|Come worship with us at 9:30. Join 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 Kathleen Wohlers will be preaching on Isaiah 35:1-10. Here is a devotion from God Pause: “The kingdom of heaven has come near!” John the Baptist’s message is urgent, telling people that now is the time to pay attention, now is the time to change. He is equally clear about who people should be preparing for so that they know the appropriate activities. When my daughter was young, in one of my less-than-stellar parenting moments, I said that Christmas wouldn’t come if her room didn’t get picked up and she didn’t go to sleep. My very young theologian reminded me that Jesus would indeed come, and he probably didn’t care if her room was picked up! The kingdom of heaven and Jesus continue to draw near to us in our daily lives. What do we urgently need to pay attention to, and what activities ought we be engaged in so that we are focused on welcoming Jesus into our lives rather than satisfying our own desires for perfection, organization, status, or tradition?|
Upcoming Worship Helpers December 11, 9:30 am
Greeters/ Ushers: Liz Hansen and Trudy Langford
Reader :Dick Anderson
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Jacque Mohs
Videographer: Lisa Vossekuil
Musician: Clarice Blanchard
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Jen Acton
Communion Bread: Kim Patience
Communion Server: John and Kim Patience
Sunday Bible Study: Bible Study will meet 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.
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.
Missing card table. Liz Hansen is missing her round, brown card table. It was last seen about a week ago in the back with the church’s tables. It anyone might know where the table was placed, please contact the office or Liz.
Call Committee Being Formed. The congregation council is seeking the names of those who are willing to serve on the call committee for our next pastor. The call committee of 6 members should reflect the makeup of our congregation, assuring representation of our diversity (gender, age, new and longtime members), as well of our ministries (worship, children and youth, education, service). We seek those who can commit to this critical work of an unknown time and who can represent the congregation for the good of the whole.
The congregation council desires to know of your interest and/or nomination of others by December 12. The council will consider the names brought forth at their December council meeting. The call committee will be nominated by the council and elected at a special congregational meeting in January. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the call committee pick up a copy from the ushers’ table or click this link
https://www.stpaullutheranchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Call-Committee-Info-from-Synod.pdf. Any questions may be directed to the council.
Advent Suppers. Congregational meals will be held Wednesdays prior to Advent Services: December 14, and 21. Meals will be served from 6:00-6:20, followed by worship at 7:00. You may sign up to provide food, help, or monetary donations on the clipboards on the Ushers’ Table.
Lutheran Study Bibles. There are extra Lutheran Study Bibles for sale at $36.00 each if anyone is interested in purchasing one.
Wednesday God Squad and Confirmation. Both God Squad (4 years-6th graders) and Confirmation (7-8th graders) began on September 14, as scheduled. Children and youth are welcome to join at any time. Please register God Squad participants at this link. You may also leave a message with the church 515-462-4270. The free meal for God Squad and Confirmation begins at 5:40, followed by the program and activity from 6:00-7:00 pm. Meal donations, both monetary and food, are gladly accepted. Please see Kim Patience about your donation, 515-468-0503. Meal serving volunteers are needed from 5:00-6:30pm; please use Sign-Up Genius to indicate your help. ALL are welcome!
Youth Committee: The newly formed Luther League, Grades 5th through 12th, will have opportunities to grow together as a group, have some fun, and share memories made together. Suggestions and questions may be addressed to Clarice Blanchard and Ted Leonard. Please watch for future youth events.
Christmas Store at The Jackson Building. Redeemer Church and Alabaster Ministries are well underway into planning their annual Christmas Store at The Jackson Building. The Alabaster Christmas Store has been around for 14 years, providing families with a free breakfast, a gospel message and a large selection of free Christmas gifts. Redeemer Church and Alabaster Ministries are thankful for the generous contributions from area churches, volunteers, and local businesses that have made this possible over the years. This years Christmas Store is: December 10th, 8:30am at The Jackson Building If you want to contribute, here are a couple of options:
1. Prayer! This is a wonderful event that serves many families within our community. Please be praying that the gospel message be received and that these families walk away feeling loved.
2.Redeemer Church and Alabaster Ministries are taking NEW gifts, priced roughly $25 or less from now until December 9th. All donations can be dropped off at The Redeemer Church Office – 113 S John Wayne Dr. The entryway is accessible after hours. If your church wants to contribute in this way, please respond and let Redeemer Church and Alabaster Ministries know. Redeemer Church and Alabaster Ministries will provide a list of suggested items.
3. If you want to contribute monetarily, donations can be made to Redeemer Church, Christmas Store in the memo. This money will be used to purchase gifts. Redeemer Church and Alabaster Ministries mailing address is 113 S John Wayne Dr.
ELCA Good Gifts. ELCA Good Gifts can be Christmas gifts that express your faith, make a difference in the world, and honor your loved ones. ELCA Good Gifts provides more than 50 different gift-giving options that grow the church, fight hunger, and transform lives. These gifts, starting at just $10, provide direct support for the churchwide ministries of the ELCA. Access the gift catalog at https://goodgifts.elca.org/
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 REAND0508@aol.com
Furniture Ministry: St. Paul collects and gives home goods, furniture, and appliances to those in need. Contact Lisa Vossekuil (920-979-0304 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) or Jim N.(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. December 27, 2022 is the next scheduled blood drive.
Call for Cookies. Cookies are always needed for Sunday morning services and the monthly blood drive. They can be store bought or home-made.
|St. Paul Choir. The choir has begun its new season with rehearsals at 7:10pm Wednesday evenings. We are always looking for new members, and all singers are welcome. We hope to see you there!|
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 9:40 a.m. 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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
St Paul Lutheran Choir will be singing the Cantata will be performing for this Sunday’s Service
Upcoming Worship Helpers December 18, 9:30 am
Greeters/ Ushers: Genelle and Rich Thompson
Reader :Rich Thompson
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Jacque Mohs
Musician: Georgine Bellamy
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Bonnie Fenimore
Communion Bread: Bonnie Fenimore
Communion Server: Kara Ellingrod, Bruce Radley and Debi Martens
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: Office@stpaullutheranchurch.net
Pastoral Emergencies (Jacque Mohs): 515-468-1899