St. Paul's Newsletter
October 2022

This Sunday, Oct 2nd is a special Sunday for all churches. World Communion Sunday was thought up in 1930 by Dr. Hugh Kerr of the Presbyterian Church. His wanted to bring churches together in Christian unity and help churches realize their interconnectedness. In 1940 the Federal Council of Churches endorsed this service worldwide. We will be sharing the Bread and the Cup with our brothers and sisters throughout the world! After our service, please stay for Coffee Hour. Worship Ministry members are busy baking breads from around the world to share with you. We hope you will attend and share in this wonderful experience.
- Anne Heinrich, Worship Ministry

Join us!
Heritage Fest | Saturday, Oct 8th

Come enjoy fine German home-cooking* and live accordion entertainment. Professional Kids Face Painting and pretzel necklace craft table.
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Menu includes:
Bratwurst, German Meatballs
Spaetzle, German Potato Salad
Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage
Rye Bread, Root Beer
and Dessert!
*Hot dogs and chips available for kids with less adventurous taste buds.
Drive up and take out available.
Tickets: $12 Adults
$5 Kids 12 & under
FREE Kids 5 & under
All proceeds support the Burlington-Hampshire CROP Hunger Walk.

New Member Chat
Sunday, Oct 2nd

Are you thinking about becoming a member of St. Paul's church? Have questions about St. Paul's or the United Church of Christ? Head up to the Mission House at 10:30 AM for a chat with Pastor Liz.

Next Diaper Donation
& Packing

Sunday, Oct 2nd
Sizes 4, 5, 6

The Diaper Ministry aims to help families who struggle to afford diapers consistently. When life happens and work days are missed because one child stays home sick from school, for example, that week's pay check is less. Living paycheck to paycheck is a reality for many in our community. We distribute 12 diapers at a time in partnership with community organized events. It isn't a lot, maybe enough for a day or two, but they help parents keep their child dry and healthy.

Can you help bag diapers after church? Stop by the hall tables to help. Thank you!


Next Distribution:
Tuesday, Oct 18th

This is St. Paul's last FOOD distribution for 2022 with the Northern Illinois Food Bank mobile pop-up pantry. Diaper distribution will continue. Food distribution may require occasional heavy lifting. Sign-up at church to volunteer. Thank you!

Bring Your Photos in Oct 2nd or 9th
Faith Heritage Sunday

On Sunday, October 9th we will celebrate church life. Please email or bring a favorite picture of yourself in the midst of church life: a wedding, baptism, Vacation Bible School, youth group, confirmation, a mission trip...any photo capturing your church experience. Please include a post it or note with who is in the photo, its location, and occasion. On October 9th the photos will be displayed. Email photo and info to by Sunday, October 2nd or bring your photo to church Oct 2nd, 8th (Heritage Fest) or 9th.

Out and Faithful: A Multifaith Celebration of Queer Spirituality and a Call to Advocacy
Tuesday, Oct 11th at 7 PM
Elmhurst University

On National Coming Out Day, this celebration of spirit, words and music honors the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Elmhurst alumnus William R. Johnson, the first openly gay person to be ordained to the Christian ministry. The event includes a panel of speakers reflecting on spirituality and human sexuality, and a call to advocacy. Sponsored by the Elmhurst University Chaplaincy and the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel.
Admission is free. Contact Pastor Liz if you want to attend this event. She will drive!

Pumpkin Carving
Family Event

Saturday, Oct 15th
11AM - 12 Noon

Families are invited to choose a pumpkin from our harvest to carve and/or decorate. Kid-friendly carving tools and gallon baggies for pumpkin seeds provided.

Welcome to FAITH:
amily Activities In The Home

Each month the Christian Education ministry will provide a family activity - a Family Activity IThe Home! We hope you will embrace the activities as your child grows to know, love, and follow Jesus. We are excited to partner with you as you nurture the faith of your children.
October FAITH: This month you are invited to host an Imagination Star Party. Gather together as a family on a clear evening with a sky full of shining stars. What a beautiful sight that declares the glory of God! In the Bible, God counts the stars and calls them all by name. That’s how grand God is!!! It is amazing to think about how all of these stars were created by God. 
Lie down on blankets and invite everyone to look at the stars and tell about what pictures can be found in the stars. To remember the evening, go inside and on a piece of black paper with white chalk or paint dabbed on a cotton swab create the picture you saw in the stars. End the evening in prayer: 
“God who created the stars in the sky, thank you for giving us time to use our imaginations to see pictures in the sky. Help us to always remember how big and creative you are to put all the stars in the sky. Amen.” 
Adapted from: Faithful Families by Traci Smith

Highway Clean-Up
Saturday, Oct 15th
8:30 AM at the church

Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, and long sleeves. Safety vests are provided. Participants form two groups that pick up trash along 1 mile of Plank Rd - St. Paul's Adopt-A-Highway commitment.

Join Us for
a Bonfire Night!
Saturday, Oct 29th

Come for a night of fun anf food, Doug & Ellen Volkening wil again host a bonfire at their home at 24606 Poplar Road, Genoa on Saturday, October 29th beginning at 6:30 PM. Every year folks ask, "What can I bring?" A food sign-up sheet will be in the narthex.  Costumes welcome!

A Memorial Gift to Help Us All Hold On

Shar Gould and her children wanted to find a memorial gift that honored her husband Russ Gould and helped the church. When Shar browsed the "J" Dollars project list voted on last spring, she came across the railing and a plan fell into place. Shar and her family decided that a railing to provide stability for church members to safely enjoy both buildings was a perfect way to honor Russ's talents and generous heart. With memorial monies and monies donated by the Gould family a new railing was installed along the stairs from the church to the Mission House on Wednesday, September 21st by G & M Iron Work of Bartlett.

Burlington-Hampshire CROP Hunger Walk

St. Paul's Team raises $1,555 to date!

29 walkers represented St. Paul's at this year's walk! Many thanks to our walkers and our donors. The morning was shared with friends from First United Methodist Hampshire Church, St. John's UCC Harmony Church, and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Fox Valley Fire again donated walk t-shirts, Thrivent Bank sponsored a variety of breakfast snacks, fruit, and water, and Salvation Army provided safety patrol and a water hydration station along the route. Walk leaders led us in pre-walk stretches and clergy from the four churches led us in opening prayer. 20 raffle prizes were donated from local businesses including a handmade quilt, gift certificates, seasonal candles, and mum arrangements.

St. Paul's raised $1,555 to date and our fundraising continues with Heritage Fest proceeds supporting the walk as well. Walk fundraising totals will be announced in the November newsletter. A reminder that 25% of the walk's donations go directly to the Burlington-Hampshire Food Pantry. Thank you for giving your time, energy, and monetary gifts to support the fight against hunger for neighbors near and far.

The Living Nativity

Next meeting:
Sunday, Nov 6 at 10:30 AM

This event is a major outreach opportunity for St. Paul's and you are an important part of it's success. Please check out the sign-ups. There is something for everyone!

An Evening of Fun and "Blessing"

On Friday, September 16th four youth and three youth leaders joined Pastor Liz for a property-wide scavenger hunt! "The Team" and "Team Light" searched for a list of items that demonstrate the ways the church works to "be a blessing" (based on the UCC mission statement - find it here on St. Paul's homepage).  The neighbors were treated to the ringing bell at dusk! We closed the night making s'mores around the fire pit. Many thanks to our youth leaders Kerry Hanrahan, Mark Branson, and Alison Smith.

Upcoming November Highlights

Sunday, October 30th - November 20th
Stock the Shelves

Weekly food donations for the new Food For Families pantry at Well Child Center of Elgin.

Sunday, November 6th 
All Saints Day of Remembrance

We remember those members and friends of St. Paul's who have passed away in the last year as well as all those who have gone on before us.

Sunday, November 20th
Decorating the Sanctuary

Help trim the tree, hang the wreaths, unfurl the Advent banners, and more! Immediately after worship.

Sunday, November 27th
Advent Workshop

All ages are invited to a light sloppy joe lunch followed by Christmas themed crafts. All supplies provided. This is a FREE event sponsored by the Christian Education Ministry and Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry.

Financially Speaking

The total receipts for the month of August was $16,278.26 which included $710.00 for OCWM, $155.00 for Building and Maintenance, $67.00 from Coffee Hour, $28.00 from selling vegetable from our garden for PADS, $25.00 for our Diaper Ministry and $132.41 in loose offerings. We collected $46.00 for J dollars in August which brings the total for the year to $609.00.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Karen Westerman
Financial Secretary
70% of pledges have been paid thru the end of August in the amount of $102,574. Thank you for your generous commitment to the operations and ministries of our congregation.
Judy Reimer
Stewardship Ministry
Monthly financials and Council meeting minutes
are available anytime from the church office.

October Anniversaries

Brian & Kelly Cowan 10/03​
Daniel & Melissa Wiggin 10/07​
Mike & Ginny Mursewick 10/14​
Otto & Judy Einwich 10/22

October Birthdays

Alex Kaye 10/01​
Dan Wayeshe 10/01​
Janet Werner 10/01​
Hayden Thielke  10/02​
Lorrel Petty 10/04​
Dave Kaye 10/08​
George Bowers 10/09
Chet Westerman 10/10​
Sally Rhymes 10/11​
Karen Vollman 10/11​
Judy Einwich 10/14​
Stacey Gluchman 10/14​
Fred Vollman 10/15​
Karen Westerman 10/15​
Mark Kelly 10/20​
Barb Kamp 10/21​
Roberta Wayeshe 10/21​
Claire Westerman 10/24​
Karen Smith 10/25​
Bill Toth 10/27
Daemon Volkening  10/29​
Sue Huber 10/31​

We ask forgiveness for any omissions.

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