Friday, January 21 Announcements

 Sunday, January 23 – Installation Sunday
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.  Pastor Ioan will be formally installed as our Pastor. Our guest will be Rev. Dan Kuckuck from the ELCA Synod.  A devotion on Luke 4:14-21 from God Pause:  “Sometimes when I read a Bible passage, I read it with a kind of “ho-hum” of familiarity. And then I catch myself and think “What did I just read?” In today’s reading the people of Israel hear the word of God read to them with the excitement of first hearers. Their ears were opened, they lifted up their hands, they wept, they bowed their heads, they worshipped the Lord, they celebrated. The word changed the people and they responded with joy. Perhaps when we read the word we need to take time to let the word change us. Maybe we can slow down or try lifting our hands in prayer or bowing our head. Maybe we could take time to read the word of God out loud today. When we read out loud, we read slower, and we hear the word in a different way than just reading silently. Today may God’s word speak to you.”
Worship Helpers. Greeters/Ushers: Wendy and Lily Burkett; Reader: Jacque Mohs; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Wayne Martens; Videographer: Debi Martens; Musician: Clarice Blanchard; Singer: Clarice Blanchard; Counters: Dean Bartelt and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Jacque Mohs; Communion Servers: Rainy Gibbens & Marriah Allen

Pastor Ioan’s Installation.
Join us for a time of fellowship and refreshment following worship today. Much delayed due to COVID, we are glad to finally celebrate Pastor Ioan’s installation as our called pastor. Flowers on the alter are in honor of Pastor Ioan’s installation.  

Sunday Bible Study:
Bible Study will not meet today, and all are invited to Pastor Ittu’s installation reception.
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.


Wednesday God Squad & Confirmation: God Squad & Confirmation Classes will resume January 26. God Squad (4 yrs. to 6 grade) begins at 5:40 p.m. with a meal. Confirmation (7 & 8 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! Donations of food or cash for the meal are always welcome; please contact Rainy Gibbens ( about your donations.  You may also volunteer to help on SignUp Genuis. We are thankful for kitchen/food help at 5:00, child care, teachers, and activity leaders.

Adult Faith Formation Sunday Evening New Series Begins January 16. If you’re interested in growing spiritually through Bible and book study and fellowship, you are invited to join the next series of Adult Faith Formation sessions. Snacks begin at 5:30 followed by an hour of study and conversation. This is a great way to get to know your church family better. The Gifts of Imperfection, a book by Brene Brown, will be the topic of a five-week study beginning January 16 and ending February 13. We have a limited number of books available for purchase ($11). The first session’s discussion will focus on pages 1-30. All are welcome!

New Membership Class Jan. 30 & Feb. 6:
St. Paul will be offering a membership class consisting of two 45 minute sessions, led by Pastor Ioan. The first session will be on Sunday, January 30, directly after church, and the second will be the next Sunday, February 6 also directly following worship.  Contact Pastor Ioan with your questions and to express your interest.
A commitment of membership is for those who wish to make a public promise of helping move God’s ministry forward at St. Paul through the giving of time, talent, or treasure.  Our two-session membership class will include
-Opportunities for growing closer to God & fellow St. Paul friends and families
-The character and values of St. Paul as a community of Christians, and the vision for our continued ministry
-Lutheranism & our ELCA Denomination.
ALL, members or not, are welcome at St. Paul and all that it offers. We are blessed by your presence, just as we hope you are blessed by your time with us.

Furniture Ministry. St. Paul collects and gives home goods, furniture, and appliances to those in need. Contact Lisa Vossekuil (920-979-0304; about any donations. Monetary gifts are also appreciated for our storage units. 

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!   

Giving Envelopes. 
The 2022 giving envelopes are now available in your church mailbox. Should you desire a set, please contact the church office. Alternatively, you may give online by signing up on our church website.

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, January 30, 9:30 am. 
 Greeters/Ushers: Mark and Brenda Hollingsworth; Reader: Debi Martens; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Lisa Vossekuil; Videographer: Jacque Mohs; Musician: Clarice Blanchard; Singer: Clarice Blanchard; Counters: Dean Bartelt and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Genelle Thompson; Communion Servers: needed.
Please join St. Paul Choir rehearsals Wednesdays evenings at 7:10 pm. We sing about twice a month. We are excited to see current members and enthusiastically welcome any new members as we sing praises to the Lord!
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:
1. Use SignUpGenius! It’s easy to access at this link and will even send you a reminder of your commitment. 
2. Volunteer Kiosk: We have clipboards on the kiosks in the entryway for you to sign.
3. 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 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.


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