Join us for Christmas Eve services at St. Paul!

Announcements for March 17, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

2019 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Artisans of the Crucifixion”

This year our Lenten midweek focus features monologues of five craftspeople and their unique perspectives on the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. Please come and enter into Christ’s Passion through the eyes of those who played important, yet background, roles in the story.

Changes to SCRIP

Our SCRIP program is in need of a champion! Through SCRIP churches and nonprofits may offer store cards for purchase in exchange for a percentage of return. The St. Paul SCRIP program has been in effect for many years, but will be discontinued soon in the absence of a manager. If you are interested in leading SCRIP, or in finding out more about the program, please contact Meisha or Pastor Joel at 462-4270.

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

 

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

This special film series is an ecumenical and missional project of Winterset’s churches in cooperation with The Iowa Theater. Thank you for your very generous support of this project. At this time, we have six participating churches. The goals are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with The Iowa, these films have been selected:

April 10, 7:00 pm Way Back Wednesday – King of Kings
April 11, 7:00 pm Contemporary Film – Risen
April 12, 7:00 pm Family Friendly – The Prince of Egypt
April 13, 1:00 pm  The Classic – The Ten Commandments

All showings are free and open to the public.  Good will offerings will be taken at each showing. Canned goods, paper products, and personal care items for all ages will be collected for Matura Madison Outreach. Cash and check donations will be split among CRISP, Matura Madison Outreach, and the Furniture Ministry program.

Riverside Registration is Now Open!

If you would like to register your child for one of the summer camps offered at Riverside Lutheran Camp, please visit click HERE and follow the directions. Pay only the deposit for now. St. Paul Lutheran’s Trust Fund will cover half of the expenses for camp tuition, and the credit will appear on your statement. Questions? Please contact the church office with questions.

Fellowship Groups

It’s almost time for Lenten Soup Suppers!  Please review the Fellowship Group list on the kiosk in the narthex, click HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Hospitality Groups 2019” for details about your group membership and to verify your contact information. Thank you!

March 20 – Groups C & D
March 27 – Groups E & F
April 3 – Groups G, H & I
April 10 – Groups J, K & L

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

Devotions at Westbridge and Madison Square

Please join us at Westbridge and Madison Square on the afternoon of March 31 for our quarterly worship with residents. We’ll meet at Westbridge at 2:30 and Madison Square at 3:15. It’s a great opportunity to meet some new friends and sing classic songs!

Announcements for March 10, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

2019 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Artisans of the Crucifixion”

This year our Lenten midweek focus features monologues of five craftspeople and their unique perspectives on the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. Please come and enter into Christ’s Passion through the eyes of those who played important, yet background, roles in the story.

Changes to SCRIP

Our SCRIP program is in need of a champion! Through SCRIP churches and nonprofits may offer store cards for purchase in exchange for a percentage of return. The St. Paul SCRIP program has been in effect for many years, but will be discontinued soon in the absence of a manager. If you are interested in leading SCRIP, or in finding out more about the program, please contact Meisha or Pastor Joel at 462-4270.

Shrove Tuesday Thank You!

Special thanks go to all who served, stirred, flipped, and poured for our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner this week. The food was delicious, and our attendance was impressive! All proceeds support the Furniture Ministry. Thank you!

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

This special film series is an ecumenical and missional project of Winterset’s churches in cooperation with The Iowa Theater. Thank you for your very generous support of this project. At this time, we have six participating churches. The goals are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with The Iowa, these films have been selected:

April 10, 7:00 pm Way Back Wednesday – King of Kings
April 11, 7:00 pm Contemporary Film – Risen
April 12, 7:00 pm Family Friendly – The Prince of Egypt
April 13, 1:00 pm  The Classic – The Ten Commandments

All showings are free and open to the public.  Good will offerings will be taken at each showing. Canned goods, paper products, and personal care items for all ages will be collected for Matura Madison Outreach. Cash and check donations will be split among CRISP, Matura Madison Outreach, and the Furniture Ministry program.

Riverside Registration is Now Open!

If you would like to register your child for one of the summer camps offered at Riverside Lutheran Camp, please visit click HERE and follow the directions. Pay only the deposit for now. St. Paul Lutheran’s Trust Fund will cover half of the expenses for camp tuition, and the credit will appear on your statement. Questions? Please contact the church office with questions.

Fellowship Groups

It’s almost time for Lenten Soup Suppers!  Please review the Fellowship Group list on the kiosk in the narthex, click HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Hospitality Groups 2019” for details about your group membership and to verify your contact information. Thank you!

March 13 – Groups A & B
March 20 – Groups C & D
March 27 – Groups E & F
April 3 – Groups G, H & I
April 10 – Groups J, K & L

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

Devotions at Westbridge and Madison Square

Please join us at Westbridge and Madison Square on the afternoon of March 31 for our quarterly worship with residents. We’ll meet at Westbridge at 2:30 and Madison Square at 3:15. It’s a great opportunity to meet some new friends and sing classic songs!

 

Announcements for March 3, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner | March 5, 5-7pm

Join us Tuesday as The St Paul Mens Group kicks off Lent with a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner from 5 – 7pm on Tuesday, March 5 in the Fellowship Hall.   The dinner will feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and beverages.   The proceeds of a free will offering will benefit the needs of the congregation.  Rumor has it that the St. Paul shrove will make a reappearance this year – the young person who finds her will receive a treat!

2019 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Artisans of the Crucifixion”

This year our Lenten midweek focus features monologues of five craftspeople and their unique perspectives on the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. Throughout the season we will be visited by members of Peace Lutheran in Earlham and Grace Lutheran in Adel, as well as dramatists from St. Paul. Please come and enter into Christ’s Passion through the eyes of those who played important, yet background, roles in the story.

Changes to SCRIP

Our SCRIP program is in need of a champion! Through SCRIP churches and nonprofits may offer store cards for purchase in exchange for a percentage of return. The St. Paul SCRIP program has been in effect for many years, but will be discontinued soon in the absence of a manager. If you are interested in leading SCRIP, or in finding out more about the program, please contact Meisha or Pastor Joel at 462-4270.

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

Say HELLO to Ezekiel Mason! 

Congratulations to Nate, Krissa & Lily on the arrival of Ezekiel Solomon Mason. If you would like to welcome the little one with a gift, we will have a bin in the narthex to receive baby accessories, toys, or other needful things. Thank you!

Also, Nate will be on leave until Wednesday, April 3. Please keep the Masons in your prayers!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

This special film series is an ecumenical and missional project of Winterset’s churches in cooperation with The Iowa Theater. Thank you for your very generous support of this project. At this time, we have six participating churches. The goals are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with The Iowa, these films have been selected:

April 10, 7:00 pm Way Back Wednesday – King of Kings
April 11, 7:00 pm Contemporary Film – Risen
April 12, 7:00 pm Family Friendly – The Prince of Egypt
April 13, 1:00 pm  The Classic – The Ten Commandments

All showings are free and open to the public.  Good will offerings will be taken at each showing. Canned goods, paper products, and personal care items for all ages will be collected for Matura Madison Outreach. Cash and check donations will be split among CRISP, Matura Madison Outreach, and the Furniture Ministry program.

Riverside Registration is Now Open!

If you would like to register your child for one of the summer camps offered at Riverside Lutheran Camp, please visit click HERE and follow the directions. Pay only the deposit for now. St. Paul Lutheran’s Trust Fund will cover half of the expenses for camp tuition, and the credit will appear on your statement. Questions? Please contact the church office with questions.

Fellowship Groups

It’s almost time for Lenten Soup Suppers!  Please review the Fellowship Group list on the kiosk in the narthex, click HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Hospitality Groups 2019” for details about your group membership and to verify your contact information. Thank you!

March 13 – Groups A & B
March 20 – Groups C & D
March 27 – Groups E & F
April 3 – Groups G, H & I
April 10 – Groups J, K & L

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

 

 

 

 

Announcements for February 24, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner | Tuesday, March 5

The St Paul Mens Group will kick off Lent with a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner from 5 – 7pm on Tuesday, March 5 in the Fellowship Hall.   The dinner will feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and beverages.   The proceeds of a free will offering will benefit the needs of the congregation.  Rumer has it that the shrove will make a reappearance this year – the young person who finds her will receive a treat!

2019 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Artisans of the Crucifixion”

This year our Lenten midweek focus features monologues of five craftspeople and their unique perspectives on the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. Throughout the season we will be visited by members of Peace Lutheran in Earlham and Grace Lutheran in Adel, as well as dramatists from St. Paul. Please come and enter into Christ’s Passion through the eyes of those who played important, yet background, roles in the story.

Changes to SCRIP

Our SCRIP program is in need of a champion! Through SCRIP churches and nonprofits may offer store cards for purchase in exchange for a percentage of return. The St. Paul SCRIP program has been in effect for many years, but will be discontinued soon in the absence of a manager. If you are interested in leading SCRIP, or in finding out more about the program, please contact Meisha or Pastor Joel at 462-4270.

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

Say HELLO to Ezekiel Mason! 

Congratulations to Nate, Krissa & Lily on the arrival of Ezekiel Solomon Mason. If you would like to welcome the little one with a gift, we will have a bin in the narthex to receive baby accessories, toys, or other needful things. Thank you!

Also, Nate will be on leave until Wednesday, April 3. Please keep the Masons in your prayers!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

An ecumenical project of Winterset’s churches, the goals of which are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with the Iowa Theater, faith-based films will be shown April 10-13. The screening cost for each film is $250-$350. As a participating sponsor, we must cover this screening cost. In return St. Paul will invite the public to a free showing and will identify the recipient of a good will offering taken at that showing.

Please identify your gift toward this project as “Lenten film series” and put it in the offering plate. More specific information will be available soon. Contact Ann Bartelt with any questions.

Riverside Registration is Now Open!

If you would like to register your child for one of the summer camps offered at Riverside Lutheran Camp, please visit click HERE and follow the directions. Pay only the deposit for now. St. Paul Lutheran’s Trust Fund will cover half of the expenses for camp tuition, and the credit will appear on your statement. Questions? Please contact the church office with questions.

A RAGBRAI Committee

is being formed to help us make decisions regarding St. Paul’s hospitality for 10,000+ bicycling visitors to Winterset for their overnight stay Monday, July 22.  Please let Pastor Joel, Liz Hansen, or Barb Kellogg know of your willingness to serve on this committee!

Fellowship Groups

It’s almost time for Lenten Soup Suppers!  Please review the Fellowship Group list on the kiosk in the narthex, click HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Hospitality Groups 2019” for details about your group membership and to verify your contact information. Thank you!

March 13 – Groups A & B
March 20 – Groups C & D
March 27 – Groups E & F
April 3 – Groups G, H & I
April 10 – Groups J, K & L

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

 

 

 

 

Announcements for February 17, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner | Tuesday, March 5

The St Paul Mens Group will kick off Lent with a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner from 5 – 7pm on Tuesday, March 5 in the Fellowship Hall.   The dinner will feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and beverages.   The proceeds of a free will offering will benefit the needs of the congregation.  Rumer has it that the shrove will make a reappearance this year – the young person who finds her will receive a treat!

Shed Some Light | Sermon Series

Our focus this Epiphany season is on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he replies to questions about life, death, worship, and community that were big issues in that church. After 2K years, not much has changed! As we celebrate the light of Christ this season, we will also acknowledge how that light shines in our life together at St. Paul.

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected Council officers!

After a weather delay a few weeks ago, the following council members have been elected to serve as officers, President – Liz Hansen, Vice President – Jason Stolte, and Secretary – Ruthanne Korte.

Baby Mason has ARRIVED! 

Congratulations to Nate, Krissa & Lily on the arrival of Ezekiel Solomon Mason. If you would like to welcome the little one with a gift, we will have a bin in the narthex to receive baby accessories, toys, or other needful things. Thank you!

Also, Nate will be on leave until Wednesday, April 3. Please keep the Masons in your prayers!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

An ecumenical project of Winterset’s churches, the goals of which are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with the Iowa Theater, faith-based films will be shown April 10-13. The screening cost for each film is $250-$350. As a participating sponsor, we must cover this screening cost. In return St. Paul will invite the public to a free showing and will identify the recipient of a good will offering taken at that showing.

Please identify your gift toward this project as “Lenten film series” and put it in the offering plate. More specific information will be available soon. Contact Ann Bartelt with any questions.

A RAGBRAI Committee

is being formed to help us make decisions regarding St. Paul’s hospitality for  10,000+ bicycling visitors to Winterset for their overnight stay Monday, July 22.  Please let Pastor Joel, Liz Hansen, or Barb Kellogg know of your willingness to serve on this committee!

Fellowship Groups

It’s almost time for Lenten Soup Suppers! Please review the Fellowship Group list on the kiosk in the narthex or at stpaullutheranchurch.net for details about your group membership and to verify your contact information. Thank you!

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements for February 10, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Communion Class for Kids | Postponed

The special communion readiness class that was to be offered this Sunday, Feb 10, has been postponed, please watch for future announcements.

Shed Some Light | Sermon Series

Our focus this Epiphany season is on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he replies to questions about life, death, worship, and community that were big issues in that church. After 2K years, not much has changed! As we celebrate the light of Christ this season, we will also acknowledge how that light shines in our life together at St. Paul.

The Mason Baby is Coming! 

The son of Youth Director Nate and Krissa Mason, whose name is yet to be disclosed, is coming soon! They have a planned delivery on February 15, but he may decide to arrive sooner. If you would like to welcome the little one with a gift, we will have a bin in the narthex to receive baby accessories, toys, or other needful things. Thank you!

Also, Nate will be on leave following the birth of their son. He will return on Wednesday, April 3. Please keep the Masons in your prayers!

Wednesday Night at St. Paul!

Our ministries for Children and Youth: God Squad/Children’s Choir, Confirmation, and Youth Group, continue to meet this Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:20. Please see the calendar for details. Questions? Feel free to contact Children’s Ministry Director Courtney, Youth Ministry Director Nate, or Pastor Joel.

CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected Council officers!

After a weather delay a few weeks ago, the following council members have been elected to serve as officers, President – Liz Hansen, Vice President – Jason Stolte, and Secretary – Ruthanne Korte.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

Souper Bowl Sunday | THANKS TO YOU!

Thank you for your participation in Souper Bowl Sunday!   $2,389 was raised for ELCA hunger, 212 grocery items and $235 was given to MATURA.   Special thanks to the St. Paul Trust fund who contributed $500 to our efforts!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore the book of Hebrews and learn about the importance of hearing the word and living as a Christian community.

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Do you have a quilt that you would like to share?  St. Paul will be participating in  the “Airing of the Quilts” on April 27th.  Please contact Liz Hansen 515-462-3987 if you would like to display your favorite or vintage quilt.  More info to come!

“Our Faith in Film”, A Special Lenten Series

An ecumenical project of Winterset’s churches, the goals of which are to share our faith during the season of Lent through well-chosen films, promote the unity of our faith communities, and provide social ministries to Madison County citizens.

In partnership with the Iowa Theater, faith-based films will be shown April 10-13. The screening cost for each film is $250-$350. As a participating sponsor, we must cover this screening cost. In return St. Paul will invite the public to a free showing and will identify the recipient of a good will offering taken at that showing.

Please identify your gift toward this project as “Lenten film series” and put it in the offering plate. More specific information will be available soon. Contact Ann Bartelt with any questions.

A RAGBRAI Committee is Needed!

A committee is being formed to help us make decisions regarding St. Paul’s hospitality for  10,000+ bicycling visitors to Winterset for their overnight stay Monday, July 22.  Please let Pastor Joel, Liz Hansen, or Barb Kellogg know of your willingness to serve on this committee!

MATURA Food Bank

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matura Food Bank.  The need doubles or triples in the winter months.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements for February 3, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Souper Bowl Sunday | THIS SUNDAY

Don’t forget to bring extra grocery items so we can celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday to the fullest! If you prefer to make a cash donation at our second offering, please make checks payable to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you for doing a world of good!

Communion Class for Kids | February 10

The communion policy at St. Paul is to encourage parents to determine when their children receive the Eucharist. To that end a special communion readiness class will be offered on Sunday, February 10 at 9:15. The class is for children of any age, but parents are of course welcome to attend!

Wednesday Night at St. Paul!

Our ministries for Children and Youth: God Squad/Children’s Choir, Confirmation, and Youth Group, continue to meet this Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:20. Please see the calendar for details. Questions? Feel free to contact Children’s Ministry Director Courtney, Youth Ministry Director Nate, or Pastor Joel.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

St. Paul Adult Choir Rehearsal | Next week

Join us next Wednesday night, February 6 at 7:10pm as we rehearse choral pieces to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings.   All are welcome!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore Paul’s letter to Philemon, which focuses on how Christ changes and reorders our human relationships. You don’t want to miss it!

MATURA Food Bank

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matura Food Bank.  The need doubles or triples in the winter months.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Shed Some Light | Sermon Series

Our focus this Epiphany season is on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he replies to questions about life, death, worship, and community that were big issues in that church. After 2K years, not much has changed! As we celebrate the light of Christ this season, we will also acknowledge how that light shines in our life together at St. Paul.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements for January 30, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Wednesday Night – January 30th activities CANCELED

Polar Vortex, you win!  All Wednesday evening activities at St. Paul Lutheran Church, i.e., God Squad, Confirmation, Youth Group, and Choir, will not meet January 30. Unless the Vortex makes a comeback (God forbid!), or there is some other unforeseen event, Wednesday programs at St. Paul will resume next week.

Also, per our longstanding policy, the narthex and small chapel are open for emergency shelter. If you know of anyone seeking safety from the cold, please have them call Pastor Joel at 515-468-5074.

Communion Class for Kids | February 10

The communion policy at St. Paul is to empower parents to determine when their children receive the Eucharist. To that end a special communion readiness class will be offered on Sunday, February 10 at 9:15. The class is for children of any age, but parents are of course welcome to attend!

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

St. Paul Adult Choir Rehearsal | Next week

Join us next Wednesday night, February 6 at 7:10pm as we rehearse choral pieces to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings.   All are welcome!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore Paul’s letter to Philemon, which focuses on how Christ changes and reorders our human relationships. You don’t want to miss it!

MATURA Food Bank

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matura Food Bank.  The need doubles or triples in the winter months.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Souper Bowl Sunday | February 3

Don’t forget to bring extra grocery items so we can celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday to the fullest! If you prefer to make a cash donation at our second offering, please make checks payable to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you for doing a world of good!

Shed Some Light | Sermon Series

Our focus this Epiphany season is on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he replies to questions about life, death, worship, and community that were big issues in that church. After 2K years, not much has changed! As we celebrate the light of Christ this season, we will also acknowledge how that light shines in our life together at St. Paul.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

And finally…

I want to thank everyone for the hospital visits when I had my broken hip and the cards and well wishes for my birthday.

THANK YOU!! – Ivan

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements for January 27, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Communion Class for Kids | February 10

The communion policy at St. Paul is to empower parents to determine when their children receive the Eucharist. To that end a special communion readiness class will be offered on Sunday, February 10 at 9:15. The class is for children of any age, but parents are of course welcome to attend!

Wednesday Night at St. Paul!

Our ministries for Children and Youth: God Squad/ Children’s Choir, Confirmation, and Youth Group, continue to meet this Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:20. Please see the calendar for details. Questions? Feel free to contact Children’s Ministry Director Courtney, Youth Ministry Director Nate, or Pastor Joel.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

St. Paul Adult Choir Rehearsal | Next week

Join us next Wednesday night, January 30 at 7:10pm as we rehearse choral pieces to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings.   All are welcome!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore Paul’s letter to Philemon, which focuses on how Christ changes and reorders our human relationships. You don’t want to miss it!

MATURA Food Bank

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matura Food Bank.  The need doubles or triples in the winter months.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Souper Bowl Sunday | February 3

Don’t forget to bring extra grocery items so we can celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday to the fullest! If you prefer to make a cash donation at our second offering, please make checks payable to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you for doing a world of good!

Shed Some Light | Sermon Series

Our focus this Epiphany season is on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he replies to questions about life, death, worship, and community that were big issues in that church. After 2K years, not much has changed! As we celebrate the light of Christ this season, we will also acknowledge how that light shines in our life together at St. Paul.

Thrivent Corner

Thrivent Members please ensure that your Thrivent Choice dollars are directed to your charity of choice, (Hopefully St. Paul) before March 31st, or they will be lost. FYI, St Paul received $1916.00 Choice dollars for 2018 and since Choice started we have received $18,758.00.  GO Thrivent! If you have questions about Choice dollars or how to direct your dollars, contact Dick Anderson,  515-371-7083.

And finally…

I want to thank everyone for the hospital visits when I had my broken hip and the cards and well wishes for my birthday.

THANK YOU!! – Ivan

 

 

 

 

 

Tonights Activities are CANCELED

posted in: Announcements | 0

All activities today and tonight have been CANCELED

When Winterset School District cancels classes for the day, our activities are also canceled.   The first rehearsal for adult choir will be postponed until next Wednesday, January 30.  See you NEXT week!!

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

MATURA Food Bank

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matura Food Bank.  The need doubles or triples in the winter months.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Souper Bowl Sunday | February 3

Don’t forget to bring extra grocery items so we can celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday to the fullest! If you prefer to make a cash donation at our second offering, please make checks payable to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you for doing a world of good!

 

 

 

 

Announcements for January 20, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Wednesday Night at St. Paul!

Our ministries for Children and Youth: God Squad/ Children’s Choir, Confirmation, and Youth Group, continue to meet this Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:20. Please see the calendar for details. Questions? Feel free to contact Children’s Ministry Director Courtney, Youth Ministry Director Nate, or Pastor Joel.

Annual Meeting | January 20

It’s almost time again for our Annual Meeting! Please plan on attending the meeting between services THIS Sunday as we make decisions and vote on the budget for the next fiscal year.

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

St. Paul Adult Choir Rehearsal | Next week

Join us next Wednesday night, January 23rd at 7:10pm as we rehearse choral pieces to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings.   All are welcome!

MATURA Food Bank

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matura Food Bank.  The need doubles or triples in the winter months.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

Souper Bowl Sunday | February 3

Don’t forget to bring extra grocery items so we can celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday to the fullest! If you prefer to make a cash donation at our second offering, please make checks payable to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you for doing a world of good!

Ivan Marckmann is 90 YEARS YOUNG |  January 18

This month in 1928 the first air-conditioned building in the US opened in San Antonio, Stanford beat Pittsburgh at the 14th Rose Bowl, scotch tape was first marketed by the 3M company and Ivan Marckmann was born on Jan. 18th.  Wish Ivan a HAPPY BIRTHDAY if he’s here or send him a card at 2665 Settlers Trail, St. Charles, IA  50240.

 

 

 

Announcements for January 13, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Christmas Decoration Take Down – TOMORROW

Join us Saturday, January 12th at 9 am as we take down the Christmas decorations.  “Many hands make light work” and this usually takes about an hour with a dozen people helping.  Your participation is GREATLY appreciated!

Wednesday Night at St. Paul!

Our ministries for Children and Youth: God Squad/ Children’s Choir, Confirmation, and Youth Group, continue to meet this Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:20. Please see the calendar for details. Questions? Feel free to contact Children’s Ministry Director Courtney, Youth Ministry Director Nate, or Pastor Joel.

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the Chapel following the 8:00 service to explore Paul’s letter to Philemon, which focuses on how Christ changes and reorders our human relationships. You don’t want to miss it!

Annual Meeting | January 20

It’s almost time again for our Annual Meeting! Please plan on attending the meeting between services on January 20 as we make decisions and vote on the budget for the next fiscal year. Committee Chairs and Team Leaders, please submit your reports to Meisha YESTERDAY. Thank you!

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | Sunday eve 6:00 pm

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

St. Paul Adult Choir Rehearsal | Next week

Join us next Wednesday night, January 23rd at 7:10pm as we rehearse choral pieces to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings.   All are welcome!

SCRIP FOR SALE |  Second Sunday of the month

Don’t forget that we order scrip after the 2nd Sunday of the month.  If you’d like to support St. Paul in this manner, please fill out a purple order form (found on the usher’s table) and leave a check and the form in the Office mailbox.   Orders will be placed Monday morning by 9am, and cards should arrive by Friday the 18th.

LOST and FOUND

A ring was found the other day here at the church.  Please call Bea (515-971-9160) to identify and claim it.

 

 

Announcements for January 6, 2019

posted in: Announcements | 0

Commitment Sunday | Today

Throughout Advent we focused on God’s generosity to us, and today on Commitment Sunday we have the opportunity to respond to God’s grace through our Estimate of Giving Cards. Cards have been sent to St. Paul members, and additional cards are available on the ushers’ table. Thank you in advance for your prayerful support of St. Paul’s mission and ministry!

Christmas Decoration Take Down Many hands make light work!

Saturday, Jan. 12th – 9am   This usually takes about an hour with a dozen people helping.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | begins January 13

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community, starting January 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the chapel following the 8:00 service for her on-going study of the letters 1st and 2nd Timothy. Paul’s advice to a younger follower provides offers us encouragement and hope for our own journey.

Children and Youth Ministry Resumes this Week

Our ministries for Children and Youth, (i.e. God Squad, Confirmation, Youth Group, and Kids’ Church) resume this week, with a full schedule of offerings on January 9.

Annual Meeting | January 20

It’s almost time again for our Annual Meeting! Please plan on attending the meeting between services on January 20 as we make decisions and vote on the budget for the next fiscal year. Committee Chairs and Team Leaders, please submit your reports to Meisha by Wednesday, January 9. Thank you!

Please pick up your kitchenware

A collection of bowls, pans, and utensils that have been left behind are on display in the Fellowship Hall until Wednesday, January 9. Please pick up your items before they find a new home!

THANK YOU!!

On behalf of the staff at St. Paul Lutheran and myself, I would like to thank you all for your very generous Christmas gifts to us this year. We are truly grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness, which was reflected in these gifts and also in your  support throughout the year. It is indeed an honor to serve God with you!

Lombard Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches Workshop | January 12

On Saturday, January 12, the First Presbyterian Church is hosting a workshop on conflict transformation featuring material from the Lombard Peace Center. The event is from 9:00 AM to 4:30, PM with lunch included. Cost of the event is $25. Please contact Pastor Joel for details.

St. Paul Adult Choir Rehearsal | Begins again January 23 @ 7:10pm

Join us each Wednesday night as we rehearse choral pieces to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings.   All are welcome!

 

Announcements for December 30th, 2018

posted in: Announcements | 0

Welcome, Olivia!

Today we celebrate God’s promises to Olivia Skye Korte, daughter of Steven and Rikka Korte, as she receives them in the waters of Holy Baptism. Please welcome Olivia to our St. Paul family and to the mission we share in Christ!

THANK YOU!!

On behalf of the staff at St. Paul Lutheran and myself, I would like to thank you all for your very generous Christmas gifts to us this year. We are truly grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness, which was reflected in these gifts and also in your support throughout the year. It is indeed an honor to serve God with you!

 

 Commitment Sunday | Epiphany, January 6

Our Advent Generosity Project invited us to think of wealth in terms of God’s generosity, and on Epiphany, January 6, you are invited to respond on Commitment Sunday. As we recall the Magi paying homage to the young Christ, we too have the opportunity to express our gratitude and generosity through our 2019 pledges. Estimate of Giving Cards have been sent to St. Paul members, and additional cards are available on the ushers’ table. Thank you in advance for your show of support of St. Paul’s mission and ministry.

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the chapel following the 8:00 service for her on-going study of the letters 1st and 2nd Timothy. Paul’s advice to a younger follower provides offers us encouragement and hope for our own journey.

Children and Youth Ministry on Christmas Break

Our ministries for Children and Youth, (i.e. God Squad, Confirmation, Youth Group, and Kids’ Church) will be on hiatus until the week of January 6.  Kids Church will resume next Sunday (1/6) and all Wednesday evening activities will resume January 9.

Devotions at Madison Square and Westbridge

Please join us on Sunday, December 30 at 2:30 at Westbridge Care and Rehab, and/or 3:15 at Madison Square for song and devotions with the residents. It’s fun, and a wonderful opportunity to meet some great folks!

Annual Meeting | January 20

It’s almost time again for our Annual Meeting! Please plan on attending the meeting between services on January 20 as we make decisions and vote on the budget for the next fiscal year. Also, Committee Chairs and Team Leaders, we will be requesting reports soon. Thank you!

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | begins January 13

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community, starting January 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

Please pick up your kitchenware

A collection of bowls, pans, and utensils that have been left behind are on display in the Fellowship Hall until Wednesday, January 9. Please pick up your items before they find a new home!

Quilting, Java and Jesus Return January 2

Our regularly-scheduled midweek happenings of the Quilters’ Group and Java and Jesus will resume this week on Wednesday, 1/2 at 9:00. If you haven’t tried either of these offerings before, we invite to check them out on Wednesday morning!

Matura Food Drive | December 30

As the temperatures drop, the needs go up! Thank you in advance for your contribution of food items for our drive for Matura on December 30. Our monthly delivery to the food bank makes a big difference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements for December 23rd, 2018

posted in: Announcements | 0

Christmas Eve Services | Monday, Dec. 24th – 5:00 and 7:30pm

Christmas eve services will be held at 5:00 and 7:30pm this year.  Please sign up to be a worship server if you can.

Bible Study | Between Services Sunday

Please join Twila Seibert in the chapel following the 8:00 service for her on-going study of the letters 1st and 2nd Timothy. Paul’s advice to a younger follower provides offers us encouragement and hope for our own journey.

Children and Youth Ministry on Christmas Break

Our ministries for Children and Youth, (i.e. God Squad, Confirmation, Youth Group, and Kids’ Church) will be on hiatus until the week of January 6. All Wednesday evening activities will resume January 9.

Devotions and Madison Square and Westbridge | Sunday, December 30th

Please join us on Sunday, December 30 at 2:30 at Westbridge Care and Rehab, and/or 3:15 at Madison Square for song and devotions with the residents. It’s fun, and a wonderful opportunity to meet some great folks!

Matura Food Drive | December 30

As the temperatures drop, the needs go up! Thank you in advance for your contribution of food items for our drive for Matura on December 30. Our monthly delivery to the food bank makes a big difference!

Annual Meeting | Sunday, January 20th

It’s almost time again for our Annual Meeting! Please plan on attending the meeting between services on January 20 as we make decisions and vote on the budget for the next fiscal year. Also, Committee Chairs and Team Leaders, we will be requesting reports soon. Thank you!

Apprentice Series, Part 3 | begins Sunday, January 13th

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the next segment of the Apprentice Small Group Series, entitled The Good and Beautiful Community, starting January 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Come and explore how we follow Jesus more closely in community!

Please pick up your kitchenware

A collection of bowls, pans, and utensils that have been left behind are on display in the Fellowship Hall until Wednesday, January 9. Please pick up your items before they find a new home!

 

Announcements for December 16, 2018

posted in: Announcements | 0

Holiday Hop  |  Thank You!!

We would like to thank everyone for all of your positive and wonderful support, and assistance during the holiday hop! As in the past, our proceeds will be dispersed 1/2 to the capital campaign, some to the multipurpose center, the meal site, and various other organizations in the county. Once again thank you for all your help we could not do this without you! Liz Hansen and RoxAnn Rhoads

This Wednesday: 3rd Week of Advent at St. Paul

We have a full evening of events and offerings on Wednesdays during Advent. Please join us in the expectation and hope of Emmanuel, God with Us!   Refer to this schedule for December 19th:

5:30 to 6:30:  God Squad, grades PreK-K (includes dinner)  –  CANCELLED
5:30 to 7:00:  God Squad, grades 1-6 (includes dinner)  –  CANCELLED
5:30 to 7:00:  Confirmation, grades 7-8 (includes dinner)
5:30 to 6:30:  Waiting for Good News: Book Study with Rev. Sally Wilke, in Pr. Joel’s office (cost per book, $20)
6:15 to 7:00:  Advent Dinner
7:00 to 7:30:  Advent Vespers:  The Generosity Project — all ages invited!
7:30 to 8:30: St. Paul Choir Rehearsal
7:30 to 9:00 Youth Group, grades 7-12

Hello Hospitality Groups!

Groups J, K and L will be organizing the Advent Supper for December 19th.  The Group leaders will be in contact with you.  If you have questions, please contact Liz Hansen.

Christmas Eve Services | Monday, Dec. 24th – 5:00 and 7:30pm

Christmas eve services will be held at 5:00 and 7:30pm this year.  Please sign up to be a worship server if you can.

Come join us for Caroling and Fellowship! | Dec. 19th @ 5:00 pm

Join us as we go ‘a caroling’ to Madison Square, West Bridge Care Center,  and a few other members homes who are unable to get out.  Meet at the church at 5 pm on Wednesday the 19th.  Please call Sue (515-468-0137) if you have more questions.

Bible Study | Between Services Today

Please join Twila Seibert in the chapel following the 8:00 service for her on-going study of the letters 1st and 2nd Timothy. Paul’s advice to a younger follower provides offers us encouragement and hope for our own journey.

Living Nativity |  December 19th & 20th

Make plans to view the 27th annual Living Nativity which will be on display December 19th and 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 at the Judge Lewis House Bed & Breakfast, 1145 W Summit. You are also invited to be a participant in the role of angel, shepherd or wise men. This is not just for children! Youth and adults are needed so this is a great event for the WHOLE family to get involved. There are also opportunities to help with set-up, clean up and providing cookies for refreshments. If you’d like to sign up as a participant, please visit the following website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aacaf2fa6fb6-living1 or call Megan Barrett at 515-249-1204.

New Audio-Visual System

The new audio-visual system has been installed and we think it sounds TERRIFIC!!  Today we will have a special second offering in support of our new system. Please indicate “AV System” on your donation.   Thank you for your patience during this process, and for your support as we seek to enhance our worship experience at St. Paul.

What’s happening at Youth Group!

Jesus was called the “Son of David,” but what about David’s other sons?  Wednesday at Youth we will be talking about David’s second most famous son Solomon and all the strange things he had in common with David Lee Roth (besides both being Jewish).

Devotions and Madison Square and Westbridge | December 30

Please join us on Sunday, December 30 at 2:30 at Westbridge Care and Rehab, and/or 3:15 at Madison Square for song and devotions with the residents. It’s fun, and a wonderful opportunity to meet some great folks!

Matura Food Drive | December 30

As the temperatures drop, the needs go up! Thank you in advance for your contribution of food items for our drive for Matura on December 30. Our monthly delivery to the food bank makes a big difference!

God Squad Dismisses 6:30 TONIGHT

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Parents, there is no choir this evening so God Squad will dismiss at 6:30 following class. The regular schedule will resume next week.
Reminder: Speaking parts for the Christmas program are available for any 4th through 6th grader who would like one and these will be assigned at our first rehearsal on November 10th from 9-11 a.m. All of the parts are open to any boy or girl 🙂

WILD Wednesdays-God Squad/Choir

posted in: Uncategorized | 0
Dear St. Paul Lutheran Church parents and kids,
Beginning this fall (Sept. 19), a new addition to our “WILD” Wednesday God Squad programming will include children’s choirs for our 1st-6th graders. Carolyn Petsche is eager to begin directing two choirs, 1st-3rd and 4th-6th grades, during the God Squad time on Wednesday evenings which will begin at 5:20 PM with dinner and conclude at 7:00 PM. All 1st-6th graders will participate with fun and worshipful music that will be shared with the congregation on Sunday mornings throughout this next school year. Beginning in October, students will also begin preparing for the Christmas musical to be shared on December 9th at the 10:30 service.
Please place the following dates on your calendar:

Sunday performances
October 21, 8am: 1st-3rd choir; 10:30 4-6th
December 9: Christmas musical
January 27, 8am: 4-6th; 10:30 1-3rd
February 24, 8am 1-3rd; 10:30 4-6
March 10, 8am 4-6th; 10:30 1-3rd
April 21, Easter Sunday; combined choir
May 12, 8am 1-3rd; 10:30 4-6th
Our Christmas musical this year is called “Camel Lot” and is a clever take on the traditional Christmas story. Please reserve these additional Saturday dates for rehearsals:

Christmas musical extra musical rehearsals, speaking roles, staging
November 10, 9-11am, speaking roles
November 17, 9-11am, speaking roles, possible choirs (10-11am)
December 1, 9-11am, all cast
December 8, 9-11am, dress rehearsal
More information will be shared as we begin our programming. Kindergarten and Pre-K children will be included in the Christmas program, therefore we will alert you once they begin to practice as they will likely be staying until 7:00 p.m. also once rehearsals begin, but will dismiss as usual at 6:30 until then. We look forward to working with your children and discovering the joys of worshiping through music together.

Christmas Children’s Message This Sunday

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Parents, please bring the kids and join us THIS upcoming Sunday, Dec. 10 for an extended Christmas Children’s Message during both morning services.
The last official day of Sunday School in 2017 will be Sunday, Dec. 17.  Classes will resume on Jan. 7.
On Wednesday, Dec. 13 the two older God Squad classes will have a Christmas crafting night while the younger children enjoy activities with RoxAnn and Liz.
The last official day of God Squad for the 2017 season will be Wednesday, Dec. 20 (Christmas movie night) and classes will resume on Wednesday, January 10.
I am looking for candy cane donations and plastic ball ornament donations.  Please let me know if you have any to donate!   Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Program Cancelled/FFY Meal This Week!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0
Hello St. Paul Parents:
Due to unexpected circumstances the proposed Christmas Program Dec. 17 has been cancelled.  To keep the Christmas spirit alive for our St. Paul kids we will offer a few events in lieu of the program:

St. Paul Kids Caroling at Madison Square-Date to be determined this week.

Christmas Movie Night at St. Paul-Wednesday, Dec. 20.  This is during the God Squad time but all St. Paul kids are welcome to attend the meal and movie night from 5:10-6:30.  Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas!

Christmas Children’s Sermon-Sunday, Dec. 17.   St. Paul kids please join Pastor Joel for an extended Children’s Sermon, Christmas story and Christmas goodies during the 10:30 am service.

Reminder:  St. Paul Children’s Ministry is scheduled to serve the meal at Freedom For Youth this Thursday evening. Courtney is asking for four student volunteers that would enjoy coming to help (transportation provided).  Please let Courtney know ASAP.  A dessert and side dish donation is also needed. The center serves approximately 25 kids per night.  If you’re willing to donate, let Courtney know at 641-895-5177 or courtney.keiser@gmail.com

Christmas Program Practice-NEW DATE

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

As previously reported, Christmas Program practice will NOT begin this upcoming Sunday.  It was decided that we really don’t need over a month to practice (program is Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.) so normal Sunday School will resume for one more week!   Next Sunday, November 12 Christmas program will begin (for real, this time) at 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 during the Sunday School hour.  If your child cannot make the Sunday morning practice times, please let Courtney know ASAP so we can work out a plan to still include your child!  Thank you!!

Children’s Ministry Upcoming Events!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Parents,
We are having a wonderful fall at St. Paul Lutheran!  I wanted to send a few reminders and the Christmas program date:

Our God Squad Halloween party is this Wednesday from 5:20-6:30.  No costumes needed.  We will have games, a photo booth, prizes and other fun activities for the kids.

I have two service opportunities for our K-6th kids that I wanted to run by you.  The first is on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Freedom for Youth. The kids and myself will prepare and take a meal to serve for the students who attend the Thursday night programming.  The other, is with Bring Love Ministry. It’s an organization that arranges the donation of meals, goods and services to local foster and adoptive families.  The organization has a great deal of volunteer activities to offer, and I thought our St. Paul kids would be great at helping Rebecca Bock sort clothing for the kid’s closet. I will have a sign up sheet by next week for these activities.

Last, but not least, we are working on a plan for the Christmas program.  Save the date for Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.  We will have a short performance, faith-based sing-a-long songs, milk and cookies and hopefully a surprise visit from Santa (Shhh….don’t tell the kids).  The kids can dress in their favorite Christmas Pajamas, and we hope to create a cozy, fun night!   Practice will begin Sunday, November 5 from 9:30-10:15 during the Sunday School hour.  It’s important that the kids make it to as many of the practices as possible, especially the first practice on the 5th so we can organize roles.  We will also send material home so the children can practice at home.  More details will be sent home very soon!

 

Rally Sunday!!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

God Squad and Sunday School start this upcoming week!
This week’s (Sept. 10) Sunday School is Rally Sunday, so to kick off our Sunday School year we will have yummy donuts and some fun activities for the kids!  Don’t forget to sign up!  God Squad resumes at 5:20 on Wednesday, Sept.13!  We can’t wait to see the kids!
Click here to sign up!

God Squad Starts Sept. 13!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Reminder:  God Squad starts Sept. 13 NOT Sept. 6.   Confirmation will begin on Sept. 6, however.  A God Squad meal sign up sheet will make its way through the congregation tomorrow morning.  If you will not be in attendance but would still like to sign up for a meal, please contact Courtney directly at 641-895-5177 or courtney.keiser@gmail.com

Click here to sign your kids up for our fall programming.  We look forward to another great year!

God Squad and Sunday School

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

This fall’s God Squad begins on Sept. 13 (meal at 5:20, drop off 5:15). Pick up is 6:30.
Sunday School begins on Sept. 10 from 9:30 to 10:15.
We take 3-yr Pre-K through 6th grade.
Follow this link to sign up!  We are so excited for another year!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9MFM5K

VBS HELP!!!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Hello all! I hope you are having a fabulous summer!
Vacation Bible School is quickly approaching (next week Aug. 7-10) and we still need some help!  For those parents that offered to bring cookies, please bring those the first day of the program. We could also use juice or milk donations (for snack time) if you’re willing to bring those to church please let me know so I can keep that in mind when shopping for the week.
We have a couple housing gaps to fill so if you’re interested in hosting a few kids from Riverside, please let me (Courtney) know ASAP!
Lastly, we need meal volunteers.  I can take care of the Riverside Counselor’s breakfast and snacks, but we also need lunch (for five Riverside helpers and six volunteers) and dinner for the five Riverside counselors each day (M-Thursday). The lunches can be easy, it’s a simple as coming in and dropping the meal off for us to heat up during the lunch hour, you are not required to serve it (unless you want to, of course).
For dinner, it can be as simple as donating pizza or restaurant giftcards to help the host family out with the kids’ meals or taking a covered dish meal by the host family’s house.  Make it as easy as you need it to be, as I’ll take any help I can get!
Parents:  Don’t forget to sign your kids up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDDLMHT
I’m so excited for this week, it is SO much fun!  Thank you all for your commitment to our Children’s Ministry programming!

VBS HELP and Playroom Schedule

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

I hope everyone is enjoying summer so far!!  I’m writing because VBS will be here before we know it and I’m definitely in need of volunteers (August 7-10)!  I have a few junior high kids signed up to help, but we need more youth (high school kids, where are you…I need atleast two).
I also need adults to fill a few time slots throughout the day…this is especially important during the preschool hours (9-noon) and at lunch hour (noon to 1).  Please let me know ASAP if you are willing to help with one of these shifts (you can choose one particular day or more if you want).  If you’re unable to be there, we also need volunteers to help feed our Riverside counselors (five hungry college kids).  What people don’t sign up for, I usually cover, so if you like to cook and want to provide a meal I would LOVE that as this week can be exhausting!  Just let me know!   If you haven’t signed your kiddo up for VBS yet, you can do that at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDDLMHT
We had a huge turnout last year, so sign up ASAP!   We take 3yr and 4yr Pre-K all the way up to 6th grade.
Lastly, the playroom will be parental supervision only July-August.  Because of the low-child volume and to give our helpers a break, we thought this was a good plan.  However, as most know, if I’m in church I end up there with Vivian anyhow so if you see me in there, never hesitate to leave your kiddos with me! Happy to watch them if I’m in there anyhow.   We will resume our normal supervised playroom (all ages welcome) in September.
Thanks everyone!!

 

Time to register for VBS!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Registration for the 2017 St. Paul Vacation Bible School is now open!  This year VBS is August 7-10th. The theme is “Rooted Colossians 2:6-7.”  Your children will have a blast interacting with awesome Riverside counselors, bible study, music, skits and creative workshops!  We end the week with an ice cream social and music program Thursday evening.
Incoming 3-4 yr old Pre-k and Kindergarten attend from 9 a.m-noon (snacks provided and child must be potty trained).
Entering 1st grade through 6th attend from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., snacks are provided but student must bring a sack lunch.
Register at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDDLMHT

Also, don’t forget THIS SUNDAY May 21, we will hold our annual gardening day for St. Paul children.  We’ll partner with Jim Nelson and Sue Brakhane to take the kids out to the children’s plot of our community garden for some fun outdoor work and play.  After, the kids will head inside to work on a project to take home.  We will begin around 9 a.m. so please plan to drop your kiddos off early that day if you are heading to the second service.  This event was so fun last year and we are so excited to do it again!

Movie Sunday!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Last night marked the end of another great year of God Squad!  Parents: please check the kids’ goodbye bags they brought home last night…there is a Frostees gift card in there also. If there was not, please let me know and I’ll get you one.  A couple bags were missing it, but I think we weeded those out prior.  Thank you for entrusting your children with us every Wednesday night this year…we had so much fun!

This year’s God Squad end of the year service projects were amazing!  Liz and RoxAnn’s class raised $119 themselves and in addition to $73 from the Children’s Offering and another $300 from the St. Paul Hope Circle, an incredible $492.80 was sent to the ELCA Good Gifts program!  Tom Acton’s class decided to give back to the middle school and send a large donation to the PAW Pantry (the school’s food pantry).  They fulfilled the list of “needs” and beyond, raising almost $200 for the cause. I dropped the items off Thursday and the school was so grateful!!

This Sunday, April 30 we will hold a “Movie Morning” for both God Squad and Sunday School students from 9 a.m. to 10:20.  This is a change from the prior plan to be outdoors because the weather forecast calls for cold and windy.  We will have donuts for breakfast.

May 7-All Sunday School kids are encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. service (even though Sunday School ends on April 30).  Beth Miller would love to have these kids sing some of the songs they have worked on all year for the congregation.  Please let Courtney or Beth know if your child cannot attend this service. Please direct questions to Beth Miller.

May 21-We will hold our annual gardening day for St. Paul children.  We’ll partner with Jim Nelson and Sue Brakhane to take the kids out to the children’s plot of our community garden for some fun outdoor work and play.  After, the kids will head inside to work on a project to take home.  We will begin around 9 a.m. so please plan to drop your kiddos off early that day if you are heading to the second service.  This event was so fun last year and we are so excited to do it again.

We will offer a version of cooking, art, and quilting one-day children’s classes also over the summer.  Dates to be announced soon (I hope to have registration ready by May 15).

Lastly, VBS is August 7-10 for 3 and 4-year Pre-K (must be potty trained) through sixth grade. We will need youth helpers and adult helpers for this event.  Incoming 7th-graders are eligible to volunteer to help as well (and encouraged to) but we do also need adults to help supervise.    Volunteers can do the full day or half day.   THANK YOU ALL!  Registration will open May 15.

Save the Dates: April 16, April 30, May 7 & May 21

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Hello St. Paul Parents!  As we start to wind down the year I want to make sure to have you save these dates on your calendar!

April 16-We will have an easter egg hunt for the kids (typically toddlers through sixth grade participate…the more the merrier) in between services directly following the Easter breakfast. Candy donations are always appreciated!

April 30-This is the end of the year Sunday School party for our God Squad and Sunday School kids (God Squad ends on April 26).  We will have donuts, a bounce house and activities just like last year beginning at 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

May 7-All Sunday School kids are encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. service (even though Sunday School ends on April 30).  Beth Miller would love to have these kids sing some of the songs they have worked on all year for the congregation.  Please let Courtney or Beth know if your child cannot attend this service. Please direct questions to Beth Miller.

May 21-We will hold our annual gardening day for St. Paul children.  We’ll partner with Jim Nelson and Sue Brakhane to take the kids out to the children’s plot of our community garden for some fun outdoor work and play.  After, the kids will head inside to work on a project to take home.  We will begin around 9 a.m. so please plan to drop your kiddos off early that day if you are heading to the second service.  This event was so fun last year and we are so excited to do it again.

We will offer cooking, art, and quilting one-day children’s classes also over the summer.  Dates to be announced soon.

Lastly, VBS is August 7-10 for 3 and 4-year Pre-K (must be potty trained) through sixth grade. We will need youth helpers and adult helpers for this event.  Incoming 7th-graders are eligible to volunteer to help as well but we do also need adults to help supervise.    Volunteers can do the full day or half day.   THANK YOU ALL!

Home Stretch!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Now that Spring Break is almost over, we’re definitely in the home stretch as the end of our “church school” year approaches!   I have just a few items to keep you up to speed…

There is no Sunday School this upcoming Sunday (March 19).  We will resume on March 26.

God Squad resumes this upcoming Wednesday, March 22.

On April 12, our God Squad kids will have a small Easter celebration in addition to class.  More details to come!

On April 16, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt in between services following breakfast.  All candy donations are appreciated!

God Squad will end a week earlier this year to line up with the end of Confirmation.  Our last God Squad will meet on April 26.
The end of the year party for both God Squad kids and Sunday School kids will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 9-10:30.  We will have donuts and activities just like last year.

We plan to continue our summer programming this year and I’ll have those dates soon.  We’ll do a gardening, art, cooking and hopefully quilting seminar for the kids.  Those dates will be announced soon.

Save the date for Vacation Bible School August 7-10 for Pre-K (3 and 4 year) through sixth grade.  We will need youth helpers for this event, so any incoming 7th-graders and up can volunteer to assist with the event!  Adult volunteers are also needed.  Volunteers can do the full day event, or half day.

As always, I’m having so much fun with your kiddos this year!  If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me via email at courtney.keiser@gmail.com or text/call at 641-895-5177.  I feel like we all talk so much in person that most of our bases are met, but I definitely want to make sure everyone gets what they need from me in terms of communication!   Thank you all!

 

Parent’s Night Out-Last DAY to sign up!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Today is the last day to sign up for Parent’s Night Out this Saturday from 5-8 p.m.  Send Courtney an email at courtney.keiser@gmail.com or text 641-895-5177    This event is so fun!  Babies-sixth grade!

Parents' Night Out

Winter Jam!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0
Last year we had a number of students interested in attending the Winter Jam Concert in Des Moines and we would love to take a group of students again this year!  The concert is next Friday, January 27 at Wells Fargo Arena.  Doors open for the Pre-Jam party at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.  The cost is $10 per child and there are concessions.  We will need to get there early for good seats (I’ve heard by maybe 5 p.m.) so please send money for concessions as that could end up being dinner!  We’re going to need to carpool as we should have a larger group so if your child is interested in attending let Courtney know ASAP and we can make a plan!   641-895-5177 or courtney.keiser@gmail.com    I think this will be a lot of fun!!!

Don’t forget so sign up for the Parent’s Night Out event on Feb. 11 from 5-8 p.m.  The event is open to babies-through sixth grade.  Our junior high and high school kids are welcome to attend as volunteers as we’ll need help keeping everyone entertained!   We provide dinner, dancing, activities, games and a movie in the sanctuary for only $5 per child!   The event is already halfway to capacity so PLEASE sign up ASAP if you want your child to attend.  Enjoy a Valentines Night Out and we’ll do the rest! Text Courtney at 641-895-5177 to sign up or email to courtney.keiser@gmail.com

Worship/Praise Band and Parent’s Night Out

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Hello St. Paul Parents!
Reminder:  God Squad resumes TOMORROW from 5:20-6:30, drop off at 5:15.  Because the Jr. High-High School youth group is now meeting at St. Paul a worship service and praise band will occupy the sanctuary from 6:30 to 7.  This worship is open to all children however, so if you’re late to pick up your child or choose to pick up later than the 6:30 time the kids can either play in the nursery or will be invited to the group worship.  Because there’s a band, I think the kids might be drawn to this service so they are welcome to attend while waiting for their parents.  I know there’s homework and lots to do in the evenings, but I will be there until the worship ends at 7, so we wanted to make sure that parents knew the opportunity is there for them to attend following the 6:30 dismissal if you choose…even if for a few minutes while they wait.  God Squad official end time is still 6:30.
Now, for the main news..We will be holding our Parent’s Night Out event on Saturday Feb. 11 from 5-8 p.m.  The event is $5 per child and includes dinner, snacks, face painting, board games, crafts, activities and a movie,  This is open to babies through 6th grade!
We are asking for volunteers so if you know any Junior High or High School kids (Or adults!) that want to assist with this event please send them my way.
Last year’s event was a huge success and we can’t wait to do it again.  We keep the kids very busy the entire time and then we wind them down with a kid-friendly movie in the sanctuary at the very end.  Kids had so much fun last year that parents were literally trying to pull them out the doors when it was time to go home.
Because last year’s event filled up and we can only take so many kids I am opening this event up to our St. Paul parents and St. Paul family friends this first week before advertising it to the public.  If you want to sign your child up please send me an email at courtney.keiser@gmail.com, please include your emergency contact number and any allergies your child has.  The dinner will be something kid friendly…last year we had pizza and chicken nuggets as the main dish.  The $5 is paid at the door.  Please sign up ASAP!
Parents' Night Out

God Squad Resumes Jan. 11, Sunday School on Jan. 8

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Just a reminder that God Squad does not resume tonight, we will resume our regular 5:20 to 6:30 God Squad schedule on Jan. 11.  The youth group and confirmation will still meet tonight as scheduled but there is NO God Squad tonight.   Sunday school will resume this Sunday, Jan. 8.  See you all soon!

Christmas UPDATE! Important!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Hello all!

I can’t believe we are already to Christmas season!  This fall just flew by for me!
REMINDER:  Christmas program dress rehearsal is this Saturday morning (9-11 older kids. 9-10 younger kids)…I’ll have snacks ready.  If you plan to donate cookies, mini muffins, donuts, cinnamon rolls or fruit for Saturday and Sunday morning please bring them to the church by Saturday morning and label them.  That way, I know if I need to shop before the Sunday morning festivities.  On Sunday morning the kids will perform at both services.  It’s a long morning, so I’ll have the food, fun and crafts to keep them happy in between services.  Beth and Alan have done an amazing job with these kids as usual, they deserve mega KUDOS for their patience, love, energy and time!!!  This Christmas program wouldn’t happen without them and we are so grateful!

Our God Squad Christmas party (all St. Paul kids are invited and encouraged to come) is this Wednesday from 5:15-6:30.  We will have dinner first and then watch a movie in the sanctuary.  It’s a PAJAMA PARTY!  Each kid will go home with a fun ornament and goody bag so if your child is attending the party, but doesn’t regularly attend God Squad please let me know if possible so I can make sure to make them an ornament and bag. I always have extra just in case, but if you have time, let me know!

I have so enjoyed the kids this fall and I’m sure I’ll be dying to get them back after Christmas, but I wish you all a very relaxing rest of December.  A break from activities is always nice for parents, I know this!
See you Sunday!!

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE TOMORROW

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

An IMPORTANT message from Beth Miller below… Parents, if your kids can make it, it’s very important that they do so as they will practice up front with singing and work on speaking lines!

Hello all!  We are making great progress with the Christmas Program. We are short a few practices from last year, so we will be having an extra practice this Sunday during the Sunday School hour. Practice will start at 9:45 and run about half an hour (little kids will practice regular time then have class). Your participation is much appreciated, as speaking lines will also be handed out to the little kids.
As always, please let Beth know if you have any questions!

Now, a message from Courtney:  I need a few parent volunteers for the day of the dress rehearsal (next Saturday morning) to help get the kids into their costumes, etc.   I’ll also need cookie, mini-muffins or fruit donations for the day of the program on Dec.11 (please bring to church and label by Dec. 10). We have a lot of kiddos and parents around in between programs so it’s nice to have snacks. Please contact me if you’re willing to help!   So excited to see the finished program!   Beth, Alan and the kids have been working so hard!  Thank you to everyone!!

 

Holidays!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Hello St. Paul Parents!

We plan to spend this upcoming Sunday School hour decorating the children’s rooms and tree for Christmas!  Please send your kiddo with a non-expensive ornament to put on the tree with their name on the back.  This can be their special ornament that we will pull out each year to decorate the tree.  I’ll have some there too just in case!  If you have any decorations that you’re willing to donate, we will take them.  This is just something fun for the kids…it won’t be anything magnificent but they will love it!

The 2nd-6th graders continue to practice for the Dec. 11 Christmas Program on Wednesday nights. These kids will resume regular God Squad activities following the program. This year’s program will again take place during both services on the 11th. It’s a long morning for the kids, so I will have snacks and activities to keep the kids entertained between services on program day.  The Pre-K through first grade kids are practicing during the first 15 minutes of the Sunday School hour.

Our St. Paul kids,staff, Lonna Nielsen and volunteers helped pack over 77 boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year!!  We look forward to more service and giving from our kids in the near future!  Our St. Paul kids were also able to pack a few boxes with items purchased with some of the Childrens Offering funds.  Those quarters sure do add up!

The St. Paul kids Christmas party will be Wednesday, Dec. 14 during the God Squad time from 5:20-6:30.  All St. Paul kids are welcome to attend this event.  If you have a St. Paul kid who would like to attend and hasn’t attended God Squad or play practice just let me know so I can make sure to have a goody bag made for them!

Also, please save the date for our second St. Paul Parents’ Night Out on Feb. 11 from 5-8 p.m.  We had a conflict with the December date and just couldn’t make it work.  Just like last time, the charge is only $5 per child and we will have dinner, crafts, games, dancing and a movie in the sanctuary to keep your kids busy!  Take some time to have a Valentines Day date or just RELAX.  This was such a fun event in May and I look forward to doing it again.  A sign up will be posted soon!

Important reminder: Operation Christmas Child Tonight

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Parents:   A quick reminder that tonight our God Squad/Play Practice kiddos will be stuffing boxes for Operation Christmas Child tonight following our God Squad meal.  Please send your child with their printed personal photo so we can include that in the box that they stuff.  Thank you for all of your amazing donations!   The St. Paul kiddos also put together their own small donation with some of the children’s offering money they have collected!  However donations are still needed. We are low on crayons and sharpeners we noticed today!

A few other items:

The December 3 Parent’s Night Out has been rescheduled for February.  More details to come on that soon!

This year’s Christmas program will again take place during both services on December 11th. I know it’s a long morning for the kids, so I will definitely have snacks and activities to keep the kids entertained between services on program day.  The Pre-K through first grade kids will begin practice during the regularly scheduled Sunday School music portion at 9:30 throughout November (they will practice for 15 minutes and then return to regular Sunday School class).

Our God Squad/St. Paul kids Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 14!  All St. Paul kids are invited to this event, not just God Squad kids.  We hope to see you there!

 

Halloween, Christmas Boxes, Parents’ Night Out!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

We are having so much fun at St. Paul already this fall!   The 2nd-6th graders continue to practice for the Dec. 11 Christmas Program during both services on Wednesday nights. These kids will resume regular God Squad activities following the program. This year’s program will again take place during both services on the 11th. I know it’s a long morning for the kids, so I will definitely have snacks and activities to keep the kids entertained between services on program day.  The Pre-K through first grade kids will begin practice during the regularly scheduled Sunday School music portion at 9:30 starting in November (they will practice for 15 minutes and then return to regular Sunday School class).

The God Squad Halloween party is this Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:30.  We will start with a quick pizza dinner and I’ll have a few activities, photo booth and games set up for the kiddos throughout the church.  Each child will get to take a decorated pumpkin home from this event.  Looking forward to it!   No costumes are necessary as I’ll have a few silly masks (nothing scary) set up in the photo booth for costume dress up/fun!  If you have a St. Paul child who wants to attend the party, but does not already attend God Squad please let me (Courtney) know ASAP so I can plan for that child.  Also, if you’re willing to donate candy for this event, please leave it in the church kitchen this Sunday if possible.

The God Squad students will pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Nov. 9.  After dinner, we will pair the younger kids with the older kids to pack boxes.  Last year we had 103 boxes!!  We would like to include a photo of each child with their box so I’m working on taking those photos as I can when I see your kiddos at church.  An information sheet will be sent home with your child this week and boxes are already currently in the narthex for collection items.

Also, please save the date for our second St. Paul Parents’ Night Out on Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m.  Just like last time, the charge is only $5 per child and we will have dinner, crafts, games, dancing and a movie in the sanctuary to keep your kids busy!  Take some time to do some Christmas shopping or just RELAX.  This was such a fun event in May and I look forward to doing it again.  A sign up will be posted soon!

Thank you so much for entrusting us with your children as they grow in their faith. I can’t say enough good things about how wonderful these kids are!

 

 

Christmas Program Details

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Season’s Greetings!

We are excited to announce that Alan Feirer and Beth Miller will be heading up the Youth Christmas Program again this year!  It will be Sunday, December 11th during both services.  Courtney will provide activities and snacks between services to keep the kids entertained.

The 2nd-6th grade Christmas Program Practice will begin this Wednesday evening during the God Squad hour.  ALL God Squad kids and St. Paul Sunday School kids are invited to participate in the program. We will start with a meal at 5:15 as usual and practice will start at 5:30 and run until 6:30.  Attendance is mandatory the first night since we assign parts that night.  If you cannot make it Wednesday night, please let Beth or Courtney know in advance so Beth can save a part out.  Attendance at both services on December 11 is required for a speaking part.

PreK-1st practice will be Sunday mornings starting in November during the Sunday school music portion. They will continue to hold regular God Squad class sessions with RoxAnn and Liz as usual while the older kids practice.

We have a variety of part sizes available.  Please discuss with your child what size part they will feel most comfortable with.  The large parts usually run 10-15 lines, medium size parts 5-10 and small parts 1-4.  We also have non-speaking roles if they feel more comfortable that way.

We will provide all costumes or make them easily attainable.  No special purchases should be made to participate.

All lines must be memorized by the end of November.

If you have any questions, please call Beth at 205-9519.  We are looking forward to seeing your children Wednesday night!

Reminder: Bell Choir starts this Wednesday after the Christmas Program Practice (6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.).  If you want to sign your third-sixth grader up please contact Beth Miller!  Second graders will be accepted into bell choir on a case by case basis. Please speak to Beth if you have a second grader interested in Bell Choir.

Thank you for your participation!

Beth Miller
205-9519
14643138_836126683990_1618337344_n (1)

Fall is HERE!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

It’s finally starting to feel like fall! Over the past two weeks, the Pre-K through 3rd grade Sunday School kids have covered “Two Masters,” Luke 16:1-13 and “Parable of the Rich Man,” Luke 16:19-31.  Our Pre-K students even went home with some fun “You Can Help” kits courtesy of Camma Stott!  Our 4th-6th graders are working on Genesis and covered “Creation and God’s Image,” and “Trusting God: Noah and the Flood.”  I cannot rave enough about all of our educators this year…they are awesome!

Over the past two weeks our God Squad kids have discussed “Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors,” and “Joseph in Egypt.”   Practice for the Christmas Program will begin Oct. 12 (More details to come on that next week).

We still need to find volunteers to provide and serve the Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 (Christmas Party) God Squad Meals.  If you’re interested please let Courtney know!   Thank you for trusting us with your children, they are such a ray of sunshine for our church!

14488895_833124724940_1277117454_o

14513762_833124704980_535078172_o

Fall Classes!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Our fall classes are back in session!   During Wednesday night’s God Squad our students discussed the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors–complete with some fashionable coat designs of their own!

Tomorrow, Sunday School resumes!  Because we had such a large celebration last week, the first day will be a regular Sunday School day.  We are saving some of the activities that we had planned for tomorrow for the spring (Dunk the Dads being one of them…sorry, dads).  Tomorrow morning I will have donuts and juice for the kids beginning at 9:15.  Sunday school starts at 9:30 with music and then class.

Parents:  Please save the date for the St. Paul Christmas Program on December 11th.  All God Squad and Sunday School kids are invited to participate in the Christmas Program.  Practices will be held during God Squad later in the fall, more details to follow on this event.  Our November 9th God Squad will be devoted to filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Please plan to send a photo of your child to Courtney by October 30th to put inside the boxes with the information sheet.  Our God Squad Halloween Party will be October 26th during God Squad.

I’m so excited to have all of your wonderful kids back in church!  They are such a fun, kind and generous group of kids and I’m so happy to know them!

IMG_5274

God Squad Fun!

IMG_5273 (1)

Sign UP Vacation Bible School

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

releasedbanner

The 2016 St. Paul Lutheran Vacation Bible School Theme is Released, Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”   This camp is led by Riverside Day Camp Counselors and includes four jam-packed days of age-appropriate Bible study, exciting worship, fun skits, activities, singing, crafts and a creative curriculum.

Children entering first-sixth grade will participate in the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. program.  You’ll need to provide a sack lunch for your child, but all snacks will be provided.

Our entering Pre-K and Kindergarten kids will participate in a shorter program from 9 a.m.-noon.  No lunch is needed and snacks will be provided.  All children must be potty-trained.

Join us for the closing ceremony on Thursday evening Aug. 11 when the kids show off their talents with a performance full of singing and dancing!

We are SO EXCITED for VBS and we really hope your children can make it!   If you have junior high/high school children who would like to volunteer to help out at this event please let Courtney Keiser know at courtney.keiser@gmail.com or enter it into the area devoted to that on the sign up link!!    Click here to register!

Join us for our SUMMER events!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

All of our upcoming summer events at St. Paul are scheduled!  Here are the dates, times and information on how to register!  Can’t wait to see the kiddos there!   I will publicize and open these events to the public starting next week, so please send me an email to register ASAP!  

Our kids will once again have the privilege to work with Sue Brakhane and Jim Nelson in the children’s garden on Sunday, May 22 from 9-10:20!  Please send your kids in clothes that are ok to get dirty!  To sign up for this event, please send an email to courtney.keiser@gmail.com with your kids’ names and ages and I’ll put them on the list!   This event is free and open to ages three and up!

A kids’ cooking class with Heidi Boyd (from Heidi’s Kitchen) is scheduled for Sunday, June 5 from 1-3 p.m.  The kids will learn to work as a team to create and perfect one of Heidi’s favorite kid-friendly recipes!  Each child will bring home a treat that they helped create!  This event is $5 per child and can be paid at the door the day of the event.  To sign up please send an email to courtney.keiser@gmail.com with your kids’ names and ages and I’ll put them on the list.  This event is open to 4 year old pre-k through sixth grade!  We would LOVE as many junior high and youth group helpers that we can get at this event (Contact Courtney).   If you are willing to donate toward the cost of ingredients, also contact Courtney.

Kristy Hoefing will lead a Kool-Aid and Canvas class on Sunday, July 10 from 1-3 p.m.   Each child will create their very own masterpiece to bring home!  This event is $7 per child and can be paid at the door the day of the event.  To sign up please send an email to courtney.keiser@gmail.com with your kids’ names and ages and I’ll put them on the list.  This event is open to incoming kindergarteners through sixth grade!  We would LOVE junior high and youth group helpers at this event (Contact Courtney).   If you are willing to donate toward the cost of supplies, also contact Courtney.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Parents’ Night Out May 14 from 5-8 p.m!  Bring your kids to St. Paul Lutheran Church and we’ll keep ’em busy with dinner, games, crafts, and fun…while you enjoy some time to yourself! Cost is only $5 per child. Please register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DYDVKRY
Please remember to follow the survey monkey link to register for this event. You may also email courtney.keiser@gmail.com in lieu of survey monkey if needed (this registration is so we can have an accurate child count). When we are full, we will alert you that we have closed the registration. If too few register, we will let you know that the event will be cancelled.

Soon, I’ll include all the information to register for Vacation Bible School.  For now, mark your calendars for August 8-11!!! 

 

God Squad Raised $305!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

We had such a great time on Sunday at the end of the year party!  The bounce house, bubbles and temporary tattoos were a big hit….but, so was the massive soccer game the kids had going!  It was impressive!  Thanks to everyone who came out and to those who donated food and helped out!

13076578_1074407822597487_4275285554942052848_n

13082607_10209676910983960_5967612673791547468_n

As promised, our God Squad kids fulfilled their end of the year charity project this past Wednesday.  Both classes raised a combined total of $305 in spare change!  RoxAnn and Liz’s class allocated their funds to the ELCA Good Gifts Project and “Animals Of God’s Global Barnyard To End World Hunger.”   The kids had so much fun constructing their barn banks, and they were so responsible to remember to bring them back in with their change!

Tom’s class used their funds to purchase items for the middle school’s PAW Pantry!  The storm warning made the Fareway trip a little shorter than planned, so I wasn’t able to get a photo of the kids shopping….but wow, look at everything they bought to donate!

13091660_803366705250_1108035111_o

I know Tom, RoxAnn and Liz are very proud of the kids’ efforts!  Thank you also to the parents for helping gather the spare change (or supplying it..ha!)  I delivered the items to the Paw Pantry today and they were very appreciative!  Most of the non-food items are gone within a day, so the need is really there!

A couple announcements:  Don’t forget to sign up for Parents’ Night Out on May 14th from 5-8 p.m. Take some time to yourself and bring the kids to church! Courtney, Nate and our youth volunteers will have dinner, snacks, games and various faith-based activities to keep the kids busy! The cost is $5 per child with proceeds to benefit our children/youth programming. If your child attends Nate’s youth group on Wednesdays, they have volunteered to help with this event–therefore there is no charge for them (please let me know if your youth student cannot make it). Nursery volunteers are needed for this event, please let Courtney know if you’re interested in helping. IMPORTANT:  If you are interested in sending your kids to this event please sign up soon. If too few sign up, the event will be cancelled. Click here to sign up.

Our kids will once again have the privilege to work with Sue Brakhane and Jim Nelson in the children’s garden on Sunday, May 22 from 9-10:20 so mark your calendars for this event!  Please send your kids in clothes that are ok to get dirty!

The sign up link for our summer cooking event and Kool-Aid and canvas event will be available this upcoming week!  Stay tuned!

End of the Year PARTY!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Over the past two weeks our younger Sunday School kids have covered Saul to Paul, Acts 9:1-20 and Peter and Tabitha, Acts 9:36-43.  Our older students have discussed John 21:1-19 and Matthew 28:16-20.   Beth gave the younger students an intro to bell choir and they loved it!   She’s the best!

13023675_802233610980_663689948_n

Our God Squad students have worked through the Believe unit and John 20:24-31, Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 4:32-37.  Wednesday is the last day of God Squad for the season. Following the meal, our students will fulfill their end of the year charity project. Tom’s class is shopping for the food and PAW pantry and Roxann and Liz’s class will finish out their contribution to the ELCA’s Good Gifts program!  Last week our older kids played the “Pie Face” game.  I’m sure they came home quite messy…but it sure was fun!

IMG_3034

All God Squad and Sunday School students are invited to our end of the year party, this Sunday from 9-10:20.  Feel free to bring the younger non-school students to this event too!  We would love to see all the kids there!   We’ll have donuts, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, bubbles, games and a craft!   I’ll have the wheel set up, and at the end of the party the kids will come inside to spin for their prize! We received some great donations for prizes from HyVee, Montross and Frostees! If we have bad weather, we’ll move as much of the party inside as we can!

My first three months working with our St. Paul kids has gone fast!  I can’t believe it!  Over this short time, I truly feel like I have been beyond blessed with amazing kids, parents and teachers!  I couldn’t do it without all of you and our wonderful congregation! THANK YOU!  See you Sunday!

Three more weeks…

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Only three more weeks until the end of God Squad and Sunday School for this school year.   I’m really going to miss the kids, so I’m very glad that we are adding some summer programming!

Just a reminder that on the last day of Sunday School (April 24) we’ll have a little end of the year celebration for the kids from around 9-10:20. There will be donuts, games, door prizes and a bounce house! We would LOVE to have lots of kiddos attend!

The last day of God Squad is April 27, and as mentioned, the kids will fulfill their end of the year charity promise.  Tom’s class will head over to Fareway to shop for the food pantry with money they have saved individually and from the children’s offering.  Liz and RoxAnn’s class will partner with the ELCA Good Gifts Project and “Animals Of God’s Global Barnyard To End World Hunger.” I’m sure you’re intrigued…it’s a fun project and the kids will really enjoy it. We will send home a letter and more details regarding that on Wednesday!

Sunday school was a blast last week!  Our kids had the privilege of working with Sue Brakhane and Jim Nelson in the children’s garden!  They planted potatoes and made pantyhose peeps!  The kids will head back out to the garden on Sunday, May 22 from 9-10:20 so mark your calendars!

12961561_1061618980543038_7150000945216836052_n

Our younger God Squad kids covered Thomas Believes, John 20:24-31 and made super cute necklaces! The older kids covered both The Road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-35 and Thomas Believes, John 20:24-31 and the beginning of Apostles’ Creed.

12966503_800011149810_1787825836_n

Don’t forget to sign up for Parents’ Night Out on May 14th from 5-8 p.m. Take some time to yourself and bring the kids to church! Courtney, Nate and our youth volunteers will have dinner, snacks, games and various faith-based activities to keep the kids busy! The cost is $5 per child with proceeds to benefit our children/youth programming. If your child attends Nate’s youth group on Wednesdays, they have volunteered to help with this event–therefore there is no charge for them (please let me know if your youth student cannot make it). Nursery volunteers are needed for this event, please let me know if you’re interested in helping. Click here to register!

The Home Stretch!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Now that Easter and Spring Break are over, we’re definitely preparing for summer around here!  As I mentioned in my last post, we have a few activities planned to invite the kids back into the church for some learning, fellowship and fun over break.  I’ll have more details on those events very soon (cooking, gardening, art and just recently added, music).  The dates are as follows:  Gardening: Sunday, May 22nd in between services (9:30-10:30). Cooking: Sunday, June 5th (Time TBA), Kool-Aid and Canvas (Time, Date TBA), Music (will be in between Sunday services, Date TBA).

Sunday school this Sunday will take place in the garden. Don’t forget to send your kiddos in clothes that are OK to get dirty!

On March 20th the younger Sunday school kids covered Holy Week, Luke 19: 28-40, 22:14-23:56.  The older kids discussed Matthew 27:27-56 and how through death, Jesus shows us the way to eternal life.

FullSizeRender
A Little Fun on Palm Sunday!

 

12939569_798085159510_1459660872_n
Ready, set, go! On Easter Sunday the kids enjoyed breakfast and an Easter egg hunt between services!

Registration is now open for St. Paul’s first Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, May 14th from 5-8 p.m.  Take some time to yourself and bring the kids to church!  Courtney, Nate and our youth volunteers will have dinner, snacks, games and various faith-based activities to keep the kids busy!  The cost is $5 per child with proceeds to benefit our children/youth programming.  If your child attends Nate’s youth group on Wednesdays, they have volunteered to help with this event–therefore there is no charge for them (please let me know if your youth student cannot make it).  Nursery volunteers are needed for this event, please let me know if you’re interested in helping.   Click here to register your children for this fun event.

God Squad resumed this week.  The kids enjoyed Casey’s pizza and the younger students discussed The Road to Emmaus, Luke: 24:13-35. Tom’s students finished up their lesson on Easter and John 20:1-18.  It was great having everyone back!  Wednesday nights sure are lively, which is exactly what I love to see!

 

Spring Break Is Here!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Happy SPRING BREAK!   Just a reminder that there will be no God Squad on Wednesday, March 23rd.  But, there will be Sunday school this upcoming Sunday, March 20th (no music as Beth is out of town and the nursery is closed).  I will be out of town March 19-24th.

Our younger Sunday school classes covered Mary Anoints Jesus (John 12:1-8) and our older class discussed suffering and Jesus’ betrayal, arrest and trial this week.

Our God Squad classes covered a combination of Jesus Enters Jerusalem, (Luke 19:28-40 and John 20:1-18).  The younger kids made “Happy Easter” cards with Roxann and Liz to send to those in the community and church that need a little pick-me-up. The kids really enjoy this! Their favorite part is adding sprinkles to the letter!  Tom’s class celebrated March Madness in their own spinoff “Bible Madness.”  This concludes our Jesus Lives lesson and we will now enter the Believe unit following Spring Break.

I promised to update you on the details of our extra activities.  I’ve been working to get these scheduled and we are almost there.  Below are the dates that you can put on your calendar.  More details and sign up will come as soon as everything is finalized!

On March 27th in between services, we’ll have two Easter egg hunts set up for the kids (one for the little kids and one for the older).  The egg hunts will begin around 8:45, depending on when the kids finish their breakfast. If you have candy to donate there is a box marked “Easter candy” in the kitchen area.  The eggs will have a mix of candy, stickers, stamps, temporary tattoos and other trinkets to give the kids a variety. I know all about Easter-candy overload!

The April 3rd Sunday school session will take place in the children’s garden with Jim Nelson and Susan Brakhane. Because the kids will plant and perform hands-on gardening activities during this time, please send them in play clothes if possible.

The end of the year party for our Sunday school kids will be held on Sunday, April 24th (last day of SS) from 9-10:20 a.m.  I’ll have a small breakfast for the kids (most likely donuts and cinnamon rolls), games set up outside and a bounce house!   If you wish to help out with the event or donate some of the breakfast items please let me know!

The last day of God Squad is Wednesday, April 27th.  Following dinner Tom, Roxanne, Liz, Courtney and helpers will walk the kids over to Fareway to shop for the food and PAW pantries with the children’s offering and classroom change they have collected!

St. Paul’s first Parents’ Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Take some time to yourself and bring the kids to church!  Courtney, Nate and our youth volunteers will have dinner, snacks, games and various faith-based activities to keep the kids busy!  More details, time frame, cost and sign up will be available soon.

St. Paul will host three children’s classes during summer break!  The first gardening session is scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd with Jim Nelson and Susan Brakhane.  A cooking class with Heidi Boyd is scheduled for Sunday, June 5th.   Kristy Hoefing will also lead a Kool-Aid and Canvas class (date will be scheduled soon).   More details, time frame, cost and sign up will be available soon.

Important Dates, Reminders

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

As a follow-up to the recent Youth Sunday service, this week’s Sunday school classes covered “The Prodigal Son,” Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32.  They discussed the strength of God’s love for us, despite our sins and mistakes.  The younger kids loved seeing teacher Camma Stott’s cherished family photos that she brought in to describe her love for her own family.

Our God Squad classes discussed Passover and The Last Supper, Luke 22:7-20.  The younger group traveled to the busy and noisy Jerusalem and shouted “Hosanna” when Jesus came by on his donkey. They also created a spring magnet that said “Jesus Gives Us New Life.”  The older God Squad class began with a trip outside to take photos of all the items that remind them of their savior.   After, they enjoyed grape juice and bread during their own Last Supper.

As we head into spring, I have a few important dates and reminders for our St. Paul parents!   On March 20th, the nursery will be closed and God Squad will not meet on March 23rd due to Spring Break.  We will have Sunday school on March 20th.   On March 27th in between services, we’ll have two Easter egg hunts set up for the kids (one for the little kids and one for the older).  The egg hunts will begin around 8:45, depending on when the kids finish their breakfast. If you have candy to donate there will be a box marked “Easter candy” in the kitchen area beginning this Sunday.

Also, the April 3rd Sunday school session will take place in the children’s garden with Jim Nelson and Susan Brakhane. Because the kids will plant and perform hands-on gardening activities during this time, please send them in play clothes if possible.

12825365_793757547080_378789022_n
Thank you for trusting us with your children each week. They make us smile!

 

New Events In The Works!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Spring is nearing and I think that a lot of our St. Paul kids are ready to get outside!  We are working on a few activities for late spring and summer to keep your kids involved during the warmer months when Sunday school and God Squad are not in session.

A Parents’ Night Out will be scheduled soon for late spring.   It’s a small fundraiser, but also an opportunity for parents to get out and have a little time to themselves while we (along with our older youth) keep the kids entertained at church!

Children’s ministries is also in the process of organizing an upcoming Sunday that the kids can begin work on the children’s garden as well as some faith-based special interest events this summer (kool-aid and canvas, quilting, gardening and cooking).  This is an excellent opportunity for our kids to connect with some of the many talented members of our congregation.  Each class will be a one-time event at the church, but it’s a fun thing to add to your summer to-do list and it keeps the kids in the habit of learning at St. Paul! More details and dates to come soon!

This week, our younger Sunday school students studied the Parable of the Fig Tree, Luke 13:1-9 and the meaning of a parable in relation to Jesus’ storytelling. Our older students reviewed Matthew 21:12-17 and how Jesus shows us how to stand up for what is right.  We read the events of Jesus’ visit to the temple courtyard, his healing to the weak and blind and performed a “blindfold” exercise to show the students what it feels like to be at a disadvantage.

Last but not least, Nate Mason and our youth did an AWESOME job leading the service. That was fun!

Youth Sunday was a success!
Youth Sunday was a success!

The younger God Squad students made “Feet of Service” and discussed the ways that they can do nice things to be of service to others similar to when Jesus showed both humility and love by washing the feet of his disciples.  The older God Squad students also studied “Jesus Washes Feet,” John 13:1-17. Instead of feet, the kids held a hand-washing ceremony!

God Squad fun!
God Squad fun!

I’m currently accepting candy donations for our upcoming Easter egg hunt March 27 between services (in place of Sunday school).  Also, if you’re willing to volunteer your time, snacks, materials or anything to some of our upcoming events please let me know!  The more help we have, the more we can do for our St. Paul kids!

Another great performance from the Bell Choir Wednesday evening!

Great performance this week from the Bell Choir!

Join Us For Community Playdates!

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Lots of fun and fellowship for our St. Paul kids this week!  On Tuesday the church hosted a community playdate for eleven kids and their parents.  We will continue to do this once a month and would love to see as many of you as possible if you’re free!  Our next playdate is Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.  Bring a snack to share and meet other parents in the community and our congregation!

I delivered the Paw Pantry donations and the Middle School was very grateful.  As I mentioned before, the Pantry serves students in the community who are food insecure on the weekends.   Winterset families can access the pantry on Thursdays between the hours of 3:15-5:15. The school partners with the Food Bank of Iowa for the food, but they have to gather toiletry, household and hygiene products separately.  Everyone really stepped up and with the items our St. Paul kids brought in (and a little money from the children’s offering) we had a great donation to give them including lotions, shampoo, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, dish soap, Kleenex, laundry detergent, soap and more!  This is definitely a cause we will continue to follow in the future.  I delivered the items on Tuesday and the Pantry was open on Thursday and ALL of the items we donated were gone by 5:15. The “need” is definitely there. Great  job kids!

12421492_791988352560_634616491_n
All of our Paw Pantry donations were given to families this week!

Our younger Sunday school students started with music and then discussed “God’s promise to Abram” and Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18.  Our fourth through sixth grade students covered “Praising Jesus,” the importance of Lent and Matthew 21:9.

We had a big group at God Squad this week!  The younger class recapped any random acts of kindness the children performed last week and the inclusion of women to spread God’s messages. The older kids went “two by two” to spread the good news into RoxAnn and Liz’s classroom and also discussed women and God’s messages.  This concludes the “Jesus Calls Helpers” unit.  Next week we begin “Jesus Lives.”  Those who attended the service were also treated to a performance by the Children’s Bell Choir to cap off another great week!

12325366_791983711860_1466412721_n
The younger God Squad students received “Good News” coloring pages from the disciples (older class).

 

 

We Spread The Word Two By Two

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Our St. Paul kids had a fun week!  I heard a lot of cheering and laughing from the classrooms on Sunday and Wednesday.  I just absolutely love seeing those smiling, excited faces!

If you’ve heard your kiddos singing “Hip-hip-hippopotamus, hip hip hooray God made all of us,” it’s because it has quickly become one of the kids’ favorite songs to sing with Beth at Sunday School.  Our younger classes discussed “Temptation” and (Luke 4:1-13) and our fourth through sixth-grade kids studied what it means to be a “Disciple” and “Fishers of Men,”and (Luke 5:1-11). The God Squad students enjoyed a meal provided by one of our generous hospitality teams.  Each week, I plan to practice a new prayer with your children during dinner. I encourage you to let them lead the prayer at home every now and then once they have memorized the weekly prayers. This week’s prayer was “God we thank you for this food, for rest and home and all things good.  For wind and rain and sun above, but most of all for those we love. Amen.”

The God Squad classes covered “We Spread the Word of Jesus Two by Two” and (Luke 5:27-32).  Tom’s class learned sign language for “I will follow Jesus,” and were sent home with a calendar for the season of Lent.  Each day presented a challenge to the student, for example, today’s challenge was “Give someone a hug.”  RoxAnn and Liz’s class worked together to dress the two disciples with only what Jesus told them they could take on their journey: sandals, a walking stick and a belt.  Afterward the kids played “I love Jesus bingo” and received a “thank-you” treat from a member of the congregation they had made a card for two weeks ago.

Our Paw Pantry donation items will be delivered next week.   The kids did great and I know they will be very grateful for the items received!

Our Role In God’s Ministry

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

It was a full week at St. Paul Lutheran.  The Pre-K through 3rd Sunday School classes enjoyed some music with Beth before heading into the classrooms to cover the Disciples (Luke 5:1-11; 8: 1-3) and The Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36).

The 4th-6th grade Sunday School students discussed “Sharing” (Matthew 14:13-21) and Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand.

Many came out for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner.  Bella Teel was the lucky shrove-finder prize winner!

Our God Squad kids enjoyed a delicious meal courtesy of Nicole Darling and Mary Terry.  Liz and RoxAnn surprised the younger class with a make-your-own Valentines craft and discussed “Jesus Heals”  (Luke 4:38-44).

Tom’s class also continued with Jesus’ Ministry and “Jesus Heals” and discussed the ways God calls upon us to be in his ministry.  Tom’s class is collecting spare change for the food pantry shopping trip and this week’s students were challenged to complete random acts of kindness.  I think this applies to all our children.  What is our role in God’s Ministry?  Let’s continue to find ways to extend a helping hand to those in need!

We are collecting toiletry, household and personal hygiene items for the PAW Pantry this upcoming Sunday and Wednesday, but feel free to drop items off anytime. The donation bin (in the main hallway) is looking pretty bare so if your kiddo hasn’t brought their items in yet and wishes to do so, every little bit counts!

We need volunteers for the nursery.  Parents, if you don’t feel up to helping out (you already do so much) consider whether one of your children may benefit from the experience.  We will always staff adult supervision, but it’s great baby-sitting training and the littles sure think that the older kids are pretty cool!

Lily Burkett…Baby Whisperer

As we think about adding some programming, I want to keep our older kids (who want to be involved and have aged-out of certain activities) as mentors to the younger kids.

Happy Birthday to Marriah Allen and Matthew Brakhane! See you all soon!

12696121_790121753240_2046734348_n
God Squad Valentines Bags

 

PAW PANTRY Service Project

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

I hope everyone enjoyed the snow! I think the kids loved having a couple days off school. It’s always nice to have a mid-week break every now and then!

This week, our fourth through sixth grade Sunday school class covered “Having a Healing Faith” and discussed Matthew 8:5-17 and the process of healing through a relationship with Jesus. The Pre-K through third grade classes started off with some music with Beth and then covered Jeremiah 1:4-10 “God uses helpers.” Scott took the high school youth kids to the residence home and God Squad was cancelled due to the weather.

We are mulling over some additional children’s programming at the church and/or some extra summer programming. If you have an idea, or something you feel our program is missing, PLEASE do not hesitate to email your concerns, questions or ideas/proposals to courtney.keiser@gmail.com or talk to me in person. I love all feedback!

Service project: It recently came to my attention that the Paw Pantry at the middle school struggles with non-food donations, so let’s have our St. Paul kids contribute! Government funds don’t provide personal hygiene or household products to the pantry and they are always the first to run out.

This is a great lesson for the kids. We often take these every day, essential items for granted!

Please bring your donations to Sunday School or God Squad over the next two weeks so we can have a valuable discussion with the kids regarding this project. If your child doesn’t attend those events and you still wish to donate there will be a box in the front hallway for donations starting this Sunday (anyone can donate). Items needed include but aren’t limited to: laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bodywash, feminine products, Kleenex and dish detergent. If you use it at home, they most likely need it!

Tom’s God Squad class will still collect spare change over the remainder of God Squad for their food pantry grocery trip, so don’t feel pressured to contribute to both if you cannot. This is more of an immediate need that I was hoping to fulfill over the next two weeks. Even a tube of toothpaste or a stick of deodorant helps…every little bit counts!

God Squad: Spread the Word

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Another great week with our kiddos! St. Paul took nineteen kids to the Winter Jam Christian Rock concert Friday in Des Moines. It was a packed event, but the kids and adults had an awesome time.

IMG_8042

On Sunday, six of our confirmation students attended a district-wide synod event called “Confest” at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. It was a day of fun, fellowship and learning, and an opportunity for them to meet other Lutheran students in our area. The main topic of the day was the ELCA’s Walk for Water campaign, helping to raise awareness about the need for more accessible water for many families in Africa.

IMG_1798

The younger Sunday school students covered “Jesus Goes to Nazareth” Luke 4:14-30 this week, with an emphasis on how God’s way equals love for all people.   The older Sunday school kids covered a similar lesson on “How to Treat People,” emphasizing activating faith to handle conflicts. They acted out scenarios in current times by reading the Beatitudes and discussed The Lord’s Prayer and Books of the Bible.

Starting this upcoming Sunday, Beth Miller will once again offer music for our Sunday School students during the first 15 minutes of class. If you want your child to have this valuable experience, please try to be prompt and arrive to the church about five minutes before the regular 9:30 a.m. time so we can get the kids situated. We are lucky to be able to offer this for our children, so we hope you will take advantage of it!

Our God Squad and confirmation students enjoyed a delicious meal provided by the Johnson family this past Wednesday. The younger and older classes began with Jesus’ Ministry in “Jesus Brings Good News” Luke 3:22. RoxAnn’s group made greeting cards for some ailing, elderly members of the congregation and care center. Tom has challenged his class to begin collecting spare change to purchase items for the food pantry on the last day of God Squad.
IMAG2202

We are testing out a new curriculum for God Squad and I think it’s a great fit! I witnessed first-hand the kind hearts we already have in attendance this past week. We had a new, shy, four-year-old and the older girls took excellent care of her, helping her with her plate and making her feel welcome. Our goal is to keep growing and getting those God Squad numbers up as attendance has suffered. Please spread the word about this great program!

A spring service project for our God Squad and Sunday school kids is in the works. More details to follow!

Welcome to Little Lutherans

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

Hello St. Paul Community!
Welcome to our new Children’s Ministry blog, where I plan to keep you up to date on all of the amazing things our children are accomplishing through this ministry! Stay tuned each week for announcements, photos and recaps from our various children’s activities!

I had the privilege of starting to get to know more of you over the last week and look forward to more discussions! I sat in on Sunday school where our students discussed the miracle of Jesus and the Cana Wedding and attended God Squad where we ate pizza and discussed The Ten Commandments and the importance these rules play in our everyday lives. We honed in particularly on the importance of loving one and only one God, making good decisions, doing the right thing and loving our neighbors. RoxAnn Rhoads and Liz Hansen will continue to work with the lower elementary students on Wednesday nights and Tom Acton will work with middle and older elementary kids. If you wish to volunteer for Sunday School or God Squad please don’t hesitate to let me know! We have an amazing group of teachers for both events, but can always use more help and substitutes!

Don’t forget…Bell Choir will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 27. Parents, it has come to my attention that there could be some complications for child pick-up times with the different age levels. If you ever need to pick up a younger child later following confirmation or choir and don’t want to make two trips, please let me know. I am happy to stay around and help bridge that gap for you!

I look forward to spending more time with our “Little Lutherans.”

IMG_3203
Bell choir resumes on Jan. 27!