Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday’s)
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
Pastor’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary email: email@example.com
St. Paul’s website: http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com
Fifteenth Sunday a. Pentecost-August 28, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 77
Cassie Koopmans & Gillian Rens
*Steve & Peanut Wagers, Mark & Jeanna Negaard
Elder of the Month:
Connie Koopmans, Kathy Heuer, Missy Eilts
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service/Building Fund
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Holy Communion
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Marilyn Rostermundt, Jeanette Wakeman
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Myrna & Marlin Westra, Cal Bootsma, Delbert Zwart, William Klunder
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 TEACHERS NEEDED: Please contact Lea Ann Bonnema if you can help out teaching Sunday School this fall.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Please join us for Adult Bible Study Thursday mornings at 10:00am as we continue to study Romans.
2017 CHURCH LEADERSHIP: If you are interested in being a church leader in 2017, please check out and sign up on the list of needed leaders. Copies of the constitution and the new possible revisions can be found by the list so you can check out the leader responsibilities.
GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER: We will be doing the gift basket fundraiser again this fall. Gift baskets will be on display starting September 18th. The final bids and winners will be at the Harvest Dinner on October 16th. Proceeds will go toward the new sound system. Contact Cheryl Ten Napel or Gail Vander Hamm with questions.
CHURCH DIRECTORY: Bonnie is working on updates for the church directory. If you have an updated picture or need information updated, please email it to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at her office. If you no longer have your home phone, please give her your cell numbers and emails.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HELP: Please check out the 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 sign up. The home is located at West 5th St.
FARMING/BUSINESS SEMINAR: “Are you involved in a farming operation or a small/large business and you are interested in learning how to plan for futures generations? Dordt College, Hope Haven, Inc., and Northwestern College have partnered together to bring you a FREE SEMINAR with some of the best succession planners in NW Iowa on September 7 at Sioux Center’s Terrace View Event Center from 10AM – 1PM. There will be a freewill donation for a catered lunch at noon. Call Missy Kuiper at 712-476-3174 or email at email@example.com to register by Friday, September 2.”
THANK YOU: Thank you for the cards and letters for my 80th birthday! God’s blessings! ~ Alberta Frerichs
LIFELIGHT FESTIVAL: Lifelight Festival will take place September 2-4 at 47468 280th St., Worthing, SD. The festival is free but admit one tickets can be found in the Narthex for prizes. Check out all details at www.LifeLight.org.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: that’s called humility. The Lord is God and we are not. With that in mind, how could we not seek to follow His Word in all aspects of life? He knows what He is talking about and we don’t. If you believe that, then striking out on a path of faithfulness in the realm of stewardship is a lot easier: it just makes sense. Luke 14:11
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Great families, like great marriages, don’t just happen. They take work, sacrifice, commitment and lots of prayer. If your family isn’t as strong and happy as you would want, consider gathering everyone together and asking this question: What do we want our family to be? Gather everyone’s answers which might include things like, “We are a family that loves to spend time together” or “We are a family that doesn’t yell” or “Our family never leaves anyone behind”. Pick the top 10 you all agree on and post them on the refrigerator for all to read regularly. See if you don’t start growing into your vision! Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The summer vacations are winding down and another school year is beginning. As the warm weather turns to cool and students get back into their classrooms, the church turns it focus to education as well. Confirmation classes will be resuming this month as we take our middle school students through Luther's Small Catechism. The goal of these classes are to familiarize our young men and women in the teachings of the Holy Bible. We use Luther's Small Catechism as a guide to what the Bible tells about our God and how He has called us to live our lives. For most of you, this is old news. Many of the people in our pews went through a very similar experience. You probably remember sitting in classrooms with your pastor and studying God's Word alongside of Luther's Small Catechism.
So, out of curiosity: Do you know where your copy of Luther's Small Catechism is located? If you went through the traditional confirmation process, you spent several years studying and memorizing the text of that book. It seems, though, that once those classes are over, the catechism that was so dutifully committed to memory gets placed on a shelf or in a box and rarely given another glance. It can be easy to think of the catechism as a book that is needed only for those being newly introduced to our faith. But Luther's Small Catechism is not just an introduction to our faith, it also does a fantastic job of explaining our faith in everyday terms. The front 1/3 of the book is what Martin Luther wrote in order to give the laypeople an opportunity to learn the faith. Martin Luther introduces each chief part by saying: “As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.” The final 2/3 of the book is actually written by a collection of Lutheran theologians. This portion of the catechism serves as a very valuable reference tool for you and me. The questions and answers in this section are presented by topics. If you have questions about a certain issue, you can pick up your catechism and see what it has to say. While it's not an exhaustive resource of every possible question you may have about God and His Holy Word, it does point you to specific passages of the Bible that may help you find the answer you're looking for. The beauty of the catechism is that it isn't based on human wisdom. It is based entirely on scripture. The questions it asks and the answers it gives are all backed by scripture references that you can look up in your own Bible.
If you haven't taken a look at your catechism in years, I challenge you to pick it up and read a little bit of it, maybe even look up a question or two that you have been wondering about. As our confirmation students find their copies and bring them into class, find your copy and look inside. Maybe you'll find something there you never knew before.
Pastor Mike Boothby
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