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
20th Sunday of Pentecost-October 22, 2017
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Clayton Gradert & Levi Koopmans
Jordan & Ashlee Richardson & Barry & Nicole Hoogland
Elder of the Month:
Scott Van Den Berg
Connie Koopmans, Kathy Heuer, Missy Eilts
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study
Divine Service/Communion/Building Fund
Sunday School/Voter’s Meeting
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Delta Pies, Bridget Mares, Ray Moeller, JoAnn Winterfeld
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Kathy Huitink, Virginia Moothart, Dolan Grashoff, Ashley McKenney, Family of Robert Van Wyhe
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 260. Readings and hymn numbers are in the bulletin insert.
GUEST PASTOR: We thank Pastor Lowe from Trinity for filling in for Pastor Boothby this morning.
JR. YOUTH GATHERING: Pastor Boothby, Nikki Van Oort, Tracey Reinking and 9 of our Jr. Youth are attending the Jr. Youth Gathering this weekend in Des Moines. We pray for safe travels and an enlightening experience.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!: Thank you to everyone who help with the Harvest Dinner! To the LYF group for working hard from beginning to end, to everyone who donated food items, to those who helped with set-up / clean-up, to those who sliced and served desserts / pies, and to all those who attended! We served OVER 300 people and once again, the Harvest Dinner was a success! Any pans / dishes / bowls that were not taken home, got brought to church for pickup. The LYF is grateful for all the support we receive! (Thank you to our youth counselors for your hard work and dedication too!)
GIFT BASKETS FUND RAISER: Thank you to everyone that donated gift baskets, bid and purchased them. Special thanks to Cheryl Ten Napel and Gail Vander Hamm for organizing the fundraiser! $2130 was raised for video equipment for the sound system!
VOTER’S MEETING: Our quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be next Sunday, October 29th at 10:15am. Please plan on attending as we will be voting on our 2018 leaders and the 2018 budget will be presented.
BIBLE STUDY: Bible Study will resume next Sunday at 8:00am. We are studying what the Bible has to say about angels and demons. Please join us for wonderful fellowship in God's Word. Our Thursday morning Bible Study continues at 10:00am.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The November newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, October 25th.
2018 CHURCH OFFICERS: If you would like to run for a specific office here at St. Paul's, please contact Pastor Mike or Austin Koopmans. The 2018 proposed ballot can be found in the bulletin.
JR. YOUTH WREATHS: The Jr. Youth are again doing their Christmas Wreath fundraiser. A signup sheet and all of the bow choices can be found in the Narthex. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 5th.
SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & PARENTS: The Sunday School students & the Legion Auxiliary are partnering up to provide Christmas stockings for the Veteran’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. Your child will be bringing home a list of items that are needed. These are small items & not expensive to buy. We will provide a container at the back of the church for collection. We would like to have all items by Thanksgiving. We would like to get them to Sioux Falls by early December. Participation is voluntary but please remember that these are the people who have fought to guarantee our freedom & safety. Extra lists will be in the back of the church for anyone else that is interested. Questions? See Jean Bertram or Marty Toczek.
REFORMATION SERVICE: In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a special worship service will be held next Sunday, Oct. 29th at 3pm at First Lutheran Church in Kingsley. We are all invited to attend this wonderful event. There will be refreshments served in the church basement following the service.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: Matthew 22:21 – Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." So what is Jesus saying? Doesn’t everything belong to God? Yes – and God has a place for everything. Some of what He gives us goes to Caesar. Some must come back to the work of His Church. And some goes to support the families He has given us. All belongs to God – and he has work for us to do with what He has given us in the Home, in the Church, and in Society.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes:
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:14-20
St. Paul reminds us in this portion of scripture that the Body of Christ (all believers) is as diverse as a literal human body. Since we have used all aspects of our body in conjunction with one another all our lives, it may not have ever crossed a person's mind that their body is diverse. If you take a moment to consider how different your arm is from your nose or the difference between your heart and your knee, you begin to notice a diversity in form and function. However, if you observe the whole body, you see that the diversity of form and function ends up serving the entirety of the person very well.
None of us are entirely made up of one particular body part, but we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) from a collection of diverse and functional members. This is Paul's point in the above verses from 1st Corinthians. The Body of Christ is also made up of diverse and functional members. Even though each member is not capable of the same things as other members, it does not make them any less valuable. We all bring our God-given talents and abilities into church.
In our congregation, we are blessed with many people who are very talented and able. We need you to use your abilities and talents to help our congregation run smoothly and to continue our mission of preaching the message of Christ Crucified. This month, we are beginning the nominating process for elections for offices at St. Paul's. I know that all of us are busy and oftentimes adding another obligation to our schedule can seem daunting. All I am asking is that you consider the opportunity to serve in our congregation. All of you are capable of contributing greatly to our church, and I hope that you can see that you are a wonderful creation of our holy God.
God's blessings to you and your family!
2017 Church Directory