Friday, June 24 Announcements

Come worship with us at 9:30Join 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 Ioan Ittu will be preaching on Luke 9:51-62, and here is a devotion from God Pause:  The man Jesus healed begged to accompany Jesus, but Jesus didn’t choose the man to go with him. Did the man have “call envy” and want to join Jesus in the wider world? I have call envy when I don’t trust that God chooses me for where I can best serve. Jesus chose the man for the service he alone could accomplish. They were in a tense situation! In fear, the country’s people asked Jesus to leave. Who could help dispel their fears? To whom would they listen? The people needed to hear about Jesus’ healing power from someone they knew. Jesus sent the man back to his home to declare to his neighbors what God had done for him. Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop of Geneva, is credited with saying, “Bloom where you are planted.” Where are you planted? How has God specifically chosen you to best bloom?

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.

God’s Work Our Hands. Ann Bartelt is forming a leadership team for the ELCA Service Day God’s Work Our Hands to be held in September. Please let her know of your interest in this team, as well as any suggestions for the day. The team’s first meeting will be mid-July. Contact her at 

Worship Helpers. June 19, 9:30 am   Greeters/Ushers: Jen Acton &  Family; Reader: Jen Acton; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Jacque Mohs; Videographer: Lisa Vossekuil ; Musician: Lori Paup; Singer: :Lori Paup; Counters: Kim Patience and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Debi Martens; Communion Servers: Debi Martens & Liz Hansen

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.

What’s New &
Mark Your Calendars:

Worship in City Park July 3. The Winterset Ministerial Association is sponsoring a combined worship of seven congregations in Winterset City Park, Sunday, July 3, at 10:30 am. Join us for a service of Christian unity, followed by a potluck lunch. The Pork Producers will provide loin sandwiches; please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Bring lawn chairs, and valet parking will be available. The combined offering will go to CRISP.

Joint Ecumenical Choir July 3: Included in the Worship Service will be a joint ecumenical choir, directed by Megan Barrett. All singers are invited to join in.  Practices will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 29, at the First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary, and on Sunday, July 3rd, at 9:30 am at the City Park North Shelter. If you cannot attend the Wednesday rehearsal, you are still welcome to join the choir Sunday morning. 

God’s Work Our Hands. Ann Bartelt is forming a leadership team for the ELCA Service Day God’s Work Our Hands to be held in September. Please let her know of your interest in this team, as well as any suggestions for the day. The team’s first meeting will be mid-July. Contact her at 

Semi-annual Meeting:  August 14th 10:30 am

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.

Adult Faith Formation.  The next gathering of Fun, Food, and Fellowship will be July 20 at the home of Tim & Jacque Mohs, 5:00-8:00 pm. at 1640 Highway 169. Turn onto the shared road with the Winterset Cidery; take the right “Y” and follow the road all the way until it ends. You will drive past two barns and a pond until you get to their blue home.
Bring a side dish or dessert to add to a provided pork loin. Bring your swimsuits for the pool, fishing poles for the pond, and your best aim for lawn games.  Everyone is welcome! 

Wednesday God Squad: Program is completed for 2021-2022. Tentatively, it will be held again, September 2022 through April 2023. Looking for a Volunteer Coordinator AND the Volunteers necessary to move forward with a 2022-2023 GOD Squad Program.

Vacation Bible School Day Camp Registration:   “Anchored in Hope” led by Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps will be held July 5th – 8th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pre-K & Kindergarten), 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (1st – 6th Grade). Registration is available NOW on the St Paul Lutheran Church Website,  LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS TODAY, JUNE 24, 2022. 

VBS is open to ALL children in the Madison County area. St Paul is the Host Location for the VBS Program. The Winterset Ministry Association (First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, First United Presbyterian Church & St Paul Lutheran Church) are embarking on this journey together. Please pray for the success of the VBS Day Camp Program  

NEW YOUTH COMMITTEE:  In full swing. Please look for events this Summer & moving forward. The newly formed Luther League, Grades 5th through 12th, will have opportunities to grow together as a group & share some life long memories. 

 Have you registered for Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp? Please check out their week long Youth CampRanch Camp Adventure Camp. There may be some spots left.  Through the generosity of the St. Paul Trust Fund we are offering a $300 campership per child for St. Paul families attending a week long camp at Riverside.  The St. Paul Trust Fund wants our kids to long forward to a joyful Summer.  At the end of the registration process when you get to the “Make A Payment” section, you will be asked if you have a discount or coupon code to use.  Enter “22SPW” and the $300 will be automatically applied in addition to the deposit families will also need to provide.  If the deposit or remaining camp costs would still prevent your child from going to camp, please talk to the camp or Pastor Ioan and we will work something out so finances are the preventing factor.

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. t. 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 28, 2022 is the next scheduled blood drive.  

Lion’s Bags to Benches. Winterset Lions are collecting and recycling plastic bags to earn benches to donate to the community. The goal is to collect in a six-month period 500 pounds of plastic film and bags. With that, the Lions will receive one bench to donate to the community Look for recycle bins at Ben Franklin Covered Bridge Realty, the Methodist Church, Sports Page, with more to come.

SE Iowa Synod E-News. Anyone can subscribe to the Southeastern Iowa Synod E-News by going to the home page and clicking on Subscribe to E-News in the top black band. The Synod can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter. The weekly E-News contains information about Synod programs, events, prayer needs, and more. 

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 9:20 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.

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, 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 ( 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, July 3, 9:30 am   Worship in the Park.   North Shelter at City Park

Upcoming Worship Helpers Sunday, June 26, 9:30 am   Greeters/Ushers: Needed; Reader: Needed; Sound, Screen, & Streaming: Lisa Vossekuil  Videographer: Needed ; Musician: Video; Singer: VBS Staff; Counters: Steve Dick and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Cheryl Bales; Communion Needed
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.


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