November 26, 2017 Announcements

Calendar of Events

Sunday Only one Service today!
 Nov 26 10:00 am Service of the Word
Nov 27 9:15 am Collate Epistle
  10:15 am Preschool chapel
  4:15 pm American Heritage Girls
  5:45 pm Women’s Bible study
  6:00 pm Men’s Bible study
Nov 28 10:15 am Preschool Chapel
  2:00 pm Preschool Chapel
  6:30 pm Bell choir
  7:30 pm Parish choir
Nov 29 2:00 pm Bring down Christmas decorations
  4:30 pm Midweek Classes
Nov 30  10-1:00 pm  Family Service Quilters
  1:00 pm Family Service meeting
Dec 1  1:00 pm Decorate the church for Christmas
Dec 2 9-11:00 am  Children’s Christmas program practice
  11-1:00 pm Childcare
  1:00 pm Keepsake Christmas for Families
Sunday First Sunday of Advent
Dec 3 8:30 am Worship with Holy Communion
  9:30 am Coffee Fellowship
  9:45 am Education Hour
  11:00am Worship with Holy Communion


Thank-you for all the help we received Saturday at the fall cleanup! The youth that helped made for a quicker cleanup. Despite the cool and moist weather, we had a good turnout. ~Board of Trustees

Children’s Christmas Service Dates


Saturday, December 2nd, 9-11 am (2nd Grade- High School)

Saturday, December 9th, 9-10 (2nd– High School) 10-11 am (Preschool – High School) This practice will take place in the fellowship hall.

Sunday, December 10th, 9:45 – 10:45 (3rd Grade– High School)


Sunday, December 10th, 11:00 service only

(Children are asked to bring a wrapped box with their offering enclosed)


Soup and Sweets Advent Supper- The Women of St. Paul will be hosting the annual soup and sweets supper for the first Advent meal on Dec 6 at 5:45 pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board.

We have a few angels left on the Angel tree. The Angel Tree gifts need to be brought to the church no later than DECEMBER 10! Thank you in advance for helping our angels have a blessed Christmas.

This isn’t a “trivial pursuit”. It’s a worthy cause! Do you know stuff about things? Come show off your worthless trivia knowledge! The National Youth Gathering participants are hosting a trivia night January 13th to raise funds for the 2019 National Youth Gathering. Come compete for the prestigious title of: Champion of People who “Noah” few things. Cost is $100 per table (team) of eight (only $12.50 per person), and we have room for 12 tables/teams. Bring your own food, drink, and some friends for a great time. Whether you know a little bit about a lot of things or a lot about a little, come have some fun with us! We are looking to pre-register the tables by early December so we can prepare the event through the busy holiday season. Pick a team captain and contact Thomas Wilson to reserve your table with pre-payment. Any questions contact Matt & Janelle W or Jeff & DeAnn B.

It’s time to order poinsettias for the sanctuary and narthex for Christmas. This year there will be wedding at our church on December 9th and it was decided that it would be nice to have white poinsettias this year. The order form is in the announcement handout on Sunday mornings. Place your completed form and your check for $10.00 (made out to the church) in the office mailbox in the west coatroom. The last day to order will be Sunday, December 3rd at 1:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Judy P, Chair of Altar Guild.

The Board of Human Care wishes to say THANK YOU to all those who participated in our HOPE Gift Market.  It is through your generosity that we can “Help Other People Everywhere!”  If you have not yet contributed, we will collect order forms and checks through Sunday, December 3rd.

Christmas Caroling…. Conversational Dinners will be Christmas Caroling on Saturday, Dec 9th, at 5:30 pm.  We will meet at the Stone Brooke Club House, 3816 Fletcher Blvd, Ames at 5:30 pm and divide into groups, leaving the clubhouse at 6:00 pm.  After caroling we will again gather at the clubhouse for food and fellowship.  Please bring a holiday snack or dessert to share and your beverage of choice.  Contact Ellen S or Carol F, if you are planning to join us or you have a question.

FAMILY SERVICE   ~ Our Christmas Luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, Dec 14 beginning at noon. All women of the congregation are invited to attend. No need to bring food, it will all be provided. We will play Jesus Bingo, so please bring a wrapped $5 bingo prize.  If you are able to attend, please contact Geri S or Marilyn H by Dec 10.

You got Gifts? We got wrap!  As the busyness of the Christmas season gears up the dreadful task of wrapping all those presents can seem like a never-ending battle. If you find yourself needing some extra help this year with the task of making your presents cheerful and bright, let the participants of the 2019 National Youth Gathering help out!  We will be holding a Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.   This FREEWILL DONATION fundraiser will help the participants raise funds to attend the largest youth gathering in the LCMS in Minneapolis, MN in 2019.  Gift wrapping will include: the gift wrap, 2 bows and gift tag.

There are multiple ways to get your gifts wrapped:

1) Drop them off at the church and pick-up later that day (by 4:00 PM).

2) Drop them off at the church and pick up on Sunday.

3) Bring them in, let us wrap and you enjoy some snacks and a Christmas movie while you wait!

4) Don’t want to come to the church? Call the week of the event and set up delivery- we pick them up in the morning from your house and deliver them later that day!

St. Paul Delivers – AGAIN!   With a goal of 50 boxes, the Family Life office decided to kick off Operation Christmas Child 2017. Boxes were able to be picked up by congregational members starting on October 15th and were due back to the church November 12th.  Well, the goal was not only met, but it was surpassed by almost double! 100 boxes were picked up, and we packed and delivered 81 boxes to be shipped out. 53 boxes were packed for girls, and 28 packed for boys. We paid for the tracking of our boxes, so as we get updates as to where our boxes were shipped we will update the congregation!  Awesome job! Thanks to all of you who participated!

We will be “Decorating for Christmas” on Friday, December 1st, starting at 1:00 and going till we are done. You can come anytime to help. On Wednesday, November 29th, at 2:00 we would like some help in getting out all the Christmas decorations from the old balcony. We would appreciate your help. Please email Judy Peter at or call her at 450-4039 if you can help on November 29th or to decorate on December 1st.