Archives for October 2014

Weekly ePistle 10/29/14

Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour on November 2nd!


The Rector will be Away October 15 – November 5

Bill and I will be away for three weeks beginning October 15th. We’ll be visiting family, taking part in the 150th anniversary of my former parish, squeezing in a few days on the Gulf Coast, and presiding at a wedding before heading home. This Sunday will be covered by the Rev. Randy Wakitsch. In case of an emergency, please call Lisa in the office (Tuesday – Friday, 9am to 1pm) or one of the wardens. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel; you will be in ours.     lml+

Senior Warden Deb Lang – (815) 354-6741
Junior Warden Pam Dietmeyer – (815) 354-3507


Men’s Breakfast Saturday, November 1st, 8:00 a.m.

All men of the parish (and their friends) are invited to share breakfast and conversation at Kim & Patty’s. [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 10/22/14

The Rector will be Away October 15 – November 5

Bill and I will be away for three weeks beginning October 15th. We’ll be visiting family, taking part in the 150th anniversary of my former parish, squeezing in a few days on the Gulf Coast, and presiding at a wedding before heading home. The first Sunday will be covered by the Rev. Linda Green and the following two, by the Rev. Randy Wakitsch. In case of an emergency, please call Lisa in the office (Tuesday – Friday, 9am to 1pm) or one of the wardens. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel; you will be in ours.     lml+

Senior Warden Deb Lang – (815) 354-6741
Junior Warden Pam Dietmeyer – (815) 354-3507 [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 10/15/14

The Rector will be Away

October 15 – November 5

Bill and I will be away for three weeks beginning October 15th. We’ll be visiting family, taking part in the 150th anniversary of my former parish, squeezing in a few days on the Gulf Coast, and presiding at a wedding before heading home. The first Sunday will be covered by the Rev. Linda Green and the following two, by the Rev. Randy Wakitsch. In case of an emergency, please call Lisa in the office (Tuesday – Friday, 9am to 1pm) or one of the wardens. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel; you will be in ours.     lml+

Senior Warden Deb Lang – (815) 354-6741
Junior Warden Pam Dietmeyer – (815) 354-3507


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Weekly ePistle 10/08/14

Thoughts from Lori +

On Lesser Feasts and Saints

From the calendar of saints days, October 10th is the remembrance of Vida Dutton Scudder, “Educator and Witness for Peace, 1954.” She was born in 1861 to Congregationalist missionaries in India. She and her mother were confirmed in the Episcopal Church sometime in the 1870’s. Vida went on to study English literature at Smith College and Oxford, and then to teach at Wellesley. Her love of scholarship was matched by her deep spirituality and social conscience. Still a young woman, Scudder founded the College of Settlements Association and joined the Society of Christian Socialists. During this time, she began her lifelong association with the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a community living in the world and devoted to intercessory prayer. (see Holy Women, Holy Men, page 632). [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 10/2/14

Men’s Breakfast Saturday, October 4th at 8:00 a.m.

All men of the parish (and their friends) are invited to share breakfast and conversation at Kim & Patty’s.


Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday afternoon at 3pm
October 5, 2014
Rain or Shine
On the grounds of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Everyone and all pets are most welcome!
Leashes and/or crates please! [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 9/24/14

Service for Donald Mergler

Saturday, September 27th
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, McHenry, Illinois
The Burial Office and Holy Eucharist at 12 noon


Informal Fall Parish Meeting Sunday, September 28th following the service!

Please bring a covered dish to pass:

Last Names beginning A-G  —  Salads, Appetizers
Last Names beginning H-O  —  Casseroles
Last Names beginning P-Z  —  Desserts

Or your favorite specialty!


Thoughts from Lori +

On Lesser Feasts and Saints

One of the feast days this week was for Philander Chase, Bishop of Ohio, and of Illinois, 1852. He was born into a large family in New Hampshire in 1775. While in college at Dartmouth preparing for ministry as a Congregationalist, he discovered the Book of Common Prayer and thought is second only to the Bible in its excellence. At the age of 19, he was confirmed, ordained a deacon in 1798 and a priest in ’99. [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 9/17/14

Thoughts from Lori +

I enjoyed writing about Constance and Her Companions, Martyrs of Memphis, last week (see The ePistle for September 10, 2014). For many years, I presided at a mid-week Eucharist and would give a short, informal homily on one of the saints commemorated that week. I’ve missed that practice of reading about and reflecting on the lives of the saints. So I’m going to use this forum, The ePistle, to take up that practice again. There will be exceptions, of course, but this – saints – are what you can expect for a while.

There are many sources of information on the saints, of course, including but not limited to Holy Women/Holy Men, which will be my main source. It also offers a collect (prayer) and scriptures for each saint, as well as a brief biographical description. [Read more…]