Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News 12/10/17

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM TODAY The children and youth invite the congregation and their guests to their Christmas program, “Starry, Starry Night” today at 4pm. The program will be followed by a soup supper for all. All are invited to attend!

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

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 12 noon. 

ADVENT SERVICES Our second Advent meal & service will be on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The meal (soup, salad, dessert) will begin at 5:15pm, and Advent worship is at 6:30pm. The meal is served by the youth (freewill offering). 

MISSION OF HOPE We will be serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Volunteers are needed to provide/prepare/serve the meal. There are signup sheets in the Narthex. Apple crisps and cookies are still needed. Contact Vickie Ozburn for more information.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the January newsletter are due next Sunday, Dec. 17. Thanks!

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 17. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Paper Advent devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. There are also free family Christmas devotionals from CPH on the table as well. Please take as many as you’d like.

TERRI LYNN NUTS AND CANDIES are here. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild and place in the wooden lock box. Proceeds go toward missions.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Higher Things Bake Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, December 16 – Bake Sale preparation 9-11am
at church

Sunday, December 17 – Bake Sale

Upcoming events

January 7, 21 – MS &SH Youth Nights
January 26-27 – Middle School Retreat (Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca) 

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Stage Set-up
We will be setting up the stage for the Christmas program TODAY following the worship service.  We could use a few good men (or women) to help.  We will also need assistance taking it down after the program, following the soup supper. 

Children Sing at Hallmark Next Sunday
The preschool – 4th graders will be singing their Christmas program songs at Hallmark Care Center next Sunday during the Sunday School hour.  Please plan to have your children here right at 8:15 so we can organize rides and get there by 8:30. If your child has a car seat, please plan to leave it at church for them or drive them there yourself.  We will be done by 8:45 or so and come back to the church for Sunday School activities. 

Julie Baumler

THANK YOU to all who participated in any way with the living nativity on Nov. 30. We had a record crowd!! Special thanks to Brenda Bany, Julie Baumler, April Eggers and others who repaired/replaced some of the costumes. Thanks to Gene Freiburger who reconfigured all our lighting so that we could get rid of the cords, and to Karl from Bethany who provided our sound.  A lot of time was invested this year from all.  It was greatly appreciated. Thank you, Sonya Sullivan 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS: Esther: In the actions of Esther, we see the pattern of deliverance that God sketches throughout the story of Israel, a pattern that finds its fulfillment in Jesus, our Savior. Consider discussing, “How did Esther preserve the Jewish people? Why is the story of Esther important?”

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

NURSERY 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. 

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed. 

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

GREETING CARDS Christmas cards are now available in the card display in the Narthex. Cost is $1.00 each, and proceeds go to support our youth. Place money in the LYF coffee can on the round table. 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Butch Heck, Glenn Kurth, Patti Hawxby, Norma Frey, Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, 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, Brent & Jenni Flickinger, Richard Blanton, Evelyn Hanneman, Laurence Petersen, John Koester, family of Vernon Pickering (Vickie Ozburn’s father)

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 22 adults: 10
Wed. Advent Svc.: 41   Sunday Morning Svc.: 100

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $ 4,206                   Goal: $   3,688
This Year: $181,582                Goal: $180,712

Noteworthy News 12/3/17

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

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday. Donations received on this day go to benefit the Southeast Linn Comm. Center Food Pantry. Be sure to pick up an envelope in the Narthex and place your donation in the offering plate during worship.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING TODAY The congregation is invited to go Christmas caroling today following worship. After fellowship, we will plan to sing at Hallmark Care Center before their meal, then gather back at the church for a soup luncheon. After eating, we will carpool to various homes for caroling.

ADVENT SERVICES Our first Advent meal & service will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The meal (casseroles, lettuce salad, dessert) will begin at 5:15pm, and Advent worship is at 6:30pm. The meal is served by the youth (freewill offering).

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will be next Saturday, Dec. 9 at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon at 10:30am. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. All women of the congregation are invited!

MISSION OF HOPE We will be serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Volunteers are needed to provide/prepare/serve the meal. There are signup sheets in the Narthex. Food items needed include: apple crisps, cookies and cornbread. Contact Vickie Ozburn for more information.

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 10.

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 17. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Paper Advent devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. You may also read the devotions online, subscribe to having them sent to you in emails, or listen to audio podcasts. Go to http://www.lhm.org/advent for more information.

TERRI LYNN NUTS AND CANDIES are here. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild and place in the wooden lock box. Proceeds go toward missions.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS God’s People Go Home: Ezra 1:1–2; 7:11–28; Nehemiah 2:1–8; 12:27–43; Story Bible p. 247-252. God used unbelieving kings to restore His exiled people to Jerusalem according to His will. God sent Jesus, the King of kings, to Jerusalem to restore His wayward people to Himself forever. As a family, discuss, “What preparations did the people need to make before they returned to Jerusalem? How can you prepare for worship each week?”

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

NURSERY 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.

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed

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

PROJECT 60 The Lisbon School will once again be hosting the Project 60 Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11am-2pm. The dinner is for seniors 60 and older in the Lisbon/Mt. Vernon area. There will be a meal, entertainment and Bingo. There is no cost, but donations are welcome. Reservations are appreciated but not required. (Contact Cathy Whitman at 455-2106 to make reservations.)

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Carol Wulf, Glenn Kurth, Patti Hawxby, Norma Frey, Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Keith Karr, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Sue Larson, Brent & Jenni Flickinger

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Christmas Program – Dec. 10
The children and youth invite the congregation and their guests to their Christmas program, “Starry, Starry Night” at 4pm next Sunday, December 10. The program will be followed by a soup supper for all.  If you would like to help out with the soup supper, there is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  We will have practice Saturday morning, Dec. 9 at 9am. All participants are encouraged to attend the Saturday practice.

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 10.  They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  Let me know by TODAY if you children would like to participate.

Stage Set-up
We will be setting up the stage for the Christmas program next Sunday following the worship service.  We could use a few good men (or women) to help.  We will also need assistance taking it down after the program, following the soup supper.

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Middle and High School youth
Christmas Party Tonight:

Highschool Youth–We will gather at the church at 4pm and head to Target to buy Christmas gifts. After that we will go to the Margheim’s home.

Middle School youth: We will gather at the Margheim’s. Please arrive at 6pm. Once everyone is there we will wrap presents (if needed) and share a Christmas dinner. We’ll also have a White Elephant gift exchange (something funny or unique, this should be something that could be held on to if so desired). We will also read the Nativity and play games if we have time. We will finish up around 8pm.

Higher Things Fundraiser
Bake Sale – Dec 17 (Watch for emails)

Sonya Sullivan

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: na adults: na
Wed. Evening Svc.: 9 Sunday Morning Svc.: 63

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $ 3,798 Goal: $ 3,688
This Year: $177,376 Goal: $177,024

Noteworthy News 11/26/17

BAPTISM Congratulations to Graham Johnson who was welcomed into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at our worship service this morning. Parents are Ryan and Megan Johnson, and brother, Liam.

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.

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

DECORATE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Monday, Nov. 27 from 6-9pm. All congregation members are invited to help.

MEN’S BREAKFAST will be next Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8am at the church. Contact Jeff Adrian for more information. All men of the congregation are invited!

CHRISTMAS CAROLING We plan to sing at Hallmark following worship next Sunday, Dec. 3 then gather back at the church for a soup luncheon. After eating, we will carpool to various homes for caroling. If you know of someone who could use a little pick-me-up, let Pastor Hansen know so we can carol for them. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex to provide food for the soup luncheon. 

ADVENT SERVICES and meals will be on Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20. A meal will be served by the youth (freewill offering) at 5:15pm, and the Advent service will be at 6:30pm. Please note: communion will not be celebrated at these 3 services.

MISSION OF HOPE We will be serving the noon meal at Mission of Hope on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Volunteers are need to provide/prepare/serve the meal. There will be signup sheets in the Narthex soon. THANK YOU to all who gave toward purchasing new bowls for Mission of Hope. The total given was $256.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle and High School Youth Christmas Party
Our Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 3. Highschool Youth: We will gather at the church at 4pm and head to Target to buy Christmas gifts. After that we will g to the Margheim’s home. Middle School youth: We will gather at the Margheim’s. Please arrive at 6pm. Once everyone is there we will wrap presents (if needed) and share a Christmas dinner. We’ll also have a White Elephant gift exchange (something funny or unique, this should be something that could be held on to if so desired). We will also read the Nativity and play games if we have time. We will finish up around 8pm.

Higher Things Fundraiser
If you have not already picked up your Butter Braids, they are in the freezer. Thank you again for your order.

Higher Things Fundraiser Upcoming Event
Bake Sale – December 17

Sonya Sullivan

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

Christmas Program – Dec. 10The children and youth invite the congregation and their guests to their Christmas program, “Starry, Starry Night” at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. The program will be followed by a soup supper for all.  If you would like to help out with the soup supper, there is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  We will have one Saturday practice on the morning of Dec. 9 at 9:00 a.m.  All participants are encouraged to attend the Saturday practice.

Youth Musicians Wanted for Christmas Program
Children and youth have the opportunity to share their musical talents at the beginning of the Christmas program on Dec. 10.  They may play their instruments, share a piano piece, or sing a Christmas carol.  The youth may select their own music, though we ask that it be appropriate for a church setting.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  Talk to me if you have any questions. 

Julie Baumler

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 10. 

FELLOWSHIP One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 17. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS Paper Advent devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries are available in the Narthex. You may also read the devotions online, subscribe to having them sent to you in emails, or listen to audio podcasts. Go to www.lhm.org/advent for more information.

TERRI LYNN NUTS AND CANDIES are here. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild and place in the wooden lock box. Proceeds go toward missions. 

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. 

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed. 

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

COOKIE WALK The annual cookie walk at Our Redeemer in Iowa City will be Saturday, Dec. 2. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex for more information. 

PROJECT 60 The Lisbon School will once again be hosting the Project 60 Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11am-2pm. The dinner is for seniors 60 and older in the Lisbon/Mt. Vernon area. There will be a meal, entertainment and Bingo. There is no cost, but donations are welcome. Reservations are appreciated but not required. (Contact Cathy Whitman at 455-2106 to make reservations.)

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Glenn Kurth, Tim Moore, Patti Hawxby, Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Leona Danker, Keith Karr, Aïchatou Johnson, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Christa Smith, Vernon Pickering, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Emma Hahn, Sue Larson, family of Jeff Butterbaugh

 

STATISTICS LAST WEEK
Sunday School children: 21 adults: 5 Young Families Study: 7
Sunday Morning Svc.: 116

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $ 4,340                   Goal: $   3,688
This Year: $173,578                Goal: $173,336

Noteworthy News 11/19/17

BAPTISM/CONFIRMATION Congratulations to Portlind Schmidt who was welcomed into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and Confirmation at our worship service this morning. Please introduce yourself, and welcome Portlind to the congregation of St. Paul. 

NEWSLETTER articles for the December newsletter are due to Tracy TODAY. Thanks! 

FELLOWSHIP Thank you to Lorena Freiburger for providing fellowship refreshments today. One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 17. The signup sheet is on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

THANKSGIVING WORSHIP with communion (Divine Service 1) will be Wednesday evening, Nov. 22 at 6:30pm.  

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 30 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Nov. 26 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center.  There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.

FILL A BOWL, FILL A NEED Mission of Hope is in need of 200 soup bowls at $2 per bowl, and we would like to purchase them in time for our use on December 13 as we serve chili at the noon meal that day. The Mission currently uses styrofoam bowls. The new bowls are melamine and will not break if dropped. You can help by purchasing your favorite “Bowl of Soup” on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Buy a bowl for each member of the family! Cash or checks made payable to St Paul Lutheran Church (memo Mission Soup Bowl). Thanks!

DECORATE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Monday, Nov. 27 from 6-9pm. All congregation members are invited to help.

POINSETTIAS Once again we are accepting monetary donations to purchase poinsettias for the church for Christmas. Please make checks payable to St. Paul with “flowers” in the memo line. Please place donations in the envelope in the secretary’s office by Sunday, Dec. 10.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR

No Sunday School Next WeekThere will be no Sunday School on Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Sunday School will resume at the normal time on Dec. 3.

Christmas Program
Parts were handed out to students today.  If your K-12 student did not get a part, please check your mailbox.  Also, families with preschool – 3rd grade children should all receive a CD of the music in their mailboxes today.  We will have one Saturday practice on the morning of Dec. 9 at 9 a.m.  Please mark this on your calendar and plan for your child(ren) to attend.

Christmas Program Soup Supper
There will be a soup supper following the Christmas program on Dec. 10.  We need people to provide soup, crackers, rolls, and veggies.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex. 

Upcoming Dates
Dec. 9        Christmas program practice, 9am
Dec. 10      Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm

Julie Baumler

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Higher Things Fundraisers
If you have not already picked up your Butter Braids, they are in the big freezer. Thank you again for your order.

Thank you to all who came out to support the youth at the Pizza Ranch Fundraiser. We appreciate your support!

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT                      Youth Night, 5-7pm
Wed., Nov. 22              No Confirmation class
Sunday, Dec. 3             Christmas Party at Margheim’s, 6-8pm

High School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT                    Youth Night, 6-8pm
Sun., Dec. 3                 Shopping and Christmas Party at Margheim’s, 4-8pm 

Can and Bottle Fundraiser: We are going to continue to collect aluminum cans, 20 oz. plastic bottles, and 2 liter bottles to recycle. These may be placed in the can shed boxes located near the chest freezer. If you have glass bottles, please hold onto them, and we will hold a youth collection day soon. We will announce when you can bring them to church. Thank you for your donations!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Daniel in the Lions’ Den: Daniel 6; Story Bible p. 241. Jesus, who saved Daniel, would Himself be given over to the satanic lion to save the world. Parents could ask, “Who did God use to keep Daniel safe? How does God keep us safely with Himself?” 

TERRI LYNN NUTS AND CANDIES are here. Make checks payable to the Priscilla Guild and place in the wooden lock box. Proceeds go toward missions. 

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. 

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed. 

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

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.

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

PROJECT 60 The Lisbon School will once again be hosting the Project 60 Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11am-2pm. The dinner is for seniors 60 and older in the Lisbon/Mt. Vernon area. There will be a meal, entertainment and Bingo. There is no cost, but donations are welcome. Reservations are appreciated but not required. (Contact Cathy Whitman at 455-2106 to make reservations.) 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Glenn Kurth, Tim Moore, Patti Hawxby, Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Leona Danker, Keith Karr, Aïchatou Johnson, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Christa Smith, Vernon Pickering, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Emma Hahn, Sue Larson, family of Jeff Butterbaugh

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sunday School children: 26 adults: 13
Wed. Evening Service: 11    Sunday Morning Svc.: 84

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $ 2,884                   Goal: $   3,688
This Year: $169,238                Goal: $169,648

Noteworthy News 11/12/17

VETERANS DAY is Saturday, Nov. 12. Remember to keep all veterans in your prayers. We thank you for your service. 

NEWSLETTER articles for the December newsletter are due to Tracy next Sunday, Nov. 19. Thanks! 

YOUTH PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER will be tomorrow, Monday, November 13 from 5pm-8pm. Take a flyer or show it on your phone, and 15% of your purchase goes to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Location: Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch, 2450 Westdale Drive SW. Come Join us for dinner!

FOREVER YOUNG will meet for a potluck on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 12 noon.

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 30 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Nov. 26 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center.  There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.

FILL A BOWL, FILL A NEED Mission of Hope is in need of 200 soup bowls at $2 per bowl, and we would like to purchase them in time for our use on December 13 as we serve chili at the noon meal that day. The Mission currently uses styrofoam bowls. The new bowls are melamine and will not break if dropped. You can help by purchasing your favorite “Bowl of Soup” on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Buy a bowl for each member of the family! Cash or checks made payable to St Paul Lutheran Church (memo Mission Soup Bowl). Thanks!

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Nov. 19. There is a signup sheet 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.

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed.

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Luther Movie Watch Night
The congregation is invited to watch the movie, “Luther” TONIGHT at the church at 6pm. Popcorn will be provided.  Feel free to bring additional snacks and/or comfortable chairs. The movie is rated PG-13.  Parents may want to check out the Plugged In movie review to see if you feel it would be appropriate for your children. We will have a children’s movie playing in the library if you have younger children that need a place to hang out. 

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due Today
Please turn in your Operation Christmas Child boxes today. You may place them on the small table next to the furnace room in the fellowship hall.  I will be taking them to the drop-off site this week. 

Young Families Bible Study – Date Change
The Young Families Bible Study will meet next Sunday, Nov. 19, rather than the usual last Sunday of the month, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  This month’s topic is teaching thankfulness to our children. 

Christmas Program
We started practicing our Christmas program songs today and will have parts assigned before Thanksgiving.  The program will be on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4pm.  Please let me know by TODAY if your children are planning to participate in the program. All children and youth ages preschool through high school are encouraged to participate. We will have one Saturday practice on the morning of Dec. 9 at 9am.

Children Sing Next Week
The Sunday School children will be singing “God’s Own Child” for Portlind Schmidt’s baptism at the beginning of worship next Sunday, Nov. 19.  They will practice in the opening that morning. 

Upcoming Dates
TODAY        Operation Christmas Child boxes due to church
TODAY        “Luther” Movie Watch Night, 6pm
Nov. 19       Young Families Bible Study, 8:15am
Nov. 19      Children sing at worship
Dec. 9        Christmas program practice, 9am
Dec. 10      Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm

Julie Baumler

 

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

BUTTER BRAIDS Thank you to all who purchased Butter Braids. If you purchased Butter Braids, they are labeled in the big freezer.

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER is tomorrow night, November 13 from 5-8pm. Location: Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch, 2450 Westdale Drive SW. Take a paper flyer or show it on your phone, and 15% of your purchase goes to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Come join us for dinner! YOUTH: Meet at church at 4pm to head to Pizza Ranch to get set up. I will bring our “Live Generously” shirts to wear that night.

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
Sun., Nov. 19               Youth Night, 5-7pm
Wed., Nov. 22              No Confirmation class
Sunday, Dec. 3             Christmas Party at Margheim’s, 6-8pm

High School Youth Upcoming Events
Sun., Nov. 19               Youth Night, 6-8pm
Sun., Dec. 3                 Shopping and Christmas Party at Margheim’s, 4-8pm 

Can and Bottle Fundraiser: We are going to continue to collect aluminum cans, 20 oz. plastic bottles, and 2 liter bottles to recycle. These may be placed in the can shed boxes located near the chest freezer. If you have glass bottles, please hold onto them, and we will hold a youth collection day soon. We will announce when you can bring them to church. Thank you for your donations!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS The Three Men in the Fiery Furnace: Daniel 3; Story Bible p. 232. Just as Jesus was with the three men in the fiery furnace and saved them, so our Savior is with us in His Word and Sacraments, sustaining us when we suffer for His name. Questions for discussion include, “Who appeared in the fiery furnace with the three men? How has God rescued us from the fires of hell?” 

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

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Birth of Graham Johnson, Tim Moore, Patti Hawxby, Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Deloris Petersen, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Leona Danker, Keith Karr, Aïchatou Johnson, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Jeff Butterbaugh, John Lord, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Jean White, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Christa Smith, Vernon Pickering, Darlene Allard, John Fritz, Emma Hahn, Sue Larson

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sunday School children: 21 adults: 7
Wed. Evening Service: 12 Sunday Morning Svc.: 80

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $   3,969                 Goal: $   3,688
This Year: $166,354                Goal: $165,960

Noteworthy News 11/5/17

FOOD PANTRY The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday (SE Linn). 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.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are given by Kim Konkowski in honor of Kim and Paul’s birthdays.

SEWING DAY If you have sewing skills and would like to help update the Living Nativity costumes, please contact Brenda Bany (brenda@amesweb.com). We will be having a sewing day at the church on Tuesday, November 7th starting at 9:00am.

WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER SERVICE Communion will be offered at the 6:30pm Evening Prayer Service this Wednesday, Nov. 8. All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The monthly women’s Bible study on Saturday, Nov. 11 will be at Cabin Coffee in Lisbon at 10:30am. Contact Gloria Krob for more information. 

YOUTH PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER will be Monday, November 13, 2017 from 5pm-8pm. Take a flyer or show it on your phone, and 15% of your purchase goes to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Location: Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch, 2450 Westdale Drive SW. Come Join us for dinner!

LIVING NATIVITY We will once again have our living nativity as part of Mt. Vernon’s Uptown Magical Night event on Thursday, November 30 at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Performances will be at 6:15 & 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help take roles or sing with the choir. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Nov. 26 at the church at 6:30pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide cookies and help serve refreshments at the Visitors’ Center.  There are signup sheets on the table in the Narthex. For more information, please speak to Sonya Sullivan.

FILL A BOWL, FILL A NEED Mission of Hope is in need of 200 soup bowls at $2 per bowl, and we would like to purchase them in time for our use on December 13 as we serve chili at the noon meal that day. The Mission currently uses styrofoam bowls. The new bowls are melamine and will not break if dropped. You can help by purchasing your favorite “Bowl of Soup” on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Buy a bowl for each member of the family! Cash or checks made payable to St Paul Lutheran Church (memo Mission Soup Bowl). Thanks!

NEWS FROM THE FAMILY LIFE COORDINATOR 

Luther Movie Watch Night
As a culmination to our Reformation 500 events, the congregation is invited to watch the movie, “Luther” next Sunday evening, November 12.  We will meet in the fellowship hall at 6pm. Popcorn will be provided.  Feel free to bring additional snacks and/or comfortable lawn chairs if you would like.  The movie was on the big screen in 2003 and is rated PG-13.  Parents may want to check out the Plugged In movie review to see if you feel it would be appropriate for your children.  We will have a children’s movie playing in the library that evening if you have younger children that need a place to hang out. 

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due Next Week
Through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, St. Paul families can create gifts by filling shoeboxes with small toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, andother crises. Packing lists and boxes are on the small table just inside the fellowship hall for members of St. Paul who would like to pack their own shoebox for a child in need.  Any shoebox (or plastic shoebox) will work. Boxes will be due to church by Nov. 12.  The Priscilla Guild has offered to pay for the shipping of the boxes.

Christmas Program
We started practicing our Christmas program songs today and will have parts assigned before Thanksgiving.  The program will be on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4pm.  Please let me know by November 12 if your children are planning to participate in the program. All children and youth ages preschool through high school are encouraged to participate. We will have one Saturday practice on the morning of Dec. 9 at 9am.

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 12      Operation Christmas Child boxes due to church
Nov. 12      “Luther” Movie Watch Night, 6pm
Nov. 19       Young Families Bible Study, 8:15am
Dec. 9        Christmas program practice, 9am
Dec. 10      Christmas program & soup supper, 4pm

Julie Baumler

FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS One to two families are needed to provide/serve fellowship on Sunday, Nov. 19. There is a signup sheet on the wall near the counter in the fellowship hall.

NEWS FROM THE YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Middle School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT                      Youth Night, 5-7pm
Sun., Nov. 19               Youth Night, 5-7pm
Wed., Nov. 22              No Confirmation class

High School Youth Upcoming Events
TONIGHT                      Youth Night, 6-8pm
Wed., Nov. 8                Butter Braid pick-up date
Sun., Nov. 19               Youth Night, 6-8pm

If you plan to attend Higher Things but have not turned in your registration and deposit, please do so as soon as possible. 

Higher Things Fundraiser: Thank You to all who purchased Butter Braids. The Butter Braids will be delivered on November 8 and distributed soon after. 

Can and Bottle Fundraiser: We are going to continue to collect aluminum cans, 20 oz. plastic bottles, and 2 liter bottles to recycle. These may be placed in the can shed boxes located near the chest freezer. If you have glass bottles, please hold onto them, and we will hold a youth collection day soon. We will announce when you can bring them to church. Thank you for your donations!

Sonya Sullivan

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Jeremiah and God’s New Covenant: Jeremiah 1:4−10; 29:1–14; 31:31–34; 33:14–16; Story Bible p. 215. God promised to restore His wayward people, pointing them to a new covenant and a righteous Branch of David. Jesus, the promised Branch, fulfilled this covenant of righteousness for Jeremiah, Israel, and all believers. Consider discussing, “What challenges did Jeremiah face in life? What promises did God make to faithful Jeremiah?” 

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. 

FUTURE CHURCH NEEDS There are papers on the table in the Narthex that have a list of possible future needs/ideas for St. Paul. Please take one, write down any comments or ideas and put in Willis Wulf’s church mailbox, and he will then determine if a committee should be formed. 

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

PRAYERS THIS WEEK Vickie Ozburn, Susan Schmidt, Steve Williams, Ron Hertzler, Deloris Petersen, Gary Petersen, Jan Behn, Marsha Light, Koreen Thompson, Bryan Maxie, Leila Taylor, Kathleen Hoagland, Joyce Conley, Carmen Musser, Bryan Mason, Leona Danker, Keith Karr, Aïchatou Johnson, Jim Steinberg, Cindy Hatfield, Jeff Butterbaugh, John Lord, Marcia Hauschild, Bonnie Turner, Cathy Troll, Dandeta Schadle, Tammy Rogers, Kent Hill, Kay Hill, Jean White, Annie Walker, Judy Hohmann, Christa Smith, Vernon Pickering, Darlene Allard, John Fritz

STATISTICS LAST WEEK 

Sunday School children: 21  adults: na  young families Bible study: 9
Wed. Evening Service: 9   Sunday Morning Svc.: 84

CONTRIBUTIONS
Last Week $   3,355                Goal: $   3,688
This Year: $162,385                Goal: $162,272