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September 2017 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


August 31, 2017

Scripture tells us almost nothing about Jesus’ life between the time of his birth and when he began his public ministry 30 years later. Only two small glimpses are given, both in Luke chapter 2. First we see his parents take him to be presented at the temple at 40 days old. There he is recognized by Simeon and Anna as the long-awaited Messiah. The second is when we see Jesus at the temple at the age of 12. There he was found by his parents, after 3 days of searching for him, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.”

Even as a child, Jesus knew who he was. Even as a 12-year-old, he carried the full knowledge of God. And yet, as he left the temple to return to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph Luke tells us that Jesus “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Later in life we see that Jesus continued to attend the synagogue. Not just to preach and teach himself, but to sit and listen to those who taught.

What does this tell us? It shows us, along with the ongoing education of the disciples, that learning and growing in wisdom isn’t only for children. We never reach an age or level of spiritual insight in which we no longer have any need to learn or study the Scriptures. Lest we fall into the trap of thinking we know it all we see that even the all-knowing Son of God continued to do these things. Was it because he needed to? Of course not. It was to set an example for us.

Architetto -- pace a bene
Drawing by Francesco 'Architetto' Rollandin. From OCAL 0.18 release.


Over the last few weeks kids have returned to school. On September 10th, they will resume attending Sunday School here each week at 9:30. But that time of studying the things of God isn’t only for little kids and teenagers. It’s for grown-ups, too! I invite and encourage you to join us in Bible Study each Sunday morning. It’s an opportunity to learn new things, think about familiar stories in different ways, and to generally grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the things of God. It’s a chance each week to read and ask questions and discuss God’s Word and its application to our lives in a way that the sermon doesn’t allow. I hope that many of you will join us and not see Sunday School as being a thing just for kids, but as a way to feed your own soul. To enrich your faith. To deepen your wisdom as to what it means to live life as a child of God.

In Christ,

Pastor Jeremy

St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
07-30 73 1704.00 65.00
08-06 76 2466.00 150.00
08-13 76 1954.00 25.00
08-20 86 2050.00 25.00
08-27 75 2317.51 73.00
Outside Doors   200.00  


Confirmation classes will begin on Wednesdays, September 6th, 6:15 – 7:30 PM.  A parent is requested to attend the first week with the student.   


Next Sunday, September 10th, we go back to regular Sunday School and Worship Hours at 9:30 and 10:30 AM.  Following worship on that Sunday will be a potluck meal with the meat and drink provided.  Please bring a dish or two to share.  Installation of Sunday School teachers will also be on September 10th


A Caring Bridge site has been set up for Keith Vogel, you can access it at and under Search, type in Keith Vogel.  Cards may be sent to Keith Vogel, 10 Kristina Drive, Fairbury IL 61739-9562



 ictures for the new Church Directory will be taken on September 15th and 16th.   Krista Verdun and Lois Pulaski will be taking appointments.  If you have not signed up, please contact Krista at 815844-4719.


HIS Kids Preschool’s three year old class is full with fourteen children coming on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Jane Freehill will be helping Kathy with this class.  The four year class still has openings and currently has two or three children.  Preschool will begin on Tuesday, September 5th.



Nicholas Rhoda has a 4H/community service project to install landscaping in Chenoa Cemetery's new addition.  The project has an estimated cost of $1500.00, anyone interested in supporting this project and the expansion in our cemetery contact Nic.


Something to think about----this coming year there will be a need for three elders.  Give it some thought and pray about it, could you serve in this capacity?  If so, contact Greg Reed.



Chenoa Peace Meals is a nutritional program for those 60 and over.  We would like to invite you join our weekly parties.  We host parties themed around holiday, games and birthdays.  So please join us for some amazing company and a great meal.  Home delivered meals are an option for those individuals unable to get out of the house.  Please call 815 945-5701 [Barb Vanhouten] to answer any questions.   There are still some spots on the September calendar for delivering meals, if you could serve in this ministry.


GIVE YOUR SPOUSE THE GIFT OF YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION on a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekend is scheduled in Peoria, IL on October 13-15, 2017.  Apply now at or contact Norm and Deb Lopez at for more information. Preregistration is required – don’t miss out! Registration deadline is Sept. 22nd.  Registrations after that date will be on a space available basis. 

The new doors were installed this past week and the southwest doors are handicap accessible.  Any contributions for the new doors would be welcomed and could be given to Kurt Rhoda. 

From Our Parish Nurse                                      Pam Norris

Blood Pressure check will be after worship on September 10th.


The defibrillator has new batteries and new pads since the other pads have expired.  The Parish Nurse fund pays for this upkeep of the defibrillator.


We’ve all said it, “He hears when he wants to hear.”  Sometimes people seem to hear and understand without difficulty and other times they seem not to hear anything.  We often assume that it is selective listening but it is usually more than must ‘not listening’.

When hearing is lost, a great deal of energy and time goes into trying to understand what is being said.  A person can be totally exhausted by the end of a day spent struggling to hear.  Hearing aids help make conversation better-not perfect.  Even with hearing aids some things will be missed. Most people with good hearing miss things but fill in the blanks.  To ensure that one who doesn’t hear well, will hear what you say:

Hearing impairment is complex.  Get a person’s attention first and you have a better chance of being understood.  Be patient and keep trying.  If the hearing impaired appears aloof or disinterested, they may not be aware of your presence or be able to understand what you are saying.  Don’t assume that hearing aids will help since adjusting to them can be difficult.  This especially impacts older people who have lives in a very quiet world for a long time and suddenly experience painful, loud, and disruptive noise.  Time and patience are needed to make the adjustment as the person must gradually increase both the wearing time and noise level before being comfortable with the aids.

If you are having difficulty hearing, ask for help.  God is good and has provided many advances to help the hearing impaired. There may be no need to be isolated by hearing loss.  Check with your healthcare provider or your audiologist.

FYI:  hearing aids can be expensive.  Figure on ~ $5000 for a good pair of hearing aids!  And no, insurance (including Medicare) doesn’t cover this service. 

Coming in October—St. Jude’s Garage Sale here at our church, October 6th & 7th with set up on the 4th and 5th