Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday July 21)
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
Tenth Sunday a. Pentecost-July 24, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 97
Clayton Gradert & Cassie Koopmans
*Ken & Mary Van Wyhe, 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: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
10:30 a.m. – Voter’s Meeting
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Andy Schipper, Marilyn Rostermundt, Jeanette Wakeman
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Myrna & Marlin Westra, Betty Hultquist, Cal Bootsma
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
VOTER’S MEETING: Our quarterly Voter’s Meeting is today at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.
VBS HELPERS: Thank you to everyone that helped out with VBS this past week!
COOKIE BAKERS: Thank you to all the ladies that baked cookies for the emergency supply needed for Mission Central!
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The August newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, July 27th.
PASTOR ON VACATION: Pastor Boothby will be on vacation July 25th-August 3rd. Pastor Daumer will be covering for him and the Faith Lutheran Church phone number is 712-737-2112.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: There will not be Adult Bible Study this Thursday due to Pastor being on vacation. We will resume Thursday, August 4 at 10:00am and we will continue to study Romans.
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPE SIGNUP: There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for 2017 offering envelopes. Please put an X by your name if you WANT offering envelopes for 2017. Deadline to sign up is August 21st.
PASTOR SCHEFELKER RETIRING: Pastor Perry Schefelker will be retiring from Trinity Lutheran Church, Centralia, Illinois next Sunday, July 31st. If you would like to send him a card, the address is Trinity Lutheran Church, 201-203 South Pleasant St., Centralia, Ill 62801. He was our Pastor from 1991-1997.
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 sign up. The home will be located at West 5th St.
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Iowa now has at least 22 options for gambling in a casino and a seemingly infinite number of places to play the lottery and purchase scratch tickets. Online gambling options are infinite and a law to allow online fantasy sports betting in Iowa is being considered. While some consider gambling a form of entertainment, it’s addictive and life-consuming for others. For all, it can undermine reliance on God as the provider of all our needs. Keep an eye out for signs of gambling addiction among those you love and call an LFS counselor for support and resources. Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?” A generous, giving spirit comes from knowing that you have a generous, giving Father. He will care for our needs – we are therefore free to reflect His generosity in our lives. We can be generous in raising our children, supporting the Church, and serving our neighbor in the community. In these three areas (home, Church, and society) the Lord has called us to show His grace and generosity to those around us. Luke 11:11
“[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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