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March 2019 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


February 28, 2019


“Behold the man!” proclaimed the unwitting preacher Pontius Pilate in one of the shortest yet most profound sermons ever recorded. This will be our endeavor this Lenten season.



We will fix our eyes on the man Jesus, contemplating the inescapable fact—indeed the most important fact in the course of human history—that God became man. The Second Person of the eternal triune God, whom we confess in the Nicene Creed as “God of God, Light of light, very God of very God . . . of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made,” became a living, breathing, flesh-and-blood human being, a man.



In some ways, you can understand that the first heresy the Christian Church had to contend with was that of Gnosticism. It was a hyper spiritual religion that held that because no man could be God, the Christ could not be God. Gnosticism was even today is alluring because it tidies everything up. It gives Christianity a more attractive spiritual veneer, and pulls its adherents out of the mire of this world and gives them something otherworldly to strive for.



We may not identify it by that name today, but the ideas certainly remain. For instance, attend a funeral sometime. If all you hear talked about is their being in heaven, with nary a word of a bodily resurrection, you’ve witnessed firsthand modern-day Gnosticism. If the preacher doesn’t deal with the body in the casket as the real person whose death has assembled the mass of grieving relatives and friends, if he talks only about the bodiless soul in heaven, he hasn’t preached a genuinely Christian funeral. In other words, if he gives preference to the spiritual over the material, he succumbs, intentionally or not; to the Gnostic heresy the earliest generations of the Church sought to guard against by preaching the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus.



This Lent, we will consider what it means that God became man. In preparation for the celebration of a real, bodily, flesh-and-blood, bone-and-sinew resurrection, the resurrection without which our faith and our preaching are all in vain, consider the body of Jesus that exists in order to be nailed to a cross. The spiritual, bodyless Son of God became the embodied, enfleshed, incarnate Son of Mary. In Jesus, God has human flesh, a body, just like you. What could be more profound?



Each week, we’ll consider a different aspect of the body of Jesus Christ. What does it mean that, in Jesus, God has hands, feet, lungs, lips, eyes, and ears?



I hope that you will join us on this journey each Wednesday evening. As we do every year, we will begin with a time of food and fellowship with a meal that begins at 5:30. Our confirmation students will have class at 6:00. And we will join together in worship at 7:00.




In Christ,

Pastor Jeremy


Ash Wednesday Services will be March 6th with a light meal at 5:30, Confirmation at 6 PM and Worship at 7 PM.  Please plan to attend.


St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
02-03 103 2684.00 55.00
02-10 98 2908.00 50.00
02-17 84 1959.00 45.00
02-24 66 1139.00 25.00
Ladies Restroom Renovation   86.00  

Holy Acts and Rites of the Church

Magnolia Faye Hansen, infant daughter of Jorgeon and Erica Hansen [great granddaughter of Dorothy Erdman] became a child of God by the washing of Holy Baptism on January 28, 2019.  Magnolia was born October 29, 2018.  We ask God’s blessings upon this child and her family.


Jeff and Megan Meyer and family have had their membership released to Christ Community Church here in Chenoa.  May God bless them in their new fellowship.


ould someone be willing to play the piano [or organ or guitar] for the hymns during our worship service during March as Diane will be on vacation?  Contact Diane.

From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris

Blood Pressure checks will be taken after worship on March 10th

If you have difficulties falling or staying asleep, consider the following sleep  hygiene measure:

Avoid caffeine in the evening. If still having difficulties, stop consuming caffeine in the early afternoon.

Avoid exercising in the late evening-may need to exercise in the morning or afternoon.

Avoid any computer screen time (including your phone) at least 2 hours prior to your bedtime.

Avoid taking any stimulants, such as ADD/ADHD medications in the late afternoon. Also avoid any Sudafed, decongestant or “sinus” medications in the late afternoon. 

May need to avoid drinking any fluids in the evening-this will decrease waking up due to need to urinate during the night. 

Avoid using medications such as Benadryl, Tylenol pm, advil pm, etc.  this medication can cause confusion if wake up during the night. This can be an increased risk of falling.  Also contributes to dry mouth and men may not be able to urinate (as Benadryl can cause men to not be able to urinate-affects the prostate).

Avoid watching TV in bed.

If you have been told you snore, or stop breathing when you sleep, you may have sleep apnea.  Talk to your healthcare provider about this as you may need a sleep study to diagnosis sleep apnea. 


Consider taking melatonin 3-10 mg nightly to help you sleep.

As always, discuss this issue with your healthcare provider.



February Perfect Attendance


Joshua Gooding
Jarret Gooding
Sixth - Seventh Grade

Aaron Verdun
Cole Weber

First-Third Grade

Jacsen Gooding

Fourth-Fifth Grade

Isaac Latzke
Dylan Verdun
Eighth Grade-High School

Chase Beitz
Clayton Beitz
Elijah Beitz
Hannah Norris
Nathan Reed

Baptismal Birthdays


The following students celebrated baptismal birthdays in March: Natalie Graf (3/1), Amber Graf (3/1), Daniel Rhoda (3/11), Sophia Schuler (3/17), Megan Rhoda (3/21), Addison Raber (3/24), and Brooklyn McBride (3/25).



In Prayer

Please keep the First – Fifth Grade teachers and students in your prayers during the month of February.  For our teachers: Mrs. Cherylyn McBride and Krista Verdun, pray that God may grant them wisdom, strength and knowledge to share His Word with the children and to help them grow spiritually.  For our students: Ty and Cade, Freed, Bryce Meyer, Henry and Carolyn Schmidgall, Isaac Latzke, Peter Schuler, Jacsen and Alexis Gooding, Chase Simpkins, and Dylan Verdun that they may understand the depth of God’s love for them as they grow to become strong men and women who live for God’s Glory.




Choir Rehearsals for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter will begin Sunday, March 3rd, at 8:45 AM in the Choir Loft.  Please join us to sing praises to God!

Mark your calendars--VBS will be held June 10-17 this year.  Monday-Thursday in the morning with a Friday evening session and closing ceremony  Anna Schmidgall, once again, will be heading up the VBS this year. Please consider volunteering to help with VBS this year! We will need station and group leaders as well as help decorating and setting up for the week.  

HIS KIDS Preschool registrations begins March 1st for the next year.  Class size is limited.  Please let Kathy Trachsel know if you are interested in registering a 3 or 4 year old.  [Must be 3 or 4 on or before September 1st.]


HIS Kids is recycling all old markers and highlighters to the Crayola Company.  They do not have to be Crayola brand.  There will be a box by the classroom door.  Please save your old dried up markers and bring them to our container!  Thank you!