Announcements for August 11, 2019

Pastor’s Celebration and Best Wishes | Sunday, August 11th

Please join us Sunday at 10:15 after church for a celebration honoring Pastor Joel and his family for his 10 years of ministry at St. Paul. We’ll enjoy fellowship with a brunch, song, and stories as we express both our appreciation for Pastor Joel’s time with us and our best wishes as he answers his call to Redeemer Lutheran in Bettendorf, IA.

RETURN to regular service schedule |  Sunday, September 8th

Starting September 8th we will return to our regular two-service schedule.  Sunday morning services will be held at 8:00 and 10:30am.

HungerFight  |  Friday, August 30th – car pool meet at 4:15pm

Meals from the Heartland’s annual HungerFight at Hy-Vee Hall  is approaching.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.  Matthew 20:35   Georgine has registered “Team St Paul Lutheran” to join in the 12th Annual Hunger Fight again this year. We are scheduled for Friday, August 30th from 5:30-7:30. We will meet at the church to car pool at 4:15 and leave promptly at 4:30. You are welcome to meet us at Hy-Vee Hall, but plan to arrive early! If you have helped package meals before you know how fun and rewarding this ministry is.  Please join us if you are a 1st timer!

Requirements:

  • Be able to stand for 2 hours.
  • Should probably be 6 years of age or older.  (Younger children are welcome but need to have one on one assistance.)
  • Personal belongings should be left at home or in your vehicle.

Please visit their website at www.mealstheheartland.org.
For more information please contact Georgine Bellamy, georginebellamy@aol.com or 515 468-0636.

Announcements!

If you want to put an announcement in the bulletin, please email your copy ready announcement to Meisha at StPaulLutheranChurch@hotmail.com by Wednesday at noon.  THANKS!!

Missing extension cord

The church is missing a heavier white extra long extension cord.  It is usually found by the smaller vacuum cleaner.  If you know where it is, please let the office know or return as soon as possible.   THANKS!!

Blue Plastic Inflatable Bubble Suit | In hallway by the coat rack

If this is your item, please take it home or it will be disposed of.

What happens next?

The council is currently hard at work securing an interim pastor and organizing our fall schedule of activities.

Pastor Joel’s last working day will be Thursday, August 15th, after which he will be using his vacation until September 11th.  He will be officiating the wedding of a church member on September 1st.

Tentative start date for Sunday School |  Sunday, September 15th – between services, 9:30-10:15 am
Tentative start date for Confirmation class & God Squad |  Wednesday, September 18th – Time TBD

Save the Date!  | 2019 Crop Walk September 22nd at 3:00pm

The Crop Walk will begin at St Paul, as usual, since we have the trophy.  This is the 50th anniversary of Crop Walk, so let’s celebrate with a huge turnout.  If you have any questions, please contact Dick Anderson.

 

Announcements for July 28, 2019

VBS is this week! | July 29 – August 1

We will be holding VBS this week! Please consider donating time or $$ if you are able.   Contact Courtney if you’d like to donate time. Leave a check in the Office mailbox if you’d like to help with $$.   Thanks for your help!!

Thank you, RAGBRAI Leaders and Volunteers!

This last Monday (7/22/19) was a day to remember in St. Paul history! As you can see from our sign-in poster, we received many guests for RAGBRAI, mostly from Iowa, also from distant states such as Texas and Florida. We even had some from other countries, including Russia!

It was a busy day of hospitality and welcome, and, aside from a few glitches (i.e. a plumbing crisis), everything went smoothly. I would like to thank Kitchen Leaders Coleen Johnson and Pat Welaufer, Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Vossekuil, and all the many, many helpers who gave of their time to prepare and serve food, set up tables and chairs, serve guests, run the dessert counter, take down the event, and serve as overnight hosts for guests.

Altogether we served over 250 hungry cyclists with our Pasta Bar and Dessert Extravaganza, filled two huge grassy areas with tents, hosted 11 cyclists from Lutheran Men in Mission, and housed the AMMPARO Team, consisting of 2 ELCA Bishops, who were riding to raise awareness for refugees (you can donate to their cause at https://www.elca.org/AMMPARO). It was quite a challenging event for us!

I hope everyone is recovering from a very full day of meeting new friends and providing for their needs. I have to say, I have never witnessed anything like it, and I am so impressed with everyone at St. Paul for coming together and showing our very best welcome. Thank you, St. Paul folks, and give yourself a pat on the back!

Pastor’s Celebration and Best Wishes | August 11

Please join us Sunday, August 11, at 10:15 after church for a celebration honoring Pastor Joel and his family for his 10 years of ministry at St. Paul. We’ll enjoy fellowship with a brunch, song, and stories as we express both our appreciation for Pastor Joel’s time with us and our best wishes as he answers his call to Redeemer Lutheran in Bettendorf, IA.

Office Hours | Now-August 1

Due to RAGBRAI and Vacation Bible School festivities, office hours will be changed. The office will be open Tuesday-Thursday from noon to 3 pm. Regular office hours will continue on August 4th.

Pastor Joel at ELCA Churchwide Assembly, 8/5-10

It’s a church geek’s dream come true! Starting on Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August 10, I will be in Milwaukee for the triennial ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This assembly’s main tasks include: electing a Presiding Bishop, Churchwide Secretary, and Portico Members (including our own Leon Schwartz); and voting on constitutional changes and a  new social statement entitled on Faith, Sexism, and Justice. We will be busy making decisions which will shape the future of the ELCA and St. Paul Lutheran. Please keep the Assembly in your prayers as they prepare to meet next month.

Announcements!

If you want to put an announcement in the bulletin, please email Maddie and Meisha at StPaulLutheranChurch@hotmail.com or call them at (515) 462-4270 during office hours by Wednesday at noon.

Summer Service Schedule

Starting June 1 we will have one service at 9:00 am this summer.  Our two-service schedule will resume on Rally Day, September 8.

Automatic Giving

Summer is such a busy time for everyone. Take away the worries of remembering your pledge by signing up for automatic giving to the church. It’s very easy to do!  Simply access this link.

 

Announcements for July 21, 2019

RAGBRAI & St. Paul  |  Monday, July 22nd

The money earned after committee expenses will all be donated to help pay off the new sound system at the church!  We are hoping to serve our “Pasta Bar”& “Bake Sale” to 400 people while the bikers are in town on Monday, July 22, 2019. The church will be open at noon and serve until 7 pm.

The committee is in NEED of:

  • Pop Up tents or Canopys for the refrigerators and freezers outside.
  • Volunteers to work at the church to help with kitchen, dining room, bake sale and clean up.

Please let Coleen Johnson or Lisa Vossekuil know if you can help with either of these things or if you have questions.

*ALL GARBAGE CANS AND COOLERS SHOULD BE DELIVERED TO THE CHURCH BY FRIDAY, JULY 19th.  PLEASE LEAVE THEM BY THE BACK DOOR.

*ALL BAKED GOODS SHOULD BE DELIVERED TO THE CHURCH BY SUNDAY, JULY 21st.

*PLEASE HELP US ON SUNDAY, JULY 21st AFTER CHURCH TO SET UP TABLES AND CHAIRS, MOVE PEWS AND SET UP CANOPYS OUTSIDE.

VBS is approaching | July 29 – August 1

We will be holding VBS at the end of the month.  Please consider donating time or cookies or $$ if you are able.   Contact Courtney if you’d like to donate time, leave your store bought cookies in the kitchen clearly marked VBS, and leave your homemade cookies in the freezer clearly marked VBS.   Thanks for your help!!

Announcements!

If you want to put an announcement in the bulletin, please email Maddie and Meisha at StPaulLutheranChurch@hotmail.com or call them at (515) 462-4270 during office hours by Wednesday at noon.

Summer Service Schedule

Starting June 1 we will have one service at 9:00 am this summer.  Our two-service schedule will resume on Rally Day, September 8.

From Pastor Joel

Dear St. Paul Family,

With mixed emotions of sadness and anticipation I am tendering my resignation as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church. It has been a difficult process of discernment over the past few months while in a call process with Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, Iowa. With encouragement from the Southeastern Iowa Synod office, Redeemer’s call committee contacted me in February, initiating a series of interviews which led to an eventual extension of a call to be their pastor, which was approved by Bishop Burk on July 1.

Because this call was offered during my sabbatical, I will be returning early from the initial scheduled time. I will resume pastoral duties starting Tuesday, July 16. In the following weeks I will work closely with congregational leadership on the next steps as you begin the transition to a new pastor. My goal is to accomplish everything in my power to provide for a smooth transition. My last Sunday will be August 11.

Please feel free to contact President Liz Hansen, Vice President Jason Stolte, or me if you have questions. The council will be in communication with you regarding the duties of the congregation to prepare for a call process.

Annie, our children, and I are deeply grateful for our decade at St. Paul and in the Winterset community. These are years filled with joy and sadness, friendship, and memories we will cherish always. I am grateful for your generosity and support for my ministry here, and for allowing me to serve with you as your pastor. I believe St. Paul is beginning an exciting new phase of ministry! Our prayers and warm wishes are with you as you begin the next chapter of your mission in Christ’s name.

In Christ’s Peace,
Pr. Joel Nau

Automatic Giving

Summer is such a busy time for everyone. Take away the worries of remembering your pledge by signing up for automatic giving to the church. It’s very easy to do!  Simply access this link.

Principal Charity Classic | Birdies for Charity

Help Lutheran Services in Iowa by participating in the Birdies For Charity program.  Participating charities receive every single penny they raise!  PLUS a 10% match is added to every donation thanks to Sammons Financial Group and Wells Fargo.  Forms are on the ushers table, please feel free to take one & if you have any questions, please talk with Twila.

Bulletin Covers

If you would like to contribute by drawing a picture for the bulletin covers, please see Twila.

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