Friday, July 11 Announcements: Worship, VBS, Volunteers Needed & More!

Good morning. Here are the Friday announcements!

1. Come worship with us at 9:30 on Sunday!  We are worshipping  inside. You are welcome to watch the service livestreamed on our YouTube channel
Pastor Ioan will be delivering a sermon based on Amos 7:7-15. Below is a devotion based on that Scripture:

Amos the herdsman had heard God’s call. Though the priest of Bethel, professing loyalty to the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom, discounted Amos’ words and wanted to distance him because of his opposition role, the prophet had listened to God. He had faithfully proclaimed what no power player, no king, no nation, wants to hear: violence and death, loss and exile were at hand. Amos was judged and blamed for the news he brought as God’s prophet. But with clarity and humility, he resisted drama or negative reaction. He spoke as one secure in the Lord, simply testifying to his calling. He had listened to God when God called, and he continued to listen to God in a time of national turmoil, political corruption, and moral confusion.

Lord, when unstable or unwise powers confront us, may we remember that we are yours and that you have commissioned us. Thank you that we stand secure while hearing and trusting your word. Amen.
Barb Spaulding

2. Congregation COVID Guidelines Update – Masks are optional for all services and ministries at St Paul. Please come, worship, and be fed-we’ve missed you! We are also continuing to livestream Sunday services on our youtube channel, or you can catch the recording posted the next day. If you want to wear a mask, or keep some distance between yourself and others at any service or ministry, for any reason, please do so with St. Paul’s full blessing.

3.Transportation Ministry – St. Paul has begun an ongoing Transportation Ministry. Our first recipients on this transportation ministry are Ronnie and Shirley Addy who need transportation to Ronnie’s kidney dialysis three days a week in south Des Moines at Fresenius Kidney Care, 6651 SW 9th Street.  His appointments begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at approximately1:30 p.m. He needs to be picked up no later than 8:40 at North Ward, 415 N. 2nd Street, Winterset, at the south door of the east building. Ronnie will be unable to get into a high vehicle. Please contact Shirley with any questions 515-468-0121. Ronnie’s cell is 515-468-1982. 

Please use this link: to SignUp Genius to indicate when you will are willing to drive Ronnie to and/or from his appointment. Please include your cell phone number in the comments. This is a long-term ministry, so check back often as SignUp Genius is updated. 

4. Sunday Bible Study: Bible Study meets in person only at 10:30 a.m. following Sunday morning worship in the frontmost classroom by the front office. During the class, we invite questions, comments, and connections, as we expand upon the readings from the worship service.  

5. Upcoming Worship Helpers: Sunday, July 11, 9:30 am. –  Greeters/Ushers: John & Kim Patience, Jim & Pat Nelson; Reader: John Patience; Sound: Lisa Vossekuil; Videographer: Darrell Vossekuil; Musician: NEEDED; Singer: NEEDED; Council Leader: NEEDED; Counters:Jen Acton, Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Ruthanne Korte; Communion Servers: Jim & Pat Nelson.

6. Upcoming Worship Helpers: Sunday, July 18, 9:30 am. – Greeters/Ushers: Dan & Lonna Nielsen; Reader: Pat Nelson; Sound: Jacque Mohs; Videographer: Tim Mohs; Musician: NEEDED; Singer: Lori Paup; Council Leader: NEEDED; Counters:Steve Dick, Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: NEEDED; Communion Servers (need two): Marilyn Mount, NEEDED

7. VBS August 11th and 12th: It’s that time of year again and we are so excited to be able to have Vacation Bible School (VBS), in person!! VBS at St. Paul is held each summer, with curriculum and counselors provided by Riverside Bible Camp, as well as volunteers from St. Paul. VBS is open to students going into 1st through 6th grade. The program is from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. August 11th and 12th and includes music, drama, Bible study, science, arts & crafts, outdoor games, and more. There is no charge for the program; however, non-perishable donations are welcome for our community. You can read more about the Riverside day camp program at their website; RiversideBible Camp.
The theme this year 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.”
Both youth and adult volunteers from the church are needed!!!
Here is some additional information you may find helpful about VBS at St. Paul:

  •  All children entering 1st-6th grade are welcome
  • Lunch, Snack and Beverage will be provided
  • Volunteers are needed to help with supervising kids. This is an easy job that requires no advance planning! Just show up and provide a helping hand when asked. We do need to have volunteers committed to attend IN ADVANCE to make sure there is enough help and supervision.

8. 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. Thank you for your service. (You can also call the church office to sign up: 515-462-4270)

9. Volunteer Kiosk: To return to the full array of ministries St. Paul had before COVID, we need volunteers.  We have set-up kiosks in the entryway to help make it easier to sign-up to volunteer.  This is in addition to using Sign-Up Genius, our website or volunteering by calling the office (515-462-4270).  We especially need two Communion Servers for each Sunday to sign-up at this time.  Please consider helping with St. Paul’s return to normalcy by volunteering.

10. Free Sunshine! If you would like to help mow the church lawn this season, and get your dose of Vitamin D, please use Sign Up Genius to sign up at Thank you!

11.Spotlight on LSI – As a social ministry organization of the ELCA, Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) is so thankful for your partnership in ministry! Thanks to you, we were able to provide education to parents of young children, empower Iowans with disabilities, and offer critical mental health care to community members of all ages. This month, we are highlighting our “God’s work. Our hands.” project. On a planned day in September, each congregation is encouraged to reaachoutside of the church and do good deeds in the community by participating in a project for “God’s work. Our hands.” This is a perfect opportunity to combine community projects with a special project for nonprofits like LSI, whether it’s raising money or contributing in-kind gifts. We thank you for your service! If you are interested in supporting the Iowa children and families served by LSI or would like to get involved in a “God’s work. Our hands.” project with LSI, please contact Deb Whitford, LSI director of philanthropy and church relations, at or 563-676-2065.

12. Hearing Aid Batteries – A St. Paul member has several hearing aid batteries that he would like to donate to anyone in need. They are size 312 and come in a package of 8. Please let the church office know if you would like some!

Church office phone: 515-462-4270

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Pastor Ioan Ittu: 515-419-5224

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