Friday, May 22, 2015

 Welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Ireton, IA



Worship Schedule

Sunday Services 9:00am

Summer Midweek Services-Wednesday’s, 6:00pm Sub Sandwiches, 6:30pm Service

Sunday School   Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Sr. LYF 2nd & 4th Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)

Adult Bible Study  Sunday’s 10:30am (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday






ImportedPhotos00007 Pastor Andrew Carlson

Church Phone: 712-278-2324

Pastor’s email:

St. Paul’s email:

St. Paul’s website:



The Day of Pentecost-May 24, 2015


Divine Service         167               




Organist: Jean Bertram

Acolytes: Addisyn Van Oort & Mitchell Gradert

Greeters: *Robert & Cheryl Ten Napel, Robert & Gail Vander Hamm

Elder of the Month: Randy Koopmans

Altar Guild: Gloria Ping, Marilyn Rostermundt, Denice Ping







Offering Last Week Budgeted Needed to Date Giving  
To Date
Mission   220.00   150.00     6160.00        7121.00            +961.00
Home 3110.00         3831.25   62200.00 54755.07





Sunday:                               9:00 a.m. – Divine Service

Monday:                                                Church Office Closed

Wednesday:                       6:00 p.m. – Sub Sandwich Supper

                                           6:30 p.m. – Midweek Service w/Communion

Thursday:                            9:00 a.m. – Church Kitchen Cleaning

Saturday:                            8:00 a.m. – LYF Car Wash

Next Sunday:                       9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/ Communion/Building Fund                                 


In Our Prayers: 

From our congregation:  Jeff Eilts (more tests for colon cancer), Rod Kuecker (fungus), Jacob Hoogland, Lloyd Eilts (cancer), Jack Ping, Ruth Coons (back surgery), Denny Burns (open heart surgery), La Rae Toel (hip surgery), LaVonne Vander Hamm, Cathy Van Wyhe

Other requests:  Jesse Sonichsen, Sandy Gregg (brain tumor),  Shirley Cain (tumor on brain),  Curtis DeVries (cancer),  Janet Brown (cancer),  Steve Schmidt (heart blockage), Jim Bertram

Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, HM3 Rodrigo Banda, CPL Aaron Hoogland

Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics



BIRTHDAY CAKE TODAY!: The family of Wally & LaVonne Vander Hamm are treating us to cake today in honor of their 85th birthdays! LaVonne’s birthday was last Thursday, May 21st and Wally’s was last Friday, May 22nd.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED: The church office will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day.

MIDWEEK SERVICES: Our midweek services will begin this Wednesday, May 27. We will have a sub sandwich supper at 6:00pm and the midweek service at 6:30pm.

KITCHEN CLEANING: All ladies of the congregation are invited to help with the church kitchen cleaning this Thursday, May 28th at 9am.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The June/July newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, May 27th.

LYF CAR WASH: The LYF will be having a free will donation Car Wash this Saturday, May 30th from 8am-12pm in the North parking lot of St. Paul’s. Vehicles can be brought to the church anytime between 8am-12pm or call Dani - 712-540-3227, Ashley - 712-551-7604 or any of the LYF kids to arrange for pick-up and drop off of vehicles. Service with a smile! J

BUILDING FUND: Next Sunday, May 31st is Building Fund Sunday.

CONFIRMATION SERVICE PROJECTS: Help is needed this weekend by the Ireton Legion to put up flags, take them down & fold them. Your help can be used as a Confirmation service project. You can also do sermon summaries during the summer for Confirmation.

PRESIDENT SIEVEKING RETIRING: President Sieveking is retiring in June after 15 years as District President. A “Book of Memories” is being put together highlighting his ministry in the district. You may send a letter of your memories to Iowa District West, Attn: Jill Davis, 409 Kenyon Rd. Suite B, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 by next Sunday, May 31, 2015. You may also send something by email to

PANCKAKE BREAKFAST: Ireton Christian Reformed Church Christian Education Unit is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast tomorrow, Memorial Day from 7am-10am at the Ireton City Park Shelter House. FREE WILL Donation.

BLOOD DRIVE: There will be a blood drive this Wednesday May 27 from 1:30-4:00pm @ the Ireton Community Center.

CONCORDIA CUB WEEK: Camp Okoboji Cub Week is for those that have completed Grades 3-6. The camp will take place July 12-18. Information can be found in the Narthex about the camp and the registration. They are also looking for any couples or singles who would be willing to serve as counselors for the week. You can send your name and address to Doug Kading or Lori Gamble at Camp Okoboji. You must be at least 17. (712) 337-3325.

STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Pentecost was the Old Testament harvest festival: a time of thanksgiving, bounty, and the giving of gifts. How appropriate that in the New Testament it takes on the meaning of harvesting the ripe fields of the nations, bringing in the elect of every tribe and tongue to sing the Lord’s praise. Every farmer knows that it is God who gives the increase, that harvest calls for thanksgiving. Acts 2:1

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: “Why can’t we just get along?” If things aren’t working out so well in your family, it is usually easy to pinpoint what others, including your spouse and kids, are doing wrong. One of the absolute hardest things to do is to consider what YOU are doing to contribute to the problem. You can’t change them, but you can change you. And that change can make a world of difference. For help in this self-assessment, contact your local LFS counselor. Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000 4301 Sergeant Road, Suite 203 Sioux City, IA 51106



Growing in Christ

I spent much of my summers growing up working in the garden. Serving in my last parish, I had a 600 square foot garden so I could afford to feed our teenage children. It is so much fun to work the soil and plant seeds. Then to see them grow! It does involve hard work trying to keep up with the weeds. What keeps a gardener going is thinking of the harvest to come. A beautiful fruitful garden brings real joy to a farmer.

We also grow as Christians. It is God, who does the “soil preparation” and “planting” the seed of faith. There is the challenge of the “weeds” in our life or the cares of this world that can “choke out” that fruitful vine that we are becoming. The Holy Spirit is the “rotor tiller” that keeps those weeds at bay and also supplies the nourishment that we need to grow through word and sacrament.

May we grow to bear much fruit for the Master Gardener.


                                           Pastor Andrew Carlson





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