As we start a new year and welcome a new rector, I have two words of encouragement:
- We have a lot of riches for a small church: good lay leadership, generosity of time and money, a strong endowment, a beautiful space, great music, and enthusiasm. Seriously - we have a lot to be grateful for.
- God will give us everything we need, to do the ministry God calls us to do. This is a long-proven truth in the history of scripture and salvation. There is plenty of time and money to do what we're called to do - not to do everything, but what God has placed on us to do, here.
We are a church of Jesus Christ, and we exist for his love, alone. Let us trust in him, and in one another, as we take a new step into what lies ahead.
Love and blessings,
From Mother Barbara
On Christmas nothing changes, yet everything does. Our world continues along its weary way, as God who is love---is smuggled into our very being, into our world in the small hours of the night into morning, leaving traces of bright hope and drops of courage everywhere for us to discover. The Holy One who is and was and will always be-the spangler of the stars of night, the designer of the universe, the voice of creation, made Godself small enough to enter into our frail human reality and changed everything.
We, the followers of this little One, this Jesus or Yeshua whose very name means "God saves," are invited to draw near to take part in this miracle. We who would prefer a God who crashes into the world with unequivocal power are drawn---and in the end, persuaded---by nothing more powerful than love.
In a world where such subtlety is easily lost and misunderstood-- nothing changes unless we do our part, give our consent in trust as Mary did, and Joseph later on.
God comes into our lives, not in a blaze of glory but in the sighing quiet of a stable sheltering mere animals. Not in the blazing light of Broadway or even a suburban street light---but in a light so small that it could be held in the palm of just one human hand-a tiny oil lamp shining softly, illuminating the rough contours of our lives.
We are the ones who see and hear and are urged to love our enemies, coaxed to bless those who curse us, and commanded to love without boundaries. We are the ones who visit the prisoners, shelter and feed the homeless, and welcome the stranger. Nothing changes, except that which is changed within us. One heart, one life at a time,
we give our consent to the creative love of God allowing ourselves to be changed, transformed from the inside out.
Our world needs Christmas not just in this season, but every day of every season.
God breaks into our world with unquenchable light---and still, nothing changes without us.
In God's Peace,
TWO SUNDAYS TO JANUARY 20TH
AND MOTHER BARBARA'S FIRST SERVICE!
"We are so very much looking forward to being with you all and a new chapter in all of our lives, there at St. Paul's!"
Sunday, January 6th
A Potluck luncheon for all after the 10:30 AM Service, including a special pinata for the children!
2018 Annual Meetings
January 20th, 2019 at 9:00 AM
January 27th, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Annual Meeting with Election of Officers
Continental Breakfast Served
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
, 1/25/19. Call
815-756-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*If you want something other than coffee, pop or water, you may bring your own beverage
From the Junior Warden
Hope everyone enjoyed
Christmas services. Thanks go out to everyone who made this such a
special time. It was great having Mother Heidi conducting our services. Having an
interim rector also be a member of our
congregation shows that the Lord is looking out for us in this time of transition.
Below are my
activities for December:
- Attended two Vestry Executive meetings
- Participated at the Vestry meeting
- Coordinated the preparation of the Rectory for Mother Barbara
- Met with Mother Heidi twice on different issues.
- Accompanied Pat on a meeting with our accountant
January Music Ministries
A Christmas Review and an Invitation to Share Your Light in
The St. Paul's Multi-Generational Choirs are amazing! A huge "thank you" to all of our volunteer choir members for sharing your time, talent and spirit! For enhancing our worship service experiences and guiding us in song from Advent into Christmas and now into the Epiphany season, all with such beautiful sounds!
A review of music from our wonderful Christmas Eve Service 2018: Ava, Liam and Luke
Stubblefield sang beautifully on Christmas Eve! Liam has been gifting us with his artistic rendition of "Twinkle Little Star" for the last three years and continues to amaze and remind us of the child like awe in the season and the miracle of Baby Jesus that we celebrate!
What was also very special this year is that Ava Stubblefield
accompanied her younger
, Liam Stubblefield on the piano for Twinkle Little Star. Wow, Ava! Ava performed this same solo in the 2015 Epiphany Pageant. She sang (& looked) like an angel!
Luke and Ava sang with the adult/youth choir on Christmas Eve! They continue to
sing with such beautiful children's voices, and they amaze and make us proud
with the likeness and ease th
ey have of engaging and performing as if they were in high school! Ava sang a beautiful and poignant communion solo, "Away in a Manger"! Luke sang a stunning solo (Look out Vienna Boys Choir) in "Silent Night"!
The choirs preservice musical offering as well as their offertory anthem "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" G. F. Handel, Arr., Larry Pugh, all sounded fantastic on Christmas Eve!
In addition to having an awesome core group of adult/youth choir members sing on Christmas Eve; Roy Mason, Jan Bach, Adam Frieberg, Donna DeOliveira, Linda Lorbach, Jocelyn Prall, Maureen Gerrity, we were joined by three guest tenors, an alto, flutist, and bell ringer. Matt Callahan, an NIU Music Education and Vocal Performance Major, along with Trevor McDonald, a Carthage College Biology and Music Major, and Sam McDonald, a Sycamore 8th grader all filled in our Tenor section. Additionally, Leah Valentiner, Alto Singer and Flautist extraordinaire as well as Peg Newby on Bells, joined us again this year. Beautiful sounds from all!
Epiphany musical offerings will begin with an inspirational congregational invitation to chant from
Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. We hope you join us in worship, c
ome share your light! T
he choir will surely inspire you with a brilliant "Fanfare for an Infant King" by Stanley Smith.
Check out our recording from 2014.
Happy New 2019 Year from all The Choirs and Musicians!
The Garden is Still Growing
Please check out the article in the Daily Chronicle interviewing our own Jacob Maas and plans for the garden that are growing this winter!
December Vestry Treasurer's Report
with figures for November 2018
St Paul's Episcopal Church, DeKalb, IL 60115
This report covers the months of November 2018. 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 November 2018
We have received $107,867 from 2018 pledges through the end of November which is 94% of the $115,063 budgeted. The total of all receipts through November is $186,837 which is 84% of the budgeted amount of $223,063.
Disbursements through November 2018
Total operating disbursements through November were $201,001 which is 90% of the budgeted amount of $223,063. By the end of November we had received $14,164 less than we spent. We have taken $70,000 from the Endowment Fund for operations which is helping the cash flow. We may take $10,000 - $20,000 more from the Endowment Fund before the end of the year to be sure we have funds on hand to pay bills. That is still below the $100,000 we budgeted. Total receipts are at 84%, Disbursements at 90%.
Capital Fund - November 2018
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of November was $10,000 in a CD maturing May 17, 2019 and $16,124 in Money Market Funds for a total of $26,034. There is also part of $10,000 which was donated by a parish member to help pay for concrete repair of $2,800 with the remainder to be used by the Altar Guild. We also received an Insurance reimbursement in April of $8,536 for the gutter damage. We paid $4,200 for a down payment for the Pinkston Tadd roof work in August and paid $6,300 in October upon completion. Part was offset by insurance. Additional Gutter work was done in September by Rhys with a cost of $719.98. We collected $1,000 in September and $500 in October for the ATV project. The total collected by the end of October was $4,051 plus some additional in the PayPal account. More is needed. We need to add to the Capital Account. Some Building Fund money remains in the Heartland Acct.
Endowment Fund - November 2018
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of November was $2,061,956, a net change in value from January of ($25,707.) The net decrease in value for the year is ($61,724,) which includes $70,000 withdrawn for operating expenses. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance on November 30 was $106,222. and 4% was $84,978. These numbers relate to the amount we take from the Endowment Fund for Operating Expenses. The Endowment Committee continues to monitor the Endowment Fund.
There were 6.425shares on deposit with the company valued at $229.63 on August 31, 2018. The value has decreased $10.48 since January 1, 2018. Dividends YTD equal $4.74.
On November 30, 2018 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were: Discretionary Fund $518.52; Flower Fund $1,662.70; Music Fund $2,005.00;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $14,412.16; Capital Fund $19,591.52, for a total of $41,813,80.
Pat Brown, Treasurer - December 16, 2018.
Check the website for the
Approved November Vestry Minutes
A Message from the
House of Deputies
of The Episcopal Church
Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:
Nearly a year ago, we
issued a call
for the church to examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how we have handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse through the years. In particular, we asked to hear voices from the wider church at General Convention so that deputies and bishops might consider both how to atone for the church's past and shape a more just future. As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, as children of God with all people, we could do no less, and we must do more.
In July, General Convention considered
26 resolutions and one memorial
addressing issues the #MeToo movement has brought to light, many of them developed by the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation. One of these resolutions,
, suspends for three years the canon (church law) that places a time limit on initiating proceedings in cases of clergy sexual misconduct against adults. There is no time limit on reporting clergy sexual misconduct against children and youth under age 21.
As a result of this resolution, from January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2021, those who wish to bring a case of sexual misconduct against a member of the clergy will be able to do so, regardless of how long ago the alleged misconduct occurred.
We hope that this temporary suspension of the statute of limitations will be one way for the church to come to terms with cases of sexual misconduct in our collective past.
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
President, House of Deputies
At The Diocesan Convention
with Jennie Cummings
Hello St. Paul's,
All year we have been looking forward to being a delegate at our annual church convention. It has been held in Lombard for many years. Our church covers registration costs; lodging and meals are on your own. This is Jennie's second convention. We were blessed to attend with Eva and Henry Leonard many years ago. Our biggest reason for wanting to go to convention this year was to go while Bishop Jeff Lee was our bishop. He inspires us and we appreciate him greatly. The second reason was the keynote speaker, Ray Suarez from the PBS Newshour. Neither disappointed; their presence and addresses were timely, appropriate, and inspiring. See the YouTubes below for the actual speeches.
We are writing this short summary because we want to encourage folks to go to convention. It really is an experience that is worthwhile and inspirational. There are workshops for a gamut of interests. Jennie chose a workshop with Ray Suarez entitled Religion and Ethics in the Media. There is a list of the 2018 workshops at the bottom of this link's page.
Wardens, Freyja and Marv both found other workshops that interested them.
Bishop Lee preached this sermon at the 181st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago on November 17, 2018.
On November 16, journalist Ray Suarez gave the keynote address at the Diocese of Chicago's annual convention. He spoke about changing demographics in the church and who will be in the pews in 2040.
At convention, there is a pop up "store" where the diocese churches and groups can put up shop to sell things or offer information or connections. We enjoy the book sections; the jewelry section where profits go to a cause; and some of the informational booths. We particularly liked a booth on a Gender Pronoun discussion. We collected information and will share more in another communication.
At convention, there is plenty of music. Our own Lorraine was there sharing her talents and enthusiasm with the whole
Diocese. Thank you, Lorraine! The music was fantastic, especially when the children performed.
Of course at convention there were resolution discussions. Each year, there are new resolutions and changes to existing resolutions to be voted upon. All of your delegates read and studied this year's proposed resolutions.
Beforehand, none of the resolutions jumped out to me as controversial to be brought to the church as a whole for discussion. But at convention, a larger scope and impact of each could be better understood. We will let you read the final resolutions yourself and maybe the wardens will expand on them more too. For us we just want to say, "Wow". We can imagine that 20 years ago, this year's discussion of topics at convention could have just be ugly and rude. We were just blown away with the civility of discussion on topics on inclusion, resolution re-wording with new gender pronouns, and transparency. People didn't all agree but they were respectful. People didn't stomp out. They really seemed to want to be inclusive and welcoming. For what we perceived we were just proud and happy to be with these folks and to be Episcopalians.Wow!
Jennie and Bill Cummings
Invitation to Bible Study Fellowship
by Melissa Fickling, new member of St. Paul's
Mother Heidi and Father Ed both encouraged Melissa to share her very positive experience of BSF with St. Paul's by writing a newsletter article.
A little over one year ago, a family member introduced me to Bible Study Fellowship (www.bsfinternational.org). My aim was to make some friends in my new town and deepen my renewed connection to my faith. Both of these wonderful things happened. "BSF" is a weekly class that meets from August to May to study one book of the Bible, or one focused topic in depth. Classes take place all over the world and all classes study the same chapters each week. This year, the study is called "People of the Promised Land" and last year we studied the book of Romans.
I have found the fellow students and the entire BSF process to be welcoming, open, honest, and approachable. Some students have been studying the Bible for decades while others, like me, are newcomers to this level of engagement with God's Word. I have felt comfortable sharing my questions and have been encouraged that I am not alone in my wonderings. I appreciate that I can trust that the focus of the small group discussion stays on the readings for the week. Everyone is there to study the Bible, regardless of church affiliation or political views, which, thankfully, are never discussed.
Bible study with BSF is a four-part process in which the first step is to personally read and reflect on a Bible passage which usually ranges from a few verses to a whole chapter. At class, you discuss the readings, questions, and answers with 12-15 other women or men. Next, you attend a lecture in which a leader (an advanced student of the Bible, not a priest or pastor) provides a larger context for the week's study. I have found every lecture to be engaging and eye-opening, with a fair amount of good humor, too! Finally, as you leave the class, you are given the next week's lesson along with notes for the lesson just completed. The notes, which include extensive references to other Bible passages for an even deeper dive, are the last of the four parts in the BSF study process. By starting with personal engagement and receiving the more "scholarly" notes only after discussion and lecture, my confidence in and enthusiasm for my personal knowledge of the Bible has grown tremendously.
If you would like to check out BSF, please consider coming as my guest. I attend the Tuesday evening class which takes place at Christ Community Church (150 Bethany Road) from 6:50 PM to 8:30 PM. The group, which meets separately in men's and women's groups, returns from a winter break on Tuesday, January 16, which will be a special visitor's evening to include a cookie reception. In addition to the Tuesday evening classes, there is a daytime class for women with an accompanying class for children ages 0-5.
If you want to attend some other time or in another town, go to
, search for a class.
Holy Solitude: A 24-Hour Lenten Retreat
March 22-23 at the Nicholas Center, Chicago
Mother Heidi will lead a Lenten retreat, March 22-23, open to all, at
the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron St., Chicago).
From her book, Holy Solitude: "solitude is not an escape or an end
unto itself, but a way to more deeply be yourself, allowing you to be
more available to the presence of God, and, in turn, to be available
in a wholehearted and healthy way to the needs of other people."
Mother Heidi's book is not required for this retreat.
A Retreat Experience
I spent Christmas at DeKoven Center's Comfort and Joy Retreat. It included time for reflection, conversation, enjoying the festive decorations, wonderful food, and beautiful surroundings. DeKoven is located on Lake Michigan in Racine. It began as an Episcopal boarding school in 1850 and is now a retreat center lead by Episcopalians and offering at least 3 organized annual retreats and also individual retreats anytime. Check out the gorgeous Gothic style campus
The next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group will meet Thursday, January 24, 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.
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, January 6,
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 January 13, 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 January 20
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 January 13, 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.
Thank you so much for the gift card for Christmas! It is a joy to work with all of the parishioners here at St. Paul's and wonderful to know that my efforts are appreciated!
nniversaries & Birthdays
1/8 Donna DeOliviera
1/6 Luke Stubblefield
1/10 Lynn Roberts
1/11 Mikaili Little
1/15 Janice Larson
1/25 Rebecca Smith
1/28 Jane DeGolier
1/27 George/Jane Nenonen
1/28 Al/Peggy Newby
Activities & Events
01/05 Rectory Work Day
01/06 Bible Study, 9:00 AM
10:30 AM Service
Epiphany Luncheon, 11:30 AM
01/10 Calendar Mtg., 12:45 PM
Choir Practise, 7:00 PM
01/13 8:00 AM and
10:30 AM Services
Bible Study, 9:00 AM
Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
01/17 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
01/20 Annual Budget Mtg., 9:00 AM
10:30 AM Service
Mo. Barbara's First Service
01/24 Book Club, 5:30 PM
Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
01/27 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
Annual Meeting, 9:00 AM
01/31 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
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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