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September 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+


Childrens Sunday School will begin again at 10:30 AM in the St. Timothy Center.
Childcare is available in the Nursery from 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM.

Adult Formation


       Beginning on Sunday, September 8th, Adult Formation will again focus upon the Bible, with a five part series on a book   by Pete Enns, "The Bible Tells Me So . . . Why defending scripture has made us unable to read it." The format will be comprised of a video presentation by Pete Enns combined with group discussion. It will be necessary for participants to read the book as we go along.


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

       Book. Our book club begins its fall season with a new book, The Changing Face of God edited by Frederick Schmidt.

 It’s a short book, but don’t let that frighten you. It’s also a challenging book, perhaps even provocative. Find it on Amazon.  Find intelligent and, sometimes, provocative conversation among readers. All are invited to participate as the group begins a new reading selection accentuating a pattern of new thinking about God. Date and Time. We’re meeting on Friday, September 13th (we know, we know) at 5:00 pm. There will be some snacks, but if you want to brown bag it for yourself, that will be fine.  Place. We’re gathering at the home of Marilyn Cleland, 518 S. 2nd St., DeKalb.  Please let us know if you’re coming via email,  See you then.

Vestry Meeting, Sunday September 15, 12 PM

As you may know, the Vestry meetings are always open to the congregation. So in hope of improving communication, achieving greater transparency and parish engagement, we are holding the meeting in the parish hall right after the 10:30 AM service.  While only vestry members may speak and vote at the meeting, anyone may observe and later share any questions and comments with Mthr. Barbara, the wardens and vestry members. If you want an item to be discussed, please share your request to Mthr. Barbara a few days in advance of the meeting so that we can get it on the agenda. 

Events in August

      The DeKalb Tenants Association will meet on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 PM. Contact Jacob Maas for information.

      Acolyte and Usher Training will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 AM.   

      Movie Night has been cancelled.



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