"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians (5:16-18).
St. Paul's Parish Announcements
Bowl for Kid’s Sake is Today, March 2nd!
Team St. Paul will bowl at 3:00 p.m. at Mardi Gras Lanes. The proceeds for this event benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of the Family Service Agency. You don't have to be a "pro" to bowl and the bowling game and shoes are free. Join us for an hour of fun for a good cause! Please contact Maureen for more information.
Ash Wednesday and “Ashes on the Go” Wednesday, March 5th
Lent is approaching! We will have two traditional Ash Wednesday services with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes: 8A.M. (spoken service) and 6P.M. (sung service, followed by a potluck soup supper at 7PM). St. Paul's will again partner with Grace Place Campus Ministry to offer "Ashes on the Go" in our yard (we may direct participants inside for warmth and free coffee to go) and at the corner of Lucinda and Normal Roads from 10AM to 1PM. Please contact Reverend Stacy if you would like to participate in this out-of-the-box liturgical experience- lay people can impose ashes and pray with others! Check out our website or Facebook album for details and pictures from last year.
Lenten Soup for the Soul Begins March 12th
2014 Lenten Soup for the Soul will meet for five sessions on Wednesday nights in Lent (March 12, 19, 26, April 2, and 9). We will be using the video series What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art as our guide. This series presents the story of Holy Week in art as well as discussion questions. Sign-up for potluck soup and salad suppers in the Parish Hall. Dinner starts at 545PM. Reflection and Study is from 615- 715PM. Childcare will be provided. Older children and teens are welcome to participate in the reflection and study time.
Volunteer Needed for the Salvation Army Food Pantry
A volunteer is requested to help with the Salvation Army Food Pantry on the first Thursday of the month just 4 times per year. If you are willing to take a rotation, please contact Pat McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennie Cummings (email@example.com).The shift is 9-noon.Thank you.
St. Paul’s Fellowship Opportunity, March 14
Join us on Friday, March 14, 2014 for a night out on the town in fellowship with St. Paul's parish family and friends of all ages! The group will meet for dinner at Hillside Restaurant in DeKalb at 5:30 PM and then head next door to the historic Egyptian Theater for the 7:30 PM performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat produced by Stage Coach Players. This "open group" is the perfect way to get to know folks from both service times at a lighthearted event filled with food,fun, and entertainment. Ticket ordering assistance will be provided for those who do not have a computer or need extra help. Please pick up a flyer and sign up today at the display in Parish Hall. Co-coordinators for the event are Jennie Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org and Julie Kostrey, email@example.com.
A Note to the Congregation from The Rev. Dr. Joyce Beaulieu
Dearest Friends at St. Paul's:
You may have wondered why you haven't seen much of me on Sundays lately. I have been working with St. Bride's Episcopal Church in Oregon, IL, and will be starting as their interim vicar March 1. This unfortunately will preclude my continuing as priest associate with you. I will continue to live in DeKalb during my time at St. Bride's, so will hopefully see you at functions around NIU and DeKalb, and we certainly won't lose touch entirely.
I have enjoyed being with your congregation since last February in my role as priest associate and will pray for your continued growth in faith, as I ask your prayers for my time at St. Bride's.
May God richly bless the community of faith that is St. Paul's and all your new endeavors!