ews from St. Paul's Episcopal Church March 2018
Lent is off to quite a start. Indeed for a small parish, we are busy doing God's work. On February 14, we held Ash Wednesday liturgy followed by the first Sunday in Lent where we cantored the exquisitely written Great Litany. Mother Heidi continues to shepherd nearly 20 of us on Wednesday nights through Lent with her amazing book, Holy Solitude.
Your Rector Search Committee continues to put shoulder to the wheel to solicit for and find the priest God is calling to serve St Paul's next. Give your support and thanks whenever you can to that committee: Dick Dowen; Rick Johns; Rebecca Smith; Jane Nenonen; Marilyn Cleland; Marv Kombrink; and Lori Judkins. Their work can be both exhilarating and exhausting and we all do well with prayer and words of encouragement every now and then. Please remember St Paul's: you are worth the effort and investment we all are making in finding the leader we need. St Paul's is a gem of a community of Christians in this gem of a community around DeKalb. Keep praying for awesome: you are worth it!
Holy Week, Easter, and Lobster Boil are right around the corner where we connect and reconnect with the many persons who have helped make St Paul's who we are over the years, both within and without the walls of our parish building.
With all of these good works we are doing so faithfully and joyfully, it can be easy to get lost in them a bit and lose sight of what we are doing these things for. As Charles LaFond, Episcopal monk and priest, said at a retreat I attended a couple of years ago, "We are tempted to do too much good, and the culturally blessed exhaustion will separate us from ourselves." It is important we do what is part of our God shaped center, that the efforts we make are coming from the blueprint of our soul on which are God's fingerprints. Who you are, who you are made to be, and who you are becoming in God are beautiful and holy. Let us not get separated from ourselves, from God or one another in all our efforts.
I hope the list below from my Ash Wednesday sermon will be helpful. Several of you asked for a list of the litany of "R" words one might use to complement or replace "REPENT" for Lent. A list is on the community board outside the parish office but here they are as well:
Holy Week 2018
Palm Sunday March 25th at 10:30 AM
with the Passion Story
Maundy Thursday March 29 at 7:00 PM
Stations of the Cross March 30 at 12:00 PM
Service March 30 at 7:00 PM
Great Vigil of Easter March 31 at 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday April 1 at 10:30 AM
Easter Egg Hunt follows
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross will be led by lay leaders on several Fridays in Lent.
Watch for the Schedule.
Holy Solitude at St. Paul's
We continue our weekly meetings to discuss the topics in Mother Heidi's book on Wednesdays through March 28th at 6:00 PM. There will be dinner followed by discussion led by Mother Heidi.
March 4 after the service
We will have our Annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, March 4, starring our very own almost world famous chef Rev. Ed Bird. Come and eat and help decide who will win Best Chili Maker! It's exciting, and it's lunch!
From the Senior Warden
I am so inspired by all the parishioner participation I see going on at St. Paul's these days. The Search Committee and the Vestry are working hard on the rector search process. We all participated in a joint meeting a couple of weeks ago, and I believe we are making fine progress. Both bodies are working on the OTM (Office of Transitional Ministries) hiring form and getting very close to completion with that. The Search Committee is putting together a Parish Profile, and then all the information will be sent to the Diocese in the next couple of weeks. Once that is made public, we will soon start receiving names of interested candidates. It is all very exciting!
The Lobster Boil committee has met, and a publicity subcommittee has been formed. This subcommittee is buzzing with great ideas about how better to promote our 50th Annual Lobster Boil this coming May. Several people have already made great strides forward in getting many publicity efforts coordinated, and I think this year is going to be an excellent year for the Boil. Please remember to mark your calendars for May 19th - we're going to need all available hands on deck for this event. And if you happen to have any ideas about how to get the word out to the public about Lobster Boil, please talk to Father Ed, Lorraine Langer, Jennie Cummings, or to me. We'd love to hear from you.
This is all a lot of busy-ness, and sometimes we need a little quiet time to reflect. This year during Lent, a large group of us are gathering on Wednesday evenings to discuss Mother Heide Haverkamp's book on solitude and to share a meal together. I am delighted with the number of people who are participating in this group. There have been many great insights shared, and it is such a wonderful experience to come together each week for inspiring discussion and a light meal.
St. Paul's is a thriving place because parishioners here step up when needed and come together as a church family. Participation in the church is vital in order to keep it alive, and when I see so much activity and involvement, I believe that St. Paul's is going to be alive and thriving for a long time to come.
Treasurer's Report Summary
February Report with January 2018 Figures:
This report covers the month of January 2018. The checking account with Heartland Bank is our primary operating account. Accounting reports are compiled by American Midwest Tax and Accounting, Inc. whose office is at 901 North First Street in DeKalb. Sheila Appel is our primary contact. The firm also pays the bills and processes the payroll. The Edward Jones Firm on Sycamore Road managed by Matt Myre oversees our Building (Capital) and Endowment Funds.
Receipts through January 2018
We have received $37,818 from 2018 pledges through the end of January which is 33% of the $115,063 budgeted. The total of all receipts through January was $38,440 which is 17% of the budgeted amount of $223,063.
Disbursements through January 2018
Total operating disbursements through January were $17,879 which is 8% of the budgeted amount of $223,063. The difference between receipts and disbursements through December was $20,560 on the positive side.
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of January was $30,000 in CD's and $4,705 in the Money Market Fund totaling $34,705. We received $35 in Capital Contributions during December. The regular Heartland Bank Checking account contains $2,619 in Capital Funds. Adding the $34,705 in the Edward Jones Account, the end of January Capital Fund equals $37,324.
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of January was $2,223,214, a change in value from January 1st of $101,108. The net increase in value is $99,534. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance was $103,396 and 4% is $82,717. These numbers relate to the amount we take from the Endowment Fund for Operating Expenses. The end of February numbers will no doubt reflect the volatility of the Stock Market. The Endowment Committee will be meeting in early March to review the Endowment Fund.
- The shares on deposit with the company are 6.263. The stock was valued at $281 on January 31, 2018. The value has increased $16.60 since the beginning of the year.
On January 31, 2018 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were: Discretionary Fund $413.36; Flower Fund $1,052.92; Music Fund $1,905.00;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $48,631.83; Capital Fund $2,618.94, for a total of $58,245.95.
If you wish a copy of the detailed worksheet, let me know. Pat Brown (815)758-0906, or
February 26, 2018
The St. Paul's Adult/Youth and Children's Choirs are preparing
for Lent, Holy Week and Easter
All are welcome!
Yes, we work on music and
we are having fun! Come join us!
March Anthems include:
3/04 "Into His Garden" Susan Matsui
3/11"God So Loved the World" John Stainer
3/18 "Create A Pure Heart in Me" Susan Matsui
3/25 "Ride On King Jesus" Traditional Spiritual & "Hosannah! Blessed is He" John Wilson
Don't wait, if you enjoy the arts such as singing, playing an instrument, acting, dancing, drawing, as
well as, the art of oratory, please come and join our artistic work and fellowship!
Annual Lobster Boil #50
Wow! Fifty Years!
More Information is forthcoming and The Lobster Boil Page on our Church Website will be active soon to purchase Lobsters.
Baptisms at St. Paul's
Lori Judkins welcomes granddaughter Olivia Meyers, daughter of Debi and Jordan Meyers,
after the service with her Baptism on Sunday, January 14th.
Avery and Brienne Edokpayi, son and daughter of Kemi and Samson Edokpayi, were welcomed in Baptism at the service on Sunday, February 25th.
Christian Formation Survey
Did you get your Christian Formation Survey for Adult Education? Have you returned it yet?
Can't wait to get your thoughts! Mail to the Parish Office or just drop it off when you are here.
Reminders from the Parish Office
Rector's Discretionary Fund is collected the first Sunday every month. These funds are used to help people in need in our community. The next collection will be on
March 4, 2018.
Food Pantry Sunday
is the second Sunday of each month. You can bring your food any time and place it in one of the baskets. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations can be dropped off any Sunday, or at the Parish Office. Please make all checks out to St. Paul's with "Food Pantry" in the memo line. The Food Pantry Sunday coming up is March 11, 2018.
Proclaimer Deadline: The deadline to send information for the monthly newsletter is the third Sunday of every month. Please send any information you would like to see in the April 2018
issue of the Proclaimer to the Parish office by March 18
Your pictures are also welcome.
meets every month. The vestry minutes are available on our website here.
The Parish Office hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Easter Lily Dedications
It's that time of year again! We are now taking donations for Easter flowers in memoriam or in thanksgiving. Place your check in the flower envelope and please write your name and the dedication that you would like to see in the bulletin on the envelope. Please write checks out to St. Paul's with "Easter flowers" as the memo and place them in the collection or leave them in the Parish Office. The deadline to send in flower donations for Easter is March 25th.
Flowers for the Altar
Dates are open for your dedications.
Flowers are not used on the altar during Lent, but dedications can still be made.
The 2018 flower sign up sheet is next to the bulletin board outside the kitchen and dates can be selected for all months during the year. Generally the donation is about $30 for a Sunday.
Celebration of Holy Eucharist
at Oak Crest,
Wednesday, March 21st, 2 PM
This service includes music, readings, a short homily and communion. If you would like to be involved in the important outreach of our parish, please join the Reverend Ed at OakCrest on these third Wednesdays of the month.
World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement led by Christian women who come together to observe a common day of "informed prayer and prayerful action" on the first Friday of March. In an effort to involve people who can't attend the first Friday, the service will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 10 AM at The Salvation Army, 830 Grove Street, DeKalb. Women, men and children are welcome.
March for Our Lives
Washington DC and Chicago
I invite you to join me on a pilgrimage to Washington DC on March 24th to support the young people from Florida who are marching in memory of their slain friends, murdered in their high school. I believe this journey to DC or a shorter trip to Downtown Chicago needs to be an intrinsic part of our Lenten Discipline this year. This country can no longer sigh and wring our collective hands and be lulled into thinking that there is nothing else we can do. We can show up. We can show up by the thousands, by the hundreds. That showing up begins when each one of us changes a plan and alters a schedule to be there to show we care. Because we do.
For DC, We'll leave Friday evening at 5:00, March 23rd. We'll March during the day on the 24th. And return Saturday night so that we all may be back in time for Palm Sunday Services, March 25th. Know that the procession we take part in on Saturday will be a Palm Sunday Procession for the world and not just our church.
I hope you can be there, with your family and friends in either DC or Downtown.
All my best,
Reverend Doctor Bonnie A. Perry
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church Chicago
The people of All Saints' Chicago, St. John's Episcopal Church Chicago, and St. Augustine's Episcopal Church (Wilmette, IL) will take as many buses as needed to Washington, D.C., to join the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in the first March for Our Lives - March on Washington.
They will leave Chicago Friday evening; arrive early on Saturday for the march; and leave Saturday evening to arrive back in Chicago for Palm Sunday.
You do not need to be a member of All Saints' to attend; you don't need to be a Christian, even. You do need to have a deep desire to see gun violence end. Forever.
Let's make peace and justice a reality in this country.
LOGISTICS AND POLICIES LOCATED AT LINKS BELOW:
BUS TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:
MAKE DONATIONS HERE:
Bishop Lee will join the young people organizing March for Our Lives Chicago on March 24th and invites Episcopalians and friends to join him. They will post more information about where to gather with Bishop Lee on the Diocesan
as plans for the Chicago march are finalized.
United Thank Offering
This year's Episcopal Church Women (ECW) ingathering (collection) of the
United Thank Offering
(UTO) will take place in March. The Blue Boxes will be available in both the sanctuary and Parish Hall. Please pick one up and use it during Lent. Every time you are thankful for someone or something, drop a coin or coins into the box. Make time to be thankful.
My focus this year will be to remember Eva Leonard and how much she contributed to the life of St. Paul's. Eva was our UTO chairwoman for many years, and she and Henry are well known in the ECW wider community. Eva's enthusiasm and dedication to the UTO was inspiring.
Your contributions can be placed in the offering plate any time. Our final ingathering will be
This gives us about a month to concentrate on giving thanks. Our collection will be forwarded to the larger ECW organization, who will then award grants to groups doing outreach in areas of need. Much information can be found on the
. I encourage you to take a look.
(If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to St. Paul's and note UTO in the memo line.)
to all parishioners who contributed to Food Pantry Sunday. The next Food Pantry Sunday will be March 11, 2018.
Contributions collected on Food Pantry Sundays during February included 50 food items, 237 diapers, 1000 wipes, for a total of 2450 for 2018.
In addition to these donated items, monetary contributions were made to the pantry by a number of St. Paul's parishioners.
St. Paul's has adopted the 1st Thursday of every month to help at the Salvation Army Food Pantry from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Please contact Pat McMahon if you can help out in these months or can substitute in other months.
Items in large demand are diapers (size 4 and up), canned or fresh fruit, pet food and personal care items (toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, etc.).
Contributions may be made at any time during the month, not just on the second Sunday.
The Search Committee is preparing the document required for recruiting new clergy for the Office of Transition Ministries(OTM). The goal is that the preliminary version of that document be submitted to the Diocese. As soon as the Diocese has that preliminary version the opening at St. Paul's for a new rector will be announced. The document itself will be subject to further revision before being published to the potential candidates. We have some good news in that Father Victor Conrado who is our liaison with the Diocese on the search has indicated that two potential candidates have approached asking when our position will be formally announced. The formal announcement will happen as soon as our preliminary OTM document is submitted. The Search Committee is also working on Parish profile of St. Pauls which will be put on the St. Paul's website.
Daylight Savings Time Change
Begins Sunday, March 11th!
nniversaries & Birthdays
3/6 Jimmy Russell
3/8 Emily Russell
3/9 Jane Nenonen
3/10 Danny Russell
3/11 Julie Stubblefield
3/27 Jackie Dickow
3/27 Mary Lincoln
3/28 Gail Piper
3/28 Marv Kombrink
3/4 10:30 AM Service
Chili Cookoff after service
3/7 Holy Solitude Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 PM
3/11 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
Holy Solitude Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 PM
3/18 10:30 AM Service
Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
3/21 OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
Children's Waiting Room, 3:00 PM
Holy Solitude Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 PM
3/25 10:30 AM Service Palm Sunday Service
3/28 Holy Solitude Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 PM
3/29 Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00 PM
3/30 Good Friday Service, 7:00 PM
3/31 Great Vigil of Easter, 7:00 PM
Save the Date
4/21 Spring Clean Up with NIU Cares Day
5/19 LOBSTER BOIL!
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Contact Information
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
900 Normal Rd., DeKalb, Illinois 60115
The Reverend Edward T. Bird IV, Rector
Parish Office: (815) 756-4888
Parish Fax: (815) 758-6140