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May 2019 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726


April 26, 2019


I remember as a kid learning the song that says, “The church is not a building. The church is not a steeple. The church is not a resting place. The church is a people.” It’s a little trite, perhaps. And considering Jesus words, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” it’s not entirely accurate. But still, I couldn’t help but think of those words recently as Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames.




Today new churches are increasingly utilitarian things. Chairs instead of pews for the sake of both comfort and flexibility. Sleek interiors with minimal amounts of decoration rather than ornate woodwork and walls covered in art. A drop-down projection screen in place of a cross.



It was different 850 years ago when construction on Notre Dame began. Cathedrals were built not just for practicality, but to give glory to God. The very architecture of it was meant to communicate praise. Its beauty was intended to reflect the majesty of the Almighty Lord the people who would gather there came to worship.






For 800 years Notre Dame was a symbol and a testament to the greatness of our Lord. And then, in an afternoon, it was a burned out husk. To many people it was a tragedy. Even non-Christians were heartbroken at the loss of this beautiful, magnificent structure. But for the believer, it also served as a reminder that the things of this age are temporary and passing. Nothing of this world will endure forever. Though we love and cherish the places we worship, what truly matters is that we worship. Why we worship. Who we worship. When the church gathers, we gather to hear and respond to the Word. We hear of the goodness of our God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We rejoice in knowing that while the things of this world might be here for 800 years but be gone in an instant, He and His grace are eternal. And though our places of worship might crumble, His Church will stand firm.







I began with words from a song. I’d like to finish this note with words from another. “Built on the Rock the Church shall stand, even when steeples are falling. Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land; bells still are chiming and calling. Calling the young and old to rest, but above all the souls distressed, longing for rest everlasting. We are God’s house of living stones, built for His own habitation. He through baptismal grace us owns, heirs of His wondrous salvation. Were we but two His name to tell, yet He would deign with us to dwell with all His grace and His favor.”



In Christ,

Pastor Jeremy


St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
04-03 38 401.00  
04-07 86 2975.00 75.00
04-10 56 478.00  
04-14 76 1506.00 25.00
04-18 44 574.00  
04-19 64 735.00  
04-21 173 1740.00 - Home 5.00
04-21   8748.30 - Debt Retirement  
Ladies Restroom Renovation   37.00  
Vacation Bible School   30.00  
Ladies   100.00  
Youth   200.00  

Thank you to all who had a hand in our wonderful Easter morning—from the youth and their parents who fed us breakfast, the Elders and their wives who treated us after the service, to Stacey Shrewsbury and her helpers for the kids’ Easter Egg Hunt, Diane Brandt for playing for the choir and the service, the singing of the choir and Pastor Jeremy and his Easter message.  The congregation was truly blessed on Easter morning.

Also a big thank you to the guys who shoveled slushy snow on Palm Sunday.   



From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris

The World Health Organization has released new guidance on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and sleep for young children.


Among the recommendations:


*        Screen time for 2- to 4-year-olds should be limited to 1 hour or less a day.

*        Infants should get at least 30 minutes of tummy time (while awake) spread throughout the day and shouldn't be exposed to screens.

*        Children shouldn't be restrained in a high chair or stroller or strapped onto a caregiver's back for more than an hour at a time.

*        Those aged 1 to 4 years should get at least 180 minutes of physical activity every day. For 3- and 4-year-olds, 60 minutes of activity should be of moderate-to-vigorous intensity.


Children should get the following amounts of good-quality sleep daily: 14–17 hours at 0–3 months of age, 12–16 hours at 4–11 months, 11–14 hours at age 1–2 years, and 10–13 hours at age 3–4 years


Sunday School


Baptismal Birthdays

The following students celebrated baptismal birthdays in May: Cole Weber (5/13), Chase Simpkins (5/15), Nolan Verdun (5/23), and Joshua Gooding (5/29).

In Prayer

Please keep the Eighth grade – High School teacher and students in your prayers during the month of April.  For our teacher: Mr. Norman Beitz, pray that God may grant him wisdom, strength and knowledge to share His Word with the children and to help them grow spiritually.  For our students: Chase Beitz, Elijah Beitz, Matthew Erdman, Amber & Natalie Graf, Tanner Ifft, Madison McBride, Hannah Norris, Addison & Jacob Raber, Nathan & Seth Reed, Daniel & Megan Rhoda, Nic Rhoda, Sophia Schuler, Nathan Shrewsbury, Nolan Verdun, Danielle Vogel and Paige Weber, 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.

End of Sunday School Year

The last day of Sunday School will be May 19.  Students will be provided breakfast.  Awards for Perfect Attendance and Near Perfect Attendance will be given.




Our Congratulations to those graduating this year whether it is from Junior High to High School or from High School to further their education.  The eighth graders are Clayton Beitz, Ben Rhoda, and Aaron Shrewsbury.  The high schoolers are Amber Graf, Madison McBride, Daniel Rhoda and Nicholas Rhoda.  We ask God’s blessings upon these young people.







Thank you to all those who helped serve the Lenten Suppers—the Youth and their parents, Anna Schmidgall, Judy Bertsche, Joy Poppe, Ruth Latzke, Pilar Teveer, Marci Beitz, Kim Beitz, Lois Pulaski, Cheryl Jolly, Ann Meyer, Diane Brandt, Pam Norris, Julie Miller, Fred Rhoda, Rachel Bohm, Brian Griffore, Judy Rhoda, Nancy Nylander and Ramona Schuler.  




Mark your calendars--VBS will be held June 10-14 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.  Click here to register your child today! 



Summer Worship hours begin May 26 with Worship beginning at 9 AM.  There will be no Sunday School or Adult Bible Class that Sunday.