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May 20, 2011 2136 Brady Street Davenport, Iowa 52803 Phone 563.326.3547 The newsletter of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa

A World of Need Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39 (The Message)

Summer Sundays! Starting May 29 Worship at 8, 9:20 & 11 a.m.

At St. Paul, we have our eyes sharply focused on the needs of others. Each time we act with love for a world of need, our character grows more Christ-like.


t. Paul congregation is serious about feeding the hungry, caring about neighborhood kids, and reaching out far beyond ourselves with our hands and our offerings.

Nuts about Nets

Launching this summer! Mary Tjarks and Joe Tedesco have each uttered a resounding “Yes!” to take the lead Mary Tjarks Joe Tedesco on Nuts about Nets That’s the congregational initiative to say “No!” to two diseases that threaten African people. As co-chairs, Mary and Joe are assembling a team that will put in motion this bold global health project to send treated bed nets to protect against infected mosquitoes in Nigeria. Interested in serving in some capacity to make this amazing project happen? Mary Miller, 326-3547 ext. 232,

Food ministries

A core conviction for hunger relief Jesus turns to his disciples and says, “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37) With that in mind, St. Paul holds a core conviction that hungry people must be fed. Lenten offerings, received in special envelopes and children’s hunger boxes, for ELCA World Hunger Appeal totaled over $11,000. This generosity translates into relief, development, education, and advocacy for hungry people around the world.

A June food ingathering will help restock the shelves at the Friendly House Food Pantry. With school out for the summer, many families struggle to make ends meet. You’ll receive an empty grocery bag the weekend of June 11 and 12. Details coming. Café on Vine served over 10,000 meals during the first three months of 2011, reports Jim Hoepner. This community food ministry, on 6th Street in Davenport, receives support through our daily ministry offerings. The café serves noon meals every Monday through Saturday, and evening meals on Sundays. Hunger Relief Sunday has been set for Aug. 7. Among the activities will be a Sunday-morning hands-on hunger mission for all ages. Through Kids Against Hunger, we’ll package nutritious meals that will be shipped to hungry people around the world.

ELCA disaster response

U.S. tornados & Japan disaster The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) works every day to proclaim the love of God and make the world a better place to live. Through a portion of our offerings, aid is rushed to people and places struck by disaster. Lutheran Disaster Response is putting plans in place for long-term response to the people of Alabama and Tennessee impacted by deadly tornados this spring. The ELCA has committed $740,000 to Japan in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

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Gifts that keep on giving The Internet has become one of the most popular places for single people to meet eligible companions. Fifteen years ago, we all but dismissed the idea. It reeked of idiocy. Who but a crazy person would risk meeting a complete stranger in a chat room, and date him (or her) a world away? When I sat down with one couple for pre-marriage counseling, they had met each other in person only two weeks before. I knew we were in trouble. His train and flight connections from a small Russian town had gone smoothly enough. Her non-existent Russian and his terribly broken English were another story. They canceled their second appointment for all kinds of good reasons. I later learned he was back in Russia, by himself. That was then. Today, the Internet has become a more viable way to meet compatible mates, thanks to sites with more refined search, screening, privacy, and match processes. Take the case of Jon Rowley and Kate McDermott. This mid-career couple met through a mulch and composting forum hosted by the largest community of gardeners on the Internet — Rowley is something of a seafood guru in Jon and Kate took all the brown and Seattle, known for his brilliant of taste and his consultgreen ingredients given and turned sense ing words on all things food. them into ‘something bountiful and McDermott is one of the most sought after pie-making infull of life.’ structors in the country. Their wedding altar was a compost pile in the local community garden where Jon was actively involved. Sounds like a destination wedding to me. Their wedding invitation included organic gift suggestions from Jon: “I would be honored to receive your leftover lobster shells, vacuum-cleaner bags, coffee grounds, poached salmon carcass, pet llama manure, banana peels, dryer lint, or moldy vegetables from your fridge.” Finding the right gift for most wedding couples is hard enough. How do you select wedding-worthy garbage? That was the challenge for guests of this wedding. One food critic for Vogue magazine was stumped over what he should send or bring. “You can return a gift from Tiffany,” said Jeffrey Steingarten. “Garbage is different. You can’t return garbage. And you can’t throw it away, for it has already been thrown away.” Wedding etiquette manuals suggest that guests have up to a year after a wedding to send a gift. This doesn’t work so well when sending the decomposing remains of your Pasta Primavera supper.


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A prominent American chef sent a single perfect banana peel, gift-wrapped. A restauranteur in Colorado sent a box of buffalo dung, thanks to a pricey shipping fee of $57.90. A food columnist for Parade magazine did her Fed-Ex courier one better. She gift-wrapped a pile of dryer lint. The wedding happened. Jon and Kate took all the brown and green ingredients given, and turned them into “something bountiful and full of life” (Kate’s words). In what was surely a climactic point during the wedding vows, not to mention a vital step in aerating any compost pile, these two mulchmates turned the mixture. Oh, wedding bliss. Certain gifts in life do keep on giving. Yes, there is carbon- and nitrogen-rich garbage, perfect for a garden’s compost pile. But there are also lovely charitable gifts that put others first, gifts often inspired by one’s faith commitments. There is the Christmas fruitcake, of which humorist Dave Barry is convinced there is only one in the world. It just gets passed along to someone else each year. A batterycharger is a gift that keeps on giving, eliminating the expense of throwaway batteries. Those reusable shopping bags are perfect for the planet. Tuition for an education is hard to beat for its continuing benefit. The list is long. One close-to-home gift that keeps on giving is the one that you make towards our Acting with Love for the World (AWL) campaign. This three-year campaign is how we launched our valuable neighborhood schools partnership and how we are conquering our once-massive debt. AWL is on my mind a lot these days with only seven months remaining. Gifts large and small have now reduced the mortgage to $450,000. Q: How is the debt shrinking? A: Organically, through green gifts. People are not sending rotten lettuce; they’re giving their heart and soul in little green building fund envelopes full of sacrifice and love. Thanks for every gift you are able to manage. Trust me — your generosity will keep on giving. At St. Paul, we are still benefiting from the sacrifice of so many before us who once filled similar green envelopes. They left us the church campus we still enjoy.

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With knitting needles, tool belts, and garden trowels, we love God and love others near and far.





Mission Appalachia

Prayer shawl ministry

Knitting as an expression of God’s mercy For centuries, shawls have been a universal, embracing symbol of the unconditional love of God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, and give solace. With the prayers and mindfulness of the one who knits or crochets, a shawl is beautiful and uplifting. St. Paul knitters, known as the Knit Wits, have begun a prayer shawl ministry. No matter your level of knitting or crocheting knowledge, you’re invited to join in the fellowship and mission. The next gathering is Wednesday, May 25, 5:45 p.m. in the St. Paul Library. To participate in the prayer shawl ministry, you don’t need to attend the gatherings. But your presence certainly adds to the meaning and purpose. Each prayer shawl requires about three skeins of yarn. Donations of soft washable yarn are appreciated. For more information and to be placed on the email list, contact: Belinda Holbrook,, 359-4750

Coming this fall The recent mission trip to Appalachia overflowed with the joys of serving. So much so that “Mission Appalachia” has moved into ongoing ministry status at St. Paul. An autumn trip is in the works, with dates to come. Strap on your tool belts, folks! Joel Moore, 326-3547 ext. 224,

How does our garden grow?

Join in the watering & weeding Sometimes community need is met with cauliflower plants and tomato seedlings. The St. Paul Community Garden has been planted. Now the tending begins. If you can be part of the watering, weeding, and eventual harvest, sign in on the online volunteer calendar (see link below). It’s pretty slick. You would be responsible for garden care for one particular week. And if you have an interest in connecting seed-planting and garden-tending to your faith life, the Book Corner has sprouted a marvelous garden-inspired display of books. Or contact Matt Schroeder, 563-508-5937 Sherry Staub, 563-359-1169

Neighborhood Bike Rodeo

Acting with love on wheels This month’s Bike Rodeo, part of our Neighborhood School Partnership, was a delight, reports Margaret Haas, coordinator. “We had a beautiful day, lots of volunteers, and 33 kids from Madison School and St. Paul who rode the course. Many kids got new helmets and 12 cyclists registered their bikes with the City of Davenport.” A fire truck with siren blaring, along with police officers and firefighters, were a big hit. Margaret Haas, 326-3547 ext. 245,

Fun on two wheels! Charlie Hepner and Katie Mahl exercised their friendship at the neighborhood Bike Rodeo.

mental health ministry

Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m. One in four people sitting in our St. Paul pews has a family member dealing with mental illness. How can we help bring healing, wholeness, and hope into times of personal darkness? In an exploratory session, share experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Anna Goodwin will lead this conversation about the possibilities for shaping a mental health ministry. Anna Goodwin, 322-5454,

How does our St. Paul Community Garden grow? With friends of all ages. Watch the progress sprouting in the backyard of the St. Paul housing ministry at 2025 Main St.


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It turns out that life isn’t a

DIY PROJECT S I long to create something that can’t be used to keep us passive: I want to write a script about plumbing, how every pipe is joined to every other. — Adrienne Rich, from her poem “Essential Resources”

Practicing a Christian Way of Life

teve Pletscher is a DIY guy. Design it. Fix it. Do it yourself. Tool belt around his waist, hands on hips in the aisle of a big-box home improvement store, hungrily scanning the electrical conduit and plumbing fixtures — that’s Steve’s can-do image of himself. But life is hardly a do-it-yourself project. It takes some help along the way. Life is a partnership with God and with people. “I’ve liked to think that I can fix and control just about anything in my close environment,” says the old Steve. The new Steve relaxes his hands, clenched around this tool or that, and learns to loosen his control. The practice of dentistry may have been a natural for the guy who tackled his first do-it-yourself project in sixth grade. He remodeled his own bedroom. “I’m always daydreaming about how to do stuff, figure it out, fix it, make a process easier to do,” says Steve, dressed in blue scrubs at the end of a long day. “I like being of service to someone else.” A dentist since 1979, Steve has packed up his toolkit of retractors and probes for stints in Honolulu; LaCrosse, Wisc.; and St. Paul, Minn., before landing in an East Moline practice. In earlier dental practices, he grew restless and dissatisfied performing the full range of dentistry — from root canals and periodontics to crown and bridge work. “I got to thinking that I should have specialized,” says Steve, “And now that’s what I’m doing.” Day in and day out, do-it-yourself Steve diagnoses, provides extractions, places implants, and fits patients for dentures in a storefront dental office on the Avenue of the Cities in East Moline. “It’s the most rewarding work I’ve ever done,” reflects Steve of the sweep of 31 years of dentistry. “I have never provided a service so needed and appreciated. People come in who have struggled with non-functionality. They’re afraid to smile. They’re in pain. I can offer something to change that at a reasonable price.” Steve purchased a practice called Affordable Dentures, specializing in same-day denture work that matches the needs of a lower-income clientele. Dentures are fabricated in an on-site lab before the day is out. Patients typically have not had regular dental care. They may fear procedures, which may include

Steve Pletscher in his East Moline dental office

surgery and extractions. The cost may seem prohibitive. Most patients are walk-ins who have put off the need until the only choice may be dentures. “I saw a younger patient today,” reflects Steve. “She was interviewing for a job, and she was missing three upper front teeth. Now she’s able to speak better and to make a better impression in interviews.” A 32-year-old comes in. He has struggled without teeth for 10 years. Perhaps his teeth deteriorated because of drugs or poor hygiene or even Mountain Dew. He walks out with a comfortable and functional set of dentures. The transformation in a day’s time can be remarkable. “I get a lot of satisfaction, even with the intense pace,” says Steve. “At the end of the day, there has been dramatic change. Someone comes in with crooked, discolored, or rotted-off teeth. They leave here with a set of teeth that can go out in public. They can function without most people knowing they wear dentures.” Small talk is not Steve’s chair-side forte. He communicates best with patients through quick, confident, and efficient problem-solving. He sends people home with their own confident smiles. When it comes to interacting with family and close friends, Steve is making his own transformations. “My daughter says that I’m a changed man,” says Steve, who is engaged to Heidi Frieden. “God has had a hand in that. God has definitely used my relationship with Heidi to teach me some things I need to do differently, to make me into more of the man that God wants me to be. I’ve gotten to be a lot softer, a lot less reactive, less judgmental and headstrong. I don’t dig in my heels so much. I think of what I’m saying before I say it.” Remember, Steve is a fix-it guy. He sees something askew or in disrepair, whether it’s around the

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conversations #1: ‘The Faith Club’ group study #2: The bus trip on Aug. 19 Our church has committed to an intentional search for deeper interfaith understanding during 2011. It’s a complex world. A quest for peace begins with each of us. Be part of this interfaith summer, designed in two parts — #1: The Faith Club is an amazing book. It’s a Saturday-morning gathering at St. Paul, followed by a scattering of interfaith group conversations around town. The trailblazing book, inspired by search for understanding by three women (a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew), is the focal point for part one. We begin on Saturday, June 11, 9-10:30 a.m., in the Library Commons with great coffee, encouraging words from Pastor Peter Marty, and the book, The Faith Club. After the June 11 launch, we continue for four weeks with small discussion groups around town at places of your own choosing — in coffee shops, eateries, parks, or homes. Have a conflict on June 11? Yes, you can still be part of these interfaith conversations. When you sign up, you’ll be placed in a group. The book will be the springboard for interfaith understanding. (The book is available in the Book Corner and St. Paul Library.) #2: The bus trip: Friday, Aug. 19, is the date for a day trip into the heart of Chicago to visit a mosque, a synagogue, and a Christian city church.

News flash: Jewish friends. Rabbi Tamar Grimm of the Tri-City Jewish Center is in conversation with our own Joel Moore. Her hope is to encourage some members of the Jewish congregation to join us in conversation. News flash: Coffee friends. The new Dunn Bros Coffee is happily furnishing morning brew and pastries for our June 11 gathering. News flash: Bus friends. Two buses are officially booked for the Aug. 19 trip. Other details are in the firming-up stage. Watch the June 3 issue of the Journey!

Interfaith sign-ups Sign up at church or online: The Faith Club: Sign up for interfaith conversations by June 8. The bus trip: Sign up in June. Joel Moore, 326-3547 ext. 224,

Thanks Expressions of thanks have been received from Barb and Jerry Hansen, Alice Reddy, and Sylvia Morse.

house or in another person. What’s his first instinct? Fix it. Sometimes, he’s learning, it’s better to just take off the tool belt and relax. “I don’t have to accomplish everything in a day.” Still, this is a guy who finds relaxation with a good construction project. His juices start to flow in the aisles of a big home improvement store. Heidi calls Steve’s trips to Menard’s “going to the candy store.” Steve has problem-solved his way through just about every aspect of home construction, including laying sewer line, fixing electrical wiring, pouring concrete, hanging drywall, plumbing, and carpen-

JuneFest! Sunday, June 5 »» Outdoor Open Spirit worship at 11 a.m. »» JuneFest lawn party, 12:15-2:30 p.m.

People. Sun. Food. Music. Grace. What could be better? Outdoor worship: Open Spirit contemporary worship moves outdoors at 11 a.m. Bring to the north lawn your lawn chair, your shades, and your Open Spirit. JuneFest joy: Right after outdoor worship, let the party begin! St. Paul people and central-city neighbors will gather for good food and congregational spirit. The potluck feast: Sizzling on the Hy-Vee grill wagon will be burgers, pork, and hot dogs. Your free-will donation will help defray the sandwich cost. Bring a dish to share for 10 to 12 people. If you last name begins with A-L, dessert or chips; M-Z, a salad or veggie. Meet Superfly Samurai, an up-andcoming local band. Activities galore: Balloon artist Zany Janie, face-painting, a double bounce slide, and fun for all ages. Make plans to be part of this great day!

try. He’s taken his talents on the road to building missions in Guatemala, Portugal, and the Gulf Coast. If you recognize Steve some Saturday at Menard’s, he may be your best go-to guy. “Once, I saw this St. Paul man who I barely know. He’s in deep conversation with someone in the plumbing department. I come back later and he’s still looking, trying to figure something out.” “Here, why don’t you do this?” said Steve, grabbing the right parts. Do-it-yourselfing is a way to connect, in serving and in relationships. Like plumbing, says the poet, every pipe is joined to every other.

Steve’s first instinct is to fix things that are askew or in disrepair. But life with God is not a do-ityourself project.


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Pastor Sara Olson-Smith teaching

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Opportunities Early-morning book talk Wednesdays, starting June 15, 6:45-7:30 a.m. Gregory Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion will stir conversation over morning brew. Join Joel Moore for discussion about how unconditional love impacts lives. These early-morning conversations in the Library Commons are slated for six Wednesdays, June 15-July 20. No need to sign up. Just come when you’re able. Joel Moore, 326-3547 ext. 224, ‘The Faith Club’

Saturday, June 11, 9-10:30 a.m. Begin around coffee at church in a Saturday-morning kickoff to interfaith conversations. Continue your exploration in small groups in early summer. Sign up in advance. Read more: Page 5

Membership inquiry classes

Summer dates: June 15, July 18, Aug. 27 Grow your roots deep in St. Paul congregation, a place for belonging and believing. Membership Inquiry Classes are offered every month. In one of these 2½-hour gatherings, you’ll learn about St. Paul’s serving spirit, ministry opportunities for you, and the faith expressions that inspire everything we do. Pastor Peter Marty and Mary Miller lead the way. Childcare is happily provided on request. The summer dates have been updated. Just pick from one class option: :: Wednesday, June 15, 6:30-9 p.m. (Note change in date) :: Monday, July 18, 6:30-9 p.m. :: Saturday, Aug. 27, 9-11:30 a.m. Sign up at church or contact: Mary Miller, 326-3547 ext. 232,

St. Paul Pastoral Residency Program

A first visit to Davenport for Pastors Dan & Katy Last week, our newest pastors, Katy Warren and Dan Kuckuck (cook-cook), landed for their first visit to the Quad Cities and St. Paul Lutheran Church. They toured the area, met the staff and Council, and got an inkling of what their life will be for the next two years. Brought to St. Paul through our Pastoral Residency Program, Pastor Katy and Pastor Dan will live their first calls as ordained pastors with a rich range of parish experiences. We’ll get to live grow with them as a teaching congregation. Mark your calendar for Aug. 13 and 14, New Pastors Welcome Weekend. The Pastoral Residency, which began in 2006 and has been on a one-year hiatus, resumes with joy when Pastor Dan and Pastor Katy

Photo directory

Final day of photography: Saturday, May 21 On-site photography for the new photo directory is in its last days. By the time this newsletter reaches you, some appointments may still be open for May 19, 20, and 21. To check appointment options, log on to the St. Paul website and click “portrait” on the home page: To inquire about how to be included via other photography options, contact: Jean Klinkenberg & Karen Miller, 326-3547 ext. 218

Sandwiches & Symbols

A lunch & learn on June Thursdays, 12 noon Join Pastor Matthew Marohl and Andy Langdon, youth director, at lunchtime gatherings on five June Thursdays, starting June 2. They’ll take you on a fascinating journey through the symbolism embedded in our sanctuary stained glass windows. Bring your own lunch to the Library Commons, 12 noon-1 p.m. Pastor Matthew Marohl, 326-3547 ext. 247,

Hike. Walk. Carpool.

stroll in for their first day of work on Monday, Aug. 15. The 129 House, at the corner of Lombard and Main Streets, provides offices for these pastors, the program’s administrator Tammy Hermanson, and Pastor Ron Huber. You can help in the warm St. Paul welcome for our newest pastors. You could: :: Hoist a sofa or grab a chair on moving day :: Provide a welcome in the form of a meal or something else :: Pitch in on general support with food for special events, help with mailings, and special projects. Tammy Hermanson, 326-3547 ext. 215,

Sunday, May 22 Carpool with a neighbor. Walk to church, if you’re able. Ride your bike. On this Alternative Transportation Sunday, get moving and reduce your carbon footprint. Try it! A special secure area will be set aside for bikes on the south side of the church. This event is on, rain or shine. Duane Haas,

TGIF at the Lagoon

Friday, June 3, 5 p.m. It’s a picnic at Middle Park Lagoon for TGIF senior adults. Hot dogs, buns, condiments, and drinks are furnished. Bring your own table service and a vegetable, salad, or dessert to serve six to eight. A lawn chair would be handy too. Kathy Wine from River Action will be the special guest. Maxine Strunck & Shirley Strunck, 391-4090

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for adults

Scott McCartney, part of the Vocation Team

Opportunities The Vocation Project

Thank you for the great response! Just sent off in the mail to Luther Seminary: The audio recordings and a written summary of 26 personal interviews conducted with St. Paul people. The stories of faith in daily life are inspiring. Coming soon from Luther will be a summary of nearly 300 online vocation surveys completed by St. Paul people. Thank you for such an incredible response! The St. Paul Vocation Team meets in June to review our part in the larger body of national research. Look for some reflections this summer. Kris Atwell, 326-3547 ext. 246,

cover of ‘Christian Century’

May 17, 2011, issue Pastor Marty has written the cover story, entitled “Betting on a Generous God,” for the current issue of The Christian Century magazine. The article is based in large part on Rob Bell’s groundbreaking new book Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, available soon in the Book Corner. Drawing on his experiences with the questions and hopes of St. Paul guests, Pastor Marty thinks Bell is on to something important for people of faith. You’ll find a copy of The Christian Century in the St. Paul Library.

Synod Assembly

May 20-21 in Iowa City Traveling to Coralville for the annual gathering of our Southeastern Iowa Synod are 10 St. Paul people. Council members Jim Bush, Lori Byerly, Christa Orfitelli, and Matt Schroeder will represent St. Paul congregation as voting members. Staff members Andy Langdon, Pastor Matthew Marohl, Mary Miller, and Pastor Sara Olson-Smith also serve in a voting capacity as ELCA rostered leaders. Also on board are Nancy Ingelson and Lynn Batcher, rostered leaders who are hospital chaplains.

‘Made to Crave’

Wednesdays, beginning May 25, 6:30-8 p.m. Be part of a new small-group experience, based on the New York Times bestselling book Made to Crave and the accompanying DVD. The series focuses on a healthy attitude toward food, with spiritual empowerment. An optional walk around Vander Veer Park is set for the seven Wednesdays, May 25-July 6, 6 p.m. Books and participant guides are available in limited quantity in the Book Corner, or through Sign up at church or online: Laura Torgerud,

WELCA gatherings in June

Tuesday, June 7, 9:15 a.m. Deborah, Joyce Hayes, 903 S. Main, Donahue Dorcas, Rose Nuernberger, 3439 Woodcrest Court, Bett. Tuesday, June 7, 10 a.m. Sarah, St. Paul Library, followed by lunch at the Olive Garden Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. Martha, dinner at Riefe’s For other gatherings, contact circle chairs for details: Anna, Wynne Schafer Rachel, Shirley Schafnit Ruth, Karen Miller or Nancy Nelson

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Youth stuff Remember the giant slip-n-slide a year ago? Plunge into summer for encounters with God, this faith community, and one another. We’ve got a ton of great memories together — and there are more to come for grades 9-12!

Training for VBE

Monday, June 6, 6-8 p.m. Get in the know for leading children in Vacation Bible Experience June 20-24 in this training session.

Planting Parables Bible study Thursday, June 9, 10-11 a.m. Just for incoming ninth-graders, this gathering is a great way to remain connected to each other through gardening and study. Meet at church in the St. Paul Community Garden. Sherry Staub leads the way.

Summer Stretch, etc.

June 20-24 The third full week of June is a big one at St. Paul for kids, middle-schoolers, and high-schoolers. See box below.

Adventureland Trip

Thursday, June 30 Just for fun: A day at Adventureland amusement park near Des Moines. Tickets for transportation and admission are $25; bring money for lunch and supper. Departure is 8 a.m.; return around 8 p.m. Andy Langdon, 326-3547 ext. 228, Sign up online: Or at church in the Youth Book at the Info Center

SUMMER for kids & youth

June 20-24 :: Vacation Bible Experience

Age 4 through grade 5

9 a.m.- 12 noon

:: 678 Summer Experience

Entering grades 6-8

8:30 a.m.-12 noon

:: Summer Stretch

Entering grades 9-12

8:30 3 p.m.

Sign up: | Or at church


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Outdoor joys growing at Camp Shalom

SUMMERTIME Sunday, May 29 Summer Sunday worship schedule begins: 8, 9:20 & 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5 Outdoor worship, 11 a.m. JuneFest, 12:15 p.m. Saturday, June 11 Faith Club, 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 26 New members received, 11 a.m. July 9-13 Youth mission trip to Arkansas Sunday, July 31 Jazz Sunday, 9:20 & 11 a.m. ‘Nuts about Nets’ begins Sunday, Aug. 7 Hunger Relief Day Sunday, Aug. 14 New pastors’ first Sunday Blessing of the backpacks


Growing is the springtime word to describe Camp Shalom, our partner ministry with youth and kids. New buildings are rising, new programs are taking root, and new wildlife is hatching at the outdoor center near Maquoketa, Iowa. A new shower house for the Village campers is under construction, replacing the original facility. Dan and Duane Iossi are laboring to get it ready in time for the summer season. Hans Schneckloth and John Schneckloth helped build a new Outpost cabin named Locust. With this addition, the new adventure-based Outpost II program is ready to grow. The summer season, which begins June 5, also includes a new minicamp session for older elementary youth. New residents have made their home at Camp Shalom. A nesting pair of bald eagles now live in a tree across the river from

the Charis House. The lookout clearing along the Maquoketa River is the perfect spot to peer into the nest. Camp personnel are eagerly awaiting the arrival of chicks. Summer registration is strong, according to Pastor Eric Elkin, camp director. Openings still exist for each age group. The heart and soul of this outdoor ministry is its staff: young people who bring their hearts for kids. Included in the summer staff are 10 grounded in St. Paul congregation: Rachel Evans Lindsay Lovaas Jenny Fyfe Zach Tomesch Kara Hartman Molly Wells Kristin Jorgensen April Wiess Annie Kuttler Brandon Yoder Founded by St. Paul and now operating independently, Camp Shalom serves kids who are entering grades 2-12. Discover more:

Childcare provided on Sunday mornings Children are happily at home at St. Paul — in worship and in bright spaces lovingly designed for them. On Sunday mornings as needed, our childcare staff provides attentive and consistent care for families with infants and young children through preschool age. Teresa Whitbeck leads our childcare staff. Two nursery rooms, on the main level of the education wing, are thoughtfully equipped with small children in mind.

Look for the Kids’ Corner just off the Library Commons on the main level.

Help yourself to a silent pager, then relax into worship or learning. The pager will vibrate silently if you’re needed. Parents can slip between the Sanctuary and childcare area to bring a child into worship for the second half of the service (including the children’s message and communion), or to drop off a restless child. Children are always welcome in worship. Few things strengthen the faith journey for families with children like Christian worship. The sights and sounds, the togetherness with other worshipers, introduce even the smallest child to the joys of living with God. Joanna Roland, 326-3547 ext. 219,

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Worship Sunday, May 22: 8:00, 9:20 & 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 29: 8:00, 9:20 & 11:00 a.m. Saturdays: 5:30 p.m.

MAY 21 & 22 5th Sunday of Easter Preaching: 5:30 Pastor Sara Olson-Smith 8:00 Pastor Sara Olson-Smith 9:20 Pastor Sara Olson-Smith 11:45 Pastor Matthew Marohl Music: 9:20 Chorale 11:45 Open Spirit contemporary Communion at all services Baptism, 5:30 Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14

MAY 28 & 29 6th Sunday of Easter Preaching all services: Pastor Peter Marty Music: 11:45 Open Spirit contemporary Communion at all services Baptisms, 5:30 & 9:20 Readings: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

Sunday life

Adult learning


Adult Learning

Children’s messages are offered during the 9:20 and 11:45 (11:00 on May 29) Sunday worship services.

Sundays, Sept.—May 10:45-11:30 a.m.

CHILDCARE Childcare is offered for infants and young children through preschool age during the entire Sunday worship-and-learning schedule as needed.

MAY 22 ::

Move & Pray Yoga is meditation in action. It can become a form of body prayer. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or towel. — Michelle Campbell, Anusarainspired yoga instructor, in the Luther Loft


Perspective in the Park Take a guided walk through Vander Veer Park, noticing the smallest wonders of God’s creation. Discover the nature of sacred places, as an artist shares her artwork. Bring your digital camera and take photos along the way. The photos will become part of a collage later. Rain? Bring an umbrella and notice rain glistening on the leaves. — Zaiga Thorson, professor of art at Blackhawk College, beginning in the Chapel and then into the park

LEARNING On May 22, classes are 10:45-11:30 a.m. for three-year-olds through adults. Starting May 29, classes for all ages are on summer break until Sept. 11.

FELLOWSHIP Join others for coffee and doughnuts on Sunday mornings starting at 7:45 a.m.

BOOK CORNER Our congregational bookstore is open each Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

VAN RIDES Van rides are provided for the 9:20 a.m. service every Sunday. Call the church office by Friday noon to reserve a ride.

RADIO OUTREACH Recorded St. Paul worship services: Sundays, 8:30 a.m., on WOC Radio 1420AM


Phone 563.326.3547 Website General e-mail Fax 563.326.1422 Address

2136 Brady Street Davenport, IA 52803

Office hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Services

St. Paul is a handicapped accessible congregation provid- ing barrier-free and elevator access, marked parking spaces, large-print materials, and accessible restrooms.

Journey editor

Mary Miller

Voicemail E-mail Peter W. Marty Senior pastor 212 Matthew Marohl Associate pastor 247 Sara Olson-Smith Associate pastor 248 Mary Miller Minister of outreach 232 Joel Moore Director of faith formation 224 Chris Nelson Director of music ministries 214 Ron Huber Visitation pastor 213 Joanna Roland Preschool & kids’ learning 219 Andy Langdon Director of youth ministries 228 Michelle Juehring Children & family life 227 Tammy Hermanson Residency administrator 215 Paula Durham Business manager 226 Becky Harper Admin. assistant to senior pastor 211 Jennifer Garvey Receptionist 210 Lauren Miller Communications associate 223 Karen Holden Business office assistant 225 Harris Schneekloth Campus supervisor 302 Matt Spencer Custodial manager 235 Jim Akright Maintenance Bob Kephart Maintenance Bill Campbell Contemporary music coordinator 244 Jon Hurty Chorale director Michael Zemek Youth Choir director Linda Allebach Children’s Choir director Rosita Tendall Children’s Choir director Katy Johnson Children’s Choir director Todd Byerly Technical support specialist 243 Jan Aplin Book Corner manager 242 Margaret Haas Neighborhood Schools 245 Katie Hanson ALPHA coordinator Teresa Whitbeck Childcare coordinator



St. Paul Journey | May 20, 2011

MAY May 29... Summer Sundays begin

22 8am Worship 9:20am Worship 10:45am Learning for all 11:45am Worship


29 Summer Sunday worship schedule begins 8am Worship 9:20am Worship 11am Worship


9am Preschool 6:15pm ALPHA

7pm Endowment 7pm Mission planning

30 6:15pm ALPHA



8:15am Synod Assembly departure 9am Preschool 2-9:30pm Photo directory

10am Photo directory -4pm 5:30pm Worship



25 9am Journey deadline 9:30am Staff meeting 5:45pm Knit Wits 6pm Made to Crave book study

6pm Centering Prayer 6:30pm Faithful Readers 6:30pm Open Spirit rehearsal 7pm Nuts about Nets Team 7pm Mental Health Ministry



Memorial Day: Church office closed

19 9am Preschool 9:30am Heart. Soul. Mind. class 12noon CPR training 2-9:30pm Photo directory 5pm Grief care plng. 6pm Centering Prayer 6:30pm Open Spirit rehearsal 7pm Heart. Soul. Mind. repeat 7pm MS Support

9:30am Staff meeting 6pm Made to Crave book study

2 12noon Sandwiches & Symbols lunch 6pm Centering Prayer 6:30pm Open Spirit rehearsal

28 5:30pm Worship service

3 5pm TGIF for senior adults at Middle Park lagoon

4 1pm Wedding: Wanda Vrana & Dave Gilson 5pm Book Corner open 5:30pm Worship service


Vol. 77 No. 18 St. Paul Journey (USPS 514-320) is published biweekly for $7 per year, included in payment of weekly pledge of members of St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, IA 52803. Periodicals postage paid at Davenport, IA. Postmaster: Send address changes to St. Paul Journey, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, IA 52803.

St. Paul Lutheran Church 2136 Brady Street Davenport, IA 52803 Phone 563.326.3547

Welcome to worship

Saturdays 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 8:00, 9:20, 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 29 8:00, 9:20, 11:00 a.m.

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St. Paul Journey  

The bi-weekly newsletter for the St. Paul congregation

St. Paul Journey  

The bi-weekly newsletter for the St. Paul congregation