News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                                      
F rom 
The Rev. 

In the July Sunday readings of the Gospels, we see a couple of things happening. First know that nearly all the Gospels this month come from Mark 5-6 (even though we have the John version of it, we have the feeding of the five thousand which is also in Mark 6). Jesus is really beginning to get his healing ministries off the ground. He actually at some point doesn't need to lay hands on people himself; they are healed by touching his cloak. His healing ministry culminates into its ultimate height: raising the dead. People come from afar for his healing powers. And in the final Sunday of July, Jesus feeds the five thousand and walks on water. The next several chapters touch a lot on food and on more divine aspects of who Jesus is.

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From The Rev. Ed
From the Senior Warden
From the Junor Warden
In the Garden
Julian Pilgrimage
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Oak Crest Service
Food Pantry Reminders
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
Jesus is healing and feeding, beginning more dramatic miracles and developing more publicly as not only a healer and a feeder but God the Son. Amidst this, he sends the disciples out two by two to tell the story. In the underbrush of this larger narrative, people are beginning to notice Jesus. And it isn't all good. People in need are pressing upon him consistently and often if not constantly so he can't get a moment to himself. His hometown-ies take affront at him. He gets onto Herod's radar and before long the religious powers-that-be are heckling and hassling him as part of a campaign to hurt him politically.
Nevertheless, Jesus persisted.
Jesus continues to heal, to feed, to perform miracles. He continues say things that are not well received by respectable people, and to do things that are not popular with powerful people. There is a message in here to us, I think. Perhaps the basic, first work of the faithful involves the real physical needs of those around us in the manner of healing and feeding. Think of healing. Mind you, many of the wounds we might see in the world around us have been inflicted by the people of our own Christian religion. How are you and I healing them? I know at St Paul's we work intentionally at being a place of welcome and healing for our siblings who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex, and asexual (or allies). We offer healing (and feeding) through our support of finances, time and skills to several local agencies. And think of healing. I know how we feed one another here at St Paul's: our par excellence fellowship is part of our hospitality's sine qua non. That is how we feed bodies with food. Our Fellowship team members take their ministry very seriously. How about feeding minds? We feed our hunger for education: our children are faithfully taught in Godly Play, and in our children's choir, and as acolytes. Meanwhile, our newly formed Adult Formation Team are lining up and laying out a curriculum that is brilliant but not boring (hard to pull that off in formation). Both the Formation Team and the Fellowship Team are cooking up gathering ideas and events that will enhance our community building greatly. Indeed, we feed where there is need in St Paul's.
And what about you and me, my fellow Christian? Do you recognize what all you do daily on a personal level to bring healing into the life of another? And to feed another's stomach, soul or search? It is important for you to see your gifts and recognize them in yourself. This way you are more deeply true to yourself. You accept and better share the wonderful gifts God has given you. Knowing and giving your gift to the world as your gift from God isn't self-aggrandizement; it is sharing the awesomeness of our God. Our world desperately needs this healing, this feeding, that you have in your soul and in your person.
Jesus remained true to who he was and it wasn't often easy. But the people needed healed, and they needed fed, God needed to be properly glorified, and Jesus had to be true to himself. Healing, feeding, glorifying God and being true to oneself are all part and parcel of you being who God made you to be, doing what God calls you to do. So while we spend so much time in July in Mark, keep doing what you do to make your mark on the world for God.
From the Senior Warden

With summertime in full swing, the general feeling is often somewhat relaxed. Many folks are traveling and taking vacations or catching up on home projects or gardening, and I hope that you all are taking time to enjoy the beauty of our Midwestern summer. But despite all the relaxed schedules and vacations and fun, know that your Vestry is still hopping. Together with the Fellowship Committee and the Adult Formation Committee, we are working on ideas for the Fall program year (and beyond) with ways to keep St. Paul's up with the times. Watch your mailboxes for a letter with information regarding plans for updating our audio/visual capabilities and how we'll utilize it for education, information, fellowship, and some just-plain fun.
Speaking of keeping busy, the Search Committee will be shifting into high gear very soon once they receive names of applicants for the rector position. Things have seemed relatively quiet for a little while, but experience tells me that the real work is just beginning.
Because it is summertime, I'll keep my message brief this month, but please keep the Vestry and the Search Committee in your prayers as we all work together to discern who our new priest will be, where we want to go in the future, and what it means to be the congregation of St. Paul's in the 21st century.

From the Junior Warden

I attended the executive meetings for the vestry on June 11 and June 27. I also attended the vestry meeting on June 17. We are currently discussing plans for the adult formation, parish center audiovisual upgrades and the issues with the church roof.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.

Check the website for the 
The Treasurer's Report 
will appear in the next Mars Hill Proclaimer
I n the The Garden

Weekly garden gatherings continue on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM to weed, plant, water, harvest and have fellowship. Of course, any gardener can come at any time to help with the caretaking. 

Lettuce will be bolting soon, but the squash plants have been showing activity! Though it has rained copiously the last week, there will be weeks when watering is needed, no doubt!
Julian Pilgrimage with the Rev. Gwynne Wright

From September 12-24, 2018, the Rev. Gwynne Wright, retired priest of the Diocese of Chicago and oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich who now resides in York, England, will lead a Julian-focused pilgrimage. Tour stops include London, Canterbury, Cambridge and Norwich and include a lecture with Rowan Williams, former Archbishop to Canterbury. 

The Reverend Wright served as Interim Rector at St. Paul's from 2008 to 2010. For more information about the tour, follow this link .
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, July 1, 2018.
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 July 18, 2018.
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 August 2018  issue of the Proclaimer to the Parish office by July 22 , 2018 .  Your pictures are also welcome.
The Vestry 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. 

The 2018 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, July 18th, 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.
Food Pantry Reminders
The next Food Pantry Sunday will be July 8, 2018.

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

Doug Johnson, husband of our organist Kathleen Johnson, passed away on Monday afternoon, June 25th, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.  We ask your prayers for Kathleen and her family. 
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 1st from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St. in Rochelle, IL. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 4:00 P.M.

Condolences and memorials can be made through the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle.
A nniversaries & Birthdays

July Birthdays
7/2                 Fr. Ed Bird
7/4                 Pat McMahon
7/5                 Jocelyn Prall
7/16               Beth Lee
7/19               Joan Graham
7/21               Marilyn Cleland
7/29               Susan King
7/31               Steve DeGolier

July Anniversaries

7/27               Rhys and Jocelyn Prall
Activities & Events

7/1              10:30 AM Service
7/2-8          Father Ed out of the office
7/3             Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM
7/4             Parish Office Closed
7/8             8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
7/10           Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM
7/15           10:30 AM Service
                  Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
7/17           Garden Meeting
7/18           OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
                  Children's Waiting Room, 3:00 PM
7/22           8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services  
7/24           Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM
7/26           Wedding Rehearsal, 5:30 PM
7/27           Christin/Russell Wedding, 3:00 PM
7/29           10:30 AM Service

Save the Date

9/9          Rally Day and start of Sunday School

   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 Edward T. Bird IV, Rector 
        Parish Office: (815) 756-4888 
          Parish Fax: (815) 758-6140 


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