Special Events

Things We Enjoy Doing Together At St. Paul's

healthy eating lecture

First in a series of healthy living events – Dr. Mylan Engel, NIU professor and head of the VEG organization, explained principles and benefits of healthy eating using a plant based diet.


“Moving from Darkness to Light” offered scripture, prayer, music, and an opportunity to light candles to acknowledge that December is difficult for many who have lost loved ones.


Dr. John Novak, Professor of Music at NIU, and a member of St. Paul’s, assembled four musicians to play a recital of organ music at the church on Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00 PM. as a free concert offered to the community. Marianne Kim, Joy Kim, and Trent Westfall of NIU joined St. Paul organist Kathleen Johnson for an awesome hour of music.

pet blessing

With a large swath of property between Normal Road and Garden Avenue near the NIU campus, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is in a unique position to use the remaining temperate days to offer community events. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invited animal lovers to bring their favorite four-legged friends and other creatures to a Community Pet Blessing Celebration, Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. at 900 Normal Road in DeKalb, IL.d

poetry reading

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church offered an evening devoted to the fine art of language in “Wonderment: Five DeKalb Poets Read Poems of Wonder and Awe.” The event was offered on Wednesday, September 13, at 7 PM. The poets, all DeKalb residents, are John Bradley, Rebecca Parfitt, Joseph Gastinger and Susan Azar Porterfield, recognized in the world of poetry through their awards and many books of poetry. There was a free will donation to the Environmental Defense Fund.


While 50+ years of the Lobster Boil Sale to the community has become history at St. Paul’s, the event has become a reason to gather with friends and family to celebrate the tradition of boiling lobster for a feast and friendship and fun.


In the spring our “Green Team” gets to work planting the garden with veggies and flowers for summer and autumn harvest. We grow beets, potatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, sunflowers and more. These are then delivered to food pantries of nearby churches. The flower and rose garden in the front of the church is for those who prefer flower gardening. Everyone is welcome to join in.


On three Saturdays in Lent in 2023, St. Paul’s showed movies chosen as especially relevant and appropriate to Lent. At other times, movies have been shown simply as fellowship events –  as was 2023’s vintage comedy series featuring Cary Grant.

movie nights


We clear the grounds (all five acres) of deadfall from the trees and gather for a community bonfire near the time of All Hallows Eve, and share stories, food and drink

The Church Path

Some of us like to maintain the Church Path—a path running through St. Paul’s grounds between Normal and Garden Roads, or from the local community and sorority and frat houses on the other side of Normal to the NIU Business School on Garden Road. We have a ministry of signs along the path to encourage and amuse those walking, and to keep the path open and safe for foot travel.