Friday, August 12 Announcements

Come worship with us at 9:30Join us in person or or watch our livestream Sunday morning on our YouTube channel , or view the service on the YouTube channel on Monday.  Pastor Ioan Ittu will be preaching Luke 12:49-56 , and here is a devotion from God Pause: “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” There it is. God’s promise to Abraham to be a blessing to all people, including us. This is the assurance of God’s steadfast love and forgiveness. Jesus tells us God desires a relationship with us as his children. To accomplish this God has sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and rise to give us new life. We are called like Abraham to believe God is our heavenly Father whose joy and delight is to forgive our doubts and fears and cover us with Christ’s righteousness and unconditional steadfast love and grace. Though we face life in an uncertain world where evil raises its threatening power to make our life a place of fear, God promises to help us and keep us in a relationship of faith and trust. We cling to this as our hope for life’s journey as we live each day.

Sunday Bible Study:   Bible Study meets at 10:45 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.

Upcoming Worship Helpers  August 14, 9:30 am   Greeters/Ushers: Chuck and Bonnie Fenimore; Reader :Troy Gwinner; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Jacque Mohs  Videographer: Lisa Vossekuil ; Musician: Video; Counters: Bonnie Fenimore and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Liz Hansen; Communion Servers: Marilyn Mount and Barb Kellogg

Upcoming Worship Helpers August 18, 7:00 pm   Greeters/Ushers: Needed and Needed; Reader  Jacque Mohs; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Lisa Vossekuil  ; Musician: Georgine Bellamy;  Singers: Sue Hansen and Beth Sunds; Communion Bread: Marilyn Mount and Debi Martens; Communion Servers: Marilyn Mount and Debi Martens

Larger Bulletins & Kids Bags: The ushers will have large print bulletins available.  St. Paul has kids’ bags to engage your child during church.  They are hanging on hooks by the entry doors or see the ushers.

What’s New & Mark Your Calendars

Semi-annual Meeting:  Stay after worship service August 14th at 10:30 a.m. for our semi-annual meeting. Reports will be given by committee chairs, ministry teams, Council President Jacque Mohs, and Pastor Ioan. New business will include the stained glass window project, initiated by a memorial gift to St. Paul.   
The informational packet will be available here and there will be printed copies on the table outside the office.

URGENT DEADLINE​​​​​ for Member Information Update!!! To coincide with our new picture directory, it’s time to update our congregation’s directory with current and accurate information for you and your family. Please take a few minutes to complete the online form or pick up a paper copy at the usher table and turn it in to the office by August 28.  We want all members to be included in the directory so please get your information submitted ASAP!

A huge thank-you for the great turn-out last Saturday. This hard-working group started at 8:30 and finished by 11:00. Two of the ash trees were completely removed. The third tree was topped and we are leaving the trunk for a possible chain-saw carving project. Please make suggestions to the property committee. Besides the workers shown in the attached photo, Dave Kautzerlach, Martin and Beth Sunds, John and Kim Patience all helped. St Paul thanks you all!

Worship and Congregational Meeting with Bishop Amy Current August 18.  Our SE Iowa Synod Bishop, Amy Current, will be presiding and preaching at a special congregational service and gathering on Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 pm.  The service will include Holy Communion. After the service Bishop Current will present her report to the congregation. All are welcome to worship and hear the Bishop’s report.

St. Paul at the iCubs:  St. Paul youth will be going to see the iCubs play the St. Paul Saints in a Triple-A baseball game on August 28th at 1:08pm.  We invite all St. Paul youth, 5th grade through 12th, their families plus 1 friend to join us.  Tickets for all children, youth and adults are free.  Thank you to our generous members for supporting St. Paul’s children, youth and family ministry.  Meet-up at St. Paul church at 11:30am to carpool together.  Registration has ended- if you are still interested in going, please contact Pastor Ioan to see if there are any tickets still available.

God’s Work Our Hands Our Feet – Sunday, September 25, 2022. St. Paul will participate in the ELCA God’s Work Our Hands day of service on September 25, 2022. We have tentatively identified projects within the community to show our neighborly love. These projects involve general outside cleanup at private residences and on city sidewalks; things like weeding, trimming, raking, power washing, tree cleanup, and simple repairs.
Please join hands for God’s work; ALL are welcome! You will be assigned to a team based upon your desired level of activity, and a team captain will reach out to you to confirm your activity.
The day will start with a special worship service and blessing at 9:30. We will then go out into the community to provide service between 10:30 and 12:30. Lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30.
You may volunteer to help and reserve a T-shirt (they are the same as last year’s) at this link NO LATER than AUGUST 29.  You may address questions to Ann at or 515-418-3565.
You may also choose to participate in the CROP Walk, which will follow with registration at 2:00 and the walk at 3:00, thus God’s Work Our Feet!
We look forward to participating in “God’s Work Our Hands Our Feet” day of service, joining over 9,100 ELCA congregations across the country. Thousands of members will engage in service work to make a positive change in our communities, build and deepen relationships, and share God’s love. Join us as we do God’s work with our hands and feet!

Adult Faith Formation.  Family Fun Day #3, Stay tuned to future communication for the rescheduled September date. 

Wednesday God Squad:   If you are called to support children in knowing God and Jesus in their lives, consider becoming a part of St. Paul’s God Squad program. We can use your help as a teacher, substitute teacher, or activity leader. Please contact any Council member to speak with them about this opportunity: Jacque Mohs, Ann Bartellt, Rana Scarlett, Tom Acton, Ted Leonard, Cheryl Young, Beth Sunds, Dave Stewart, and Mark Hollingsworth. Mark 9:36-37 tells us: Jesus took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Youth Committee: Busy working for the St Paul Lutheran Church Youth!  Please look for changes & events this Summer & moving forward.  We are currently working on August & September.  The newly formed Luther League, Grades 5th through 12th, will have opportunities to grow together as a group, have some fun & share some memories made together. 

Military Tribute Concert Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 8301 Aurora Ave, Urbandale is having a Military Tribute Concert at the State Fair on Monday, August 15th at 4:30 pm.   If you’re unable to attend, they will have a dress rehearsal concert on Sunday, August 14th 5-6:00 pm at the church.  A freewill donation will benefit local homeless Veterans.    

Matura Food Pantry: Our offering to the Matura Food Pantry is blessed the first Sunday of each month. 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.

St. Paul’s Trust Fund: The Trust Fund committee, elected by the congregation, supports mission projects ranging from national and international disaster relief, congregants’ mission trips, and camping scholarships for youth and children. Please contact Chair Dick Anderson with any questions or suggestions for mission support at

Furniture Ministry: St. Paul collects and gives home goods, furniture, and appliances to those in need. Contact Lisa Vossekuil (920-979-0304 or about any donations. Monetary gifts are also appreciated for our storage units.  The Furniture Ministry needs able bodies to help with picking up and delivering furniture on a Saturday morning (usually 9;00 – 10:00 a.m.).  Willing workers should contact Lisa ( or Jim N.(  to let them know availability.   

Pool of Siloam: Pool of Siloam is St. Paul’s local benevolence program that provides monetary support for those in need of such things as gas money or car repair, rent or mortgage assistance, and utility bills. In partnership with local agencies (CRISP, Matura, and Crisis Intervention), we annually serve over 100 individuals, including children. All giving to the Pool of Siloam is matched by an anonymous donor. Offerings to this program can be indicated on your giving envelope or online giving form. 

LifeServe Blood Drive: St. Paul hosts the community LifeServe Blood Drive every fourth Tuesday of the month. We are known for our home-baked goods and appreciate your donations of cookies and bars. Please bring them to the church by noon the day of the drive. August 23, 2022 is the next scheduled blood drive.

Lion’s Bags to Benches: Winterset Lions are collecting and recycling plastic bags to earn benches to donate to the community. The goal is to collect in a six-month period 500 pounds of plastic film and bags. With that, the Lions will receive one bench to donate to the community Look for recycle bins at Ben Franklin, Covered Bridge Realty, the Methodist Church, Sports Page, with more to come.

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. He needs to be picked up no later than 9:20 at North Ward, 415 N. 2nd Street, Winterset, at the south door of the east building. Pick-up is at 2:30 p.m. at the Fresenius Kidney Care. 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 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

Member Information Update. To coincide with our new picture directory, it’s time to update our congregation’s directory with current and accurate information for you and your family. Please take a few minutes to complete the online form or pick up a paper copy at the usher table and turn it in to the office.

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!

Got Time? Got Talent? We Want You! We have a variety of opportunities available where you can showcase an existing talent or pursue an interest you have.  Do you have finance or organizational skills, like to show your concern for others, can teach others, or know your way around building maintenance?  All of these skills can be put to use on various St. Paul committees that need our time and talent. So, if you want to give back to our church, give Jacque a call at 515-468-1899, and she’ll help find a way you can make a difference!   

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.

Upcoming Worship Helpers Sunday, August 21, 9:30 am   Greeters/Ushers: Shirley Tallman and Brooke Davis; Reader :Cheryl Young; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Wayne Martens  Videographer: Needed ; Musician: Video; Counters: Steve Dick and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Genelle Thompson Communion Servers: Bonnie Fenimore and Marilyn Mount

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.


Church office phone:  515-462-4270
Church office email:
Pastor Ioan Ittu email:
Pastoral Emergencies: 515-419-5224