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June 2017 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


May 30, 2017   


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


I don’t know what your home is like right now, but I know mine has been full of both praises and moans. The praises come from a child set free from school for the better part of three months. The moans come from parents wondering how to fill the days in a manner more constructive than allowing him to gorge on video games and YouTube videos. What else is there to do?

Well, for a lot of people that question is partially solved by taking a vacation. I remember as a kid we’d load up the family station wagon, and the extra carrier on top of it, and go camping for a week or two. Now, I’m not saying I don’t enjoy camping, but I’m also not heartbroken that having a 1 year old means doing that for more than a night or two isn’t really an option. But whether you’re the type who likes to sleep in a tent, in a camper, or a pleasantly cool hotel room, vacations are wonderful things. It’s a blessing to be able to get away from your daily routines and relax and have fun for a while.


However, when we find ourselves out on the road, when we’re out of the regular routine of bringing the kids to Sunday School every weekend…we can find that our faith lives take a bit of a vacation, too. And that’s not such a good thing. As I’m sure you know, it’s a lot easier to fall into bad habits than it is to quit them. If that weren’t the case you’d see a lot more tobacco companies going out of business and more churches needing to add extra seating.


I understand that sometimes your travels take you to places that getting to church on a Sunday morning difficult. But I want to encourage you to be sure and make time for Jesus this summer. Even with all the other things calling for your attention, make it a priority to spend time in prayer. To spend time in Scripture. To gather in God’s house for worship, whether it’s here or at a church near your destination. If you want help to find a church in the area you’re visiting, I’d love to help point you toward one.


I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this chance to make a plug for a great way to fill some of your kids’ time the first full week of June. From the 5th-9th we are again having Vacation Bible School and we would LOVE to have your kids and your friends’ kids join us each day to learn about our awesome, gracious, powerful God.


As you embark on your summer, go with the words of Jesus from the end of Matthew: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Pastor Jeremy



St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
05-07 88 1497.00 25.00
05-07 92 2766.00 95.00
05-14 116 2742.00 45.00
05-21 101 3632.14 25.00
05-28 73 2915.81 153.00
Debt retirement   500.00  
Entrance Doors   1600.00  
Lent   50.00  

Next week--VBS will be held June 5-9, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Monday-Thursday in the morning with a Friday evening session and closing ceremony.  If you have not registered your children, please do so today.











David and Landon Langel have transferred their membership to Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairbury.  We ask God to bless them in their new fellowship.


Natashia Coan and Trevor Nelson were married at Ravina on the Lake, Peoria on May 28, 2017.  We ask God to bless this union. 



Perfect attendance for May include the following:


1st-2nd Grade: Jacsen Gooding

3rd-5th Grade: Alexis Gooding, Dylan Verdun

6th-7th Grade: Megan Rhoda, Nolan Verdun

8th-12th Grade: Chase Beitz, Elijah Beitz, Hannah Norris, Nathan Reed, Seth Reed


Perfect Attendance/Near Perfect Attendance for the year include the following:


1st-2nd Grade: Jacsen Gooding, Isaac Latzke

3rd-5th Grade: Alexis Gooding

6th-7th Grade: Clayton Beitz, Paige Weber

8th-12th Grade: Chase Beitz, Elijah Beitz, Hannah Norris, Nathan Reed, Seth Reed



From Our Parish Nurse                                                  Pam Norris


Blood Pressure Checks will be taken on Sunday, June 4th after worship. 


For the Food Pantry, this month, let’s collect protein items.  This could include peanut butter, cans of spaghetti, stew’s, etc. 


      More than one million Americans at or over age 40 are currently blind.  Vision impairment creates problems for an additional 2.4 million.  As Baby Boomers age, these numbers are expected to double.  That means this is a problem for all of us.  Blindness and visual impairment from many eye diseases and disorders can be reduced when detected and treated early.  The leading causes of vision blindness and visual impairment include: 

                Diabetic retinopathy:  this common complication of diabetes affects and impairs vision in nearly half of all diabetics to some degree over their lifetime.  Blood vessels of the retina can break down, become blocked or leak.  Effective treatment includes laser surgery and some medications.  Diabetics require annual dilated eye exams.

                Age related macular degeneration:  this is the most common cause of legal blindness and vision impairment in older Americans because it damages central vision.  There is no generally accepted treatment, but laser therapies may reduce the risk of further vision loss.

                Cataract:  this is the clouding of the lenses of the eye and usually appears with advancing age but can be linked to smoking, diabetes and excessive exposure to sunlight.  Surgical treatment can eliminate vision loss by replacing the e eye’s lens.

                Glaucoma: vision loss is caused by gradual damage to the optic nerve which carries visual information from the eye to the brain.  Vision loss is not noticed until significant nerve damage has occurred so screenings are important for early diagnosis when it can be controlled.  Any vision loss cannot be restored

      We have a responsibility to care for our eyesight.  God has given us our body and the resources to care for it.  In I Corinthians 3: 16 Paul tells us, “You yourselves are God’s temple and …God’s spirit lives in you.  In verse 9 he says, “You are Gold’s field, God’s building.”  By seeing the eye doctor regularly for vision exams and following our doctor’s advice, we become good stewards of our bodies.  We use the resources God has given us so we can become the extraordinary servants He intends us to be. 




ew Newsletter Series ….

          I have started visiting and interviewing members of our congregation and those interviews appear again in this newsletter.  If you would rather not be interviewed, please tell me when I call you. 

                                                                                Joy Poppe



Lee Wahls was born at the old St. James Hospital in Pontiac September 20, 1929.  She and Vernon were married December 5, 1948 and were married over sixty years.  Lee was confirmed as an adult and joined our church in 1949.  She was raised in the Methodist Church, was active in the High School group and sang in the choir, but when she married Vernon she wanted to be a part of his church along with his brother and wife,  Ervin and Marge Wahls.  They had four children, one of which is now deceased.  Her favorite way to spend her free time was she used to like to mow and work in the garden but her son has said she is retired from that now.  Living by Lincoln School in Pontiac and being raised by her great aunt and uncle she developed many close friendships in the neighborhood creating wonderful memories.  She wishes she could talk to her mother as she called her when the twins were born, but she died before Lee could talk to her in person.  She would like to be remembered as not always thinking of her self but thinking of others and helping others.  She wishes her eyesight were better and she has a wonderful collection of baby plates and paper weights which she shared with us.  When she was younger she wished for a horse.  Her first jobs were babysitting and she detasesled corn for Tombaugh.  She feels her husband; Vernon had the greatest influence on her life.  Lee tries to include in her prayers those that are in need of prayer and she continues to pray before meals and at bedtime.



Kathy Trachsel was born in Oak Park on March 15, 1945.  She was married to Phil Gould for ten years and was married to Roy “Shots” Trachsel on April 1, 1978 and they were married for seventeen and one-half years before he passed away.  Kathy has one daughter, Heidi and four grandsons.  She was raised as an Episcopalian and joined our church when she and “Shots” were married in 1978.    Her favorite way to spend her free time when she is not teaching the HIS Kids Preschool at our church is to sew, make quilts [most she gives away], and spend time with her grandsons.  She likes the people of our church which she feels makes the church and makes it feel homey.  Her favorite childhood memory would be spending time with family and carrying on Christmas traditions.  If she could talk to anyone, it would be her folks.  She would like to be remembered as a good Christian.  She wishes she had better computer skills and she has always wanted to be a teacher.  Her first job was a clerk in a Fannie Mae candy store.  People would be surprised that she would really like to fly a plane.  She feels her parents had the greatest influence on her life.  Her favorite saying is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 


Lois Pulaski was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet February 6, 1953. She was confirmed as an eighth grader March 19, 1967 at St. Peter’s where she went to school and was in Confirmation for two years.   She has three daughters and she and Greg were married September 22, 2000.  She likes the people of our church and it was Bill Barrett that was instrumental in her and Greg joining.  She has been a member of our church since 2004.  Her favorite way to spend her free time is quilting and reading.  Her favorite childhood memory was when she got to spend the night with Grandma by herself--just the two of them together.  Grandma is also the one person she wishes she could talk to.  She would like to be remembered by being helpful, giving and a good neighbor.  Lois wishes she were a better singer and she always wanted to be a nurse.  Her first job was a checker at National Tea Grocery.  People would be surprised that she would like to try to water ski.  Her parents, she feels, had the greatest influence on her life.  Her favorite saying is “Suck it up, put on your big girl panties, and keep going.”  Loren and I enjoyed the cherry pie Lois served us.


Greg Pulaski was born at Douglas Hospital on the west side of Chicago on November 3, 1945. Greg was raised Catholic and was confirmed as an adult in the Lutheran Church.   He and Lois have been married since September 22, 2000.  Greg likes that when he came to our church in 2004 he was welcomed by the people with open arms.  In the summer he likes to spend his free time in the garden and in the winter he listens to the radio for political and sports talk and to music.  His favorite childhood memory occurred in second grade when Claudette Gall sent him 25 Valentines and candy hearts.  He has no idea where she is now.  If he could talk to anyone it would be his father, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.  He would like to be remembered as normal guy – who went to work every day, never got in trouble with the law, served his country and was a decent Christian.  He wishes he could hum better and when he was younger he wanted to be first a carpenter and then a State Police investigator.  His first job was a stock boy at Pick ‘n Save.  People would be surprised that he would like to try to be an engineer on a train.  He feels his father had the greatest influence on his life.   His favorite quote is ‘God helps them that help themselves.” 




Lutheran Softball—The 2017 season has begun and will end with a tournament in July.  All games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with three games played each evening at 6:15, 7:30, and 8:45 PM.  There will be six teams and 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 lest 16 years of age.  Team colors are green and white.  Contact Roger Wahls [815 848-1415] with questions.  There is a schedule on the bulletin board at church.