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Second Sunday in Lent - March 17, 2019

From Mother Barbara


I have a huge request to make of everyone at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul, at least for the next year or so, while I am acclimating myself to St. Paul's culture and how you do things, as I hope to learn how best to support you all in your various endeavors as God's people.  Please run all announcements, ideas for projects to enhance the life of the congregation, past me before sharing them generally with the congregation.  This will help me to understand how things generically flow from your ministries and the overall ministry of St. Paul's into the community.  I welcome everyone's observations regarding this and your feedback!  Thank you.

In Christ,,




Lent and Adult Formation


          This year, we will be observing the season with a Wednesday evening soup and bread supper together with focused group study of Fr. Richard Rohr’s, “Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy.”  For those who cannot make the Wednesday evening sessions, the same talk will take place on Sundays at 9 AM through Lent.  It is hoped that St. Paul’s folk will be joined by others from the larger community who may be interested in the discussions or may just want to sample the soup!

          The Lectionary Bible Study originally slated for Saturday mornings will begin after the Lenten season.



Mindfulness Meditation


          A new group is forming for Mindful Meditation with Mother Barbara, offering guidance in mindfulness meditation. The sessions will be held on Fridays at noon in the Sanctuary to provide an opportunity to sit in holy silence with others to share the present moment. Each session will be a little less than an hour in duration.

We will primarily focus the meditation on our breath, which is God's first and lifelong gift to us. Mindfullness meditation practice offers a strong foundation for contemplative prayer, too.


Chili Cookoff Next Sunday , March 24th


            We will have our Annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, March 24. Come and eat and help decide who will win Best Chili Maker! It's exciting, and it's lunch! There is a sign up sheet in Parish Hall. Questions – ask Julie Stubblefield.


Palm Sunday Passion Reading 


We will read the Palm Sunday Passion Gospel in a Reader’s Theatre format. If you are interested in participating and have questions, please talk to Lynne Jacobson or Lorraine Langer.


Movie Night


          Our next Brown Bag Movie Night is Friday, March 29th, at 6 p.m. and we will show “North By Northwest”, one of the Top 5 requested in our survey last year.


NIU Grace Place Campus Ministry


          St. Paul’s is scheduled to provide the evening meal at Grace Place on Tuesday, April 2nd. Please see Jocelyn Prall for more information if you are interested in participating.

We are Now Taking Easter Flower Donations!


It’s that time of year again! We are now taking donations for Easter flowers in memoriam or in thanksgiving. Place your check in the flower envelope and please write your name and the dedication that you would like to see in the bulletin on the envelope. Please write checks out to St. Paul’s with “Easter flowers” as the memo and place them in the collection or leave them in the Parish Office. The deadline to send in flower donations for Easter is April 14th.


Cardboard Boxes for the Garden


Do you have any empty cardboard boxes? If they are clean, mostly brown, and not waxy or glossy, the church garden team would love to have them to line the aisles of the church garden and raspberry patch and keep down weeds. To donate, break them down flat and bring them to the parish hall by. We'll need dozens. Questions? Contact Jacob Maas ( or Heidi Haverkamp ( 


Cleanup Day! 


Every year we spend a Saturday morning cleaning up the church grounds.  We do this in coordination with NIU Cares Day, which means we will have many student helpers.  This year it's going to be  Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 12.  Please mark your calendars!  Any questions, talk to Rick Johns or call at 815-217-4849.


Celebration of New Ministry


          We will celebrate The Reverend Barbara A.T. Wilson’s installation as Rector at St. Paul’s on Tuesday, April 30th, at 7:00 PM. The Right Reverend Jeffrey Lee will preside and The Revered David Pike will preach. A reception will follow. All are welcome!


            St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sycamore will install The Reverend George Jalouf on Saturday, April 20th, at 7:00 PM. Those interested in attending can contact Jennie Cummings.



Important Dates For Your Calendar


March 24        Chili Cookoff

April 14          Palm Sunday

April 18          Maundy Thursday

April 19          Good Friday

April 20          Easter Vigil Saturday

April 21          Easter Sunday

April 30          Celebration of a New Ministry, 7:00 PM Service

May 5             Low Sunday Brunch

May 18           Lobster Boil



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!

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