Friday, January 19 Announcements

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 Sunday, January 21.   Pastor Heidi Williams will be preaching on Mark 1:14-20. Here is a devotion from God Pause: I wish you were writing the devotional reflections for today’s reading. In my eighty plus journeys around the sun I have concluded there is much that I don’t know and much that I don’t understand about sex and sexuality and the effects it has on the dynamics of human relationships. Yet I am confident that God has created each of us in God’s image and desires that we live in relationships that are a testimony of God’s love for each person in that relationship—that are life-giving, intimate, wholesome, affirming, and healthy—relationships that provide nurture, security, safety and refuge—relationships of love and affirmation as well as acceptance and forgiveness as God has shown us in Jesus Christ. Having read and heard Paul’s words to his friends and congregants in Corinth, how might they guide you to reflect and live into your sexuality and your relationships both sexual and otherwise in today’s complex world?

Upcoming Worship Helpers January 21, 9:30 am 
Greeters/ Ushers:  Dave Kauzlarich and Fred Young
Reader: Lisa Vossekuil
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Cheryl Young
Musician:  Georgine Bellamy
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Kim Patience
Communion Server: Debi Martens and Naomi Bradbury
Communion Bread: Debi Martens
Acolytes/ Crucifer: Blake Acton

Elf Christmas Take Down. Elf Christmas Decorations Take Down Event Rescheduled for Saturday, January 20th at 9:30 am.  We hope many people can attend this event to make the process easy.  Thank you for your help!
Sunday Bible Study:  Bible Study will meet at 11:00 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.

Winter weather policy.  St Paul follows Winterset schools cancellation policy.   If the school cancels school or lets school out due to weather related issues, all church activities will also be cancelled for that day and evening.  

New Member Sunday. Join us Sunday, January 28 to welcome new members into our fold during the worship service. Stay for a time of fellowship and special goodies to meet and greet them. Thanks to the Flock Team for all their preparations. 

I Am a Church Member. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” We are certainly in a time of transition with the Call Process. It is a gift from God that we have been given this time to participate in a period of reflection and self-examination.  We are called to ask ourselves what direction God is leading us. To prepare for receiving a new pastor, everyone is invited to join in a congregational book study of the small book I Am a Church Member. We will study the six chapters over six weeks on Mondays, January 29-March 4, 6:30-8:00 pm. Pick up a book at church and plan to join the journey through study, discussion, and prayer in small groups. Sponsored by the Call Committee and the Congregational Council. Questions may be addressed to Pastor Heidi, Brenda Hollingsworth, or Ann Bartelt. ALL are welcome! 

Annual Meeting Feb. 25. We will hold our Annual Meeting following worship Sunday, February 25. The budget will be presented for discussion and approval; we will have elections of Council, Trust Fund Committee, the Nominating Committee, and Synod Assembly representatives. Reports from council committees and ministry teams will be received. All members are encouraged to attend. Please join us for this important meeting of the governance of our congregation. 

Transportation Ministry Update. St Paul members provide transportation for those needing rides for medical appointments and other important needs. For January through March, please contact Cheryl Young (515-770-5806) to make arrangements.  

Women Infants and Children Services.  WIC will be using St. Paul Church to support local families beginning Thursday, January 25.  This Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. We welcome these services to our fellowship hall every second and fourth Thursday of the month, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

Thanks to our Members. We are blessed with members who very willingly share their talents and skills. Most recently, the labor for furnace repair and replacement, as well as the updating of our parking lot lights to LEDs were both donated. The artwork in the chapel and above the bookcase in the main hall has also been donated. The Council is most grateful for these contributions. 

Not an official St. Paul member yet, but want to be? We would love you to have you join the St. Paul family.  Please contact Nicole Darling with details on how and when this can happen.

Giving Envelopes. Giving envelopes for 2024 have arrived and are in your mailboxes. If you don’t have one and give regularly, or would want one for anytime, please contact Lisa Vossekuil with a note in her mailbox or an email to

Pastoral care.  Please feel free to contact our new Pastor, Heidi Williams, with any pastor cares you need.  Her cell number is 515-450-0490

God Squad and Confirmation. St Paul’s Christian Education program for children and youth meets Wednesday evenings during the school year. PK-6th graders gather in God Squad, and 7th and 8th graders meet in Confirmation with the Pastor. A free meal is served at 5:30; classes and activities are held from 5:50 to 6:50pm.  Food and monetary donations are welcome for the meal. Sign-up on Signup Genius to help in the kitchen.

Transportation Ministry. Transportation ministry is providing rides home mainly for outpatient surgery patients who cannot secure another way home. There is a clipboard in the back of the church if you would like to add your name to the volunteers. The need is occasional but so much appreciated. Questions? Contact Chris Madison (515-468-0051)

Matthew 25: Ministries – Pill Bottle Donations. Matthew 25: Ministries is an international relief organization that supports medical missions. We can be a part of this by donating empty plastic pill bottles. All sizes, with plastic lids, are accepted. Please remove all outside labels. See the flyer at the church; the donation box is located near the mailboxes. Contact Kim Patience with any questions:

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 Please note that this is Dick’s new email.

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 Cheryl Young ( )

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 January 23, 2024 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 and can be dropped off at anytime.  Jim asks that the cookies for the monthly blood drive be home-made.

Pictorial Directory: The Church Directory is in!  Please contact Cheryl Young at 515-770-5806 or the church office if you have signed up to purchase any. The cost is $5.00 per booklet. If you did not sign up, we do have extras available at $5.00 a copy. You may get one at worship service or contact the office by email, phone 515-462-4270 or stopping in.  Also an updated picture directory is now online on the church website. To access names and contact information from our online directory Servant Keeper, see Lisa Vossekuil or contact her at  Are you a new member or need to update your information?  Please take a few minutes to complete the online form or pick up a paper copy at the usher table and turn it into the office.

Special Thank you from Lisa and Traci.  We would like to thank St Paul members for the Christmas bonuses.  We both very much appreciate all of your kindness and generosity towards us.  We are blessed to be able to work with such amazing people.  Lisa V. and Traci D.

Call Committee Activity.  Bishop Current’s office has provided us with an easy to follow four step process for use by call committees. The four steps are:
1 Leave-taking – Saying goodbye
2 Preparation – Formation of the call committee, Workshops and Ministry Site Profile.
3 Discernment – Identifying potential candidates, Interviewing candidates, Council recommendation and Call.
4 Walking Together – Installation, Check in at 3-6-12-18 months, One year review

The Call Committee has completed step two and is currently in a season of discernment as we interview candidates. This season may last a few months or longer.  In order to protect the confidentiality of candidates, no specific information can be shared about who is being interviewed or when the interviews are planned. However, once the Call Committee decides on a primary candidate that name is submitted to the Congregational Council, who then makes preparations for a Congregational Meeting. A two-thirds vote of the congregation calls a pastor.
The Call Committee invites you to pray with us.
Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, you have given us grace to make our common prayer to you. Direct us Lord God, in this time of transition as we join in one prayer together. Grant to us in this time of searching, courage, patience, and vision and use us , we pray, as you will, but always to your glory and the welfare of your people. Guide our decisions as we do the work of calling a pastor. May we receive a faithful servant who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries. Through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Amen

Prayer Chain: St. Paul has a group dedicated to the power of prayer. If you have a prayer request for the Prayer Chain, please share it with Twila Seibert (515-462-1505) or Ann Bartelt ( or the church office.  

St. Paul Choir. Choir practice is held Wednesday evenings at 7:10 pm. Everyone is welcome to spread the good news through our music ministry. Questions may be directed to Sue Hansen, choir director, 515-468-0137. 

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, please contact the office and we’ll help find a way you can make a difference!   

Upcoming Worship Helpers January 28, 9:30 am 
Greeters/ Ushers:  Needed and Needed
Reader: Amanda Turnquist
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Wayne Martens
Musician:  Clarice Blanchard
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and
Jen Acton
Communion Server: Needed and Needed
Communion Bread: Debi Martens
Acolytes/ Crucifer: Blake Acton

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 is 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 Heidi Williams: (515) 450-0490