It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.
St. Paul’s Lutheran School has an opening for a part-time preschool teacher position for the 2017-18 school year. Please apply by sending a letter of application, resume, and three references to Dr. Kris Meyer, school principal, at 301 1st St. N.W., Waverly, IA 50677 or email materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position open until filled.
Young Adults/Young Parents are invited to join us for fellowship on Saturday, July 22 at 4 p.m. for a late afternoon/early evening snack at SingleSpeed Brewing in Cedar Falls. Childcare is not provided; however, appetizers will be. Contact Dani Vogel, director of youth & family ministry, at email@example.com with additional questions.
Find out Tuesday, July 25 at 11:30 at the Senior Adult Program & Lunch to be held in the Parish Hall. Mary Jo Maass and Judi Langholz will present "Walking with our Brothers and Sisters in Tanzania." Learn what the Lutheran church is doing in Tanzania, and hear personal stories of faith and how St. Paul's is participating through faith in action in the lives of individuals. Guests are welcome. No reservations needed.
Young Adults/Young Parents will be hosting a service event on Thursday, July 27 at Plum Creek Park between New Hampton and Lawler. Volunteers will hand out water, sandwiches, sunblock, and bug spray to RAGBRAI participants along the route. We will meet in the church parking lot at 8:00 a.m. to caravan up. Contact Dani Vogel, director of youth & family ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-3850 to express interest.
Purchase a Pizza Ranch SCRIP card and make plans to eat at Waverly Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. Ten percent of sales and all tips benefit the capstone class and their trip to Washington D.C. in the spring. SCRIP cards are available for purchase between Sunday services or in the church office.
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Mark your calendars. The 2017 scrap metal drive is set for Saturday, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We need volunteers to help load metal as well as a few trailers for home pick-up. If you are able to help any time during the day or provide trailers, please contact Randy Groth at 276-3411.
St. Paul's Youth & Family Ministry will be offering a trip to Lost Island Waterpark for all youth in grades 6-12 on Saturday, Aug. 5. We are looking for 4-5 drivers. Contact Director of Youth & Family Ministry, Dani Vogel at email@example.com to volunteer.
Join us for our final Women's Summer Bible Study on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 9 a.m in the narthex. Bible study will be led by Pr. Sandra Burroughs from Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community and focused on Upending the Tables. Refreshments to follow.
Thank you for donating items found on the blue cards in the pews. These gifts have positively impacted many of God's people. Unfortunately our supply of 70 sheet notebooks and boxes of 16 and 24 crayons is very low. We are asking for continued support to replenish these items.
God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church is seeking two individuals, a guitarist and a drummer, to perform weekly at the Rejoice service for the upcoming year. Individuals must be flexible, adaptable, and require little coaching. Individuals will need to commit to Saturday morning rehearsals and the Sunday Rejoice service. Individuals will be compensated $50/week for their time and talents. Please contact Nick Klemetson, organist and director of music ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or express interest.
Join us Monday, July 17 for another movie under the stars. Snacks and drinks available. Free-will donation to benefit the 6th grade capstone trip. Come enjoy the weather and the original Parent Trap movie with your family.
On Wednesday, July 19 we will be offering a movie afternoon at the church for all students in grades 5-8 at 1 p.m. There is no cost, and the movie will be voted on when students arrive. Choices include Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars. Snacks will also be served.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated decorations or food for VBS. We had 119 children registered this year and the week was by all means a success. Thank you for being supportive of our children's ministry.
In addition, if you donated fabric or decorations for VBS, they are on the table on the narthex. They will be available for pickup Friday morning.
Throughout the summer, organist Nick Klemetson will be featuring selections from J.S. Bach's Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). This collection of 45 pieces features German chorale melodies, many of which are in our hymnal, set by Bach as organ preludes organized by liturgical season. The Offering for this Sunday will be Liebster Jesu, wir sind hir, BWV 633. This chorale tune is the melody for the opening hymn Sunday (ELW 520).
A trip is being planned to tour the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo. If you are interested in touring the Northeast Iowa Food Bank please contact Liz Wuertz at email@example.com or 319-352-3850.
St. Paul’s purchases gift cards (scrip) at a discount and sells the cards at face value. The difference goes to the School Fund. Consider purchasing a Casey's General Store card for gas, pizza, donuts, or any other store item today for your summer needs. Find the scrip table in the narthex every Sunday or purchase cards in the church office during the week.