News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                               April
  
2019
 
From Mother Barbara
  
A pril, 2019
  
A certain desert monk set off for the nearest village to sell his baskets. On the road that he was going down, a demon found him and, out of the intense malice he had toward the monk, snatched the baskets from his hands and disappeared. The monk, without being at all upset, raised his eyes to heaven and said, "I thank you, my God, that you have relieved me of my burden and the trouble of going down to the village." Then the demon, unable to suffer the calmness of the monk, threw the baskets in his face, shouting: "Take them back, old man." The monk gathered them up again and continued on his way to the village.

    
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IN THIS ISSUE
From Mo. Barbara
Holy Week Services
Celebration of New Ministry
Mindfulness Meditation
Lenten Study
Lobster Boil
From the Senior Warden
Music Ministries
Treasurer's Report
March at St. Paul's
April Clean Up Day
Garden News
Book Club
Kids Hope
Movie Night
From the House of Bishops
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Grace Place
Into the Realm
Food Pantry Reminders
Thank you from Sue Ouellette
An Invitation
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
   
     I really like this story. In it the demon is thwarted without a fight. If the monk had fought or resisted, the demon undoubtedly would have won. The monk kept his ego in check and kept gratitude close to his heart. But his peace of mind could easily have been lost along with his baskets. The monk might have returned to his desert hut believing the evil had won the day. This is one of those times when heeding Jesus' admonition to "resist not evil" bore good fruit. It is one of those things that Jesus said that almost no one seems to take seriously.

     We hear a lot about how polarized American society has become, especially in the political arena. Might Jesus' radical admonition to not resist evil prove useful to us? Maybe if we simply stop demonizing those with whom we disagree, if we practice not resisting evil as Jesus taught, we might get closer to a more civil and mutually respectful world. Maybe instead of name-calling, choosing sides, going for a big win, we could work for justice and mutuality. We could get really serious about working for the common good, for all of us on this planet (human and otherwise,) for our local communities and this congregation of God's people who work, play, and worship here at St. Paul's.

     The tendency of justice-oriented people is to look for balance, equanimity, give and take, a working relationship where there is a "you" and a "me," and then there is that mysterious, creative space that comes with working toward reconciliation that opens out into to a third entity, a shared experience-that is not "either/or," but "both/and." Some of us call that entity the Holy Spirit. It can be a shared experience, the very stuff of mutuality and "leading from behind" that creates and maintains space for all to flourish. It is healthy, loving, creative stuff and like the Holy Spirit, unpredictable! This third space has no room for hatred or bullying. It has little room for big egos. With it comes an awareness and acceptance of what our Buddhist friends refer to as "Don't Know Mind." It can feel awkward at first. It's also very threatening to those who insist on zero sum relationships, of having winners and losers in order to feel important. 

    Eventually the mysterious third option blesses those participating with incredible freedom and creativity. Let's practice being more like that desert monk and just let go.

In Christ,
From Mother Barbara

I have a huge request to make of everyone at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul, at least for the next year or so, while I am acclimating myself to St. Paul's culture and how you do things, as I hope to learn how best to support you all in your various endeavors as God's people.  Please run all announcements, ideas for projects to enhance the life of the congregation, past me before sharing them generally with the congregation.  This will help me to understand how things generically flow from your ministries and the overall ministry of St. Paul's into the community.  I welcome everyone's observations regarding this and your feedback!  Thank you.

In Christ,
Barbara+
H oly Week Services

April 14th - 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
                  Palm Sunday Services with                      "Readers' Theatre" of the                        Passion story at the
                  10:30 AM service.

April 18th - 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service

April 19th - 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross
                  7:00 PM Good Friday Service
 
April 20th - 7:00 PM Easter Vigil Service

April 21st - 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Easter Sunday Festival Services
                 followed by Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn.

Celebration of New Ministry


 
Mindfulness Meditation

A new group has been forming for Mindful Meditation with Mother Barbara, offering guidance in mindfulness meditation.   We meet on Fridays at noon in the Sanctuary. Each session will be a little less than an hour in duration.  We will primarily focus the meditation on our breath, which is God's first and lifelong gift to us.  Mindfulness meditation practice offers a strong foundation for contemplative prayer, too.
Lenten Study Series
"Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy" by Richard Rohr, OFM

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the
Perennial Tradition He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy-practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.  Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the  Living School for Action and Contemplation

The study began by tackling the question of what Christians actually mean when we say, "Jesus died for our sins," in the session on "Atonement Theology".    Other topics covered through the weeks in Lent will be "Eco-Spirituality," "The Cosmic Christ," "Orthodoxy vs. Orthopraxy," and "Mysticism over Moralism."
 
We meet on Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall and the session is followed with a bread and soup supper. The program is repeated on Sundays at 9:00 AM between the 8 AM and 10:30 AM services.  All sessions are free and open to the public. It is hoped that St. Paul's folk will be joined by others from the larger community who may be interested in the discussions or may just want to sample the soup!  
Lobster Boil

Save this Date! 
           Saturday, May 19, 2018
          Annual Lobster Boil #51

Calling all former St. Paul's members and families: We would love to see you again to help us celebrate our 50th annual Lobster Boil. Pass the word, call your friends, email the folks you know! Come back and have some fun helping at the boil, stay for the After Party, and come to church on that Sunday. It would really be fun to see you and your families. 

The First Lobster Boil Meeting is Monday, April 1st at 4:30 PM.  
Our annual fundraising event has no one to work on publicity.  Can you help us?  We need a few articles for local newspapers and radio stations, and help putting up posters.

The Lobster Boil Page is up and running on our website! 

Please contact Rick Johns  ( mitrick.a.johns@gmail.com) or talk to me at church. 
 
Thank you! Rick Johns

F rom the Senior Warden
 
March  2019

March has been a busy month. The Ash Wednesday service was beautiful and we had great attendance, followed by a soup supper in the parish hall. The Executive Committee met on March 14th in preparation of our March 17th Vestry meeting. We are continuing our Wednesday evening Richard Rohr presentation during Lent at 6 PM. Two couples from outside our parish, as well as some of our own parishioners, have been attending. Movie Night this month is March 29th and will feature North by Northwest, the Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant.
 
Building and grounds committee continue to keep our facilities in good repair. We have handled some rectory issues, and we've had two new ovens installed in the parish center kitchen. Thanks to Rick Johns, Rhys Prall and Brad Smith for their help in keeping our sidewalks safe during the winter. We will be storing the leftover salt and spreaders in the coming week, barring any dramatic weather forecasts for a blizzard!
 
We are very thankful for Kids Hope USA volunteers who are mentoring at Lincoln Elementary School. We have 8 mentors: Sandra Lee, Brad and Rebecca Smith, Jocelyn Prall, Mother Heidi Haverkamp, Lori Judkins and Pam & Marv Kombrink; 8 Prayer Partners: Bill Cummings, Jennie Cummings, Mother Barbara Wilson, Adam Frieberg, Rebecca and Brad Smith, Pam Kombrink, and Melissa Fickling; and 2 Scholarship Providers: Pam Kombrink and Mary Short. Being part of the program myself, I can testify that the interface with the at-risk students is mutually beneficial. Please be sure to read the Kids Hope USA update in this edition of the Proclaimer.
 
This year, we are participating in the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce Community Expo on March 28th at the Sycamore High School Field House, 427 Spartan Trail in Sycamore, from 3 pm to 7 pm. Stop by to see us and be sure to wear your lobster boil T-shirts! Mother Barbara Wilson, Gretchen Schlabach, Donna DeOliveira and Pam Kombrink will host our table. About 130 local business and organizations are scheduled to participate. The expo will include food samples from a variety of local restaurants, crafts and games for the kids, live demonstrations, 2019 car models, inflatable bounce houses, and a live DJ.
 
Our annual spring clean-up will be Saturday, April 13th, starting at 9 am. Bring your rakes, shovels, trimmers, wheelbarrows, lawn bags, and any other yard/lawn equipment to help clean up the parish grounds and garden. And don't forget your gloves! We will also be tidying up inside, so come prepared to work and enjoy the company of many of our NIU students.
 
There will be a celebration of a new ministry for Rev. Georges Jallouf at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sycamore on Saturday, April 27th, beginning at 11 am. Please RSVP by April 13th to parishoffice@stpaulsdekalb.org if you plan to attend. As we are inviting them to share in our celebration of a new ministry for Mother Barbara the following Tuesday, we would like to support them, as well.
 
 
 
April Music Ministries
 
 
The St. Paul's Choirs are preparing traditional and new anthems for Holy Week and Easter.
 
The St. Paul's Multi-generational Music Program is open to all ages and all musical abilities. 
 
Come Join Us To Sing, Dance, Recite, Act, Play an Instrument, Create and Have Fun in Rehearsal, Fellowship, and worship!

Episcopal Church of St Paul  DeKalb, IL
March 2019 Treasurer's Report with figures for February 2019

This report covers the month of February 2019. 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 February 2019
We have received $45,814 from 2019 pledges through the end of February which is 39.52% of the $115,914 budgeted. The total of all receipts so far this year is $46,604 which is 18% of the $254,926 budgeted.

Disbursements through February 2019
Total operating disbursements through January were $48,564 which is 19% of the budgeted amount of $254,926. At the end of February we had received ($1,960) less than we spent. We have not taken any funds from the Endowment Allocation as yet.

Capital Fund - February 2019
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of February was $10,000 in a CD maturing May 17, 2019 and $6,150 in Money Market Funds for a total of $16,150. There is $7,200 left from a donation to be used by the Altar Guild in the Heartland Bank account. This is included in $14,167 of Capital Fund money we have in Heartland Bank to be used for Major Capital Items. In February we used $809 to purchase a new range for the rectory from Paulsen Appliances in Sycamore. We need more donations to the Capital Fund, both to pay for the TV and accessories and for future Capital needs.

Endowment Fund - February 2019
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of February was $2,084,216 a net change in value from January 1st of $152,510. We are almost back to where we were in March of 2018. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance on February 28th was $104,272 and 4% was $83,417. The Endowment Comm. continues to monitor the Endowment Fund and plans to meet with Matt Myre from Ed Jones several times during the year.

Apache Stock
There were 6.74 shares on deposit with the company valued at $217.27 on February 28, 2019. The value has increased $47 since December 31, 2018. This stock is a few reinvested shares leftover form a larger batch and we are planning to sell it soon.

On February 28, 2019 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were:
Discretionary Fund $120.88; Flower Fund $1,838.18; Music Fund $970;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $34,940; Capital Fund $14,167.35, for a total of $55,660.31.

If you have questions about this report, ask the Treasurer. Please use form to submit a request for reimbursement if you spent your own funds for a church need.

Respectfully submitted,
Pat Brown, Treasurer
March 27, 2019
Check the website for the 
Approved  February  Vestry Minutes
March at St. Paul's

Chili Cook-Off on March 24th!

Thanks to the Stubblefields for organizing our annual Chili Cook-Off and all who came to help set up, eat vote and clean up! If I counted correctly, we had a total of 39 people enjoying various chili dishes, Portillo's chocolate cake, and other yummy deserts.

Congratulations to Bill Cummings for his award-winning chili and to Freyja Rasmussen-Johns for her 2nd place apple harvest chili.

Pamela Kombrink



St. Paul's at the DeKalb County Expo on March 28th!


April Clean Up

Every year we spend a Saturday morning cleaning up the church grounds.  We do this in coordination with NIU Cares Day, which means we will have many student helpers.  This year it's going to be  Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 12.  Please mark your calendars!  Any questions, talk to Rick Johns or call at 815-217-4849.
 
For those who would prefer to work indoors on that day, the Altar Guild will be cleaning the brass candlesticks, and there will be folks cleaning in the kitchen and washing windows in the Parish Hall. Check with Peg Newby or Jocelyn Prall for questions.
Garden News - Meeting April 7, 1:00 PM


This year our garden plans include planting favorite vegetables to share with our hungry neighbors through food pantries. But we also will be growing beautiful cutting flowers for use by the Flower Guild and to brighten our grounds and the lives of those who may not be able to get to church but who receive visits from church members and Barb.

We will clean our garden beds before our workday with our NIU Cares Day students on April 14.  The cleaning work will begin the week of April 7.  Work days will be announced in church. Blains Farm and Fleet has generously donated many vegetable and flower seeds for our garden.

We look forward to Spring and the promise of transformation.  We remember that the act of planting a seed in the ground demonstrates our deepest faith in God. The act of tending the garden renews our spirit; the act of weeding our garden challenges our discipline of faith; and enjoying the bounty of the harvest that we  eat and share with others celebrates our thanksgiving for life and our community of faith.

Kris Borre
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Book Club

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 4th - everyone, please note - at 5:30 pm in the Conference Room. We are each bringing a book or book title we would like to read we'll talk, and then we'll decided which one is our next book. W e all agreed that our conversations do not have to center on books only. We are open to some substantial articles, too. 
 
Marilyn Cleland
A New Ministry

Mother Barbara commissioned the Kids Hope USA mentors and prayer partners with a special blessing at our March 17th 10:30am Service.  The mentors then met their students for the first time on Wednesday, March 20th, and it went well for everyone!  My student was not available, so Rhett and I visited each mentor/mentee and that was well-received.  I saw a lot of smiles and overheard some great conversation.  Due to Spring break, our next session will be Wednesday, April 3rd.  Good job, everyone, and thank you for your commitment to this wonderful and important ministry!  Thank you, too, to our Prayer Partners who are an important part of this ministry, supporting mentors and students through ongoing prayer.  Prayers for this ministry are always welcome. 

Another important part of this ministry is that each student have a complete mentoring team, consisting of a mentor, prayer partner and scholarship provider.  We need 6 more scholarship providers to complete the teams.  The scholarship provider contributes $15 monthly, or may contribute the annual amount of $180.  This is done online.  Simply click on the link  https://programs.kidshopeusa.org/scholarship-registration?id=59152   and enter your information.  If you prefer to pay by check, only annual contributions of $180 for the student will be accepted.  Checks must be payable to St. Paul's and will be passed on to the organization.  Be sure to write "KHUSA-St. Paul's Episcopal, DeKalb" so your donation is handled correctly.  

As always, if you have questions about making a donation, or volunteering as a mentor or prayer partner, don't hesitate to ask me.  I'm excited to share information about this amazing new ministry!  Contact:  815-776-0102 or pam@kombrink.com.
 
Movie Night

March movie night was a hit.  Everyone brought snacks and munchies to share and enjoyed the Hitchcock thriller, North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. 

The next movie night will be Friday, April 26th, and we are showing "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?" starring George Clooney, John Turturro, John Goodman, and many others you'll recognize.  Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is having difficulty adjusting to his hard-labor sentence in Mississippi. He scams his way off the chain gang with simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (John Turturro), then the trio sets out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters.  The soundtrack won two CMA awards and two Grammy awards and features music you'll probably want to sing along with!  

So, join us at 6pm, Friday, April 26th, for a great movie and great fellowship.  Bring a snack, brown bag, whatever you like, if you want. 
House of Bishops
and The Way of Love

[Episcopal News Service - Hendersonville, North Carolina] The Episcopal Church's  House of Bishops has begun a four-day deep dive into the  Way of Love, which Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls a rule of life for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.
Curry explained to the house that the idea for the Way of Love, an intentional commitment to follow Jesus and adopt a set of practices, including turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest, grew out of a meeting of a group of bishops, clergy and laypeople he called together to consider how to help Episcopalians keep Jesus at the center of their lives and at the center of the church.

The question, he said, is how to live in such a way that, "when folk look at Episcopalians, they no longer see those that we celebrated for their power and their glory, but they see those who celebrate the glory and the grandeur and the goodness of God. How do we make that happen?"
The presiding bishop said the Way of Love was a return to Christianity's roots. "We didn't make anything new," he said. "We went back to the treasure chest."

Curry said he was struck by the way his  sermon at the Royal Wedding last May was received. He insisted that he didn't say anything new during his time in the pulpit in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. "What shocked me was that sermon was news because to represent Christianity as a way of love was actually not just good news, it was new news in Western culture," he said.
He called that reality a "mission opportunity for us." He said that it is now countercultural to have "a way of being Christian that looks like the face of Jesus of Nazareth and reflects his way of love, but that is countercultural, to be quite honest."

Read the rest of the article 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 Sunday, April 7, 2019.
 
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 April 14, 2019.
 
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 October 2018 issue of the Proclaimer to the Parish office by April 21, 2019. Your pictures are also welcome.
 
The Parish Office hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Please remember to let the Parish Office know when you want to schedule meetings and get them on the calendar!
Flowers for the Altar

There are no flowers on the altar during the Lenten Season, but dates are open for your dedications for other times. The 2019 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. 

them in the collection or leave them in the Parish Office. 
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 in the collection basket or send to the Parish Office.

The deadline to send in flower donations for Easter is April 14th.
Grace Place Campus Ministry

St. Paul's is scheduled to provide the evening meal at Grace Place on
Tuesday, April 2nd. A group of about 30 students and adults share a meal at 6:00 PM prior to their worship time. Four to five people are needed to help by providing a portion of the meal and/or delivering the food to Grace Place. You can drop off main dish, salad or dessert at St. Paul's for delivery. If you are interested in participating in this outreach ministry, please contact Jocelyn Prall.
Getting Into the Realm

Everyone registered in the parish has now received an email invitation to join our community website.  We have some parishioners who have not furnished email addresses.  We would like to have that information so you, too, may be included in parish updates, etc.  If you are agreeable to that, please forward your information to parishoffice@stpaulsdekalb.org.  Also, for those of you who are receiving our emails, thank you for your patience as we continue to learn about this program.  If you receive duplicate messages or incorrect information, it isn't the program.  I'm still learning and appreciate your understanding as I become more proficient in the administration side of REALM.  It's my hope that everyone will find this to be a very useful means of communication within the parish and also a means of keeping track of your real time giving.  Again, thank you for your patience. 

Pam Kombrink, Volunteer
Food Pantry Reminders
  
The next Food Pantry Sunday will be April 14 , 2019 . Donations for March included 32 food/personal items, 267 diapers, and 216 baby wipes, for a year to date total of 3282 items.

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.

Thanks to all whose donations help to make this  a successful ministry.   Pat and Vince McMahon
Thanks From Sue Ouellette

Sue Ouellette was a very active member of St. Paul's and began her road to the Deaconate here.  
An Invitation
Tuesdays with 
Barbara+ and Lynn

We would love to get to know everyone better by sharing a meal with each family, individual, or couple--in the parish through the coming year.  Not all at once but family group by family group, one at a time--on a Tuesday evening throughout Spring and Summer until we've had a chance to break bread with everyone willing to come on over for dinner.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall and a couple of menu choices will be suggested so we can serve stuff you actually like to eat and enjoy some conversation about things that matter to you.  Thanks in advance for the pleasure of your company!
 
Sincerely,
Lynne and Barbara+
A nniversaries & Birthdays

April Birthdays

4/2                 Maggie Russell
4/17               Rick Johns
4/18               Edie Faulkner (Ricks grandkid)
4/18               Alan Leonard
4/23               Doug Roberts

April Anniversaries

4/14              Martin and Jacqueline Mounts

Activities & Events
 

04/03         Adult Formation, 6:00 PM
04/04 .       Book Club, 5:30 PM
                  Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
04/05         Mindfullness Meditation, 12 PM
04/07         8:00 AM and  10:30 AM Services
                  KidsHopeUSA Meeting at 9:30 AM
                  Garden Meeting, 1 PM
04/10         Adult Formation, 6:00 PM
04/11         Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
04/12         Mindful Meditation, 12:00 PM
04/14         8:00 AM  and 10:30 AM Services
04/18         Maundy Thursday Service, 7 PM
04/19         Stations of the Cross, Noon
                  Good Friday Service, 7 PM
04/20         Easter Vigil, 7 PM
04/21         Easter Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                  Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 AM
04/26         Mindful Meditation, 12:00 PM
04/28         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                  Low Sunday Brunch, 11:30 AM
                  Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
04/30         Mother Barbara Installation, 7:00 PM


Save the Date

05/18        Lobster Boil!


   St. Paul's Episcopal Church Contact Information
 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of DeKalb, IL

     St. Paul's Episcopal Church
       900 Normal Rd., DeKalb, Illinois 60115
The Reverend Barbara A.T. Wilson, Rector 
        Parish Office: (815) 756-4888 
          Parish Fax: (815) 758-6140 


 

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