Friday, May 24 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, May 19.   Pastor Heidi Williams will be preaching on John 3:1-17. Here is a devotion from God Pause: An eye-catching sunset can cause us to pause from our worldly attentions to focus on the nature of the divine as our knees seem to weaken at such an awe-inspiring sight. The One who gives breath also takes our breath away as the beauty of the sky transforms second by second. We stand humbled before the activity of the Lord’s creation of such an awe-inspiring sight, even when no one else in the parking lot seemingly has time for such a divine moment. A car pulls into the parking space right next to you and, as the occupants get out, you are moved by the Spirit to point out the beauty the Lord is giving at the moment. It doesn’t matter the response because you are being you as you join the psalmist: “I will give praise to my God while I have being.” You share good news not because you’ve been trained to do so; you share this response because this is who you are, who God created, who has filled you with eternal breath to witness to the Lord and the Lord’s hope among us.

Upcoming Worship Helpers May 26, 9:30 am 
Greeters/ Ushers: Marty Knapp and Fred Young
Reader: Debi Martens
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Jacque Mohs
Musician: Sherri Briney
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Bonnie Fenimore
Communion Server: Wayne Martens and Darrell Vossekuil
Communion Bread: Debi Martens
Acolytes/ Crucifer: 

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.

Greenfield. We had such an amazing response with donations with two full vehicles!  Several community members also contributed items.  We will be taking another load over today at noon.  
If you are able- please continue to donate items to the church over the next several weeks.  Items still being asked for:
Large trash bags
Industrial-grade garbage bags 
Safety glasses
Laundry baskets
Plastic totes
5-gallon buckets
Hand wipes (baby wipes, facial sanitary)
Cleaning supplies
Hygiene products
Dry goods (canned food, nutrition bars, jerky, etc.)

UPDATED LIST!   large paper lunch bags, large plastic totes, work gloves, batteries of all sizes, shovels, rakes, bug spray, sunscreen, (SPF 30 and above), and sun hats.

Part-Time Musician.  St Paul is looking for a part-time musician to provide accompaniment for worship services. This would require playing for church service probably once a month on the piano or guitar, if you are interested, please contact Pastor Heidi or Beth Sunds.

St. Paul to Host Pork Belly Ventures during Ragbrai. Pork Belly Ventures is a large bicycling group from Council Bluffs who arrange to sleep and eat on church or community grounds. We are partnering with St. Joseph Catholic Church to host about 1000 riders and additional crew the night of July 23. Together, the two churches will provide the evening meal and sleeping arrangements, all with a guaranteed count and payment. We will need volunteers to help with the meal preparation. Watch for more details to come! Contact Jacque Mohs or Ann Bartelt with your questions. 

LSI Birdies for Charity. Now is the time to donate to Lutheran Services of Iowa through the Birdies for Charities Program as part of the Principal Charity Classic. LSI will receive matching funds from Sammons Financial, making it possible for LSI to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities throughout Iowa. Give before June 1 with checks to LSI, Birdies for Charity on the memo line, and mail to Lutheran Services of Iowa, 3125 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3809. You may also give online at and include Birdies for Charity in the dedication section. 

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 at 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

Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp Sign-up.  Riverside’s many different summer camps are open from March to June.  Make sure to sign up soon because spots go fast!  Sign-up at RIVERSIDELBC.ORG.  The Trust Fund is covering all St. Paul camper’s fee for Riverside Bible Camp.  Riverside LBC provided a code to discount the cost and then bills the Trust Fund after registration closes.  The code is: 24SPL.  We hope your kid(s) will enjoy some quality time this summer, embracing the beauty of God’s creation while fellowshipping with their friends and other campers from across Iowa.  This year’s theme is “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  For more information contact  Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, 3001 Riverside Rd, Story City, IA 50248. 1-515-733-5271 or 1-800-372-7748.

VBS Registration is Open. Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp is joining us this summer to host VBS! It will be held Monday, July 8th  through Thursday, July 11th  from 9AM – 2PM. This year we are exploring what John 15:5 means in our lives: How we can cultivate faith, a renewed mind, peace and purpose through the love and teaching of God’s word. Registration is open and can be done online at: Physical registration is available at the Greeter’s / Usher’s Table in the Fellowship Hall.   Questions? Please contact Amanda Turnquist anturnquist_316@meisha-sible

Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp
  3001 Riverside Rd
  Story City, IA 50248
1-515-733-5271 or 1-800-372-7748

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)

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 Trust Fund.  The St. Paul Trust Fund was established in 1986 to provide Mission work outside the operational budget of the church. It supports needs locally, nationally and internationally on items such as supplying animals and tools overseas, supporting kids playgrounds to supporting youth summer camps. If you have questions, contact chairman Jim Nelson 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

Pool of Siloam: Pool of Siloam is St. Paul’s local benevolence program for Madison County residents 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 May 28, 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.
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

Church Landscaping. The new Landscape project is progressing with the main shrubs, initial grasses and some perennials now in place. Additional purchased perennials and donated plants including black eyed Susans, Shasta daisies, Coreopsis, Purple cone flowers and border Phlox can be placed  in the next 2 weeks.  Additional wild flowers will arrive around May 15th to be placed and mulch installed.  Donated plants may be brought to the church or our house.  Text or Call  me at 515-468- 0383 or email  We will begin a watering schedule 3X weekly soon which people can sign up to help. Thanks for your support of this project. Rich Thompson

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!

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 Jim Nelson (515-468-1675) or Ann Bartelt or the church office.  

St. Paul Choir. The Choir is always looking for new members.  Choir practice is held Wednesday evenings at 7:10 pm during the months of September-May and sing a couple times each month  during these times at Sunday morning service. 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 June 2, 9:30 am 
Greeters/ Ushers: Needed
Reader: Cheryl Young
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Jacque Mohs
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and 
Wayne Martens
Communion Server: Needed
Communion Bread: Bonnie Fenimore
Acolytes/ Crucifer: 

Worship Service Helpers/Volunteers Needed!  Serving as a worship leader and helper is an excellent way to become better acquainted with our congregation. All are invited to serve in a variety of capacities: usher, reader, communion server, etc. Any introduction or training you may want for the positions is offered by Debi Martens 
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