Friday, January 28 Announcements

 Sunday, January 30
Come worship with us at 9:30: Join 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 is in quarantine because he tested positive for Covid this week.  Worship will not include communion this week, and Pastor Ioan will be providing a pre-recorded video sermon. Pastor Ioan will be preaching on Luke 4:21-30, and here is a devotion from God Pause: “Lent is coming, when once again we will embark on our Lenten journey of repentance and new life. We hope our journey ends well, but what if Jesus were to show up and mess up our neat plans? I’m sure Jesus’ audience, the gathered faithful that day in Nazareth, were doing their best to be God’s people. But then Jesus showed up to point to the truth through the prophet’s words. In the same way the truth confronts us. Gun violence, racial enmities, a tottering climate, a divided country, a hungry world—all shake our fragile security and the illusion of our righteousness. We have ways to deal with those who tell us what we don’t want to hear. But not yet. Jesus slips our grasp. Our Lenten journey has its purpose. Jesus will find us again dying for the sake of a broken world—for you and me. But this time everything will change. “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Worship Helpers: 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

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.  Class will be held with a substitute leader.
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 have class on February 2. 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.  Recipients of the FREE Movie Pass for 2 & Concession Stand Gift Certificate this week are the Josh & LaRee Allen Family.

New Membership Class DELAYED to Feb. 13 & 20: Due to Pastor Ioan’s positive Covid test, the class will be delayed by two Sundays. 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.

Adult Faith Formation Sunday Evening New Series. You are welcome to join the Sunday evening adult faith formation study anytime! We are currently reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. This book, along with Bible study, is the topic of this five-week study which ends February 13.  Snacks begin at 5:30 followed by an hour of study and conversation. Contact Brenda Hollingsworth or Ann Bartelt with any questions.

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. 

Sue & Dave Brakhane Family have donated some ground beef to the GOD Squad/ Confirmation meals.

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: Troy and Erin Gwinner; Reader: Lily Burkett; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: NEEDED; Videographer: NEEDED; Musician: Lori Paup; Singer; :Lori Paup; Counters: Kim Patience and NEEDED; Communion Bread: Jacque Mohs; 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