Friday, March 19 Announcements: Worship, Easter Lilies, Prayer Vigil, Blood Drive, Holy Week Schedule, Spring Clean-Up Day, VBS Dates & more!

Good morning. Here are the Friday announcements!

1. Please join us as we worship in-house this week, March 21, 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 message based on Jeremiah 31:31-34. Below is a devotion based on that Scripture: 

I, I, I, I … In this world it seems the “I” is usually “me”—I need to do this—I want that to happen—I will make that call tomorrow … I, I, I, I. What a blessing to read the “I” in Jeremiah 31. It is God who is making the new covenant; it is God who will write the law on our hearts; it is God who will claim us as God’s own; and, it is God who will forgive and forget our sins. Sometimes we may feel responsible for every turn of events. From these verses we are reminded that God is in charge of the big stuff. Our part is to trust that God will do what God says! Thank you, God! – Shari Mason

2. Virtual Sunday Bible Study *TIME CHANGE* – We gather this Sunday March 21 primarily in-person at church at 10:30 a.m. We are going to try to have a hybrid class both in-person and via Zoom, and we apologize in advance if we are not able to do this as well as we like.  We will make adjustments or changes or meeting format once we learn if and/or how well the hybrid model will work. Pastor Ioan will log-in to Zoom at 10:30 a.m. for those who can’t be there in-person but desire to be included in the study.

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, March 21, 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, March 21, 9:30 am. – Greeter/Usher: Mark and Brenda Hollingsworth; Reader: Shirley Tallman; Sound: Dan Nielsen; Videographer: Lonna Nielsen; Musician: Georgine Bellamy; Singer: Sue Hansen, Beth Sunds; Council Leader: Rana Scarlett; Counters: Jen Acton, Lisa Vossekuil.

Upcoming Worship Helpers: Sunday, March 28, 9:30 am. – Greeter/Usher: Jason and Nicole Darling; Reader: Jim Nelson; Sound: Barb Kellogg; Videographer: Debi Martens; Musician: Clarice Blanchard; Singer: Pat Nelson; Council Leader: Jacque Mohs; Counters: Dan Nielsen, Steve Dick.

5. Worshp Service Helpers Needed! If you are able and willing to help witih our 9:30 worship or any of our Holy Week services, 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. Lenten Opportunities – This Wednesday we will be exploring prayer and practical ways to engage prayer.  There will be an in-person option for folks at 10:30am in the sanctuary and virtual option on Zoom at 7pm. Here is how to access Zoom/Dial in:

                Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM

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Passcode: 1120
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7. Holy Week Worship Schedule:

  • Palm Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship starts outside with palms procession
  • Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. Traditional Communion service with bread & wine offered
  • Good Friday  7:00 p.m. Joint worship with Presbyterians at St. Paul
  • Easter Sunrise 7:30 a.m In Sanctuary
  • Easter 9:30 a.m. Outdoor worship

8. Blood Drive – Our next Blood Drive is Tuesday, March 23 from 2-7 pm. We need cookies and bars! Please bring your donation to the church before noon on Tuesday. Call 1-800-287-4903 to schedule your donation time! Thank you!

9.  Easter is coming up soon! We love to have the church property looking its best. Our annual spring clean-up day will be Saturday March 27; beginning at 9:00.  We would love to have many helpers and it won’t take long. Gloves, rakes, and shovels are all useful.  Thank you!

10.Easter Lilies and Prayer Vigil – With the holiday season approaching we have some St. Paul Traditions that we hope will be renewed this season. Here are two opportunities to share the love amongst our membership. We have ordered 305-bloom Easter Lilies. Members will pay $20/lily and have recognition in the announcements who you are honoring or remembering with your gift. The lilies will be delivered to the church and you are free to pick them up after  Easter services and plant them or give them away.  Please sign up today at the following link:
Your check may be placed in the locked box outside the office or turned into the office. Sign up today!

The Prayer Vigil is returning on April 1st, from 8:00 pm Maundy Thursday until April 2nd, at 7:00 pm on Good Friday. There are 24,
1-hour slots so we can be in constant prayer during the time of trial for our Savior.  You are free to do your prayer time at the chapel or in your home.  If in the chapel please follow the safety protocols. We ask that you contact the person after you when you have completed your prayer time. Please follow this link to sign up for a prayer time.

11. Christ in Our Home Devotionals for the second quarter 2021 are now available from the church office. Let the office know ( if you’d like one placed in your church mailbox or if you’d like one mailed to you. 

12.  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.  

13.Pastor Ioan is available for one-one-one conversation and in-home communion. Please feel free to reach out to him. or 515-419-5224. 

Church office phone: 515-462-4270

Church office email:

Pastor Ioan Ittu: 515-419-5224

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