Monday, August 25, 2014

 Welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Ireton, IA



Worship Schedule

Sunday Services 9:00am

Sub Sandwich Supper 5:15pm, Midweek Services 6:00pm (Summer)

Sunday School/LYF/Confirmation Classes  Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Adult Bible Study Thursday’s 7:00pm (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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost-August 25, 2014


Divine Service             126                            

Organist: Jean Bertram

Acolytes: Laney Bonnema & Jacob Coons

Greeters: Clark & Bonnie Van Den Berg, Tom & Denise Salker

Elder of the Month:  Duane Bonnema

Altar Guild: Connie Koopmans, Missy Eilts, Kathy Heuer







Offering Last Week Budgeted Needed to Date Giving  
To Date
Mission   220.00   157.50       9021.00    10501.00              +1480.50
Home 3013.00         4079.50     99429.00 86591.75             -12837.25





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

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

Next Sunday:                     8:15 a.m. – Worship Service, St. John’s, rural Ireton 

                                         9:00 a.m. --  Divine Service/Holy Communion


In Our Prayers: 

From our congregation:  Jeff Eilts (colon surgery and treatment),  Dani Gradert (colon surgery), Rod Kuecker (fungus)

Other requests:  Jesse Sonichsen, Sandy Gregg (brain tumor), Eleanore Vogler (cancer), John Jacobs (recovery from a brain injury due to a fall), Shirley Cain (tumor on brain),  Curtis DeVries (cancer), Claire Opdahl (blood disease), Jeremy Hilt (cancer-cousin of Tia Ten Napel)

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

Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Steve Benson: Sioux City Hospital Chaplain, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics



PASTOR ON VACATION: Pastor will be on vacation until September 2nd. Thank you to Pastor Bunge for filling in while he is gone. Contact Pastor Bunge at 551-2743 or contact Duane Bonnema at 552-1842 for immediate needs.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: If you would like something included in the September newsletter, please have it to Bonnie by Wednesday, August 27th.

CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION & CLASSES: Confirmation orientation for 6, 7 & 8 grade kids and parents will be Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30pm. If you cannot attend this important meeting, contact Pastor to get your materials and information. Classes will begin Wednesday, September 10 from 5:45 to 7:00pm.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & RALLY DAY: Sunday School classes will begin Sunday, September 7 at 10:15am. 1st graders will receive their Bibles during the morning worship service. Following classes we will have our Rally Day at the Ireton City Park. The lunch will be at 11:30am with hot dogs and drinks being provided. Please bring a salad or dessert to share and your own tableware. Games will follow at 12:30pm. Contact Denise Salker with questions at 278-2116.

ELEVATOR DONATIONS: Elevator donations may be dropped off in the box in the narthex, left in the offering plate, brought to the bank or to the church office. Thank you for all of the generous donations given so far! The loan amount is $13,987.

CHRISTIAN ESTATE PLANNING EDUCATIONAL CLASS: Jim Schroeder, IDW Christian Estate Planning Class Instructor will be at St. Paul’s Sunday October 12 from 12:00-1:00pm. Topics he will discuss are confessing your faith to your family, updating your will and estate plan as your family situation changes, reducing taxes for your family, estimating the value of your estate, supporting your favorite ministries, etc. There will be a FREE catered meal by Central Catering. We can only accommodate the first 60 people who sign up.

LADIES FUN NIGHT: There will be a ladies fun night this Wednesday, August 27th with various venders @ the Ireton Community Center from 5:30-8:00. Portion of proceeds go to the swimming pool. Come and shop!

SWIMMING POOL FUNDRAISER: There will be an Ireton Swimming Pool fundraiser Wednesday, September 10th at the Ireton Community Center. Freewill offering burger feed and bake sale will start at 5:00pm with the auction to follow at 6:30pm. Donations for the auction, bake sale items and volunteers are needed. Contact Carol @ City Office 278-2112 or Becky @ Ireton Vet 278-2577 with donations or questions.

STEWARDSHIP VERSE: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Here is the key to faithful stewardship – and a faithful life in general! God’s Law is not given to us to hamper our fun, but to show us God’s own wisdom. All things being equal, won’t a life lived in accordance with God’s Word be more fulfilling and satisfying that a life lived at odds with God’s Word? Doesn’t He know better than we? Proverbs 3:5

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: It is estimated that 60% of nursing home residents NEVER have a visitor. Who are among the 60% in your community? Contact your local nursing home to find out, and go visit them this week. You don’t have to have any special skills or credentials to do this important work. Just introduce yourself and then visit, read aloud, pray or just sit quietly. Physical touch is important, so don’t be afraid to shake his/her hand or pat their shoulder. Like the experience of many before you, you may find that you enjoy this visit and get as much benefit from it as the person you are visiting. Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000



When we lived out in the country at our last parish, I had a 600 square foot garden. A local cattle feeder would deliver a loader bucket of cow exhaust every spring and I would rotor-till it into the garden, plant, weed, water and watch the garden explode with produce. I really enjoyed seeing the garden grow. Even better was enjoying the fruits of my labor. I couldn’t help but tell others about how my garden was doing and it was fun to share the produce with others.

I get just as excited about serving here at St. Paul’s. Yes, there is a little “manure” to deal with at times. At times the work can be exhausting (despite only working one day a week). It is all worth it as I see St. Paul’s continue to grow and flourish. It is amazing to see the Holy Spirit at work through word and sacrament transforming lives. We really can’t brag about what we have done together as a congregation, because we are but “tools” in the master’s hands. We can tell others about what God is doing in our congregation and invite others to come and hear the good news of what Jesus has done for us.

                              Pastor Andrew Carlson

  August Birthdays

2 Wayne Heuer

3 Izzy Eilts, Justin Negaard

4 Samantha Salker, Danna Schipper, Brady Schlumbohm

5 Barry Hoogland

7 Tara Shannon, Morgan Ten Napel

8 Alyce Ten Napel

9 Genise Vreeman, Jacob Hoogland

11 Bridget Van Wyhe

12 Wayne Childress

14 Mark Rus, Ava Ten Napel

16 Britney Johnson, Parker Kruid

18 Tyler Eisma, Darlow Busch

20  Carol Salberg, Kash Koopmans

21 Jill Ten Napel

22 Mark Negaard

23 Mikella Coons, Carmen Nila (Liston), James Ver Hoeven

28 Richard Steckelberg, Addisyn Van Oort, Janet Vlotho

29 Bev Schlumbohm

31 Gibson Rens


August Anniversaries

2 Steve & Renae Brown

9 Troy & Janice Reinking

13 Mark & Shelly Rus, Ryan & Ashley Koopmans

15 Tom & Denise Salker, Shawn & Heather Kaskie

21 Mike & Kris Ebel

27 Bjorn & Britney Johnson

29 Duane & LeaAnn Bonnema





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