Good morning. Due to the bad weather yesterday, here are the Friday announcements on Saturday!
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 John 1:43-51. Below is a devotion based on that Scripture.
When was the last time you experienced something so compelling that you couldn’t help but share it with others? We talk about sporting events in this way, or a great vacation to a faraway place, or a really good book we’ve read. The question is: Can we also find the words and enthusiasm to describe our relationship with Jesus like this?
Three little words in the Gospel of John encapsulate this idea: “Come and see” (v. 46). With that invitation, Phillp convinces Nathanael that this new rabbi from Nazareth is worth checking out.
For John, pointing to Jesus is the heart of discipleship. We call it “testimony.” We invite people to come and see Jesus when we describe how our hearts were touched by an unexpected moment of grace, or when we give witness to an extravagant act of generosity. The stories we tell change lives. They inspire action. And they might even lead to transformation.
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89973259796?pwd=ODNtTTlCZjd2ZHNyUHNRS1oyV0hYQT09
Meeting ID: 899 7325 9796
Dial-In by Phone:
+1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 899 7325 9796
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. Please call 1-800-287-4903 to schedule your appointment!
5. 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!
6. Giving Envelopes are Here! – Those who used giving envelopes last year, your 2021 envelopes are in your church mailbox.
Church office phone: 515-462-4270
Church office email: Office@stpaullutheranchurch.net
Pastor Ioan Ittu: 515-419-5224
Pastor Ioan email: Pastorioan@stpaullutheranchurch.net