Friday, September 17th Announcements

Come worship with us at 9:30. Join us in person, watch our livestream Sunday morning on our YouTube channel, or view the service on the YouTube channel on Monday.

Pastor Ioan will be delivering the message based on Mark 9:30-37. The sermon theme is God’s Perspective on Greatness. For your devotions:
Greatness is not having power, being near power, being next in line for power… but living in the midst of need and hurt and powerlessness.  Greatness comes from exposing yourself to the pain of the world, honestly seeing it, confronting it, not hiding from it.  And not confronting the world’s pain on your terms, with your power and authority, not depending on your greatness, but confronting pain and hurt with the love of God.
Worship Helpers:  Greeters/Ushers: Dale Wulf and Kendrick Blanchard; Reader: Ann Bartelt; Sound: Lexi Davis; Videographer: Bristol Tadlock; Musician: Clarice Blanchard; Singer: Sue Hansen; Counters: Kim Patience and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Bristol Tadlock; Communion Servers: Rainy Gibbens and Marriah Allen
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 resume on September 15th.  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. 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.
Donations of food or cash for the meal are 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:  Meet new people and reconnect with your fellow Christians as we resume our adult faith formation evening program this Sunday, September 19. You are invited to a four-week conversation centered on the Book of Romans and how it relates to our lives today. As an introduction to our study, you are invited to watch this four-minute video previewing Chapters 1-4.
There are no books to buy; just bring your Bible. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. with snacks, fellowship & prayer, and enter our study time at 6 p.m. If our group is small, we will meet in a classroom. If it is large we will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Brenda Hollingsworth with your questions and to indicate your interest. (515-462-4092, 515-4468-8129, Feel free to join the study at any time, as we welcome everyone to this opportunity to deepen our faithful lives and connect with one another.

God’s Work. Our Hands. Our Feet. Sunday, September 26, 2021: St. Paul will participate in the ELCA God’s Work Our Hands day of service on September 26, 2021. We have identified projects within the community to show our neighborly love. These projects involve general cleanup of grounds and residential buildings, as well as private residences. They involve things like weeding, trash pickup, trimming, and minor repairs.
We have about 65 youth and adults who have volunteered so far. Pick up your t-shirt after church September 19 or before church September 26. if you would like to join us, please contact Ann Bartelt at church or at or 515-418-3565.

The day will start with a special worship service and blessing at 9:30. We will then go out into the community to provide service between 10:30 and 12:00-12:30. Lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00. If needed, projects can be completed after lunch. You may also choose to participate in the CROP Walk, which will follow at 2:00, thus God’s Work Our Feet!
CROP Walk. St. Paul will be participating in the annual CROP Walk with other Winterset churches at 2:00, Sunday, September 26. Sponsored by Church World Service, this program began in 1946 and is known as the “granddaddy of all charity walks.” Sponsorships, pledges, and donations will be accepted Sundays September 12 and 19. Checks are payable to CWS CROP Walk. Donations, of which 25% stay in our community, may also be left in the Chapel or church office during the week. See Dick Anderson (515-371-7083) with any questions.
Gift Bags Needed for God’s Work. Our Hands. Our Feet. The quilters have volunteered to give quilts to shut-ins as a sign of our Christian love. Please donate any large or medium-sized gift bags that would hold a quilt. Bring them to the church by Wednesday, September 22.
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). 

Choir: St. Paul Choir has resumed. Please join us 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!
Upcoming Worship Helpers Sunday, September 26, 9:30 am. Greeters/Ushers: Don and Linda Darling; Reader: Don Darling; Sound: needed; Videographer: needed; Musician: needed; Singer: needed; Counters: Jen Acton and Lisa Vossekuil; Communion Bread: Penelope Petsche; Communion Servers: Penelope Petsche and 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. 
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 season, and get your dose of Vitamin D, please use SignUp Genius to sign up.
Church office phone:  515-462-4270
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Pastor Ioan Ittu email:
Pastoral Emergencies: 515-419-5224