Happy New Year!
January Newsletter 2023

Join us this Sunday, New Year's Day for worship and an oatmeal bar hosted by the Worship Ministry. You are invited to wear your pajamas to church!

Star Word Sunday

January 8, 2023

We will celebrate Epiphany with holy communion and the receiving of Star Words - intention words for the new year. The Magi followed a star, which ultimately led them to Jesus. We too use all the resources we have available to us to move closer to Jesus—including creative prayer practices. During worship you will pick your own star word printed on a card. Each star word is unique. No peeking! Trust the one you pick.  Can't be at church on the 8th? Contact the office to have your star word mailed to you. 

Needed: Bubble Wrap & Volunteers

Sunday, January 8

Can you help take down and move the Christmas decorations after worship? We'll bring down the trees, wreaths, and banners and move the boxes and candelabras to the Mission House basement. This year the Worship Ministry is making an extra effort to pack the large nativity pieces securely in plastic totes with new bubble wrap. Do you have bubble wrap taking up space at home? We're taking donations!

Next Diaper Donation
& Packing

Sunday, Jan 1
Sizes 4, 5, 6

2023 PRIDE Planning Meeting

January 10th on Zoom

St. Paul's is a proud sponsor and planning partner for Elgin's first LGBTQ+ Pride March and Festival happening Saturday, January 3, 2023 in downtown Elgin. The PRIDE organizers need more helpers! The next next Pride Planning Meeting for 2023's Elgin Pride Parade & Festival will be Tuesday, January 10th at 6pm over Zoom. Get the Zoom link here. Planning this event requires all kinds of skills and talents. Come and see how you can help! 

Illinois Conference Minister to Visit St. Paul's

We will welcome our Illinois Conference Minister Rev. Molly Carlson to our pulpit on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Please plan to greet and meet with Rev. Carlson during coffee hour. Learn more about Rev. Carlson and her ministry.

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 29th

Please plan to attend our annual business meeting on Sunday, January 29th immediately following worship. We will vote on the annual budget and elect council officers. Elections to take place at this year's meeting include:
  • Treasurer - Jennifer Volkening (year 3 of her 3-year term)  
  • Vice President - Jon Kobel (a 2-year term, followed by a 2-year term as President)
If you would like to run for either Treasurer or Vice President and be included on the ballot, please see President Dan Heinrch.
  • Having served two years as Vice President, Linda Schambach will begin a 2-year term as Council President in 2023.
  • The Calling and Caring Ministry will have a council opening in 2023. Are you called to leadership on behalf of Calling and Caring? Please see Ginny Mursewick or Pastor Liz about joining the council on behalf of this ministry.

Welcome to FAITH:
amily Activities In The Home

January FAITH: Remembering God's Blessings

Gather together as a family on a On New Year’s Eve or even a day in early January, place a box or basket in a special place in your house and decorate it, including a sign that says, New Year 2023.

Throughout the year, try to find a time each week to put significant items in the basket such as a program, a card/note you received, a picture or drawing you made of something that happened during the week.  The items/pictures do not only have to represent happy memories, because we know that God is with us in good and difficult times. It can be valuable to remember sad and challenging times, too.  

On New Year’s Eve of 2023, take turns with your family pulling items/pictures out of the basket and reflecting on all of the memories, remembering where God was present on that day.

When the basket is empty, say the following prayer together:
“Thank you, God, for the many ways you were with us last year, in good times and in difficult ones.  We are thankful for the many blessings of this year.  Amen.”
Adapted from:  Faithful Families by Traci Smith

January Anniversaries

Dave and Bonnie Starr  01/11
Bill and Sally Rhymes  01/12
Doug and Ellen Volkening   01/28
Kimberly and Bill Toth   01/30
Ken and Ramona Volkening   01/30

January Birthdays

Linda Meglin   01/03
Jenn Volkening   01/05
Bill Rhymes   01/10
Ellen Volkening   01/11
Alice Eichhorst   01/13
Bill Guptail   01/19
Sally Wilson   01/19
Dan Heinrich   01/20
Kathy Rabe   01/26
Melissa Wiggin   01/28
Cindy Heinrich   01/30  

We ask forgiveness for any omissions. 

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