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   Wanted: A Few Good St. Paul Mission Interpreters  

We are looking to enlist about 5-7 individuals to serve as Mission Interpreters: men and women who can strengthen our congregation's awareness of local, synodical, and churchwide ministries that are made possible through our offerings...and find creative, enthusiastic ways to say thank you. Our MI's will be supported by a network of MI's throughout the Synod, and, at St. Paul, by the Outreach and Stewardship Boards.

If you are good at expressing gratitude and passing along inspiring stories--whether through speaking, writing, taking pictures, using technology, or just by organizing others who can do these things--please consider joining me at the Mission Interpreters Orientation facilitated by our Synod and hosted at St. Paul on Saturday, May 17 from 1-4pm.

Are you willing to give it a try? If so, please let Pr. Williamson know by Sunday, May 11.
You can learn more about Mission Interpreters at

 
A variety of activities are being planned in this beautiful area of Illinois about 20 minutes from Galena.  Meg’s home on the lake will accommodate over 20 and will be the perfect place to retreat from your hectic schedule and relax in peaceful surroundings.   You can take long walks, hike, kayak, explore Galena---or try yoga, meditation or choose to sit by the lake and read a book!  Meal preparation is actually fun when shared by all.

Don’t miss this chance for womanship (fellowship just isn’t the right word!)  
Questions, and to reserve your spot contact:
2013 Retreat. Click on image
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Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 8th at 11:30
following the 10:00 am worship service


Annual Congregational Meeting   Mark your calendars for our annual meeting on Sunday, June 8th at 11:30 following the 10:00 am worship service.  Childcare and a light lunch will be provided.  Among the items included at this meeting will be the election of new council members and consideration of same gender marriage in our congregation.





 2014 Congregational Meeting Minutes
are available for review

The minutes from the January 26, 2014 Congregational Meeting now are available for review by congregation members. 
The minutes are a draft only and the congregation will be asked to approve them at the June Congregational meeting.



Upcoming Forums
9:45 in the ESSE room

April 27: The Story of One Wheaton: Presenter: Lora Wiens
One Wheaton is an open, inclusive, and safe community for LGBTQ and Allied alumni and students of Wheaton College. Learn how this organization is supporting students and alumni with compassion, counsel, and resources so that they can live full, vibrant lives.  
 
May 4  -  How a congregation can create an endowment fund
Jennifer Prinz, the ELCA Foundation Illinois gift planner, will present information on how a congregation can create an endowment fund, how that fund can be managed and how the funds can be used.  We currently have an endowment account holding $20,000 and a task force exploring how to best make use of those funds.  Come prepared with your questions and ideas.

May 11  -  No Forum, New Member Reception in the ESSE Room.

May 18 - On a Mission – Legacy Corps volunteers take care of our veterans – and the faithful loved ones by their sides  - Presenter: Peg Saintcross
Legacy Corps is an organization that provides caregiver support services and education to veterans and military families of all ages.
 
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois houses this program, one of only 15 operating in the U.S to provide no-cost care to northern Illinois residents regardless of income level. We do this through more than 75 volunteers operating out of three offices across 12 counties. Need our services? Want to volunteer in a meaningful way? Come learn more about Legacy Corps/LSSI

May is Mental Health Month!

Our mental health ministry at St. Paul wants to remind you that we are working to provide sanctuary, education and support to anyone living with a mental illness or who cares about someone with a mental illness.  We also are working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness that exists in our culture and often prevents those who need medical care from obtaining it.

We offer a support group the 2nd Monday of each month in the ESSE room from 7:00-9:00 pm.

 We invite you to stop by the bookshelves outside of Pastor Williamson’s office to pick up tip sheets and brochures that may help you better understand mental illness and available treatment.Some websites you also may find helpful include:

During this month, we will have Sunday bulletin inserts on mental health topics. .Please contact either pastor, Sue Cahalan at 630-690-7415 or Pat Noeske at 630-462-7868 if you would like more information or need someone to talk to. All calls are confidential

The newly framed Earth Flag is unveiled
On Friday evening February 21, after a Chili Supper, the newly framed Earth Flag was unveiled. St. Paul is the first church in Wheaton to be awarded the flag by the DuPage County Board! 


BASIC - Brothers And Sisters In Christ
is St. Paul’s catechumenate process for seekers and growing Christians
 
In five sessions (Apr. 23 - May 21), we'll explore key themes of the Book of  Isaiah--the Old Testament prophet sometimes called the "Fifth Evangelist", in a group study that incorporates fine art, inductive Bible Study, and engaging teaching (via DVD) from the Rev. Dr. Jane O'Hara Shields, Director of Evangelical Mission in the New England Synod (ELCA), and the Rev. Eric Shafer, former Communications Director for the ELCA.

You can register for just this single unit of BASIC or enroll as an inquirer considering the full Spring 2014-Winter 2016 catechumenate process.  

There is no cost for the Isaiah course, but participants will want to have or borrow a Lutheran Study Bible.
 

   Register HERE for the Spring Session    
                    
or by dropping a registration card (found on the Welcome Table)
                      in the offering plate or by the church office!
 
    More information about BASIC

 
This summer, July 26-August 1, 15 St. Paul high school youth and four adults are journeying to Lantern Hill in Ensenada, Mexico, to participate in a week of learning, service, and growing closer to God.  We are so grateful for these young followers of Jesus who will be building relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and continuing on their faith journey during this week immersed in another culture.
 
This is the first of three fundraisers for the 2014 summer trip, and we need to raise $4000 through stock sales. Your help is needed to make this experience possible for St. Paul’s high school youth!  Please consider ‘taking stock’ in St. Paul’s youth by buying at least one stock share to support this faith-transforming trip.  Each stock share is also a ticket to the Stockholders Dinner – a thank you-meal served by trip participants to be held on  Sunday, September 28th.  Shares are $25 each.  Children under 12 may attend the dinner for free.  By purchasing stock, you’re not just supporting a trip; you’re supporting the faith formation of young people who will grow in their Christian faith during this week of servant learning, and return to share God’s love within the St. Paul community and beyond!  Thank you for your support!
 
Contact Vanessa Young with questions at (630) 668-5953 or vyoung.stpaul@sbcglobal.net . 

 

Men's Breakfast Group reads
The Gospel According To Hollywood
The Saturday Morning Breakfast Group meets bi-weekly from
7:30-8:45 a.m. in the ESSE room for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation. Haven't been to Men's  Group before? "No experience necessary!"
 

 
Men’s Breakfast Group will meet Saturday, April 12  and 26.
 
We will discuss the last two chapters of the book,, The Gospel According To Hollywood, by Greg Garrett.

It's never too late to join the discussion, and we welcome your suggestions for future topics.
 
Men of all ages are welcome!  Questions about the men's group?
 
Contact: Phil Adams at philtype@aol.com or
Pr. Mark Williamson at mwilliamson.stpaul@sbcglobal.net.



Benefit the Earth Ministry Team
and Experience Delicious Home-Grown Produce
Sweet Home Organics and St. Paul Lutheran Church bring you vegetable and herb seedlings grown organically – without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified seeds.

A portion of the St. Paul pre-order sales will be donated to the Earth Ministry team.

 
Options include:
  • Tomatoes – including heirloom varieties
  • Peppers – hot and sweet varieties
  • Cucumbers – slicing and pickling varieties
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale and Collard Greens
  • Summer and Winter Squashes
  • Herbs and much more
How to Order:
  • Order online
    Go to Sweet Home Organics' Online Shop where you can pay by credit card or check.
    Be sure to select St. Paul in the “How did you find us” box on the Checkout screen.
    Online orders due April 29th.
     
  • By Mail
    Fill out the St. Paul paper order form and pay by check. Paper orders due April 12th.
    2014 Seedling Order Flyer/Order Form

Pick up your seedlings in spring, at various locations:
  • Saturday, April 26, 10a – 2p – Villa Park Open House
    (see where the seedlings are grown and pick up early-season crops)
  • Saturday, May 3, 10a – 1p – St. Paul Lutheran Church parking lot in Wheaton
  • Saturday, May 10, 9a – 1p – SCARCE parking lot in Glen Ellyn
  • Satuday, May 17, 10a – 4p – Gardenology event in Geneva

Sale sponsored (for the forth year) by the Earth Ministry Committee. 

"Cinema at St Paul" is a movie ministry that meets approximately once a
month in Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.
Lively discussion follows the movie.

On selected Friday evenings, current and classic movies are presented.
Join us for the 2014 winter season of
Cinema at St. Paul

Pizza & Fellowship
6 pm

Movie starts
7 pm

Check the SCARCE (Glen Ellyn) web site for items they collect, or phone 630-545-9710.
Listings of recycling opportunities cover all of DuPage County.
Computers:  If they're still usable, donate to People's Resource Center

Computers, monitors, electronic equipment:  The second Saturday of each month, 9:00-12:00 noon, at the construction materials lot, east of the Wheaton Police Station.

Books: People's Resource Center, SCARCE, thrift stores

Pharmaceuticals: Wheaton Police Station, inside the front door.  Place capsules, tablets, etc. in a plastic zip-lock bag and deposit them in the collection box.  Other police stations also offer this option. All personal identification should be removed from any pharmaceuticals prior to disposal.

Clothing and shoes: People's Resource Center and local thrift stores
Clothing and other fabrics not fit for resale:  Goodwill -- the items are sent off to be shredded and used for insulation. 

VHS tapes:  Thrift stores and to the Wheaton electronic recycling.

Gym Shoes:  Save them for St. Paul's Gym Shoe Rescue each spring

Furniture: Call Twice is Nice (Geneva Rd. and President, next to Village Market), 630-260-0942, for pickup of large items. Goodwill will also pick up furniture.

Medical equipment: Inform the church of the items available and keep in your home for members to borrow, or check with SCARCE - 630-545-9710.
Walkers, wheelchairs,etc. can be donated to or loaned out from the Township senior centers.

Do you have any medical or rehab equipment you are no longer using, like:
  • crutches
  • canes,
  • shower chairs
  • wheel chairs
If you care to loan this equipment to other St. Paul members.   CLICK HERE for a printable form that can be filled out and sent to the St. Paul office so your equipment can be matched to our members rehabbing needs. Or, just email the church office, office.stpaul@sbcglobal.net with an inventory of your available medical equipment.


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