ews from St. Paul's Episcopal Church October 2017
In a recent homily, I invited the people of St Paul's to "Get L.I.T." : Listen, invite, and trust. As we continue to grow closer together, toward an awareness of where we are going, we have to Listen for the Holy Spirit, Invite the Holy Spirit into us, and Trust that S/He is making changes and increasing our awareness.
Being L.I.T. is important. We have to be in conversation WITH God, saying out loud and in our hearts, "God, You..." rather than in conversation ABOUT God, saying "God, S/He..." Direct communion and conversation, with real listening; real invitation; and real trust is both crucial and sometimes difficult, with others and with our God.
If current socio-political discourse teaches us anything, we must be work hard to be really L.I.T. (Listening, Inviting, Trusting), lest we rattle our sabers in an echo chamber.
As we listen, as we invite and as we trust the Holy Spirit of God, we should also discern: what is God saying? What is God saying to me? What might God be asking me to do? This is part and parcel of prayer life. As your priest, I would love to know what you hear in your prayer life should you ever feel comfortable discussing it. As priest of the parish of St Paul's, I want to know what God is or isn't saying to you about St Paul's and your life in St Paul's and our collective life together.
Now is the time for us to think about who we are, what we do and where we are going. Now is the time for each of us to discern, "What feeds my soul?" and "Where does my passion meet the world's need?" and "Where is St Paul's part of those answers?"
St. Paul's, what is life giving for us as a community for you and me to do, both individually and together? What of those is life giving for the whole of St Paul's? What next will you and I do together?
Peace in Christ,
Pet Blessing - October 1st
oin us for the Annual Pet Blessing on the front lawn on Sunday, October 1st at 1:00 P.M. We invite the community to bring pets of all sorts, on leashes or in crates - or pictures of pets if they can't travel.
TAILS Humane Society
"Pet of the Week" and bring donations for TAILS. (see our
for he list of hoped for donations). The Reverend Ed will be officiating.
The CAT (Church Assessment Tool) survey is available to take on line
. Please complete the survey by October 8th.
Paper copies of the survey are available if you find that easier. Those who get the Proclaimer by mail have been sent the paper version to complete, but we would still like to have these returned to the church by October 8th. Please contact
if you have any questions.
From the Senior Warden
Every month, our Vestry meetings begin with Appreciations. I'd like to share a few of mine.
The SRC (Sanctuary Reconfiguration Committee) - We are continuing the work approved by the Vestry, and this committee will see those projects through. Then YOU need to step up and be on a subcommittee to address further needs (lighting, sound, columbarium, community use of facility, etc.). Please look for the sign-up sheet in Parish Hall, sign up, and help keep our momentum going!
Town Hall Meetings - Our second meeting was held on Sept. 24th with 23 people in attendance. After a fellowship lunch, we heard from our SRC/subcommittees about the forward progress being made in the areas of the open space behind the piano, the Prayground, and the handicapped accessibility area. I would like to thank Rev. Ed for his leadership and guidance during these two meetings.
The Choirs - I am so appreciative for the dedication of all our musicians and their beautiful contributions to our worship. Their leadership during our recent Rally Day was splendid.
The Search Committee - This is a long-term commitment, and we all owe the committee our thanks. Please help them out by doing your CAT survey!
The Fellowship Group - I joined this dinner group last year and really enjoy the outings, both for food and fellowship. This group meets on the 3rd Thursday for dinner out. Maybe you can't make that day/time. Think about forming another group!
The Christian Education classes - The adult class continues year-round (join them anytime), and the children's class started back up in mid-September. It was wonderfully supportive of the adult class to attend the kick-off open house for the children. Maureen captivates children with her storytelling. If you'd like to participate in this ministry, she'd love to tell you more!
I could go on and on. There are so many people doing so many good things at St. Paul's. Thanks for being one of them!
Children's Sunday School
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in DeKalb will began Christian formation classes on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 9:30 A.M. We are using the "Godly Play" curriculum for children preschool to intermediate age. This curriculum is based on Montessori teaching principals - supporting, nourishing and guiding each child's spiritual journey. It was born out of the philosophy that children come to us with an inner knowledge of God. Its purpose is to offer children the opportunity to express and nurture what they already sense and to "name" it. There are two adults trained in "Safeguarding God's Children" present in the classroom each Sunday - the greeter and the storyteller.
Each session begins by greeting and welcoming each child individually and helping the children "get ready" for the day's lesson. The storyteller then presents the lesson of the day. Each lesson is illustrated with the use of materials designed to engage the children in the Word. The children are then invited to wonder about the lesson.
When time allows, the children are given the opportunity to choose a work activity. After work time, the class gathers together to offer prayers and share a feast. After the feast, the children meet individually with the storyteller to say their good-byes.
September Mars Hill Treasurer's Report
with August 2017 figures:
This report covers the months of August 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 in the Century 21 Building, 901 North First Street in DeKalb. Sheila Appel is our primary contact. The firm also pays the bills and processes the payroll. Edward Jones manages our Capital and Endowment Funds.
Receipts through August 2017
We have received
$78,469 of the 2017 pledges through the end of August which is
78% of the $100,000 budgeted. Total of all receipts through August equals
$154,663 which is
75% of the budgeted amount of
Disbursements through August 2017
Total operating disbursements through August were $118,115 which is 57% of the budgeted amount of $207,605. The difference between receipts and disbursements through August was $36,548 on the positive side. A $70,000 Endowment fund allocation was transferred to the Heartland Bank Account from Edward Jones in May 2017.
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of August was
$30,000 in CD's and
$4,497.25 in the Money Market Fund totaling
$34,497.25. We received
$35 in regular Capital Contributions during August. The regular Heartland Bank Checking account has
$10,853.90 in Capital Funds. The total balance in the Capital Fund equals $34,497.25 at Edw. Jones plus
$10,853.90 at Heartland for a total of
Expenses for the Sanctuary Configuration will come from the Capital Fund in the future. Donations for these projects may be made to the Capital Fund.
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of August was
$2,035,699.42, a net increase in value from January 1st of
$105,139.16, a slight decrease from July. 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
$99,342 and 4% is
$79,474. These numbers relate to the amount we can take from the Endowment Fund for Operating Expenses. The Endowment Committee met August 22th with Matt Myre, our Edward Jones Rep. He gave us an evaluation and overview of our investments and discussed the long term outlook for the Fund.
The 6.226 shares on deposit with the company were valued at $242 on August 31, 2017. The value has decreased ($129.44) since the beginning of the year. The number of shares increased to 6.226 with the $1.55 dividend payout in August
On August 31, 2017 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were:
Discretionary Fund $48.82; Flower Fund $930.16; Garden Fund ($334.70);
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $31,689.35; Capital Fund $10,853.89
for a total of $ 46,811.42.
Respectfully submitted, September 25, 2017,
Pat Brown, Treasurer
The St. Paul's Choirs are preparing for the fall (Pentecost)
winter (Advent and Christmas) and even spring (Lent and Easter) 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!
Adult Sunday School
COME JOIN THE DISCUSSION!...
as we continue to learn & grow...
(9:15/9:30 until 10:15 -- any Sunday morning)
We are a delightful group of souls, who abide by one strict principle: All are welcomed to participate in the Sunday discussions even if you have not read the designated reading for the week! Please join!
On Sunday September 24th discussion began with Chittister's new book as our guide (prior reading not required).
Joan Chittister -- Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live A Free & Authenic Life - 2017
-- whom Publishers Weekly calls "one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors," is a rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice, and a passionate proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment. Drawing on little known, ancient teachings of the saints, Sister Joan offers a practical program to help transform our thinking and rebel against our fears, judgments and insecurities.
The book is available on Amazon (also Kindle version), and may be available in De Kalb @ Book World in the Junction Center.
A Chat With Beth Lee
For those who do not know, you are the wife of our Interim Priest, Ed Bird.
Tell us how you came to meet him
I met Ed in the soup kitchen at All Saints in February 2004. He was the head volunteer chef and I volunteered for my Lenten offering. We cooked side by side, week after week for about 15 months before we started dating. I will admit that I spotted him in church about 3 months before meeting him. I went home that first Sunday (All Saints day 2003) and told my mom I saw the man I would someday marry. Ed took a little longer to catch up, but all's well that ends well!
What is your profession, and how did you come by it?
I am a sales rep for Chinese Laundry, a women's footwear company. I followed my dad into the business after I graduated from The Ohio State University. I love that every day I do something new. I love that I get paid to shop, looking for trending, watching our competitors and finding new opportunities. And I love traveling around the country, implementing/executing product assortments and business plans.
What cities have you called home, and how are you finding DeKalb, Illinois?
I am from Columbus, Ohio (born and bred a Buckeye). I moved to Chicago for a sales job with Reebok out of their St Charles office in 2003, and fell in love with the city! After Ed and I were married in 2012, we moved to Park Ridge for his job. We moved to DeKalb in May for Ed's interim position at St Pauls. We love this quiet town, so peaceful! We have found the people to be very friendly and kind! And I especially love this area during the harvest season. So many fresh fruits and vegetables have graced our dining table and enhanced our meal plans!
What roles do you tend to drift towards in the church?
I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been involved in the church since birth...attending Sunday school, being in and leading the youth group as well as catechesis of the good shepherd, served on vestry and a wide and varied collection of committees. I've been chair of stewardship, hospitality and of the soup kitchen. I attended the 1st year of the College of Congregational Development class in this diocese, which I loved! Mostly, working with people and developing leaders and ministries would be at the top of my list!
Anything else you want to share?
We are thrilled to be a part of St Paul's family and look forward to experiencing the program year together. My family has immensely enjoyed visiting over the summer and learning about all the fun in this neck of the woods. Thank you so very much for your warm welcome.
Thank you for your answers - we enjoy having you with us!
A Reflection from Bishop Curry
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry released a reflection offering comfort and encouragement in the face of natural disasters and civil unrest:
"Whether it is the pain of the events of August 12 in Charlottesville, or Hurricane Harvey, or Hurricane Irma, or wildfires in the West, or an earthquake in Mexico, there's been a lot of pain, a lot of suffering and hardship. In times like these, it's easy to grow weary. It's easy to be tired. And it's easy to be downcast, and to give up. What can I do? There's a passage in the Book of Hebrews, in the Tenth Chapter, which says this:
Recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and sometimes persecution, and sometimes just being partners with those who were so treated. For you had compassion . . . so do not abandon your confidence; it brings great reward. For you need endurance,
so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what. We can pray. We can give."
Keeping God's People Safe
Keeping God's People Safe
is an online training for lay ministers required by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Many of us have taken this course in the past and need to renew. The renewal period is 5 years. There are several new lay ministers who need to take their initial course. If either of these categories applies to you, please watch your email for notification of what is needed and how to link to the website to complete the course. Please complete the KGPS training by
October 31, 2017
, and turn your completion certificate into the Parish Office. If you have questions, please see
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
October 1, 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 October 8, 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 October 22
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, October 18, 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.
to all parishioners who contributed to Food Pantry Sunday. The next Food Pantry Sunday will be October 8, 2017. Donations from August and September totaled 1333; 502 diapers, 1000 wipes, 31 food items, for a total of 6099 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.
Susan, the Parish Administrator, will be out of the office for several weeks following surgery.
Please pray for her quick recovery.
nniversaries, Birthdays & Events
10/3 Richard Dowen
10/10 Lonnie Piper
10/10 Debi Meyers
10/11 Jordan Meyers
10/12 Henry Leonard
10/19 Linda Lorbach
10/21 Rhys Prall
10/31 Jennifer Nakaerts
10/11/03 Doug and Lynn Roberts
10/18/68 Marv and Pam Kombrink
10/01 Pet Blessing, 1:00 AM
10/15 Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
10/18 OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
11/05 All Saints 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