Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday July 7, 14 21)
Midweek Services Wednesday’s 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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Seventh Sunday a. Pentecost-July 3, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 49 Midweek
July 3-Marlene Eilts, July 10-Jeanna Negaard
Acolytes: July 10
Kamryn Rus & Addisyn Van Oort
Greeters: July 10
*Greg & Genise Vreeman & Eleanor Marienau
Elder of the Month:
Kevin Schlumbohm, Lyle Ten Napel, Scott Van Den Berg
Gloria Ping, Denice Ping, Brenda Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – Community Service/Potluck
Monday: Church Office Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – Hillcrest Service
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. – Midweek Service w/Communion
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Andy Schipper, Marilyn Rostermundt, Jeanette Wakeman, Family of Jack Ping
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Myrna & Marlin Westra, Betty Hultquist, Tim Moothart (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
COMMUNITY SERVICE & POTLUCK: There will be a Community Service this Sunday, July 3 at 10:30am at the Ireton City Park. Pastor Boothby will be leading the service and Christian Reformed will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs and will have tableware and drinks for everyone. 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.
IRETON COMMUNITY VBS: There are 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 17th. 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: Midweek services resume this Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30pm.
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.
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.
HABITITAT FOR HUMANITY HELP: There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for volunteers to help with the Siouxland Habitat for Humanity home in Ireton. If you would like to help with framing, concrete, sheetrock, painting, trim work, flooring, snacks or photography, please signup. The home will be located at West 5th St.
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: Are your kids watching a lot of movies or spending time playing video games this summer? What messages are they learning through these mediums? Parents and grandparents can be informed through websites that review movies and games from a Christian perspective and how their messages impact children at different stages of cognitive development. Two such sites are www.movieguide.org and www.pluggedin.com. The more you know, the better prepared you will be to guide the little ones entrusted to your care! Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: Matthew 5:23 “So if you are offering your gift at the altar. . .” Jesus connects our generosity toward God's Kingdom to our love and forgiveness toward our brethren in the Kingdom. Both grow out of God’s love toward us: we forgive as we have been forgiven, and we give as we have been given to. All our growth in sanctification is growing into our Heavenly Father's own actions through thankful imitation.
“[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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