Sunday Services 9:00am
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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6th S. of Easter-May 1, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 129 Sunday School 23
Cassie Koopmans & Kamryn Rus
*Randy & Cindy Koopmans, Wayne & Gretchen Schuller, Robert & Cheryl Ten Napel
Elder of the Month:
Connie Koopmans, Kathy Heuer, Missy Eilts
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/ Communion
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School/Bible Study
12:30 p.m. – Hillcrest Service
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School/Bible Study
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Andy Schipper, Sandy Iles
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters, Myrna & Marlin Westra, Betty Hultquist, Family of Suzanne Hansen, Bob Eisma
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
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Next Sunday, May 8th will be the last day of Sunday School until fall. The children will be singing, attendance awards and Bibles for the 1st graders will be given out during the worship service. Children are to meet in the fellowship hall at 8:45am.
IPAD FOUND: An IPad was found in the Altar Guild room. If it is yours, you can claim it at the church office.
MIDWEEK SERVICES: We will have midweek services starting June 1 at 6:30pm.
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: The Memorial Day Service will be Monday, May 30th at 10:00am at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ireton. Pastor Boothby will be leading the service.
IRETON COMMUNITY VBS: The Ireton Community Vacation Bible School 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. Valerie Westergard will be heading it up but extra volunteers are needed. Contact Austin Koopmans or Angela Ten Napel if interested in helping.
AUTOMATIC OFFERING WITHDRAWAL: If you would like automatic withdrawals for your offerings, please go to your banking establishment and speak to them about how to do it. Contact the church office if you do this so the offerings can be recorded in the database.
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.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTES: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Martin Luther said this about our faith: “Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. And so it is impossible for it not to do good works incessantly. ”The Word of God is not merely to be heard, but to be received and believed, and implemented. James reminds us of this – and encourages us to examine our lives and come to repentance where we can see that we are not living out our faith in sincerity. James 1:22
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: May is Older Americans’ Month, a chance to recognize the gift that today’s older folks are to all of us. Many older Iowans provide strong and valuable leadership in church, community and family life. Their knowledge, life experience, work ethic, faith and generosity combine to make them invaluable resources. Others who are not able to be so active still provide hours of prayer and lots of love. Today as we recognize along with Job that, “wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days,” (Job 12:12), we thank God for the older members in our congregational family! Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we move away from the beautiful holiday of Easter, we move toward another milestone in the Church’s life: Pentecost. We celebrate Pentecost because we know that on that fiftieth day after the Passion of our Lord, the Holy Spirit came and blessed God’s people. In that miraculous event so many years ago, God promised that when His people preached His Gospel and taught His Word the Holy Spirit would be with them and would work through the words and actions of God’s people.
When the day of Pentecost has been celebrated and the green paraments come out, it almost seems like God’s people are ready to sit back and relax for the rest of the church year. After Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter have come and gone, we are relieved from the constant barrage of special church festivities and observances. But these twenty-some weeks of Pentecost are not just a time of inactivity and hibernation. This long season of Pentecost is certainly a time of restoration and renewal after the busy seasons of Christmas and Easter, but we don’t receive that revitalization by being dormant.
The season of Pentecost very intentionally covers our altars and pulpits in green so as to remind us of healthy plants that are continually growing; soaking up moisture, nutrients and sunlight. We too, as Christians, are to grow during this “quiet time”within our church year. Growing does not occur when we hibernate or lay dormant. Like the plants our liturgical color of season represents, we should be soaking up the things that we need to flourish.
During this season of Pentecost, I invite you to make a very intentional effort to not hibernate or be dormant. Please spend some time reading God’s Word in your private moments in the morning, before bed, or on your lunch break. I know it is often intimidating and daunting to just pick up a Bible and start reading, but start somewhere in the Bible that really interests you. The Bible is not so much a book as it is a library. There are many different genres and authors within the Bible. For instance, if you like reading about history, start with Joshua, Judges and the Kings; if you like poetry, read Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes; if you want to know more about the life of Jesus, read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Reading the Holy Scriptures does not have to be a daunting or frightening thing. It’s a warm, welcome place for you to hear about what God has done for you from the beginning of time until now, and what He promises to do for you for the rest of eternity. This Pentecost season, let us not hibernate, but let us grow together in God’s Word.
Grace and Peace to you!
Pastor Mike Boothby
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