August 13, 2017 Announcements

Calendar of Events

Aug 13 8:30 am Service of the Word
  9:30 am Coffee Fellowship
  9:45 am Adult Education Hour
  10:00 am IDW Jr. High Gathering Meeting
  11:00 am Service of the Word
Aug 14 5:45  pm Women’s Bible Study
  6:00 pm Men’s Bible Study
  7:00 pm Board of Directors
Aug 15   Epistle Items Due
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Aug 19    
Sunday   Bethesda Food Bank Sunday
Aug 20 8:30 am Worship with Holy Communion
  9:30 am Coffee Fellowship
  9:45 am Adult Education Hour
  9:45 am SAFE training in sanctuary
  11:00am Worship with Holy Communion


We have a wonderful outreach here at St. Paul with our preschool. One of the best ways we can support our preschool’s families is through prayer. We would like to have a church family praying regularly for each preschool family. That’s it!!!  Just pray!  Please sign up on the bulletin board and a preschool family will be given to you to include in your prayers.

Are you working on your bucket list this summer? There are still party buckets available to take home and have a party. Some are coming back and are being reloaded for more fun! It’s a great way to build relationships with neighbors, co-workers, friends, family, etc. Give it a try.  Any questions? Call Janelle Swenson or Ellen Sander.

Fall Women’s Bible Study – We will be studying “David, A Man after God’s Heart” in September.  If you would like a book, please let the office know. Thank you.

Sign Up for August 26 Training Day Event! Reverend Greg Finke and Susan Finke will be joining us for the weekend of August 26.  On Saturday August 26, they will lead a fun and informative training session from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.  We have available after the church service today Reverend Finke’s just published book “Joining Jesus: Show Me How”. The discounted price cost is $10. In order to prepare for this great event, please complete the sign-up form in the worship folder. Over 60 members of our church family attended the training event in January with Reverend Finke and Susan.  This session promises to be just as fun and informative.  We will learn how simple it is to disciple our family and friends the way Jesus disciples His family and friends in the gospel.

This fall we will kick off our first ever Lutheran Olympics here at St. Paul. All families, no size too big and no size too small, are encouraged to sign up. When: Sunday, September 10th   Time: 2:00 PM Registration is open NOW, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, August 23rdForms are on the Family Corner bulletin board.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Vocal Choir Director – The duties of this part time position would to be to direct the Parish Choir. The director would hold weekly practices and direct the choir during worship 2 Sundays a month, Sept- May. In addition, the opportunity to serve as part time organist would be available. Compensation to be commensurate with experience and qualifications. If interested, email for more information. This opportunity has been posted on the St. Paul website and Facebook page. Please share with your family, friends and on social media.

PICK & PAY ~The 2019 NYG participants kick off their two-year fundraising campaign this Sunday (today) and we kick it off with a NEW idea this year: Pick & Pay!  This gourmet lollipop tree is a great way to help the NYG participants to earn funds to make it to Minneapolis in 2019. It’s easy! Pick the sucker you want, look at the bottom of the stick, pay the amount that corresponds to the color you have! It could cost you only 50 cents, $1, $2, or at most $5! Take a chance and help us earn some dough! This is the sweetest deal around!

Junior High Gathering NAILED IT!   Iowa District West holds a Junior High Youth Gathering in Des Moines every fall for youth grades 6th through 8th grades. This year the theme is “Nailed It” to go along with the Reformation. The Board of Youth would like to have a group attend the gathering and will be conducting and informational meeting next Sunday, August 13th @ 10:00 AM in the Youth Room. We highly encourage parents and youth to attend the meeting for more information! If you have questions please feel free to contact Carla Murphy.

SAFE Policy and Procedures Training will be held on Sunday, August 20 in the sanctuary between services from 9:45-10:15. If you are planning on volunteering to work with the youth of St. Paul, in any way, VBS, Sunday School, or Mid-Week School, or even Trunk or Treat, please come and be trained in proper procedures. Please complete the SAFE application (available in the office or online) prior to training. If you are not available on that date, or have questions, contact Jana Weiss.

Looking for a Few Good MEMBERS! The Board of Christian Education is looking for a few good members, individuals or couples, to teach/ co-teach the 7th and 8th grade Sunday school program. New curriculum has been chosen for this class and we would like to get a teacher, or teachers, in place soon. Please prayerfully consider this chance for you to have an impact on the lives of the youth of this congregation! If you have questions please feel free to speak with either Cindy Baas or Brenda Dryer.

Join us for the Tuscan Dinner being held Saturday, August 19th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1015 Hyland Ave., Ames. The dinner is being prepared by former founders of Lucallan’s Italian Grill. Funds raised will be used to support the GNEA’s Healthy Food Voucher program. See the flyer on the bulletin board.

Mighty Fortress VBS was Mighty! We had 87 kids from preschool through 6th grade!  (45 registered prior to July 27 and 42 registered after.) We had 45 boys, 42 girls and 31 in the preschool group. About 30 kids were St. Paul members with the rest from area churches or no church at all!  Duane Faas /Thrivent served 135 people on the last night during our VBS Showcase. It took over 30 volunteers during the 4 days-thank you! We collected $700 for “Sharing God’s Mighty Word” which provides bibles, devotional and Bible-based books to kids in the U.S. This VBS was truly God at work!