Announcements for February 16, 2020

Annual Meeting  |  Between services Sunday, February 16th

Please join us for the Annual Congregational Meeting to be held on February 16th between services.  The annual meeting of the congregation will include the review and approval of the operating budget, a report on the status of the capital campaign and church debt status, an election to vote for new council members and some standing committees, and a brief update on status and work of the Call Committee.

Company’s Coming – Readying the Church Property for Pastoral Candidates

All Church Work Day – Saturday, February 22, 8:00 am

Pastoral candidates will see our property through new eyes; could they imagine themselves serving our church? In anticipation of these visits, we want to be prepared with fresh, clean, uncluttered spaces. We all know how important first impressions are: Does our church reflect not only our mission, but also our love for all those we welcome here? To ready ourselves for company, let’s aim for a bright clean polished look, get rid of clutter, and put everything in its place. Much thanks to the decorating crew who have already (and always!) set the bar for an attractive, welcoming building

Join us on Saturday, February 22, starting at 8:00 am. Come and go as your schedule allows. We will have the lift here to clean the sanctuary glass and windows. Bring your favorite cleaning and polishing supplies for the areas where you’d like to work. Much thanks for your service.  Together, this will make light work and much fun.

Pastoral Candidate Names

Please feel free to complete a Nomination for Pastoral Candidate form if you know of a Pastor that you would like the Call Committee to consider.  Nomination forms can be found on the usher’s table.

Sign up to prepare a meal for GOD SQUAD & CONFIRMATION

Please click here to volunteer at GOD SQUAD.  You can volunteer by making and serving a meal, or just by being a general helper.  We are asking that you provide the meal this year to keep costs down.  Select which date(s) you would like to volunteer and then click on the button at the bottom of the page – Submit & Sign Up.  It will take you to a different screen where you will input your name and information.  THANKS FOR THE HELP!


The Call Committee will be creating a brochure highlighting St. Paul’s ministries and activities. We can use photos from VBS, God Squad, Holiday Hop, Ham Ball Dinner, Tour of Homes, decorated church for Christmas, stewardship events (chili, trivia), Apprentice, furniture ministry, Crop Walk, Operation Christmas Child, quilters, and any other examples from our congregation! We request these be sent by Monday, Feb. 24 to Office Manager, Meisha Sible at Thank you for your help!

Charles W. & Lois H. Taylor Scholarship

A reminder that the Charles W. & Lois H. Taylor Scholarship application forms are now available.  Only residents of Madison County, Iowa who are also graduates of a high school or equivalent located in Madison County are eligible to apply for financial assistance to attend any accredited technical school, community college, college, university, graduate or professional school.”

Contact:   First Christian Church
103 W. Green Street, Winterset

Deadline to submit applications is May 1, 2020

Our Faith in Film Series

Our Faith in Film 2020 is the second year of this ecumenical project, a partnership between Winterset churches and The Iowa Theater. The aims are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of the churches of Winterset, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens. Films will be shown Sunday at 5:30 pm; they are free to the public with a good will donation to CRISP or Matura Madison County.  Sheila Stewart and Ann Bartelt are now accepting your generous donations to this project through Sunday, Feb. 23. Checks may be made out to St. Paul.

Featured films are:

March 8: Overcomer (PG, 2019) is an audience favorite and an inspiriting movie for families that tells the story of a high school coach and a cross country runner who overcome life’s challenges through their faith. As one critic put it, “Overcomer is a renewer of faith, a giver of hope, and a testimony of Jesus Christ.”

March 29: Paul, Apostle of Christ (PG-13, 2018) is the story of Paul, imprisoned and awaiting his death sentence at the hands of Emporer Nero, and his friend Luke who risks his own life to visit Paul in prison. Another audience favorite, this movie is characterized as “An impressively made and portrayed story of forgiveness and faith during a time of fear and persecution.”

April 5: Jesus Christ Superstar (G, 1973) is the original film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular rock opera, starring the iconic Ted Neeley as Jesus Christ. The story tells the final weeks of Jesus’ life through unforgettable songs and imaginative staging.

Note that The Iowa will be showing “I Still Believe” (PG, 2020) as part of their regular screenings on Sundays, March 15 and 22 at 2:00 pm.

Faith Formation 101/Apprentice

Faith Formation 101 will meet Feb. 16 at 5:15 pm and March 1 at 3:00 pm.   March 1 will be the last session for this spring.

NEW Lock Box available for secure communications

Please note that for those who wish to securely leave an item for the church office may now do so during non-office hours in the locked-box mounted on the wall near the church entrance.  Offering checks, confirmation sermon notes, or other communications for the office manager or pastor may be left securely in this fashion.  Special thanks go to Rich & Genelle Thompson for creating and donating this beautiful piece to assist us.