ews from St. Paul's Episcopal Church October
From the Rev. Ed
First of all, where has 2018 gone?
Meanwhile, October continues with Jesus telling us the last will be first. Then on the last Sunday Jesus heals the blind man whom people tried to silence. And we find ourselves on all Hallow's Eve preparing by vigil for All Saints' Day (that is, Halloween is actually Christian, at least in its original intention as a vigil for All Saints' Day!)
It seems Jesus calls us to a blurry vision of sorts. At least as it relates to earthly ideas where your merits as a doer and an actor in the world are evaluated: The last are first; the least are the finest; the lost are really found. Having a Godly view of who has value in God's eyes, in God's community, in God's Kin-dom (rather than a monarchial kingdom, it's more a family, right?) means we have to reevaluate merit and value in the world we live in. Perhaps we should have a blurry vision about that earthly merit until we get a clear vision of true merit and value as God sees it. The last are truly first. No one of us is of any less value in heaven because of our status on earth; in fact, the opposite may be true or at least merits consideration.
Hence the man who is blind tells our God in Christ, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus requires the man to TELL him what he wants; then Jesus says, "Go; your faith has made you well." It was as if the mans awareness of his bad or blurred or no vision, and his asking of God for help, was all that needed to happen, and once Jesus told him so, he was ready. "Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way." I do believe in literal miracles (although that is a longer conversation); and I believe that in this story, the metaphorical miracle holds perfectly well. The man realized he was blind, and I think it says more that he recognized he was unable to see people as God saw them, that he still perhaps evaluated people, and evaluated them on their earthly merits. This could have been any and even all forms of social standing. And he regained his true spiritual sight; he followed Jesus on the way (which by the way was what the early Church, before splitting from Judaism for example, was called: The Way.) I believe he began to see that the last truly are first, as we said in grade school, "in God's way."
And the way, the path, the journey, life itself, the communion of all the saints (that is the people of the Church, those of us on the way) does not end at death. That line too is blurred. The veil between heaven and earth is truly thin. That is especially knowable to us when we trust God more. And so the last in line being first, or the line becoming a circle, and the realm of this world being heavily pregnant with the presence of God and the divine world, all of that is simple and true, and evidently so when we are able to take a small stutter step of trust toward, and with, God.
May our October be filled with blurred earthly vision as we see how close we all are to one another, separated neither from God nor each other by, as our patron Saint, Paul, wrote: For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." [Romans 8:38-39] Nothing at all, lest we forget from time to time that we are blind without God.
10TH ANNUAL PET BLESSING
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th,
Join us for the Annual Pet Blessing on the front lawn on Sunday, October 7th at 1:00 P.M. We invite the community to bring pets of all sorts, on leashes or in crates - or pictures of pets if they can't travel.
See St. Paul's
for the list of hoped
From the Senior Warden
I always get a bit of a thrill when we can finally feel that little nip in the air and it actually starts to feel like fall. There are beautiful colors everywhere, farm markets are selling pumpkins and mums, and the level of activity and involvement at St. Paul's continues to mount. There is so much going on around here, it's hard to know where to begin. The choir has started back up and we're in full swing with Thursday night rehearsals at 7:00 and joyous anthem singing on Sunday mornings. Lorraine is always happy to welcome new singers!
On Friday, September 21, we christened our new big screen audio/visual system with a highly successful Movie Night. Even though I was unable to participate, I have heard from several attendees that it was a highly-attended (nearly 40 people), thoroughly family-fun event complete with a double-feature, pizza, pop, popcorn and "pieces of Reeses". Please share your ideas for our Movie Night next month with Pam Kombrink, Maureen Gerrity, or any vestry member - we'd love to get your input. And, if you feel inclined to help offset the cost of this wonderful new A/V asset, one way you may easily do so is by visiting our website and clicking on "Giving/Donations" and then scrolling down to "Parish Hall Upgrades."
Adult Formation will also be starting a new program beginning on Wednesday, October 3, at 6:30 with "Episcopal 101." We're trying a new format this year with Wednesday evening sessions. If you'd prefer to meet on Sunday mornings, the session will be basically repeated at 9:00 a.m., starting on October 14th.
All pet lovers should plan to bring their pets to our annual Pet Blessing taking place at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, when Rev. Heidi Haverkamp will be officiating and blessing our dogs, cats, birds, or whatever type of pet you have. If your pet isn't comfortable traveling, you can bring a picture for a blessing. We have lots of flyers that can be put up around town - please take a handful and distribute them to local businesses and friends. We want to spread the word to everyone. Talk to Mechelle Goodenough if you'd like to help or have questions.
If this isn't enough for you, there are also plans in the works for the Children's Pumpkin Decorating Party, Crop Walk, Movie Nights in October and November, the St. Nicholas party, the Blue Christmas reception and the Children's Christmas Party. Maureen Gerrity will have a signup sheet available in the Parish Hall. Please consider helping to coordinate an event or two. It takes teamwork to keep St. Paul's humming, and getting involved with activities is a great way to get to know your fellow St. Paul's family members better.
From the Junior Warden
- Attended Vestry meeting on 9/16
- Attended the Vestry Executive meeting on 9/12 and 9/26
- Church Maintenance program
- Door numbers to be installed on the outside doors for location in case of an emergency. Researching the best material and discussing with the building and grounds folks. Checked with the city and they must be at least 4" tall.
- I am getting an estimate from Askland tree service to have the trees and bushes trimmed. If anyone has any other service provider that you would recommend, please let me know. Once this is completed, we will try to maintain in the future.
- We need to have the mulch beds, and playground de-weeded and mulched. Vestry decided not to use Round UP because of the recent findings, so we are exploring other alternatives before we install mulch.
- We plan to have another parish cleanup day this fall.
- The uneven concrete issues that are a safety trip hazard on the sidewalks have been addressed. We got an estimate for mud jacking which will solve the issue. We have begun the work on this. Rev Ed has secured a donor for this cost.
- We got two estimates for pest extermination and have gone with the lowest, and the first of two yearly applications have been applied.
- Emergency Plans
- I have been working on coming up with an emergency plan for fire and violent acts. I have contacted the fire department, and they are advising me on how to draft a procedure.
- We are addressing a plan for getting some people in our parish CPR certified. If you are certified or would like to be, please let me know. The Vestry has approved the cost of certification which is $35. I will be organizing this in the coming months. This includes the use of our defibrillator.
- I am a liaison to the Vestry on the search committee. I have attended the various function as the prospective rectors visited us.
What's not to love about a multi generational choir?
The combined choirs at St. Paul's (Adult/Youth/Children)
sang a joyous Michael Praetorius "We Will Praise You"
filling up the St. Paul's Sanctuary on September 23!
All are welcome to come and sing with us!
The Adult/Youth Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7 PM.
The Children's Choir rehearsals resume at the end of October. All Children are invited to join the Adult/Youth Choir rehearsals.
Sunday morning anthem warmup is at 10:15 AM.
Wednesdays 6:30 PM and
Sundays 9:00 AM
October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
October 14th, 21st, 28th
Father Ed Bird will illuminate the thinking, sayings and doings of the Episcopal Church on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings this October. Titled "Episcopal 101", topics include King Henry VIII, Gene Robinson, Open Communion, Mother Mary, the ViaMedia, the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1888, and the 1552 Book of Common Prayer.
Each class session will be held in the Parish Hall at St. Paul's on Wednesdays, beginning October 3rd from, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and repeated on Sundays beginning October 14th from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. No signup required, and the program is open to the community.
Ted Talks begin in November!
Sundays: November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - at 9:00 AM
Wednesdays: November ????
The Book Group will meet on Thursday, October 18
at 5:30 PM
in the Conference Room
Fellowship - September Movie Night
St. Paul's First Family Movie Night was Awesome!
We had many family and friends join in the fun! Attendance of 40 included 25 adults and 15 children.
We watched "Leap!" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"
while enjoying snacks (pizza, popcorn, pop)!
What would you like to see next?
When is a good movie night and time?
Send your thoughts to the parish office
Stay tuned in for October's Family Movie Night. Actual picture from September's movie night : )
Fellowship - October Movie Night - All are Welcome!
Join us for St. Paul's Family & Friends Movie Night!
Friday, October 26, 5 PM "Coco" and 7 PM "Marley and Me"
Coco - 5 PM
(1 Hour 45 Minutes)
Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, 12 year old Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
This movie has a huge heart...compassion for strangers, for outsiders, for those different from you, but here it turns that on its head and zeroes in on compassion for your own family.
Marley is a yellow lab adopted by John Grogan (Owen Wilson), a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife (Jennifer Aniston). Their idea was to give them a taste of parenthood, but the dog proved to be a hyperactive handful.
He wreaks havoc, gets kicked out of obedience school and gets even worse when the children begin to arrive, yet becomes an indispensable part of the family. An adaptation of John Grogan's bestselling memoir about an incorrigible Labrador retriever.
What would you like to see next?
When is a good movie night and time?
Parish Hall Audio/Video System
St. Paul's now has a more reliable Phone, Internet, and an added TV system that greatly enhances and supports our office and parish hall equipment! These upgrades also offer us more programming opportunities to enhance our worship services, as well as, educational, community and fellowship activities.
The Parish Hall System Includes:
- Comcast (Cable TV)
- Sony TV 85" Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
- Sonos Wireless Sound System (5.1 Speakers)
- Apple TV (Streams in applications).
- Sony DVD 4K Player (DVD, CD's, USB JPEG)
- Inputs (4 HDMI, 3 USB) connects devices such as computers, flash drives.
- Applications: St. Paul's subscribes to Netflix, YouTube, Ted Talks, Etc.
September Mars Hill Treasurer's Report with figures for August 2018
St Paul's Episcopal Church, DeKalb, IL 60115
This report covers the month of August 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 August 2018
We have received $86,235 from 2018 pledges through the end of August which is 75% of the $115,063 budgeted. The total of all receipts through August is $162,391which is 73% of the budgeted amount of $223,063.
Disbursements through August 2018
Total operating disbursements through August were $144,975 which is 65% of the budgeted amount of $223,063. At the end of August we had received $17,416 more than we spent. We have taken $70,000 from the Endowment Fund for operations which is helping the cash flow. Total receipts are at 75%, Disbursements at 65%.
Capital Fund - August 2018
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of August was $10,000 in a CD maturing May 17, 2019 and $20,986 in Money Market Funds for a total of $30,986. We have kept matured CD's in Money Market Funds so they will be available for future repairs on the roof and other possible capital expenses. We also received an Insurance reimbursement in April of $8,536 for the gutter damage. We have used $4,200 for a down payment for the Pinkston Tadd roof work which will begin in August. We are waiting for the final figures on the gutter repair/fix and will move funds to the Heartland account when needed. We collected $2,040 in July and $545.68 in August for the ATV project.
Endowment Fund - August 2018
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of August was $2,158,739, an increase in value from January of $117,460. The net increase in value for the year is $35,059 which includes $70,000 withdrawn for operating expenses. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance on August 31 was $106,271 and 4% was $85,017. These numbers relate to the amount we take from the Endowment Fund for Operating Expenses. The Endowment Committee continues to monitor the Endowment Fund.
Apache Stock - There were 6.380 shares on deposit with the company valued at $280 on August 31, 2018. We received a dividend of $1.59 on August 22, - .037 of a share. The value has increased $10.48 since January 1, 2018. Dividends YTD equal $4.74.
have received $79,083 from 2018 pledges through the end of July which is 69% of the $115,063 budgeted. The total of all receipts through July is $154,414 which is 69% of the budgeted amount of $223,063.
On August 31, 2018 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were: Discretionary Fund $318.02; Flower Fund $1,589.14; Music Fund $2,005.00;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $45,371.50; Capital Fund $586.30, which includes insurance, for a total of $53,493.86.
August 28, 2018
Weekly garden gatherings continue on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM to weed, plant, water, harvest and have fellowship. Of course, any gardener can come at any time to help with the caretaking.
We will continue harvest until the garden naturally is frosted out, probably until October 20th or so....We have just planted some fall greens and we will have brussels sprouts, broccoli, collards, kale and winter squash to harvest through the end of Oct at least.
Today I delivered wax beans, green beans, tomatoes, and broccoli from St. Pauls and cucumbers and collards from my own garden to Salem Pantry. All of the green beans (almost 2 lbs) were scooped up by a family on their way out the door at 9 am. All my collards (two big bags) and the two bunches of broccoli were snagged within 5 minutes as were tomatoes. I picked yesterday PM. Thanks to Jacob for planting!!! Just in time for rain!
Note: the tomatoes are looking so bad primarily due to lack of watering.....just to note for next year. Some level of irrigation is needed for hot dry weather, especially for squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes.....their quality and quantity is reduced when water is not adequate. The yellow squash has about 6 or 7 5 inch fruits right now and can be harvested tomorrow or as soon after as possible for maximum tenderness. Tomatoes still need picking (cherry size) and some peppers will be ready in a week. Butternut squash that is hard and yellow/cream colored can be harvested selectively for donation. Cukes are almost done.
The pantries clearly need and want our produce so if the group has the energy and time, I would recommend harvesting and giving as much as possible.
Bread for the World came out with a new report highlighting that 2017 brought new records for the food insecure throughout the world. Today, over 11% of the world's population is food insecure. In our own community approximately 20% of school aged families are food insecure. The levels for elderly have not been measured but are probably this high if not higher.
All of the pantries celebrate our giving fresh produce. Please note that a new food pantry is being established at West Elementary, Sycamore, to meet the needs of school children's families. It will open in October.
Thank you all for your hard work and devotion.
The garden meetings will continue on Tuesday mornings through October.
In August, there was a coffee hour that featured dishes made with garden produce. One of the favorites was this dip made by Sandra Lee, and she has provided the recipe for everyone.
I served it at coffee hour today and several people requested the recipe and asked that it be in the newsletter. I doubled the spices listed here.
Moroccan Carrot Dip
from the New York Times
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds carrots (about 12), peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ teaspoon ground coriander
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ teaspoon ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon chili powder
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅓ cup water
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the carrots and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until they begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, coriander, cumin, ginger, chili powder and cinnamon and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
Off the heat, mash the carrots with a potato masher, leaving a few coarse pieces for texture. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and vinegar. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until the dip is chilled, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the cilantro before serving.
Celebration of Holy Eucharist
at Oak Crest,
Wednesday, October 17, 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.
for Victims of
When we see images of people suffering, we want to do something to help. Of course we do. As Christians, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and never more so than in times of crisis.
This may still leave you wondering: How can I help?
Now is the time to offer financial support. Contributing to
Episcopal Relief & Development
will ensure that we have enough resources to support the work of our church partners as they serve the most vulnerable in their communities. They are best positioned to assess needs and timing for response efforts.
One of the immediate ways Episcopal Relief & Development and our partners help individuals is by handing out gift cards to local stores so that people can choose what they need the most. It not only affords people dignity but it also helps stimulate the local economy, which needs to recover post-disaster.
The best approach is to wait until those affected have indicated what kind of support is most needed and whether they are ready to house and utilize volunteers. Inserting ourselves at the appropriate time alleviates additional stress and complications that can actually make things worse. If you think you would like to volunteer please register with
Episcopal Relief & Development Ready to Serve database.
This list of volunteers will be shared with the impacted dioceses once they are ready to use and support volunteers. They will contact you if and when they need help.
My firm recommendation is don't do it. Piles of discarded clothing in parking lots after Hurricane Katrina and SuperStorm Sandy teach us not to send clothes or shoes or things. After major disasters, diocesan staff have limited capacity to receive, store or distribute donated goods. Here's a great article about the challenges of communities receiving donated goods:
As a reminder, September is National Preparedness Month. If were not impacted directly by Hurricane Florence, now is a great opportunity for you and your loved ones to prepare for disasters. Check out these helpful resources and tips:
. You can select 1 or 2 things to do each week
By the end of the month, you will feel less anxiety and more prepared to face a sudden disaster or event.
An effective response requires us to discern what is most helpful and appropriate at any given time. Let's continue to hold those directly impacted in our hearts and
throughout their recovery, long after the media images fade.
Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs
at Episcopal Relief & Development
November 16th and 17th
The 181st Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago will be held Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at the
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
in Lombard. St. Paul's delegates are Father Ed Bird, Freyja Rasmussen-Johns, Marv Kombrink, Jennie Cummings, and alternate Bill Cummings.
Ray Suarez, a prominent journalist, author and lifelong Episcopalian will give the keynote address at the Diocese of Chicago's annual convention.
He will discuss a rapidly approaching tipping point--the year 2044, when demographers predict that a majority of Americans will be members of minority groups--and what it means for the church.
"It's going to have a tremendous bearing on the future of The Episcopal Church," says Suarez . "What kind of church do we want to be? If we, as a church, are successful in speaking to that new American mix, we'll be one kind of church. If not, we'll be on life support by the end of the 21st century."
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, October 7,
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 October 14, 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 October 2018
issue of the Proclaimer to the Parish office by October 21
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 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.
Sondra King Memorial
Crop Walk - Sunday October 14
This year's Crop Walk will set off from the First Congregational UCC Church, 617 N. First Street in DeKalb and starts with registration from 2:00-3:00 PM on Sunday October 14th. The walk steps off at 3:00 PM. There is a four mile walk that will go north on First Street to Hillcrest to Normal Road to Lincoln Highway to First Street, and a "Golden Mile" walk that will follow the river walk for a bit and wind back to First Congregational.
St. Paul's will be a designated rest stop for the four mile walk and will provide water, bathrooms and a staffed table for water and directions out by the sidewalk. Please check with Henry Leonard or Rick Johns to help on the day of the walk.
Grace Place Meals
NIU Grace Place campus ministry will be holding their worship night which includes a meal on Tuesday nights at 6pm for the fall semester. St. Paul's has been providing one or two meals most semesters for several years. It works best to have at least 4 people, each providing a portion of the meal. If you are interested in helping provide a meal in October please contact Jocelyn Prall for more details.
Food Pantry donations in August included 298 diapers and 108 food/other items for a year to date total of 7969 items. The next Food Pantry Sunday will be October 14, 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.
Our brother in Christ, Robert Harkness, passed away peacefully at OakCrest Retirement Home on Saturday evening, September 22nd.
The funeral for Bob will be held at St. Paul's on Thursday, November 15, with Visitation at 9:30 AM and the service at
10:30 AM. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium at St. Paul's. Following the service there will be a light luncheon in Parish Hall. Condolences and memorials can be made through
Home in Sycamore.
nniversaries & Birthdays
10/2 Dick Dowen
10/10 Lonnie Piper
10/10 Debi Meyers
10/11 Jordan Meyers
10/12 Henry Leonard
10/19 Linda Lorbach
10/21 Rhys Prall
10/11 . Doug/Lynn Roberts
10/18 . Marv/Pam Kombrink
Activities & Events
10/2 Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
10/3 "Episcopal 101", 6:30 PM
10/4 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
10:30 AM Service
Pet Blessing, 1:00 PM
10/9 Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
10/10 "Episcopal 101", 6:30 PM
10/11 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
10/14 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
"Episcopal 101", 9:00 AM
Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
Crop Walk, 3:00 PM
10/16 Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
10/17 OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
"Episcopal 101", 6:30 PM
10/18 Book Club, 5:30 PM
Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
10/21 10:30 AM Service
"Episcopal 101", 9:00 AM
10/23 Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
10/24 "Episcopal 101", 6:30 PM
10/25 Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
10/28 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
"Episcopal 101", 9:00 AM
Save the Date
11/4 All Saints Day Remembrance
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Contact Information
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