News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church February
From Mother Barbara
It is strange to be here. The Mystery never leaves you alone."
Over the past two weeks that Lynne and I have been here with you here at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul, these opening lines from John O'Donohue's book, Anam Cara, keep coming to mind.
It is a bit strange to be here. And I am very certain that the Mystery that is G-D has coaxed, nipped at our heels and sometimes carried us to this particular place and time in our lives. This new beginning that we are all embraced by is nothing if not Grace.
Lynne and I are grateful to each and all of you here at St. Paul's for your warm hospitality shown in so many small and large ways. And, that is part of what is so "strange," how right it feels to be here---where we've never ever been before or could have predicted. That is what O'Donohue means, I think, when he says "the Mystery never leaves you alone." If we can tolerate the ambiguity and not-knowing of living such a life as this, we can be sure that we won't get stuck by inertia or fear or anything else because we are living together in Christ.
Anam Cara is a Celtic phrase meaning "soul friend." "Human presence," writes O'Donohue, "is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace. Nowhere else is there such intimate and frightening access to the mysterium. Friendship is the sweet grace that liberates us to approach, recognize, and inhabit this adventure. . . Friendship is a creative and subversive force. It claims that intimacy is the secret law of life and universe. The human journey is a continuous act of transfiguration. If approached in friendship, the unknown, the anonymous, the negative, and the threatening gradually yield their secret affinity with us. As an artist, the human person is permanently active in this revelation. The imagination is the great friend of the unknown. Endlessly, it invokes and releases the power of possibility."
Our relationship of pastor and people (not to over romanticize it!) strikes me as just this very thing-soul friendship. I am looking forward to the creation and deepening of soul friendship with you all, in the hope and intention of taking the relationship out into world to share with others-others who we are yet to meet in circumstances we can't predict. May the mystery never, ever leave us alone!
A New Ministry
Please help us welcome two guest speakers to our 10:30 a.m. Service on Sunday, February 3rd, Jennifer Tallitsch, Principal of Lincoln Elementary School, and Annette Forster, KHUSA Regional Director. They will introduce our new ministry, KidsHope USA, which has been approved by Mother Barbara and the Vestry. Our church has been selected to partner with Lincoln Elementary to provide mentors for students. Enjoy a light breakfast at coffee hour while viewing a brief KHUSA video. Our guest speakers will be available for Q&A.
Join us this Sunday, February 3, 2019, 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Rd., DeKalb, IL
Fun for all ages! Activities for the kids!
All are welcome...bring the neighbors, friends and family.
St. Paul's will provide sandwiches, coffee, and pop*. Bring a Super Bowl snack to share. We will vote on the BEST snack. Silent Auction Basket, Football Pool, 50/50
*If you want something other than coffee, pop or water, you may bring your own beverage
It was a very busy and exciting January as we prepared to welcome Mother Barbara, our new Rector, and her spouse, Lynne. Mother Barbara
was introduced by Mother Heidi, our priest in charge during the interim, at our services on January 20th, and welcomed further at a reception following the 10:30 a.m. service. We are happy to have Mother Barbara and Lynne with us and look forward to Mother Heidi and husband, Adam Frieberg, continuing to be a part of our parish family.
We had our budget meeting on the 20th and our general meeting on the 27th. Pat Brown
worked very hard on the financials and budget
was presented a lovely gift as a token of our appreciation. Attendance at both events was
very good. Thanks to Peg Newby, Lorraine Langer, Jocelyn Prall, the Judkins family and all who made sure we were well fed at both meetings and coffee hours.
Also at our annual meeting, we approved the following: 2019 budget; new Vestry members Rebecca Smith, Terry Dickow
and Donna DeOliveira; Diocesan Convention delegates Marv Kombrink, Adam Frieberg, Jennie Cummings, and one
delegate, Bill Cummings; and board members of the Endowment Committee, George and Jane Nenonen. The following people were recognized and thanked for their service: Rev. Heidi; Search Committee - Dick Dowen, Marilyn Cleland, Rick Johns, Lori Judkins, Marv Kombrink, Jane Nenonen, Rebecca Smith; retiring Vestry members Brad Smith, Linda
Laubach, Gretchen Schlabach; 2018 Convention delegate Freyja Rasmussen-Johns. Freyja
was also recognized for her service as our 2018 Senior Warden.
We launched a new s
oftware program call Realm.
This is a program used and recommended by the Diocesan office. With Realm, the entire parish will be able to stay on top of meetings, activities, special announcements, and communication. You will be able to see your giving history, as well. This program will be launched and introduced to everyone soon. To date, membership, vendor, calendar, events, ministries
and groups information has
been entered by Pam Kombrink. Rick Johns has
entered parish count and giving data and is looking at the accounting program offered in Realm.
This is a web-based program and very user-friendly. And, there are excellent training modules.
Mother Barabra and I met with our insurance representative on Tuesday, January, 29th,
for the purpose of doing a facility inspection and to discuss our insurance strategy. We plan to make a video of all our fixtures, furniture and equipment
. This video will be stored in the cloud
should we would experience a loss.
We will also create an inventory of our
major contents, such as organ, pianos,
electronic equipment, furniture, vestments,
altar, cross, etc. and show an estimated
value for each item.
and her wife, Lynne Jacobson
to our St. Paul's Family
February Music Ministries
The St. Paul's Choirs are preparing traditional and new anthems in addition to some previously performed favorites for the remainder of Epiphany, going into Lent, and through the Easter Liturgical new year.
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
Treasurer's Report Summary 2018 Year End
Annual Meeting - January 27, 2019
As your Church Treasurer for the past year it is my responsibility to present the annual Treasurer's Report. The Report is a series of documents which shows the financial picture of St Paul's Episcopal Church in DeKalb during the past year, with account totals and summary of receipts and disbursements. It consists of the following documents:
Treasurer's Report Summary 2018 Year End
Statement of Financial Position - December 31, 2018
Statement of Receipts and Disbursements for year ended December 31, 2018
Detail of Capital, Stock, Endowment and Miscellaneous Funds, 2018
Budget - 2019 which includes actual 2018 figures compared to 2018 budget
(These documents are available in the Parish Hall and will be on the church website)
Since the Endowment Fund is not a separate entity and does not have its own Employer's Identification Number (EIN) the statements include the results of combining the Endowment and Capital Funds, and the Net results of the Discretionary, Flower, Music, Columbarium, and the Operating account. I have prepared the year end 2018 Statements along the guidelines set forth by the Episcopal Church and Diocese of Chicago. I included an estimate of the value of the property, buildings, and equipment for conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
In the Operating account we received $117,204 from pledges which was 101.86% of the $115,063 budgeted. Total receipts of $227,246 equaled 102% of budget. Receipts were $4,183 more than the budgeted amount because pledges and ID offerings were higher. We used the total $100,000 from the budgeted Endowment Fund allocation. The amount used was 4.74% of the average ending monthly balance, which conforms to the Endowment Fund bylaws.
Operating disbursements were $219,350, 98% of the budgeted total. We ended the year with a balance of $7,896 receipts over disbursements. The ending bank balance in our checking account at the Heartland Bank was $58,595.82 This was comprised of $33,471.82.82 in the Operating Fund; $2,380 to be moved to the Endowment Fund; $2,037.70 in the Flower Fund; $255.88 in the Discretionary Fund; $3,623.90 in the Columbarium Fund, $2,005.00 in the Music Fund and $14,821.52 in the Capital (Building Fund.)
St Paul's Capital (Building) Fund is a separate Fund partly maintained at Edward Jones Investments and with some funds in the general operating account at Heartland Bank. It consists of memorial funds contributed by parish members and others over the years, funds contributed by a prior capital campaign, current Capital Fund donations, and Major Gifts. Major building projects are funded by the Capital (Building) Fund. In 2018 we began the year with $37,287.30 in the Capital Fund and ended with $30,956.59.
During the year St Paul's received $10,000 in Major Gifts, $1,070 in Memorial Funds, and $420 in Capital Fund contributions, $100 for the Music Fund, and $4,240.68 in designated donations for the Audio/Visual System. An Insurance reimbursement of $8,536 was received for ice damage on the gutters and roof. $2,380 was also received as donations to the Endowment Fund. These funds will be transferred
Items funded during the year were the following totaling $32.606.47:
Apple Computer & Accessories $2,219.52; Organ Motor and Repair by Vic Reed $980.12; Computer Hard Drive - $149.95 ; Roof Repair - Pinkston Tadd $10,500; Audio/Visual System with Warranty $9,879.73; Gutter Panel repairs by Rhys Prall $1,077.15; Concrete Leveling and Repair $2,800; Brush/Tree Clearing by Askeland $5,000. $2,800 of the $10,000 Major gift was used for Concrete repair. The remaining $7,200 is designated by the donor for Altar Guild use for vestments and other items.
In Edward Jones Building Fund Account we have invested in one $10,000 CD maturing 5/17/19. Currently the balance in the Building Fund at Edw. Jones totals $16,135.07 with a $10,000 CD and Money Market Funds $6,135.07. The balance of Capital Funds in the Heartland Bank operating account is $14,821.52. Total balance as indicated above is $30,957.
The balance in the Heartland Bank account at 12-31-18 includes:
Flower Fund $$2,037.70 Music Fund $2,005 Due to Endowment $2,380
Discretionary Fund $255.88 Capital Fund $14,821.52 Total $58,595.82.
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90 Operating Fund $33,471.82
Please review more details of the accounts in the financial statements.
There is a separate report for the Endowment Fund which is managed by Edward Jones, Inc. and consists of a balanced portfolio of investments. We began the year with $2,123,680.10 and ended the year with a balance of $1,931,705.78 a net decrease $191,974.32. There is a separate report of the Endowment Fund written by Richard Dowen, Chairman. Details are also listed on the Financial Report Funds Detail sheet.
Pat McMahon and Roy Mason conducted a review of the financial transactions for 2016 and 2017 during the summer as they did the prior year for 2015. This summer we will contract with an auditor who does auditing for churches and they will conduct a more comprehensive audit for 2018. This was last done for 2014.
The Vestry members count the collection after each Sunday in teams of two. There is a regular schedule and procedures outlined for this activity. We are currently attempting to recruit a team of 4-5 church members to do the counting in the future. This will be the same people, still in teams of two but will provide more consistency in the counting. Our safe contributes to the safekeeping of funds between receipt and deposit into the bank.
Finally, the Budget for 2019 is presented. The Vestry has approved it, and was approved a vote by the members to adopt it at the annual meeting. The 2019 budget is based on 2018 actual figures which can be seen next to the 2018 budget figures. It includes additional
2019 Clergy expenses such as moving, since we have hired Mother Barbara Wilson. The format has explanations of the different accounts. It is an "estimate" and receipts and disbursements may vary at the end of the year due to unforeseen circumstances. It is hard to predict future events.
We are fortunate to have the funds from the Endowment Fund, and as long as we continue to have economic recovery and market stability we should be able to use some of the earnings in the future. We should rely on our Pledge Income to provide the
majority of funds for worship, program and activities. Matt Myre from Edward Jones met with the Endowment Committee in 2018 and reviewed the Endowment's history and outlook for the future. As I previously mentioned, there is a separate report in the Annual Meeting Booklet from Richard Dowen, Endowment Committee Chairman.
Each month I present the Vestry a Treasurer's report and a worksheet that combines the information from the various accounts and summarizes how we spend our money. I would gladly share these reports with church members in anyone is interested. Usually a summary appears in the Mars Hill each month.
I thank the members of the Finance Committee - Mary Lincoln, James Stubblefield, Rick Johns and the assistance of wardens Freyja Rasmussen-Johns and Marv Kombrink in financial matters during the year. They were very helpful in preparing the budget. Also Fr Ed, Susan, Lorraine and Mo. Heidi contributed helpful comments and assistance.
As always, I am happy to discuss the finances of St Paul's and answer any questions you might have during the year. The employees at Midwest Tax and Payroll, Inc. continue to pay our bills, do payroll and accounting, prepare monthly statements and assist in keeping the books. If they were not available we would need to employ an additional staff person to do accounting. They also keep track of pledges and mail out quarterly pledge reports. They are a reliable resource in assisting the treasurer. We keep our church operating account at Heartland Bank. The Endowment and Building (Capital) Funds (other than a small balance at Heartland) are invested with, and managed by Matt Myre's Edward Jones Office.
January 27, 2019
Check the website for the
December Vestry Minutes
Reports and Financial Reports
will also be available on the website
The next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group will meet Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Current discussion centers on the book Altars of the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Feel free to brown bag your meal or bring something to hare or not. All are welcome.
Taylor suggests the book is organized so 'picking and choosing, as desired, allowing for the skipping here & there. So far there has been some discussion on the Introduction and Chapter 1 The Practice of Waking Up to God -- Vision in conjunction with "The Canticle of the Creatures" by Francis Assisi (reference Psalm 148). Currently, the agenda for upcoming discussions includes: Chapter 6 The Practice of Encountering Others - Community; Chapter 8 The Practice of Saying No - Sabbath; and Chapter 12 The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings - Benediction.
Donna de Oliveira
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, February 3, 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 February 10, 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 February 17, 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
Dates are open for your dedications.
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.
The next Food Pantry Sunday will be February 10, 2019.
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.
Elizabeth "Puzz" George is now back at OakCrest in the Nursing Wing, recovering from a broken hip. If you'd like to visit, mornings are best!
News from Rosemarie Ostberg in California!
nniversaries & Birthdays
02/03 Maureen Gerrity
02/06 Roy Mason
02/12 Bobby Russell
02/17 Kurt McMahon
02/25 Gretchen Schlabach
02/25 Heidi Haverkamp
02/26 Freya Rasmusssen-Johns
Activities & Events
02/03 8:00 AM and
10:30 AM Services
KidsHopeUSA Speaker at 10:30 AM
SuperBowl Party at 3:30 PM
02/07 Book Club Meeting, 5:30 PM
Choir Practise, 7:00 PM
02/10 8:00 AM and
10:30 AM Services
02/14 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
02/20 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
02/22 Movie Night, 6:00 PM
02/24 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
Save the Date
03/06 Ash Wednesday Service
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Contact Information
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