News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                                         
May 2018
F rom 
The Rev. 

Bearing fruit that will last.

Winding down? Hardly. One might think that since we are well past Easter and because the summer is fast approaching and that by the end of May much of our seasonal programming will have wrapped up that we would be coasting to the finish line in a manner of speaking. St Paul's never got that memo. May seems, both last year and this year anyway, to be one of our busiest months. Perhaps May is that last super-sprint that cross country runners race toward, here at St Paul's.

(continued below)
From The Rev. Ed
Lobster Boil #50
Endowment Town Hall
From the Senior Warden
From the Junor Warden
Treasurer's Report
Music Ministries
Music in the Community
April at St. Paul's
In the Garden
Formation Survey
Recognition Sunday
Article Headline
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Oak Crest Service
Give DeKalb County
Food Pantry Reminders
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
Our "want ad" for a permanent rector is up on the diocesan website and in a couple of other venues. Lobster orders are pouring in (Keep up the good sales work!). Our Endowment Commission is holding one of those town hall meetings we seem to appreciate. As I write this, we have completed a major overhaul of our office: new copier and printer; new office computer; new telephone and cable service; we completely reorganized "little office" FKA as Treasurer's office/ Music office/ supply room (other?) now joyously called "La Petite Bureau" thanks to Susan King, Lorraine Langer and Jenn Nakaerts.  We have called an Adult Formation Team who are meeting regularly with enthusiasm. Our recent Clean up day brought lots of needed earth, etc to our expanding garden, while indoors we bore down on a number of reorg projects. We welcomed back into our midst the 8am service that is clearly life-giving and faith-living for a number of us.

In this past year we have grown a lot and in a lot of ways. It is clear that you, St Paul's, are the branches of the Vine of Christ. Financial pledging came up in numbers of pledgers and dollars pledged. You responded in droves to:   the CAT surveys and small group meetings; to the town hall meetings around the Prayground; to the pledge drive/ annual giving/ stewardship campaign and surveys; to the Adult forum surveys; to Mother Heidi's Lenten gatherings around her wonderful book "Holy Solitude"; to the baptisms of 3 stunningly awesome new "baby Christians".
And of special importance, we have welcomed and embraced and brought into our parish family over a DOZEN wonderful people who we didn't see in our pews a year ago. Six are formally "new members" including those 3 little ones mentioned above. Sunday attendance has increased from 2016 to 2017, and looks set to increase for 2018 again.

St Paul's impress on the community around us and within our walls is powerful, gentle, generous and kind. Remember the words of Christ as you continue to build and rebuild this loving community: "You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another." You, St Paul's, are indeed the branches and you bear lasting fruit. Let us continue to love one an other .

God's peace and every blessing,

Save this Date! 
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Annual Lobster Boil #50
Wow! Fifty Years! 

Calling all former St. Paul's members and families: We would love to see you again to help us celebrate our 50th annual Lobster Boil. Pass the word, call your friends, email the folks you know! Come back and have some fun helping at the boil, stay for the After Party, and come to church on that Sunday. It would really be fun to see you and your families. 
Questions? Contact the Parish Office or a committee member: 
Rick and Freyja Johns, Pat Brown, Jennie and Bill Cummings, Rhys and Jocelyn Prall, Lorraine Langer, Betsy Pool, Fr. Ed Bird, and Peg Newby.

St. Paul's members will be at a table in front of Hyvee on Saturday, May 5th - 10 AM to 6 PM.
Be sure to stop by.

Endowment Town Hall - Sunday, May 6

Every St. Paul's parishioner should understand what the Endowment is and its importance to the financial future of St. Paul's. We should also all understand how we can contribute to and be a part of the Endowment. On Sunday, May 6, 2018 the Endowment Committee will hold a town-hall meeting to provide that information to everyone. We ask all of you to try to be there for that important event. 

A light lunch will be served.

If you cannot make it you should know that the members of the Endowment Committee are: Dick Dowen, Chair, Pat Brown, Mary Lincoln, George Nenonen, and Jamie Stubblefield. Any of the committee members can answer questions or refer you  to someone who can answer your question.

From the Senior Warden

At St. Paul's, we often experience lower attendance on the Sunday after Easter; thus the name "Low Sunday." But, wow, that wasn't the case this year. It was gratifying to see so many faces in the pews on April 8th, the week after a wonderful Easter service. Following the service, there was so much food on the Low Sunday Brunch table, I thought we'd never get through it. But, by the time I finished my duties with the Altar Guild and giving my spiel for the Lobster Boil kickoff, I was lucky to find a spoonful or two of breakfast casserole and a bit of fruit to fill my plate. We are blessed to have so many enthusiastic parishioners, both long-timers and newcomers, coming to church on a regular basis.
The grounds around the church are also looking tidier, due to the hard work of several parishioners and a bunch of NIU volunteers. I am so grateful that people are pitching in to help keep our church looking good and operating smoothly, both indoors and outside. New compost and mulch has been added to the garden, and the gardeners are planning some work nights now that the asparagus has sprouted and the new raspberry plants look like they're going to bearing lots of berries. More hands are always welcome in the garden, so please talk with Jacob Maas or Linda Lorbach if you'd like to help.
We have another opportunity for fellowship and a bit of education regarding St. Paul's endowment this coming Sunday, May 6. Please plan to attend the Town Hall meeting following the 10:30 service. The Endowment Committee will be providing information on the history of the endowment, what it is, and how we can keep it going and growing. A light lunch will be served at the meeting.
Of course, I can't end before mentioning Lobster Boil on May 19. It is heartening to see folks signing up to help with the many jobs involved in a successful boil. If you haven't yet signed up to assist, please check the signup lists in the parish hall, and get involved - it's always a great day! We want to make the 50th Lobster Boil a memorable one, and we need all the help we can get. Spread the word, share flyers with your friends and neighbors and local businesses, and then come on out to work the boil and enjoy the after-party following the clean-up. I hope to see everybody there!

Freyja Rasmussen-Johns

From the Junior Warden

A few things I've been busy with...
  • Meetings in April:
    • 4/11 met with Rev. Ed, Pat, and Freyja
    • 4/15 Vestry meeting
    • 4/25 met with Rev. Ed
  • Attended a meeting of the search committee on 4/19 where we made adjustments to our parish profile recommended by the Diocese. It was sent back to them to be posted.
  • Helped coordinate the parish clean-up day on 4/21. Thanks to everyone who participated in a successful day.
  • The adult formation committee met on 4/19 and 4/26 to design an exciting formation schedule for the rest of the year. Call me at 630.485.0222 if you would like to join the committee.
  • I attended the Grace Place open house on 4/28
Check the website for the 
Treasurer's Report Summary
April Report with March 2018 Figures:

This report covers the month of March 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 March 2018
We have received $50,382 from 2018 pledges through the end of March which is 44% of the $115,063 budgeted. The total of all receipts through March was $52,480 which is 24% of the budgeted amount of $223,063.

Disbursements through March 2018
Total operating disbursements through March were $53,250 which is 24% of the budgeted amount of $223,063. In February, We spent ($8,136.22) more than we received. The total difference between receipts and disbursements through February was ($770.00) on the negative side

Capital Fund
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of March was $20,000 in CD's and $10,794.69 in the Money Market Fund totaling $30,795. We spent $149.95 for a computer hard drive. I moved $4,000 from the MM at Edward Jones to the Heartland Bank on March 14th. A CD for $10,000 came due on March 19, 2018. Which we requested Edw Jones to keep it in Money Market Funds rather than reinvesting it, since we may need the funds for Gutter Work or other improvements at the church. Another $10,000 CD comes due in May and we may decide to reinvest that one.

Endowment Fund
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of March was $2,120,568 a change in value from February of ($32,671.)The net increase in value for the year is $1,522. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance was $104,441 and 4% was $83,552. These numbers relate to the amount we take from the Endowment Fund for Operating Expenses. The end of March numbers reflect the volatility of the Stock Market. We have a net decrease in value for the year of ($1,522.) The Endowment Committee is planning a Town Hall Meeting with food on Sunday, May 6th, to enlighten Church members on the reason, history, importance, necessity and great things about the Endowment Fund.

Apache Stock -
There were 6.307 shares on deposit with the company in March. The stock was valued at $243 on March 31, 2018. The value has decreased ($23.30) since January 1, 2018, and currently on April 15 is almost at its beginning year value.

On March 31, 2018 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were:
Discretionary Fund $1,620.52; Flower Fund $1,795.72; Music Fund $2,005.00;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $27,186.15; Capital Fund $3,304.35, for a total of $39,535.64.

Respectfully submitted,
Pat Brown,   Treasurer
April 15, 2018
Music Ministries         

The St. Paul's Adult/Youth & Children's Choirs  are  preparing 
anthems  for remainder of Easter & the kick-off of Pentecost!

Easter Anthems 5/06 "TBD"
5/13 "Jubilate Deo" Michael Praetorius - The Children's Bell Choir
        " I'm goin'-a sing when the Spirit says sing" - The Children's Choir
        "Joyful!" Michael E. Ekbladh - The Adult/Youth/Children's Choirs           
Pentecost Anthems:
5/20   " I Will Sing with the Spirit " - John Rutter
         "Panis Angelicus" Thomas Pavlechko - Choir w/Organ

The Choirs will be off for the summer months of June, July and August. Please join us in September. Don't wait, if you enjoy the arts such as singing, playing an instrument, acting, dancing, drawing, as  well as, the art of oratory, please come and join our artistic work and fellowship! 

 Music in the Community

and Campus Strings  Present
Saturday, May 5th, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

There will be a free pre-concert 
lecture  in the Recital Hall at 6:30 p.m.
  • Escapade, by Jan Bach
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets, by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets, by Carl Roskott, orchestrated by Jan Bach
  • Mark Baldin and Michael Swope, trumpet soloists
  • Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Wow! Congratulations Jan! If you are free Saturday night, come join us in solidarity and celebration of; A DeKalb Artist, a member of St. Paul's Parish, a member of the St. Paul's Adult/Youth Choir (awesome bass voice!), and a wonderful person!

April Clean- Up at St. Paul's

Spring Clean-Up, inside and out, along with NIU Cares Day Students

Sharing some coffee and doughnuts with the
 members of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority 
before work begins outside
In the The Garden

With the the help of NIU students on NIU Cares Day, the garden is looking great and is ready for planting! Asparagus is springing up and the raspberry bushes are beginning to green. Jocelyn Prall reports that she and Rhys have planted peas, and will add a climbing fence once they start to come up.

Weekly garden gatherings start Tuesday, May 1st 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. We are collecting organic seeds in the Parish Hall in a designated basket through May 13th. Check what seeds are needed.

"Blessing of the Garden" will on May 20th after the 10:30 AM service.

Linda Lorbach has let us know that DuPage County has free wood chips available on May 19th from 8 AM to 1 PM at Blackwell Forest Preserve Nursery, 29W218 Mack Road in West Chicago. 
The nursery entrance is on the south side of Mack Road about 0.5 mile east of Route 59. For more information on the free wood chip pickup, call 630-876-5920 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Wood chips are a great natural way to add nutrients to your soil, keep soil moist and inhibit weeds," said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. "Reap the benefits of healthier soils and plants by using organic mulch in your landscaping." The District makes its own mulch from dead trees and tree and brush trimmings and uses it for trails and landscaping throughout the forest preserves. When it has more than it needs for a season, it makes the mulch available to the public. You have to bring your own container or pickup truck (it's for homeowners only). 

On May 2nd through June 1st, the Mayslake/Peabody Estate is having an exhibit on " The Art of Pollinators" Gain a better appreciation of pollinator powerhouses as you enjoy works by local artists at this exhibit co-hosted by the DuPage Monarch Project. Join a meet-the-artists reception May 7 at 6 p.m. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.
Christian Formation 

Ideas are in the works! The committee has met several times and more plans will come! Watch for more news.

Recognition Sunday - May 20th
Pentecost Sunday

At the services on May 20th, we will recognize all those who contribute during the program year to the ministry of St. Paul's. This will be final Choir program  and the last Children's Sunday School meeting for the program year until we begin again in the fall.

 We will also be recognizing members throughout the month for their dedication and servic
Rector Search

Dick Dowen, Chair of the Rector Search Committee, reports  "The announcement of our open Rector position has been posted to the Diocese website and is available for potential candidates to read. Applications are open until July 1. The Search Committee will be meeting with Father Victor Conrado of the Diocese to discuss guidelines for the interviews. All of the members of the Search Committee worked hard to make this happen."
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, May 6 , 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 May 13th, 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 June 2018  issue of the Proclaimer to the Parish office by May 20 , 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.  Flowers are not used on the altar during Lent, but dedications can still be made. 

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, May 16th, 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.
Give DeKalb County - Thursday, May 3rd

2018 is the 5th anniversary of Give DeKalb County-a 24-hour fundraising event designed to build community, encourage philanthropy, connect donors to nonprofits, promote collaboration, and raise awareness about the nonprofit sector. 

Donors of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to express their generosity on May 3, 2018. A bonus pool of funds raised from Community Partners ensures that every donation makes an even greater impact! Donating through Give DeKalb County is your opportunity to leverage  a dditional funds in support of nonprofits located in and/or serving DeKalb County, IL!

Ninety three organizations are hoping for support this Thursday (here's the complete list), including many that St. Paul's supports, such as Love INC and Safe Passage, plus many that St. Paul's members are part of. 
Food Pantry Reminders
On April 8th, 300 diapers, 39 food/personal items were collected. Year to date donations total 2785 items.Th anks to all parishioners who contributed to Food Pantry Sunday. The next Food Pantry Sunday will be May 13, 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
A nniversaries & Birthdays

May Birthdays
5/3                 Ellison McLane
5/3                 Hannah Buckle
5/11               Terry Dickow
5/12               Nan Mason
5/24               Jacob Maas 

April Anniversaries

5/7                  Dean and Lori Judkins
Activities & Events

5/1           Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM
5/6           10:30 AM Service
                11:30 AM Town Hall Meeting on Endowments
5/8           Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM
                 Search Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM
5/10          Organ Tuning, 10:00 AM
5/11          Adult Formation Meeting, 10:00 AM
5/12          Vestry Retreat
5/13          8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                 Celebrating the Ascension
5/16          OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
                 Children's Waiting Room, 3:00 PM
5/19          LOBSTER BOIL
5/20          8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                 Recognition Sunday and Blessing the Garden
                 Vestry Meeting, 
5/22          Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM
5/24          Deanery Meeting at St. Paul's, 10:30 AM
5/27          10:30 AM Service
5/29          Garden Meeting, 4:30 PM

Save the Date

5/19        LOBSTER BOIL!

   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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