Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News 4/22/18

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

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

GRADUATE RECOGNITION We will be recognizing high school and college graduates of the congregation on Sunday, May 13. If you have a graduate, please forward the following information to Tracy by May 6: Name, parents, birthdate, school graduating from, future plans.

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.

CHURCH NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. A signup sheet to volunteer through the end of the school year is on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 319-624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

CALL DAY 2018 St. Paul has supported Andy & Stephanie Jones when they were missionaries as well as throughout Andy’s study in the seminary. Keep them in your prayers as they await their first call this Tuesday. Dear friends and family: It’s been a long journey filled with detours, but on Tuesday, April 24, I will receive my first call into the pastoral ministry. This will take place during a worship service which begins at 7pm central time. The service will be live streamed, and you can follow along here: https://callday.csl.edu/. Stephanie and I have no idea where we are going to be sent, but we are looking forward to what God has planned. Thank you for the support you have shown throughout my years at seminary. God’s blessings to you all. Andy & Stephanie Jones

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

High School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT          Youth Night, 6-8pm
Sun., May 6      Youth Night, 6-8 pm
Thurs., May 31 End-of Year High School Youth Event (welcome to new
high schoolers) More information to come. Watch your
email.

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT          Youth Night, 5-7pm
Sun., May 6      Youth Night, 5-7 pm

Higher Things Meeting
Sunday, May 6 (following service) Please plan on attending. We will be signing behavior contracts and planning a t-shirt design.

Save the Date
Wed., June 20  Adventureland – more information to come

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Backpack School Kits for Orphan Grain Train
For the next couple of weeks we will be collecting supplies to make 24 school kits to donate to Orphan Grain Train, our Sunday School mission project.  We have secured a Thrivent Action Grant to purchase the backpacks and markers and now need  some help filling them.  Items needed include spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, construction paper, crayons, rulers, glue sticks and blunt scissors.  Please take a look at the bulletin board dividers on the youth office, and select which items you would like to donate.  Donations can be brought to church no later than May 6.  The Sunday School children and youth will be putting the kits together on May 13.  Orphan Grain Train will distribute them to children both in the U.S. and other countries. 

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
Get ready for a rip-roaring rafting VBS! We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crew leaders, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain.

Upcoming Dates
April 29 – Young Families Bible Study
May 6 – OGT School Kit Items Due
May 13 – Children Sing at Worship, Assemble Backpacks
May 20 – Last Day of Sunday School Celebration Breakfast
July 14 – Heritage Days Parade
July 15-19 – Vacation Bible School

Julie Baumler

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Lydia: Acts 16:11-15; Story Bible p. 450. The Sunday School students studied the story of Lydia today. Just as God worked His miracle beside the river, clothing Lydia with Christ in Baptism, so God works His miracles in pulpits and fonts around the world today, destroying the work of Satan, ripping believers from the jaws of death, washing away sins in water tinged with Jesus’ blood, and clothing believers with His righteousness. Parents could ask, “How did God use water to save Lydia and us? Who does God use to reveal His Word to us today?”

THANK YOU to all Thrivent Members who directed Choice Dollars to St. Paul Lutheran Church for 2017! We received $2,372 dollars to further our outreach ministry work enabling us to be Christ’s Love in Action. Recipients of our projects include SE Linn Food Pantry, Mount Vernon Hometown Holidays, care packages for college students, Mission of Hope, Chalk the Walk, and Matthew 25. Please see a council member if you have a project that you believe St. Paul should consider funding today.

SPRING WORKDAY AT CAMP IO-DIS-E-CA On Saturday, April 28, we’re looking for volunteers to prepare our site by clearing out brush, mulching trails, cleaning out a few cabins, and possibly putting together a new shed. We will also work on the landscaping for the new playset that will go between the gazebo and the parking lot. As always, lunch is provided, so let Paul, our Site Manager, know you are coming by emailing him at sitemanager@iodiseca.org or by calling 319.848.4187. We’ll be getting start by 9am and finish up by 4pm. This is a great event of Christian service for youth groups, families, and individuals!

TASTING LUNCHEON Trinity Lutheran in Cedar Rapids is having their annual tasting luncheon on Friday, May 8 at 11am. Advance tickets for the luncheon are $12, and $14 at the door. For more information or to get tickets, call Diana Koehn at 319-396-7899 or Doris Stanek at 319-558-9773.

LWML CONVENTION The 39th Biennial LWML-IED Convention will be June 15-16, 2018 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Convention Center. The convention will be hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Zone, and the theme is “Grafted to the Vine” from John 15:16-17. There are registration forms on LWML table in the Narthex and are due May 1.

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Susan Schmidt, Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Barb Ingersoll, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, family of Katie Dlouhy

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 21 adults: 5
Wednesday Evening: na    Sunday Morning: 108

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 2,166   Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:      $ 55,189 Goal: $57,375

Noteworthy News 4/15/18

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Today we are taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Service of Iowa. LFS is a human service agency that serves individuals, couples, families and children in need through counseling, support groups, etc. There is a donation basket in the Narthex.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the May newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, April 22. Thanks!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be next Sunday, April 22 following the worship service. There will be a special council meeting to prep for the assembly TODAY at 11am. All reports for the assembly packet will be due to Tracy by Wednesday, April 18.

GRADUATE RECOGNITION We will be recognizing high school and college graduates of the congregation on Sunday, May 13. If you have a graduate, please forward the following information to Tracy by May 6: Name, parents, birthdate, school graduating from, future plans.

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.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
Get ready for a rip-roaring rafting VBS! We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crew leaders, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain.

Upcoming Dates
April 29 – Young Families Bible Study
May 20 – Last Day of Sunday School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Upcoming Youth Nights
April 22, May 6

Higher Things
Meeting on Sunday, May 6 at 11am (following worship) to finalize Higher Things trip details.

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Paul and Timothy: Acts 15:1-16:5; Story Bible p. 447.
The story of Paul and Timothy serves as the focus of Sunday School today. Just as many in Paul’s day thought, we think we must do something to be saved. Yet the answer is always Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus, whose resurrection from the dead sealed our salvation and absolved the world. Questions for discussion include “How are you like Timothy?” and “How are we saved from our sin?”

NURSERY MINISTRY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. A signup sheet to volunteer through the end of the school year is on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 319-624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

BIBLE STUDY TUESDAY MORNING All are welcome to join the Tuesday morning weekly Bible study that meets at 10:30am. We study a passage of scripture from the upcoming Sunday service.

THANK YOU Gary and Deloris Petersen wish to thank Pastor Hansen and the congregation of St. Paul for the prayers and support they have received the past few months as they battle health issues. It is much appreciated.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the remainder of 2018 posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided.

CHURCH WEBSITE Please remember to check out our church website from time to time at http://www.splcmv.org. Noteworthy News announcements are posted each week as well as the monthly newsletter, up-to-date monthly calendar, upcoming events, youth announcements, Serving the Lord schedule, etc.

SPRING WORKDAY AT CAMP IO-DIS-E-CA You can help make Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca a beautiful place for all who use it! On Saturday, April 28, we’re looking for volunteers to prepare our site by clearing out brush, mulching trails, cleaning out a few cabins, and possibly putting together a new shed. We will also work on the landscaping for the new playset that will go between the gazebo and the parking lot. As always, lunch is provided, so let Paul, our Site Manager, know you are coming by emailing him at sitemanager@iodiseca.org or by calling 319.848.4187. We’ll be getting start by 9am and finish up by 4pm. This is a great event of Christian service for youth groups, families, and individuals!

LLL CONVENTION The annual IDE Lutheran Laymen’s League convention will be Saturday, April 28 at Park View Church in Eldridge, Iowa. The speaker will be Dr. Erik Hermann, Assoc. Professor and chair of the department of Historical Theology at Concordia in St. Louis. He served as the consulting historian for the PBS documentary, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” which aired in 2017. Sign-in begins at 9am; the convention starts at 10am and will conclude about 4pm. A noon meal will be served. Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex. Registration deadline is Friday, April 20.

LWML CONVENTION The 39th Biennial LWML-IED Convention will be June 15-16, 2018 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Convention Center. The convention will be hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Zone, and the theme is “Grafted to the Vine” from John 15:16-17. There are registration forms on LWML table in the Narthex and are due May 1.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Are you living with a person who is depressed? Getting help for a depressed person can be difficult. Depression, by its very nature, saps energy and crushes hope for ever feeling better. It involves negative and pessimistic thinking, so the depressed person may resist help and believe it is pointless. If your loved one won’t agree to talk to pastor or an LFS counselor, start with your medical doctor. Go to the appointment with him to fully describe his symptoms. Too often depression goes un-treated, which is a shame because it is highly treatable. You don’t have to continue to feel this bad. Call your closest LFS counselor – we can help. Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Susan Schmidt, Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Barb Ingersoll, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, family of Tony Bonnstetter, family of Lorenz Petersen

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 21 adults: 6
Wednesday Evening: 9 Sunday Morning: 106

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 4,542  Goal: $ 3,825
This Year:      $53,023 Goal: $53,550

Noteworthy News 4/8/18

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck this coming Tuesday, April 10 at 12 noon at the church. All are welcome!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The next monthly women’s Bible study will be Saturday, April 14 at 10:30am at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon. All women are invited. Contact Gloria Krob for more information.

LFS SPECIAL OFFERING Next Sunday, April 15, we will be taking a freewill offering for Lutheran Family Service of Iowa. LFS is a human service agency that serves individuals, couples, families and children in need through counseling, support groups, etc.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY The next quarterly Voters’ Assembly and potluck will be Sunday, April 22 following the worship service. There will be a special council meeting to prep for the assembly next Sunday, April 15 at 11am. All reports for the assembly packet will be due to Tracy by Wednesday, April 18.

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.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the remainder of 2018 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.

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY “God’s Wisdom in our Suffering: Lessons from Job” is the theme of our LWML Spring Rally next Saturday April 14, and you can experience the emotions of mission work from Ronda Anderson, speaking on “Letting Your Faith Shine During Times of Trial”. She will be sharing about how trials bring us to a fork in the road and the choices we make affect us greatly. She will be using examples from Stevens Ministry of the mud hole and the true identity of the tree. Rally registration starts at 8:30am with breakfast at 9am. Bring your friends along with you to the Zone Rally at Bethany Lutheran in Cedar Rapids. What a great way to spend the morning with a friend. A signup sheet is in the Narthex. Check out the poster on the bulletin board for more information and items to bring for the ingathering for Trinity Lutheran School.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Paul’s First Missionary Journey: Acts 13-14; Story Bible
p. 443. In Sunday School today, students learned the story of Paul’s first missionary journey. Just as God sent Paul and Barnabas to spread the Gospel, so today He sends pastors to preach the Gospel, baptize, and feed Jesus’ body and blood to His children, against whom the gates of hell cannot prevail. Consider discussing, “Who gave Paul directions on where to travel? What was Paul’s message?”

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. A signup sheet to volunteer through the end of the school year is on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 319-624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

THANK YOU Gary and Deloris Petersen wish to thank Pastor Hansen and the congregation of St. Paul for the prayers and support they have received the past few months as they battle health issues. It is much appreciated.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
Get ready for a rip-roaring rafting VBS! We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crew leaders, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain.

Upcoming Dates
April 29 – Young Families Bible Study
May 20 – Last Day of Sunday School

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Youth Committee Meeting
TODAY – Following worship service 

Youth Night, TONIGHT
5-7pm Middle School
6-8pm High School

Upcoming Youth Nights
April 22, May 6

Sonya Sullivan

SPRING WORKDAY AT CAMP IO-DIS-E-CA You can help make Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca a beautiful place for all who use it! On Saturday, April 28, we’re looking for volunteers to prepare our site by clearing out brush, mulching trails, cleaning out a few cabins, and possibly putting together a new shed. We will also work on the landscaping for the new playset that will go between the gazebo and the parking lot. As always, lunch is provided, so let Paul, our Site Manager, know you are coming by emailing him at sitemanager@iodiseca.org or by calling 319.848.4187. We’ll be getting start by 9am and finish up by 4pm. This is a great event of Christian service for youth groups, families, and individuals!

LLL CONVENTION The annual IDE Lutheran Laymen’s League convention will be Saturday, April 28 at Park View Church in Eldridge, Iowa. The speaker will be Dr. Erik Hermann, Assoc. Professor and chair of the department of Historical Theology at Concordia in St. Louis. He served as the consulting historian for the PBS documentary, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” which aired in 2017. Sign-in begins at 9am; the convention starts at 10am and will conclude about 4pm. A noon meal will be served. Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex. Registration deadline is Friday, April 20.

LWML CONVENTION The 39th Biennial LWML-IED Convention will be June 15-16, 2018 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Convention Center. The convention will be hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Zone, and the theme is “Grafted to the Vine” from John 15:16-17. There are registration forms on LWML table in the Narthex and are due May 1.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Don’t assume that the next generation believes what you believe about faith. The book, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, authors Smith & Denton report an alarming conclusion: “The majority of teenagers are incredibly inarticulate about their faith, religious beliefs and practices, and its place in their lives. The de facto dominant religion among contemporary U.S. teenagers is what they call ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Deism’: A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth; God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions; the central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself; God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem; and good people go to heaven when they die.” Parents and grandparents, use this information to start a conversation with your children and their friends today! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Susan Schmidt, Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Barb Ingersoll, Beverly Moore, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Ray Briley, family of Tony Bonnstetter, family of Lorenz Petersen

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: na  adults: na
Holy Thursday: 70 Holy Friday: 56 Easter Vigil: 17
Easter Sunrise Svc: 102 9:30am Easter Svc.: 65
Wednesday Evening 4/4: 13

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 5,191 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $ 48,481 Goal: $49,725

Noteworthy News 4/1/18

HAPPY EASTER! Easter breakfast will be served by our youth from 8:15am to 9am this morning, and the egg hunt for children will be at 9am.

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.

EVENING PRAYER SERVICE WITH COMMUNION will be this Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30pm. All are welcome.

MEN’S BREAKFAST will be Saturday, April 7 at 8am at the church. All men of the congregation are invited to attend. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information.

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.

ALTAR FLOWERS There is a flower chart for the remainder of 2018 posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to provide altar flowers, please sign your name and write the occasion for which the flowers are being provided.

CHURCH MAILBOX Be sure to pick up the contents of your church mailbox in the entryway today as you leave today.

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY What’s happening at the LWML Cedar Rapids Zone Spring Rally? Fellowship, Bible study, breakfast, and an inspiring speaker! Enjoy a presentation by Ronda Anderson, speaking on “Letting Your Faith Shine During Times of Trial”. Plan to attend “God’s Wisdom in our Suffering: Lessons from Job” on Saturday, April 14 at Bethany Lutheran in Cedar Rapids. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex. Registration starts at 8:30 with breakfast at 9:00am.

NURSERY Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the church nursery during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings. A signup sheet to volunteer through the end of the school year is on the table in the Narthex. Contact Nicki Hanselman for more information: 319-624-7179, hoosiers@southslope.net.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19

Get ready for a rip-roaring rafting VBS! We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crewleaders, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain.

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Youth Committee Meeting
April 8 – Following worship service 

Youth Night, April 8
5-7pm Middle School
6-8pm High School

Upcoming Youth Nights
April 22, May 6

Sonya Sullivan

SPRING WORKDAY AT CAMP IO-DIS-E-CA You can help make Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca a beautiful place for all who use it! On Saturday, April 28, we’re looking for volunteers to prepare our site by clearing out brush, mulching trails, cleaning out a few cabins, and possibly putting together a new shed. We will also work on the landscaping for the new playset that will go between the gazebo and the parking lot. As we get ready for another year of providing Christ-centered education and recreation, will you help us in keeping Camp a beautiful and special location for all who enter our gates? As always, lunch is provided, so let Paul, our Site Manager, know you are coming by emailing him at sitemanager@iodiseca.org or by calling 319.848.4187. We’ll be getting start by 9am and finish up by 4pm. This is a great event of Christian service for youth groups, families, and individuals!

LLL CONVENTION The annual IDE Lutheran Laymen’s League convention will be Saturday, April 28 at Park View Church in Eldridge, Iowa. The speaker will be Dr. Erik Hermann, Assoc. Professor and chair of the department of Historical Theology at Concordia in St. Louis. He served as the consulting historian for the PBS documentary, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” which aired in 2017. Sign-in begins at 9am; the convention starts at 10am and will conclude about 4pm. A noon meal will be served. Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Here are bold and true words for you to recall today when you are worried or overwhelmed with life’s challenges and temptations: “Know ye then- sin, death, devil, and everything that assails me- that you are missing the mark. I am not one of those who are afraid of you. For Christ, my dear Lord, has presented to me that triumph and victory of his by which you were laid low. And from this very gift of His, I derive my name and am called a Christian. There is no other reason. My sin and death hung about His neck on Good Friday, but on the day of Easter they had completely disappeared. This victory He has bestowed on me. This is why I do not worry about you.” (Luther’s Easter Sermon, 1530) A blessed celebration of Easter to you from the Board of Directors and Staff of LFS! Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Susan Schmidt, Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Joyce Conley, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Barb Ingersoll, Beverly Moore, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Leeann Moses, Tony Bonnstetter, family of Pat Fritz, family of Cindy Hatfield

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 24 adults: 10
Sunday Morning Svc: 110

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 2,894 Goal:   $ 3,825
This Year:      $ 43,290 Goal: $45,900

Noteworthy News 3/25/18

CONFIRMATION Today we welcome Kian Hageman and Tessa Cords as our newest communicant members through the Rite of Confirmation. A reception for the confirmands will be in the fellowship hall following worship today.

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

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
March 29, Holy Thursday: 6:30pm Worship with Communion
March 30, Holy Friday: 6:30pm Worship (Chief Service)
March 31, Holy Saturday: 7:30pm Easter Vigil
April 1, Easter Sunday: 7am Sunrise Service with Communion
8:15am Easter Breakfast, Egg Hunt
9:30am Worship with Communion
Note: NO Sunday School on Easter Day

EASTER CANDY We are getting ready to stuff the eggs for our Easter egg hunt on Easter morning. We are in need of wrapped Easter candy or other small items (i.e. stickers, etc.) that would fit into plastic eggs. If you are able to donate, please bring your candy, etc. to the church no later than Wednesday, March 28. There is a box on the desk in the Sunday School office where you can put your donations.
EASTER FLOWERS On Easter Sunday we will again be using Easter lilies or any spring flower to adorn our altar. Contact Rebecca Hansen or Gloria Krob if you wish to bring in your own flowers, and have please have them at the church no earlier than Sat., March 31. There are envelopes for monetary donations on the table in the Narthex. Place donations in the offering plate, and make checks out to the church with “Easter Flowers” in the memo line. Please have your monetary donations in TODAY (Palm Sunday).

ALTAR GUILD Volunteers are needed to help strip the altar on Holy Thursday, March 29 at the 6:30pm worship service. On Easter Sunday, April 1, volunteers are needed to help dress the altar at the early service (7am). Ten people are needed for each service. If you are able to help at either or both services, please sign up on the signup sheets in the Narthex or talk to Lea Snedden. Thank you.
THANK YOU to all who helped in any way with the noon meal for Mission of Hope on Wednesday, March 21. Approximately 160 people were served.

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.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning
There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children following the Easter morning brunch (which starts at 8:15).  We will have bags for the children to put their eggs in, or they may bring an Easter basket if they’d like.  All children are welcome to participate.  If you would like to donate candy (or other small items) for the hunt, please place them in the box in the Sunday School office no later than Wed., March 28.

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
Get ready for a rip-roaring rafting VBS! We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crew leaders, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain.

REMINDER: No Sunday School Easter morning 

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Friday, March 30 – Easter Breakfast setup. We will set up from 2-4pm. If you need a ride please let me know.

April 1 – Easter Breakfast. Sunrise service youth arrive at 6:30am, and second service youth arrive at 7:30am. 

Upcoming Youth Nights
April 8, April 22, May 6 

Youth Committee Meeting
April 8 – Following worship service

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Today the children learned about the events of Holy Week and Easter. We read the stories of Jesus triumphal entry (Palm Sunday), the Lord’s supper (Maundy Thursday), the passion of Christ (Good Friday), and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Easter). For each of these stories, the children got to act out, feel, or taste something as a way to connect with the events of Holy Week. Ask your child the following questions: What did they do when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey? What foods did Jesus serve to His disciples when he shared the Passover meal with them? What did the soldiers put on Jesus’ head before they crucified him? What words do we say to one another on Easter to remind us that Jesus rose from the dead? Why did Jesus die on the cross?

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY Can YOU come forth and let your light shine during times of trial? That’s what LWML is all about! Join us Saturday, April 14 at Bethany Lutheran in Cedar Rapids for breakfast and Bible study. Enjoy a presentation by Ronda Anderson, speaking on “Letting Your Faith Shine During Times of Trial”. She will be sharing about how trials bring us to a fork in the road and the choices we make affect us greatly. She will be using examples from Stephen Ministries of the mud hole and the true identity of the tree. A signup sheet is located in the Narthex. Registration is at 8:30am with breakfast at 9am. Check out the poster on the bulletin board for more information.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Did You Know: As you hear again the account of Jesus’ last days throughout this Holy Week, of solemn worship and reverent contemplation, realize that each step, each action, each spoken word, was for you. You are indeed that priceless to Him. Make a conscious choice to set aside your worries and fears for this week. Replace them with an awareness of His love, not globally for the whole world, but personally for you. Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, 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, Darlene Allard, Sue Larson, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Lorenz Petersen, John Koester, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Leeann Moses, family of Glenn Kurth, family of Kim Friday, family of Pat Fritz

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 17 adults: 8
Sunday Morning Svc: 91 Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 34

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Sunday: $ 2,480 Goal: $ 3,825
This Year: $ 40,396 Goal: $42,075

Noteworthy News 3/18/18

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 April newsletter are due TODAY. Thanks!

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES conclude this Wednesday. A meal is served at 5:15pm (freewill offering), and the worship service is at 6:30pm. The meal will be provided by the youth this week and will be lasagna/pasta, bread and salad.

MISSION OF HOPE MEAL St. Paul will be providing/serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, March 21. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex. Volunteers are still needed to help cook on Tuesday morning at 9am and serve at the mission for the noon meal on Wednesday. Contact Lorena Freiburger for more information.

CONFIRMATION Next Sunday, March 25 we will be welcoming Kian Hageman and Tessa Cords as our newest communicant members through the Rite of Confirmation.

EASTER FLOWERS On Easter Sunday we will again be using Easter lilies or any spring flower to adorn our altar. Contact Rebecca Hansen or Gloria Krob if you wish to bring in your own flowers, and have please have them at the church no earlier than Sat., March 31. There are envelopes for monetary donations on the table in the Narthex. Place donations in the offering plate, and make checks out to the church with “Easter Flowers” in the memo line. Please have your monetary donations in by Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday).

ALTAR GUILD Volunteers are needed to help strip the altar on Holy Thursday, March 29 at the 6:30pm worship service. On Easter Sunday, April 1, volunteers are needed to help dress the altar at the early service (7am). Ten people are needed for each service. If you are able to help at either or both services, please sign up on the signup sheets in the Narthex or talk to Lea Snedden. Thank you.

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®. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice or call 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” to allocate funds. Thank You!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Journey to the Cross Cancelled
Due to lack of volunteers who are able to help, as well as several families being out of town that day/weekend, the Journey to the Cross event on March 24 is being cancelled.

Young Families Bible Study Postponed
With next week being Confirmation and Palm Sunday, the young families Bible study originally scheduled for March 25 will not meet.  Our next meeting will be on April 29.

Vacation Bible School – July 15-19
The snow has barely melted, but it’s never too early to start thinking about VBS!  We’re starting to recruit volunteers for our Splash Canyon adventure.  VBS will be the evenings of July 15-19 from 6-8 p.m.  We will be needing volunteers for crafts, music, Bible challenge, crew leaders, games, decorating, and more!  Please take a look at the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex to see where your gifts could best be used.  Not sure what each role entails?  Feel free to ask either Brenda Bany or me, and we’ll be happy to explain.

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Upcoming events
Lenten Meal – March 21 (lasagna/pasta)
Easter Breakfast – April 1
SH Youth Comm. Meeting – April 8 after worship
Youth Nights – April 8, April 22, May 6

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS: Peter’s Escape from Prison: Acts 12; Story Bible p. 440
“As it was for Peter, so it is for us” is the message of today’s Sunday School lesson (Acts 12). The Word of God is never proclaimed in vain. Though we suffer because of the sin of others, God’s will is done. Talk with your children about modern-day persecution of the Church of God and how, even in the midst of persecution, God sustains and increases His Church. How does God’s Word break through the chains of our sin and the suffering it causes?

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.

LWML SPRING ZONE RALLY You can get involved in mission work without leaving Iowa! Lutheran Women in Mission are gathering Saturday, April 14 to energize one another at our Spring Zone Rally at Bethany in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am, and breakfast will be served at 9am. Enjoy a presentation by Ronda Anderson, speaking on “Letting Your Faith Shine During Times of Trial”. Plan to attend “God’s Wisdom in our Suffering: Lessons from Job”. Signup sheet is in the Narthex.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES Ever have one of those days when it feels as if no one cares? Next time you do, remember these profound and true promises from the One who knows you better than anyone ever will and loves you regardless of what your life has become: I will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12); I will be with you (Isaiah 43:1); I will watch over you (Psalm 50:15); I will deliver you (Psalm 50:15). Lutheran Family Service (Quad Cities Reginal office 563-359-0696 or LFSiowa.org).

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Bill Ozburn, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Rebecca Hansen, Ben Sullivan, Steve Williams, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, 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, Barb Ingersoll, Mike Bonnstetter, Beverly Moore, Pat Fritz, George Cusher, Janet Borin, Steve Hertzler, Rita Giblin, Rev. David Renfro, Lorraine Kuhlen, Joyce Church, family of Glenn Kurth, family of Zalma Snowdin, family of Kim Friday

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: na adults: na
Sunday Morning Svc: 61 Wednesday Lenten Svc.: 42