Friday, October 7 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 Kathleen Wohlers will be preaching on Luke 17:11-19. Here is a devotion from God Pause:  What about those days—maybe most days—when we don’t pay much mind to God, or acknowledge God’s place in our lives. As long as I don’t have need of God today, is that such a big deal? In this parable, Jesus asks a rhetorical question, “Would any among you tell your slave, ‘Here, you must be tired of having me as your master, so you take my place at the table tonight’?” Of course not! There’s real danger in presuming to take God’s place at the table. The less we’re aware of it, sitting in God’s place and not even knowing it, the more dangerous it is. When Adam and Eve sought to take God’s place, sin and death entered our world. We do so as well, often oblivious to what we’re doing. But Jesus strongly rebukes our place-taking. The Master’s place belongs to the Master. Even—maybe especially—when put back in our place, we can say, “Thanks be to God. Amen.”

Worship Helpers this Sunday, September 25, 9:30 a
 Greeters/Ushers: Ted Leonard and Gerald Soper
Musician: Clarice Blanchard
 Reader: Jim Nelson
 Counters: Wayne Martens /Lisa Vossekuil
 Sound/Screen/Streaming: Jacque Mohs
 Communion Bread: Marilyn Mount
 Videographer: Needed
 Communion Servers: Marilyn Mount and Barb Kellogg

Sunday Bible Study:  There will be NO Bible Study this Sunday- Oct 9, 2022. Bible Study will meet 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. 

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.

All Saints Sunday. In preparation for All Saints Sunday, November 6, please notify the church office of the dearly departed from the past year to be honored at the worship service. 

Lutheran Disaster Response Giving. Gifts through the ELCA are welcome in response to Hurricane Ian that hit Florida, September 28. Donations may be given on their website  or mailed directly to Lutheran Disaster Response, PO Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009 or by calling 800-638-3533.

Fields of Faith Gathering. The Winterset School Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be hosting a peer-to-peer fathering at McGaffin Football Field, Sunday, October 16, at 7:00 pm. Students will gather to share their faith stories and challenge each other to apply the Bible as their “game plan for life.” All are welcome.

God’s Work Our Hands Thank You. Sunday, September 25, sixty St. Paul adults and youth worked at 12 different projects around the community, supporting senior citizens who needed help with their landscaping and home upkeep. We also delivered 27 quilts to those in nursing homes, picked up debris left by the March tornado, organized home goods for our furniture ministry, cleaned up city alleys and sidewalks, and readied perennial beds for fall. Thank you to our Kitchen Crew fed us well. Thanks to our lead team of Ann Bartelt, Jacque Mohs, Nicole Darling, Barb Kellogg, Jim Nelson, Dick Anderson, and Rana Scarlett.

Stained Glass Windows Update. Planning for the clerestory windows (design and color work) has been completed, and we will be in the installation phase the second half of October.  Watch for an announcement of the exact  service of dedication with a fellowship time of thanks and celebration following worship.  A tentative service of dedication with a fellowship time of thanks and celebration following worship is being planned for October 23.

Pastor Kathleen Wohlers introduction bio.  As a second career pastor I have served congregations in Wisconsin and Iowa, retiring from Peace Lutheran Church in West Burlington September 1 of 2021.  Growing up on a small farm in Southeastern Minnesota gave me the basis for rural ministry.
My ministry began as a Synodically Authorized Minster to place. Meaning I was authorized by the Bishop to serve a very small rural congregation, in Word and Sacrament only  in that one congregation. From there I went on to Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque and was ordained to Word and Sacrament ministry June 14, 2008.
Before God called me to full time ministry, I was a pre-school teacher and administrator in a Christian setting. My husband Dennis and I met in high school art class, have three children, three grandchildren, and a most delightful great grandson.
We currently live in Pleasant Hill with the greatest golden doodle ever! (At least we think so) His name is Mr. Finnegan Heartsong. In my previous call, he would accompany me to care facilities and engage with the residents. 
Some of the things I enjoy are traveling, walking, reading and listening to audio books.
I look forward to our time together, sharing God’s love, being the hands and feet of Christ for the sake of the world.
Pastor Kathleen Wohlers 


Wednesday God Squad and Confirmation. Both God Squad (4 years-6th graders) and Confirmation (7-8th graders) began on September 14, as scheduled. Children and youth are welcome to join at any time.   Please register God Squad participants at this link.  You may also leave a message with the church 515-462-4270. The free meal for God Squad and Confirmation begins at 5:40, followed by the program and activity from 6:00-7:00 pm. Meal donations, both monetary and food, are gladly accepted. Please see Kim Patience about your donation, 515-468-0503. Meal serving volunteers are needed from 5:00-6:30pm; please use Sign-Up Genius to indicate your help. ALL are welcome!

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.

Operation Christmas Child.  Operation Christmas Child boxes, sample filled boxes, and information about what may go into the boxes are available at the church. These gift boxes, benefiting children across the world, is a cooperative project between St. Paul Trust Fund and the congregation. You may direct questions to Dr. Dale Wulf, chair of the project, and learn more at Samaritan’s Purse.orgFilled boxes must be returned to the church no later than November 11.

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. October 25, 2022 is the next scheduled blood drive.

Call for Cookies. Our supply of cookies for Sunday mornings and our monthly blood drives needs to be replenished. Due to the event of August 14 and following the advice of law enforcement, we had to destroy what was saved. Thanks to all the cookie bakers who support our outreach.

Family of Tom Knapp: Our sympathy and prayers are with the family of Tom Knapp.  Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort deal graciously with all who mourn Tom’s death, that casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love. Amen “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

St. Paul Choir. The choir has begun its new season with rehearsals at 7:10pm Wednesday evenings.  We are always looking for new members, and all singers are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

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 9:40 a.m. 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 October 2, 9:30 am   
 Greeters/Ushers: Needed
 Musician: Georgine Bellamy
 Reader: Cheryl Young
 Counters: Dean Bartelt /Lisa Vossekuil
 Sound/Screen/Streaming: Jacque Mohs
 Communion Bread: Needed
 Videographer: Needed
 Communion Servers: Jason and Nicole Darling

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:
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:
Pastoral Emergencies (Jacque Mohs): 515-468-1899