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August 2019 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


July 30, 2019


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” –Hebrews 12:1-2




We find ourselves in a busy time of the year. But isn’t that always the case? It seems like we’re constantly saying to ourselves, “Once we get past these next couple weeks, things should slow down.” Then a couple weeks pass and nothing has slowed down at all. Whenever one thing ends, there’s always something else there to take its place. Sometimes there are multiple things competing for our time, our money, and our attention all at once. It gets to be a lot.


One of those various things in our house was the county fair. Yeah, it was Isaac who was the one who had things to do, but as parents we still had to help him understand what he was going to be doing and make sure that he was making progress. In the midst of doing that as parent, you sometimes learn new things yourself. Or, in my case, get material for the newsletter.


You see, one of the projects Isaac is doing this year is Photography 2. And one of the very first things in this year’s project book was about focus. One of the fundamental skills a photographer needs to have is having your subject in focus. Because sometimes there’s all kinds of various bits and pieces and details that could distract from the thing you really want people to pay attention to. Your job, as a photographer, is to make that thing the sole focus, and not let all that other stuff get in the way.


So it is in our lives of faith. In life we have so much going on. We have so many things to do, so many people calling for our time, so many things popping up and trying to get our attention. Sometimes our schedules get so full, our lives get so inundated with details about this, that, and the other, that we can lose sight of what ought to be our true focus: Jesus and his cross.


I know it isn’t possible to completely eliminate or crop out all the hustle and bustle of life. Things are going to come up, and they’re going to need to be done. But you can be intentional about where your focus is. Whatever you’re doing, whatever is on your schedule, don’t lose sight of that which truly matters. Don’t allow the weights and concerns of the world overwhelm you. Look to Jesus. Know and rejoice that he is with you. Give thanks that in grace he forgives you, and in love promises you peace and rest.

Pastor Jeremy


From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris



Eight simple steps to prevent heatstroke deaths:

1.    Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended—even if the windows are
partially open or the engine is running, and the air conditioning is on.

2.    Make a habit of looking in the vehicle—front and back—before locking the door and walking away.

3.    Ask the childcare provider to call if the child doesn’t show up for care as expected.

4.    Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure your child isn't accidentally left in the vehicle.

5.    Write a note or place a stuffed animal in the passenger's seat to remind you that a child is in the vehicle.

6.    Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child's reach.

7.    If you see a child alone in a locked car, get them out immediately and call 911.

8.    A child in distress from heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.



rom our new adopted seminary student:


To the saints at St. Paul Lutheran Church,


Grace and peace to you in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ.  I am beyond thrilled to finally reach out to you all.  I am so thankful and it fills me with joy to know how much you all love and care for us seminarians.  About three weeks ago, my family and I made the move from Champaign IL to Fort Wayne.  I think we are finally getting settled and we are starting to feel at home here.  My wife Bethany, is working part-time at the campus bookstore.  She is enjoying the job, and I am enjoying working part-time and watching our son Amadeus while she is work.  Classes begin September 9th, and I am both excited and nervous.  But I trust that God will be with me through it all.  And with your prayer and support, I’m sure I’ll survive.

God bless you all richly.  I pray for all day and night.  And I hope, LORD willing, to someday soon meet you in person, so that I may express my gratitude all the more richly.

                                                            Yours in Christ,

                                                            Gunnar Campbell

St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
07-06 80 3284.00 25.00
07-14 63 1775.00 75.00
07-21 78 2669.00 53.00
07-28 70 1763.00 25.00
Ladies Restroom Renovation   36.00  

Did you know?

Here are some little known facts about the important role Lutherans played in the founding and early history of the United States:


1.    Lutherans were in America seven years before the Pilgrims.

2.    The first book translated into any American Indian language was Luther’s Small Catechism.

3.    The first “Stars and Stripes” was made by Sara Austin and the Ladies Aid Society of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Philadelphia.  It was presented to John Paul Jones and received the first salute granted to the Star Spangled Banner in Europe.  It is now in the National Museum in Washington, D.C.

4.    Our Statue of Liberty was made by a French Lutheran, Frederic Auguste Barthold

5.    Washing’s army at the Battle of Trenton was composed largely of Lutherans.

6.    It was a Lutheran boy who called a Lutheran sexton to ring the Liberty Bell

7.    The Liberty Bell was hauled from Philadelphia to Allentown, PA by a Lutheran, Fredrick Leiser, in 1777.  The bell was then hidden under the floor of Zion Lutheran Church.

8.    The second oldest military unit in America was formed by 137 men from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Charlestown, S.C. in 1775.

9.    The first president of the Continental Congress was a Lutheran, John Hanson.  He served until Washington was inaugurated.

10. A Lutheran, Michael Hilbgas, became the first treasurer of the United States, serving until Alexander Hamilton took office.

11.It was illegal to hold Lutheran services in New York until 1664.

12.A Lutheran pastor, Fredrick A. C. Muhlenberg, was the first speaker of the U S House of Representatives.  With John Adams, he signed the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights

13.Another Lutheran pastor, Peter Muhlenberg, was largely responsible for the Virginia Legislature’s passage of a bill establishing religion freedom in 1786.  Soon other states followed.  The First Amendment was the result.

14.General Von Steuben, a Lutheran, saved the U.S. Treasury $600,000.  His “Rules of Discipline” created our national army and still form the basis of our military tactics.

                           Adapted from St. Paul Lutheran Church Bulletin

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