Worship This Weekend

In today’s second reading Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God. Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times reveals God’s boundless mercy. When we hear the words of forgiveness in worship and sign ourselves with the cross, we are renewed in baptism to be signs of reconciliation in the world.

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Unbudgeted Expenses

Over the summer, St. Paul's experienced two unbudgeted expenses that required action. The air conditioning unit that cooled the classrooms adjacent to the Parish Hall failed. The bill was $8,885. The fire alarm system in school failed requiring a digital upgrade to the equipment. The bill was $7,500. ...

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Engaging the Word of God

Ever wonder how to approach the Word of God? Pr. Arthur will be teaching a six part course on how Lutherans engage scripture. The class materials come with the book, Opening the Book of Faith. The book and materials have their origin from a 2007 ELCA initiative calling God's people to become "more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of scripture." The class meets on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the multi purpose room, classroom 121. ...

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God's Work, Our Hands Wrap Up

Thank you to the many volunteers that helped package meals on God's Work, Our Hands Sunday. A total of 90 people volunteered in some capacity at the packing event. Together, St. Paul's packaged 10,152 meals into 47 boxes with 36 bags in each box. Each bag will feed six people. Volunteers decided to send the meals to hurricane victims. Thanks again to all who engaged in this day of service. 

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God Zone Begins

God Zone, or Sunday School, begins for children preschool (age 3 and potty trained) through 6th-grade this Sunday, Sept. 17. Students can be dropped off at the Parish Hall at 9:45 a.m. and be picked up at 10:45 a.m. in their classrooms or the Parish Hall. If you have not yet registered your child for God Zone, you can do so online. Contact Deb Ford with any questions. 

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Hurricane Relief for Texas Preschool

St. Paul's Lutheran School staff and school families will be collecting money for an ELEA preschool in Cypress, TX which was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to join their effort, please make your donation to St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School with "Texas Preschool" in the memo. We will purchase Scrip cards for them to use to replenish supplies and other needed items for their classrooms. The staff remembered they were blessed by other Christian schools who helped them after the flood of 2008 which destroyed so many things in our school.

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Youth Gathering Registration

The 2018 ECLA Youth Gathering is set for June 27-July 1 in Houston, TX. Gathering registration forms are now available in the narthex or Dani Vogel's office. Please let Dani know if you are interested. Any questions may also be directed to her. Deposits of $300 are due by Oct. 15. These are payable in installments if needed. 

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Worship This Weekend

Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today's gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.

Note: Rejoice worship service is back to its regular scheduled time — 11 a.m.

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German Iowa and Global Midwest Traveling Exhibit

The German Iowa and Global Midwest traveling exhibit will be at St. Paul's on Sept. 9-10. The exhibit discusses the history of German immigration in Iowa and the contributions of German immigrants to Iowa's culture and heritage. Many of the people who first settled in Waverly were of German heritage and a large part of the population and culture of Waverly reflects that heritage including our sister city relationship with Eisenach, Germany.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Bremer County Historical Society, the Waverly Public Library and Waverly Sister City.

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Grief Support Group to Meet

The first meeting of St. Paul's Grief Support Group will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Parish Hall classroom 314. All who are experiencing loss and grief are invited to attend. You may wish to bring a friend or family member or invite someone whom you feel might benefit from the group. The group will meet monthly, is informal and without cost. Led by long-time death educator and retired Wartburg College pastor and professor, Larry Trachte.

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Agricultural Round Table

Pr. Arthur invites all those influenced by agriculture to attend an Agricultural Round Table on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The issues facing agriculture and the ways St. Paul's can be of support will be discussed. Pr. Arthur would like to use this gathering as a way to connect to members whose lives and livelihoods are connected to the agriculture industry. 

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Informal Adult Education at East Bremer Diner

St. Paul's members and guests are welcome to join Pr. Arthur for an informal adult education experience every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at East Bremer Diner. Each time, we will conclude by 7:30 p.m. The class titled "Stuff You Need to Know" will have its first gathering on Sept. 21. This session will focus on the end times and what we believe in the ELCA. Please RSVP by calling the church at 352-3850 or sign up online.

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Book Study: Present Over Perfect

Join session leaders Mandy Keith and Jennifer Prinz for a five session video book study based on bestselling author Shauna Niequist’s book, Present Over Perfect – Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. We will walk a path on a journey of an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us. ...

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Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities with Pr. Arthur

By Heart is a richly illustrated, in-depth exploration of the Small Catechism. Our discussion together will generate meaningful conversations about the biblical and historical context of the Small Catechism, its link to the church's faith, and its connection to Luther's life. All are welcome to join Pr. Arthur the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. starting in October and ending in May. Class will not be held in December. The cost of the course is $14 and includes the course textbook. Financial assistance is available as we wish to invite everyone to explore the Small Catechism. Please sign up in the narthex, online, or by calling the church office at 352-3850. 

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God's Work, Our Hands

Each year the ELCA encourages its member churches to serve their neighbor by completing a service project. Join us this Sunday, Sept. 10 as we use our hands to do God's work. Students, families and members of St. Paul’s are invited to help package meals in the Parish Hall. As an organization we will package more than 10,000 meals that will be sent overseas to feed  people who are food insecure. ...

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Annual Congregational Picnic

Please join us in Kohlmann Park on Sept. 10 following the Rejoice worship service for our annual congregational picnic. Pulled pork, hot dogs, water, and lemonade will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Guests are welcome to attend. ...

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