Announcements for November 24, 2019


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.

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,

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 424-210-6194.


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.

See Him in the Manger  |  Saturday, November 30  ● 10:00 – 4:00pm

First United Methodist Church (309 E Jefferson) would like to invite the community to See Him in the Manger on Saturday, November 30thCelebrate the beginning of the advent seasons with this unique event…dozens of nativity sets will be artfully displayed in our historic church building on Saturday, November 30th, from 10:00 – 4:00. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for Bring Love Ministries.

Operation Christmas Child THANK YOU!!!

A huge thank you to all families and friends of St. Paul who packed shoeboxes.  The youth delivered 74 boxes to Stuart on Sunday. We had 15 boxes that are being tracked by the families who paid their postage online. We would love to hear where your boxes went in the future.  If you still have a packed shoebox at home please return it to the church by Nov. 24th.  If you have a plastic shoebox you are not using please return to the church so we can use it next year.  Thank you again for supporting Operation Christmas Child and sharing the message of Christ to children around the world.       Lonna Nielsen   515-210-4086