Christmas Week Services

Wednesday, December 23 – Blue Christmas 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Service 9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day Service 10:00 a.m.

 

Blessing of the Animals October 4th, 2015

This Sunday afternoon, October 4th at 4:00 p.m., we will have our now traditional Blessing of the Animals. Here are a few things to remember:
  • We will hold the event, rain or shine. If it’s raining, we’ll simply move into the parish hall.
  • Bring your pets on leashes or in pet carriers. If you have a particularly fearful or assertive pet, bring a picture.
  • Even if you don’t currently have a pet in your life, but have had them and loved them in the past, feel free to come and remember them in our prayers.
  • Please bring a bag of cat or dog food for the local animal shelter. This goes along with our commitment to “feed ourselves/feed our neighbors,” don’t you think?
  • Invite friends and neighbors to join us.

Weekly Eucharist and Laying on of Hands for Healing

I have always loved the Eucharist.  Having grown up in a decidedly Protestant tradition, one that passed around trays with tiny cups of grape juice and crackers maybe twice a year, the Eucharist was the first thing I fell in love with when I was first introduced to the Episcopal Church. Without knowing how or why, it fed me in some deep way that I didn’t even know I had been craving.  Over the years, it has never failed to feed me.  Even when I doubted God, even when I was broken and wounded – maybe most at those times – I have always been somehow nourished by that small piece of bread or wafer and that sip of wine.

Now as a priest for almost 30 years, I find that is still true.  And being the celebrant or presider at the Eucharist is the most profoundly and consistently holy and healing thing I do.  It doesn’t matter whether it is in the context of a grand service with glorious music, or on a TV table in someone’s living room.  Jesus is with us whenever and wherever we break bread and share the cup in his name.

Beginning in September, I am offering this parish, offering you, an opportunity to experience the Eucharist at a mid-week service on Wednesday evenings at 6:30, including the Laying on of Hands for Healing.

So, who is this service for?  It’s for anyone who hungers.  Who feels drawn by the presence of Jesus in this holy meal.  For anyone who wants more.  Perhaps you missed Sunday when you were out-of-town or not feeling well or had to work.  Maybe you’ve been inviting someone to come with you to church, but who is reluctant to come to the main service on Sunday morning.  This service will be a simple Eucharist; no music, a very brief homily (usually based on a saint’s day), all lasting about 30 minutes.  The Laying on of Hands for Healing will be available for anyone who desires special prayers for any kind of healing.

Consider yourself invited, not required, but invited.  I’ll be here.  So will Jesus.

Lori +

 

Parish Picnic

Please join us at our Annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 9th at 4:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite dish to share.

Prayer Vigil in Support of Marriage Equality

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Truck here at St. Paul’s!

The Northern Illinois Food Bank will have a Mobile Food Bank Truck here at St. Paul’s on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 to 12:00 noon to distribute food to those in need.

Also, the Centegra Health System Wellness Team will be on hand to offer FREE blood pressure and glucose tests to all those who come to receive food. Participants will receive  a copy of their results and resources for medication assistance.

Spring Parish Meeting

For our Parish meeting and covered dish luncheon on Sunday, May 18, parishioners are asked to bring a dish to pass:

Last Names beginning A – K:  Main Dish
Last Names beginning L -S: Desserts
Last Names beginning S – Z:  Salads/ Appetizers
This is just a “guideline.” If you have a great recipe you want to bring, go right ahead even if it is outside the guidelines!

Men’s Breakfast and Women’s Wednesday

THE MEN’S BREAKFAST

will be Saturday, May 3rd at 8am

Windhill Pancake House

WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY

will be May 7th at 7pm

in the Parish Hall

Note: We are reading Call to Action,  

a new book by

President Jimmy Carter.

   

It is available for e-readers,

and four hardback copies are available in

the church office for purchase.

 

It is NOT necessary to have read the book

in order to enjoy the company of this group.

Coffee & Conversation – March 30, 2014

Join us for Coffee & Conversation after church this Sunday. Our discussion of biblical epochs continues with the story of Moses and the Exodus. This is considered one of the essential elements of the Old Testament; nothing less than the formation of a desert tribe into the Chosen People. It’s hard to narrow down a recommendation for reading. Just dive into the book of Exodus. Preparation isn’t necessary though. Come for the fellowship and some interesting conversation. Everyone is welcome.

Coffee & Conversation – Sunday, March 23, 2014

Join us for Coffee & Conversation this Sunday after the Eucharist.  We’ll enjoy some fellowship and then have a brief discussion about the Old  Testament saga of Abraham and Sarah. It’s not necessary, but if you want to read ahead, start at Genesis 12. All are welcome.