Friday, June 2 Announcements

Come worship with us at 9:30. Wear the color red as we celebrate Pentecost. 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 Matthew 28:16-20.  Here is a devotion from God Pause: Receiving the Holy Spirit implies letting go of an old reality in order to receive a new one. The action of Jesus’ breathing on those gathered disciples enlightens and empowers them. Through Jesus and the breath of the Spirit, God infused the power the disciples would need to engage in ministry. Like those disciples, apart from the Holy Spirit we cannot do anything. Our congregation had been asked to house displaced neighbors. The congregation mobilized immediately, stepping up to care for whoever, whenever they would arrive. Regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, politics, spirituality, etc., room was made for everyone. It seemed like a “Pentecost moment!” John’s Gospel articulates this version of the “Great Commission.” Let us celebrate this call to embody Christ’s mission through our actions and with our words, but (as the saying goes) without being jerks about it.

Upcoming Worship Helpers June 4, 9:30 am
Greeters/ Ushers: Ann and Dean Bartelt
Reader: Ann Bartelt
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming:  Jacque Mohs
Videographer: Cheryl Young
Musician: Georgine Bellamy
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Dean Bartelt
Communion Server: Liz Hansen and Barb Kellogg
Communion Bread: Cheryl Bales
Acolytes: Logan Moeller

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.

Furniture Ministry Receives Award. St. Paul’s Furniture Ministry has been awarded $1830.77 by the Greater Madison County Community Foundation. Jim Nelson, Lisa Vossekuil and Wayne Martens wrote the grant application for $1800, focusing on used appliances as a critical need. The Madison County grant program has existed for over 20 years and typically has $75,000-125,000 to award annually to local non-profit organizations.

Capital Campaign Worship June 11. Join us for a special worship service of thanksgiving for all God’s creation with Pastor Jon Olson during which we will kick off our Faith in the Future, Imagining the Next Chapter capital campaign for St Paul.  The goals of this campaign are to praise God for all that He has provided us and to commit to paying off the remaining $70,000 in church debt. It is a small amount and we are a mighty congregation! With God’s help and in all that we do, we shall be good stewards of our time, our energy, and our finances. 

Pastoring St. Paul – Next Steps. We have scheduled pastors for pulpit supply in May, June, and July as we await our next interim pastor. They are pastors who have been here before and that we trust in our relationships with each other and with God. Please welcome them to our pulpit and our fellowship time

Pastoral care has also been established for your needs. Please contact Traci, office manager, at 515-462-4270, or Ann Bartelt, council president at 515-418-3565, should you need support from a pastor.  Pastor Jodi Hinrichs of Peace Lutheran in Earlham and Pastor Tania Schramm of Grace Lutheran in Adel will be our primary contacts through May.  Pastor Kathleen will also be available starting in June.
Church Directory Sign Up. Remember when you filled out an information sheet for our membership directory? Now you can have access to our online directory, Servant Keeper, that provides contact information of our members. Servant Keeper is a valuable tool for connecting with each other and is secure to our constituents. It is password protected for each individual and for access to the complete directory. The information of families and individuals is only what you provide and allow to be seen. We will be available to sign you up for an account.  Email Lisa Vossekuil if you would like an account at

Call Committee Activity.  The Call Committee began our work in January of this year. Since then we have met 8 times and logged over 37 hours in online training. We have learned about the different parts of the work needed to complete the Call Process. In addition to doing research, we created several surveys and hosted a World Cafe, collecting lots of helpful information from the members of St Paul about what’s most important to you. We’re happy to tell you we are nearly finished writing the Ministry Site Profile (MSP), a fourteen page document that the Bishop’s Office requires from congregation’s in transition.  If you would like to read a portion of the document in which we describe St Paul’s giftedness, click this link.  The next step in this process, after we submit the MSP, is waiting. It might be 2 months, 3 months or more before we receive names of candidates from the Bishop’s representative. Once those names are received we will invite candidates for an interview. The names of the candidates and the interviews are confidential.  The last step in our work is to recommend a candidate for call to the Congregational Council. The Call Committee’s responsibilities end with the installation of the new pastor. 
Please remember to pray for the Congregational Council and the Call Committee as we do the work of discernment during this time of transition.

Book Study.   Join us at 9:00 at the church for a study of Dynamics For Living by Charles Fillmore. Facilitated by Darrell Vossekuil, we will explore Fillmore’s lessons about the realms of God and spiritual dynamics in our everyday experiences.  Please contact Darrell Vossekuil with questions: (920) 295-2036 or

VBS. Vacation Bible School will be held July 10-13 for children entering grades 1-6 in the 2023-2024 school year. This year’s theme is Uncovering the truth of who God is and who we are.  Hours are 9:00 to 2:00; snacks and lunch will be provided. Please register online on our website or download the registration form. Children from the community are welcome! Helpers with the children and in the kitchen are needed. Please contact Amanda Turnquist, coordinator, or 319-491-4052.

Lutheran Study Bibles.  There are extra Lutheran Study Bibles for sale at $36.00 each if anyone is interested in purchasing one.

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.

Senior Center Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals for the Senior Center. It takes approximately 45 minutes and the schedule is flexible.  To assist with this or learn more, please call 515.462.1334.  Thank you.

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. June 27, 2023 is the next scheduled blood drive.

Call for Cookies.  Cookies are always needed for Sunday morning services and the monthly blood drive.  Sunday morning cookies and bars can be store bought or home-made. Jim asks that the cookies for the monthly blood drive be home-made.
Tom Knapp Memorial Service. Services for Tom Knapp will be held Saturday, June 3, at 11:00 at St. Paul. Visitation at the church will be one hour prior to the service. Burial in the Winterset Cemetery will follow, and a luncheon will be served at the church. Our deepest sympathy to Marty and Tom’s family. 

Mailboxes.  Members who previously did not have a mailbox, there is now one with your name on it! The names are not in exact alphabetical order, but your box should be in close vicinity to where your name would fall. Please see Lisa Vossekuil or Cheryl Young if you cannot find yours or if we inadvertently missed you. (The mailboxes will be totally redone after we have the Servant Keeper sign-ups)

Member Photo Directory. St. Paul’s family photo directory is now posted on our website, Find it under the About tab and enjoy! We will be able to add photos as they become available. If you are new to St. Paul or missed including your photo, please contact Cheryl Young or the church office. 

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.  

Member Information Update. 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 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, please contact the office and we’ll help find a way you can make a difference!   
Upcoming Worship Helpers June 11, 9:30 am
Greeters/ Ushers: Rich and Genelle Thompson
Reader: Amanda Turnquist
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming:  Cheryl Young
Musician: Clarice Blanchard
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Nancy Schimmels
Communion Server: No Communion
Communion Bread: No Communion
Acolytes: Ellie Michelson

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 Kathleen Wohlers: : (608) 387-5015