NEWS

The Lenten Mid-week service is cancelled for March 16th.

November 19th Announcements

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:22 AM by Pastor Otto

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL !
Everyone is welcome to join us this Wednesday evening at 7:00 for our Thanksgiving Eve service. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

LOYALTY SUNDAY
Members, we will turn in our pledge cards during the offering at both services. If you did not bring your pledge card, you can mail it or drop it off. Returning the pledges are important as it determines the 2018 POP budget.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
The Christmas Pageant is December 3rd at 6:00 pm. Practice is Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am-noon.

-There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to give a free-will offering for the treat bags. They are handed out to all the kids attending the pageant. They are filled with fruit and candy and other goodies.

-Following the pageant, there is fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We serve cookies and drink. Looking for members who would like to bring 2 dozen cookies, fruit punch or 7-up. There is a sign-up sheet on the board next to the kitchen.

ELECTION
Congratulations to Pastor Otto as he was re-elected Circuit Visitor on Sunday. He works with seven congregations in the area.

November 12th Announcements

posted Nov 9, 2017, 6:20 AM by Pastor Otto   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 6:20 AM ]

LOYALTY SUNDAY
Members, don’t forget to bring your pledge packet with you next Sunday, November 19th. If you can’t attend church that day, please mail your pledge to the church. Returning the pledges are important as it determines the 2018 POP budget.

SPUD AND MOVIE NIGHT
This Friday is spud and movie night, beginning at 6:00 pm. There is a sign-up sheet to bring toppings and sign up if you are coming so we know how many spuds we need. You can choose one of the following movies that night, Sing, Holes, Luther, or Percy Jackson and Olympians.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
The Christmas Pageant is December 3rd at 6:00 pm. Practice is Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am-noon.

-There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to give a free-will offering for the treat bags. They are handed out to all the kids attending the pageant. They are filled with fruit and candy and other goodies.

-Following the pageant, there is fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We serve cookies and drink. Looking for members who would like to bring 2 dozen cookies, fruit punch or 7-up. There is a sign-up sheet on the board next to the kitchen.

November 5th Announcements

posted Nov 2, 2017, 8:39 AM by Pastor Otto

LOYALTY SUNDAY
Members, sure to pick up your 2018 pledge package and 2018 envelopes in the Fellowship Hall. Please fill out the pledge form and return November 19th. Your pledge allows the POP Treasurer and council put together the 2018 yearly budget. If you will not be here that day, please mail your pledge to the church.

TRUSTEE’S CLEAN UP DAY
Everyone is encouraged to come, help with outside tasks, Saturday, November 11th at 8:00 am. We will be working outside so bring shovels and tree trimming tools. The plan is to cut brush from hedge row along property. Chip and shred along with existing brush pile or haul away. The other project is to remove the treated wood from around building.

SPUD AND MOVIE NIGHT
Mark November 17th, 6:00 pm on your calendar. Spud and movie night at church. There is a sign-up sheet to bring toppings and sign up if you are coming so we know how many spuds we need.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
The Christmas Pageant is December 3rd at 6:00 pm. Practice is Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am-noon.

-There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to give a free-will offering for the treat bags. They are handed out to all the kids attending the pageant. They are filled with fruit and candy and other goodies.

-Following the pageant, there is fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We serve cookies and drink. Looking for members who would like to bring 2 dozen cookies, fruit punch or 7-up. There is a sign-up sheet on the board next to the kitchen.

October 29th Announcements

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:49 AM by Pastor Otto

TRUSTEE’S CLEAN UP DAY
Everyone is encouraged to come, help with outside tasks, Saturday, November 11th at 8:00 am. We will be working outside so bring shovels and tree trimming tools. The plan is to cut brush from hedge row along property. Chip and shred along with existing brush pile or haul away. The other project is to remove the treated wood from around building.

ALL SAINTS’ DAY: NOVEMBER 5TH
It is customary at POP to read the names of Christian family members and/or friends during the service on November 5th. Please contact Pastor Otto with any names you would like read.

SPUD AND MOVIE NIGHT
Mark November 17th, 6:00 pm on your calendar. Spud and movie night at church. There is a sign-up sheet to bring toppings and sign up if you are coming so we know how many spuds we need.

October 22nd Announcements

posted Oct 20, 2017, 7:24 AM by Pastor Otto

VOTER’S MEETING TODAY
The congregation will come together this morning at 9:10. We didn’t meet in the summer so we need to catch up on what is happening. One of the items is the facility, replacing the air conditioners and furnaces. Plan to attend!

WELCOME
Pastor Otto is out of town today so we welcome our Assistant Pastor, Rev. Michael M. He will lead both services this morning.

MITES MISSION OFFERING
Iowa District East LWML mission grant goal for the biennium ending in 2018 is $95, 735. Several mission grants for student aid for those preparing for church work have been granted to students from Iowa District East at LCMS seminaries Concordia Universities. Your gifts of MITES makes this possible. Thank you for your help.

We will collect them during the offering next Sunday.

TRUSTEE’S CLEAN UP DAY
Everyone is encouraged to come, help with outside tasks, Saturday, November 11th, 8:00 am. Mark this date and time on your calendar. Please bring shovels and tree trimming tools.

ALL SAINTS’ DAY: NOVEMBER 5TH
It is customary at POP to read the names of Christian family members and/or friends during the service on November 5th. Please contact Pastor Otto with any names you would like read.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE UPDATE

This week’s Wednesday evening Luther movie has been cancelled.

 

October 15th Announcements

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:29 AM by Pastor Otto

VOTER’S MEETING: OCTOBER 22
Members, plan to attend the meeting at 9:10 am next Sunday. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall. It’s been several months since we’ve had a meeting. One of the items is the facility, the furnace and air conditioner replacement. Come and find out what is happening at POP.

SPUD AND MOVIE NIGHT
Mark your calendar, November 17th at 6:00 pm. Bake potato with all the fixings followed by a movie. The Fellowship Committee is looking for movie ideas. Have an idea, let Jim M. know.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY UPDATE
Pastor will be out of town next weekend, therefore Men’s Bible Study will not be held on Saturday.

TRUSTEE’S CLEAN UP DAY
Everyone is encouraged to come, help with outside tasks, Saturday, November 11th, 8:00 am. Mark this date and time on your calendar. Please bring shovels and tree trimming tools.


 

October 8th Announcements

posted Oct 5, 2017, 7:55 AM by Pastor Otto

VOTER’S MEETING: OCTOBER 22
Members, its time to find out what’s been happening at POP over the summer months. Plan to attend the meeting at 9:10 am in the Fellowship Hall.

MITES MISSION OFFERING
The new Mission goal for LWML is $2,075,000. One of the new mission grant goals is for providing food and the Gospel to starving children. MITES help! Jesus gives the same command today to feed the hungry that He gave His disciples. Mercy Meals of Siouxland, a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church, Sioux City began packaging fortified rice/soy meals in 2012. Mercy Meals donates all packaged meals to Orphan Grain Train for transportation and delivery to Christian organizations in many countries including India, Haiti, Romania, Ecuador, as well as to Navajo reservations in the S.W. and Ysleta Mission in Texas. The LWML grant of $40,000 will feed 50,000 to 75,000 hungry children who will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The next MITES Mission Offering, Sunday, October 29th.

DATING THE REFORMATION
Historians usually date the start of the Reformation to the 1517 publication of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses.” Its ending can be placed anywhere from the 1555 Peace of Augsburg, which allowed for the coexistence of Catholicism and Lutheranism in Germany, to the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years’ War. The key ideas of the Reformation—a call to purify the church and a belief that the Bible, not tradition, should be the sole source of spiritual authority—were not themselves novel. However, Luther and the other reformers became the first to skillfully use the power of the printing press to give their ideas a wide audience.

October 1st Announcements

posted Sep 28, 2017, 6:40 AM by Pastor Otto

CELEBRATING 500 YEARS
This year is the 500th year of the Reformation. As part of the celebration, there is a book, The Reformation, by Cameron A. MacKenzie. A preview copy is on the table in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to order the book, see the sign-up sheet on the table. If you order by October 12, the cost is $22.49. Make checks payable to POP, place them in an envelop marked Reformation book, and place in offering plate.

DID YOU KNOW?
The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works. Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:

First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal.

September 24th Announcements

posted Sep 21, 2017, 7:25 AM by Pastor Otto   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

CELEBRATING 500 YEARS
This year is the 500th year of Martin Luther and the Reformation. In part of the celebration, there is a book, The Reformation, by Cameron A. MacKenzie. A preview copy of the book is on the table in front of the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to order a book, see the sign-up sheet on the table. If you order by October 12, the cost is $22.49. Make checks payable to POP, place in an envelop marked Reformation book and place in offering plate.

COOKIES OR SOUP IN A JAR
Thank you to everyone who helped make the jars two weeks ago. If you have not picked up your jars, you can get them anytime. Some of the jars were picked up last Sunday and we received $575 for medical missionary Molly Christensen! Thank you for your continued support!

LWML RALLY DAY
The ladies of our congregation are invited to attend the LWML Fall Zone Rally on Saturday, October 7th, 8:30 am, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 600 5th Ave, Mount Vernon, IA. The presenters are Willis and Carol Wulf. They have gone on mission trips to Vietnam and will share with you first hand how in all nations, God has brought faith through the Word. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the board by the kitchen.

MITES MISSION OFFERING
The new Mission goal for LWML is $2,075,000. One of the new mission grant goals is for providing food and the Gospel to starving children. MITES help! Jesus gives the same command today to feed the hungry that He gave His disciples. Mercy Meals of Siouxland, a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church, Sioux City began packaging fortified rice/soy meals in 2012. Mercy Meals donates all packaged meals to Orphan Grain Train for transportation and delivery to Christian organizations in many countries including India, Haiti, Romania, Ecuador, as well as to Navajo reservations in the S.W. and Ysleta Mission in Texas. The LWML grant of $40,000 will feed 50,000 to 75,000 hungry children who will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

September 17th Announcements

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:19 AM by Pastor Otto

CELEBRATING 500 YEARS
This year is the 500th year of Martin Luther and the Reformation. In part of the celebration, there is a book, The Reformation, by Cameron A. MacKenzie. A preview copy of the book is on the table in front of the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to order a book, see the sign-up sheet on the table. If you order by October 12, the cost is $22.49. Make checks payable to POP, place in an envelop marked Reformation book and place in offering plate.

COOKIES OR SOUP IN A JAR
You can pick up your jar(s) today or next Sunday, September 24th, after each service. There are extra jars available if you did not preorder or would like more. They make great gifts! There is a free-will offering to support our Missionary, Molly Christensen.

LWML RALLY DAY
The ladies of our congregation are invited to attend the LWML Fall Zone Rally on Saturday, October 7th, 8:30 am, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 600 5th Ave, Mount Vernon, IA. The presenters are Willis and Carol Wulf. They have gone on mission trips to Vietnam and will share with you first hand how in all nations, God has brought faith through the Word. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the board by the kitchen.

FELLOWSHIP TODAY
The Human Care Committee will serve treats today. They will have a free-will offering to help cover expenses for meals they get at Naomi’s Kitchen for meals. Your support is appreciated.

THANK YOU
Sharon and I would like to thank the Human Care Committee for the meals and support given to me following my stroke late August. It was very much appreciated by Sharon and I. May God Bless you all. Gary H.

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