The Gideon International ministry is viewed as a partner ministry by the LCMS.  (there was a past writing on the LCMS website stating that a couple years ago.)  Founded at the turn of the century this organization was started by Salesmen with the goal of offering fellowship for Christian men.  For their 1st 10 years they read scripture together and prayed when they met.  It was a Pastor who suggested they place Bibles in hotels!  The Judges Bible reference suggests that a 'few called men' should serve within this ministry.

Camp CILCA  New brochures have been received for the summer program at Camp CILCA.  Drop by the District News bulletin board and pick up information regarding upcoming camping fun for yourself or someone you know who would be interested in attending camp.

Thrivent Open House March 21 hosted by Thrivent Financial representative Dustin Currin from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. here at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Stop in and learn more about Dustin’s new business with Thrivent. You’re welcome to bring a friend along who you feel may benefit from meeting him! Since a light dinner and drinks will be served, registration is required. You can register at or contact Dustin ( or 309-531-2397).

Preschool Registration is open   If you know of anyone interested in enrolling their child in preschool, please contact Polly or the church office for a registration form.

Easter Lilies: The Ladies Society will be placing an order for lilies to be used to decorate the sanctuary for Easter morning. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of the kitchen.  The price of the lilies is $13.00 each.  Please make checks payable to Ladies Society.  (We appreciate checks rather than cash).  Please either place checks in the envelope provided or hand to Charlene Jacobs or Lisa Francis.  Orders will be taken until April 2nd. The lilies may be picked up after the second Easter service on Easter Sunday.


March 17: Lent 2

Philippians 3:19 – “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” St. Paul does not want us to set our minds on earthly things, for they are passing away. This is similar to what Jesus says about storing up treasures on earth rather than storing them in heaven. Our heart tends to go where we put our treasure. This is why God commands us to live generously; not to spoil our fun but to help train us in keeping our priorities straight and our minds off earthly things.