Friday, April 23 Announcements: Worship, Blood Drive, Upcoming Food Pantry Sunday & More!

Good morning. Here are the Friday announcements!

1. Please join us as we worship in-house this week, April 25, 9:30 am.  You are also welcome to watch the service livestreamed at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday on our YouTube channel found at this link:
For the health and safety of all those attending in-house worship we ask those attending to adhere to our COVID safety guidelines that include:

  • ·      Wearing a mask while on church property
  • ·      Maintaining 6ft distance from people outside your household
  • ·      Greeting each other with a wave or similar distanced sign of welcome

Pastor Ioanwill be delivering a sermon based on John 10:11-18. Below is a devotion based on that Scripture: 

Who are those other sheep? In what other fold? And how shall we come together? Perhaps those of us who care deeply about the gospel might get tied up in this. Jesus does not offer any explanation, and, in fact, takes responsibility for bringing the sheep together onto his own shoulders.

If you have evangelical instincts, even if you shy away from giving witness, this could be confusing. Yet, Jesus’ promise is that he knows us, and he lays down his life for the sheep. If we are among the sheep, might that not be enough to know? Do we have any responsibility other than to know Jesus, and to be welcoming when we find ourselves together with other folds? – Catherine Malotky

2. Sunday Bible Study: In Person or on Zoom – Bible Study meets at 10:30 a.m. following Sunday morning worship. During the class, we invite questions, comments, and connections, as we expand upon the readings from the worship service. Join us either in-person, safely seated in the sanctuary, OR via zoom on which you can fully participate, using the link below.  

To access Zoom on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. click the link below and enter the required Meeting ID number and the Passcode. Or call by phone the below number and then follow the prompts to dial the required Meeting ID number and the Passcode number.
Zoom Sunday Bible Study Link:
Meeting ID: 899 7325 9796
Passcode: 1120
Dial-In by Phone:
+1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 899 7325 9796
Passcode: 1120

3. Virtual Sunday School –  Sunday, April 25, 8 am on our YouTube channel –  Call the kids over and have a short time for worship dedicated to our preschool to early/middle elementary age kids.

4. Upcoming Worship Helpers: Sunday, April 25, 9:30 am. – Greeter/Usher: Beth & Martin Sunds; Reader: Dick Anderson; Sound: Lisa Vossekuil; Videographer: NEEDED; Musician: Georgine Bellamy; Singer: Pat Nelson; Council Leader: Rana Scarlett; Counters: Dean Bartelt, Wayne Martens

Upcoming Worship Helpers: Sunday, May 2, 9:30 am. – Greeter/Usher: Jim & Pat Nelson; Reader: Ted Leonard; Sound: Dan Nielsen; Videographer: Lonna Nielsen; Musician: NEEDED; Singer: NEEDED; Council Leader: Rana Scarlett; Counters: NEEDED

5. Worship Service Helpers Needed! If you are able and willing to help with our 9:30 worship, please use Sign-Up Genius! It’s easy to access and will even send you a reminder of your commitment. You will be of big assistance to those who desire to worship in-person as we follow our safety protocols. Thank you for your service. (You can also call the church office to sign up 462-4270.)

6.  VBS August 9th-12th: St. Paul is inviting Riverside Bible camp to lead Vacation Bible School for us on Aug. 9-12. The theme will be Brand New, based upon the scripture from Romans 6:4. “Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” There will also be a preschool portion in addition to the elementary age program.  Both youth and adult volunteers from the church will be needed.  Sheila Stewart and Pastor Ioan are actively search for a VBS coordinator to work with the camp staff and our volunteers, so if you feel so gifted or called to help our kids have a good summer experience in this way please call Sheila or Pastor Ioan.  

7. Spring has Sprung! If you would like to help mow the church lawn this season, please use Sign Up Genius to sign up at Thank you!

8. Blood Drive – Our next Blood Drive is Tuesday, April 27 from 2-7 pm. Call 1-800-287-4903 to schedule your donation time! Cookies and bars are needed. Please bring to the church no later than noon on Tuesday. Thank you!

9. Food Pantry Sunday is May 2 – If you can put nourishing food on your table, be thankful. Remember the many who cannot do so…we have a way to help. Bring canned goods, baby supplies (no infant food), and hygiene items to church and place them in the shopping cart in the entryway. If you prefer, cash or checks are always welcome. Make check payable to “Matura.” The offerings are taken to Matura after the first Sunday of the month. You’ll be part of God’s blessings for those in need!

10. Have you registered for Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp? Please check out their week long Youth Camp, Ranch Camp & Adventure Camp: Through the generosity of the St. Paul Trust Fund we are offering a $300 campership per child for St. Paul families attending a week long camp at Riverside. It’s been a tough year, and the Trust Fund wants our kids to long forward to a joyful Summer.  At the end of the registration process when you get to the payment section enter “SPW21” as your discount code and the $300 will be automatically applied in addition to the deposit families will also need to provide.  If the deposit or remaining camp costs would still prevent your child from going to camp, please talk to the camp or Pastor Ioan and we will work something out so finances aren’t the preventing factor. (Junior High – current 5th-8th graders) (High School – current 9th-12th graders)

Church office phone: 515-462-4270

Church office email:

Pastor Ioan Ittu: 515-419-5224

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