News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                               June
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

   I  was given a tree this Spring, to be planted on the grounds of St. Paul's which will memorialize that day-April 30---when I became the people of St. Paul's rector, and the people of St. Paul's became my people. From tree to charge of care and ministry and back again, never in my life have I been given so precious or wonderful a gift. "From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace." (Jn 1:16) Grace piled and heaped upon grace and more grace, beyond measure. And grace and truth through Jesus Christ.

   It is-all of it-given to us, to God's people everywhere.

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Children's Eucharist
Lobster Boil
From the Senior Warden
Music Ministries
Treasurer's Report
May at St. Paul's
Adult Formation
Garden Plans
Summer Retreat
Book Club
Movie Night
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Food Pantry Reminders
Recycling Reminders
Shut Ins
An Invitation
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
    If one checks the daily news from whatever source (some are more overwrought than others) it is impossible to miss the frightening events taking place around us and across the globe. Gun violence in Chicago over the Memorial Day holiday was at a new level, tornados across the Midwest; political machinations impeding progress (however one defines that), continued human rights abuses and global warming. That list of course, goes on relentlessly pounding us with news that triggers our "fight-flight-freeze" response which can paralyze us spiritually. Our minds and hearts can become overwhelmed by the evil we perceive out there, from which we ask daily to be delivered in the prayer Jesus taught us. So we keep praying!

    There is more we can do though. Of course, we continue to act in ways that further God's Kingdom on earth, not ignoring the difficulties or hiding from them but acting, voting, giving in ways that can help. We can also take note of those things for which we are grateful, even the tiny ones like hearing goldfinch singing as you go out to your car or the fresh breeze or warm sunlight on your face. Clean, cold water to drink, sharing a laugh with a friend.

     Diana Butler Bass, in her book "Grateful: The transformative power of giving thanks," suggests we keep a gratefulness journal throughout the day, taking note of what happens or what we see for which we are grateful in the moment. Then at day's end we might review it and thank God before bed. Bass points out that we can develop a habit of taking note of the good things as an antidote to the those that frighten or confuse in the round of news. So I'm challenging all of us to try it. Start a gratitude journal if you haven't already. At the end of June, let's send some of our entries to the Proclaimer to share with one another.

   "Everything is a gift," states David Steindl-Rast. "The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefuln ess is a measure of our aliveness." Indeed, we are all very much alive in Christ Jesus.

Children's Eucharist 
on Pentecost Sunday - June 9th.

On June 9, 2019, the Feast of Pentecost-we will be offering a Children's Eucharist. This is a celebration of the Eucharist in which St. Paul's children will lead the service (with the help and guidance of adults) by serving as readers, lead prayers, lead in song, and join the celebrant at the altar for the consecration and distribution of Holy Communion. 
It is important to bring children into leadership positions in keeping with Jesus' teaching to adults that "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God." Historically, children have also been ignored and discounted as among the least important. In keeping with St. Paul's radical welcome we will be welcoming our children to lead us in worship several times a year.
Lobster Boil Thank You

I want to send a big Thank You to everyone who helped with Lobster Boil this year. Despite a lot of rain earlier in the day, we had very nice weather for the Boil itself. Everything seemed to go very smoothly, we sold all of our lobsters, and our customers were happy.  

It is a great community -building effort for our church.  We generate a significant amount of money, which we split between the church and charities in the community.  It was fun, it was profitable, it was tiring, and I am glad it's over until next year.  But please put the third Saturday in May, May 16 2020, on your calendars for next year!

Thank you! Rick Johns
F rom the Senior Warden
May  2019

This month we had executive meetings on 4/9. The Vestry meeting was held on 4/19
We continue to have some maintenance issues in the Rectory. Rhys and Rick are doing a great job handling these issues.
We want to thank everyone who made the Lobster Boil a success. Much hard work went into it, and it was another memorable event. Thank you especially to Rick and Pat for their organizational expertise.
We are putting the service times on our permanent sign out front. On the base of the sign we will be using reflective lettering to announce the times.
We will be addressing a security and emergency plan for our church in the coming months. If you have any suggestions, please let me know your thoughts.
Over the next six weeks, I will be handling a medical issue I am experiencing. It is not serious, but I need to address it. I only mention this so you may not be seeing much of me during this time. Prayers would be appreciated.
June Music Ministries
The St. Paul's Adult/Youth & Children's Choirs are preparing for the Children's Service on Pentecost Sunday. 

The Children's Choir will be leading some beautiful and awesome songs! 
The choirs will be off for the summer beginning June 10th, and will be returning for rehearsals in the fall beginning Thursday, September 5th and singing for Sunday worship services starting September 9th.

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!
choirs easter 2019
Thank you choirs & musicians for an awesome year!
The Treasurer's Reports will appear 
in the July Proclaimer.
Check the website for the 
Approved  Vestry Minutes

At St. Paul's

Watch for a slide show (coming soon) on the website for more!

A Celebration of New Ministry 4/30
 Our Garden and a few of our gardeners

Adult Formation
Summer Discussion Series
9 AM on Sundays, 
June 16th to August 4th
6 PM on Mondays, 
June 17th to August 5th

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.  

Beginning Sunday, June 16, from 9 AM to 10 AM, in the Parish Hall, led by Mother Barbara. Repeats on Mondays at 6:00 PM, beginning on June 17th. 

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

With so much rain this spring, we gardeners have been wondering if we  should be putting our energies into building an ark instead of a  garden! Like so many local gardeners and farmers, the constant
downpours and wet has made planting and tilling difficult. We have  lost some seeds to rot and still are waiting to plant our peppers and  tomatoes, hoping soils will dry enough for a small machine tiller to
prepare the plot.

Meanwhile, we have pea vines climbing their trellis, rhubarb in full  glory, asparagus popping up like a whackamole game, and many seedlings  who have survived: radishes, beets, lettuce, collards, kale, onions,  and even parsnips. Our new raspberry canes, behind the shed, have seen  heavy casualties, and we're not yet sure if deer, a blight, or  leprechauns are to blame. Mulch is on the way, which will allow us to  weigh down the yards and yards of donated cardboard we've collected  (thank you!!!) to trample down the thistles, dandelions, and binding  weed which are constantly threatening to take over.

Some gardeners are making plans for the church's front beds, out towards Normal Road. Plans are still being made, but if you have  perennials to donate, Mary Short, Kris Borre, and others are hoping to  create flower beds both for outdoor display and for indoor use by our  flower guild. Call the church office (815-756-4888) or Mary  (815-761-6672) if you have perennials to donate. Thanks, all! - Mother Heidi Haverkamip
Long Summer Retreat
Sun, Jun 16, 2019 4:00 PM Thu, Jun 20, 2019 10:00 AM
DeKoven Center in Racine WI

Mark your calendars now for DeKoven's Long Summer Retreat, set for June 16-20 at Taylor Hall, our Retreat & Conference Center. Led by the Rev. Brian Hastings of Chicago's Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, this all-inclusive retreat offers time for deep spiritual reflection, enlightenment and fellowship. This year's topic is "Jesus is the Answer. What's Your Question?"

The retreat begins at 5 pm Sunday with a  welcome reception and dinner, and runs through breakfast on Thursday. Cost, including lodging, meals and programming, is $350. To register, call Lee at 262-633-6401, ext. 110, or send an email to

Book Club Meets June 13th

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.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 13th. We have been meeting from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the conference room on a pre-determined Thursday early evening. Please contact Donna de Oliveira  by email: deoliwho@gmail, call or text: (832) 721- 1473 to express your interest.  Please indicate when you "would not" be available during June, July, August  only. We are open to some substantial articles, too. 
Movie Night, 
June 28, 6:00 PM

When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home."  

Entertaining for kids but also relevant and entertaining to adults.  Received 4.5 stars averaged among 7000 viewers, rated 8.2 IMdb.  

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!
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, June 2, 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 June 9, 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 May 16, 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! In our parish, Maureen Gerrity is the treasurer and Pat Brown is an active resource. I have been attending meetings and conferences as possible.

While we used to have an active (mostly social) group at St. Paul's, it has been years since we met. The ECW is the vehicle we use to process Lobster Boil receipts and disbursements, which is done from an account separate from that of the church's main account. We contribute to local charities and the church's income with proceeds from the Lobster Boil. The United Thank Offering (the blue boxes) is an ECW program. We pay annual dues to the Chicago Diocese (a fair share type of donation), which helps support leadership and provide programming on the diocesan level. Nationally, the Chicago Diocese is a member of ECW Province V, which includes the 14 dioceses in Indiana, Missouri (eastern), Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.

I recently attended both the Province V and the Chicago Diocese annual meetings. Our parish ECW has funds to help defray the costs of attendance. Growing in Grace and Gratitude was the theme of the Province V meeting in Springfield in late April. The featured speaker was from Feed My Starving Children. A Living History Presentation about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln was given, and there was a very interesting talk given about Abraham and Mary Lincoln and their affiliations with the Episcopal Church. The Chicago Diocese meeting, held in May, had the theme of Reaching the World with God's Love. The keynote speaker was The Rev. KJ Oh, who spoke on non-judgmental acceptance of differing opinions. Her presentation was timely and well received. The workshop after lunch was exchanging ideas with those at your table about women's ministries in your church. This meeting also included installation of officers, presentation of the budget, and a vote on the amendment of the Bylaws. A highlight was the concluding Holy Eucharist, with Bishop Lee officiating.

I hope we can renew St. Paul's interest and commitment to the ECW. More to come!

Peg Newby
Food Pantry Reminders
The next Food Pantry Sunday will be June 9 , 2019 . Donations for May included 92 food/personal items, 318 diapers, and 256 baby wipes, for a year to date total of 4400 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
A Reminder About Recycling

Recycling is a wonderful way to take care of our environment. But if we aren't aware of what can be recycled our efforts end up in landfills as trash.

Aluminum cans can be recycled easily. You can recycle aluminum foil and cookware, but not if food particles are attached - so be sure it is wiped clean.

Cardboard cartons can be recycled, and newsprint, most mail, and even glossy magazines. But not not plastic coated beverage cups.

Plastic marked with the recyclable notation can be recycled, but NOT plastic bags, styrofoam, or polystyrene cups or egg cartons, or any black plastic. Plastics marked with #7 are not acceptable in our recycling process. Water bottles are ok, but not the lids.

Dirty anything is not recyclable - it will go to the trash. So RINSE out glass and plastic containers before throwing them in the recycling bin and we'll help out our earthly home.
Don't Forget Our Shut Ins

People who can't get out easily really appreciate cards, letters, emails and phone calls, even when a visit isn't possible. Gail Piper would love to hear from folks here - you can call 815-995-3435, email to, or just send a card to 833 Ridge Drive,  #403. DeKalb IL 60115.

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+
A nniversaries & Birthdays

June Birthdays

6/7                 Sean Sitzes
6/23               Colin Prall
6/28               Kenneth Sitzes
6/30               Theodore & Everett Faulkner (Rick's GrandKids) 

June Anniversaries

6/6                 Deb/Jordan Meyers
6/22               Vince/Pat McMahon
6/27               Cliff/Marilyn Cleland

Activities & Events

06/02         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services 
06/06         Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
06/09         8:00 AM and  10:30 AM Services
                  Children's Eucharist at 10:30 AM Service
                  Garden Blessing after 10:30 AM Service
06/16         8:00 AM  and 10:30 AM Services
                  9:00 AM Adult Formation                  
                  Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
06/17 .       6:00 PM Adult Formation
06/21         Cancer Ride Overnight
06/23         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                  9:00 AM Adult Formation
06/24         6:00 PM Adult Formation
06/28         Movie Night, 6:00 PM
06/30         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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