News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                               May
From Mother Barbara
A pril, 2019
"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed as resting upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit ... (Acts 2.1-4)."

The Holy Spirit that Christ had promised to his disciples came on the day celebrated by liturgical churches as Pentecost (Jn 14.26, 15.26; Lk 24.49; Acts 1.5). As Christ had promised, his friends and followers received "power from on high," and so they began to preach and bear witness to Jesus as the risen Christ. 
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From Mo. Barbara
Lobster Boil
From the Senior Warden
Music Ministries
Treasurer's Report
April at St. Paul's
Lobster Boil Gifts
Book Club
Summer Retreat
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Mindfulness Meditation
Walk MS
Food Pantry Reminders
In Memoriam
An Invitation
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
      It is also the third of the three main feasts in the Church year beginning with the birth of Jesus, followed by his death and Resurrection (and Ascension,) followed on by Pentecost. Jesus is the featured star of those first two events. But then the spotlight turns on you and me. Pentecost features us, the followers of the Way (of Christ) now empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring God's good news to our hurting and broken world. This is OUR party-the birthday of the Church.

     But Pentecost is not just a celebration of something that happened centuries ago. It is the celebration of what must happen and does happen to us in the Church today. We all have died and risen with Christ Jesus, and we all have received his Holy Spirit. We are the "temples of the Holy Spirit." God's Spirit dwells in us (Rom 8; 1 Cor 2-3, 12; 2 Cor 3; Gal 5; Eph. 2-3). We, by our own membership in the Church, have received "the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" in the sacrament of Baptism. Pentecost is happening to us and through us right now.

      A beautiful old story tells of how Jesus, surrounded by the angels were asking about his work on earth. Jesus told them about his birth, life, preaching, death and resurrection, and how he had accomplished the salvation of the world. The angel Gabriel asked, "Well, now that you are back in heaven, what happens to your work on earth?"  Jesus said, "While I was on earth, I gathered a group of people around me who believed in me and loved me. They'll continue to spread the good news of the Kingdom and carry on the work, generation after generation." Gabriel was skeptical.  "You mean like Peter, who denied you three times and all the rest who ran away when you were crucified?  You mean to tell us-seriously-- that you left the likes of them to carry on your work?" 

     "Hmmm," said Gabriel. "So, what is plan B?  And what will you do if neither plan works? You put your whole life on the line here!"  Jesus said, "There is no other plan. My life is theirs now. This is it."

     So, this is what Pentecost is all about and why we need to celebrate it--it is a big deal! This is what our baptisms into the life, death and resurrection of Christ is all about. There is holy baptismal water always available in the sanctuary now. Maybe it would help with re-member-ing us to Christ's body and Christ's love for us and the world, by dipping into it to bless and commission ourselves on Sundays for his work in the world?

In Christ,
Lobster Boil

Save this Date! 
           Saturday, May 18, 2018
          Annual Lobster Boil #51

L obster Boil Basics
 St. Paul's has been running a Lobster Boil in May for over 50 years.  It is a big fundraising event for us: we give half of the profits to charity and half to the church.  It is also a fun way to spend an afternoon working with our church family towards a common goal.  And, we have many long term customers who enjoy eating fresh lobster while contributing to a worthy cause.
     We sell the lobsters in advance, through our website and through mail-in orders.  We buy the lobsters from a company located on the docks of Boston Massachusetts, and ship them by truck to DeKalb.  On the day of the Boil, we cook the lobsters in large tanks of boiling water, heated by liquid propane burners.  It is quite spectacular-flames often shoot out 4 feet or more.  Once cooked, the lobsters are carried to the tent, where they are put in individual bags.  The filled bags are then carried to the garage for distribution. 
     Our customers pick the lobsters up in our parking lot.  Our Traffic Team directs them up and around the circle driveway by the parish hall.  Then, our Runners, who are mostly children with some adult helpers, take their lobster tickets and bring them to the garage.  The Garage Team exchanges the tickets for bags of cooked lobsters, and the Runners bring them back to the cars. 
     We distribute live lobsters at 4 PM, and then cooked lobsters at 5, 6 and 7 PM.  After the last lobsters are distributed, we spend some time cleaning up and putting equipment away.  Then, we have a party in the parish hall and eat our own lobsters.  We also have a charcoal grill set up for those who would rather eat something else.  After the day's work, we are all tired and happy to celebrate.  
     So, please make plans to join us on Saturday May 18.  You can sign up in the parish hall for specific roles, or just show up and we will most certainly find a job for you.  And don't forget to order lobsters for yourselves!

The Lobster Boil Page is up and running on our website! 

Please contact Rick Johns  ( or talk to me at church. 
Thank you! Rick Johns

F rom the Senior Warden
April  2019

T his month we had executive meetings on 4/11 and 4/25. The Vestry meeting was delayed due to Easter. The full Vestry is meeting on 4/28.
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 Easter season so beautiful. Much hard work was put into it and it was another memorable Easter. The music was wonderful, as always. Thanks to the Stubblefields for the Easter egg hunt.
I am researching the possibility of getting the service times on our permanent sign out front. On the base of the sign there may be room.
Thanks to everyone who helped Rick make the cleanup day so successful. The parish grounds look very good. I will be checking into some addition ground maintenance ideas.
New Ministry Service planning team continues to work on the installation celebration for Mother Barbara which takes place on Tuesday, April 30th. These are exciting times for our parish, and we hope to make Bishop Lee's visit and Mother Barbara's installation a memorable event.
May Music Ministries
The St. Paul's Choirs were awesome for our Holy Week, Easter, and Celebration of A New Ministry Services! 

Watch for more pictures and a few video clips soon on our church website.
The choirs will be singing for worship services through Pentecost Sunday, June 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!
Music in Our Community

recital sept 2019

Save this date for your calendars!

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3 PM.

St. Paul's will be hosting an NIU student voice recital in the Fall.

Episcopal Church of St Paul  DeKalb, IL
April 2019 Treasurer's Report with figures for March 2019

This report covers the month of March 2019. 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 2019
We have received $53,614 from 2019 pledges through the end of March which is 46.25% of the $115,914 budgeted. The total of all receipts so far this year is $56,169 which is 22% of the $254,926 budgeted.
Disbursements through March 2019
Total operating disbursements through March were $74,466 which is 29% of the budgeted amount of $254,926. At the end of March we had received ($18,297) less than we spent. We have not taken any funds from the Endowment Allocation as yet but plan to do so next month for cash flow purposes.
Capital Fund - March 2019
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of March was $10,000 in a CD maturing May 17, 2019 and $6,158 in Money Market Funds for a total of $16,158. There is $7,200 left from a donation to be used by the Altar Guild in the Heartland Bank account. This is included in $11,825 of Capital Fund money we have in Heartland Bank to be used for Major Capital Items. In March we used $1,599 to purchase new Ovens for the Kitchen from Paulsen Appliances in Sycamore, and $750 for a ceiling repair in the Church Nave done by Ken Spears Construction.
Endowment Fund - March 2019
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of March was $2,099,991 a net change in value from January 1st of $168,285. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance on March 31st was $104,186 and 4% was $83,349. The Endowment Comm. continues to monitor the Endowment Fund and plans to meet with Matt Myre from Ed Jones several times during the year.
Apache Stock - There were 6.74 shares on deposit with the company valued at $230.09 on March 31, 2019. The value has increased $60 since December 31, 2018. This stock is a few reinvested shares leftover form a larger batch and we are planning to sell it soon.
On March 31, 2019 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were: Discretionary Fund $222.88; Flower Fund $1,930.93; Music Fund $1,026.25;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $18,603.46; Capital Fund $11,818.35, for a total of $37,225.77.
Respectfully submitted,
Pat Brown, Treasurer
April 28, 2019
Check the website for the 
Approved  March  Vestry Minutes
April at St. Paul's

Easter Sunday

Here are a few of the many pictures we have from April events. Watch for a slide show on the website for more!

Mother Barbara's Installation

Lobster Boil 
Distribution Event

The Women of St. Paul distributed proceeds from the 2018 Lobster Boil at a special reception April 23, 2019. Five local social service agencies received $500 for a total of $2500.

Hope Haven Homeless Shelter, represented by Karen Mantz
Safe Passage Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention, represented by Linnaea Erickson-   Laskowski & Kendall Baker
Voluntary Action Center, represented by Colleen Bredeson
The Children's Waiting Room, represented by Pat McMahon
Family Service Agency was unable to send a representative to the reception

Checks were presented to the charities by Freyja Rasmussen-Johns, Peg Newby, Jocelyn Prall and Donna deOliveira. Pat Brown and Maureen Gerrity also attended. Cliff Cleland was our photographer. This year's Lobster Boil will be held Saturday, May 18. Half of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Maureen Gerrity
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.
We are in the process of arranging a schedule for June, July, and August. We have been meeting from 5:30 - 7:00 P.M. 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. 
Donna de Oliveira
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

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 5, 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 May 12, 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 19, 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.
Mindfulness Meditation

A new group has been forming for Mindful Meditation with Mother Barbara, offering guidance in mindfulness meditation.   We meet on Fridays at noon in the Sanctuary. Each session will be a little less than an hour in duration.  We will primarily focus the meditation on our breath, which is God's first and lifelong gift to us.  Mindfulness meditation practice offers a strong foundation for contemplative prayer, too.
Walk MS

Terry Dickow participated in the St. Charles MS Walk Sunday, May 6.  He was joined by his daughter and son in law, Emily and John Whitaker.  Walking as Jackie's Jokers, the team has raised over $800 to help in finding a cure for MS.  If you would like to donate, you can visit this website:
You can also mail donations to  this address:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society                            
525 W. Monroe, Ste. 1510     
Chicago, IL 60661   
Please put Jackie's Jokers in  the memo line of your check.
Food Pantry Reminders
The next Food Pantry Sunday will be May 12 , 2019 . Donations for April included 27 food/personal items, 354 diapers, and 72 baby wipes, for a year to date total of 3734 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
In Memoriam

Our sister in Christ, Joan Graham, passed into the greater life in God at her home on May 2nd.   We ask your prayers for Joan's grieving friends and family. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 9th at Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb, 310 Oak Street, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  A Celebration of Life for Joan will be held at on Friday, May 10th, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul's, immediately followed by interment at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb  .

Condolences and memorials may be made through the Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb. 

Services were held on Friday, May 3rd, at 1:30 PM at St. Paul's, for our sister in Christ, Averil Schreiber, who passed away at OakCrest on April 2nd. Condolences and memorials may be made through Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. Another Celebration of Life Service will be held at OakCrest on Saturday, May11th, at 11:00 AM.
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

May Birthdays

5/4                 Hannah Buckle
5/11               Terry Dickow
5/12               Nan Mason
5/24               Jacob Maas

May Anniversaries

5/7                Lori and Dean Judkins

Activities & Events

05/02         Book Club, 5:30 PM
                  Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
05/03         Organ Tuning, 12 PM
                  Recital, 7:30 PM
05/04         Funeral, 12:00 PM
05/05         8:00 AM and  10:30 AM Services
                  KidsHopeUSA Meeting at 9:15 AM
05/09         Choir Practise, 7:00 PM
05/10         Funeral, 10:00 AM
05/12         8:00 AM  and 10:30 AM Services
05/17         Mindfulness Meditation, Noon
05/18         LOBSTER BOIL!
05/19         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                  Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
05/26         8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
05/27         Parish Office closed
05/31         Movie Night, 6:00 PM

   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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