcare will be available for those who need it. Please register on the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex so we can plan for supplies.

Upcoming Dates
Feb. 13 – Adult Bible Study
March 3 – More than Money Matters Workshop
July 21-25 – VBS                                                                                             Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Today in Sunday School we talked about God’s great love for us and that He sacrificed His only Son so that we might have eternal life.  We made valentines to send to shut-ins to share that love with others.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Thanksgiving isn’t the only time to be thankful! What is one thing you’re thankful for or something good you could find in the day? Don’t keep it to yourself! Share your thoughts with family members or your spouse. And remember to thank God who is the giver of good gifts! “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 and/or this web address: LutheranFamilyService.org).

PARENT CAFÉ is an informal discussion group that offers an opportunity for parents of children 18 and under to connect with others to share tips and ideas. It is every Tuesday through March 26 (extended due to weather cancellations) from 5:30-7:30pm at the SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. Come to any or all sessions. Free meal and childcare provided. Call/text Steve at 319-241-1400 to RSVP or for more information.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 18    Young Families B. Study: 8
Worship:  98   Wednesday Evening: na

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   3,303           Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 17,377              Goal: $19,410

Noteworthy News 2/3/19

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 in the Narthex. 

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. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING COMMUNION Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer service this Wednesday, Feb. 6. All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next women’s Bible study will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

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 May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

LWR KITS During February the Priscilla Guild is collecting all items for personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. There is a list of items needed by the donation basket near the church entry doors. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. 

THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS What could the church do with $25,000?  This is approximately the amount of Action Team money available to St. Paul Thrivent members.  In order to better utilize these Thrivent resources, Thrivent members are encouraged to sign up.  Signing up will allow church officials, such as Pastors, Elders, Council members, etc. to know who Thrivent members are and reach out when there are opportunities to use Action Teams for projects.  Sign-up is located on the table in the Narthex.  

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 5-7pm
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm

Valentine’s day cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. All cards cost $1, and proceeds go to the youth.

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Bring It Home:  Reading the Great Stories of the Bible
The Bring It Home Bible reading plan starts this week.  If you requested to receive the readings in your church mailbox, they are in there now.  If you requested to receive them via email, you should receive it to your inbox this afternoon.  Please let me know if you have any problems receiving the email message, and I will work to help identify a fix.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to sign up for the Bring It Home study, you can still do so today.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex, as well as a few extra reading plan sheets if you want to grab one.

Save the Date for VBS!
As you start to think about your summer plans, make sure you save the evenings of July 21-25 for our Miraculous Mission VBS!  It’s not too early to think about volunteering.  If you already know you would like to volunteer at VBS, please talk to me and I will reserve your spot. 

Upcoming Dates
Feb. 6 – Adult Bible Study
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS An Angel Visits Joseph: Matthew 1:18-25; Story Bible pp. 278-280. Today in Sunday School, we studied “An Angel Visits Joseph.” Just as the angel proclaimed to Joseph that Mary would bear an infant who is the Son of God, the Savior, so God proclaimed to us in His Word that this same Jesus is our Savior from sin and death. Parents could ask, “What important message did the angel give Joseph? What important message do we hear in God’s Word?”

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® Since 2014, St. Paul has received 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, 2019 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. There are also brochures and instructions on how how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

PARENT CAFÉ is an informal discussion group that offers an opportunity for parents of children 18 and under to connect with others to share tips and ideas. It is every Tuesday through March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm at the SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. Come to any or all sessions. Free meal and childcare provided. Call/text Steve at 319-241-1400 to RSVP or for more information.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES February is known as the month of love. But oftentimes that word is used out of context. In the same sentence someone may say, “I love my spouse and I love chocolate.” The latter is not a true use of the word if we really look at what God says about love. In John 15:12-13, we read, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” How will you show true sacrificial love today? Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 and/or this web address: LutheranFamilyService.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim Overmann, family of Jan Behn

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 18  Adults: 7  Worship: 81
Wednesday Evening: —

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   2,003              Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $ 14,074              Goal: $15,528

Noteworthy News 1/27/19

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

MEN’S BREAKFAST The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8am at the church. All men are invited. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information.

OUT OF OFFICE Tracy will be out of the office Wednesday, January 30 through Tuesday, February 5. For prayer requests and other needs during this time, please contact Pastor Hansen at 319-210-4660 or email pastor@splcmv.org.

LHM SPECIAL OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY We will be recognizing Lutheran Hour Ministries Sunday next Sunday, Feb. 3. We will be taking a special offering that morning.

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 May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

LWR KITS During February the Priscilla Guild is collecting all items for personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. There is a list of items needed by the donation basket near the church entry doors. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. 

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® Since 2014, St. Paul has received 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, 2019 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. There are also brochures and instructions on how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you! 

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Bring It Home:  Reading the Great Stories of the Bible
With busy schedules, we struggle at times with being in the Word in our homes…and sometimes it’s difficult to understand everything that we do read.  The Bring It Home program will provide members with five great stories from the Bible each week.  Participants will receive weekly emails (or handouts, for those who don’t email) that will list the stories, discussion questions, and prayers for each of the five days. Additionally, Pastor is also planning to record short videos for each week giving further insight to the readings.  They will be on the church website, and a link will be provided to participants.

You can sign up for the Bring It Home mailing list using the online form at splcmv.org (click on the Bring It Home logo at the bottom of the page).  There is also a signup sheet on the table of the Narthex.  We will start our readings next week. 

Young Families Bible Study on February 3
We will continue our Bible study targeting young families (those with kids school-age and younger) next Sunday, February 3.  We meet from 8:15-9:15am (this takes the place of regular adult Sunday School). Parents are welcome to bring infants, and there is a nursery for children under 3.  This year we are focusing on developing Godly character in our children.  

Save the Date for VBS!
As you start to think about your summer plans, make sure you save the evenings of July 21-25 for our Miraculous Mission VBS!  It’s not too early to think about volunteering.  If you already know you would like to volunteer at VBS, please talk to me and I will reserve your spot. 

Upcoming Dates
Jan. 30 – Adult Bible Study
Feb. 3 – Bring It Home program begins
Feb. 3 – Young Families Bible Study
July 21-25 – VBS

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
February 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
February 3 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event (evening)
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Birth of John: Luke 1:57-80; Story Bible pp. 275-277. Today in Sunday School, children studied “The Birth of John.” Zechariah spoke God’s Word, announcing that this baby, John, would give people knowledge of salvation in the forgiveness of sins. God speaks through His Holy Word to give us knowledge of salvation and forgiveness through Jesus, His Son. In your family discuss, “How does Jesus remind us of the work He has done for us?”

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the first 6 months of 2019 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. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Depression is associated with many things, but a weak faith is not one of them. Martin Luther himself struggled with depression as did many of our other church leaders. If you are feeling depressed, don’t suffer alone. Luther had the right idea 500 years ago when he said, “Solitude produces melancholy. When we are alone the worst and saddest things come to mind. We reflect in detail upon all sorts of evils. And if we have encountered adversity in our lives, we dwell upon it as much as possible, magnify it, think that no one is so unhappy as we are, and imagine the worse possible consequences.” Talk to an LFS counselor, or someone you trust. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org). 

PARENT CAFÉ is an informal discussion group that offers an opportunity for parents of children 18 and under to connect with others to share tips and ideas. It is every Tuesday through March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm at the SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. Come to any or all sessions. Free meal and childcare provided. Call/text Steve at 319-241-1400 to RSVP or for more information. 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, Mike Bonnstetter, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim Overmann, family of Jan Behn

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children:  13   Adults: 8   Worship: 80
Wednesday Evening: na

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $   6,512               Goal: $  3,882
This Year:     $   12,071              Goal: $11,656

Noteworthy News 1/20/19

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.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly/potluck will be next Sunday, January 27 following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend. There will be a prep meeting TODAY after the worship service, and reports for the meeting packet are due to Tracy Wednesday, January 23.

LIFE SUNDAY Today St. Paul and many other Lutheran churches across the country are observing Sanctity of Life Sunday sponsored by Lutherans for Life (LFL). See the bulletin insert for more information. Financial support for LFL is vital since 95% of their funding comes from individuals and churches. Today we are taking a special offering for Lutherans for Life, and there is a basket is in the Narthex. For more information about LFL, go to http://www.lutheransforlife.org.

WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER SERVICE Communion will be celebrated at the 6:30pm prayer service this Wednesday, January 23. All are welcome.

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are now $1.00 off the marked price. Please make checks payable to the St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds benefit missions.

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 May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

LWR KITS During January the Priscilla Guild is collecting dark towels and bath soap for Lutheran World Relief kits:

  • light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • bath-size bars of soap, any brand, in original wrapping

 Put items in the basket on the table inside the entry doors. Thank you!

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the first 6 months of 2019 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.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR       
   
Bring It Home:  Reading the Great Stories of the Bible
With busy schedules, we struggle at times with being in the  Word  in  our homes…and  sometimes  it’s difficult to understand everything that we do read.  The Bring It Home program will provide members with five great stories from the Bible each week.  Participants will receive weekly emails (or handouts, for those who don’t email) that will list the stories, discussion questions, and prayers for each of the five days. To make the readings even more accessible, participants can choose to read the stories from their own Bible, “The Story Bible” or another great resource, “Know the Bible Now.”  Additionally, Pastor is also planning to record short videos for each week giving further insight to the readings.  They will be on the church website, and a link will be provided to participants.  

“Know the Bible Now” contains 120 key Bible stories, along with infographic summaries, maps, and realistic illustrations.   It is written for ages 10 – adult and is a great resource for those with older kids – or adults without kids in the home. We are doing a group order of “Know the Bible Now” for those interested using this resource for the Bring It Home program.  The cost is $16/book.  There is a copy of the book for you to review, along with a signup sheet if you would like to participate in the group order.  Orders are due today.   You can sign up for the Bring It Home mailing list using the online form at splcmv.org/family-life.  There is also a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  We will start our readings the week of Feb. 3.  

Save the Date for VBS! As you start to think about your summer plans, make sure you save the evenings of July 21-25 for our Miraculous Mission VBS!  It’s not too early to think about volunteering.  If you already know you would like to volunteer at VBS, please talk to me and I will reserve your spot.  

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR       

Middle School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 5-7pm
January 25-26 – Retreat at Camp, Snowlympics
February 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm  

High School
TONIGHT – Youth Night, 6pm
February 3 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event (mark your calendars)
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm                    

Sonya Sullivan      

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Mary Visits Elizabeth: Luke 1:39-56; Story Bible pp. 272-274. Today in Sunday School, the children learned the account “Mary Visits Elizabeth.” In the presence of the Son of God growing within Mary’s womb, John the Baptist leapt inside Elizabeth’s womb. God fills us with Himself in Word and Sacrament, and we, like Mary, offer our praise and worship. Consider asking, “How or when does God fill us with His presence today?”

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS® Since 2014, St. Paul has received 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, 2019 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. There are also brochures and instructions on how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars® on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

CAMP REGISTRATION for summer camp at Io-Dis-E-Ca is now open. To register, go to https://campiodiseca.org/summer-camp/registration/.

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, or one who is waiting in foster care, in need of a forever family? Adoption builds a family through love that transcends genetics, biology and culture. To learn more about embryo adoption, visit http://www.embryoadoption.org.  Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PARENT CAFÉ is an informal discussion group that offers an opportunity for parents of children 18 and under to connect with others to share tips and ideas. It is every Tuesday through March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm at the SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. Come to any or all sessions. Free meal and childcare provided. Call/text Steve at 319-241-1400 to RSVP or for more information.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Jo Klooster, Richard Koehn, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, 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, Rev. David Renfro, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken, Jim Overmann

STATISTICS LAST WEEK

Sun. School: Children: 22   Adults: 10  Worship: 91
Wednesday Evening: 15

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $2,318                Goal: $3,882
This Year:     $5,559                 Goal: $7,764

Noteworthy News 1/13/19

 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS for 2019 is today during the worship service. President: Scott Baumler; Vice Pres.: Mike Bany; Secretary: Jo Klooster; Treasurer: Lea Snedden; Financial Secretary: Sue Lacy; Asst. Financial Secretary: Brenda Bany; new Elders: Curt Taylor, Ryan Johnson; Trustee: Jim Kain. Outgoing volunteers: Mike Lacy (Vice Pres.), Jim Kain (Elder), Daniel Sanchez (Elder), Rich Krob (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 Narthex. 

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this Tuesday, January 15 at 12 noon. All are welcome! 

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly voters’ assembly/potluck will be Sunday, January 27 following the worship service. All members are encouraged to attend. There will be a prep meeting Sunday, Jan. 20 after the worship service, and reports for the meeting packet are due to Tracy Wednesday, January 23. 

TERRI LYNN nuts and candies are now $1.00 off the marked price. Please make checks payable to the St. Paul Priscilla Guild. Proceeds benefit missions.

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 January through May. Any questions, please contact Erica McConaughy.

ACH OF TITHES & OFFERINGS Members are now 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 through Mount Vernon Bank & Trust on the 15th and the 30th of the month with a $10 minimum offering amount required. The service is free of charge to members and to St. Paul. Forms are on the table in the Narthex and can be returned to the Treasurer. Sign up today!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Bring It Home:  Reading the Great Stories of the Bible
With busy schedules, we struggle at times with being in the  Word in our homes…and sometimes  it’s difficult to understand everything that we do read.  The Bring It Home program will provide members with five great stories from the Bible each week.  Participants will receive weekly emails (or handouts, for those who don’t email) that will list the stories, discussion questions, and prayers for each of the five days.  To make the readings even more accessible, participants can choose to read the stories from their own Bible, “The Story Bible” or another great resource, “Know the Bible Now.”

“Know the Bible Now” contains 120 key Bible stories, along with infographic summaries, maps, and realistic illustrations.   It is written for ages 10 – adult and is a great resource for those with older kids – or adults without kids in the home. We are doing a group order of “Know the Bible Now” for those interested using this resource for the Bring It Home program.  The cost is $16/book.  There is a copy of the book for you to review, along with a sign-up sheet in the Narthex if you would like to participate in the group order.  Orders are due Jan. 20.

You can sign up for the Bring It Home mailing list using the online form at splcmv.org/family-life.  There is also a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  We will start our readings the week of Feb. 3. 

Adult Bible Study – Holy Spirit
The Wednesday evening Bible study has resumed.  We are starting a new 6-week series using the study “Holy Spirit:  Creative Power in Our Lives.”  The study will cover: Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Spirit work in our lives as individuals, families, communities, and in the world at large? Drawing on Scripture, Luther’s writings, and contemporary theology, this study invites readers to experience the Spirit’s creative life and power within the complexity of our everyday lives. Last week we did a general overview.  This week we will start on Chapter 1. All members are invited to join us on Wednesdays at 7pm (following the prayer svc).

Upcoming Dates
Jan. 16 – Adult Bible Study, 7pm
Jan. 20 – “Know the Bible Now” orders due
Feb. 3 – Bring It Home readings begin

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle School
January 20 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
January 25-26 – Retreat at Camp, Snowlympics
February 3 – Youth Night, 5-7pm
February 17 – Youth Night, 5-7pm

High School
January 20 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 3 – Youth Night, 6pm
February 8 – HS Event (mark your calendars)
February 17 – Youth Night, 6pm

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Birth of Jesus Foretold: Luke 1:26-38; Story Bible pp. 269-271. In Sunday School today, the children heard the message “The Birth of Jesus Foretold.” God favored Mary, choosing her to be the mother of Jesus. God favors us because of Jesus Christ, choosing us to be His children! Ask your children, “How did God show Mary, and us, His unmerited grace and favor?”

LWR KITS During January the Priscilla Guild is collecting dark towels and bath soap for Lutheran World Relief kits:

  • light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • bath-size bars of soap, any brand, in original wrapping

Put items in the basket on the table inside the entry doors. Thank you! 

DIRECTORY An updated congregational directory is in your church mailbox. Please take it and all the contents of your mailbox home with you today!

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the first 6 months of 2019 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. 

THANK YOU Thank you all so much for the Christmas card and gift.  It has been my great pleasure to serve the congregation of St. Paul this year, and I appreciate the support and encouragement given to me by all of you.  Your kindness and generosity is appreciated. Julie Baumler 

CAMP REGISTRATION for summer camp at Io-Dis-E-Ca is now open. To register, go to https://campiodiseca.org/summer-camp/registration/. 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Butterflies taste with their feet. Starfish don’t have brains. Elephants can’t jump. A cockroach will live seven days without its head, before it starves to death. All of God’s creatures are amazing but the greatest of all is…you! But unlike animals, we are created in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27) Each human person from the moment of conception is uniquely created by God, in I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14) Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Regional Office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Jo Klooster, Richard Koehn, Gary Petersen, Susan Schmidt, Ron Hertzler, 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, Ray Briley, Aïchatou Johnson, Wynona Olson, John Eriksen, Pat Allard, Mary Alice Caraway, Feltz family, Malinda White, Tate Little, Greg Murphy, Jared Blinks, Laura Hulsebus, Sherry Tobin, Susan Zell, Janet Borin, Sandi Stelken

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sun. School: Children: 17  Young Families Study: 10  Worship: 100
Wednesday Evening: 16

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 3,241               Goal: $ 3,882
This Year:     $ 3,241                Goal: $ 3,882