News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church November 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I’ve begun reading a book with an intriguing title by a Quaker pastor, Philip Gulley. It’s titled, “If the Church Were Christian.” 


He offers a personal story in which a woman phoned him to ask if he’d officiate at her wedding, hastily adding the fact that she was a Christian. So he asked what church she attended. “I’ve never really gone to church,” she said. He responded by asking, “Did you mean to say that Jesus is your Savior? “I don’t think so,” she replied. Now curious, he asked, “What do you mean, then, when you say you’re a Christian?” “I guess what I meant is that my grandmother goes to church and I grew up in America.” Gulley summarizes, “The criteria for Christian faith now seems to be this: if I say I am a Christian, I am.” 
    His idea of what the Church would be like if it were actually Christian, is for openers, that Jesus would be a model for living rather than merely an object of worship. 1

    It seems to me that he makes a good point. While Jesus is certainly worthy of our devotion and worship, if he only remains for us an “object” of worship—we depersonalize him by objectifying him. But if we are truly followers, then we will love him by developing our relationship with him. Our devotion will lead us into ever deepening relationship with the living Christ. The “Journeying the Way of Love” covenant suggested by Bishop Michael Curry, and engaging in the seven practices that encompass the Way—to Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest are a careful means of coming to live a life like Jesus’ own.

    So, for the season of Advent, those interested will be journeying along that way by exploring the first two chapters of the Gospel as Luke, as we await the coming of Christ. Luke’s gospel provides a pattern for understanding how we can live the Way of Love as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. We’ll do this through Adult Formation at 9 AM Sundays.
And if it seems worthwhile to you, we will continue through small group formation along into the New Year to continue the discussion and keep learning how to live in this world as he would have us.

    None of this is exactly new, I know.

    There is a wise saying that goes, “In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few.” The point is that if we come at our faith believing we have it all figured out, that we are “experts,” we will miss new possibilities, new insights into our relationship with God.

    My hope for all of us is that we come to embrace Jesus’ Way with the mind of a beginner.  "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (MT 18:3)  

Yours in Christ,

1 Gulley, Philip. If the Church Were Christian . HarperOne. Kindle Edition
November 3rd

Come with the names of the saints who have been in your lives, where we will celebrate and honor them. Experience sacred liturgy, with holy communion at the altar.

Hear a thoughtful sermon connected to your lives and to the day. Sing wonderful hymns, accompanied by organ and piano, and hear beautiful choral music. All Saints Day is both solemn and joyful. Come.
All Saints Day decorating will be happening this Saturday, November 2 ,
at 10 AM in the Parish Hall. Please write the names of your saints on strips of paper and help hang them for display in the Nave. We'll keep them up through November until Thanksgiving, so if you want to add names throughout the month, we'll make sure they are included on the display. This means any of your loved ones,  including beloved pet companions. If you can't come this Saturday, you can send the names you would like to be remembered to the Parish Office,
We had a vestry meeting on 10/20/19 and covered operation issues. We are reviewing some security options for our parish. Rick and Rhys installed more security locks on the parish rectory fence gates. We are checking other things we may want to implement in the future.

Mother Barbara and Maureen are working on the stewardship drive for next year. This is a big job and I want to thank both of them for their hard work.

We also discussed the implementation of this year's seasonal programs. We will have another beautiful season, thanks to all our volunteers.

Mother Barbara and others are looking at our sound system and will be reviewing options going forward.

On November the 3 rd we will be holding a welcome meal for new members of the parish.

Kids Hope USA started up on Wednesday, 10/2/19, and a new volunteer, Peggy Anderson, started today. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who have made this commitment for the 2019-2020 school year. Please keep Sandra Lee, Brad and Rebecca Smith, Peggy Anderson, Jocelyn Prall, and the Kombrinks in your prayers, as well as the students, teachers and staff at
Lincoln Elementary School.

Marv Kombrink
"Gracious and loving God, giver of all that is good and true and beautiful and life-giving: These offerings represent our sweat, they represent our lives, they represent our dreams.

The pledges which we make here are but tokens of the awesome gifts that have been given to us and they are pledged in thanksgiving for all that we have received, for all we have been inspired to be, for all we are challenged to become, at St. Paul’s."

Please watch for the stewardship letter and pledge form that will come in the mail shortly. We will ingather pledges on the Sunday of November 24th.

The Treasurer's Report with figures for September 2019 will be available on the website soon.
The latest approved Vestry Minutes, for the September 15, 2019 meeting, are now posted on the bulletin board near the Parish Office.

They also are available on the church website on the Vestry page.
adultchoir Sept2019

St. Paul's Awesome
Adult/Youth and
Children's Choirs, and
Instrumentalists, are
preparing beautiful music
to share with you in
worship for the remainder
of Pentecost and Advent!
Come join us in Song!
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AdultChoir Sept2019
All Saints Sunday, November 3rd, "Gaudent in Coelis" by Richard Dering.
Christ the King Sunday, November 24th, "Praise to Him" by G. F. Handel.
Braden Graham, Clarinetist
Lynne Jacobson,
Alto Recorder
and Wild Blue Ukulele Orchestra
Present Unclouded Days !

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7 PM 
Paul Marchese, Director
First Lutheran Church, 
324 N 3rd St, DeKalb, IL 60115
The series that began on Sunday, October 20th with "The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring " by Parker J. Palmer will continue through Sundays in November at 9:00 AM in the Conference Room.

"The Active Life is Parker J. Palmer's deep and graceful exploration of a spirituality for the busy, sometimes frenetic lives many of us lead. Telling evocative stories from a variety of religious traditions, including Taoist, Jewish, and Christian, Palmer shows that the spiritual life does not mean abandoning the world but engaging it more deeply through life-giving action. He celebrates both the problems and potentials of the active life, revealing how much they have to teach us about ourselves, the world, and God."
Devotional Booklets for Living Well Through Advent from Living Compass will be available in the Sanctuary and Parish Hall this month and next.

This Advent season Living Compass is also happy to be offering their daily email devotional to your email address. You will receive twenty-three daily emails, one for each day of Advent, plus Christmas. The emails will begin on the first day of Advent, Sunday, December 1, 2019. If at any point you no longer want to receive the emails, you can unsubscribe at any time.

Go to to find out the different programs Living Compass offers for Advent this year.
Just in time to shopping and learning, the Craft and Hobby Show will be held in the Parish Hall on November 24 th this year. This annual event displays the craft and hobby interests of the parish. Some parishioners offer items for sale, some display their hobbies, some parishioners offer home made goodies to be sold for local charities. Wherever you fit into this scheme you are welcome to display. In the past, the show has featured photos, antiques, model railroads, travel photos and souvenirs, cookies, pottery, doll collections, postcard collections and jewelry. To enter – apply to Betsy Pool at or find her at the 8:00 AM service in November to reserve space. 
The garden has been put to bed for the winter! Come take a look.

Gardens are important in the Christian faith....think of all the signficant events that occur in the Bible in gardens!  Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden ,of course, comes to mind. And then, we cannot ignore the significance of the Garden of Gethsemene during the final days of Jesus's life.  These two stories are key to understanding how important gardens are to our spiritual life. The Garden of Eden represents life itself, abundance, and pleasure, but then also we learn responsibility and the lesson of human errors in judgment. Turning to Gethsemene, we see another side to a garden: the place of quiet meditation, of prayer, of darkness, death, and the hope of resurrection.

Our Thrive Garden gives us the joy of new life, of providing life-sustaining healthful foods to those who may not otherwise have it. Then, at this time of year, we get to experience the quiet meditative work of cleaning our beds and preparing them for a winter's rest and the promise of spring when we once more begin the cycle again.

Our last garden harvests included broccoli, beets, lettuce, chives, parsley, and spinach. After which, on Saturday, October 24 and 25, six gardeners began the process of putting our vegetable garden to bed for the winter months. We celebrated with hot cross buns, cheese, apples and apple cider from a local farm and began to plan, already, for our 2020 garden season. Heidi, Rebecca, Brad, Linda, Chris, and Jocelyn with some help from Jacob and Kris worked the garden bed and provided harvests to local food pantries.

When you take your St. Paul's garden tour, be sure to witness two very special new beds this year. First Mary Short has done a marvelous flower garden project in front of the church growing a variety of cutting flowers to enjoy. She also created a quiet space with a bistro table and chairs and coffee mugs for anyone who just wanted to sit, share time with a friend, and observe the beauty of the flowers, the bees and butterflies that were with us all summer and into the fall.  Now, that garden is dormant as well but will thrive again in the spring!

Secondly, Rhys, Rick, and Brad have all worked to build supports and a fence to project our developing raspberry bed. Jacob and Kris planted 28 raspberry plants two years ago, and this year, Chris and Kathy (community members who join us in gardening) redug them and cleared weeds. Our crop this year did not happen due to the invasion of last winter's deer who found food and shelter in our unfenced bed. This year, we now have a fence for protection and are mulching the surviving plants with hay hoping for a good bearing season next year.

Thank you to all who contributed to our gardening efforts. May you all enjoy the fruits of our harvests and the gardens that surround us. And may you all consider seriously the ways you can both support and enjoy our special garden's next year. Asparagus will be here before you know it!

Kris Borre
The Reverend Brian Prall, son of Jocelyn and Rhys Prall, was installed as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend Jeffrey Lee in Freeport IL on October 17.

Pat Brown put in a busy day as a timer at the Altrusa Spelling Bee, raising funds for literacy scholarships and grants.

The 2019 Annual Bonfire held on October 25 was well attended with 20 adults and 7 children.  Mother Barbara led a lovely Tree Blessing at 6pm for the new Red Maple planted in August.  Afterwards, folks enjoyed chili and other soups. They roasted hot dogs on the fire and then, roasted marshmallows for Smores.  Folks brought lawn chairs, dressed warmly, enjoy fellowship until around 7:30/8:00 p.m..   Please let Barbara or Jennie know
 if you have ideas for next year that can be incorporated.  
Thank you to all those that helped and all those that attended this year.

All St. Paul’s Readers.   

When:  Friday November 15, at 5:30 P.M. 

What:  Discussion of the short essay:   "God Is the Color of Suffering"  by James Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City from:  The Changing Face of God, edited by Frederick Schmidt (2000)

Where:  home of Donna de Oliveira,
1413 Reserve Ln, DeKalb, IL 60115
ALL  are welcome to join the discussion surrounding how we think about God
St. Paul's will again join the Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Basket Program this year. The list for suggested food donations will be in the Parish Hall or click on the text link below. Please leave food donations by Sunday, November 17th so they can be delivered that week. You can also sponsor a family by making a $30 donation directly to the Salvation Army, PO Box 443, DeKalb IL 60115. Please note in the memo line that it is for the Community Thanksgiving Meal.
Grace Place NIU Campus Ministry is located at the corner of Normal and Lucinda. On Tuesday evenings they share a fellowship meal at 6:00pm followed by worship time. St. Paul’s has provided the meal once or twice a semester for several years. This involves a team of 4 to 5 people. Each person on the team prepares a portion of the meal at home (or buys their contribution) and the food is delivered by 5:30 by one or more of the team members. Because the meal starts at 6:00, we usually set up the food when we arrive and have it ready to go. The students take care of the rest. We have always been invited to stay for the meal and worship, but it is not expected. 

St. Paul’s is signed up to provide the meal on Tuesday, November 12 th .  Anyone interested in participating in this outreach ministry to our NIU family, please see Jocelyn Prall or Jennie Cummings. 
A new sign-up sheet is on the table in Parish Hall. This sheet covers November events through Epiphany. Please take a look at it so you are aware of what’s coming up, and consider how you can be a part of the fun and outreach.

Coffee hour fellowship hosts are always needed. Again, please take a look at the sign-up sheet (on the bulletin board) and do what you can. Remember, there are funds available for reimbursement of your costs. Reimbursement forms are on top of the mailboxes by the offices.

Information on events is always in the Sunday bulletin and our weekly email blast. Be sure to look for it!
Thank you! Peg N. & Jennie C.
On the third Wednesday of each month there is an Episcopal Service of Holy Communion in the OakCrest Chapel. Mother Barbara Wilson of St. Paul's and Father Georges Jalouf of St. Peter's conduct this service on alternate months. On November 20th, Father Georges will be officiating.
Season 2 of The Episcopal Church’s  podcast  The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, continues with new episodes every Tuesday through November 5. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.
Each episode of Season 2 focuses on one of the seven  Way of Love Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life : turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest, with a focus on living these practices every day. Listeners will first hear from Bishop Curry, usually in conversation with a colleague. Faith leaders from around the country will then consider questions about what faith practices might look like outside of church as well as what it may look like to follow Jesus in a diverse and increasingly secular culture.

You can listen to Bishop Curry's podcast The Way of Love through any podcast portal you have.
The Rector's Discretionary Fund Collection

First Sunday of the month, November 3rd.

Donations allow us to assist people in need in our community.
Food Pantry Collection Sunday will be November 10th, but you can bring items throughout the month .

Donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry for October were 37 food/personal items, 92 diapers, 1040 wipes, for a year to date total of 6494 items.
Activities & Events

11/2 Saturday
10:00 AM All Saints Day Preparation

11/3 Sunday     
8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services 
Rectors Discretionary Fund
9:00 AM Adult Formation
11:30 AM Newcomers Welcome Brunch

11/7 Thursday
6:00 PM Children's Choir
7:00 PM Adult/Youth Choir

11/10 Sunday
8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
Food Pantry Donations
9:00 AM Adult Formation

11/12 Grace Place Meal
5:30 PM Deliver to Grace Place

11/14 Thursday
6:00 PM Children's Choir
7:00 PM Adult/Youth Choir  

11/15 Friday
5:30 PM Book Club Meeting
De Oliveira Residence

11/17 Sunday
8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services 
9:00 AM Adult Formation 
12:00 PM Vestry Meeting
Thanksgiving Baskets for Salvation Army

11/19 Tuesday
6:00 PM DeKalb Tenants Association

11/21 Thursday
6:00 PM Children's Choir
7:00 PM Adult/Youth Choir  

11/22-23 Friday/Saturday
Diocesan Convention

11/24 Sunday 
8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Services with Healing Liturgy
11:30 AM Hobby Show

11/28 Thursday
Thanksgiving (office closed)
No Choir Practice

November Birthdays and Anniversaries
November Anniversaries

11/12/10     Lonnie/Gail Piper

November Birthdays

11/3        Clifford Cleland
11/3        George Nenonen
11/3        Jennifer Sitzes
11/6       Sandra Lee
11/8        Liam Stubblefield
11/10      Kathleen Johnson
11/11      Jacqueline Mounts
11/13      Lori Judkins
11/23      Dean Judkins
11/27      Brittany Altepeter
11/28      Marv Kombrink


St. Paul's Episcopal Church Contact Information
900 Normal Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115 
Parish Office: (815) 756-4888 
The Rev. Barbara A.T Wilson, Rector