Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 Welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Ireton, IA



Worship Schedule

Sunday Services 9:00am

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:

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St. Paul’s website:



The First Sunday in Lent-February 22, 2015


Divine Service      115                 Sunday School Attendance         34

Ash Wednesday    74                  Ash Wednesday Offering        959.00


Organist: Jeanna Negaard

Acolytes: Abigail Kaskie & Chase Koopmans

Greeters: *Erik & Taren Brenner, Terry & Linda Van Wyhe, George & Jeanette Wakeman

Elder of the Month:  Mark Wells

Altar Guild: Gloria Ping, Marilyn Rostermundt, Denice Ping







Offering Last Week Budgeted Needed to Date Giving  
To Date
Mission   220.00    292.50     1980.00      1844.00             -136.00
Home 3110.00         2189.50   24880.00 17660.00





Sunday:                               9:00 a.m. – Divine Service/Valley Male Chorus

                                          10:15 a.m. – Sunday School

                                          10:30 a.m. -  Adult Bible Study

Wednesday:                       5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes

                                           7:00 p.m.- Lent Service

                                          7:30 p.m. - Lenten Lunch

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

                                        10:15 a.m. – Sunday School

                                        10:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study


In Our Prayers: 

From our congregation:  Jeff Eilts (more tests for colon cancer), Rod Kuecker (fungus), Jacob Hoogland, Lloyd Eilts (cancer), Jack Ping

Other requests:  Jesse Sonichsen, Sandy Gregg (brain tumor),  Shirley Cain (tumor on brain),  Curtis DeVries (cancer),  Janet Brown (cancer), Stephanie Watson (brain tumor surgery), Family of Evelyn Zeeb (Mother of Marty Toczek)

Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, HM3 Rodrigo Banda, SSgt Adam Cartright, RPI Celeste Wiltz, CPL Aaron Hoogland, RPI Celeste Wiltz

Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics, Sean Malone and other missionaries serving in Iraq



VALLEY MALE CHORUS: Thank you to the Valley Male Chorus of Rock Valley for presenting your sacred music concert this morning. A freewill offering will be taken for the benefit of children and adults with disabilities receiving services at Hope Have at the door.

BUILDING FUND SUNDAY: The last Sunday of the month is Building Fund Sunday. Currently the pipe organ is getting needed repairs at the cost of $9000. You can put your check in the offering plate marked “Building Fund” in the memo line. You may also give to the Building Fund anytime.

THANK YOU MARK: We would like to thank Mark Rens for making the new Easter cross!

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The March newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, February 25th.

EASTER LILY FORMS: It’s time to order an Easter lily in honor or memory of loved ones. The cost is $15.00 each and order forms may be found in the Narthex. Please return forms and payment to Gloria Ping. Deadline is March 22nd.

SMOKE ALARM CHECK: The Jr. LYF is doing a service project Sunday, March 8th. They will come to homes to check your smoke alarms from 2-4. A signup sheet is located in the Narthex if you would like yours checked.

LENT SERVICE: Our Lenten journey will continue this Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm. Pastor Daumer will be leading the service. The LWL sandwich supper will follow in the fellowship hall.

LENTEN LUNCH SIGNUP: The LWL ladies are in still in need of some extra person’s to bring sandwiches for the Lent Lunches. A signup sheet is posted in the Narthex.

GARY THIES: Gary Thies will be coming to do a mission presentation Sunday, March 8th during our worship service.

LUTHERAN WITNESS RENEWALS: It is time for the yearly renewals for the Lutheran Witness. Please check out the lists in the Narthex. If you currently aren’t receiving and would like to, add your name and address to the additions list. If you currently are getting it and don’t want to receive it anymore, cross out you name and address. If you are receiving it and want to continue, you do not need to do anything. The church pays for the subscription. Deadline is today.

FREE ROAD TRIP TO CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IN SEWARD, NE: If you are a high school student please consider joining Ellie Menz on a ‘road trip’ and college visit to Concordia University in Seward NE on March 27th. As a parent you can be a driver and also visit Concordia. Contact Ellie Menz at or call her at 515-370-1159 if interested.

LOOKING AHEAD: Lenten Services-February 25, March 4, 11, 25, 7:00pm, Lenten Lunches, 7:30pm, Palm Sunday/Confirmation-March 29, 9:00am, Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ St. Paul’s-March 31, 6:00am, Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm, Good Friday-April 3, 7:00pm, Easter Service at Cemetery-April 5, 6:50am, Easter Sunrise Service, 7:30am, LYF Breakfast, 8:45am.

VBS FUNDRAISER:  We will be having the Ireton VBS Fundraiser Supper on Wednesday, April 8th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Ireton Community Center.  Sioux County Pork Producers will be grilling pork loin and we will also be serving cheesy potatoes, macaroni salad, oreo salad, drink and ice cream.  This is a free will donation event with bake sale items also available.  If you are willing to donate your time for set up / clean up or are willing to make a salad for the event, please let LeaAnnn know!  Also, remember that we will also be looking for bake sale items!  Ireton VBS will be held August 3 – 6 (6:00 – 8:30 p.m.) at the First Reformed Church.

CHURCH CANCELLATIONS: If church is cancelled due to the weather you will get a member caller call with a message from Pastor Carlson. Note this number comes up as an 800 number on your caller ID. Some have said that they aren’t getting that call even though their number is in the system so we will now start to have it on KTIV also.



The Way of the Cross

I learned a poem many years ago. “It’s easy to drift with the current swift. Just lie in your boat and dream, but in nature’s plan, it takes a real man to paddle your boat up stream.” I also heard a quote once. “Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.” You get the idea. The easiest path isn’t always the best and the best path to travel isn’t the easiest.

Jesus always goes against our natural way of thinking. He invites us to take a path, which 100% of the time leads to the death of the ego or self. The way of the cross leads us to self-denial. It is a life lived for God and others. It goes against our natural self-centeredness, but the destination is heaven itself.

Lent will begin soon with Ash Wednesday and the reminder that we are but dust and ashes. We will come face to face with our mortality and sinfulness (self-centeredness). Yet the end of the Lenten journey is not the just the cross, it is the empty tomb. It is the triumph over sin, death, and the devil by our Savior Jesus Christ.

Pastor Andrew Carlson





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