Announcements for October 20, 2019

Chili Cook-Off and Bake Sale | Sunday, October 20, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us for a chili cook-off and bake sale sponsored by the Stewardship Committee.  For just $5.00, sample as many chilis as you like, all made by St. Paul’s wonderful cooks and vote for your favorite. The winning chef will be awarded a traveling trophy for our first annual chili cook-off (and will also have bragging rights for the next year!!).  Baked goods, also by St. Paul’s bakers, will be available for sale.  All proceeds will benefit the church. Come join in the food, fun, and fellowship!

Please sign up to help on Wednesday evenings during God Squad.   We need help in the kitchen to cook, serve & clean up afterwards AND general help during class and children’s choir.   In an effort to keep costs down we are asking that the meals be donated as well as the time to cook & serve them.  Please consider signing up TODAY.  Just check the box for the evening you are interested in helping and the click on the button at the bottom of the page “SUBMIT AND SIGN UP” and the next page will allow to add your information.  If everyone just helped one evening we would have more than enough help!  Thank you for your consideration.

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.

Faith Formation 101

Join Jesus’ Apprentices in Faith Formation 101, this year’s Sunday evening adult study. Input from the group who met Sunday, October 6, identified areas of interest for biblical study and personal growth. This is reflected in Paul’s words to the Ephesians 4:1 –  “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Specifically, Faith Formation 101 will include :

  • Enhancing our prayer lives with the book Quiet: Hearing God Amidst the Noise
  • Reading the book of Ephesians together as our biblical foundation
  • Identifying our spiritual gifts.

Sessions will be held the first and third Sundays, starting November 3 and running through March 15, 2020, from 5:15-7:15 pm. Snacks are shared among the participants. There will be a small fee for materials.

Please contact Brenda Hollingsworth or Ann Bartelt with any questions. Let either Brenda, Ann, or the church office know of your intention to join this small group experience in growing closer to God.  Everyone is welcome!

The Tour of Homes is looking for Homes

If you or if you know of someone who would be willing to open their home and share all of it’s holiday awesomeness with the community —please call Sheila Stewart at 515-468-1464.

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  The Bishop is coming!  The Bishop is coming!

Bishop Michael Burk of ELCA Southeastern Iowa Synod will visit St. Paul and preach at both services on Sunday, October 20, 2019.  Please plan to stay late after the 8:00am service or come early before the 10:30am service to greet Bishop Burk during our fellowship hour.

A note from Lori & Paul Blythe

We have sold our house and will be moving this weekend. We had hoped to get more individual goodbyes done, but have just gotten too busy with packing and all that goes with it. We have some wonderful memories from St Paul from church softball to seeing all three of our children confirmed. We just felt now is the time to move North of Des Moines to be closer to our kids, grandkids, and Lori’s parents.  We wish you well in this year of transition and I’m sure we’ll be back to visit often. Our new address: Paul and Lori Blythe, 1354 Nook Place, Boone, Iowa  50036.

Peace be with you!

Lori and Paul Blythe

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!

St. Paul Harvest Ham Ball Dinner  |  Saturday, November 2nd

We need your support!!  Our annual St. Paul’s Harvest Ham Ball Dinner will be held Saturday, November 2nd.   We definitely need helpers for that day, as well as food and/or money donations.   Please sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway, or contact Jacque Mohs at or 515-468-1899.   All proceeds will go towards paying off the new Audio/Visual system.  Thank you!

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.  Speaking parts will be assign on Saturday, October 26th.

Saturday rehearsals will be held on the following days:  October 26, 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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