Announcements for February 23, 2020

Join us for ASH WEDNESDAY service

Pastor Brian will be preaching this year at the service which will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green Street, Winterset at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 26th.   We do need 2-3 volunteers to assist with communion and reading during this service.   If you are available to help, please let the office know.

Introducing Our 2020 Lenten Weekday Worship Series

Join us each Wednesday evening beginning March 4th as we gather at 6:30pm to share a supper. Service will begin at 7:00pm each week.

When Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave them what we now call “The Lord’s Prayer”, or some call it “The Our Father.”  At our weekly worship services throughout the season of Lent, we will be taking a good look at this remarkable gift which Jesus offered, through a series of spoken messages which will be given by members of our church.

We will delight and grow together, as we expand our understanding of each of these extraordinary petitions which Jesus has taught us.

February 26th – Ash Wednesday:  Pastor Brian will be sharing the Ash Wednesday sermon in a joint St. Paul Lutheran/First United Presbyterian worship service at 7:00pm AT the First United Presbyterian Church.

Our theme or focus during the subsequent weeks will be as follows:

Wednesday, March 4th, speaker Heather Jelsma – Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be they name
Wednesday, March 11th, speaker Alan Feirer– Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Wednesday, March 18th, speaker Peyton Dick – Give us this day, our daily bread
Wednesday, March 25th, speaker Brad Tadlock – Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
Wednesday, April 1st, speaker Brenda Hollingsworth – Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Thursday, April 9th, speaker Ted Leonard – For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever and ever.  AMEN.
April 10th– Good Friday Worship – Pastor Randall Lubbers will be preaching the sermon with a joint worship service with the First United Presbyterian Congregation here at St. Paul Lutheran at 7:00 pm.


Please click HERE to see the Hospitality Group List

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.

Snow Tubing Fun!!




If you are going tubing with Tom Acton on Sunday, please complete feel free to complete the paperwork early!!  Meet at the church parking lot at 1:45pm on Sunday, February 23rd and enjoy an afternoon of 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.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

St. Paul is going to kick off Lent with a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner from 5:30-7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25th in the Fellowship Hall.  The dinner will feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages.  Come and celebrate this feast on Tuesday before the fast of Ash Wednesday.  The proceeds from a free will offering will benefit projects here at St. Paul.



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 for their last session on Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 pm.