Category Archives: Announcements

Announcements – Week of February 1, 2015

Installation of 2015 Church Council Members // Currently serving: Kyle Kirkendall, Jerry Lindstrom, Mitch Merz, Roy Rieschick, Tony Rieschick, and Pam Scott. Newly elected: Deb Haveman, Betty Massey, and Matt McGill. Thank you to Marc Merz, Judy Munn, & Linda Kirkendall who have completed their council terms. Your service to St. Paul’s is very appreciated!

Thank you to all who helped move the furniture and office equipment around when they were laying the new carpet. Be sure and check out the new improvements!

Men’s Coffee meets every Wed. morning at 9:30. // Please join us!

Contribution Statements for 2014 are ready to be picked up! // Available before and after worship or you may stop in the office M-F, 8am to noon.

Something Special Dinner // Saturday, February 14 // Menu: Pork tenderloin, Twice-baked potatoes, vegetable, salad, drinks, and desserts // Tickets available beginning today for $15/ea // Hosted by STSX3 // Proceeds benefit youth service and fellowship activities.

New Member Info Session // Sunday, February 8 at 5:00pm // Come for a meal and discussion about St. Paul’s and Lutheran Christianity // Open to all, especially those who are interested in exploring membership in our congregation. // Please let Pastor Andrew know by February 4 if you would like to attend.

“Bold Women’s Day” – Feb. 15th // This is a day to celebrate all Lutheran women who have acted or are acting boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. // Slips of paper to honor a “Bold Woman” are available at the entryways and Info table.

Feb. 21 Registration Deadline // Southeast Conference Spring Gathering– NE Synod Women of the ELCA– to be held at St. Paul’s! // Information and registration will be available at the entryways & the Info Table.// Open to all! You DO NOT have to be a circle member to attend! // Questions? ContactElysia @ 402-801-0521 or Carol @ 402-245-5628.

Many Open Dates in MARCH~ 2015 Flower Chart // It is located in the Narthex. // Please prayerfully consider providing flowers. // The cost is $30/week. Thank you.

Ash Wednesday Worship – Feb. 18 @ 7pm. Join us as we begin our Lenten journey. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Ash Wednesday Soup Supper – Feb. 15– 5:30 to 6:30pm // Please plan to attend the St. Paul’s Sunday School Youth Soup Supper. A variety of delicious homemade soups, relishes, and desserts will be served. Free-will offering to help support service projects.

Announcements – Week of January 25, 2015

★ St. Paul’s Annual Congregational Meeting // Sunday, January 25 immediately following 10:00am worship.

★ Congregational Reports // Available Sunday. // Please pick yours up at the entryways or Info Table and bring to the meeting after worship. // Your input is valued!

★ Volunteers Needed– TODAY // After the Annual Meeting to move the furniture out of the Upper Room to prepare for the new carpeting which is scheduled to be laid beginning Monday, January 26.

★ Thank You to Kathy Rieschick for sharing her talents! // Kathy did a wonderful job of painting the Upper Room in preparation for the new carpet!

★ Contribution Statements for 2014 are ready to be picked up! They will be available before and after worship or you may stop in the office M-F, 8am to noon.

★ Soup Supper// TODAY 5-7pm // St. Paul’s Lutheran – 6 miles North // Homemade soups & desserts. // Freewill offering with proceeds to benefit Juanita James– medical expenses following a car accident.// Supplemental funds from Thrivent Financial Chapter #30625.

★ Something Special Dinner // Saturday, February 14 // Menu: Pork tenderloin, twice-baked potatoes, vegetable, salad, drinks, and desserts // Tickets available beginning Sunday, January 25, for $15/ea // Hosted by STSX3 // Proceeds benefit youth service and fellowship activities.

★ New Member Info Session // Sunday, February 8 at 5:00pm // Come for a meal and discussion about St. Paul’s and Lutheran Christianity // Open to all, especially those who are interested in exploring membership in our congregation. // Please let Pastor Andrew know by February 4 if you would like to attend.

★ Many Open Dates in MARCH~ 2015 Flower Chart // It is located in the Narthex. // Please prayerfully consider providing flowers. // The cost is $30/week. Thank you.

★ Contribution Statements for 2014 are ready to be picked up! They will be available before and after worship or you may stop in the church office M-F, 8am to noon.

★ 2015 Offering Envelopes // Available now! // Located in the ramp entryway. // Contact the office if you would like envelopes. It helps the counters and bookkeeper so much!

★ Blanket-Glove-Hat Tree Report// A total of 10 baby blankets, 15 large blankets, 13 blanket rolls, 12 hats, 3 scarves, & 18 pair of gloves were donated. Your gift of warmth is greatly appreciated!

★ Tabitha Hospice Volunteer Training // February 4 & 12, 9:30am–4pm (both sessions required) // 1114 Grundman, Nebraska City // Contact info available on INFO Boards & in the church office.

Blood Supplies Are Low! American Cross Blood Drive //  Wednesday, January 28, 9am—6pm // Prichard Auditorium // For appointments call 402-245-3227 or online at http://www.redcrossblood.org // Walk-ins are also welcome!

News from St. Paul’s – Week of November 2, 2014

In Worship
All Saints’ Sunday is the occasion on which we recall that the church is a body that transcends time, space, and death. This Sunday, you will be invited to write down the names of those you would like to remember in prayer, especially those who have gone on to join the church triumphant; you will also have the opportunity to light a candle in memory of friends or loved ones.

In Our Prayers This Week
All Saints’ Sunday // This Sunday we remember our fellow church members and all others who have died in the Lord and have entered into eternal rest during the past year:

Nadine Lampe  (February 16, 1933– November 2, 2013)
Clayton Hardenberger (March 5, 1936– November 27, 2013)
Helen Bieck (March 19, 1923– January 24, 2014)
Sam Thomas (May 9, 1945– May 10, 2014)

Congratulations
This Sunday we welcome 8 of St. Paul’s youth as they receive their First Communion. // Please keep Brylee Gilkerson, Clara Lindstrom, Cabe Marquez, Pyper McGill, Chase Nolte, Jaden Nolte, Madilyn Scholl, and Piper Sutton in your prayers as they continue to grow in their faith.

Serving our Neighbors
Thank You to Rita Seeba for delivering the LWR quilts and health kits to Lincoln. 49 health kits and 28 quilts were sent this year! Thanks also to those who donated items and put together the quilts.

Volunteers Needed For Meals On Wheels @ The Senior Center // M– F, 10:45am-12:00pm // They have 2 routes and would need 4 volunteers daily.  // Volunteers will receive a free meal. // To volunteer, call (402) 245-3871 or stop by 221 W. 16th Street, FC, NE.

Lutheran Disaster Response— Ebola Outbreak // Info sheets on how to donate are located at the INFO Tables. // 100% of your donation goes to help those impacted by this crisis.

FCAMA Sponsors Jewelry Sale to Combat Human Trafficking // Thursday, November 6 from 3-7pm and Saturday, November 8, from 9am-noon at the FC Library and Arts Center. // Featuring jewelry, clothing, and purses. // Proceeds from the sale will go to Women at Risk International (www.warinternational.org) // Human trafficking affects 800,000 people across the globe and an estimated 100,000 in the US each year. // Please consider taking some time to learn about and fight human trafficking. Thank you!

FCAMA Thanksgiving Basket Ministry // Donations accepted at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (16th St. and Harlan St.) from November 1–20 for this annual ministry to members of our community. // Baskets will be packed on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30am at St. Thomas. // Distribution will take place on Sunday, November 23 following the 2:00pm Community Thanksgiving Worship service at St. Thomas. // To reserve a basket, call the FCAMA Helpline at (402) 245-6111.

St. Peter & Paul’s Annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar // Sunday, November 2 @ Prichard // Serving 4-7pm, Booths open 3-7pm // Adults $10– Children $5– Add 50¢ per Carry-out

6th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner // Thursday, November 27, 11:30am-1:00pm. // Are you available to help cook and serve a meal for people who are in need, elderly, or who are alone on Thanksgiving Day? // Sign-up sheets are at the entryways along with donation/reservation forms or you may call Ann Smith @ 245-5557 if you can help. Thank you!

Growing in Faith
Mid-Week Bible Study // Every Tues. @ 6:30pm // Join us as we study the book of Matthew.

Working Together
St. Paul’s Annual Soup Supper // Wed. Nov. 5 @ 5-7pm //Serving Chili, Vegetable Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Rolls, Relish, and Dessert. Free will donation. // Carry-outs available. Shut-ins may call the church office (402-245-3828) for home delivery. // Funds to be supplemented by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans SE NE Chapter 30265

Church Cleanup Day – Saturday, November 8 @ 9am // Many hands make light work! // We will be working on jobs both inside and outside the church building. // Dress according to the weather of the day. // Please bring gloves, rakes, wheelbarrows, or any other of your favorite outdoor work tools. // Lunch is provided!

News from St. Paul’s – Week of September 21, 2014

Invitation to Prayer
Our Christian sympathies and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dennis Arnold, who passed away on September 11. Dennis was the brother of Cheryl West and Linda Dovel.  A visitation was held on September 16 in Plattsmouth, NE. Funeral and burial arrangements are pending.

Giving Thanks for Those Who Serve
Installation of Sunday School Teachers – September 21, 2014 – Join us as we install the 2014-2015 Sunday School teachers and staff. We thank them for sharing their time and talents and keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they nurture the faith of our youth through out this coming year!

Serving God and Neighbor
Dessert/Volunteer Sign-up Sheets @ INFO Tables // For the Fall Community Dinner // September 28, from 5-7pm // Contact Linda Kirkendall for more info at 402-245-3108.

Sewing Day // Tues. Sept. 23 from 9am –12noon // No sewing skills required! Please join us!

Lutheran World Relief Project! // Now through October // Personal Care Kits // The Women of the ELCA are collecting personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Please include the following items:
1 light-weight bath-size towel (20”X40” to 52”X27”) Dark color please.
2 bath-size bars of soap, any brand, original wrapping—4 to 5 oz.
1 adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping.
1 sturdy comb (no picks or fine-toothed combs) remove packaging.
1 metal nail clippers (attached file optional) remove packaging.
Collection baskets & information sheets are at the entryways & in the Upper Room. // Completed kits can be wrapped in the towel and secured with a string or ribbon.

American Red Cross Bloodmobile // Cookies and Volunteers needed! Sign-Up Sheets located at the INFO Tables! // Cookie Donations (approx. 40 dozen) by Thurs. Oct. 2– please bring to the church kitchenette by 9am or Prichard Auditorium by 10am. // Canteen Workers – Thurs., Oct 2 10am-6pm and Fri., Oct. 3 8am-3pm. Please indicate the hours you are available.

Volunteer/Dessert Sign-Up Sheets @ INFO Tables // For the Linda Lantzy Cole BBQ Benefit on October 12 from 11am-2pm @ Prichard Auditorium. // Please sign-up by October 8. Thank you!

Sunday School Teachers and Subs Still Needed! // Contact Pam Scott @ 402-245-2112

Growing in Christ
Mid-Week Bible Study // Every Tuesday @ 6:30pm // We begin this Tuesday (September 23) with our study of the book of Matthew. // All are welcome! Bring a friend!

1st Communion Classes – Next sessions are September 28, October 12 & 26 // 11:30am-12:30pm in Luther Hall //5th grade and up // See Pastor Andrew for more information.

Confirmation Classes // Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm //

Reminders
Newsletter Deadline // Mon. Sept. 22 // Please either email or drop off any items for the Oct. Newsletter to the office. // email ~ stpauls@sentco.net

Morning Circle to Fold Newsletter // Thurs. Sept. 25 @ 10:30am // Extra hands are welcome!

Choir Practice // Every Wed. @ 7:30pm // New choir members are welcome!

Upcoming Events
The Waffle Man is BACK!  Richardson County Museum Fundraiser! // Sunday, September 21, 11am—2pm // 14th and Chase St. // $6/ person ~ Ages 4 & under eat free! 9” Belgian Waffles & Sausage // Supplemental Funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans SE Nebraska Chapter 30265

Lord’s Acre Sale- Barada United Methodist Church // Sat. September 27, 5-7pm @ Barada, NE // Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup & Chili, Sandwiches, & Pies // Freewill Donation // Auction @ 7pm– Handmade crafts, Pies, Canned Goods, Produce, etc…

Fall Community Benefit Supper- Sun., Sept. 28, 5-7pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran, 20th & Towle St. Enjoy an old-fashioned ham dinner with all the fixings! Carry-outs available. Freewill offering. Proceeds  to be given to the family of Eli Sayer for medical expenses. Eli, son of Luke and Rachel Sayer, was diagnosed with Open Lip Bilateral Schizencephaly. Eli is blind, unable to communicate, crawl, walk or talk and there is no known cure.

Linda Lantzy Cole ~ BBQ Benefit and Auction // Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Prichard Auditorium, 11-2pm // Freewill donation or cash donations may be given at F & M Bank, 1701 Stone Street, Falls City, NE  68355. // Linda was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in March of this year and is daughter of the late Si and Lois Lantzy. // Supplemental Funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans SE Nebraska Chapter 30265

News at St. Paul’s – Week of September 14, 2014

Thank You!
…to all those who helped with the “God’s Work. Our Hands.” congregational project. Fleece-tie blankets were made and will go to help those in need in our area. Delicious food and wonderful fellowship was enjoyed during this day of service!

Growing in Christ
1st Communion Class this Sunday // 5th grade and up // From 11:30am-12:30pm in Luther Hall. // Next classes are September 28, October 12 & 26. // Contact Pastor Andrew for more information.

Mid-Week Bible Study// Every Tuesday  @ 6:30pm // General intro to the Bible and then a study of the book of Matthew. // All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Confirmation Classes // Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm

Serving God and Neighbor
Fall Community Benefit Supper- Sunday, September 28, 5-7pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran, 20th & Towle St. Enjoy an old-fashioned ham dinner with all the fixings! // Carry-outs available // Freewill offering // Proceeds  to be given to the family of Eli Sayer for medical expenses. Eli, son of Luke and Rachel Sayer, was diagnosed with Open Lip Bilateral Schizencephaly. Eli is blind, unable to communicate, crawl, walk or talk and there is no known cure. // Want to help? Dessert and volunteer sign-up sheets are on the INFO Tables. Contact Linda Kirkendall for more info – 402-245-3108. 

Choir Practice  // Every Wednesday @ 7:30pm // New choir members are welcome!

LWR Project! // Now through October // Personal Care Kits
Please include the following items:
1 light-weight bath-size towel (20”X40” to 52”X27”) Dark color please.
2 bath-size bars of soap, any brand, original wrapping—4 to 5 oz.
1 adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping
1 sturdy comb (no picks or fine-toothed combs) removed from packaging.
1 metal nail clippers (attached file optional) removed from packaging.
Collection baskets & information sheets are at the entryways & in the Upper Room. Completed kits can be wrapped in the towel and secured with a string or ribbon.

Linda Lantzy Cole Benefit // Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Prichard Auditorium, 11-2pm. // Freewill donation or cash donations may be given at F & M Bank, 1701 Stone Street, Falls City, NE  68355.  Linda was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in March of this year and is daughter of the late Si and Lois Lantzy. Supplemental Funds provided by Thrivent Financial’s SE Nebraska Chapter 30265. Want to help? Volunteer/ Dessert Sign-Up Sheets @ INFO Tables // Please sign-up by October 8. Thank you!

Sunday School Teachers and Subs Needed! // Contact Pam Scott @ 402-245-2112

Volunteers Needed // Adult Education-federally funded and sponsored locally by Southeast Community College. // Adult volunteer tutors needed to help students in our Falls City GED preparation class.  For more information contact Mary Mach 402-228-8236.

Cookies and Volunteers needed! Sign-Up Sheets located at the INFO Tables! // Cookie Donations (approx. 40 dozen) by Thursday, October 2 – please bring to the church kitchenette by 9am or Prichard Auditorium by 10am. // Canteen Workers – Thursday, October 2, from 10am-6pm and Friday, October 3 ,from 8am-3pm. Please indicate the hours you are available.

Announcements – Sunday, August 3, 2014

Congratulations

Holy Baptism – Please join us as we welcome Addy Annette Aronson  into the body of Christ. Addy’s parents are Lisa and Chris Aronson. Her grandparents are Darwin & Deb Palmer and Steve & Lisa Morris. Please keep Addy and her family in your prayers!

Thank you

Many thanks to Alisha Sutton for sharing her time and talents with us as she provides musical leadership for this morning’s worship.

Today

Food Pantry Sunday // A list of items needed are posted on the INFO Boards.// Monetary donations can be made using a pew envelope and marking it “SENCA.”

Upcoming Events

Circle Meetings
Aug. 5 @ 11:30am Deborah Circle– Lunch Out
Aug. 6 @ 9am Morning Circle
Aug. 6 @  6:30pm Katie Café Group
Aug. 7 @ 12noon Ruth Circle– Lunch Out

Deadline Approaching Fast! // Aug. 8, last day for SENCA Back-To-School Drive items to be collected. // See back of announcement for all the details!

Ice Cream Socials – Homemade ice cream and desserts // Freewill offering // Pass the word!
Aug. 10, 5-7pm @ St. Peter’s
Aug. 17, 5-7pm @ St. Mark’s

Back-To-School Clothing Give-Away // Starting August 11 // We will accept clothing M-F, 8am –12noon // Sizes birth—12th grade. // All adult clothing should be suitable for high school aged children. // Please take all clothing to the basement!

ê ELCA God’s work. Our hands. T-Shirts // $7 ea. (additional charge for 2X & up) // Orders will be taken TODAY & Aug. 10. Sign-up sheets at both entryways. // Shirts to be worn on Sunday, Sept. 7 //  Pay when you pick them up.

Faith & Family Night 2014 // Sat., Aug. 16 starting at 6:30pm // Omaha Storm Chasers Baseball game, fireworks, and concert by for KING & COUNTRY // Sponsored by Thrivent Financial & Vital Signs // See fliers on INFO Boards for more info and how to reserve tickets

Date Change // Sewing Day has been moved to Tues., Aug. 19  from 9am-12noon.

Ways to Serve

Volunteers Needed! // Sign-up sheets at both entryways for the Back-To-School Clothing Give-Away. // Sorting on Aug. 25-27. Workers for Give-Away on Aug. 28-30. 

Lutheran Disaster Response—Recent Tornadoes // Info sheets on how to donate are     located at the INFO Tables. // Please keep those affected by the tornadoes in your prayers!

Announcements – Sunday, July 13, 2014

Congratulations!

Please join us as we welcome the newest members of  St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran, Kase Thomas Schawang and Cabe Ryan Peña Marquez, into the body of Christ. Kase’s parents are Korey and Alysia Schawang. Cabe’s parents are Alysia Schawang and Randy Marquez and stepfather Korey Schawang. Please keep Kase, Cabe, and their family in your prayers!

Prayers Requested

This year’s NE Synod Youth Mission Trip participants are Chelsae Campbell, Shane Campbell, Ryan Chab, Lindsey Duerfeldt, Brady Lotter, Dayton Mellage, and Dylan Sutton , along with adult sponsors Stacey Duerfeldt, Mark Gill, and Pastor Andrew. We invite you to pray for all those affected by the storm, as well as all of us who are traveling to serve our neighbors in the NY/NJ area.

Upcoming Events

  • TODAY! St. Paul’s Pool Party from 8-10pm // Hot Dogs, Chips, & Drink Provided. // FREE Community-wide event!  ~ FC Aquatic Center // Join the fun and fellowship! Invite family & friends!
  • The Festival of Tables // July 19 // Tickets are $8 ea. // For table reservations or to donate a salad or items for the Silent Auction, please contact Carol Bierman, Ann Smith, Marilyn McKinsey.
  • No 4:30 communion Worship // Sat., July 19 // Pastor away on youth mission trip.
  • July 20 from 5-7pm at St. James Lutheran Church, Humboldt, NE — 1/4 mile west of  Hiway 105 & Junction 62. Freewill donation with proceeds to help start the NE Synod Campus Ministry at Peru State College and the roof project. Come enjoy a variety of homemade ice creams, sandwiches, chips, cakes, cookies and pies.
  • The family of Ruth Balke are having a Card Shower to help celebrate Ruth’s 80th birthday which will be on July 20. You may send cards and birthday wishes to her at 2223 Fulton St. Apt. #1, Falls City, NE 68355.

Ways to Serve

  • Volunteers Needed! // Thurs. July 17 @ 7pm // Help is needed to set up the tables for the Festival of Tables. // Many hands make light work!
  • Needed– Salads and Silent Auction Items For Festival of Tables on July 19 // Sign-up sheets are at the entryways. Auction items can be placed in the large north Sunday School room or kitchenette starting July 10th. Salads maybe brought to the basement kitchen starting  Friday, July 18. Thank you for your support of this event.
  • Summer Food Service Program // M—F @ 12noon // Youth 18 & under eat FREE!
  • Special Music for the Summer! // Contact Tony Rieschick or Pastor to volunteer.
  • Extreme Coupons // Please bring CLIPPED coupons (current & expired) to send to our US troops overseas.// A collection box is located on the INFO Table in the Upper Room.
  • Prayer Shawls Needed to be taken to the 9th Annual Triennial Gathering in Charlotte, NC—July 24-27. // Instructions on the INFO Table– Upper Room or contact Carol Bierman.

Thank You!

  • Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with “Home-Delivered-Meals” the first 2 weeks of July! // Reminder– Volunteers are welcome throughout the year for this community service.
  • Thank you for your support!// The Katie Café Group collected over $127 and numerous items during the month of June for their SENCA Baby Shower.// The monetary donations will be used by the Food Pantry to purchase items as they are needed. // Blessings!

For Your Information

July 18 (afternoon) to July 25 // Pastor Andrew will be on the NE Synod Youth Mission Trip. For pastoral care or emergencies please contact:

  • Fri. July 18– Mon. July 21 ~ Fr. Larry Parrish (St. Thomas Episcopal) at 402-245-2868 (W), 402-245-3235 (H), or 402-801-0411 (C).
  • Tues. July 22– Fri. July 25 ~ Pr. John Sipf (St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s) at 402-883-2513 (W) and 402-801-0627 (C).

You may also contact Kyle Kirkendall (Council President) at 402-883-7629.