Mars Hill Proclaimer
St. Paul's Episcopal Church February Newsletter 2021
Dear Friends,
    We are coming up on Ash Wednesday quickly and I’d like you to know that there will not be a distribution of ashes this year. It is not required of the service, and our staff at Diocesan Offices actually recommend this as safest in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. My wife, Lynne Jacobson, M.Div. will be leading the service and preaching via Zoom at 7 PM that day.

    In place of a “proper” Proclaimer article this month, now I’m going to use this opportunity to thank all of you for your outpouring of well-wishes for my post-surgery healing. Today is the first-week anniversary of my total right-knee replacement and it has been kind of a wild week—more painful, I confess, than I had anticipated as there are pain meds I can’t take because I’m allergic to them.

   Be that as it may, thank you for the thoughtful gifts of food, of flowers, cards and emails and, of course, prayers. Someone even (anonymously) sent a gift of music, a CD of a Christian performer of whom I hadn’t known until now and I’m enjoying it very much!

    Grace, peace, well-being and warmth be with each of you and all within the household of your love and concern,


Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season, will be marked by a service at 7:00 PM on February 17 via Zoom, led by Lynne Jacobson, M.Div.

Diocesan Covid recommendations advise limiting physical distribution of ashes.
February, 2021

Greetings brothers and sisters of St. Paul’s,

I hope this finds you staying warm and doing well. Since our last meeting a little over a week ago, I don’t have much to add to this month’s Mars Hill Proclaimer. Though, I do want to say that as I step into the Senior Warden position, I am excited to serve with:
·     Mo. Barbara, our Rector;
·     Lucinda Brunner, our Junior Warden;
·     Rebecca Smith, Terry Dickow, and Donna DeOliveira, who are returning to provide their experience, service and leadership;
·     Marilyn Cleland and Steve DeGolier, who jump back on the vestry as seasoned members, and
·     Rick Johns, our Treasurer, and Pat Brown, assistant, who oversee money matters.
I will do my best to be a good steward and serve our church to the best of my ability. Further, I think it is really important to listen. So, as we move forward, I am very sincere when I say that I am always open for a differing point of view and/or conversation. Text and email are the best ways to reach me. My contact information is:

CELL PHONE:  815-751-0663
Are there any questions?  

Senior Warden
From the Junior Warden
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

While we hunker down as a result of this deep winter freeze and the beauty (to some) of the snow, I pray this finds you well and hopeful about 2021. I am humbled to have been asked to be the Junior Warden, and it is my sincerest intent to continue the good work already in progress. The most obvious task being St Paul's desire to prayerfully and with great intent discern our mission as a member of the Community. How best do we fulfill God's purpose for us during this time in our country. 2020 was such a watershed year in so many ways that we have no option but to respond. Together, we can achieve much. So, I will be hoping to connect with each of you to glean what resonates with your vision and how you see us fulfilling our purpose.

Additionally, I will be overseeing buildings and grounds. So, again, I will be working with those of you who have been working behind the scenes to keep St Pauls looking great and staying in great shape. 

I look forward to learning from Mother Barbara; Gretchen and the rest of the vestry during this year. Please feel free to reach out to me with concerns and I will do my best to address them.

Prayerfully Submitted,

Junior Warden 
Book Discussion, 5 PM
(Zoom Video or Audio)
Alternating Thursdays and Fridays

Thursday Choir Chats via zoom are on break for February and will resume March 25th.

Liturgy of the Word and Prayer
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
Both services on Zoom
Zoom Coffee Chat following each service


The 2020 Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 31st, via Zoom, led by Mother Barbara.

Rick Johns presented a balanced 2021 Budget, which was well received and approved, and the 2020 Annual Reports were also approved.

New Vestry members Lucinda Brunner, Marilyn Cleland, and Steve deGolier were presented and elected, and Gretchen Schlabach was elected as Senior Warden and Lucinda Brunner as Junior Warden. Delegates to the Diocesan Convention will be Jennie and Bill Cummings, Gretchen Schlabach, with Lynne Jacobson as alternate.

The Annual Report can be seen here and on our website.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, DeKalb, Illinois
presented January 31, 2021 at the church annual meeting

The past year was my first year as treasurer of St. Paul’s. It was a real learning experience for me, and I continue to refine my knowledge and skills. I want to profusely thank our Assistant Treasurer, Pat Brown, for countless bits of advice and wisdom, and also our bookkeeper at American Midwest tax and Accounting, Sheila Appel, who caught many of my mistakes in addition to answering many questions. I also want to thank the Vestry, especially Gretchen Schlabach and Donna de Oliveira, for their questions and comments during the year.
Canon law requires that we do our accounting on a cash basis. This means that money is received when it is deposited in our bank account, and it is disbursed when we write a check or have funds removed from our bank account by electronic means.

The report consists of 3 sections, with a spreadsheet and a narrative for each.

1. A statement of our financial position: how much money we have and how it is divided up.

2. A summary of last year’s receipts and disbursements: how much we spend in various budget categories, as compared to the amount listed in the budget approved last January. Also included is a summary of the Endowment Fund and our revolving and pass-through funds.

3. The 2021 proposed budget, already approved by the vestry and discussed at the budget Q&A session last Sunday.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Johns,
We hope you will enjoy the special choral anthem "God Be In My Head" by John Rutter, as we transition from Epiphany, Transfiguration and into Lent. A track from the St. Paul's choirs previously recorded CD Albums.
Our Next Choir Rehearsal Chat via Zoom will be March 25th!
Living Well Through Lent 2021 includes reflections from: Martha Bourlakis, Robbin Brent, Randall Curtis, Donald Fishburne, Jan Kwiatkowski, Heidi Kim, Malcolm McLaurin, Craig Phillips, Lisa Saunders, Scott Stoner, and Dawna Wall.

While the print version sold out quickly, you can sign up to receive email devotionals. You will receive forty-seven daily emails, one for each day of Lent, plus Easter. The emails will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. If at any point you no longer want to receive the emails, you can unsubscribe at any time.

To receive the daily email devotional from Living Compass, you can sign up here.
We've begun with CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters. Then we'll continue with the Great Divorce, Lewis' creative take on heaven and hell and conclude with his Mere Christianity. Zoom meetings are held on alternating Thursdays and Fridays at 5:00 PM.

Jennie Cummings suggested everyone who needs a copy go to the website where Screwtape Letters is offered free as an audible book for listening, and the others may be as well. I hope to see you there!

God's Grace and Peace to all of you,
For those living in the area, DeKalb County Health Department now has an email list for which you can sign up to receive weekly updates on vaccine distribution. Please click here if you are a DeKalb County resident:

Other counties have similiar websites:

Thanks to Kris Borre for forwarding this information to us.
The ECW Board is asking each parish to submit one name of an Honored Woman from its parish. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021.  

The Honored Woman from each parish will be invited to the online ECW Chicago Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 8 as our guest. If your Honored Woman is unable to attend, she will be honored and acknowledged at the meeting and her biography will be published in our program booklet with the other honorees. Please contact Beth Petti, Annual Meeting Chair if you have questions or concerns:

Food Pantry Collections
As The Salvation Army responds to the Coronavirus, financial donations are the most helpful. We are able to obtain food and supplies at a better cost in bulk, and they help us support businesses. If you're interested in making in-kind donations of non-perishable foods and supplies, please call 888-369-1349 to make arrangements.
St. Paul's has been sending in financial donations that have been made to the church (see the Treasurer's Report).
The Rector's
Discretionary Fund Collection

Donations allow us to assist people in need
in our community.

While there are no gatherings at church,
please remember donations can be mailed at any time.
Activities & Events

Activities for February are mostly limited to on line gatherings. Please check our website
for what is offered.
February Birthdays and Anniversaries


2/3                 Maureen Gerrity
2/6                 Roy Mason
2/12               Bobby Russell
2/17               Kurt McMahon
2/25               Gretchen Schlabach
2/26               Freyja Rasmussen Johns

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Contact Information
900 Normal Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115 
Parish Office: (815) 756-4888 
The Rev. Barbara A.T Wilson, Rector