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Third Sunday of Advent - December 16, 2018

In the Interim


Mother Heidi Haverkamp will be our Priest-In-Charge until our new permanent rector, Mother Barbara Wilson, arrives on Sunday, January 20. Mother Heidi will serve us as part-time interim, working Sundays, and usually Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her email is



Children’s Christmas Party


The annual Children's Christmas Party will be next Sunday, December 16th, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. All are welcome to partake of the fun and fellowship as we decorate the Parish Hall trees with ornaments and crafts. Stay for pizza!



Christmas Eve Celebration


            The Celebration of Christmas will be at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, December 24th, and will begin with special music from the St. Paul’s Choirs. A cookie reception follows in the Sanctuary.



Send your Christmas flower memorials by December 16


We are accepting donations for Christmas flowers now through December 16th. Please write “Christmas Flowers” in the memo of your check and be sure to include your dedication. Look for the Christmas Flower envelopes and place these in the collection plate. Suggested donation is $25-$30.


During the season of Advent, greens are used on the altar instead of flowers.


Safe Passage Gifts


Once again we are collecting donations for Safe Passage, our local Domestic Violence Prevention Agency. St Paul's has contributed to them at Christmas for many years. This year, as last, we will give funds to them so they can purchase gift cards and use them where needed. If you would like to participate please write a check to St Paul's by Dec 17th, list "Safe Passage" in the "Memo" line and we will forward the total to Safe Passage. It will become part of your donation record to St Paul's.


Save these Dates


12/24   Christmas Eve Service 6:00 PM, Reception Follows

01/06   Epiphany Sunday Service 10:30 AM, Lunch Follows

01/13   Worship Services 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM

01/20   Annual Budget Meeting 9:00 AM

Mother Barbara Wilson’s first Service, 10:30 AM

              Vestry Meeting 12:15 PM

01/27   Annual Meeting w/Reports, 9:00 AM

              Worship Service 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM

02/03   SuperBowl Party, 3:30 PM



A Happy Announcement


            Gail Piper is delighted to share with St Paul's that her son, Sean Sitzes, and his fiancee, Laurie Smith, will marry on Monday, Dec 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178.  Congratulations may be directed to Gail, Laurie, & Sean at 815-995-3435, by email at, and by mail at 833 Ridge Drive, #403; DeKalb, IL; 60115.




There are a lot of things happening at St. Paul’s! A new form has been developed so that the office can keep up with events and programs and be sure information is communicated to all who should know. In addition, the new Audio Video System in the Parish Hall has many capabilities for streaming, playing DVD’s, slide shows, music, etc. To both ends, we are asking that you fill out a Communication and Tech Request Form for your events and email or turn it in to the office. Copies of the form will be available in the Parish Office and on the table in the Parish Hall. If you need help putting an announcement together, Susan is happy to assist.



Got an event?


PLEASE notify the office in writing if you need to use space in the building. We have a lot of wonderful groups and people who use lots of our building for many things, like Vacuuming, Music lessons, Search Committee, Budget Committee, etc. There are some things that just can't share the space with another group. If we know you are planning to be here, we can through the office head off any space use problems.

Got an announcement?


For the Constant Contact, the Proclaimer , the bulletin or the Chronicle? PLEASE send your written blurb AS CLOSE TO PRINT READY AS POSSIBLE to the parish office. Be mindful that our office staff are part time. Susan is delighted to be helpful as we know, but the time she can spend on drafting blurbs, editing, etc is very limited and those extra steps can present a hardship and delay printing.


Prayer List


If you would like to add someone to be prayed for in The Prayers of the People, you can fill out one of the blue sheets available on the table near the Narthex and give it to the ushers. Or call or email the Parish Office. Names will appear for six weeks, but can be continued if the need continues.

Talking to the Community

We are hoping to send out press releases on the activities at St. Paul’s on a regular basis. Please let the Parish Office know of any ideas you have to speak about the parish activities and members.

St. Paul's is an affirming and inclusive Christian communityAll are welcome, no exceptions!

Striving through worship, love and service to welcome all people just as God created you. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender expression, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

Adult/Youth and Children’s Choirs Resume