SUNDAY-Adult Bible Study 8:00am
Worship Service 9:00am
Sunday School 10:15am
Sr. LYF- 2nd Sunday of the month-10:15am
THURSDAY- Adult Bible Study 10:00am
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
Pastor’s Twitter Account: @pastorboothby
1st Sunday in Advent, December 3, 2017
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Brenna Reinking & Addisyn Van Oort
Ruth Van Den Berg, Scott & Deb Van Den Berg, Tom & Denise Salker
Elder of the Month:
Lyle Ten Napel & Mark Wells
Gloria Ping, Denice Ping, Brenda Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Adult Bible Study
Divine Service w/Communion
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Isabella Mares, Ray Moeller, JoAnn Winterfeld, Lois Torwelle, Bonnie Vlotho, La Vonne Vander Hamm
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Kathy Huitink, Dolan Grashoff, Dean Lill
Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, CPL Aaron Hoogland
Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics
WORSHIP SERVICE: You may follow the worship service today on the TV screens or in your hymnal on page 184. Readings and hymn numbers are in the bulletin insert.
POINSETTIAS: Today is the last day to order poinsettias. The cost is $15 per plant and the order blanks are in the Narthex. Please give the order form and payment to Gloria Ping.
CAROLING: We will be going caroling today. Cookie trays will be made up at 1:00pm to bring to those we carol at. Everyone is welcomed to bring baked items! We will leave St. Paul’s at 1:45pm. We will not be having lunch following caroling due to the football banquet that evening.
ADOPT A SERVICE MEMBER: Thank you to everyone that donated to the Adopt a Service Member drive!
ADVENT SERVICES: Our Advent services will begin this Wednesday, December 6th. We will have a sandwich supper provided by the Jr. LYF beginning at 6:00pm. The Advent service will be at 7:00pm. The supper is free will donation and the proceeds will go toward the Jr. Youth Gathering.
LIVE NATIVITY: The Live Nativity will be next Sunday, December 10th from 4-7pm. If you are interested in participating in any way, please contact Valerie Westergard, Angela Ten Napel or Pastor Boothby for more details.
LWL CHRISTMAS PARTY: The LWL Christmas Party will be Tuesday, December 12th, at 6:00 pm at the church. There will be a goodies sock exchange. Contact Jean Bertram with questions.
THANK YOU! Thank you to Nikki Eisma and Shelley Rus for decorating the Christmas tree!
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: The Sunday School Christmas Program will be Sunday, December 17th at 10:00am. Sandwiches & goodies will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
CARING TREE: The LWL are again doing the Caring Tree for Ireton Christian-Kids of the Kingdom Preschool, West Sioux Elementary-Ireton Center and the Daycare. Items needed are books (for smaller children), sweat pants & sweat shirts, sizes 2-3 & 5-10, underwear sizes 2-3 and 5-6, gloves and stocking caps. The tree is located in the lower Narthex.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: December 6, 13 & 20-Jr. LYF Sandwich Suppers starting at 6:00pm, Advent Services at 7:00pm, December 10-Live Nativity, 4:00-7:00pm, December 12-LWL Christmas Party at 6:00pm at the church, December 17-Children’s Christmas Program-10:00am, December 24-Christmas Eve Morning Service at 9:00am, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30pm and December 25-Christmas Day Service at 9:00am.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: 1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The faithfulness of God is our great comfort. He has made promises to us and He will keep them. He is kind and loving toward us and will not break faith with us. This gives us the confidence to step out in faith, to leave fear behind. So when it comes to following the Lord’s commandments for our daily lives: we know His will is best for us because our God is faithful.
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Depression is associated with many things, but a weak faith is not one of them. Martin Luther himself struggled with depression as did many other church leaders. If you are feeling depressed, don’t suffer alone. Talk to someone. Luther had the right idea 500 years ago when he said, “Solitude produces melancholy. When we are alone the worst and saddest things come to mind. We reflect in detail upon all sorts of evils. And if we have encountered adversity in our lives, we dwell upon it as much as possible, magnify it, think that no one is so unhappy as we are, and imagine the worse possible consequences.” LFS counselors are here to help when needed. Lutheran Family Service- LFSiowa.org.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This time of year always seems to catch us by surprise. When we reach Thanksgiving and start looking toward December, we often hear the same refrain, “I can't believe it's already time for Christmas!” With each passing year, the holiday season seems to come more quickly than it did last year. I believe that the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's seems so daunting because we experience a wide range of human emotions in a relatively short period of time.
While the holidays are certainly time for celebrating and excitement, they can also be a time of sadness and mourning. We are warmed by the presence of our family but are also reminded sadly of those who have died or have distanced themselves from their family. Our expectations are at their peak, but those lofty goals are often left unfulfilled. There is also the stress that comes with traveling or preparing to have travelers in your home. Please don't mistake my intentions, I treasure the holidays and find, more often than not, the good far outweighs the bad.
While we are navigating the preparations and emotions of family meals and Christmas presents, it can be easy to forgot about why we gather in the first place. In his letter to the Galatians St. Paul says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” We gather to celebrate the Son of God being born to redeem us.
While I'm not under the impression that you are unaware of the reason for Christmas, I often think that Christians are especially vulnerable during the time of celebrating the birth of the Christ child. We place the holiday celebration on a pedestal because we realize the importance of the Jesus' birth, but we also have great memories of holidays past that linger in our minds as bright moments of happiness. The result of this pressure is high expectations, high emotions, and high anxiety. We may know in our minds that Christmas is all about Christ, however, we do not often take the time to consider that reality in the midst of all the holiday busyness.
When you are feeling stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed by the holiday preparations, remember what Paul said in 2 Corinthians “But [The Lord] said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
The Lord knows that we are a people in need of constant help, and He continually provides that help throughout our whole lives. We need the Lord's help even while we are celebrating the blessings of eternal life giving through His Son born in Bethlehem. Whenever you are feeling overcome with the holiday plans, remember that the Lord is constantly providing His sufficient grace for you!