Announcements for November 18, 2019

Call Committee Member Application Process

The Call Committee will consist of six voting members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. The ballot with names of six individuals will be selected from the pool of applications by the Council, and will then be presented to the Congregation for vote.

We will include one member of the Council in order to provide consistency and continuity with the charge given to the committee.

The last day to submit an application was November 17th.   To those of you who submitted an application THANK YOU!!

God’s Next Chapter …  |  Stewardship Series

Please be on the lookout for a letter and pledge card in the mail.  We encourage you to be prayerful and reflective in preparation for November 24th, which will be pledge Sunday.

Faith Formation  |  Sunday, November 17, 5:15 pm

All are welcome to Faith Formation 101, which meets the first and third Sundays of the month. We are studying Ephesians, discerning our spiritual gifts, and enhancing our spiritual life through quiet time and prayer. Join us Sunday, November 17, at 5:15. Note that on Sundays December 1 and 15, we will meet from 2:00 – 4:00 pm so that all can attend Hanging of the Greens and the Children’s Christmas Musical those evenings.

Calling all Crafters, Creative Persons & Bakers!

It is Holiday Hop Season so be thinking of crafts, projects and baked items (especially pies).  We are featuring the gently used room again if you have items for it.  We are also having the Cookie Walk so will need cookies for it.

The Hop is Saturday, November 23 so it is right around the corner.  Please contact Liz Hansen at 462-3987 or Rox Ann Rhoads at 462-2510.


The Annual Elf Party  |  Sunday, Nov 24 following 10:30 service

Everyone is invited to help decorate our church for the Christmas season.  All talents are appreciated which includes anything from strength to carry down large boxes, patience to assemble trees, and general love of decorating.  A pizza lunch will be provided before we start decorating. Please talk to Kim Patience (515-468- 0503) if you can attend.  This will help with a lunch count.  Your help is very much appreciated!!

Hanging of the Greens Service | December 1,  6:00pm

The Christmas season is very close.  And, with that thought, we would like to remind everyone about our worship service called Hanging of the Greens where we finish decorating the church sanctuary, sing Christmas hymns, and review how some of the Christmas traditions came to be.  There is a need for help with this service.  We need people to read scripture, read the meaning of a tradition, read a responsive reading, help with greeting, help with children setting up the Poinsettias and help the children finish putting the Chrismons on the Christmas tree.  Please look for the clipboard with a sign-up sheet on the ushers table.  If you sign up to help, please add your email address to your name so your part can be emailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Ruthanne Korte, 641-765-4468, 515-975-5241,

CRISP is gearing up for winter wear distribution. 

CRISP has been blessed with many coats, boots, hats and gloves, however, they are a little short on snowpants this year.  They are particularly short on children sizes 6-6X, 7-8, 10-12 and adult sizes small, medium, large and x-large.  They DO NOT have to be new, but they would ask that they be in good condition.  Please call Amy Nolan at 515-462-9400 if you have any questions.

Time for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!

Start collecting items to place in your boxes and lets make this a project that everyone can get involved in. We will be sending the boxes home to be filled and then returned to the church by Nov 17th. If you have any questions feel free to contact Lonna Nielsen at 515-210-4086.

Tour of Homes  |  Saturday, December 7th

Get excited – it’s on the calendar!!  The bi-annual Tour of Homes is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th.  We have several amazing houses and a business on this year’s tour.  As part of this event, we would like to do a Festival of Trees, where we auction off decorated trees.  If you, or a group of you, would be willing to donate a decorated tree for auction, please contact Sheila Stewart at / 515-468-1464 or Cathy Hollingsworth at 515-462-4746.   Also, if you have either the decorations or a spare tree, let us know and we will help find someone to pair you with.   Thank you for your support!


At the direction of the Church Council we are going to have a task force to review our security in the church.  This will look at property and confidentiality issues.  If you would be willing to be on this task force, please let Meisha know.  If you have any questions, please talk with task force chairperson, Jerry Swanson.


Over in the CRISP office, they have come across a pretty good price of $16.99 for kids snowpants and are hoping to find some snowpant “sponsors” so they can purchase some of the sizes they are extremely short on.  Snowpant sponsor checks can be mailed to CRISP at 210 W. Green Street, Winterset.  THANK YOU!!!   Please call Amy Nolan at 515-462-9400 if you have any questions.

Children’s Christmas Musical  |  Sunday, December 15th @ 5:00pm

It’s that time of year to begin rehearsing for this year’s Christmas children’s musical!  This year’s musical to be performed Sunday, December 15th at 5:00pm is called “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen” and is sure to be a fun and festive take on the Christmas story.

All ages 1st grade and older are welcome!   Grades 1-6 will rehearse during God Squad on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning October 23rd.  Grades 7 and UP are welcome to attend our 9:00—10:30am Saturday morning rehearsals.

Saturday rehearsals will be held on the following days:  November 9, November 16, November 23, December 7 and December 14.

Please contact Carolyn Petsche at 515.229.5685 or the church office at 515.462.4270 if you have any questions.

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