|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, September 3. Pastor Heidi Williams will be preaching on Matthew 16:21-28 . Here is a devotion from God Pause: There seems to be some risk in this talk about holding the keys of the kingdom. What’s up with this matter of binding and loosening? What about Law and Gospel? Isn’t it up to God to be judge and jury? Sounds like something that could be easily abused. Our wars over religion teach us that whatever you want to bind on earth had best be carefully and humbly considered! Or else it could become a thin veil for abusive power or even ruthless striving for dominance rather than harmony. Yet, there has to be some way for justice to prevail for all. For the victim and justice, I understand the need to bind. Sin needs restraint. For the freedom of forgiveness, I understand the need to loose. We still cling to the mystery of God’s final word, while realizing at the same time we need the honest law, true justice, and fair compassion for all here on earth. Humility helps.|
Upcoming Worship Helpers September 3rd, 9:30 am
Greeters/ Ushers: Tim & Jacque Mohs
Reader: Amanda Turnquist
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Wayne Martens
Musician: Clarice Blanchard
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Kim Patience
Communion Server: Debi Martens & Marilyn Mount
Communion Bread: Marilyn Mount
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.
Lutheran Study Bibles. There are extra Lutheran Study Bibles for sale at $36.00 each if anyone is interested in purchasing one.
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.
|Senior Center Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals for the Senior Center. It takes approximately 45 minutes and the schedule is flexible. To assist with this or learn more, please call 515.462.1334. Thank you.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Nelson. (email@example.com) to let them know availability. Please note that this is Jim’s new email.
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 September 26, 2023 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.
|Church Directory. St. Paul’s family photo directory is posted on our website, stpaullutheranchurch.net. Find it under the About tab and enjoy! We will be able to add photos as they become available. We also have an online directory, Servant Keeper, that provides contact information of our members and is a valuable tool for connecting with each other. Secure to our constituents, Servant Keeper is password protected for each individual and for access to the complete directory. The information of families and individuals is only what you provide and allow to be seen. Email Lisa Vossekuil if you would like an account at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 in to the office.|
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 (email@example.com) or the church office.
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 September 10, 9:30 am
Greeters/ Ushers: Fred Young and David Kauzlarich
Reader: Cheryl Young
Sound/ Screen/ Streaming: Lisa Vossekuil
Musician: Clarice Blanchard
Counters: Lisa Vossekuil and Bonnie Fenimore
Communion Server: Barb Kellogg and Darrell Vossekuil
Communion Bread: 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: Office@stpaullutheranchurch.net
Pastor Heidi Williams: (515) 450-0490