ews from St. Paul's Episcopal Church November 2017
If the recent "mini-climate change" in DeKalb is any indication, things happen quickly and turn on a dime in our world. What were just the lazy days of summer where we were giving dozens of traveling blessings every minute (okay 1 or 2 most Sundays really) are now the quite damp and cold days of autumn in the Midwest. And much of the "game is afoot" at St Paul's.
We have completed a Church Assessment Tool survey with a stunning turnout on our part, had the results interpreted to us by the consultants and Bishop's staff, and not too long after you read this (
on Nov 5 at 930am) Dick Dowen, our Search Committee Chair, will share the results with us. The Search Committee is really working hard. Meanwhile, we have begun to plan for next year's budget and the annual giving campaign is underway.
We have blessed a large number of the area's pets at our annual Pet Blessing (which was something of a full length feature in the Chronicle). We built a beautiful and already well used children's worship space called the Prayground which we will commission and bless Nov. 12th. We hosted and sponsored, with Henry Leonard's tireless and joyful leadership, another delightful Crop Walk. We welcomed a newborn into our parish family, the first grandchild of Lori and Dean Judkins, Olivia Terese Meyers, daughter of their daughter Debi Meyers and Debi's wife, Jordan. Sadly we also lost and memorialized in liturgy Jordan's father, Robert Meyers, whose funeral was Oct 27.
In our busy-ness, it seems we have not lost touch with who and what is important, and that is a huge blessing. We still care for one another and for St Paul's and the surrounding community in many ways. We remember those and that which we love and see no longer at our All Saints' liturgy, keeping an eye of honor on our history while moving at a seemly dispatch today toward our future. God's every blessing, God's abundant grace, is radiant in you at St Paul's. What we seem to lack in numbers, St Paul's makes up for in goodness and in passion.
As Jesus says this coming Sunday in the Beatitudes, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." St Paul's, rejoice in the purity of your hearts. You see God in everyone you meet, and they know they are richly blessed when they meet us. May we continue to bless and be blessed in our daily journeys and our journey together by God and who God puts in our path.
Peace in Christ,
All Saints Sunday
in us for All Saint's Sunday Service, November 5th, 10:30 AM,
celebrating and mindfully mourning the saints in your life! You may be thinking of; a lost family member or friend or pet, a lost job or career. You may be thinking of the losses that you and others at the parish of St. Paul's have experienced over the last year, or several years. All of these experiences matter to you, to us!
You may want to write a short remembrance or share a saintly quality
embodied by a loved one. Pictures can also be placed in a Remembrance Place in the Sanctuary.
Daylight Savings Time Change November 5th
Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday, November 4th.
Search Committee Update Meeting
Sunday, Nov. 5th, 9:30 AM
The Church Assessment Survey is complete. Everyone in the congregation, especially Rick Johns who led this effort, deserves a big pat on the back. Our participation rate in the survey was well above the participation rate for the average church, which means that we are all taking this seriously.
Both the Search Committee and the Vestry met with Diocesan staff on Tuesday 10/24 to go over the survey results. We learned that we are a high energy and adaptable congregation. We also learned that the top three things we are looking for in a new Rector are: Preaching, Strategic Leadership, and Pastoral Care. We also learned a great deal that we want to share with everyone.
The members of the Search Committee will go over the results in detail at a meeting at 9:30 AM in Parish Hall on Sunday November 5 before the service. There are many interesting and positive results that we have to share so please plan to attend.
The next task in the search will be the small group discussions, each of which will include no more than six parishioners led by two members of the Search Committee. The Search Committee members will be receiving training for this role shortly. Further announcements will be made as to timing and sign up as soon as that is decided.
Now we need to maintain the momentum that we have established. We have made a wonderful start and we need to keep up the excellent work.
November 12, 2017, during the 10:00 AM Service.
All children (& adults) are welcome to use the space during the service. This is a wonderful way for our children to become accustomed to the beautiful rites and rhythms of our liturgy while still being able to move about without disturbing others.
Our Pray Ground is primarily for Ages 5-12. The St. Timothy
Center Nursery is for Infants to five year olds.
The pray ground
also includes a rocker for families wanting to keep their smaller
children in sanctuary.
The space will be monitored by volunteers
(to volunteer, please let Susan know when you sign up for the monthly Ministries schedule).
What will children do in this area?
The Priest or Monitor gives the children the "word" of the day that aligns with the liturgy (gospel/readings) for the week.
Children get to draw, color, write, and create a poster to share during announcements. Children can stand at the Easel with paper to create liturgical art and prose. Comfort is a big thing with kids, with a new colorful rug, a few bungi chairs and storage cubes that also can function as chairs, all are wonderful additions to the spirit of our kid friendly space.
The Pray Ground is a mature place where kids can relax but still listen, watch, learn and follow along with the worship service. The Pray Ground is Not a Nursery and Play will NOT be encouraged.
Thank you, Julie Stubblefield, SRC and St. Paul's!
SRC Assisted changes
bring some comfort,
stronger ensemble sounds
and many young creative smiles!
We have better AccessAbility pews; comfortable Cushions for the pews to sit on; a bigger area for the choir to be in ensemble with the piano; a bigger area for our children's PrayGround; several nice looking and practical floor mats in back to fill out the cement and also give safety to our weather days of rain and snow.
A huge thanks to Brad Smith for overseeing the awesome carpentry changes to our
Many people have helped with the planning and labor of removing pews for the Music and PrayGround areas in back of the Sanctuary; carrying them (intact) down the stairs to the St. Timothy Center and storing them in the room that the Lobster Boil storage closet is.
We thank all who helped including: Brad Smith, Rick Johns, Jamie Stubblefield, Jacob Maas,
Chuck Goodenough, Terry Dickow,
Rhys Prall, Rev. Ed Bird, Julie Stubblefield, Mechelle Goodenough, Hannah Buckle, Peg Newby, Jocelyn Prall, Jackie Dickow, Freyja Rasmussen, Gretchen Schlabach, Lorraine Langer, Ava & Liam & Luke Stubblefield, and guests from NIU and DeKalb community.
Total Product Cost: $4,327.14 and Total Labor Cost $0.00. We will share more pictures of the upgrades to these areas on the church website over the next several months.
New Worship Schedule
On Sunday, November 12th, we will resume the 8:00 A.M. Rite I spoken service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The next 8:00 AM celebrations of the Holy Eucharist will be on November 12th, November 26th, and December 10th. December 24th is Christmas Eve and only the 10:30 AM service will be celebrated as the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
The Christmas Eve Service will be celebrated at 6:00 PM.
From the Senior Warden
In my Vestry report for October, I shared that one of the matters that needs addressing before the end of the year is the Nominating Committee and its work of finding members to fill roles. These roles include being a convention delegate, serving on the Finance committee, and assuming a Vestry role. One of the roles that will need to be filled is Jr. Warden. Freyja Rasmussen-Johns will step into the Sr. Warden role. It is crucial to the life of the parish, and only fair to Freyja, that we find someone willing to assume this role. The role can be filled by someone currently on the Vestry, or by someone who has previously served on the Vestry.
This is an exciting time to be a part of the leadership of our parish, and I hope you will agree to serve if asked. If you are interested or want more information, please let me know ASAP!
I so appreciate the work of the SRC (Sanctuary Reconfiguration Committee) and the volunteers who have helped carry out our reconfigurations. Change is hard, and we all feel it in different ways. Personally, I think the Nave looks better than it has in quite a while. The choir has been ensconced in their new space for several months, and now the children have improved space, too. The new carpet mats take away the "warehouse" feeling in the rear of the sanctuary. Our accessibility space was not working out as planned, so it was revamped. According to Jackie Dickow, it is much easier to navigate now. I appreciate Jackie and Terry for their willingness to give personal experience input into this redesign. While the work is "done" for right now, there are many ideas for further improvement (lighting, sound, columbarium...). Don't forget to sign up in parish hall for whatever project you would like to help move forward.
We are moving into a busy time for both our parish and our lives. Annual Giving campaign, Diocesan Convention, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas! Oh my! Be sure to allow yourself time to be fully present in your chosen activities, and take time to be healthy.
Hope to see you Sunday!
October Mars Hill Treasurer's Report
with September 2017 figures:
This report covers the months of September 2017. 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 September 2017
We have received $85,616 of the 2017 pledges through the end of September which is 86% of the $100,000 budgeted. The total of all receipts through September is $163,294 which is 79% of the budgeted amount of $207,605.
Disbursements through September 2017
Total operating disbursements through September were $133,669 which is 64% of the budgeted amount of $207,605. The difference between receipts and disbursements through September was $29,625 on the positive side. A $70,000 Endowment fund allocation was transferred to the Heartland Bank Account from Edward Jones in May 2017. We are monitoring the cash flow to see when another distribution may be needed.
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of September was $30,000 in CD's and $4,574.40 in the Money Market Fund totaling $34,574.40. We received $35 in regular Capital Contributions during September. We spent $1,220.65 from the Capital Fund - $749.81 for a Kitchen Dishwasher and $470.84 for a cabinet in the Choir room. The regular Heartland Bank Checking account has $9,668.25 in Capital Funds. With the $34,574.40 in the Edward Jones Account, the September total equals $44,242.65.
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of September was $2,075,398.93, a change in value from January 1st of $227,623.90. The net increase in value is $144,838.67. The general upward movement of the Stock Market since the beginning of the year is still benefiting the Endowment Fund. 5% of the Monthly Average Balance is $99,832 and 4% is $79,865. These numbers relate to the amount we can take from the Endowment Fund for Operating Expenses. The Endowment Committee met October 3rd to review the investment strategy and plan additional meetings and events for the coming year.
The 6.226 shares on deposit with the company were valued at $285.15
on September 30, 2017. The value has decreased ($108.48) since the beginning of the year and increased $44 in the last month.
On September 30, 2017 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were:
Discretionary Fund $353.45; Flower Fund $970.16; Garden Fund ($334.70);
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $24,765.99; Capital Fund $9,668.24 for a total of $39,047.04.
The St. Paul's Choirs are preparing for All Saints Sunday 11/05 and Christ the King 11/26 (Pentecost), as well as
(Advent and Christmas) Liturgies!
Come and sing with us!
All are welcome!
Even if you are unable to attend our
Thursday rehearsals, join us on Sundays at our morning warmup and anthem
at 10:15 AM.
ou can even attend Adult Christian Education in the Conference Room, and Children's Godly Play in the St. Timothy Center from 9:30-10:15 AM, and still make it in time to sing!
Thursday Choir Rehearsal Schedule:
5:00-5:30 PM and
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!
October at St. Paul's
Diocesan Convention -
Bishop Lee to be Keynote Speaker
Bishop Lee believes that recruiting, developing and deploying good leaders are among a bishop's most important jobs, and on November 17, he'll discuss transformational leadership in this year's
"Nothing else has such far reaching effect," he told Thrive! magazine in spring 2016:
What do you want to accomplish by focusing diocesan attention on the importance of good leadership?
"I want vital, effective, growing congregations that are making a difference. That is what I mean by vital. Making a difference. They are places where the good news of Jesus is being made real and lives are being transformed. People are naturally attracted to that."
Do you approach this project with any insights you are especially eager to share?
"It's important to draw a distinction between leadership and management. In successful businesses and effective churches, the most important role of leadership is cultivating and stating the vision and purpose and setting tone. And setting tone gets not nearly enough attention. It is really big; it involves embodying, insisting on, standing for how we are as church. Here are boundaries around the kind of behaviors we value, and here are behaviors toward which we are not moving.
I think style matters a lot, whether from the pulpit or in meetings. Leaders set tone."
Do we mean something different when we say "leadership" in a church context, and if so, what?
"Not necessarily. There's a lot of very important, very sound work on leadership in the wider culture, in the business world and elsewhere that we make regular use of quite happily. I'm reminded of what Gregory the Great is supposed to have said to Augustine when he sent him off to evangelize England, 'Baptize what you can.' The end may be different in differing endeavors, but disciplines of good leadership are transferable across boundaries. We had a retired rector in this diocese who used to say, 'The church might be very much more than a business, but it is at least that.'
I do believe that the character of leaders in the church should be distinctive. We have the model of Jesus as a servant. Church leaders are called to put themselves at the service of their communities. But even there, I have seen instances where that has been done by leaders in business and even in the political realm. And I've seen leadership in the church be coercive and abusive. Just because something comes from the church does not mean it is holy."
Read the entire interview in the spring 2016 issue of Thrive!.
Advent Retreat at the Dekoven Center
Join the Rev. Heidi Haverkamp for an Advent retreat exploring themes from C.S. Lewis' novel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Haverkamp's 2015 book,
Advent in Narnia
, explores the intersections between the novel, themes of Advent, and tenets of Christian theology.
The retreat will be held at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and includes two nights in a private room with bath and all meals.
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
November 5, 2017.
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 November 12, 2017.
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 November 2017
issue of the Proclaimer to the Parish office by November 19
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.
Flowers for the Altar
Dates are open for your dedications. Flowers are not used on the altar during Advent, but dedications can still be made.
The 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, November 15th, 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.
Travel, Hobby and Craft Show November 19
All are invited to display their home- made crafts and/or hobbies at this yearly show. In the years when this show has been at event at St. Paul's displays from post card exchangers to home baked goods have joined knitters, wood workers and ceramic artists in sharing their work with the parish. Please join us. Ask Betsy Pool 815-895-8271 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to save a place for you. This is an opportunity to raise funds for your favorite charity as well as showing off your particular hobbies and crafts. The show will be in the Parish Hall before and after the 10:30 service Nov 19.
to all parishioners who contributed to Food Pantry Sunday. The next Food Pantry Sunday will be November 12, 2017. Donations from September included 292 diapers and 25 food items, for a total of 6416 year-to-date.
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.
St. Paul will again be participating in the Salvation Army Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Each family will be given everything they need for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner plus breakfast the next day. The items collected are reusable grocery bags, $10 gift certificates for turkey, canned cranberry sauce, cans of vegetables, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, gravy mix, and boxed dessert mix. There will be signup sheets and shopping lists on the table in the Parish Hall. Please bring donations to the church by Sunday, November 12th. The cost of each basket is $30 and you can also simply write a check. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Gerrity at 815-895-8084.
nniversaries, Birthdays & Events
11/3 Clifford Cleland
11/3 George Nenonen
11/3 Jennifer Sitzes
11/6 Robert Harkness
11/8 Liam Stubblefield
11/10 Kathleen Johnson
11/11 Jacqueline Mounts
11/13 Lori Judkins
11/23 Dean Judkins
11/5 All Saints Sunday
Rector Discretionary Fund Collection
11/12 8:00 AM Spoken Service and 10:30 AM Service with Music
PrayGround Blessing at 10:30 AM Service
Food Pantry and Thanksgiving Basket Collection
11/15 OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
11/17 Diocesan Convention
11/18 Diocesan Convention
11/19 Craft Show, 11:30 A.M.
Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
11/26 8:00 AM Spoken Service and 10:30 AM Service with Music
12/6 Blue Christmas Service
12/24 Christmas Eve Service
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