Welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
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
Church Phone: 712-278-2324
Pastor’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Paul’s email: email@example.com
St. Paul’s website: http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com
The Fourth Easter Sunday-April 26, 2015
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 99 Sunday School Attendance 20
Organist: Jean Bertram
Acolytes: Ryan Ping & Gracie Rens
Greeters: *Chet & Tracey Reinking, Mark & Gretchen Rens, Randy & Cindy Koopmans
Elder of the Month: Scott Van Den Berg
Altar Guild: Marty Toczek, Cindy Koopmans, Bonnie Van Den Berg
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THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Voter’ Meeting
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/ Holy Communion
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Jeff Eilts (more tests for colon cancer), Rod Kuecker (fungus), Jacob Hoogland, Lloyd Eilts (cancer), Jack Ping, Judy Childress (hip surgery),Neva Van Donge (heart attack), Bill Revell (shoulder surgery), Ardis Eilts (car accident)
Other requests: Jesse Sonichsen, Sandy Gregg (brain tumor), Shirley Cain (tumor on brain), Curtis DeVries (cancer), Janet Brown (cancer), Mary Beth Hendricks, Steve Schmidt (heart blockage)
Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, HM3 Rodrigo Banda, RPI Celeste Wiltz, CPL Aaron Hoogland
Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics
QUARTERLY VOTER’S MEETING: We will have our Voter’s Meeting this morning following coffee time.
HAPPY 65TH ANNIVERSARY: Next Sunday, May 3, Bud and Delma Vreeman will be treating us to donuts during coffee time in honor of their 65th anniversary. They were married May 1, 1950.
GOOD USED LAPTOP: We were wondering if anyone has a laptop they would like to donate to use for Adult Bible Study or Sunday School. We would like it to be compatible with Windows 2010.
PRESIDENT SIEVEKING RETIRING: President Sieveking is retiring in June after 15 years as District President. A “Book of Memories” is being put together highlighting the special relationships he has built during 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 May 31, 2015.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” There is the essence of our sanctification: becoming like our Lord. As St. John notes, this will only be completed in the Resurrection. But until then we are called to trust His grace and to grow into His image more and more. 1 John 3:2
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Grandparents Online? A recent study by the American Psychological Association concluded that senior citizens who use computers reported fewer depressive symptoms. Why? Because using the internet keeps you connected and interacting with others, even though you may live alone. Email or call distant relatives or old friends, or enlist a teenager in your congregation to help you set up a Facebook account. Whether it’s through the internet or over the backyard fence, reach out and stay connected! Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000 4301 Sergeant Road, Suite 203 Sioux City, IA 51106
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Starting Wednesday, May 27: Midweek Sub Sandwich Supper at 6:00pm and Midweek Service at 6:30pm. May 30: Church Office will be closed for Memorial Day. August 3-6: Community Vacation Bible School from 6:00-8:30pm at 1st Reformed Church.
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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