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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 24, 2017


Town Hall Meeting, September 24, 11:45 AM


There is another Town Hall Meeting today after the service on September 24 to discuss the Sanctuary Reconfiguration topics. Lunch will be served.


CAT Survey for Rector Search Committee


Please remember to complete the CAT survey online at

Those needing to have a paper copy of the survey can contact Dick Dowen. The surveys should be complete by October 8th.


After the Town Meeting, there will be people with laptop computers to assist those who would like help completing the survey on line.


Pet Blessing, October 1st


Next week is the 9th Annual Pet Blessing at 1:00 P.M. on the front lawn – rain or shine! The Reverend Ed Bird will preside. Pets of all sizes are welcome on leash or in crates. If your pet cannot travel, you can bring a picture. Flyers are on the table in the corner of the Parish Hall to distribute as you can.



Thursday Rehearsals: Children’s Choir, Sept 5:00-5:30 PM, and Oct 6:00-6:30 PM. Adult/Youth Choir: 7:00-9:00 PM. Sunday mornings our choir warm-ups and morning anthem rehearsal are at 10:15 AM, for the 10:30 AM service.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Collection Next Week


Donations allow us to assist people in need in our community.  Checks can be written to "St. Paul's" with "Rector's Discretionary Fund" in the memo. Thank you for your contributions to this important ministry.


Crop Walk


The Sondra King Memorial CROP Walk of DeKalb  County will take place on Sunday, October 15th, starting at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Registration is at 2:30 PM and Step Off at 3 PM There are 2 walks: a 5K walk and a Golden Mile walk. CROP Walk addresses hunger worldwide and in DeKalb County.


We can walk on the web: go to and look for our team: St. Paul’s Dekalb. You can join the team as walker and/or make a donation using a credit card. For more information, contact Henry Leonard, 815-758-4831 or


Keeping God’s People Safe Training


Keeping God’s People Safe (KGPS) is an online training for lay ministers required by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.  Many of us have taken this course in the past and need to renew. The renewal period is 5 years.  There are several new lay ministers who need to take their initial course.  If either of these categories applies to you, please watch your email for notification of what is needed and how to link to the website to complete the course.  Please complete the KGPS training by October 31, 2017, and turn your completion certificate into the Parish Office.  If you have questions, please see Peg Newby.


Rector’s Discretionary Fund Collection Next Week, October 1


Donations allow us to assist people in need in our community.  Checks can be written to "St. Paul's" with "Rector's Discretionary Fund" in the memo. Thank you for your contributions to this important ministry.


Food Pantry Collection is October 8


Parishioners are reminded that Sunday, October 8th, will be Food Pantry Sunday. Contributions may be made at any time during the month, not just on the 8th.  We hope that everyone will participate, even in a small way.



Episcopal Relief Services – Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund


Those wishing to donate to relief efforts for the victims of recent natural disasters may find a donation page on the Episcopal Relief website,




Prayer Requests

We will keep prayer requests in the bulletin for six weeks from the date of the request. Please feel free to renew a request.

Talking to the Community

We are hoping to send out press releases on the activities at St. Paul’s on a regular basis. Please let the Parish Office know of any ideas you have to speak about the parish activities and members.

St. Paul's is an affirming and inclusive Christian communityAll are welcome, no exceptions!

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!

Adult/Youth and Children’s Choirs Resume