Announcements for October 6, 2019

Apprentice Potluck | 5:30 on Sunday, October 6

Everyone is invited to food, fellowship, and forward planning for this year’s adult faith formation program. We’ll meet for a potluck meal at 5:30, and under the guidance of Brenda Hollingsworth, participate in a large group exercise to consider several different possibilities. Small group sign up will follow. Contact Brenda with any questions or suggestions: or 515-468-8129.

Volunteer to help with GOD SQUAD

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.


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.

C.R.I.S.P. Nuts & Candy Fundraiser

C.R.I.S.P. relies on donations and fundraisers, such as this, to support ALL of their programs and operations, such as: School Supplies for Kids, Winter Wear for Kids and Christmas for Kids as well as assisting families facing crisis situations (homelessness, utility disconnect, food insecurity).  Please help us to continue these efforts!

Visit the C.R.I.S.P. website at to view the Terri Lynn nuts and candy brochure and to print your order form OR call the C.R.I.S.P. office at 515.462.7009.  Please submit orders and payment to C.R.I.S.P. by October 16th.   (You may leave your order form and payment in the Office mailbox if you wish.)  Thank you for your consideration!

Adult Bible Study resumes | between services (9:30 am on Sundays)

The Adult Bible Study will be discussing James this week.  Please join them between services!

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.


Acolyte Workshop to be held | between services Oct. 13

Students in the 4-6th grades that are interested in serving as an acolyte should attend the workshop on October 13th.

Introducing:  Assisting Ministers

Did you know that the literal meaning of the word liturgy, is “The Work of the People”?  You will notice today a new role listed under the heading of “Assisting in Today’s Worship”, which is that of “Assisting Minister”.

When we gather for worship, we are all ministers, assembled to pray, sing, praise, hear God’s word, celebrate communion and be sent forth in mission. This theological approach towards shared leadership is based on Paul’s description of the church in first Corinthian’s “… for just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12.)

The ministries of the baptized are many and can include: readers, ministers of communion, prayer leaders, cantor and other musicians, ushers, greeters and more.  All of these individual ministries contribute to the health of the one body.  “Each kind of minister has particular functions which are needed for the whole … no leader leads with their own authority; rather each leader uses the skills they have for the good of the assembly”  (The Sunday Assembly, 75).

The history of the lay leadership in worship is a diverse one, but the vision expressed in Evangelical Lutheran Worship recovers the idea imagined in the very early church and in the New Testament: “a presiding minister in the midst of an active assembly, with many other lay ministers assisting in the assembly in its worship”.

While the role of the “Presiding Minister” is most often carried out by an ordained pastor, we are pleased to continue to grow as a church with ongoing expansion of our lay ministry and leadership.

Blessings to each and every one of us as we strive to discover and develop our own calling in ministry, in and through the body of Christ here at St. Paul Lutheran Church!