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May 2018 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


May 1, 2018

A Mother’s Love !                                                  


If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper—not a homemaker.


If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness—not godliness.


Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.


Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.


Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.


Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.


Love is present through the trials.


Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.


Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, than stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.


Love is the key that opens salvation’s message to a child’s heart.


Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection.  Now I glory in God’s perfect of my child.


As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.

God Bless Mothers.                                               Mother’s Day is May 13th


St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
04-01 174 1184.00 150.00
Easter for debt retirement 9419.00  
04-10 105 1703.75 68.00
04-15 108 2413.00 53.00
04-22 93 2449.00 25.00
04-29 92 3174.00 150.00
Memorial Plaque   200.00  
Lent   85.00  
Maundy Thursday   30.00  
Good Friday   30.00  






For the food pantry-- The food pantry serviced about 27 families in March which totaled about 94 individuals.

April to date served 19 families, which is about 56 individuals.  They average about 25 families or about 100 people each month.


Food Pantry needs:


Toothbrushes (they have toothpaste), shampoo/ conditioner, body soap, women's hygiene always needed, laundry soap, dish soap, canned fruits and veggies, canned meats, coffee and tea, cereal and oatmeal.


Anna Schmidgall is getting ready for Vacation Bible School This year the theme is “Splash Canyon’ and it will be held June 4-8.  You can register on-line at  If you can assist in any way, please contact Anna 217 433-2074. 



Church League Softball will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings June – July.  If Lutherans desire to field a team we need a core of committed players who will play most games.  If interested, please call or text Stacy Eilts, 1st Lutheran, (815) 822-1377 or Roger Wahls, St. Paul Chenoa, (815) 848-1415 soonest.”   




Plant your Spiritual Garden Now!    



First, plant five rows of peas—preparedness, promptness, perseverance, politeness, prayer.


Next to them, plant three rows of squash—squash gossip, squash criticism, squash indifference.


Then, plant four rows of lettuce—let us be faithful, let us be unselfish, let us be truthful, let us love one another.


No garden is complete without turnips—turn up for church, turn up with a smile, turn up with new ideas, turn up with determination to make everything count for something good and worthwhile.


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

May 27, 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