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A publication of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church ● Williamsburg, IA No. 9 ● September 2011

Vision Statement: be a church where you can SEE Christ Not too long ago I was fully confident when picking out new clothes. I knew my sizes and they were consistent. However, more recently I have noticed that I do not always fit into the By clothes that I think should fit. My mind apparently needs to catch up with my body. Rev. So now I do not buy clothes without trying them on first. I can blame it on the clothes James and say that sizes vary depending on the manufacturer, but the truth is probably that I am the one Parks who varies. So I try it on to be sure it fits the way I want it to. On September 11th, we will begin a 6 week series focusing on the scripture passage of Luke 15:11-32, most often called the parable of the prodigal son. We will focus on this passage during our Sunday morning services, but also offer small groups and a book that correspond to the messages. I think this one passage that may be familiar to us holds some truths that will be important for us to remember. What I am going to invite you to do is to be sure to try on a small group if you are not already in one. Some people are hesitant to get into a small group because it may not fit. That is why this small group will only be six sessions. After the six sessions, if it does not fit, feel free to try something else. But at least give it a try because I believe it is through small groups that God teaches us the meaning of love, grace and community. If it does fit, then feel free to keep meeting together and Pastor Helen can help you find other material to study. I am also offering a large group on Wednesday nights for those who need a little more cushion in their groups. We will meet in the sanctuary during 611 and go over the same material as the small groups. I highly encourage everyone to try on a small group during our study of the “Prodigal God, Finding Your Place at the Table” because there is a powerful message in this study and God does amazing things in community. Just try it on for 6 weeks and see what you think. As for me, I am also thinking about joining a gym to work on my waist, but I really hope they offer a trial membership so I can try it first and be sure it is right for me.

Prodigal God Groups

“Find Your Place at the Table” Family Style Lunch Sunday, September 11th at 11:45am Have your family make a reservation for this wonderful lunch of Fried Chicken, Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, a variety of salads and bread pudding for dessert, all prepared by Chef Jeff in celebration of our kick-off of “The Prodigal God”. The cost is only $3 each (age 2 and under free). You must have a reservation by Wednesday, September 7th to enjoy this delicious meal.

Our hope is that every adult will commit to a Prodigal God group for 6 weeks. Sign up at the table in the Fellowship Hall. Sundays  9:30am in Pastor James’ office  6:00pm at the Rebelsky’s  6:00pm in Classroom C Wednesdays  10:00am in Classroom C  6:30pm in the Sanctuary  6:30pm women’s study in the church office Thursdays  6:00pm at the Fleming’s

Pick up your book in the Fellowship Hall for $5 each.

611 Fall Kick-off and Parent Meeting, Wednesday, September 7th! We hope to see all families as we start 611 for this school year. The evening will begin with a potluck meal at 5:45pm with the children and youth activities starting at 6:21pm. There will be a parent meeting for nursery through high school parents at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend this. All other adults can visit in the Fellowship Hall and kitchen. Adult Choir will have their choir practice at 7:30pm if anyone new would like to participate in our Traditional Service Choir.

611 Weekly Schedule starts Wednesday, September 14th 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 Discipleship Supplies Needed! Infant-2 yrs. in the Nursery Here’s your chance to Get in the Game in a 3-5 yrs. in the Preschool room different way! Bring in your donation by Kids’ Club (K-4th Grade) in new Children’s Corner Wednesday, Sept. 7th: I-POGS (5th & 6th Grade) in Lobby  Quarters/Dimes Confirmation (7th & 8th Grade) in Pastor James’ Office  Duct tape Senior High (9th-12th Grade) in Classroom C  Grape juice  Old cd’s “Prodigal God” Large Group in Sanctuary bags (not boxes)  Quart size freezer bags Women’s Group in Church Office  Baking soda  White cardstock Families head safely home! Chancel Choir Practice in the Sanctuary

Estate Planning Seminar Sunday, September 11th 12:45-2:00pm We are excited to have Kevin Gowdy, Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation here for a program on Wills & Estates. Included in the program will be discussions on:  Planning estates with both a Stewardship and Taxation “angel”  How a Christian’s Will can be the instrument through which families are protected, peace of mind is achieved and important gifts are made.  Tools used for taking inventory of your estate  Living Wills and Medical Power of Attorney  Ethical Wills  The use of Wills We believe this program is another step in helping each of us to be good stewards of the many blessings God has given us. Childcare is available during the program.

Sunday Morning Club starts September 11th at 9:30am We are excited about Sunday mornings at St. Paul’s UMC. Along with our 3 worship services, there are discipleship opportunities at 9:30am:  Infant-2yrs old: “New Beginnings” in the Nursery  3-5 yrs. Old: “Main Street Parables” in the Preschool Room  K-4th Grade: “Main Street Parables” in Children’s Corner  I-POGs (5th & 6th Grade): Tween Bible Fun in Classroom A  SPUMY (St. Paul’s United Methodist Youth) 7th-12th Grade in Classroom C  Adult Small Group: “The Prodigal God” in Pastor James’ Office

Bibles for our 3rd Graders

Sunday, September 18th, our 3rd graders will receive Bibles during worship. We are proud of these youth as they continue to grow in their faith. We hope to see all the family and friends of these 3rd graders as we worship with them on Sunday, September 18 th. Please let these 3rd graders know how proud we are of them: Raif Axmear, Lily Fairchild, Sam Lane, Ellie Phillips, Matti Rebelsky, Mackenzie Reif, Eli Slaymaker, Felipe Stevenson, Kyler Thurm, Paige Wieck, and Brody Zimmerman. Please let Pastor Helen know if there are any other 3rd graders to congratulate.

SAVE THE DATE!! CROP Walk Sunday, September 18th at 12:00noon CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) is a community-wide response of Church World Service ( Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of many denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in 80 countries. The reason we walk is because many people around the world need to walk many miles for food and clean drinking water. This year's walk will be on Sunday, September 18th starting at 12:00noon. 25% of all money collected will remain in Iowa County, funding the Iowa County Food Bank to assist with hunger in our own community. Food bank usage has increased more than 30% in the last three years. We invite all members to join us, and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to make this a successful community-wide event. We will be joining with First Lutheran Church of Conroy at First Presbyterian Church (across from the Casey’s) for a light lunch at noon and then start the walk. Fundraising packets are available, so please start collecting donations and recruiting participants. Contact Melanie Ahrens at (319) 930-2397 with questions.

Getting to Know: Jodi Geels, Preschool Coordinator A HUGE Red Sox and Patriots may not recognize her if she’s not wearing her Red Sox hat! Jodi grew up in Boone, IA, spent 2 years at DMACC, moved to NYC, Boston, then to Denver where she met and married Joel Geels in January 2001. After having their son, Jack (now in 2nd grade), they moved to Atlanta where their daughter, Jaiden was born prematurely at 1 lb., 6 oz. (now in preschool). Jodi and Joel moved back to Iowa in August 2008, knowing that’s where they wanted to raise their family and LOVE being a part of the Williamsburg community. Joel works as a Project Mgr. for Garling Construction and is completing the new library here in town as well as the new addition to our High School. Jodi, a stay at home mom, has just began a new daycare out of their home this year. “My new position as Preschool Coordinator should be an adventure for sure-I love the kids and helping them learn how to live out their own love of Christ! It’s also a way for me to keep my own faith fresh...I learn every day from questions they ask and questions they don’t even THINK to ask because their faith is so strong!” Knowing that God wants her to serve, Jodi tries many things and then keeps serving where He wants her to be. “You will never know if you don’t try! Every team needs YOU-whether that be your family team, your soccer team or your church team...plug in and GET IN THE GAME! It is healing and joyous to serve others and fill in where there is a need.” Extra! Extra! Extra! Life’s Motto: BE the change you wish to SEE in the world! Favorite quotes: “We’re all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” - Chuck Swindoll “History, despite it’s wrenching pain, cannot be UNlived. However, if faced with courage, need NOT be lived again” - Maya Angelou. Favorite scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 “There is so much we don’t have faith is the only way to live!”-Jodi Geels


Kara Anne Dietrich

Concerns Please continue to lift up family and friends of Marv Doschadis with his death on August 7th. We have also had numerous deaths in our community and surgeries in our congregation, so continue to pray for healing there as well.

World Prayer Focus “World Suicide Prevention” World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives. With the sponsoring International Association for Suicide Prevention, WHO (World Health Organization) and other partners advocate for the prevention of suicidal behavior, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media. At the global level, awareness needs to be raised that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death. Governments need to develop policy frameworks for national suicide prevention strategies. At the local level, policy statements and research outcomes need to be translated into prevention programs and activities in communities.

Through knowledge and prayer we can change the world.

Vital Statistics

Congratulations! Baptism: Tenley Heitman, daughter of Andy & Brittni Heitman on August 7th. Births: Kara Anne, daughter of Brandon & Ashley Dietrich born on August 16th. Weddings: Kaytee Kleinmeyer to Geoff Knoop on August 27th.

Worship Attendance July 31 239 August 7 268 August 14 181 August 21 254 August 28 203 As of 7/31/11 Total Tithes/General Offering - $143,857 Total Other Income - $10,432 Total Expenses - $165,241

Choir Practice Starting! 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 will be Wednesday nights at 7:30pm starting Wednesday, September 7th.

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 October ANCHOR is September 23rd. Email info to Sonja or drop it off at the Church.

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 cross-cultural 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 668-2288 or

“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

After an awesome summer together, we are ready for a great fall full of church activities for all ages. We hope to see your family at the return of Wednesday night 611 and Sunday Morning Club in September! See you there!  Wednesday, September 7th 5:45pm—Potluck & 611 Activities  6:11pm Infant-2yrs old: “New Beginnings” in the Nursery and 3-5 yr olds in the Preschool Room  6:21pm Kids’ Club (K-4th grade) in new Children’s Corner  Sunday, September 11th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club  Infant-2yrs old: “New Beginnings” in the Nursery  3-5 yr olds: “Main Street Parables” in the Preschool Room  K-4th grade: “Main Street Parables” in the new Children’s Corner  I-POG’s (5th & 6th grade): Tween Bible Fun in Classroom A  Wednesday, September 14th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & Activities  Sunday, Sept. 18th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club 12:00 noon—Crop Walk for all ages  Wednesday, September 21st 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & Activities  Sunday, Sept. 25th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club  Wednesday, September 28th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal & Activities

SPUMY NEWS  Wednesday, September 7th 5:45pm—Potluck & 611 Jr. High for our 7th and 8th graders will meet in Pastor James’ Office and will be led by Pastor Helen and Jeremy Loria. Senior High for our 9th-12th graders will meet in Classroom C and will be led by Christy Axmear and Jason Kersten.  Sunday, September 11th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club 7th-12th graders will be meeting in Classroom C and will be led by Melanie & Chris Ahrens.  Wednesday, September 14th 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal and Jr. High/Sr. High  Sunday, September 18th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club 11:30am—SPUMY to Crop Walk & Hanging Out We will head to the Presbyterian Church for lunch and the Williamsburg Community Crop Walk. Melanie Ahrens is coordinating this community event to raise money for and awareness of world hunger. After walking with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we will take time to hang out. For more information, contact Melanie Ahrens at (319) 930-2397.  Wednesday, September 21st 5:45-7:21pm—611 Meal and Jr. High/Sr. High  Sunday, September 25th 9:30-10:20am—Sunday Morning Club Looking ahead: Friday, October 14th 5:30-11:00pm Road Trip to CCA Game/5th Quarter at Ashley & Brenna’s house Friday, November 4th SPUMY Overnight-more info to come, but save the date!

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