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ST. PETER EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
(ELCA)

502 Second Street South

Rockwell
, IA 50469
641-822-3101

MAY 2021  NEWSLETTER

PASTOR: Jane Harris        Cell: 641-242-0337     E-mail: janeharris2010@gmail.com

Church Secretary      
President:                   
Treasurer:                  
Sunday School Faith Team:  
WELCA President:    
LYO President:           
Custodian:                   
Organists:                    

                                        

Christy Baxter  Office: 822-3101.................641-420-1041   
Todd Liekweg.................................... ……..  641-822-3254
Mrs. Linda Meyer............................ ……... 641-822-4755  
Sarah Kobliska, Sara Harms, Pam Litterer & Brandie Witte

Mrs. Cheryl Flatness............................ …....641-822-3472
Noah Maske
Christy Baxter..................................... ..641-430-1041
Mrs. Lana Schaefer.......................... ……....641-822-4766

Mrs. Louise Patterson....................................641-420-3839

stpeter@netins.net

klmeyer@netins.net

 

        

Worship Ministers: At this time the ushers, greeters, acolytes and communion prep committees will not be printed in the newsletter. Once things are back to normal for church services, they will be added again.

Ushers:

The USHERS are asked to be there every Sunday in your month. You are asked to be at the Church 1/2 hour prior to the service to hand out bulletins and usher people to their pews. Please also pick up the bulletins and other papers left in the pews and straighten the hymnals after the service. The chairman is to notify the members of his group of ushers prior to the first of the month
Greeters
You are asked to be at the church 1/2 hour prior to Worship Services on Sundays to greet people as they enter the church by introducing yourself and giving them a handshake. Also encourage the visitors to sign the guest book.

Communion Committee: 
You are in charge of preparing items for the Communion distribution on the 1st Sunday of the month and for traditional Communion distribution the 3rd Sunday of the month. You are also in charge of cleaning up following, including the cleaning of the Altar Cloth. Instructions are on the counter in the little room south of the Altar area.
Flowers 


Acolytes: 
Please be at the church by 8:30 a.m., robed and upstairs not later than 8:30 a.m. See Ken Meyer for instructions as to which candles to light. On Communion Sunday (1st & 3rd of month) you are asked to assist church board members in the giving of the communion. If you are unable to Acolyte, you will need to find your own replacement. Please HANG the robe up neatly after services.

TIME CHANGE FOR ST. PAUL AND ST. PETER STARTING JUNE 6:
ST. PETER @ 10:30 AM
ST. PAUL @ 9;00 AM

St. Peter and St. Paul office number and Parish hall phone: 641-822-3101
Christy's Cell # is 641-430-1041
Pastor Jane's cell phone: 641-242-0337
Sunday Worship available on You tube at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Rockwell IA. (Available later in the day on Sundays)
Online Services are Sunday at 9:00 AM. The Facebook page is St. Paul and St. Peter Lutheran Churches
WiFi Access: in the Chancel, or Main church: StPeter1, guest password-Worship16. In the Fellowship Hall & Lounge: StPeter2, guest password-ParishHall16

Please Pray for: Paula Jorgensen, Ayden Murphy, Nancy Ward, Dick Thomas, Brooklyn Heimer, Kevin Hoftiezer, Chris Nelson, Joan Petersen, Brent Peters, Renee Dahlen, Lon Peterson, Dallas and Lois Brown, and Bob Carlson. Please remember to keep all our homebound in your prayers, they miss being part of the life of the faith community. We pray for all who have been affected by the coronavirus, those who have become ill and all who care for them, all those working long hours to provide essential services for the public, all who are isolated or quarantines at home, all who are feeling the weight of stress and anxiety during these challenging time. May you feel God's abiding presence. Christ be our Light!

Our love and prayers are with the family and friends of Nancy Ward. Nancy died on Saturday, April 24th at Mercy One North Iowa Hospice. "Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her!"

Church Office Hours for Pastor - Pastor Jane has set up the following weekly church office hours and will usually be available at the church during these times unless there is an emergency or (occasional) scheduled meeting. Please call if a visit is desired to make arrangements for safely meeting. (641-242-0337). St. Peter office hours: Tue., Wed.*, Thurs. 9am-12 pm and 1-5 pm.  St. Paul office hours: Friday 9am - 2 pm.

Remember that on the first Sunday in June (June 6th) our worship service times will once again change between St. Paul and St. Peter. St. Paul will meet for worship at 9:00 am and St. Peter will meet for worship at 10:30 am. Online Streaming will be at 10:30 am.

Do you know anyone who
would appreciated a greeting card sent from St. Peter?  Contact Bev Peters (641-430-7033) and she will make sure they receive one!

Have you been to our church Facebook Page?
The name of our page is St Paul and St Peter Lutheran Churches or go to https://www.facebook.com/St-Paul-St-Peter-Lutheran-Churches-101531454821018  (Check us out and don't forget to "LIKE" us!)

The West Fork Food Pantry located at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield has been a Godsend for many families, especially throughout this  pandemic. They continue to welcome donations, and are especially in need of peanut butter, canned vegetables, paper products and personal hygiene items. Items can be dropped off at St. Peter in the lounge by the parish hall/kitchen, or taken to St. Paul on Sundays. Thank you!

At this time we will be celebrating Holy Communion on the first and third Sunday of every month.
If you are worshipping us online, please have some bread and either juice or wine available before the service starts. If you are worshiping in person, we will have the bread and wine/juice available on a table as you enter the sanctuary - please pick it up on your way in at the beginning of the service. If you would like Pastor Jane to bring communion to you please call her at 641-242-0337 or the church office at 641-822-31-1 to set up a time.

Please send all announcements to St. Peter's email stpeter@netins.net. Also, the answering service has been restored to the church office phone once again. Please call the church office phone number @ 641-822-3101 to leave any messages you may have. I am at the church most nights for 4-6P. Sending an email is the best way to get a message to me. Thank you, Christy

The Church Secretary is in the office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 4 and 6. If you need anything please call her cell # 641-430-1041. Articles and information for the June's Newsletter are due by Friday, May 14th.



St. Peter News

ALWAYS CHECK THE CHURCH BULLETIN BOARD FOR UPCOMING ITEMS OF INTEREST!!!

  • During Lent the Sunday School classes are going to donate their offerings towards the "ELCA Good Gifts" project. They are pleased to announce through their efforts they raised $2,000.00, which will be matched by the missions committee for a total of $4,000.00! WOW! They will be able to purchase 160 "Soap and Sanitation Supplies" out of the good Gifts catalog. The ELCA will then send the supplies to those in need across the globe. THANK YOU for being so penerous in your giving!
  • The FALL FUN FESTIVAL has been tentatively set for Saturday, October 16 at the church from 9A to 3P. There will be a lunch served from 11A to 1P with dine-in or take out available. We are looking for crafters and vendors that would like to reserve a table ($20/table). If you or someone you know would like to participate please contact Cheryl Flatness (822-3472), Lana Schaefer (822-4766) or Linda Meyer (822-4755). Thank you!
  • St. Peter will celebrate First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 16, 2021 - This is for anyone 5 years and up.There will be a first Communion class held on Saturday, May 15th from 10A to 12P. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex on the table or contact the church office or Pastor Jane if you would like your child(ren) to participate.
  • St. Peter Scholarship Committee awarded Scholarships on Sunday, May 2nd. Congratulations to Taylor Twedt, Macy Sturges, Collin Witte, Reba Struchen, and Kennedy Maske. A picture of the recipients is at the end of this page.
  • The Cereal Donation was a great event. They collected 201 boxes of cereal for the West Fork Foodbank.
  • It's hard to believe but the last day of Sunday School for the 2020/2021 year is Sunday, May 9th. A big thank you to all those who have helped with Sunday School this yea - it was definitely a challenge because of Covid, but the children still has a blast and learned a lot about Jesus! Thank You!
  • Congratulations to the WEST FORK Class of 2021! On Sunday, May 23rd during worship, we will recognize the Class of 2021 High School Seniors. Each will be given a quilt made special for them from our St. Peter Quilters. This year we will honor the following West Fork High School Seniors: St. Paul - Megan McGuire; St. Peter - Kayden Ames, Noah Maske, and we will be honoring and remembering West Fork Senior Weston Shaefer.
  • A Big Thank You to our St. Peter Quilters! The pandemic has not stopped them from making quilts for those in need, even when they couldn't meet as a group. On April 12th, 153 quilts were put on a truck to be distributed through Lutheran World Relief. Las year, because of Covid 19 and in-gathering of quilts was not held in the spring, but in November of 2020 they sent out 225 quilts that they had faithfully made for a total of 378 quilts in a little over a year! Well done, faithful servants of God!
  • Rockwell Care Center is not allowing any visitors at this time but they would like to have the churches continue providing prizes for the Bingo games on a regular monthly basis. Some suggestions of items that the residents would like include: Easier adult coloring books, colored pencils or crayons, large print Word Search books, pre-packaged candy or small candy bars, soft toothbrushes, hand creams/body lotions, small picture frames, travel-size toothpaste, shaving cream/lotion and since the ladies haven't seen a beautician since March, they are in need of items such as ponytail scrunchies, headbands, barrettes, etc. Also we can once again take homemade treats, so let's make an effort to fill out the remainder of the schedule for 2021. We need treats for the 3rd Tuesdays of all of 2021!. Please contact Louise Patterson at 641-420-3839 if you are able to do this. Thank you.
  • Masks are required upon entering and leaving the Church at St. Peter. Once seated you have the option of removing it while you are seated if you desire.
  • The church website is www.stpeterrockwell.org. If you wish to contribute to the website see Cheryl Flatness or Christy. They will let you know how to go about it or email it to stpeter@netins.net. or cflatness@stpeterrockwell.org.
  • Members are reminded that nothing is to be taken from the Church without permission from the Pastor, Church Council Chairman, or Secretary. Proper procedures for checking them out must be taken. Kitchen items must be checked out and in by the WELCA Kitchen Committee.
  • If you wish to Reserve the Parish Hall and/or Church, please contact one of these people: the Church Secretary, Christy Baxter or Pastor. The Reservation then needs to be placed on the Church Calendar located in the Parish Hall hallway. The Church Calendar is only to be used for items pertaining the Church.

Scholarship Recipients 2021
Recipients: Kennedy Maske (mother Stephanie), Reba Struchen, Macy Sturges
(mother Jeanette), Taylor Twedt, and Collin Witte. CONGRATULATIONS!

Mary Martha Circle
Our May meeting will be Tuesday, May 4th at 1:30 in the Parrish Hall.
Devotions: Louise Patterson    Hostess: Lana Schaefer
June Meeting: June 1st with Linda Heft Hostess and Devotions

We are meeting monthly in the Parish Hall at St. Peter on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm. We wear masks and social distance at these meetings.
WELCA General Meetings will be held after Circle in April, August, and November. All officers are encouraged to be at these meetings and all women are welcome.



Pastoral Acts in 2021
"In Christ shall all be made alive" 1 Corinthians 15:22
Baptisms
Ames Robert Williams, January 3, 2021 son of Douglas and Samantha Williams
Lynday Mae Lewis, January 17, 2021 daughter of Zachary and Anne Lewis
Taya Mae Enabnit, February 27, 2021 daughter of Dustin & Kelsey Enabnit
Lydia Hollis Petersen, April 4, 2021 daughter of Holly Petersen
New Members
First Communion
Confirmation
Jana Harms and Katelyn Witte - April 25, 2021
United in Marriage
Funerals
James Andrew Polsdofer, Graveside Service on Sunday, January 3, 2021
Dennis Wayne Ward, Prayer Service on Thursday, January 21, 2021
Klarette J. "Klar" Schaefer, funeral on February 19, 2021
Nancy Grace Ward, Funeral on Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Transfers