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A publication of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church ● Williamsburg, IA No. 10 ● October 2011

Vision Statement: be a church where you can SEE Christ

By Rev. James Parks

When was the last time you threw a party?

When I think of having a big group of people over for great food and a fun time it is usually around the holidays or a birthday party. I also think of the many great receptions I have been to following weddings. I have to rack my brain to think of a time I threw a party just to celebrate, but if you look at Jesus’ life he often was heading from one party to another. Many of the celebrations he attended were spontaneous responses to a changed life. Zacchaeus in Luke 19 had that kind of a story. Jesus saw him in a sycamore tree and invited himself over to Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus probably had friends over because he was excited to host Jesus in his house. Sometime during the celebration, Zacchaeus announces that he will give away half of his income to the poor and Jesus recognizes the change in Zacchaeus’ heart. As we focus on the Prodigal God in Luke 15, there is also mention of three parties thrown to celebrate the lost being found. So, as a church, we are going to throw a party, a Tailgate Party, on October 23 rd, to celebrate. The idea of this celebration came from the Finance Committee as they wanted to celebrate the great ministries of our church. At a parents meeting, Pastor Helen said it was suggested that we should have a party for the community to come to. Then the Mission Team also had a vision for a celebration where we could connect with our community. Hearing this desire for a celebration, we decided to combine these together. (I think God wanted to be sure we heard his voice.) So on October 23rd from 11:30am to 2:00pm we will have a Tailgate Party at the church. There will be food and fun. It will be a time for our church family to celebrate the ministry we have together, but we hope it will also be an opportunity for the community to join us in our celebration. We want the party to be open to anyone from the community who would want to join us, but I especially hope that we would invite our friends and neighbors who do not have a church family. A celebration like this will be a great occasion for someone outside our church to get to know people in our church family. It will be a safe place to check things out. The point is not necessarily to get someone to then attend our church, but to begin relationships where our community members will be comfortable with us. I am asking each of you to do several things to make this event a success. First, get it on your calendar and make plans to attend. Second, pray it will be a beautiful day and a great time will be had by all (rain plans are to move everything inside.) Third, offer suggestions on how we can make this a great event and volunteer to serve during the event. Finally, invite people! A personal invitation is the best way to get someone to this event. Jesus loved a good party. God wants us to celebrate as a church family, but also with our community. So get ready for a good time.

Financial Footnotes The Finance Committee is very excited to start a new phase of giving at St. Paul’s UMC. We now have the capability to process EFT contributions. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) is an automatic transfer program which allows you to make contributions without writing checks. Contributions can be made out of your checking or savings account and can be set up to take place on the date you choose and as often as you choose. It not only saves you time but also helps the church’s income stabilize and be more consistent throughout the year. It’s very simple to sign up. Just fill out an Authorization form, attach a voided check and turn it into the church office. There are copies of the form in the Sanctuary and Church Office or you can print off a copy from the email sent out. If this doesn’t seem like something you’d be interested in, but like the idea of not having to write a check (or have cash on Sunday’s for your contribution), you can also contact your bank about doing bill pay. It’s the same idea, but instead of the funds being transferred electronically, the bank actually issues a check out of your account for the approved amount and mails it to the church. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to pray about your contributions, try something a little new, and GET IN THE GAME!

“Believers” Music Program Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00pm We invite you to come and enjoy this wonderful music performance by the “Believers” as they present “Nail It to the Cross”. This touching performance will begin at 3:00pm. There is no charge so please come and invite your family and friends to join you.

All women are invited to bring a dish and come for a time of food and fellowship at 12:00 noon. Children are welcome as well as friends and co-workers, so we hope everyone can join us for this lunch hour fellowship.

Informational Lunch for 2012 Puerto Rico Mission Trip Sunday, October 9th 11:30am-1:00pm If you are at least 16 years old, love the Lord and want to experience crosscultural mission work then St. Paul’s UMC has the opportunity for you. The cost is an estimated $700 per person before fundraisers, depending on flight cost. This meeting will be to discuss trip plans, brainstorm about fundraising ideas and Puerto Rico service projects. If you would like to attend this lunch, contact Pastor Helen at or at the church office.

Wednesday Night 611 Schedule 5:45pm 6:11pm 6:21pm

7:21pm 7:30pm

Meal (Potluck the first Wednesday of each month) $3 for 2 slices of pizza, salad, drink, dessert (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) $3 catered meal by Chef Jeff (3rd Wednesday) Gathering of Children, Youth and Adults in the Sanctuary Infant-2 yrs. in the Nursery 3-5 yrs. in the Preschool room Kids’ Club (K-4th Grade) in new Children’s Corner I-POGS (5th & 6th Grade) in Lobby Junior High (7th & 8th Grade) in Classroom C Senior High (9th-12th Grade) in Pastors James’ Office “Prodigal God” Large Group in Sanctuary Women’s Group in Church Office Families head safely home! Chancel Choir Practice in the Sanctuary

Pre-Teen/Teen “Girls Only” Night Saturday, October 8th 5:00-9:00pm The girls from SPUMY are excited to invite the 5th and 6th grade girls for a Saturday night of facials, food, fashion, fun and faith! This will be a great night of “girls only” bonding as we talk about boys, body image, backstabbing and the Bible!!

College Care Packages The Nurture Team will be taking monetary donations this year for our College Care Packages. There will be a backpack in the Sanctuary where donations can be dropped off for the month of October. All donations will be used to purchase gift cards and items to send to our college students. Contact Teresa Fleming at with any questions.

Afternoon of Scrapbooking! Saturday, October 15th 12:00-5:00pm If you like to scrapbook, you and anyone you’d like to invite is welcome to come for an afternoon of scrapbooking! Bring your supplies and what you’d like to work on and come ready for a time of fun and fellowship. Please contact Sarah Lentz at (319) 662-4022 with any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Halloween Costume Parade at Highland Ridge Sunday, October 30th All children are invited to join us on Sunday, October 30th in their Halloween attire for a parade of costumes at Highland Ridge. Parents plan on meeting at 3:45pm at the Highland Ridge Care Center to line up. The parade will begin at the Care Center then proceed Serving Christ outside our doors! to the main building dining room. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and snap “Community Thanksgiving Dinner” pictures along the way. Please contact Mandy Steckly at 668-3000 with any questions. We had such a wonderful response last year to our first Community Thanksgiving Dinner that we can’t wait to do it again! We will be collecting Charge Conference items and monetary donations (through the Love Offering) for the month of Sunday, October 30th at 2:00-4:00pm October to get ready for this. Watch for ways that you can help!! There will This year’s Charge Conference will be held be many different ways that you can serve. Also, spread the word and invite in Marengo. Charge Conference is our your family and friends to attend. This is open to everyone and we want “annual review” as a church and is open to everyone to feel like they’re part of our church “Community”. Contact Jeff anyone who would like to attend. Shoemaker at (319) 400-1233 if you have any questions.

Joys & Concerns Congratulations to Joel & Julie Carr on the baptism of their daughter Abby and their son Ethan on September 4th. Please lift up Marilyn Possehl with the death of her husband Dean on September 16th. We have also had numerous deaths in our community again this month, so continue to lift up those who have lost a family member or friend in prayer.

Tailgate Challenge There will be a truck here on Sunday, October 23rd for our Tailgating Party. The Challenge is to fill the truck bed with items needed for The Attic! Bring in new and gently used clothing, new socks and underwear for men, women and children and any winter clothes and gear (hats, gloves, coats, scarves, snowpants, boots). Just think how many children and adults could be blessed with the items from a truck load of clothes!

“Honey Do” Team Needs Work!

Building Bowl Update Great job bringing in your change! We have finally broke $1,000 in change over the course of the last year. We encourage you to keep cleaning between the couch cushions and emptying out those cup holders. Bring in your loose change to add to our Building Bowl and keep that thermometer going up!

Fall is here and winter is coming so if you need help in the yard or winterizing your home, give us a call! We have a team of volunteers waiting patiently to serve by helping you! Contact the church office to coordinate the right person for the job and a time to help. If you would like to join this team of “workers”, please contact Vital Statistics the church office. Worship Attendance September 4 215 September 11 222 September 18 234 September 25 233

Serve in many different ways! If you are looking for a way to serve, The Attic is in need of volunteers to be here either on Monday mornings or Thursday evenings to greet and help visitors. The Attic is open from 9:0011:00am on Mondays and 5:30-6:30pm on Thursdays. It would be great to have 2 people here each time it’s open.

Bring in winter clothing items for The Attic. We are in need of coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snowpants and any other warm, winter clothing. Drop it off during office hours or wait until the Tailgate Party and participate in the challenge to help fill the bed of a truck.

World Prayer Focus “Sight” World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. Held on October 14th, World Sight Day is observed around the world by all partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. It is also the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight", a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO (World Health Organization) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Through knowledge and prayer we can change the world.

Purchase NEW socks and underwear for visitors who come in to The Attic. To have new socks and underwear is a luxury for a lot of people who are served by The Attic. We need underclothes for all sizes of boys, girls, men and women.

Not too late to join the Chancel Choir! We’d like to invite anyone who likes to sing to join our choir. The choir sings at the 8:30am worship service most Sundays throughout the school year. Practices are Wednesday nights at 7:30pm.

As of August 31st, SPUMC is on track to receive 8% less in our tithes and offerings than the Finance Committee projected. At the same time, we have spent 8% less on expenses than we had projected. Moving in this direction, we will continue to be in good financial standing. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 803 Clearview Drive, PO Box 559, Williamsburg, IA 52361 Phone: 319-668-2288 Website: Lead Pastor: Rev. James Parks ● Email: Associate Pastor of Discipleship: Rev. Helen Parks ● Email: Director of Congregational Care: Teresa Fleming ● Email: Administrative Assistant: Sonja Parsons ● Email: Facility Manager: Jason Kersten ● Email: Discipleship Assistant: Jennifer Schwenke ● Email: Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship: Tina Schafbuch ● Email: Preschool Coordinator: Jodi Geels ● Email: Choir Director: Steve Manning Organist: Sue Heitmann St. Paul’s UMC office hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm Mon. - Fri. Editor: Sonja Parsons Deadline for news for the November ANCHOR is October 21st. Email info to Sonja or drop it off at the Church.


“You are young, but do not let anyone treat you as if you are not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live. Show them with your words, with the way you live, with your love, with your faith, and with your pure life.” 1 Timothy 4:12

What a great kick-off to Sunday Morning Club and Wednesday Night 611!!! Here’s our schedule for October.       

Sunday, October 2nd 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club Wednesday, October 5th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & Activities Sunday, October 9th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club Wednesday, October 12th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & Activities Sunday, October 16th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club Wednesday, October 19th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & Activities Sunday, October 23rd 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club 10:30am Worship Service—Children’s Choir will be singing 11:30am-2:00pm—Tailgate Party * Plan to stay for a fun time with your family and friends!! We’ll have lunch with all sorts of fun activities and games to participate in afterwards.  Wednesday, October 26th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal &Activities  Sunday, October 30th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club 3:45pm—Halloween Costume Parade at Highland Ridge * Plan to come to Highland Ridge for a fun Costume Parade!! Come in your costume and meet at the Highland Ridge Care Center where we’ll line up. The parade will begin at the Care Center then proceed to the main building dining room. Encourage your parents to come along and snap pictures along with way!

 Sunday, October 2nd 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club  Wednesday, October 5th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Potluck & SPUMY  Saturday, October 8th 5:00-9:00pm—Pre-teen/Teen “Girl’s Only”

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Night The girls from SPUMY are hosting the 5th and 6th grade girls for a Saturday night of facials, food, fashion, fun and faith! This will be a great night of “girls only” bonding as we talk about boys, body image, backstabbing and the Bible! Sunday, October 9th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club Wednesday, October 12th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & SPUMY Friday, October 14th 5:30-11:00pm—Road Trip to CCA Game/5th Quarter at Ashley & Brenna’s house Those who need a ride to the game can meet at the church at 5:30pm, otherwise meet us at or after the game to enjoy a time of fellowship and fun with a bonfire in South Amana. Sunday, October 16th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club Wednesday, October 19th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & SPUMY Sunday, October 23rd 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club 11:30am Tailgate Party Wednesday, October 26th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & SPUMY Friday, October 28th 5:00pm-Saturday, October 29th 8:00am— SPUMY Halloween Party & Lock-in We will be serving our community by helping with a Kid’s Halloween Party at the Rec Center. Then we will be back at the church for food, fellowship and fun! Bring a snack to share, sleeping bag, pillow, etc.

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