Church Notes for August 16, 2020


Pastor Martens will be on vacation from August 13-18. Contact the Elders if you need assistance.

Parents of Sunday School Students:  The Board of Christian Education met and they would like to start Sunday School again on Sunday, September 6th.  The plan is that the first five weeks they will use the material from VBS, which they were not able to use this summer due to COVID restrictions.  Before moving forward, they would like to know how the parents feel about this start date because of ongoing COVID concerns.

They are asking for you to send an email to Darla and vote yes or no and make any comments or concerns you may have.  Please do this as soon as possible so the committee can make a decision.  As with many other things, we are treading in unknown waters these days and would like your input.  Thank you for your help.

Volunteers:  If you are unavailable for any Sundays in September, there is a list on the bulletin board to sign or you can contact Darla by email. 

The church council decided at the last meeting that in September we will begin having just coffee and juice during Lutheran ½ hour.  We will start assigning someone to man the coffee pots, have juice or some cold drink available and clean up after.  Counters will restart in September and possibly acolytes.

Congregate Meals:  There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board for volunteers to deliver in September. We have four weeks in September and starting September 7th we will be responsible for two routes each week. There are a few minor rule changes because of COVID and they are listed on the bulletin board or Darla can email them to you.  Thank you ahead of time to all that are willing to help.

Holy Communion will be held on today; however, we will not have communion on the fifth Sunday, August 30th.

Church Worship/Activities:  Social distancing will be observed during all activities.  Pastor and Colleen will continue manning the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 8-12 Noon.  If you need assistance any other time, you can reach Pastor at 515-370-4809 or Darla at 515-370-1479.

During this time of uncertainty, please continue to use good judgment and continue to pray for our nation and its people as we call on the Lord to help us remain patient as He works out the details of healing us.

FOOD: There is frozen lasagna and monster cookies from Fareway in the church freezers for members and/or people in our communities who are in need. Think about people who could be blessed by this. When this is depleted, we will purchase more. You can pick up food during regular church hours or if after office hours, contact Darla, Pastor or Ellie.  (You can pick up a key at the Menz home at 807 West South, four blocks south of the church.)

Remember our Elderly members:  Give them a call, send them a cheerful card or offer to run errands for them.  Darla has a list of these people with contact information., They really appreciate that their church family is thinking of them and are willing to help out if needed. Darla has a list of these people with contact information.  For those of you who are in the high-risk group and have a need for help in any way, please contact Darla.

Darla Johnson is our Service Opportunities Coordinator.  If you need to contact her, her cell phone number is 515-370-1479 or you may email her at       

August 23: Usher & Greeter:  Sue Rieder

                     Reader: Lynn Menz