Announcements for Friday, November 5th

Come worship with us at 9:30Join us in person, or watch our livestream Sunday morning on our YouTube channel, or view the service on the YouTube channel on Monday

For All Saints Day, Pastor Ioan’s message will be based upon Isaiah 25:6-9 and Revelation 21:1-6a. For your devotions from God Pause: What hope do you have for your life? Are you being asked to give your last resources to someone else? Circumstances like that are scary and you may not see any reason to have hope. But think of the news stories of people whose homes have been destroyed by hurricanes, fires, or tornadoes. Or those who have been harmed by the evil actions of others. Along with the destruction, there are also stories of others who stepped in to help, to restore, and just to give comfort. When we are asked to donate to a charity, we consider how much to give. We are not asked to give all that we have, but we are asked to be generous to others. If our generosity makes us a little nervous that we will be short of funds, that is when we should have hope that we also will be taken care of when we are in need.  Mark 12:38-44 Worship Helpers. Greeters/Ushers: Dale Wulf and Kendrick Blanchard; Reader: Lily Burkett; Sound: Wayne Martens; Videographer: Bristol Tadlock; Musician: Georginne Bellamy; Singer: Beth Sunds and Sue Hansen; Counters: Steve Dick and Wayne Martens; Communion Bread: Ruthanne Korte; Communion Servers: Nicole Darling Family.
Sunday Bible Study: Bible Study meets at 10:30 a.m. following morning worship in the front most classroom near the church office. During the class, we invite questions, comments, and connections, as we expand upon the readings from the worship service.  
COVID Reminder: Masks are encouraged for all services and ministries at St. Paul. Please come, worship, and be fed! If you want to wear a mask to keep some distance between yourself and others at any service or ministry, for any reason, please do so with St. Paul’s full blessing.

 Office Manager Joins St. Paul Staff. Traci Davis has joined the St. Paul staff as our office manager. She brings fifteen years of office experience from her family-owned property management business. As Traci transitions into her new position, office hours will generally be 9:00 am to noon Tuesday through Friday. Contact the church at 515-462-4270, and Pastor Ioan at 515-419-5224,

Sunday Evening Bible Study Sessions Now through November 21. You are welcome to join at any time our study of Jesus’ Miracles as told by Luke.  There are no books to buy; just bring your Bible. We begin at 5:30 p.m. with snacks and fellowship, and enter our study time at 6:00. Please contact Brenda Hollingsworth with your questions and/or to indicate your interest. (515-462-4092, 515-4468-8129,

Wednesday God Squad & Confirmation: Our weekly Wednesday evening children and youth education programs are in session.  God Squad (4 yrs. to 6th grade) begins at 5:40 p.m. with a meal. Confirmation (7th & 8th grades) starts at 6 p.m. Children and youth are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. Please sign-up for God Squad through our website home page. A big THANK YOU goes to our meal sponsors! This week’s sponsors were the Brad and Alyssa Tadlock family. Next week’s sponsors are Erlene and Gus Henrichs. Donations of food or cash for the meal provided to God Squad and Confirmation are a much appreciated gift to our Christian education program. Please contact Rainy Gibbens (, 515-462-2122 or 515-229-1119 ) if you would like to participate.  You may also volunteer on SignUpGenius. We are thankful for all the kitchen/food help at 5:00, child care, teachers, and activity leaders.
Wednesday Gift for Parents & Guardians. Come inside to see all the good things that are happening at God Squad and Confirmation. You are welcome to join us for the meal, the activities, and the lessons. Be the first parent or guardian to approach Coordinator Rainy Gibbens, referring to the free gift. You then will receive two tickets to the Iowa Theater and a certificate for the concession stand. This is a weekly gift that can be received once per family as a blessing for all you do in God’s name for your children.The recipients of the two free movie passes and gift certificate for November 3 are Mark & Michelle Aasen, parents of Hendrik Aasen, who is the 5th-6th Grade God Squad Class.

Matura Food Pantry. Our offering to the Matura Food Pantry is blessed the first Sunday of each month. For this Sunday, November 7, help us fill the shopping cart will non-perishable food, diapers, and even pet food. Checks made out to Matura Madison County or cash are also accepted.
Matura Adopt-A-Family & Operation Santa Programs. Donate all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner or purchase a grocery store gift card for a family to shop for their own meal. Boxes and gifts should be dropped off on Monday, November 22, between 8am and noon at the American Legion Hall, 223 N. 1st Street. Matura will distribute the Thanksgiving food boxes to families in time for the holiday.
            For Operation Santa, visit the Winterset Public Library to select tags from the Christmas giving tree starting November 8. The tags will provide information about the children to help select your gift. Deadline for dropping off your gifts at the library is Wednesday, December 15.
           Another option is to donate gifts or gift cards for children ranging in ages from infancy to 17 years. You may contact Matura and request the size of family or number of children you would like to sponsor. Sign up to sponsor a child/children or family no later than Friday, December 10 by contacting Beth Forst at Matura 515-462-4704.

Church Directory.  It’s time for a new church directory!  Please sign up now to have your picture taken. Photograph appointments for November 6, 7, 13, and 14 can be made on SignUpGenius or at church using the forms on the sign up table.  If these dates won’t work for you, other dates can be opened up to accommodate you. Please contact Shirley Tallman (515-462-1214, 303-437-9799) if you want a different date.
           Pictures will be taken at the church.  If you want to do an outdoor photo, please contact Dodgen Photograph directly to schedule an appointment. Call 515-270-5031. Dodgen Photography will also take portraits of any members who are home bound or in a care facility. 
            If you are intending pictures as a Christmas gift, they will be ready for you.  The photographer does ask that you sign up using an early date to avoid the rush.
Holiday Hop. Holiday Hop, sponsored by six Winterset churches and the Art Center, returns on Saturday, November 20, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Proceeds will be given to local service agencies. St. Paul features handmade crafts, baked goods, a cookie walk, and gently-used Christmas decorations. Gently used Christmas decorations and workers are needed.  Please use the sign-up clipboards to indicate your contributions and participation. Contact Co-Chairs Liz Hansen (515-462-3987, and RoxAnn Rhoads (515-468-8239, with any questions.
Elf Decorating Party. Join St. Paul Elves in decorating the church for the Christmas season, Sunday, November 21, following church service at 10:30 a.m. Many hands and strong backs make light work putting up our large trees and festive decorations. Please contact Kim Patience if you can help so she can plan for the lunch which will be provided. or 515-468-0503.
Lighting of the Greens. Lighting of the Greens. Our traditional service at the beginning of Advent will be held Sunday, November 28, at 6:00 pm. This is a time to remember the meaning of some of our Christmas traditions, finish decorating our sanctuary, and flip the switch to light the sanctuary decorations.  People are needed to read the different scriptures and the meanings of the different traditions, manage the sound system, or help with ushering.  
       Use SignUpGenius or the clip board in the front hallway to volunteer.  Please prayerfully consider helping on that Sunday evening.  If you have any questions, please call Ruthanne Korte at 641-765- 4468, or by email at or call the church at 515-462-4270.

Upcoming Worship Helpers Sunday, November 14, 9:30 am.  Greeters/Ushers: Morgan Vaughn and Barb Kellogg; Reader: Penelope Petsche; Sound: Lisa Vossekuil; Videographer: needed; Musician: Clarice Blanchard; Singer: needed; Counters: Wayne Martens and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Servers: Barb Kellogg and Darrell Vossekuil.
Choir: Please join St. Paul Choir rehearsals Wednesdays at 7:10 pm. We sing about twice a month and are preparing for our Christmas Cantata December 12. We are excited to see current members and enthusiastically welcome any new members as we sing praises to the Lord!
Prayer Chain. St. Paul has a group dedicated to the power of prayer, with faith and action following the words of 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” If you have a prayer request for the Prayer Chain, please share it with Twila Seibert (515-462-1505) or Jim Nelson ( or the church office.  Thank you, Twila, for organizing our calling tree and Jim for giving notice of prayer needs by email. If you feel called to intentionally pray for others, please contact Twila Seibert or Jim Nelson to be added to the praying group.
Worship Service Helpers/Volunteers Needed!  If you are able and willing, we need your help in returning our 9:30 service to “normalcy.”  It’s important that all of the positions be filled. Worship team members Debi Martens and Pat Nelson are available for any “training” you may want.
3 Easy ways to sign up:Use SignUpGenius! It’s easy to access at this link and will even send you a reminder of your commitment. Volunteer Kiosk: We have clipboards on the kiosks in the entryway for you to sign.Call the Church office at 515-462-4270. 
Ongoing Transportation Ministry: St. Paul’s  transportation ministry helps families who have are in need of transportation to appointments. Our current recipients 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 10:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2:30 p.m. He needs to be picked up no later than 9:40 at North Ward, 415 N. 2nd Street, Winterset, at the south door of the east building. Ronnie is 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 SignUpGenius to indicate when you will are willing to drive Ronnie. Note you may sign up to take him, return him, or do both. Please include your cell phone number in the comments. This is a long-term ministry, so check back often as SignUpGenius is updated.
Enjoy Fall’s Fresh Air! If you would like to help mow the church lawn one more time to help make sure it’s in good shape for winter, please sign up on the clipboard on the kiosk in the front hall.
Church office phone:  515-462-4270
Church office email:
Pastor Ioan Ittu email:
Pastoral Emergencies: 515-419-5224