Worship This Weekend

Each new day seems to bring a new crisis - economic fears, medical problems, terrible storms, child neglect, sexual violence, mass shootings, threat of nuclear conflict, etc. We wonder what is happening to the world, and us. Do we have a future? Is there hope? Yes, the readings for this weekend - the story of the great flood, and the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness - convey the promise of God's continuing love and care for this world, and its inhabitants. There we find hope, courage and peace. So come and worship this Saturday or Sunday. Pr. Dennis Dickman will serve as preacher.

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Radio Broadcast

Sponsor a radio broadcast of our 8:30 a.m. Sunday service as a memorial or in celebration of a significant event. Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex or email life@stpaulswaverly.org or call the church office at 352-3850. Openings are available Feb. 18 and 25. Cost is $125.

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Worship Welcome Cards

Members are reminded to complete a worship welcome card provided by the ushers and to circle the worship time.  Members DO NOT need to provide their contact information every week unless it has changed. Visitors and guests are also asked to complete a worship welcome card.

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Mission Minute

Did you know that our congregation contributed toward building a well in South Sudan? The Mission Board helped support fundraising efforts by the 6th-grade class at St. Paul’s School to reach a $1,000 goal connected with Water for South Sudan, Inc. Now that milestone has been reached, the students continue accepting donations at bit.ly/2nXlliN. Each well costs $15,000 and brings safe, clean water to rural areas. This project was inspired by reading Linda Sue Park’s story, A Long Walk to Water.

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Adult Ed: Social Statement

Rev. Kristin Wendland, member at St. Paul’s, will lead a discussion of the draft statement of the ELCA Social Statement on Women and Justice with an opportunity at the end to respond to the taskforce about the statement. The statement is available in the church office. The first of the five part series will be taught on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 9:45 a.m. in classroom 121.

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PTO Talent Show Rescheduled

 Singing, dancing, comedy, juggling, karate, poetry and more! Join the St. Paul's Lutheran School PTO and support our students showcasing their talents on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This event is free for students. There will be a free will donation at the door for attendants. All donations will go toward the PTO and their efforts to provide money for classroom supplies, teacher gifts, and new student welcome bags, as well as other events throughout the year. 

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Senior Adult Lunch

Michelle Litterer has worked at Waverly Health Center for 24 years and has held the position of a staff RN in Cardiac Rehabilitation for 17 years. She enjoys assisting patients with their recovery from their heart event and in educating and supporting them in a heart healthy lifestyle.  My presentation is titled “Take Care of Your Heart." Please join us on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall to listen to Michelle. Lunch and refreshments will follow the program. No reservations are needed.

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Do-Day

The next Do-Day will be Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Many thanks to Circle members for providing refreshments for Do-Day each month. The workers look forward to a short break for coffee and goodies and appreciate these efforts. If you have questions, call the church office or Marsha Koenig at 352-6611. Thank you for contributing to this mission.

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College Planning Workshop

This free one-hour workshop will be offered on Tuesday, March 27 at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Waverly Public Library in the Waverly Room. Participants will learn about how academic and admissions strategies can help save money on college, helpful timelines, tips on the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and more. The workshop is hosted by Thrivent representatives Monica Severson and Karen Trewin, a certified college planning specialist. Space is limited so reserve your place by calling (563) 382- 1809 or emailing miri.mattson@thrivent.com. Questions call Monica Severson at (319) 269-5310.

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Lenten Preschool

Lenten Preschool for children ages 3-5 will be held March 12, 13, 15 and 16 in the Center for Ministry from 9-11 a.m. The children will study the passion history from Palm Sunday through Easter. They will learn about Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, washing the disciples' feet, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. There will be worship, music, Bible stories and crafts. To register your child, please call Barbara Zemke at 352-2482 by Monday, March 5.

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Team Trivia Night Fundraiser for National Youth Gathering

Save the date! Get a group and be part of St. Paul's first ever Team Trivia night on Feb. 24! Twenty-five dollars buys you a table for four, four snack tickets, and four drink tickets. Prize baskets will be given out to the top three teams and additional trivia questions for prizes will occur throughout the night. Proceeds go toward St. Paul's ELCA National Youth Gathering trip. Trivia rounds include music, movies, sports, literature, Waverly/IA trivia and more! 

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Saints Cafe

St. Paul's Saints Cafe served 241 meals for the month of January. Our next meal is Feb. 26. We are in need of workers, cooks, and baked goods. If you are able to help the sign up sheet is in the narthex. If you would like to help cook or prepare, preparations will begin at 1 p.m. on the 26th. Thank you for supporting this important community meal program.

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Lunch Helpers Needed

During Lent we have added a noon worship on Wednesdays. Volunteers are needed to help serve the light lunch following the service. Approximate time is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Donations of cookies or bars are also appreciated. Contact the church office if you are able to help or if you have questions. 

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Trivia Night Donations Needed

Want to help St. Paul’s youth with their upcoming Trivia Night on Feb. 24? You can help by donating a 12 pack of soda or pork shoulders to the event. The group is also looking for card tables to borrow that evening. Contact Dani Vogel at 352-3850 if able and willing to donate.

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Grief Support Group to Meet Feb. 7

Grief Support Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in room 314 (NE corner of the Parish Hall). This meeting will focus on how and where members draw their strength to continue on the journey through grief. There will be NO March meeting due to Lent.  The group will meet again on Wednesday, April 8.  All are welcome and you may bring a guest. Moderated by Pr. Larry Trachte.

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Worship This Weekend

In Isaiah it is the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars—it is that God who strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up to health and diakonia. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.

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Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported the Parish Board of Education and children this past weekend for the cinnamon roll fundraiser. Together we raised $618.10 which will go toward offsetting the cost of Vacation Bible School this summer. Every donation is pushing us closer to our goal of offering VBS at no cost. If you were not able to join us but would still like to donate, please contact Deb Bachman at deb.bachman@stpaulswaverly.org.

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