Special Events

Things We Enjoy Doing Together At St. Paul's

SUNFLOWER SEEDS: POETRY FOR UKRAINE

Many today are looking for ways to help the people of Ukraine, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is hosting  reading of Ukrainian poetry by some of DeKalb’s own poets on Friday, April 1, at 7:00 PM. This poetry reading will be a benefit for Ukrainian refugees, with free will donations going to Doctors Without Borders. The poems, in English translation, are contemporary works written by Ukrainians in urgent response to the war in Ukraine. The readers are poets Bonnie Amesquita, Riccardo Amesquita, John Bradley, Marilyn Cleland, Joseph Gastiger, Beccy Parfitt, and Susan Azar Porterfield. Everyone is welcome. The program will also be Zoomed (see link on homepage) and streamed on our YouTube channel. 

Gardening

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.

Bonfire

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.

Taize

Once a month we gather, in the evening, with the greater DeKalb community for an experience of music, candles, chant and meditation in our own interpretation of the worship events taken from the style of the Taize Community in France.

Blessing of the Animals

Every year, near the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we invite all God’s creatures in for blessing in expression of our gratitude to them and to God for the sharing of their lives with us.

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.