Monday, December 8, 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 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:



2nd Sunday in Advent-December 7, 2014


Divine Service                     122                                             Sunday School          35

Advent Attendance              66            

Organist: Jeanna Neggard

Acolytes: Chase Koopmans & Maci Fuller

Greeters: *Robert & Cheryl Ten Napel, Mark & Shelley Rus, Richard & Ashley Steckelberg

Elder of the Month:  Arven Koopmans & Randy Koopmans

Altar Guild: Marty Toczek, Cindy Koopmans, Bonnie Van Den Berg







Offering Last Week Budgeted Needed to Date Giving  
To Date
Mission   220.00   177.50   12541.00        13735.05          +1194.05
Home 3013.00         2823.50 135771.00 135771.20          -8849.80





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

                                       10:15 a.m. – Sunday School/LYF

                                        10:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study

                                        2:30 p.m. – Caroling

Monday:                            1:00 p.m. - Quilting

Tuesday:                           6:00 p.m. – LWL Christmas Party at Parsonage

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

                                         6:30 p.m. – Soup Supper

                                         7:15 p.m. – Advent Services

Thursday:                         6:00 p.m. – Elder’s Meeting

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

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

                                        10:15 a.m. – Sunday School/LYF

                                        10:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study


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)

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 to wish Don Van Wyhe a happy 85th birthday on this Friday, December 12!

LYF TODAY: The LYF will meet this morning to set up the outside Nativity.

CAROLING: St Paul’s and the Ireton community will be going caroling today 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 contact Missy Eilts. Soup and sandwiches will be served at St. Paul’s following the caroling.

POINSETTIA FORMS: Today is the deadline to purchase a poinsettia in memory, honor or thanksgiving of loved ones. Forms are in the Narthex and the cost is $14.00 per plant. Please give your form and payment to Gloria Ping.

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

ALL LADIES:  This 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!"  Start digging through your closets for a "white elephant" (a used or inexpensive new item) that some other gal cannot live without! 

ADVENT SERVICES AND SOUP SUPPER: Our next Advent Service is this Wednesday night, December 10th. The Jr. LYF are 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. Offerings go to Missions.

APPAREL FOR WEST SIOUX STUDENTS: The Sunday School will be buying apparel for West Sioux School students again this year. St. Paul’s members may also give monetary donations to go toward the needed items. Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Sunday School and give to Denise Salker. DEADLINE FOR MONETARY DONATIONS IS NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH.

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, gloves, mittens, books and art supplies are needed.

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 Sunday, December 28th.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: The Children’s Christmas Program will be Sunday, December 21st at 10:00am. Sandwiches, chips and dessert will follow. We are asking people from the congregation to bring the sandwiches. Contact Missy Eilts with questions.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion services will be at 6:00pm and 11:00pm on December 24th. There will not be a Christmas Day service. Offerings from those services go to Missions.

2015 GREETERS AND PRAYER CIRCLE LISTS: The new 2015 greeter and prayer circle lists are in your church mailboxes. After December 31 discard your old prayer circle list as the new one has changed.

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 next Sunday, 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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