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St. Paul's Episcopal Church September Newsletter 2021
FROM THE RECTOR

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
 
    Some of you have contacted me recently about adding people to our prayer list and it is both touching and impressive.   We are praying for the people of Haiti, impacted by a hurricane followed by a devasting earthquake.  The people of Afghanistan, as the country is overtaken by murderous religious extremists.  The people affected by the wildfires in the west.  All of those in Louisiana whose lives have been lost or disrupted by Hurricane Ida, in the south and for those who have lost loved ones and whose lives have been affected by rains and flooding in New York City and other places around the New England states.  The COVID pandemic is resurging and this time around it is infecting children.  We are circled about by a hurting world that needs our prayers and concern.  Please continue to pray.

      Years ago, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Tom, a member of the small rural parish I served at the time, rented a tractor-trailer truck and loaded it with food, water and other supplies then drove it to New Orleans. I was very impressed.  Tom said it was the least he could do.

     In the face of so very many concerns and needs, we all would do well to sort out what is ours to do in the service of Christ and one another now.  We are wearing face masks again when we are gathered.  I have been vaccinated and am urging all of you, if you haven’t already, to be fully vaccinated against COVID too.   I feel it is the least we can do to protect the well-being of the people around us.   Becoming vaccinated is an act of love and concern for our neighbors.

Grace and all good,
Barbara+
 
SOUND AND VISION
INTEGRATED WORSHIP
 Thank you to all who participated in the informational meetings held in August, either in person or via Zoom. The Workgroup was able to present and receive approval of our final proposal at the Vestry’s August meeting. We are greatly appreciative of the Vestry’s interest and commitment to this project.

We are now proceeding with scheduling the vendors. Their work should not be too disruptive for too long. We are hopeful this work will begin in September. 

If you have any questions, please contact me or any member of the Workgroup. 

Submitted by Peg Newby, Chairperson

Members are Peg Newby, Lucinda Brunner, Lorraine Langer, Gretchen Schlabach & Mother Barbara.
FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
SEPTEMBER, 2021

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of St. Paul’s,
 
I am very excited to begin a new year at St. Paul’s. Rally Sunday is a week away! We are a church of wonderful people that have “rallied” through the beginning, the middle, and hopefully, soon the ending of a pandemic. But we are a resilient and hopeful group of people. I’m so grateful for all of you and enjoy hearing from you. One question came to me last week that I thought deserved a public answer given we will be searching for vestry replacements soon: What is the time-commitment relative to serving on the vestry?
 
Honestly, I was very reluctant to join the vestry in 2020 because, like you, I have many secular obligations.  I was especially reluctant to take on a warden position, given my perception of the huge time commitment. Yet, to date, it really is working out. Relative to moving forward on important projects, Mother Barbara and the vestry have been open to enlist parishioners to lighten the load and broaden the perspective.  For example, the Sound and Vision (SV) Workgroup and the Signs and Wonders (SW) Workgroup are composed of vestry and non-vestry members.  
 
Furthermore, the “workgroup” function and structure is appealing given it is a short-time duration with clearly defined objectives. Truth-be-told, the Chairs of the workgroup (Peg Newby: SV and Marilyn Cleland: SW) have given an extraordinary amount of time writing agendas and notes, staying on task, and holding people accountable. I am hopeful that overtime, we can figure out another strategy to lighten the load of a Workgroup Chair. I am so thankful for these leaders and those who participate in the workgroups. 
 
Beyond the special projects, which lends itself to a workgroup, Building and Grounds (B&G) is a standing group/committee. It has historically been led by a Warden and is composed of a group of healthy men, who volunteer to use their home-repair skills in doing a herculean job maintaining the church, the rectory, and the grounds. Today, B&G is led by Junior Warden Lucinda Brunner with Donna DeOliveira and Rhys and Jocelyn Prall. This group works on a whole host of things from mice to roofs. The bigger projects are typically outsourced, i.e., snow removal and electrical repairs. Thank you, B&G; there is always a project to work on, and I appreciate your time and efforts. 
 
In short, relative to time-commitment, it is quite manageable to serve on the vestry. We have a great parish, and I am thankful for those who help out when they can. So, if anyone is considering running for a vestry open in 2022, don’t let the time-commitment stop you. Furthermore, now with Zoom capabilities, we can bring you in on a vestry meeting as you spend time in Florida during the winter months (--;
 
Peace,

Gretchen
Senior Warden
FROM THE JUNIOR WARDEN
Dear Brothers and Sisters

As I ponder what to write about I am hit with two words "Hope and Gratitude". There is so much trauma and stress being reported daily that it is very easy to not have any "Hope" however: ironically it increases my ability to have "Gratitude." I was challenged by Rev Barbara Wilson during our book club discussion on my response to the question "Do you have Hope?" I quickly and emphatically said "no". I mean on a daily basis the news is so depressing I can't usually sit through it without tears coming down my face at some point. I guess that is good in a way because that means a) I still care and feel b) I am not completely jaded by life's atrocities but it does mean that I find it hard to be hopeful.

Then we have "Gratitude" I actively try to spend my day focused on how lucky/blessed I am to live where I do and to have every basic necessity addressed and beyond that to have luxuries that we tend to see as necessities etc.. You get the picture.  

God's daily challenge for all of us is to have our "Hope" in him and to be grateful in everything. I therefore find my "Hope" in my daily journey into the Bible (for instance Psalm 121) and my relationship with God. Without my Faith and my relationship with God I would be left entirely without hope. This is not said to report any amazing achievement on my part but rather my Gratitude at the journey of a life which has helped me benefit from the support I feel from my Faith even in the most trying times.  

In the beginning of my walk, I analyzed the message from the Prodigal Son and I thought it was unfair that the Prodigal Son had been treated so well upon his return and that the Faithful non rebellious son did not get any special treatment. Then as I matured and grew in my journey I realized that I was the one benefiting to go through life having a supportive relationship that comes from my Faith. That while the parable says I could walk through life SOLO and that at the end if I accepted God he would accept with open arms. I can assuredly say that SOLO is not for me.

Thank you to all of you at Saint Paul's that help give me HOPE with your generous spirit and kind hearts. The food pantries have been thrilled with the veggies we have been able to supply by the Grace of God. Those who work behind the scenes helping each service experience be the best possible. For example, the Altar Guild and those who help with zoom streaming.

Love to all of all you,

Lucinda
Junior Warden
WEEKLY DEVOTIONS AND
OCCASIONS TO CONNECT
Gardening, 8:00 AM
Mondays and Thursdays
at the Garden
(depending on weather)

The Multi-generational choir resumes rehearsals on 9/9/21
Thursdays, 7:00 PM

Book Discussion, 5 PM
Fridays Conference Room and on Zoom

Liturgy of the Word and Prayer
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
Both services in Sanctuary and on Zoom
Coffee Hour after the 10:30 Service
Sundays


2021 VESTRY HIGHLIGHTS

TREASURER'S REPORT
AUGUST 13, 2021

We have spent about 61% of our annual budget. For sake of comparison, the end of July is 58% of the year. We have collected 76% of our expected pledge income so far this year. 

We have had no unusual expenditures in the past month, and we are generally on target with our 2021 budget.


Respectfully submitted,
Rick Johns, Treasurer

If you like to sing and/or play a musical instrument, come join in our music making. All ages and musical abilities are welcome!
St. Paul's Multi-generational Choir Returns for Worship!

Fall choir rehearsal resumes on Thursday, September 9th, and the choir begins leading the congregation in song for worship services on Sunday, September 12th, at the 10:30 AM service.

Ps. 96:1 O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Come join us and warm up your voices for an awesome year of song in worship at St. Paul's!


If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Langer, Director of Music
IN THE GARDEN
 
St Paul's Garden Club is proud to report that local food pantries have been "over the moon" about our abundant vegetable deliveries!

As we go into September, there is still work to be done. Lettuce, arugula, and radishes will be planted to harvest before the frost. Garlic will be put in to be harvested next spring.
For a bit of fun, the Garden Club will be making a trip to Honey Hill Orchard before the end of the month.

We continue to meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 am, and as needed. It's not too late to join us in the garden!

Jo Plenger-Schulz
Roasted Beets with Sauteed Beet Greens
To roast beets: 
Preheat oven to 375°. Scrub beets, trim top and bottoms. Cut into 1 " chunks. Line baking pain with foil. Sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper over beets. Seal foil, roast 1 hour. Skins may be eaten or peeled off after roasting. Roasted beets keep in fridge for 1 week or may be frozen

Sauteed Beet Greens:
Trim stems. Add greens to lightly salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, plunge greens into ice water for several minutes. Drain, chop coarsely. Heat olive oil over medium heat, Add garlic, red pepper flakes, or other seasonings to oil.
Saute greens until hot

This dish is nutritious and delicious! May be eaten hot or cold, with lemon juice!
REMEMBERING BETSY POOL
It seems like Betsy Pool just slipped away from St. Paul's - she was moved to a nursing home near her daughter in Dixon after a fall several months ago. Her family chose to keep things very simple after her passing and there were no services scheduled at that time for others to attend.

Betsy served St. Paul's in many capacities. She inspired many with her energy and creativity and spirit.

Here are some reminiscences of St. Paul's members.
Here is a picture of Betsy Pool Sr.'s pottery. She put an All Creatures Great and Small theme to this pottery piece and I love it. The James Herriot veterinarian stories and Anglican hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" have a strong emotion for me. My Mom would read us Herriot stories on wintery mornings before the school bus arrived. Betsy and I shared a love for dogs and especially for Welsh Corgi Pembroke dogs. We both had sweet little dogs that gave us great joy. Her recent dog was Poppy. Her dogs would often come to church with her and on cool days would be safely under a tree in her car with the windows down. Her dogs would accept pets and praise readily to church goers. 

Betsy organized the church craft shows and shared her passion for pottery wheel bowls. I enjoyed the earth tone glazes she chose and her farm scenes. I was raised by farmers on both sides of my family and her pieces resonated with me. 

Betsy was busy with her church. She jumped in to do treasurer work when she was needed doing much of the reports long hand. She jumped in to keep the Lobster Boil viable and took care of much of the printing needs. She participated in many ways for the Lobster Boil and St. Paul's. Betsy continued with the Historical Committee collecting, storing, and writing documents. 
I enjoyed calling Betsy and hearing her voice and seeing her smile. She had a joy for life and an independence that I aspire too. I am thankful to have known Betsy and have been her friend.
Jennie Cummings 
One of my fondest memories of Betsy goes back to the days when we had a Wednesday morning healing service in the sacristy. Betsy would bring Owen (the Corgi she had at that time) to the service. He would lay quietly at her side during the service. When we stood to pray, Owen would stand up. He would go to the altar with her when she went up to receive communion. The priest would bless Owen and then he would accompany Betsy back to the pew. It was very touching to see how devoted they were to each other.
Pat McMahon

I enjoyed Betsy's creativity, quirkiness, and honesty. She didn't mince words! I served on a Vestry and a Search Committee with Betsy, but got to know her best when I became her ride to Thursday evening Fellowship Dinners. We would chat and laugh, and I was always amazed at her broad knowledge base.
I will miss her, and in fact, already do.
Peg Newby

What I remember about Betsy is that on occasion in the summer she would come into church with a baseball cap on. I thought to myself, you GO girl. Ha, so different from the days growing up in the Episcopal church and having to wear a bonnet. Betsy, I will miss your style!! Much love.
Gretchen Schlabach
Betsy was our close neighbor when we moved to Sycamore years ago, welcomed us and took us to St. Paul’s as soon as we told her we were Episcopalian! She talked me into joining the flower guild, as well as going to Tai Chi classes. Her energy and interest in so many things were inspirational and sometimes exhausting! We missed her when we moved away, but kept in touch. During the pandemic we emailed almost every day. She sent me the Jeopardy final question, since it came on earlier there. Larry and I and all of our kids still miss her. The world is a lot less fun without her. I am sure she is entertaining everyone in Heaven. Hazel Retherford 
Betsy Pool was an “unsung hero” of St Paul’s. She did great things for us that most parishioners may be unaware of. She took over the Church Treasurer job in the mid 2000’s when there were few who would take it on. In doing so she discovered a payroll problem we had with the IRS and found Sheila Appel to solve it. Sheila is now our outside accountant who pays the bills, does the payroll, and is a valuable assistant to the Treasurer and St. Paul’s. 

Betsy also assisted in supplying the Printer person to do the Bulk Mailing for the Lobster Boil. He had assisted her in her own Family business she ran. She had a great sense of humor, created lots of beautiful pots - some we use on the altar - and made beautiful Sunday flower arrangements. A supporter of the “Pre-Christmas Sale” with her great ceramic designs, Betsy provided us with gifts for family and friends.

She cherished and loved her dog companions; was a do-it-yourself person; and also liked to fish. Even now she may be thinking up useful pottery designs in the hereafter. Betsy will be missed, and I am thankful she shared her talents with us.
Pat Brown
Here is the Baptismal Font that Betsy created for St. Paul's - you will see it when you enter the Sanctuary from the Narthex.


If you would like to send something to Betsy's family, cards are welcome: 
Nina & Doug Sharp;
Kelly Sharp of Carlock, IL
275 County Rd 2225 E.
Carlock, IL 61725
MEMORIAL PLANS
We have commissioned a plaque to celebrate Henry and Eva Leonard's contributions to St. Paul's to be placed in our new "Memorial Garden" along with the monument to the Durnings. The plaque for Robert Cheney that is out by Normal Road will also be moved to this area. When all the installations are completed and the area landscaped, we will schedule a dedication ceremony.
AN ASSISTING BISHOP
The Standing Committee is delighted to announce that, with the support of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop-elect Paula Clark, we have called Bishop Chilton Knudsen back to our diocese to serve as assisting bishop. Her ministry with us will begin in early October.
 
Since Bishop Chilton’s retirement, she has served as interim or assisting bishop in six additional dioceses, including the Diocese of Washington, where she worked closely with our bishop-elect. Bishop-Elect Paula is overjoyed that Bishop Chilton will be here to provide support as she continues to recover from the cerebral bleed she suffered in April and prepares to become our bishop.
 
Bishop Chilton spoke to the Rockford Deanery about the role of an "assisting bishop." She clarified that the Standing Committee as a whole is the ecclesiastical authority in the diocese until such time as Bishop-elect Paula is consecrated. As an assisting bishop, her primary role will be to assist the Standing Committee and to be pastoral presence in the diocese.
 
She will play an advisory role for those in the discernment process for ordination, and as a fully ordained bishop she will look forward to offering the sacraments that only a bishop can provide, including ordination, confirmations and receptions, and the blessing of specified church accoutrements such as altars, baptismal fonts, and church bells. 
 
When asked how she would like to be addressed, she answered that she suggests we call her "Bishop Chilton" for two reasons: first because she loves her unusual name, and second, because she thinks it will be helpful for us to be reminded that we do have a bishop among us.
Read more about Bishop Knudsen at the Episcopal Diocese website.

Please keep Bishop-elect Paula and her family in your prayers as she continues to heal. Cards may be sent to 65 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.
BISHOP CURRY'S LETTER
ON AFGHAN REFUGEES
As Episcopalians, as followers of Jesus, as people of faith, we mourn the recent loss of life in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos and instability, and the risk that many Afghans face, in particular women and girls.

The situation in Afghanistan is changing quickly with many lives lost and thousands more at risk. The current crisis leaves over 5 million displaced Afghans in the country, in bordering nations and many more around the world who have been evacuated, who are trying to find long-term safe solutions.

As Afghans arrive to the U.S. with the hope of safety, The Episcopal Church, through the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries, is assisting our new neighbors through the Afghan Parolee Support Program.

This new U.S. program, dependent on private resources and community-led welcome and support, will provide security and foundation necessary for arriving Afghans to begin life in the U.S.

The ministry of offering welcome to those fleeing violence is nothing less than God's work—one that calls us to walk the way of love as Jesus of Nazareth taught us, through compassion, through practical care, showing to our newest neighbors that we are neighbors.

Episcopal Migration Ministries has launched a special appeal— Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund —to meet the financial and in-kind needs necessary to provide adequate housing, basic services, and long-term support.

You can read more about this appeal here .
You can read Bishop Curry's full letter and see his video here .
ECW News
2021 Altar Guild Conference 
Stitches for God:  
Needlepoint in Our Churches

September 18, 2021  

9:00am - 2:00pm 
Grace Episcopal Church   209 N. Pine Street     New Lenox (Joliet Deanery) 

We're going to take a look at the "Stitches for God" in our churches - the beautiful needlepoint kneelers, cushions, ornamentations, and banners that can be found across our region. Special presentations and workshops will be part of our day together. 

This year's conference will be held in person at Grace Episcopal Church in New Lenox, and the keynote address and the needlepoint repair workshop will be available online.

PETS WILL BE BLESSED AGAIN
We did a Parking Lot Pet Blessing last October, attended by several members of the community. We are hoping to return to the front yard this year and welcome as many people as we can. Watch for more news for the October 3rd event.
Food Pantry Collections
People are again allowed to come in to the Salvation Army pantry to choose their own food. This comes with the need for more volunteers to help individuals who use the pantry. Covid 19 precautions are in place. If you would like to assist, you can call or email Erin Andrews, the Volunteer Coordinator at 815-756-4308 or email at erin.andrews@usc.salvationarmy.org. See her letter here.

We will no longer collect foodstuffs for the Salvation Army at St. Paul's. You can direct donations to the Salvation Army Food Pantry with a check to St. Paul's with "Food Pantry" in the memo section or you can donate directly to the Salvation Army.
The Rector's
Discretionary Fund Collection



Donations allow us to assist people in need
in our community.

Remember that donations can be mailed at any time.
September Birthdays and Anniversaries


Birthdays

9/7                Bill Cummings
9/7                Peggy Russell
9/15              Robert Russell
9/17              Olivia Meyers
9/18              Lorraine Langer
9/21              Joe Judkins
9/25              Pat Brown
9/26              Peggy Newby
9/27              Jamie Stubblefield
9/28              Vince McMahon
9/29              Jennie Cummings


Anniversaries

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


        

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