Announcements for February 24, 2019

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner | Tuesday, March 5

The St Paul Mens Group will kick off Lent with a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner from 5 – 7pm on Tuesday, March 5 in the Fellowship Hall.   The dinner will feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and beverages.   The proceeds of a free will offering will benefit the needs of the congregation.  Rumer has it that the shrove will make a reappearance this year – the young person who finds her will receive a treat!

2019 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Artisans of the Crucifixion”

This year our Lenten midweek focus features monologues of five craftspeople and their unique perspectives on the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. Throughout the season we will be visited by members of Peace Lutheran in Earlham and Grace Lutheran in Adel, as well as dramatists from St. Paul. Please come and enter into Christ’s Passion through the eyes of those who played important, yet background, roles in the story.

Changes to SCRIP

Our SCRIP program is in need of a champion! Through SCRIP churches and nonprofits may offer store cards for purchase in exchange for a percentage of return. The St. Paul SCRIP program has been in effect for many years, but will be discontinued soon in the absence of a manager. If you are interested in leading SCRIP, or in finding out more about the program, please contact Meisha or Pastor Joel at 462-4270.


Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

Say HELLO to Ezekiel Mason! 

Congratulations to Nate, Krissa & Lily on the arrival of Ezekiel Solomon Mason. If you would like to welcome the little one with a gift, we will have a bin in the narthex to receive baby accessories, toys, or other needful things. Thank you!

Also, Nate will be on leave until Wednesday, April 3. Please keep the Masons in your prayers!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

An ecumenical project of Winterset’s churches, the goals of which are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with the Iowa Theater, faith-based films will be shown April 10-13. The screening cost for each film is $250-$350. As a participating sponsor, we must cover this screening cost. In return St. Paul will invite the public to a free showing and will identify the recipient of a good will offering taken at that showing.

Please identify your gift toward this project as “Lenten film series” and put it in the offering plate. More specific information will be available soon. Contact Ann Bartelt with any questions.

Riverside Registration is Now Open!

If you would like to register your child for one of the summer camps offered at Riverside Lutheran Camp, please visit click HERE and follow the directions. Pay only the deposit for now. St. Paul Lutheran’s Trust Fund will cover half of the expenses for camp tuition, and the credit will appear on your statement. Questions? Please contact the church office with questions.

A RAGBRAI Committee

is being formed to help us make decisions regarding St. Paul’s hospitality for 10,000+ bicycling visitors to Winterset for their overnight stay Monday, July 22.  Please let Pastor Joel, Liz Hansen, or Barb Kellogg know of your willingness to serve on this committee!

Fellowship Groups

It’s almost time for Lenten Soup Suppers!  Please review the Fellowship Group list on the kiosk in the narthex, click HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Hospitality Groups 2019” for details about your group membership and to verify your contact information. Thank you!

March 13 – Groups A & B
March 20 – Groups C & D
March 27 – Groups E & F
April 3 – Groups G, H & I
April 10 – Groups J, K & L


A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.