St. Paul Lutheran Church

Thornton, Iowa

Church News

                                       President:               Scott Vestweber              641-512-4141                           
                                       Vice President:       Jon Caspers
                                       Secretary:               Mary Caspers       
                                       Organists:               Jane Christianson             641-998-2150
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, 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. Christ be our Light!
A public memorial service will be held for Jim Polsdofer at St. Peter, Rockwell, on Sunday, July 11th at 2 pm. Jim passed away on December 27th, 2020 and a graveside service was held in the Rockwell Cemetery January 3, 2021.

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!

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
will be a one-day, virtual event deginning at 8 am on Saturday, June 12. The main purpose of the assembly will be the election of a new bishop. Visitors will be able to watch the live broadcast on the synod's Facebook page. (Northeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA) Pastor Jane will be attending, along with St. Peter Delegate, Linda Corporon, and St. Paul Delegate, Julie Kaduce. Thank you to Linda and Julie for representing our congregations!

The West Fork Food Pantry
located at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield has secured a permanent facility for the Food Pantry! It is located at 106 West Gilman St. in Sheffield. Plans are to move into it sometime in July. This is exciting and welcomed by many who utilize the pantry and its volunteers. Stay tuned for more updates to come!

Both St. Peter and St. Paul congregational councils have agreed at this time to follow the CDC guidelines regarding the wearing of a mask in church 9 for church services or any other activity in the church. That means that if you have had  your vaccinations, you do not need to rear a mask - the CDC has deemed it safe to go without, and studies have shown that it is less likely that you will transmit the virus as easily, once vaccinated. It is still recommended by the CDC that if you have not been vaccinated, that you continue to wear a mask indoors, for the sake of those who have not been vaccinated (especially our young children for whom the vaccine is not yet available.) The signs requiring masks have been removed from our doors, but you may continue to wear a mask if you so desire!

Congratulations to the 2021 West Fork High School Graduates!
We honored our Seniors at our worship services on May 23rd. Each student was given a special quilt for the St. Peter Quilters. The seniors honored were Megan McGuire, Noah Maske, Kayden Ames and they also remembered with love, Weston Schaefer.

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 August Newsletter are due by Friday, July 16th.

  • St. Paul Usher Schedule for 2021:  June-Bret Lage, July-Bill Caspers, August-Rebecca Caspers, September-Daryl Bucholtz, October-Scott Vestweber, November-Bob Carlson, December-Darwin Meinders
  • Usher Duties: Unlock doors at least 30 minutes prior to service, turn on speaker system, check thermostat before and after service, check lights and candles, post hymn numbers, ready offering plates, count attendance and mark on calendar, record any substitute Pastor or Organist on calendar, check on monthly ushers, usher funerals and special services, lock all doors after services.

  • We are working on updating our membership directory for St. Paul, so if you have any recent changes to your address, name, phone numbers, etc. please contact either  Pastor Jane: janeharris2010@gmail.com or Julie Kaduce: jkaduce@gmail.com (or when you see us on Sundays!) Thanks!
  • Remember to continue their donations to Francis Lauer Youth Center. The Essential Needs List is posted on the church bulletin board. 
  • The West Fork Food Pantry at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield has become a permanent food pantry in coordination with the Food Bank of Iowa. Any donations collected at St. Paul will be taken to the West Fork Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items can be put in the collection bin in the Narthex. The food pantry is open the first Thursday 10-12 and the third Thursday 3:30-5:30 each month. Thank you for your donations!
  • Thank you to Rosalie Hartwig for volunteering to be the representative for the West Fork Pantry's planning committee. Plans are moving forward to secure a permanent home for the pantry.

Pastoral Acts
"In Christ shall all be made alive" 1 Corinthians 15:22
United in Marriage
New members

The pictures here show the church at Thornton and also showcase some of the sites in the town itself.

Thornton, Iowa is located in the southern part of Cerro Gordo County. It is located one mile west of  Interstate 35  at exit 180 or about halfway between Minneapolis-St, Paul and Des Moines. Thornton's land area is 1.2 square miles. According to the 2000 census there were 422 people living in Thornton. There were 183 households and 124 families. The median household income is $43,273. Ther per capita income is $22,192. Thornton is home to the following: livrary, comunity center, two parks, fire and EMT protection, post office, bank, Pleasant Valley Golf Course, gas station and convenience store, restaurants, insurance and real estate agency, accounting, auction house, and several other businesses. Thornton has three churches: St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, and Richland Lutheran Church. For additional information, map, and pictures about Thornton go to www.thornton-iowa.com.

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