Sunday Services 9:00am (During School Year)
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday July 7, 14 21)
Midweek Services beginning June 1 at 6:30pm
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
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St. Paul’s website: http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com
Sixth Sunday a. Pentecost-June 26, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 116 Midweek 17
Levi Koopmans & Brenna Reinking
*Robert & Gail Vander Hamm, Robert & Cheryl Ten Napel
Elder of the Month:
Marty Toczek, Bonnie Van Den Berg, Cindy Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service/Building Fund
Next Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – Community Service/Potluck
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Andy Schipper, Marilyn Rostermundt, Jack Ping
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Myrna & Marlin Westra, Betty Hultquist, Tim Moothart (heart surgery), Richie Gradert (heart surgery)
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
THANK YOU TO REV. KUHN: We would like to welcome and thank Rev. Henry Kuhn for leading our worship service this morning.
PASTOR ON VACATION: Pastor Boothby will be on vacation through June 30. For any immediate needs please contact Pastor Daumer at Faith Lutheran, Orange City, 712-737-2112 or contact one of our Elder’s (Arven Koopmans, Mark Wells, Lyle Ten Napel, Scott Van Den Berg or Kevin Schlumbohm).
IRETON COMMUNITY VBS: Cave Quest VBS registration forms can be found in the Narthex. They are due TODAY! There are also signup sheets for volunteers to help the week of VBS & for snack food items needed. Please have snack items to St. Paul’s by Sunday, July 10th. VBS will be July 18-21 at St. Paul’s from 6:00-8:30pm. The parents program will be Thursday, July 21 at 8:00pm.
MIDWEEK SERVICES: We will not have a midweek service this Wednesday June 29th due to Pastor being on vacation. We will resume next Wednesday, July 6th.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & POTLUCK: There will be a Community Service next Sunday, July 3 at 10:30am at the Ireton City Park. Pastor Boothby will be leading the service and Christian Reformed will be supplying the meat, tableware and drinks. Please bring your favorite side dish, if able and a lawn chair. An offering will be collected to cover potluck expenses and the remainder will go to a local charity.
BONNIE ON VACATION: Bonnie will be on vacation July 2-4, back in the office July 5 & 6 and gone again July 7-11. Contact Pastor with church office matters.
MID-SIOUX KITS FOR KIDZ: We will be taking a door offering for Kits for Kidz Back-to-School program. Mid-Sioux gets backpacks and kits of needed school supplies for the cost of $20 for low income children. Monetary donations will be collected in the back of the church and the deadline for donations is Friday, July 8th. If you donate by check, make check payable to Mid-Sioux Opportunity. Donations may also be sent to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, 618 14th St. NE Ste. 10, Sioux Center, IA 51250.
JULY WOMEN’S LEAGUE MEETING: The July Women’s League meeting will be Tuesday, July 12th due to VBS on the regular meeting night.
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Humility is hard to come by during an argument - especially when you think you are right and your husband (or wife) is wrong. Here are 9 simple but powerful words that can help when conflict comes in your marriage: I am sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”. Proverbs 15:1 Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: 1 Kings 19:18 “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” Elijah was so sure that he was right: that he was the only one left who had not gone after Baal. But he was too pessimistic; his faith in God was off-center. We can't go by our own wisdom. We must trust the Lord and what He has revealed to us in His Word. Think about how this applies to our support of God's work in the Church with our offering (take at look in the Small Catechism's Table of Duties to see what the Bible has to say about our giving….).
“[Jesus said] 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.'” ~ Matthew 11:28-30
Our summertime is soon upon us. A time of vacations, camping, relaxing, and enjoying our families. These warm months are typically seen as restful and restoring times that contain leisure and fun. But often, the reality is actually much different. We look forward to the summer months, but when we actually start looking at our calendars, June and July end up more jam-packed than any other time of year. Family reunions, planned trips, ball games, practices, get-togethers and countless other obligations soon start eating up the days that we had planned for relaxing and leisure. I'm not trying to say that these events are a negative aspect of our summertime, in fact, I think they serve a very important purpose of spending time together and enjoying the beautiful world our God has created for us.
However, with all these activities going on in our calendar, we can feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the intensity of our summer plans. Unfortunately, because of our packed schedules and increased frequency of trips out of town, it can be easy to allow our worship time to be neglected. It is tempting to view worship as another activity that requires your attention and attendance, but worship is much more than just another obligation. As Jesus points out in the excerpt from the Matthew's Gospel printed above, the place where we find restoration and respite is in Him. We encounter Jesus is in the Word and Sacraments that we experience in worship.
The reason we get exhausted, worn out, and burnt out is that we live in a broken and sinful world. It's a world that doesn't always work the way it should. Our own actions, words and thoughts often serve as a stark reminder of how desperately we need to be saved. The one place that we can be assured of hearing the Good News of how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ saves from the sinful, broken world is in the Lord's house. We can take a break from the busy and burdensome world by receiving our undeserved forgiveness from the Cross of Christ.
As you plan your vacations, trips, and getaways, plan also to regularly hear of the Grace of God and receive His forgiveness. If you are faraway from home, find a church near you to take a break from your busy schedule. The synod's website (lcms.org) has an excellent search engine that will help you find a church in almost any area of the country. Alternatively, feel free to take advantage of the Wednesday evening services at 6:30pm we will be offering this June and July. Please don't consider this a drive to “keep church attendance up”, but as an opportunity for you to receive rest from the sin that burdens us all and to experience the Grace of our God.
Enjoy your summer, revel in the fun of family and leisure time, and make it all the more joyous by continually receiving His Word and forgiveness.
God's Blessings to you all!
Pastor Mike Boothby
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