Coffee Fellowship needs team leaders

Coffee Fellowship is looking for six new team leaders. These men and women will work once every six weeks and direct the work of four other volunteers, who can be family members or your own team of friends if you wish. We will teach you how to run the coffee maker and the dishwasher and fill you in on the duties. We ask that you commit to a year of service, which would run from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019. The time commitment on Sunday morning is from approximately 9 to 11:20 a.m. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve God by serving others. Contact Linda Moeller, (319) 529-1546 or lmoeller66@gmail.com; Alan Simmer, (319) 230-8233 or alansimmer@gmail.com; or Jane Juchems, (319) 240-8290 or jane.juchems@gmail.com.

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Worship this weekend

Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something about God's take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.

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Debt Reduction Gift Challenge update

We are nearly one month into our three-month-long Debt Reduction Gift Challenge, and are closing in on our $100,000 goal. As of Monday, Oct. 15, we have secured 70 gifts totaling $71,837.71. Every gift does matter, and we thank you for your continued financial support. 

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Adult Education

This Sunday, Oct. 21, Pr. Arthur will lead discussion on Worship: Table in room 121. Next week, he will conclude his Adult Education series with Worship: Sending.

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October Senior Adult Lunch

Make plans to attend this month's Senior Adult Lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The program will be the Wartburg Community Symphony Association which enters its 66th consecutive season. Sharing the past, present, and future are Jon Tehven, Bob Lee, Jacob Tews, and Ken Leraaen. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Lunch will follow and includes enchilada casserole, salad, and dessert. Please plan to join and bring a guest!

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Fun in the Son Blue Group

Fun in the Son Blue Group will meet at the church on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The group will dine at Klunders in New Hampton. Questions can be directed to Shirley Schutte at 352-1730 or Dianne Westendorf at 352-4181.

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Fun in the Son Purple Group

Fun in the Son Purple Group will be dining at the Cedar Falls Brown Bottle on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Plan to meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. to carpool. Please RSVP to Minetta Jones at 352-1462 by Oct. 29.

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All Saints Day

The Worship Board is remembering and honoring all St. Paul's family members who have passed away since Nov. 1, 2017. The names will be posted on a bulletin board in narthex. There will be an opportunity for you to add names to the board of loved ones you have lost in the past year. The All Saints service is on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. It is entitled A Life Well Lived

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Construction of bell tower

Pr. Curt Schneider gave to St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School a church bell as a farewell gift on the occasion of his retirement. Pr. Schneider was known for his love of church bells and a resident expert on church bells in Bremer County, Iowa. Memorials have been given to construct a permanent bell tower. No funds have or will come from the annual budget.

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Cemetery tours with Dr. Lindell

Join Dr. Terry Lindell as he shares the history and stories of our local cemeteries. Harlington Cemetery will be featured on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. and St. Paul’s Cemetery will be featured on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Please sign up in the narthex or call the school office at 352-1484. The cost is $10 per tour. Proceeds benefit St. Paul’s School’s sixth grade Capstone trip to Washington, D.C.

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Cemetery tour and campfire

On Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Dr. Terry Lindell will conduct a tour of St. Paul's Cemetery as a fundraiser for the 6th Grade Capstone trip to Washington, D.C. The Property Committee encourages you to participate in this event and then join them for a campfire afterwards at the cemetery. Hot chocolate will be provided. Join the group for fellowship, singing, and sharing of stories of loved ones. 

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Saints Cafe volunteers needed

St. Paul's Saints Cafe next meal is Oct. 29. Saints Cafe is seeking volunteers to help serve the meal and provide cookies/bars. The sign up sheet is in the narthex. Thank you for supporting this important community meal ministry.  

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Mission Minute

Bread for the World has a mission: to feed millions of people by persuading Congress to fully fund key hunger and poverty programs. Please consider joining the Mission Board in signing letters to Iowa's senators and representatives. To send your letter, please click here or visit bread.org. Thank you for joining us to "Have Faith. End Hunger."

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Worship this weekend

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

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Cemetery tour and campfire

On Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Dr. Terry Lindell will conduct a tour of St. Paul's Cemetery as a fundraiser for the 6th Grade Capstone trip to Washington, D.C. The Property Committee encourages you to participate in this event and then join them for a campfire afterwards at the cemetery. Hot chocolate will be provided. Join the group for fellowship, singing, and sharing of stories of loved ones. 

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Dani Gordon
Saints Cafe volunteers needed

St. Paul's Saints Cafe next meal is Oct. 29. Saints Cafe is seeking volunteers to help serve the meal and provide cookies/bars. The sign up sheet is in the narthex. Thank you for supporting this important community meal ministry.  

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Adult Education

This Sunday, Oct. 14, Pr. Arthur will continue with his series on Worship in room 121.

Upcoming topics and dates:
Oct. 21 - Pr. Arthur, Worship: Table
Oct. 28 - Pr. Arthur, Worship: Sending

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Mission Minute

Bread for the World has a mission: to feed millions of people by persuading Congress to fully fund key hunger and poverty programs. You are invited to read the bulletin insert about Bread for the World. Please consider joining the Mission Board in writing letters on Sunday, Oct. 14. A table with sample letters and contact information will be in the narthex between services. Thank you for joining us to "Have Faith. End Hunger."

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