Friday, January 22 Announcements: Worship, Bible Study, Blood Drive, Souper Bowl of Caring, News from the ElCA & Much More!

Good morning. Here are the Friday announcements!

1. Please join us as we worship virtually this week. A prerecorded worship will be available on our YouTube channel this Sunday by 8:00 a.m. Pastor Ioanwill be delivering a message based on Mark 1:14-20. Below is a devotion based on that Scripture.  

    The calling of the disciples always gives me goosebumps. It’s inspiriing to think of the potential Jesus saw in them, and to know of the amazing transformation that lay ahead. Simon, Andrew, James, John, and the rest of the twelve are the model for what it means to give up everything to follow Jesus.
     But here’s the thing: The vast majority of people who heard Jesus and believed in him stayed home. They continued their daily work – raising children, tilling the land, caring for those who were sick, selling goods. While some are called to fish for people, more are called to fish for fish. And that’s okay. The world needs people who commit their lives to raising up followers of Jesus – pastors and deacons and youth ministers and faith formation directors. But just as much, the world needs people of faith who quietly use their gifts for the good of their neighbor as they strive “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [their] God” (Micah 6:8).

2. Virtual Sunday Bible Study – We gather virtually through Zoom at 9:15 am. We discuss the Scripture passage that the sermon for that Sunday focused on. In the sermon you hear one particular interpretation. In Bible Study we will use questions to approach the passage in a discussion style. We welcome insights into Scripture passage that you’ve gleaned in you over the years and more immediate feelings and thoughts that came to you that day.  All are welcome to join in the discussion or listen.

To access Zoom on Sundays at 9:15 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 – We miss having the joy of our kids at church and we know families are under strain with navigating a Covid world as well.  We are offering kid-focused lessons to our Sunday prerecorded YouTube worship.  Please be sure to download the activity sheet from the below link, which is also found in the YouTube description.  Directly following our regular worship, you can stay tuned or call the kids over and have a short time for worship dedicated to our pre-school to early/middle elementary age kids.

4. Blood Drive  –  Our next Blood Drive is Tuesday, January 26 from 2-7 pm. We need cookies and canteen workers! Please bring your donation to the church before noon Tuesday. Please call 1-800-287-4903 to schedule your appointment to donate at St. Paul!

5. Giving Envelopes are Here!  – Those who used giving envelopes last year, your 2021 envelopes are in your church mailbox. 

6. Now more than ever, in the midst of a pandemic, food is greatly needed! So even though we meet virtually on Sundays, we are still planning to celebrate the Souper Bowl of Caring on February 7th. This is part of a nation-wide drive begun more than 20 years ago by a youth group. Here’s how you can help:

  • Bring canned goods and non-perishable grocery items to the church and put in the grocery cart in the entryway. 
  • Write a check made out to Matura and place in the basket in the grocery cart in the entryway.
  • Write a check made out to ELCA Hunger Fund and place in the pot in the grocery cart in the entryway or in the lockbox by the office door. Please do not make checks out to St. Paul or Twila Seibert.
  • Donations will be taken from now through February 14th.

Last year 565 grocery items and $130 cash was taken to Matura. $1,966 was sent to ELCA Hunger Fund. Let’s see if we can beat those numbers this year! Thank you!

7. The St. Paul Annual Meeting for approving the 2021-22 budget and elections has been scheduled for Sunday, February 21st at 10:30 a.m.  The format of the meeting will be a hybrid, which means that those that can attend virtually on their computers or phones do so, but we will make an in-person option available also for those who don’t have online capabilities. More information will be forthcoming.

8. Pool of Siloam – The needs are great this time of year. Please consider giving to this important ministry and remember that your financial gift is doubled!

9. News from the ELCA: “Dear Members of the ELCA in Iowa,  We are providing “Covid: Public Health and the Church” as a resource for the three ELCA synods in Iowa. We are thankful to Dr. Ulysses Burley III for sharing his expertise with all who were able to gather on the 14th.”

Church office phone: 515-462-4270

Church office email:

Pastor Ioan Ittu: 515-419-5224

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