Friday, March 29 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, March 31.   Pastor Heidi Williams will be preaching on Mark 16:1-8. Here is a devotion from God Pause:  This passage reminds me of the common phrase: “Don’t shoot the messenger!” The servant, who is speaking, is tasked with giving a weary people a word to sustain them. Yet, despite this seeming like a message that would be welcomed, it is not. The servant’s words are met with resistance and the narrative starts to sound like a lament. We will see this rejection of God’s Word again in the Easter story. The word of God is often rejected, and those who proclaim it are ridiculed or mocked. Yet, even with the hardships that the servant faces, he stands confident. It is not confidence in himself, but in God and God’s ability to help and sustain him. “It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me?”

Good Friday Worship Helpers March 29, 7:00pm
Greeters/ Ushers:  Dick Anderson
Reader: Steve Dick and Amanda Turnquist
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Lisa Vossekuil
Upcoming Worship Helpers March 31, 9:30 am 
Greeters/ Ushers:  Marilyn Hansen and Shirley Tallman
Reader: RoxAnn Rhoads
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Wayne Martens
Musician: Georgine Bellamy
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Nancy Schimmels
Communion Server: Rainy Gibbens and LaRee Allen
Communion Bread: Bonnie Fenimore
Acolytes/ Crucifer: Marriah Allen

Spring Clean Up.We’d like your help in sprucing up our front beds for our Easter Sunday service. Saturday, March 30, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Please bring your favorite gardening tools. The more we have to help, the quicker we can dunk the ball! 

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.

Holy Week Prayer Vigil. We offer a time of prayer, mediation, and reflection during Holy Week in our preparation for our Risen Lord. Come to St. Paul’s chapel from Maundy Thursday 8:00 pm through Good Friday 7:00pm in one-hour increments. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall on the large board or contact the church office. Overnight hours of prayer may be held in your home. 

Free Sunshine! If you would like to help mow the church lawn this season starting next week, and get your dose of Vitamin D, please use Sign Up Genius to sign up at Thank you!

6″ Easter Lilies.    The Easter Lily order was placed on March 19, 2024.  The cost is $20.00 for a 6″ Easter lily.  The lilies will be delivered to the church and you are free to pick them up after Easter worship and plant them or give them away.   If you have not done so- please place your check for your order in the locked box outside the office or into the office.

Easter Lily in honor of.  Below is the names  of who purchased Easter Lilies and who they are in honor of.  If you have purchased one and you don’t see your name on the list- please contact the office. 

Rainy Gibbons in honor of Roger Gibbens and Donna Larison-Schutt
John and Kim Patience in honor of Glen and Marilyn Patience and Don Langford
Corrie Huizinga in honor of Joh Huizinga
Robert Van Scoy in honor of Velma Van Scoy
Nancy Schimmels in honor Husband Darrel and son Jerry 
Amanda Turnquist in honor of Tom Walton and Jeremy Brown
Tad & Connie Tadlock in honor of Lois Tadlock
Martha Knapp in honor of Tom Knsapp
Mark & Brenda Hollingsworth in honor or Roger D Williams
Darrell & Lisa Vossekuil in honor of our parents and Gov
Jim Nelson in honor of Pat Nelson
Rich & Genelle Thompson in honor of our parents and friends
Steve & Pat Wetlaufer in honor of our parents
Dean & Ann Bartelt in memory of Herman/ Neva Bartelt and Art/ Lois Ralston and Esther Bartelt
Kara Ellingrod & Bruce Radley in honor or our parents
Shirley Tallman in honor of parents & brothers
Nicole Darling in honor of Nancy McMenamin
Liz Hansen in honor of Joe Hansen and Patty DeLuna

Bible Study on First and Third Tuesday of the month at 9:00am.  We will be starting a new study in March.  Everyone is welcome to come to this study at the quilting room / large classroom at the church.  If you are interested, please contact Linda Darling at 515-468-1131 or email

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.

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) 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.

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 April 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.

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 April 7, 9:30 am 
Greeters/ Ushers:  Fred Young and Dave Kauzlarich
Reader: RoxAnn Rhoads
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Cheryl Young
Musician: Georgine Bellamy
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Steve Dick
Communion Server: Needed
Communion Bread: Needed
Acolytes/ Crucifer: 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 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