Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 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





Advent & Christmas Schedule

December 3, 10, 17

Advent Soup Suppers @ 6:30pm

Advent Services @ 7:17pm

December 21

Children’s Christmas Program @ 10:00am

Program Lunch @ 11:00am

December 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Early Service


Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Late Service






ImportedPhotos00007 Pastor Andrew Carlson

Church Phone: 712-278-2324

Pastor’s email:

St. Paul’s email:

St. Paul’s website:



1st Sunday in Advent-November 30, 2014


Divine Service       199                                             Sunday School          42                            

Organist: Jeanna Neggard

Acolytes: Grace Schuller & Zach Steckelberg

Greeters: *Wayne & Gretchen Schuller, Mark & Gretchen Rens, Bud & Delma Vreeman

Elder of the Month:  Jim Koopmans

Altar Guild: Connie Koopmans, Missy Eilts, Kathy Heuer







Offering Last Week Budgeted Needed to Date Giving  
To Date
Mission   220.00    147.50   12101.00        12725.00           +624.00
Home 3013.00         4980.75 141608.00 132947.70          -8660.30





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

                                       10:15 a.m. – Sunday School

                                        10:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study

Monday:                            1:00 p.m. - Quilting

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

                                         6:30 p.m. – Soup Supper

                                         7:15 p.m. – Advent Services

Saturday:                          6:00 p.m. – Worship Service, Trinity

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

                                        10:15 a.m. – Sunday School

                                        10:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study

                                          2:30 p.m. - Caroling



In Our Prayers: 

From our congregation:  Jeff Eilts (colon surgery and treatment),  Rod Kuecker (fungus), Jacob Hoogland, Jean Bertram (knee surgery and broken arm),  Richard Steckelberg (surgery/infection)

Other requests:  Jesse Sonichsen, Sandy Gregg (brain tumor),  Shirley Cain (tumor on brain),  Curtis DeVries (cancer), Claire Opdahl (blood disease),  Janet Brown (cancer), Stephanie Watson (brain tumor surgery), Keri Finzen

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. Steve Benson: Sioux City Hospital Chaplain, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics, Sean Malone and other missionaries serving in Iraq



HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY!: We would like to wish Delma Vreeman a Happy 85th Birthday tomorrow, December 1st!

BUILDING FUND SUNDAY: Today is Building Fund Sunday. Donations may be left in the offering plate, dropped off in the box in the narthex, brought to the bank or to the church office. Thank you for all of the generous donations given so far! Our elevator loan amount is $8942.71.

ALTAR GUILD: The altar guild will meet after church this morning to decorate for Christmas.

ADVENT SERVICES AND SOUP SUPPER: Our first Advent Service is this Wednesday night, December 3rd. The Jr. LYF will be serving soup, sandwiches and bars starting at 6:30, with free will donation going toward their IDW youth gathering. The Advent Service will follow at 7:15.

POINSETTIA FORMS: If you would like to purchase a poinsettia in memory, honor or thanksgiving of loved ones you may find the forms in the Narthex. The cost is $14.00 per plant. Please give your form and payment to Gloria Ping. Deadline is next Sunday, December 7th.

LYF SELLING TSHIRTS/SWEATSHIRTS: Contact any Sr. LYF member, Dani Gradert or Ashley Steckelberg to order St. Paul’s t/shirts and sweatshirts. They have some on hand and are taking orders. Extra order forms can be found in the Narthex. They would make great Christmas presents! Deadline to order is next Sunday, December 7th.

CAROLING: St Paul’s and the Ireton community will be going caroling next Sunday, December 7th at 2:30pm. Goodie trays will be made up at 2:00pm at St. Paul’s to bring to shut in’s. Anyone may bring goodies and leave in our church kitchen. If you have homes you want stopped at or have questions contact Missy Eilts or Denny Hulshof. Soup and sandwiches will be served at St. Paul’s following the caroling.

PROGRAM PRE-MUSIC: If you are interested in playing pre-music before the children’s Christmas program, please contact Jeanna or Heather.

CARING TREE: The LWL has set up a Caring Christmas Tree in the new addition

for needed items for the West Sioux Ireton Building and Kids of the Kingdom. Sweatpants sizes 6-10 and gloves are needed and other items will be added.

ALL LADIES:  Tuesday, December 9th @ 6pm, LWL is hosting a Christmas party at the parsonage!  It will be potluck with beverages provided.  You may sign up in the back for food but we want you to come no matter what. Prepare to have a blast-We're having a "gift stealing game!"  Now's the time to start digging through the closets for a "white elephant" (a used or inexpensive new item) that some other gal cannot live without  ! 

CHURCH DIRECTORY PICTURES: We will be printing a new directory at the beginning of January so if you have an electronic picture, you can email it to We will be getting someone to take pictures on Sunday mornings. Also, if we do not have your family member’s addresses or you have address or phone number changes, please email Bonnie your information to Deadline is December 14th.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Mark your calendars for the Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 21st at 10:00am. Sandwiches, chips and dessert will follow. Anyone from the congregation may bring sandwiches. Contact Missy Eilts with questions.

THANK YOU!: Thanks to Pastor Carlson, Pastor Bunge, St. Paul's & Trinity Churches, Thrivent, Richard & Ashley Steckelberg, Larae Topete, Dani & Gerad Gradert and all the Parents that made it possible for our Youth to attend the COLLIDE Convention!

THANK YOU! Thank you to all who have sent cards, phone calls, prayers, and words of kindness since my brother John Jacobs death. We really appreciate this.  Also thank you for all that you have done for our family in the year since John’s accident. -Janet, Clifford and Clayton Sorum

EXTRA OFFERING ENVELOPES: If you did not mark down on the offering envelope sheet that was put out last spring that you want them, we have some extras. Just contact Bonnie before December 14th if your want them.


Gift Giving

It is difficult finding just the right gift to give that special someone. First of all, it has to be within the price range that you have budgeted. Secondly, you want the person to really like what you gave them and see their excitement when they get it. Third, you want them to be able to use it and not put it in a box in the closet or attic to collect dust.

God thought about a special gift to give you and me to show how much He loved us. He decided this gift was to be priceless – one of a kind. The gift was presented that first Christmas in Bethlehem. What do you do when you are given a priceless gift of this magnitude? You express your thankfulness in worship and telling others about this great gift as the Magi and shepherds did. You live a life of thankfulness by serving others and giving to those in need.

It is amazing how a priceless gift can change our lives and overflow into the lives around us.

                                                        Pastor Andrew Carlson





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