Vinton, Iowa 52349                                                                               August 2017

              (319) 472-3784



              Facebook page: “Bethlehem Lutheran Vinton”



From the Pastor’s Desk


And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.  For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.”  (Matthew 24:4-5)


Fake news! It is supposedly a new phenomenon but we know differently.  From the temptation of Adam and Eve where the serpent misrepresented what God had said and made its own false promise, trickery and deception has been part of life experience.  Caller ID shows a local “472-” number and now even a local name, and it turns out to be someone saying we have won a vacation stay at a classy resort, just a credit card number is needed to hold the “free” reservation.  We are bombarded with advertisements for products no different than the “snake oil” traveling hucksters (not to be confused with Nebraska fans!) peddled on the prairie.  And there is the constant allure of activities and possessions that promise to save us from dull, meaningless existence, yet we still feel unfulfilled and insecure.  Is it any wonder that we have a hard time trusting anything or anyone?  Jesus said that many “saviors” would come wanting us to follow but we must know better. 

If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  (John 8:31-32)


~Pastor Urlaub





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 “A Moment with

Martin Luther”




The Fourth Commandment


Honor your Father and your Mother.

What is this and what does it mean?


We are to fear and love God, so that we neither despise nor anger our parents and others in authority, but instead honor, serve, obey, love and respect them.


The Fifth Commandment

You shall not murder.


What is this and what does it mean?

We are to fear and love God, so that we neither endanger nor harm the lives of our neighbors, but instead help and support them in all

of life’s needs.


The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.


What is this and what does it mean?

We are to fear and love God, so that we lead pure and descent lives in word and deed, and each of us loves and honors his or her spouse.


Youth Ministry

Sunday school parents:  Sunday school registration and information papers will be available on the table in the Narthex beginning August 13th.  Please fill these out and return them to the church office.  Please make sure we have updated contact, permission for child pick-up and photos, and allergy information.


We are still in need of a few Sunday school teachers for this fall!  The time commitment is 1 Sunday a month.  The curriculum requires very little preparation time.  Please consider joining the teaching team!  It’s a great way to get to know the kids and the other teachers! Remember – you don’t need kids in Sunday school in order to help out!!!


RALLY DAY!!!  Mark your calendars for Rally Day – September 10th!!!!   All Sunday school students will be involved in an activity after worship at 10:15. We will have a potluck in Augustana Hall at 11:15 - everyone is encouraged to come and reconnect after the summer!!! This also God’s Work Our Hands Sunday and we will be doing Vinton Feeds the World again so plan to attend Rally Day, stay for the potluck and then volunteer at VFW!


Are you on Pinterest?  Take a look at the Bethlehem Lutheran page for ideas on family activities and bible activities for your kids.  More pins are being added all the time.  If you have a pin you would like posted, email it to Rachel at


Please ‘like’ our Facebook page Bethlehem Lutheran Vinton in order to keep up with the many youth events at Bethlehem!!!


The first meeting for LIGHTS will be October 4th at 5:30 in the Preschool room.  Any Preschool – 5th grade student is welcome for a lessons, games, food, and fun!


We had several youth attend camp in July.  We also had several LYO spend a weekend in Minneapolis doing service projects.  A huge THANK YOU to the congregation for your prayers and financial support for both groups.  Keep an eye on future newsletters and bulletins as we plan a day the campers and LYO to tell you about their experiences.











Riverside Campers



EWALU Campers




Reformation is coming! No one knew that 500 years ago. We will be observing the 500th anniversary with many different events. Beginning on August 20th with the hanging of the Martin Luther seal banner and Luther 's explanation of the symbolism of the seal. This will be followed up with several temple talks containing Luther 's explanation of the Apostles Creed each Sunday and a children's pop up book reading.


Adult Bible Study

Luther's 95 Theses Bible Study - Open to All

Starting on September 18th, 2017, we will start a 5 session bible study based on the book " Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide” by Timothy J. Wengert.


There is a sign up sheet in Augustana Hall for those that wish to attend the bible study. The book can be purchased on Amazon or from the church. If you would like the church to pre-order the book for you, please sign up by August 13th. The books will be distributed around September 1st to give participants time to read the selected material prior to the first meeting. The cost of the books is around $11.22 + tax. Meetings will be every other Monday at 7pm in Augustana Hall.


The reading schedule is listed below:

Dates, Subjects, Pages


Sept 18

Introduction: Luther's First Reformation

Writings (Part 1)          

ix - xxxi

Stop at heading The Ninety-Five Theses

& the Letter to Albrecth

Oct 2   

Introduction: Luther's First Reformation

Writings (Part 2)          

xxxi -xlvi

Oct 16 

The Ninety-Five Theses


Oct 30 

The Letter to Albrechts


Nov 13

A Sermon on Indulgences and Grace     37-48


All are invited!  Please join us in this 500th anniversary year to study more about Martin Luther.


Women's Evening Bible Study

The women's evening bible study will meet August 21st at 7p.m. in Augustana Hall for devotionals and fellowship.


Please join us!


Pigs with a Purpose

For the past several weeks we have had a pig in Augustana Hall.  Not a real pig but a wooden cut out that is part of the Southeastern Iowa Synod "Pigs with a Purpose" project that was a great success.  Each pig was dedicated with gifts of at least $500 and decorated locally.  The total income was just over $62,000. More than $32,000 was forwarded to ELCA hunger ministries. The remainder is being used for hunger ministries within the synod.


Food for Thought Small Group

food+for+thought[1]Food for Thought Small Group meets monthly, on the third Thursday evening of the month.  The members may carpool from the church or meet at the assigned restaurant.  Fellowship and informal book discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues during the meal.  This activity is open to anyone wishing to join the fun.


Our schedule for the upcoming months:

August 17, 2017

Griselda Takes Flight by Joyce Magnin

The Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids

September 21, 2017

Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown

Napoli's in Marion

October 19, 2017

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

Restaurant: Rock Bar American Grill in Cedar Rapids

November 16, 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Irish Democrat in Cedar Rapids

December 14, 2017 (note date moved up 1 week earlier in December than usual)

A Red Bird Christmas by Fanny Flagg

Potluck at the Bethlehem Inn in Vinton


We would love to have new members join us.  If you have questions call Linda Wallace (472-5638).



Vinton Feeds the World 2017


Date: Sunday, September 10th at 1p.m.

Where: Vinton Skate Center

Meal Goal: 25,000


Volunteers Needed

If you haven't already done so, please consider volunteering for the event.  Forms can be found in Augustana Hall and on the website at  Please spread the word! Try to get friends, family, co-workers, even strangers involved!  With God's help we will have another spirit led event. It will be here before you know it. 


Grace and peace to you and thanks for your support!

Marta Bauer

Event Coordinator



for health & healing: Ray Lough, John Eden, and Lois Schmitt.

for sympathy: Donald Selken’s family on his passing; Jean Redlinger’s family (Dave Redlinger’s mother), Cheryl Kelley on the passing of her first cousin, Zola Cerny.

for thanksgiving; Steve and Jennifer Urlaub on the birth of a son, Henry Gustav.

for guidance, safety and growth in Christ: all children attending bible camps, Vacation Bible Schools and LYO members on their service trip.

for service and leadership: All camper leaders, LYO Chaperones and volunteers.


Notes and things:  

 7th and 8th Grade confirmation classes will start on August 30th.


Lutheran Home Ice Cream Social is August 6th from 2-4 p.m.  Please stop by and enjoy the ice cream and celebrate with the Lutheran Home on over 60 years of “Providing Quality Christian Care and Service”. 

The Lutheran Home is looking for some assistance from area businesses to ensure a successful Ice Cream Social.  If you would be willing to donate gift certificates, items with your logo on it, etc. that they could use for grab bag items or use in the donation drawings they would greatly appreciate it.  Monetary donations are also welcome.  If you are interested in donating items or making a monetary donation, please contact Sarah Smith at 319-472-4751 or email  They can pick up donations or they can be mailed to the Lutheran Home.  Make checks payable to the Vinton Lutheran Home Auxiliary. Contributions will be recognized during the Social and in the Vinton Livewire the following week.


Flowers in June:

6th George and Marta Bauer

13th Doug and Brenda Sutton

20th John and Becky Williams

27th Ryan and Kelli McClintock

Servers in June:

August 6th & 13th

Acolytes: Ushers                     

Altar Guild:  Sally Jacobs, Judy Renken

Assisting Minister: George Bauer                                                                             

Communion Server:  Lisa Vermedahl

Lector: Jan Bearbower            

Tape Ministry:  Mona Hanson

Greeters: Ron & Evelyn Bland, Ryan & Sally Jacobs

Counters (6):     Lisa Vermedahl, Kimmit Renken

Counters (13): Lisa Vermedahl, Steve Wallace

Ushers:  Bruce & Bev Anderson, Steve & Linda Wallace


August 20th & 27th

Acolytes: Evan Sampson, Trenton Sivola     

Altar Guild:  Sue Mangold, Sheila Stickels 

Communion Servers:  Sheila Stickels, Brenda Sutton                                         Lector: Deb Sampson

Tape Ministry:  Warren Henkel

Assisting Minister: George Bauer                

Ushers:  Gregg & Deb Sampson, Doug & Brenda Sutton                                                                    

Greeters: Amelia Jacobsen, Duane & Sue Mangold                          

Counters (20):  Steve Wallace, Tom/Dana Hanson                           

Counters (27): Tom/Dana Hanson, Dennis/Tina Eden

Council Lock up: Tim Jorgensen


Domestic Violence Awareness

In the coming months, information about Domestic Violence, reprinted from Waypoint Services, will be presented.  If you think you may be a victim or know someone who is, please use this information and if you’d like printed copies, please stop by the office. 


Safety Planning

Since each person’s situation is different, no two safety plans are the same.


Safety in the relationship:


Safety during an explosive incident:


Safety in public or at work:


Safety after ending the relationship:




Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Consolidated Fund Activity Report for June 2017


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Sun. School Fund








Welcome to LWR


Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Farmers Market Coffee is sourced directly from coffee farmers participating in LWR projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers get a strong up-front price for their coffee beans and a portion of the profit. LWR Farmers Market Coffee brings you closer to the people you help through your support of LWR. Because this coffee is sourced directly from LWR project participants, you will see the faces and learn the stories of the actual farmers who grow your coffee. And 80 cents of every pound you purchase goes back into LWR projects to benefit more around the world. Visit their website to learn more






"God's work. Our hands." Sunday

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.


Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life - flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.


You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017!