Welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Sunday Services 8:45am
Sunday School Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Sr. LYF 2nd Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Pastor Todd Bunge
Church Phone: (St. Paul’s) 712-278-2324 or (Trinity) 551-2743
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St. Paul’s website: http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost-October 4, 2015
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 146 Sunday School 28
Organist: Jean Bertram
Acolytes: Seth Salker & Grace Schuller
Greeters: *Ruth Van Den Berg, Paul & Tami Eilts, Duane & LeaAnn Bonnema
Elder of the Month: Mark Wells
Altar Guild: Marty Toczek, Bonnie Van Den Berg, Cindy Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. – Divine Service/Communion
10:00 a.m – Sunday School
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – Hillcrest Communion Service
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
Friday-Sunday: Pastor Bunge on Vacation
Next Sunday: 8:45 a.m. – LWML Sunday/Mark Gerken
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School/LYF
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Jacob Hoogland, Phyllis Winterfeld (shoulder surgery), New Pastor for St. Paul’s
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Sandy Gregg (brain tumor), Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Curtis DeVries (cancer), Janet Brown (cancer), Bub Van Wyhe (had a fall)
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
90TH BIRTHDAY!: We are being treated to cake today in honor of Vivian Johnson’s 90th birthday. Her special day was Friday, October 2nd. Happy Birthday Vivian and thanks to your family for the cake!
CONFIRMATION SERMON NOTES: Sermon notes can be found on the back of the bulletin today and remember to turn them into Pastor Bunge.
PASTOR BUNGE ON VACATION: Pastor Bunge will be on vacation October, 9th-11th. Contact any Elder for immediate needs. Mark Gerken, Iowa District West Executive Assistant Missions & Human Care will be our guest speaker next Sunday, October 11th.
LWML SUNDAY: Next Sunday, October 11th will be LWML Sunday. Our LWL ladies will be the greeters.
HARVEST DINNER: The LYF Harvest Dinner will be Sunday, October 18 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Ireton Community Center. Signup sheets for needed food items are posted in the Narthex and tickets can be purchased from any LYF member, Iowa State Bank, Transformations or The Willow Tree. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10 and children 5 and under are free.
ADULT INFORMATION CLASS: The next round of adult instruction classes will begin October 13 in Trinity's basement at 6:30 p.m. We meet for roughly one hour for four sessions. No cost, memorization, tests, or obligation to become a member… just a brief presentation of what we believe, teach and confess.
VOTER’S MEETING: Our next quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be Sunday, October 25th at 10:15am. Our 2016 church leaders will be voted on at that meeting and our 2016 budget will be presented.
Our church recently installed some surveillance cameras in case we ever have a security issue. It is unfortunate that times have gotten so bad that churches have to be concerned about this. My small hometown of Wall Lake, Iowa had vandals enter the church in the middle of the day a few years ago and deface some of the church with spray paint. They now have a security system with cameras. Most recently and most tragically, a South Carolina man entered a Charleston church and gunned down several worshippers attending a prayer meeting back in June. A video surveillance system captured his image, which aided in his arrest.
Often times with surveillance systems, warning signs are posted to help deter inappropriate activity. Most commonly you will see signs that simply say, “This area under video surveillance.”
Funny how the whole world is under God’s surveillance 24 hours a day, every day, but this doesn’t seem to deter anyone. People still commit their crimes, and we all still routinely commit our own sins without even giving it a second thought.
Consider Psalm 33:13-15, “From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-- he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” Remember that God is indeed always watching. It can help keep you from falling into sin.
Whenever we do fall into sin, (which we will for the rest of our lives and for as long as we are on this earth), we just as well openly confess them all to God – He already knows all about them anyway. Why bother to even try and hide it? In addition, God will forgive us for them all through a heartfelt confession and faith in Jesus Christ. First John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
God’s faith-strengthening gifts of forgiveness and a resolve to better fight against sin are available to you for free in worship through His Word and Sacraments. Is that something you need? Before you answer, remember… God is and has been watching!
See you in worship!
Pastor Todd Bunge
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