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
Pastor’s Twitter Account: @pastorboothby
Seventh Sunday of the Epiphany-February 19, 2017
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 158 Sunday School 31
February 19-Cassie Koopmans & Zach Steckelberg, February 26-Levi Koopmans & Brenna Reinking
February 19-*Bjorn & Britney Johnson, Shawn & Heather Kaskie, Arven & Patti Koopmans, February 26-*Austin & Brenda Koopmans, Jim & Mary Koopmans, Val Hultquist
Elder of the Month:
Lyle Ten Napel
Marty Toczek, Bonnie Van Den Berg, Cindy Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. – Council Meeting
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
7:00 p.m. – Adult Catechism
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m – Divine Service/Building Fune
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Kody Hedden, Kathy Huitink, Marjorie Smith, Bob Hilt
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
COUNCIL MEETING: The church council meeting has been changed to this Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30pm.
LUTHERAN WITNESS SIGNUP: There are sheets in the Narthex for the Lutheran Witness. There is an addition sheet if you are not receiving it and would like to. There is also a sheet of those currently getting it, if you choose to not receive it anymore, please cross your name off. Deadline is today.
LENTEN LUNCH SIGNUP: There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for extra help making sandwiches for the Lenten Lunches. If you have questions contact Jean Bertram.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGING: The Sunday School children will be singing at the Ash Wednesday Service on March 1st at 7:00pm.
ADULT CATECHISM: We will conclude our Adult Catechism class next Wednesday evening, February 22 at 7:00pm in the church basement. Please speak with Pastor Mike if you have any questions.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The March newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, February 22.
CHURCH KITCHEN CLOTHS: Please return church kitchen cloths if you have some at home.
CHURCH DIRECTORY: The church directory has been put on our blog spot at http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com and some copies can be found in the Narthex.
LENTEN SERVICES: Ash Wednesday Service-March 1, Lenten Services-March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 at 7:00pm. Lenten Lunches will follow at 7:45pm.
FLU SEASON: The flu season is here! Make sure you frequently and thoroughly do hand washing – using warm soap and water and washing for at least 20 seconds. We have hand sanitizers in every pew for your safety.
SIOUX COUNTY DAFFODIL DAYS: Daffodils are the first flower of spring and bright symbol of hope. To the American Cancer Society, the daffodil symbolizes the hope we all share for a cure of where cancer no longer threatens those we love. Daffodil Days raise funds and awareness to help beat the disease. To order your daffodils for $10 a bunch, contact Susan (Doug) Ten Napel at 278-2520 by March 1. They will be delivered the week of March 14-16.
SAVE THE DATE! Ireton VBS Fundraiser Supper and Bake Sale will be held in the Ireton Community Center on Wednesday, April 19th from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Donations for the bake sale can be dropped off in the kitchen of any Ireton Church on the 18th or brought directly to the Community Center before 3:00 on the 19th. VBS will be July 31-August 4 at the Christian Reformed Church.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “The seed is the word of God.” It all starts with the Word. “In the beginning the Word was with God…” “He saved us by the regeneration of water and the Word…” “The Word of the Lord stands forever.” We never outgrow our need to hear the Word of God. We never achieve such greatness that we don’t need the blessings of God’s Word. Rather the Christian life is one of always striving to conform our lives to God’s Word – to live out the truth of our Baptisms, that we are God’s children by the power of his Word. Luke 8:11
LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES: Husbands, want to have a great relationship with your wife, even during times of conflict? Don’t try harder to convince her of your point. Don’t ignore her. Love her. Research supports what Scripture has already told us: During an argument, 72% of wives feel unloved. “Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33) It’s not just a good idea, it’s a clear directive from the creator of marriage Himself. And it works! LFS marriage counselors are also available to help when needed.Lutheran Family Service (712-276-9000, 4301 Sergeant Rd, Ste 203, Sioux City, IA
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope that the past few months of my newsletter letter articles have given you some insight into the liturgy that we use on Sunday mornings. As we continue to look at the reason behind the words we speak and sing, my goal is that this information can help enrich your worship life and aid in your understanding of the Divine Service. My January newsletter ended with the sermon, so this month we begin at the Offertory Hymn.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.
The Offertory hymn is not a response to the sermon but a prayer of preparation before the gathering of offerings. The words of this hymn come directly from a portion of Psalm 51. In this psalm, King David repents of his sin and calls on the Lord to forgive him and make him righteous. He wants the Lord to guide the actions of his hands and his heart. As the congregation sings this hymn, they also are asking God to guide their thoughts and actions. Each member asks the Lord to help them remember the joy of their salvation so that they can cheerfully give.
The offering is not gathered in a flashy way but with dignity and discretion. Some individuals may find the practice of gathering money during the worship service distasteful. However, the collection of offerings is not merely an instance of the church asking for money, it is another opportunity for the gathered guests to worship God, not in song or in prayer, but in giving to the church from the gifts that God has wondrously bestowed on them. In Luther's explanation of the first article of the Apostles' Creed, he says, “[The Lord] gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.” When a person considers that all their material goods are given by God, it becomes much easier to place an offering into plates. These offerings are used by the church to continue its mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are careful to not teach that our forgiveness and redemption are somehow “earned” by our giving to the church. The salvation we enjoy comes not from our sacrifice, but from Christ's. Luther writes in his explanation of the second article of the Apostles' Creed: “[Jesus Christ has] purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.”
Prayer of the Church
After the offering is gathered, the congregation turns to the Lord in prayer. The Prayer of the Church collects the prayers of the congregation and the community they live in. While the pastor often is the only individual speaking, this is not just the pastor's prayer. The words the pastor speaks is the communal prayer of all those in attendance. Often, the prayers will include petitions for peace and safety for governmental leaders, military personnel, and other emergency workers who serve the community. Prayers for pastors and missionaries are also offered at this time. The congregation prays for health and healing for its own members that are listed by name, as well as friends and family members who may not belong to that specific congregation. Other concerns are also brought forward in this time, such as prayers for any particular issues concerning the congregation or community.
God's Blessings to you all!