January 17, 2021
Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture Readings:
First Reading: Gen. 1:1-5
Epistle: Rom. 6:1-11
Gospel: Mark 1:4-11

On Our Prayer List This Week:

+ We pray for all of those battling Covid-19.
+ We pray for Lanette Henningsen who is having surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor from her kidney.
+ We pray for Rene Locker who had hip replacement surgery.
+ We pray for Don Meiners (Laura’s Poldberg’s Father) who was diagnosed with multiple tumors.
+ We pray for Mark Parsons (friend of Houps) who is being treated for a cancerous growth in his abdomen.
+ We pray for Sharon Green (John Sibert’s Sister) who is suffering with COPD.
+ We pray for Pat Livingston who is suffering from an irregular heartbeat and blood pressure concerns.
+ We pray for Kathy Larsen – (Patti Thies’ sister-in-law) who has many health concerns.
+ We pray for Gayle Sibert who is recovering from surgery.
+ We pray for Gerri Avington (friend of Patti Thies) who is recovering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
+ We pray for Lyndon Stromer (Val Stromer’s brother) who is in kidney failure.
+ We pray for God’s healing grace for the following that are being treated for cancer: “Lefty” McFall, Christine Osborne (friend of Gustafson’s) , Reggie Koop (Todd Koop’s brother), Emily Manning (niece of Marlo and Marsha Feick), Pete Brill (Don Brill’s dad), Gary Ingeljest (friends of John & Gayle Sibert), Theresa Leiting (friend of Haugers), Pat Ubben (friend of Nathan Anderson), and Matt Anderson (Brother of Nathan Anderson), Dave Dunn (Mark’s Brother), and Lilly Brent (Mark & Terri Dunn’s Great Niece).
+ We pray for God’s blessing on all the staff and students of Beautiful Beginnings Preschool and Child Care.
+ We pray for God’s blessings on our missionary family, the Wolfs in Kenya.
+ We pray for God’s blessings and protection for Aaron Stover (in Afghanistan), all our military personnel, and government.
News & Notes – For the week of January 17-23

Are you a Visitor? If you are a visitor today, please email pastor@polkcity.church if you would like to have any of your questions about Beautiful Savior answered. I would love to hear from you. ~ Pastor Bunge

Church Secretary, Lanette Henningsen, will be out of the office beginning January 17 until at least February 3rd. Thank you to Cindy Twedt and Deb Lindner for helping with Secretary Duties during her absence.

Got Cabin Fever? Adult information classes begin Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Social distancing will be practiced. We will meet four times with each session lasting about an hour. This is not only for prospective members (no obligation to join our church), but also for existing members who want to brush up on what we believe, teach and confess. No costs, tests or memorization.

Interested in being a lay reader? If you would like to read the Old Testament and Epistle readings from the lectern during worship, contact the church secretary at secretary@polkcity.church and we will put together a schedule. Men, women, and youth are welcome. Pastor will give you a few pointers, too.

TUBING YOUTH EVENT on February 7th: The Jr. and Sr. Youth will be heading to Seven Oaks in Boone at 12:30 PM. WE NEED, parents who are willing to help chaperone and drive (youth will be asked to wear masks in the vehicle). If you are a parent willing to help with this event, please contact Ray Livingston 515-249-4288 or Kim Weidt 605-377-4259 by January 24th. After we have sufficient parent volunteers, we will organize a sign-up for the youth.

Bible Study: Wednesday night GoToMeeting Bible study is Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on the Book of Hosea. Studies last between 30 and 45 minutes. Join in anytime. Study is emailed the previous Monday.

Pick up your 2020 annual giving statement in the Fellowship Hall on the entry table today. All statements not picked up by January 18 will be mailed along with any offering envelopes not picked up. Email Lanette at secretary@polkcity.church if you have any discrepancies.

Help Wanted! Beautiful Beginnings is hiring for part time daycare help that could possibly turn into fulltime. Email or call Jessica. Training for all positions, no experience, starting pay of $10.50/hr. No nights or weekends.

BUILDING A BALANCE: Last year we were able to donate $5,600 from your contributions of redeemable cans and bottles to various organizations and to assist with various church projects. See the list on the fellowship bulletin board. Now we’re starting to build our fund balance back up to be able to contribute to projects as they come up later this year. Please consider donating your redeemable cans and bottles by putting them in the left side of the church garage. We’ll get them redeemed and added to our balance. Nickels add up, thanks for your continued support.

CAN OF CORN? When you go to the store to pick up groceries, please consider buying a couple of extra cans of vegetables or fruit and contributing them to the BSLC food pantry located just inside the church entrance. A complete list of desired items are in the literature on the pantry shelves.

Live Stream Archives: Our archived live streams are now public dating back to January 2018 with the exception of funerals, weddings, and other more private events. You can view these on the YouTube channel youtube.com/bslcpolkcity

The featured Iowa West District LWML grant for January 2021 is Concordia Seminary Food Bank, St. Louis for $12,000. The Food Bank provides free-of-charge healthy food to future pastors, deaconesses, missionaries, and their families. With worries about grocery costs relieved, students are better able to concentrate on their studies. They stock a variety of food items as well as household and personal care items.
The featured national LWML grant for January 2021 is Sri Lanka Multipurpose Building Construction, Office of International Mission for $50.000. This building project will house a new sanctuary, a central office for the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church (CELC), seminary classrooms, dormitory space, and a preschool. With assistance from this grant the LCMS and the CELC will be able to move forward in training local pastors, creating a welcoming worship area, and offering the opportunity to reestablish their preschool program. For more information, go to www.lwml.org/2019-2021-mission-grant-18.

In case of inclement weather: check the church Facebook page for service updates and information.

Want to receive the BSLC Newsletter? Please visit polkcity.church and look under the “What’s Happening” tab and sign up!

Reminder: to continue your support of the Lord’s work in and through our congregation, there are three options available for your giving during the pandemic: 1) give online at polkcity.church 2) snail mail in your offerings addressed to the church 3) drop off your offering in the church mailbox, which can only have its contents accessed with a key.

Want to (re)listen to a sermon? Check out polkcity.church under the “What’s Happening” tab and click on “Sermon Podcast.”

Problems Watching Online Service? If you ever have problems while watching BSLC’s online/live stream, please scroll to the bottom of our website polkcity.church and click “report a problem”. Please do not send an email or the proper individuals won’t be notified of the issues. Thank you!

In Need of Prayers? Please contact Pastor for any prayer requests or if you would like visits for hospitalization, medical concerns, etc. Pastor can’t be there if he is not aware of the need. Thank you!