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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


May 30, 2018

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

It’s a well-established fact that I love sports. Baseball, football, soccer, basketball…I enjoy and follow them all. So if you asked a lot of people what season it is right now, you’d probably be told “summer.” If you ask me? It’s draft season! The NFL just had theirs a few weeks ago, while baseball, basketball, and hockey all get into the action here in June.

Now what does this have to do with the church? Nothing, honestly. But for some reason the other day I was thinking about one of the weirder, but more thought-provoking “drafts” I’ve ever seen. It was while I was at seminary. A handful of professors sat a table in one of the conference rooms as a “Bible Draft” was held. It was all in fun, but the question behind it is an interesting one.

When a sports team analyzes which player to draft they take into account things like their speed, height, weight, injury history, and how they fit into their style of play. If you could only choose, say, 5 books of the Bible to make up your own, personal Bible, what would you prioritize? Surely you’d want one of the Gospels, but how would you determine which one? John is a favorite for a lot of people, but then you don’t have the story of Jesus’ birth. Luke has you covered for Christmas, but then you don’t get the Sermon on the Mount. Genesis would be an easy pick because it’s the beginning of everything, but that only leaves you 3 choices from Exodus, Psalms, Isaiah, Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians. And what if you like the stories of the Judges? And what about any of David’s life from 1st or 2nd Samuel? Or the lessons to be learned from Jonah? Or the wisdom of Proverbs? Or the story of the early church and Paul’s missions in Acts? What about Hebrews or Revelation or Ruth or…?

See what I mean? It’s not easy! Of course, we don’t have to make that kind of decision because we are blessed to have all 66 books of Scripture. But, as a thought-exercise, if you did have to choose, what would you pick? What are the books of Scripture that mean the most to you? Which ones have the biggest significance to you in your faith? Would you choose the ones that contain your favorite verses or stories, or would you go with the ones that provided the largest foundation for understanding just what it is that we believe?

There’s no right or wrong answer. But I’m interested in what yours might be. Both the books you would choose and your reasons for choosing them. In any event, I hope you spend some time this summer in those books, abiding in and being fed by the life-giving Word.

Pastor Jeremy

St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
05-06 99 2412.00 25.00
05-13 114 2223.00 28.00
05-20 95 2352.00 50.00
05-27 90    
Memorial Plaque   150.00  
Vacation Bible School   50.00  
Upgrade to Ladies Restroom   300.00  


Vacation Bible School starts Monday, June 4th at 9 AM.  You can register for Splash Canyon on-line at (Here!).  If you can assist in any way, please contact Anna 217 433-2074. 

From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris


Blood Pressure checks will be done on Sunday, June 3rd after worship.

Another of our family has had a baby. Christine Jolly had a little boy, Xavier Jorge Lujano, who was born February 16th.   As a church family, we’d like to provide her with a baby basket.  If you would consider donating items for the basket--this would be appreciated.  Christine is using cloth diapers and a diaper service but could use Pampers size 2, 3, and 4 for traveling.  Gift cards from Meijer or Walmart would be nice.  Any donated items should be given to Lois Pulaski or Pam Norris of the Health Cabinet by Sunday June 3rd.

Please let Lois or Pam know if you have any questions.

"Church League Softball"
The 2018 season began May 29th and will end with a tournament in July. All games are played on Tuesdays and Thursday, with three games played each evening at 6:15, 7:30 and 8:45 PM. Teams will usually play only one of these games per evening. All games will be played at Pontiac’s Rec Plex, south of Pontiac Correctional Center. The league is co-ed and players should be at least 16 years of age. Team colors are green and white. Players are to contact Stacy Eilts, First Lutheran, Pontiac [815] 822-1377, or Roger Wahls, St. Paul, Chenoa [815] 848-1415.




The Hope Pregnancy Center's Baby Bottle Project is from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.  If you have taken a baby bottle home with you, drop your spare change, dollars, or a check into the bottle and bring the bottle back on Father’s Day to help babies and mothers across the entire area. 

Thank you to all who sent cards for our 50th wedding anniversary.  We are very blessed to have reached this milestone.

Loren and Joy Poppe



Summer Worship began Sunday, May 27th.  Following is the schedule for the first Sundays. 

June 3, June 10 –Worship at 9 AM

June 17, June 24, July 1 – Worship at 10:30 AM>

Rest of the summer until September 9th – Worship at 9 AM