Friday, October 8 Announcements

Come worship with us at 9:30. Join us in person this Covered Bridge Sunday, or watch our livestream Sunday morning on our YouTube channel, or view the service on the YouTube channel on MondayPastor Ioan will be delivering the message based on Mark 10:17-31. Here is a devotion based on that text: I have set up a small wood working shop. I have some of my dad’s old hand tools—saw, hammer, drill. One day, I decided I needed a wood cutting router. A router cuts various shapes into wood. Through a lot of trial and a whole lot of error, I am getting the hang of making signs in a soft wood like pine. I made a small road sign with our last name on it, brushed on a little varnish, and fastened it to a post at the end of the driveway. I also made a sign for my son and family that says “Merry Christmas.” Following a trip to Costa Rica, I made a sign that says “Pura Vida”—meaning good health. The sign that stands out for me the most is one I keep next to my reading chair. Sometimes it makes me uncomfortable. But still I’m glad I see it every day. It reads “Feed, Clothe, Visit.”Worship Helpers. Greeters/Ushers: Kendrick Blanchard and Dale Wulf; Reader: Savannah Charlet; Sound: Jacque Mohs; Videographer: Alan Paup; Musician: Lori Paup; Singer: Lori Paup; Counters: Wayne Martens and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Ruthanne Korte; Communion Servers: 2 needed. Office Manager Joins St. Paul Staff. Traci Davis has joined the St. Paul staff as our office manager. She brings fifteen years of office experience from her family-owned property management business. As Traci transitions into her new position, office hours will generally be 9:00 am to noon Tuesday through Friday. Contact the church at 515-462-4270, and Pastor Ioan at 515-419-5224,

Sunday Bible Study: Bible Study meets at 10:30 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.  

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.  
Wednesday God Squad & Confirmation: Our weekly Wednesday evening children and youth education programs are in session.  God Squad (4 yrs. to 6th grade) begins at 5:40 p.m. with a meal. Confirmation (7th & 8th grades) starts at 6 p.m. Children and youth are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. Please sign-up for God Squad through our website home page. Confirmation families please email this form to Pastor Ioan to let us know you child with be attending.A big THANK YOU goes to our meal sponsors! Donations of food or cash for the meal are always welcome; please contact Rainy Gibbens ( about your donations.  You may also volunteer to help on SignUp Genuis. We are thankful for kitchen/food help at 5:00, child care, teachers, and activity leaders. 

Sunday Evening Bible Study:  Adult Faith Formation evening program will NOT meet October 10. The final session of the study of Romans will be October 17. Sunday’s focus will be Romans Chapters 12-16New Evening Bible Study Sessions Begin October 24. A five-week study of Jesus’ Miracles as told by Luke will run Sunday evenings, October 24-November 21. If you have a favorite miracle story that you would be willing to lead the group in discussion, please contact Pastor Ioan or Ann Bartelt ( 

You are welcome to join the group at any time! There are no books to buy; just bring your Bible. We begin at 5:30 p.m. with snacks and fellowship, and enter our study time at 6:00. Please contact Brenda Hollingsworth with your questions and/or to indicate your interest. (515-462-4092, 515-4468-8129,           
Covered Bridge Festival. The Covered Bridge Festival will be in its 52nd year! Celebrate this key community event and watch for St. Paul members and friends in service to our community. Learn all about the Festival through the Winterset Citizen’s Ultimate Insider’s Guide

CRISP Fundraiser. Community Resources In Service to People has begun their annual fundraiser. For those of you new to the community, CRISP provides backpacks of school supplies, clothing for school children, and Christmas gifts for families in need, as well as matching needs with resources of all kinds.

Going on nearly twenty years, sales are open for the popular Terri Lynn Nuts and Candy. These treats are perfect for the holidays and delivery is planned by Thanksgiving. Please visit the CRISP website to access the catalog and order sheet. Orders are due by October 18. 

Operation Christmas Child Project Leader Needed.  Do you want to make a difference??  We’re looking for a Project Leader for the Operation Christmas Child initiative at St. Paul.  If you’re not familiar with this initiative, it involves communicating with and collecting shoeboxes from congregation members that have been filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies for children around the world.    Collection week is November 15-22nd, so it would be helpful to start the process in October.  If you’re interested in chairing this important event, please let Jacque Mohs know (515-468-1899).  
Christ in our Home. Christ in our Home is a daily devotional resource provided by St. Paul. You can pick up a copy of this quarter’s issue at the church. The devotions include a scripture reading with a corresponding devotion and prayer concern. 

Upcoming Worship Helpers Sunday, October 17, 9:30 am. Greeters/Ushers: Grace Anderson; Reader: Grace Anderson; Sound: Wayne Martens; Videographer: Debi Martens; Musician: Georgine Bellamy; Singer: needed; Counters: Dean Bartelt and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Debi Martens; Communion Servers: Lily Burkett.

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 Pastor Ioan or Jim Nelson ( 515-468-1675). If you feel called to intentionally pray for others, please contact Jim Nelson to be added to the praying group. 

Choir: Please join St. Paul Choir rehearsals Wednesdays at 7:10 pm. We are excited to see current members and enthusiastically welcome any new members as we sing praises to the Lord!

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 SignUp Genius! 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. 

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.  His appointments begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2:30 p.m. He needs to be picked up no later than 9:40 at North Ward, 415 N. 2nd Street, Winterset, at the south door of the east building. 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 SignUp Genius to indicate when you will 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 SignUp Genius is updated.Free Sunshine! If you would like to help mow the church lawn this fall to help make sure it’s in good shape for winter, please use SignUp Genius to sign up. 
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Pastoral Emergencies: 515-419-5224