News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                               July
F rom Mother Barbara

"Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth.
Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace like thunder, lightning." 
 Karl Barth, Theologian

We thought we'd give our "regular contributors" a month off. Please enjoy some images from St. Paul's recent activities.
At St. Paul's
Adult Formation
Book Club
Movie Night
Beloved Community
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Food Pantry Reminders
An Invitation
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
At St. Paul's

Lobster Boil #51 - 5/18/19




Children's Service - 6/9/19


At St. Paul's

Garden Blessings - 6/1-24/19

Hosting the Cancer Bike Riders - 6/21/19

Adult Formation
Summer Discussion Series
9 AM on Sundays, 
June 16th to August 4th

The Apocalypse, or Revelation to John, the last book of the Bible. The strangest book of the New Testament, it has fascinated readers for more than two thousand years, but where did it come from? And what are the meanings of its surreal images of dragons, monsters, angels, and cosmic war? 
The discussion series at St. Paul's will be featuring the work of two prominent scholars: Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, and the Reverend Michael Battle's Heaven on Earth: God's Call t o Community in the Book of Revelation.  

It would be helpful, though not required, if participants get a copy of Elaine Pagel's book to read along with discussion.
Book Club 

The book, Life Together -The Classic Exploration of Christian Community, has a wealth of information for consideration and comparison with how we "do church" in the 21st century.  Diedrich Bonhoeffer is an excellent teacher for any time or century!  Join in the discussion to find out others reactions/questions/ideas to Bonhoeffer's "take" on being the church.

The Book Club is currently scheduled to meet on Sunday, June 30th at 3:00 PM, Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 PM, Thursday, August 8th at 5:30 PM, and thursday, September 5th at 5:30 PM.

On Sunday June 30, we  will include special information/discussion from a recent retreat/program in Racine, WI (participants were: Jan & Sandra)... and  as time allows, we'll talk about Bonhoeffer's    Life Together.  

Kids Hope USA

There's a summer party planned for Saturday, July 13th from Noon to 4:30PM. Watch for more news!

Movie Night, 
July 26, 6:00 PM
"How To Train Your Dragon"

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. 

Domino's basic Pepperoni or all cheese pizza provided once everyone arrives for a "head count."   Some soft drinks provided or BYO. Let's assemble in the Parish Hall at 6 PM.  The movie runs about an hour and a half--should be fun!
Beloved Community Dinner
July 21st - 6:00 PM
Real Connection Church, DeKalb

The next Beloved Community potluck dinner will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Real Connection Church, 1115 S. Malta Road in DeKalb.

These potluck dinners are hosted by local faith communities. The focus is to bring people from different walks of life together for an evening of conversation. Everyone is welcome, with no exceptions. Those interested in attending should contact Beth Campen at 779-212-0904 or to let her know how many in your party and if you will bring a dish or two to share.
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 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 July 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 July 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

Dates are open for your dedications.

The flower sign up sheet is next to the bulletin board outside the kitchen and dates can be selected throughout the year. Generally, the donation is about $30 for a Sunday.
Episcopal Church Women

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is defined as being all women of the Episcopal Church. You need not "sign up" to belong to ECW, it's automatic! 

Check out the latest issue of The Mirror, the ECW magazine. Dates for meetings and conferences are listed, including registration for an Altar Guild Conference in September.

F ood Pantry Reminders
The next Food Pantry Sunday will be July 14 , 2019 . Donations for June included 411 food/personal items, for a year to date total of 4811 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
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!
Lynne and Barbara+
The Parish Office Will Be 
Closed for the
I ndependence Day Holiday
Thursday, July 4th.

A nniversaries & Birthdays

July Birthdays

7/4                 Pat McMahon
7/5                 Jocelyn Prall
7/13               Mary Short?
7/21               Marilyn Cleland
7/29               Susan King
7/31               Steve DeGolier  

July Anniversaries

7/27 .            Rhys/Jocelyn Prall

Activities & Events

07/04         Parish Office Closed for Independence Day
07/07         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services 
                  9:00 AM Adult Formation
07/11 .       Book Club, 5:30 PM
07/13         KHUSA Kids Party, Noon
07/14         8:00 AM and  10:30 AM Services
                  9:00 AM Adult Formation
07/21         8:00 AM  and 10:30 AM Services
                  9:00 AM Adult Formation                  
07/26         600 PM Movie Night
07/28         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                  9:00 AM Adult Formation

   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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