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August 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, Barbara+


Outdoor Service and Picnic

        The 10:30 AM service will be held outside on the front lawn on Sunday, August 11th, and will include the Blessing of the

        Backbacks for children and teachers. An outdoor picnic will follow in the front yard. Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers

        provided and sign up to bring potluck sides. There will be a bouncy house for the kids and games for all!

The St. Paul’s Choirs Schedule 


Will be singing with our worship services up through Pentecost. The choirs will be singing for Pentecost Sunday, June 9th and will then be off for the summer, returning for rehearsals Thursday, September 5th and Sunday worship services starting September 8th.

Garden Blessings

Have you checked out the Garden in back? The rain finally stopped long enough to plant!  Produce from the garden is brought to three of our area food pantries. The front beds have been planted with flowers and it's hoped that they can be used for altar flowers this summer. Flowers planted by sign by the road in front should be blooming through the summer.

Book Club

       Currently, the Book Club is reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book, Life Together. The Book Club meets in the Conference Room. All are welcome to join. The next scheduled meeting will be on August 10th - Contact Donna de Oliveira.

Events in August

       The Beloved Community Potluck wlll take place on Sunday, August 18th at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall. St. Paul's will provide the space and paper goods and drinks. Contact Peg Newby to help, or Beth Campen about what to bring. All are welcome.

          The Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 AM in the Parish Hall. Contact Jennie Cummings if you'd like to help.

      The DeKalb Tenants Association will meet on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 PM. Contact Jacob Maas for information.

      Movie Night will be cancelled in August so folks can attend Corn Fest.



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.


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St. Paul's is an affirming and inclusive Christian community!


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!  All are welcome, no exceptions! 

Adult/Youth and Children’s Choirs Resume