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September 2018 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


August 30, 2018


It’s only the start of September, but already I’ve got an eye toward next July. That’s not typical for me, as I’m generally much more of a day-to-day or week-to-week person than having things planned out 10 months in advance. But, because of the need to start planning and organizing things for the National Youth Gathering some of our youth will be going to in Minneapolis next summer, I have to.

One of the things that takes place each morning of the Gathering is a Bible study. We won’t be doing this study by ourselves, but with several hundred other youth and adults in either our or a nearby hotel. Each of the various sites will follow the same basic study, but will be informed differently by the experiences and personalities of the person leading it. We, of course, don’t know yet what themes and focuses we’ll be directed to look at and consider, but we do know what portion of Scripture we’ll be looking at each day. Psalm 46.

Psalm 46 is one of my favorite psalms. It’s probably among the better known ones in general. And it begins with these words: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

What a comfort those words are! What a promise!

So often in life we feel tossed about. We feel lost. We feel conflicted. We feel weak. We feel as though we aren’t sure where to go or where to turn. And here is God’s assurance.

When we aren’t sure where to turn, he is our refuge. When life seems too much and we feel overwhelmed, he is our strength. When we feel overwhelmed, surrounded by those who would do us harm, he is present. He is there to help.

Our God is always with us. Through whatever trials or challenges we face in life, he is our refuge. In the good times and the bad, he is by our side. What a gift that is! Even as a pastor that’s something that I can take for granted at times, or be tempted to pass off as not being enough. The temptation is to want him to do more. We get frustrated when things don’t go the way we want them to, or the issues we’re dealing with aren’t immediately cleared up. But his promise isn’t that our lives will be free of difficulty. He doesn’t promise that troubles won’t find us. His promise is that when we turn to him, he will give us refuge. He will cover us with his grace. He will remind us that he is God, and he is bigger than our troubles. His promise is that when we need him, he’s never hard to find. Because he is always right there, by our side, seeing us through.

In Christ,

Pastor Jeremy

St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
08-05 61 5129.15 73.00
08-12 85 2188.00 28.00
08-19 69 2735.54 50.00
08-26 81 1853.00 150.00
Organ Offering   1484.00  

Confirmation will start on Wednesday, September 5th, 6:15.

Worship Hours change beginning next Sunday to 10:30 AM.  Sunday School will begin next Sunday at 9:30 AM but Adult Bible Class will not start until next Sunday, September 16th at 9:30 AM.


Our Annual picnic will be held on September 9th also, plan to attend.  The meat and drink will be furnished, please bring a dish to pass.

Marjory Wahls will be observing her 100th birthday on September 13, 2018.   A reception will be held for her from 2 – 4 PM, Sunday, September 16th at Evenglow Lodge, 215 E Washington Street, Pontiac IL 61764.  Cards may be addressed to her at the Lodge.  No gifts please.  Marjory is a lifelong resident of Livingston and McLean Counties.  She and her  husband, Ervin [deceased] have two sons, Roger [Pat] and Dean [Karen] both of Pontiac.  Her grandchildren are Jackie [Dan] Schrader, Mike [Robin] Wahls and Joshua Wahls.  Great grandchildren are Brayden and Jacob Schrader and Annalia and Hudson Wahls.  Her brothers were John, Earl and Harry, [deceased].  Her sister, Pearl lives in Sun City, AZ.   



Our church is responsible for delivering Peace Meals the month of September.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside of Joy’s office at the church.  Could you serve in this ministry?





hank you for the prayers, cards, flowers and support since my surgery and during my recovery.

                                   I truly appreciate my church family!  

                                             --Kathy Trachsel

REDISCOVER THE ONE YOU LOVE on a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend! The next Weekend is scheduled in Peoria, IL on October 12-14, 2018.  Apply now at or contact Norm and Deb Lopez at for more information. Preregistration is required – don’t miss out! Registration deadline is Sept 13th.  Registrations after that date will be on a space available basis.  


From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris


We’ll be collecting for the fleece blanket ministry.  Tie-blankets will be made from the fleece donated & provided to the food pantry to distribute to their patrons.  The 4-H club will do the tying.  The fleece needs to be 1 yards & with complementary colors (we put 2 pieces of fleece back to back & tie those 2 pieces together).  So one piece of fleece could be patterned & the complementary (the other piece of fleece) could be a solid color to match one of the colors in the patterned piece of fleece. 

If you are not able to get the fleece purchased but you still want to support this ministry, you may donate monies.  Please give to Lois Pulaski or Pam Norris.  Would appreciate having the fleece at the church by the end of September as the 4H club will be tying these during October. 

If you have any questions, please see Pam.  Thank you for your support of this ministry.

Orange is the New Baked Potato

Not all potatoes are created equal. If you have a choice, choose sweet potatoes over white to get the added nutrients:


Don’t completely take white potatoes off your shopping list, however. They are a good source of fiber and are packed with nutrients. A medium-sized white potato contains more potassium than a sweet potato, and more than a medium banana.

Both varieties count towards your daily servings of vegetables. Check these comparisons to see what both provide:

Content (fiber and nutrients)




       Insoluble (skin) provides roughage

       Soluble (meat) slows digestion and helps manage weight

3 g





Vitamin A

14 International Units (IU)

22,000 IU

Vitamin C

17.4 mg

22 mg


750 mg

542 mg


37 mg

31 mg


1 mg

0 mg





29 g

24 g

Beta carotene

7 micrograms

13,120 mcg


If you were hoping that frying either variety was still somewhat healthy, sorry to disappoint. Any nutritional gains are negated by the high fat content of the oil.


Source: Cleveland Clinic, printed by permission of Better Health                                      


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