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May 2022 Newsletter

"PEACE" be with you.

I miss wearing my mask. I know. It sounds crazy.
I don't miss the breathing problems. I don't miss trying to understand each other with our mouths covered. And I don't miss the frantic and embarrassed purse search when I walked into a store forgetting to put one on.

I miss wearing my mask because I miss the word PEACE across my face. Early in the pandemic the UCC sold masks with different encouraging messages. The first was PEACE, then LOVE, then BE A BLESSING. I bought five PEACE masks and wore them everyday. I loved wearing that mask. I loved the unspoken offering of PEACE to every stranger with which I made eye contact. I meant it every time I put it on. 

I remember thinking I should have an explanation for why I wore it in case someone asked. No one ever asked. But if they did, I was ready to explain that "peace" was the first word of the risen Christ to the disciples in that locked room (according to John 20:19). And every time I wore my PEACE mask I remembered that Jesus was with me, with all of us in those anxious fearful days of the pandemic. I wore that mask like a testimony, like an invitation, like a prayer. 

The Eastertide scriptures remind me again that the disciples' first encounters with the risen Christ were about action as much as words; demonstrating as much as speaking. The resurrected Jesus demonstrates peace with patience, personal relationship, listening, breaking bread, and even making breakfast. As disciples of Jesus we are called to demonstrate peace like this too. Without the word across my face, I am challenged anew to answer Jesus' call to be an instrument of peace and reconciliation. This Eastertide I invite you to take up the challenge with me. How will we share the peace of Christ to one another and to our community? Peace be with us all as we shelve our masks, leave our locked rooms, and reach out to one another again.
- Pastor Liz

New Member Chat | Sunday, May 1st


Are you thinking about becoming a member of St. Paul's church? Have questions about St. Paul's or the UCC? Let's chat this Sunday. Grab a coffee and head up to the house about 10:30. We'll gather in the Great Room. - Pastor Liz

3 Great Reasons to Come to Church on

Sunday, May 22nd

 

Music Appreciation Sunday

One of the joys of 2022 has been the return of choir on Sunday mornings. During the pandemic, Jon, Gay, and the choir went to extraordinary lengths to pre-record special music for our Zoom services. The choir's presence these last few months has been a real gift. On Sunday, May 22nd we will celebrate music ministry at St. Paul's and enjoy two special choir performances in worship.
 

Congregational Meeting

Immediately following worship, we will call a congregational meeting to review and vote on a proposal to repair the church parking lot.
 

Pastor Jill & Her Family Visiting

A third great reason to attend worship on Sunday, May 22nd - Pastor Jill, Jeff, Jackie and Julia plan to attend worship!  Please plan to stay after the meeting to say hi. Pastor Jill is the former pastor of St. Paul's and served from 2012-2020.

Thank You!

The Easter Breakfast was once again a success.  We served 53 people a delicious breakfast buffet and homemade breakfast treats from our Sweet Table.  THANK YOU  to everyone who helped make this a success.    
Janet Werner
Hospitality/Fellowship Ministry

And the winner is.....

We held a small raffle during the Easter breakfast to help support the "J" Dollar Fund. Three prizes were offered and the winners were drawn this past Sunday. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who participated.  
  • Sock Bunny - Tenley Volkening
  • Mason Jar arrangement - Sue Huber
  • Bicycle floral arrangement - Bob, who was visiting that day and is Ken Volkening's neighbor
  • Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar (The total was 194) - Ken Volkening

***RESCHEDULED***

New Date Highway Clean-Up Date
Saturday, May 7th


Due to low sign-up count (and thunderstorms now in the forecast), the Highway Clean-Up is rescheduled for Saturday, May 7th (with a back-up date of Saturday May 14th in case of bad weather or low sign-up). Please sign-up if you plan to attend. Long pants and sleeves, boots and gloves are recommended. Safety vests provided. And John Ziegler is loaning us a ton of hand-grip trash picker tools. Thanks John!

May 1st
Diaper Donation:
Sizes 4,5,6

In support of the food and diaper distribution with EPEL and the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Panty on Tuesday, May 17th.

Mobile Food Pantry - Volunteers Needed 5/17

The Missions Ministry is looking for volunteers to help distribute food and diapers on Tuesday, May 17th from 3:30-5:30PM at the Old Sherman Hospital parking lot. Please sign-up by May 8th.

Summer Women's Bible Study

Women of All Ages Invited


Come and hear and study the Good News of God's abundant grace with "Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them" by Liz Curtiss Higgs.

We will take a look in the Bible at ten of the best-known "femmes fatales" who lived through situations that will sound oh so familiar to us all. Eve had food problems, Potiphar's Wife and Delilah had man troubles. Lot's Wife Michal could not let go of the past. Sapphira couldn't let go of money!  And yet, the woman at the well, at last, had her thirst quenched.  Sound familiar? 

Let these "bad girls" show us why studying the Bible has never been more fun!   Come and join me for a time of prayer, friendship, and study!!!  

Need a ride?  Let me know, and I will help arrange transportation.

When: June 7, 2022,  Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Ministry House
Please call or E-Mail Linda Schambach if you have questions.
Linda Schambach: 815-272-8099 or Milddr@aol.com

Stay Tuned! Sign up and more information to come.

In UCC News...
"UCC Sells Downtown Cleveland Office Building"

“The real message here is focus on your mission, and make sure, as good stewards, that every resource you have is currently serving the mission,” said UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer. “And if it’s not, find a way to repurpose it for the sake of the mission. That’s what this has been about.” Read more here.

Easter Wreaths for Residents at the Vines

On Tuesday, April 12, volunteers from St. Paul's visited the Vines Senior Homes to deliver our handmade Easter wreaths. 40 Easter wreaths in total were gifted and the residents were very appreciative. We were able to visit with two very special residents, St. Paul members Alice Eickhorst and Barb Kasper. During our visit, Jon Kobel led residents in a joyful hymn sing. Karen Snyder delivered wreaths to each room. Polly, Pastor Liz, Alison, and our therapy dog Dolan visited with residents. And our church photographer Sue Huber captured the moment. Thank you to everyone who participated in the crafting and delivering.

Holy Walk 2022

14 kids and their families came out for our annual Lenten Holy Walk on Saturday April 9th. We learned about Jesus' life, death, and resurrection at different stations led by Sunday School teachers (and disciples) around the church property. (Wow, are we blessed with a beautiful space!) Each child made a set of Resurrection Eggs to help them retell the events they learned. Enjoy these photo highlights. Many thanks to our Sunday School teachers, disciples, and Sue Huber for somehow being in two places at once and capturing photos of the day for both groups.

Financially Speaking

The total receipts for the month of  March was $17,207.35.  Our spendable income came to $17,817.35 including our OCWM income of $385.00, $285.00 for Ukraine Relief, $361.00 for Easter/Lenten offering, and $502.00 for Easter Flowers. We had $395.00 of charitable income for One Great Hour of Sharing.
 
We also had $57.00 contributed to the J dollars in March.

Karen Westerman,
Financial Secretary

Stewardship Update

25% of pledges have been paid thru the end of March with 50 members pledging and 61 members contributing in total.

The next special missions offering will be taken up for Strengthen the Church on Pentecost Sunday, June 5th. This fund supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC congregations. As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

Thank you for your faithful support of St. Paul's and the wider church.
Judy Reimer
Stewardship Ministry

May Calendar


Sunday, May 1
9:30 AM Worship & Communion
10:30 AM New Member Chat

Tuesday, May 3
10 AM Knitting Ministry
6:30 PM PADS Meal
Wednesday, May 4
9:30 AM & 7 PM Zoom Prayer
Saturday, May 7
9 AM Highway Clean-Up
6-8 PM Drum Circle
Sunday, May 8 Mother's Day
9:30 AM Worship
Wednesday, May 11
9:30 AM & 7 PM Zoom Prayer

Sunday, May 15
9:30 AM Worship & Baptism of Taylor Smith
Tuesday, May 17
10 AM Knitting Ministry
3:30-5:30 PM Food/Diaper Dist.
6:30 PM PADS Meal
Wednesday, May 18
9:30 AM & 7 PM Zoom Prayer
Thursday, May 19
7 PM Council Meeting
Sunday, May 22
9:30 AM Worship/Music Appreciation
10:30 AM Congregational Mtg
Pastor Jill & Family visiting
Wednesday, May 25
9:30 AM & 7 PM Zoom Prayer
Sunday, May 29

9:30 AM Worship

May Anniversaries

Bill & Sally Wilson            5/11
Brett & Susan Wolfe        5/20
Tommy & Liz Patz            5/24
Dan & Anne Heinrich        5/29
 

May Birthdays

JoAnn Pate            5/02
Olivia Kamp            5/03
Grayson Thielke    5/04
Jack Westerman    5/04
Jeff Volkening        5/07
JoAnn Sorenson    5/10
Eileen Andresen    5/12
Elsie Ward            5/12
Gary Brown                5/13
Alison Smith            5/17
Douglas G. Volkening    5/17
Ryan Smith                5/18
Daniel Wiggin            5/19
Courtney Kaye            5/25
Arnold Lauber            5/29

We ask forgiveness for any omissions. 

2022 Council Members & Emails

Officers
Dan Heinrich, President
Linda Schambach, Vice-President
Jennifer Volkening, Treasurer
Anne Heinrich, Recording Secretary   
Karen Westerman, Financial Secretary          
 
Ministry Chairpersons
Karen Smith, Christian Education
Vernon Knaak, Vernon Knaack
Karen Snyder, Missions
Janet Werner, Fellowship and Hospitality
Dave Berna, Properties
Judy Reimer, Stewardship
Polly Russell, Evangelism
Ginny Mursewick, Calling and Caring


Staff
Rev. Liz Patz, Pastor
Linda Becker, Secretary
Gay Bouwmeester, Pianist
Jon Kobel, Choir Director
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