Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday’s)
Sunday School Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Sr. LYF 2nd Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Pastor Michael Boothby
Church Phone: 712-278-2324
Pastor’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary email: email@example.com
St. Paul’s website: http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com
Fourteenth Sunday a. Pentecost-August 21, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 81
Zach Steckelberg & Clayton Gradert
*Brian & Nikki Eisma, Dan Van Wyhe
Elder of the Month:
Connie Koopmans, Kathy Heuer, Missy Eilts
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
7:30 p.m. – Confirmation Orientation
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service/Building Fund
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Marilyn Rostermundt, Jeanette Wakeman
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Myrna & Marlin Westra, Cal Bootsma, Delbert Zwart, William Klunder
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
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPE SIGNUP: There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for 2017 offering envelopes. Please put an X by your name if you WANT offering envelopes for 2017. Deadline to sign up is today.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, August 24th. Please have anything you want included in the newsletter to the church office by noon.
CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION DATE & TIME CHANGE: Confirmation orientation is changed to this Wednesday, August 24th at 7:30pm for all 6th, 7th & 8th grade students and parents. Confirmation materials and youth gathering information will be passed out that evening.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED: Please contact Lea Ann Bonnema if you can help out teaching Sunday School this fall.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Please join us for Adult Bible Study Thursday mornings at 10:00am as we continue to study Romans.
2017 CHURCH LEADERSHIP: If you are interested in being a church leader in 2017, please check out and sign up on the list of needed leaders. Copies of the constitution and the new possible revisions can be found by the list so you can check out the leader responsibilities.
GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER: We will be doing the gift basket fundraiser again this fall. Gift baskets will be on display starting September 18th. The final bids and winners will be at the Harvest Dinner on October 16th. Proceeds will go toward the new sound system. Contact Cheryl Ten Napel or Gail Vander Hamm with questions.
COMMUNING AT ST. PAUL’S: St. Paul's Lutheran Church holds to a confession of faith shared by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We believe that the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is truly in, with, and under the bread and wine in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Communing at our altar serves also as a public confession of agreement with the doctrines of the LCMS. If you have not yet been instructed, are in doubt, or hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the LCMS, please speak to Pastor Mike before communing.
CHURCH DIRECTORY: Bonnie is working on updates for the church directory. If you have an updated picture or need information updated, please email it to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at her office. If you no longer have your home phone, please give her your cell numbers and emails.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HELP: There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for volunteers to help with the Siouxland Habitat for Humanity home in Ireton. If you would like to help with framing, concrete, sheetrock, painting, trim work, flooring, snacks or photography, please sign up. The home is located at West 5th St.
LIFELIGHT FESTIVAL: Lifelight Festival will take place September 2-4 at 47468 280th St., Worthing, SD. The festival is free but admit one tickets can be found in the Narthex for prizes. Check out all details at www.LifeLight.org.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Talk about the wrong question! You can’t do anything to inherit something – it’s either yours by birth or you are not in the family and there’s nothing you can do to inherit it. We are part of the family through Baptism. We don’t have to buy our way into the Kingdom – we are brought in by the precious Blood of Christ. Luke 10:25
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Parenting has never been an easy job, but it is arguably harder today than ever before. Getting kids back into school routines after taking the summer off is also challenging. Is there a young family God has put in your path through your work, school, church, neighborhood or family? Take some time this week to connect with them to see how they are doing. Offer to help. With your parenting experience and a bit of your time, you may be their answer to prayer! Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Every four years, a certain sense of dread seizes our nation. Unease fills the hearts of Americans as we look to the election of a commander-in-chief. The future seems uncertain, and we're never quite sure what the next president will do. We take pride in the democratic nature of our government because we like to be the ones who elect our leaders. However, this also means we not only receive a new national leader for four years, but we must also be a part of the process to choose the new leader. The uncertainty and discomfort is very apparent. The internet, newspapers, and television reporters don't help much with this anxiety either. We live in an age where any comment made by any candidate can be examined and dissected hundreds of different ways by any number of people from all different perspectives. We get overly immersed in opinions and commentaries to the point of exhaustion. All of this serves to maintain that high level of anxiety felt all over our country.
As Christians, we are not immune to this phenomenon. We desire to have Godly leaders who will be fair and just. Unfortunately, we are not always sure what leaders will be fair, just, and Godly. It's because of this reality that I find it very comforting to not wonder about who our next leader will be, but who our leader is currently. If we are looking for comfort from an earthly leader, we are always going to be disappointed. Jesus said the following words to His disciples as He was discussing His death, resurrection and ascension. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 Even if an elected official fits all the criteria that you personally believe makes a great leader, they will still fall short. After all, they are still sinners. We so often treat elections and government officials as the “end of all things” or the “beginning of all things great”. They cannot bring true peace into your life. Conversely, they cannot bring true harm into life either. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 Jesus is telling us that the absolute worse thing a person can do to us is to end our earthly life, but since “[w]e were buried therefore with [Christ] by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life...For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:4, 7-8
This is why we focus on the King of kings who reigns over us right now. We should certainly be involved in our nation's elections and we should spend time and energy doing our civic duty of being informed voters. However, when we lose sight of who's really in charge, we fall into worry and disquiet. Remember the one who died for you and now lives and reigns at the Father's right hand. Place your worries at His feet and live joyfully in His peace.
Peace be to you!
Pastor Mike Boothby
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