News from St. Paul's Episcopal Church                             September 

From the Rev. Ed

August has been quite a festive month at St Paul's. We have begun to prepare for another possible wedding in December (having not had one between August 2015 and July 2018). Various building and grounds projects have been planned and some already executed, thanks in no small part to the team work of Brad Smith (our vestry liaison for "B&G"), Rick Johns, Bill Cummings, Rhys Prall and Marv Kombrink our junior warden. Our garden's "Green Team" have found that our fruits and veggies are coming ripe faster than we can pick them, and a number of the foods have been featured items at coffee hour and at area pantries and shelters: all props to Linda Lorbach, Heidi Haverkamp, Jocelyn Prall, Jacob Maas, Kris Borre, and Brad and Rebecca Smith. I am also excited to tell you to be on the lookout for Sandra Lee as our newest trained adult acolyte! And newcomers continue to make their home with us, thanks to your gracious welcoming and inclusive spirit, one or two at a time.

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From The Rev. Ed
Rally Day
Sunday School
From the Junor Warden
Music Ministries
Parish Hall Audio/Video
Fellowship Movie Night
Treasurer's Report
In the Garden
Picnic Fun
Oak Crest Service
Pet Blessing
Women's Retreat
Diocesan Convention
Parish Office Reminders
Flowers for the Altar
Crop Walk
Grace Place Meals
Food Pantry Reminders
Parish Office Closed
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Activities & Events
Contact Information
Picnic Sunday, August 12, we had an attendance at worship of 63, which is 150% of our average Sunday attendance of 41. Several members of the larger community attended so picnic count was at least 75, and everyone took home tons of awesome food. It was wonderful to have neighbors attend!! The Huddle Restaurant on Lincoln Ave (next to McDonalds and behind the DeKalb Tattoo Company), owned by Muhammad Labadi, president of the Islamic Center, delivered 100 each of chicken fingers and chicken wings and the Islamic Center footed the cost! Rick Johns saw to it that we had a bouncy house. And everyone pitched in with food and set up and clean up. Thanks to Pam Kombrink for doing the lion's share of the planning and organizing and for the fellowship pro's who brought their experience and wisdom. Please forgive the mention of only a few names; again, there were no idle St Paul's hands and everyone was a major contributor for the picnic.

We picked up two new dehumidifiers, badly needed in the undercroft, that are larger and will better keep the moisture down. AND they are self-emptying!! By the time you read this you may have already seen and maybe even begun to enjoy our dynamite AV system for the parish hall! See Lorraine's article in this edition about it! Thanks to those who have made a contribution; we have already covered about a third of the cost with your contributions. (If you want to make a donation, we would love it!) Thanks to our brilliant Hannah Buckle for an AV tutorial on Sunday Aug 26th along with dynamite piano playing during the liturgy and for recording the homily (heretofore we have not been able to do so when having worship in the parish hall.)

In August we said goodbye to Jenn Nakaerts, one of our CCWs (child care workers) as she prepares to move out of state. We would love to hire a CCW to replace Jenn if you know someone who is good with children and can spare a couple of hours on an occasional Sunday. On another note, I have served in several parishes and in all of them we could easily find pockets of dust, cobwebs, and general untidiness on any given occasion. You should notice that we do NOT have that problem at St Paul's. The next time you see Ellen Kilday, please make sure to mention to her how clean we always are around here. She really works industriously behind the scenes to keep us spic and span.

Your vestry, especially the wardens, were extremely gracious to give me some time to be in Columbus OH with family as our nephew had a defibrillator implanted (so far so good on that front). Mother Heidi was available if needed for pastoral emergencies. Thank you all so much for your generosity; I promise to make up the hours!

There is so much to say about what you all are doing to keep St Paul's such a wonderful and welcoming community. And we haven't even touched what's up next. Look for awesome Adult Formation opportunities in the fall often making use of our new AV system! On Sept 9 we will resume full tilt
Rally Day - September 9


The Choir sings! Bells ring! Children's Sunday School begins!

Backpacks will be Blessed! 

Children's Sunday School
Begins September 9th

St. Paul's Christian Formation classes begin Sept. 9. We will be using the "Godly Play" curriculum for children preschool to intermediate age. This curriculum is based on Montessori teaching principals - supporting, nourishing and guiding each child's spiritual journey. It was born out of the philosophy that children come to us with an inner knowledge of God. Its purpose is to offer children the opportunity to express and nurture what they already sense and to "name" it. There are two adults trained in "Safeguarding God's Children" present in the classroom each Sunday - the greeter and the storyteller.

Each session begins by greeting and welcoming each child individually and helping the children "get ready" for the day's lesson. The storyteller then presents the lesson of the day. Each lesson is illustrated with the use of materials designed to engage the children in the Word. The children are then invited to wonder about the lesson.

When time allows, the children are given the opportunity to choose a work activity. After work time, the class gathers together to offer prayers and share a feast. After the feast, the children meet individually with the storyteller to say their good-byes.

There will be a Godly Play orientation session 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 9, in the St. Timothy Center. We will follow the format of the weekly classroom sessions to allow families that are new to Godly Play to fully experience what happens each week. Everyone interested in learning more about this curriculum is invited to join us! Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet St. Paul's childcare staff and tour the nursery, also located in the St. Timothy Center.

From the Junior Warden
I attended the Executive meeting on August 8th and the Vestry meeting on August the 19th.
On August 18th Rick, Brad, Rhys and I met and did an review using The Safe Church checklist. Below is the plan on some of the items we need to address:

Maintenance Report 8/19/2018
  • Weatherstrip repair on church doors-Rhys handling
  • Sidewalks uneven three places, slip hazard- Marv getting an estimate and will present to the Vestry
  • Door Numbers- Marv researching code and will propose. This would be very helpful in an emergency if a fire or medical emergencywere necessary.
  • Outside lights need motion detectors, and north one on church remains on-Rick handling and researching.
  • Fall workday to schedule and Marv will find a way to prepare the beds and playground before mulching, some on vestry does not want to use Roundup.- Marv to follow up
  • Low hanging branches on all the big trees in front- Rick to get a proposal from a service provider he knows.
  • Get an estimate for landscape cleanup and then we keep it maintained after that.-Marv
  • GFI kitchen downstairs- Rick to handle
  • Buy two commercial dehumidifiers- Brad
  • Vestry voted on expenditurepolicy- Building and grounds committee can spend up to $500 with no approval, $500 to $1,000 just one Warden approval and anything over $1,000 vestry approval.
  • Get exterminator quotes and have the building treated annually, carpenter ants resue found in music room- Marv
  • Get cleaning company for annual cleaning of lights and ledges- Marv
  • Have fire department check the building and schedule a training session on the CPR machine- Marv
  • Develop an emergency evacuation plan and violent event procedure-Marv
If anyone sees anything else that needs to be addressed, please contact me.

The search committee will be proceeding with interviews in September. Dick will be updating the parish when the appropriate time comes.
Thanks to everyone for helping with the picnic. It appears everyone had a good time and we heard some excellent responses.
The Formation committee continues to meet and will be announcing some exciting things for the fall.

Music Ministries
The choirs will be ready to greet you 
in song on Rally Sunday, September 9th!  

All are welcome to come and sing with us! 

The Adult/Youth Choir rehearse on Thursdays at 7 PM, starting September 6. 

The Children's Choir rehearsals are yet TBD:  Thursdays or Fridays between  4-7 PM.

Sunday morning anthem warmup is at 10:15 AM.

Sanctus Bells will return for the the new fall year. Under the direction of Liam, Ava and Luke!

The Music Staff is excited to begin a new year of collaboration in artistry and worship! 
Everyone is invited to share a meal and enjoy a movie with us at the end of September! More information forthcoming : )  Please feel free to invite friends!   

Supper 4:00-6:30 PM: We are planning a "grill out" (hotdogs, hamburgers, buns) and drinks (soda, water). Watch for a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall to bring a side dish. 

Children's Movie 4:30/5:00 PM: Possibly  Leap! 
FĂ©licie and Victor, two young friends in 1880s France, escape from an orphanage to pursue their dreams in Paris, the glittering City of Lights.
Family Movie 6:30/7:00 PM: Open to suggestions. Of course, we will have popcorn available during the movie!  Add your suggestions to the list on the white board in the Parish Hall. 

Parish Hall Audio/Video System
Dynamic System Preview
Rally Sunday, September 9th 
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. 
If you would like to schedule a family or church event that would benefit with the use of the system, please let the office know!
If you have questions about the system and how to operate the remote control, for now, please ask Lorraine. 

Check the website for the 
Treasurer's Report

August Mars Hill Treasurer's Report with figures for July 2018
St Paul's Episcopal Church, DeKalb, IL 60115

This report covers the month of July 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 July 2018
We 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
Disbursements through July 2018
Total operating disbursements through July were $126,543 which is 57% of the budgeted amount of $223,063. At the end of July we had received $27,871 more than we spent. We moved $70,000 from the Endowment Fund into the operating fund in May which is helping the cash flow. We have spent 57% of the budgeted disbursements and received 69% of the budgeted receipts after seven months of the year.
Capital Fund
The balance in the Edward Jones Capital Fund at the end of July was $10,000 in CD's and $20,965 in the Money Market Fund for a total of $30,965. A CD for $10,000 came due on May 30, 2018. We have kept it in Money Market Funds so the funds will be available for future repairs. We have one $10,000 CD remaining which comes due in 2019, with the remainder in MM funds. 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 for the ATV project. 
Endowment Fund
The value of the Endowment Fund at the end of July was $2,122,737 an increase in value from January of $79,897. The net decrease in value for the year is $(943.25) which includes $70,000 withdrawn for operating expenses. For reference, 5% of the Monthly Average Balance on July 31 was $105,758 and 4% was $84,607. 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 6.343 shares on deposit with the company at the end of July. The stock was valued at $293 on July 31, 2018. The value has increased $25.16 since January 1, 2018. 
On July 31, 2018 Fund balances in the Heartland Bank checking account were: 
Discretionary Fund $288.77; Flower Fund $1,571.54; Music Fund $2,005.00;
Columbarium Fund $3,623.90; Operating Fund $55,827.02; Capital Fund $9,885.35, which includes insurance, for a total of $73,201.58.

Respectfully submitted ,
Pat Brown
, Treasurer, August 28, 2018.
I n The Garden

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. 

Kale, chard, herbs, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and beans continue flourishing. The cherry tomatoes are producing but regular tomatoes have not been as prolific this year.  Produce is as organically grown as possible using organic fertilizers and pest repellants. A year to date total of over 200 pounds of produce has been taken to Salem Lutheran, Bethlehem Lutheran and New Hope Baptist Church food pantries. 

A "garden fellowship" was held at the coffee hour on August 19th, and many garden favorites were brought and enjoyed as salsa, pickles, hummus, chips, and other dishes.

The garden meetings will continue on Tuesday mornings through September. 

Picnic Fun

Celebration of Holy Eucharist
at Oak Crest,
Wednesday, September 19, 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.
Pet Blessing - October 7

Plan to come to the 10th Annual Pet Blessing at 1:00 PM on the front lawn. We invite the community to bring pets of all sorts, on leashes or in crates - or pictures of pets if they can't travel.
ECW Fall Women's Retreat
2018 Fall Women's Gathering & Retreat     
October 26-28, 2018

Walking Together
Becoming God's Beloved Community
DeKoven Retreat Center    Racine, Wisconsin
You and the important women in your life are invited to the ECW Women's Retreat on October 26th, 2018!  We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing with you as we take this weekend to see what God has in store for us.
We have wonderful leaders to guide us through a weekend of faith and fellowship.  There will be time for group activities and personal reflection, quiet time and time to share with others.  The grounds at DeKoven include a winding maze (labyrinth) and lots of grass and a view of Lake Michigan.  The area all around DeKoven is beautiful and wonderful for meditation and communing with nature. 
Registration forms are available in Parish Hall or you can register online at
Diocesan Convention
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.

Journalist Ray Suarez will be the keynote speaker and will speak to the future of the church. As a broadcast journalist for Al Jazeera America, NPR and PBS NewsHour, Suarez is known for his reporting and expertise on issues including demographics, race, and religion. A critically-acclaimed author, his books include  The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999;  The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America; and a companion volume to the documentary series for PBS, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation.    Suarez lives in Washington, D.C. with his family and is a member of St. Columba's Episcopal Church.
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, September 2 , 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 September 9, 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 September 16 , 2018 .  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. Hopefully, St. Paul's can send a representative to the Recruitment Rally on August 28th at 7:00 PM at First Congregational. Please let the Parish Office know if you can help on October 14th or can be a representative at the rally.

If you'd like to know more or to make a donation, visit the webpage at
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 this semester (September 11 and later in October), please contact Jocelyn Prall at church or for more details.   
Food Pantry Reminders
Food Pantry donations in August included 136 diapers, 1152 wipes, 38 food/other items for a year to date total of 7563 items. The next Food Pantry Sunday will be September 9, 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
Parish Office Closed for Labor Day, September 3rd.

A nniversaries & Birthdays

September Birthdays

9/7                 Bill Cummings
9/7                 Peggy Russell
9/15               Brenda Leonard
9/15               Robert Russell
9/18               Lorraine Langer
9/24               Elizabeth George
9/25               Pat Brown
9/26               Adam Frieberg
9/26               Peggy Newby
9/27               Jamie Stubblefield
9/28               Vince McMahon
9/29               Jennie Cummings

September Anniversaries

9/4                 Bill and Jennie Cummings
9/11               Jamie and Julie Stubblefield

Activities & Events

9/2              10:30 AM Service
9/4             Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM 
9/6             Choir Practice, 7:00 PM
9/9             8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services
                  Sunday School Begins, 9:30 AM
                  Blessing of the Backpacks
9/11           Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
9/13           Choir Practise, 7:00 PM
9/16           10:30 AM Service
                  Vestry Meeting, 12:15 PM
9/18            Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
9/19           OakCrest Service, 2:00 PM
9/20           Choir Practise, 7:00 PM 
9/23            8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Services  
9/24            Garden Meeting, 8:00 AM
9/27            Choir Practise, 7:00 PM
9/30            10:30 AM Service

Save the Date

10/7           Pet Blessing, 1:00 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 Edward T. Bird IV, Rector 
        Parish Office: (815) 756-4888 
          Parish Fax: (815) 758-6140 


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