• A FEW NOTES FROM PASTOR

    FEBRUARY 2021

     

     

     

    E-NEWSLETTER COMING.

     

    Would you like to receive our monthly mailings by email?  If so, please call the Church Office (630.543,6909) to verify your email.  This way you will receive our news immediately, and also help us save on postage too.

     

      We plan to begin publishing the e-version of our Newsletter in March.

     

     

     

    ASH WEDNESDAY IS FEBRUARY 17.

     

    Worship is at 7:00 p.m.  Communion will be celebrated.  Ashes will be distributed to those who wish them.

     

    I will also distribute Ashes in Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the 17th.  Communion will also be available.

     

     

     

    WEDNESDAY WORSHIPS CONTINUE DURING LENT.

     

    We will offer worship on every Wednesday evening during Lent.  Worship begins at 7:00 p.m.  The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.  The dates are: February 24; March 3, March 10, March 17, and March 24.

     

     

      

    NO LENTEN MEALS THIS YEAR.

     

    We praise God we are having the Wednesday night Lenten worship services.  We are sorry to say we cannot host the Lenten Meals this year.  COVID mitigation will not allow for it.

     

     

     

    PLEASE REMEMBER OUR BIBLE CLASSES.

     

    — Tuesday night class will meet in Church each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  We will have class throughout February.  We are studying Exodus: A New Beginning.

     

    — Wednesday afternoon class also meets throughout February.  Class begins at 1:30 p.m.  We are studying Mark. 

    MORE IMPORTANT NEWS

     

     

     

    NOTES FROM THE CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING:

     

    Our Church Council met on Monday, January 18.  We discussed many items.  Here are the top four (not in any particular order):

     

    1.)  George’s Retirement.  George is retiring at the end of February.  We are considering options to replace him.

     

    2.)  Looking for Some Officers.  We praise God for all those who are now serving and who have served on the Church Council.  We do have several vacancies to fill.  They include: Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member at Large.  Several Boards are also short on members.  

     

    3.) Church Finances.  Last year was a challenging year for Saint Paul.  Our finances were stretched.  Even so, our over-all plate giving declined by only 7.5% versus 2019 (2019 = $274,938; 2020 = $254,229).  For this we praise God.

       

    4.)  Christmas Appeal.  The 2020 Christmas is dedicated to Church Sign Improvements.  We have received $12,975 so far.  Donations will be accepted as long as we keep receiving them.

     

    What else did we discuss?  Minutes for the January meeting will be available after they are approved at the February meeting.  We should have them in the Church Office by February 17.

     

     

     

    VOTERS’ MEETING, FEBRUARY 1.

     

    We will meet in the Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m.  Items of business include a few minor changes to the 2021 budget, one of which has to do with our mission offerings.

     

     

     

    LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE (LWML) DOOR OFFERING ON FEBRUARY 13 AND 14.

     

    The door offering will be held after worship at all three services.  Pleased see the LWML website (lwml.org) for more information about this ministry.

     

     

     

    WHAT IS NEW WITH THE LAND SALE?

     

    Not much new to report.  The developer is still trying to purchase all four land parcels.  He has also met with the Village.