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October 2020 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

405 Emma

Chenoa, Il  61726


September 30, 2020



Over the last several years, and perhaps especially over the last few months, I have become increasingly convinced that focusing and dwelling on politics poisons your soul. Our world, as I am sure you have noticed, is becoming increasingly politicized. Every single aspect of life is becoming turned into an ultimatum on what “side” you are on. Everything has been turned into a right vs left, us vs them issue. I simply cannot believe that this is healthy. It isn’t healthy for our nation, for our communities, for our homes, for ourselves?





Just look at how angry everyone is all the time. As we become more and more politically-focused, the number of people who say they’re unhappy or suffering with depression rises higher and higher. Communities, even families are becoming more and more divided. This is what happens when we stop seeing each other as people, and instead view each other as foes to be defeated in debate, or crushed for supporting the wrong candidate, or to be cut out of our lives for backing the wrong cause.




A significant part of the issue, I believe, is that the focus in politics is so often put on the negative. It isn’t enough to speak of the things we stand for, we have to spend as much or more time speaking of things we are against. Even statements framed as being positive often end up being passive-aggressive digs at the opposition.





St. Paul, writing in chains waiting to have his trial before Caesar had learned something in 60 AD that we would do well to remember in 2020: Everybody needs a whole lot less politics in their lives, and a lot more Jesus.



Description automatically generatedHere’s what he writes in chapter 4 of Philippians: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”


How often do we struggle to do that? It’s so easy to get sucked into the ways and habits of the world when it comes to what we focus on and how we speak. But what the media and activists would have us focus on and make most important in our minds and lives are not the good, lovely, honorable things of God. Rather, they would have us focus on the bad, ugly, shameful things of this sinful world. They would have us replace the worship of God with the worship of presidents, legislators, and judges.


My encouragement to you is to turn out the world and tune in to God. Take your anxiousness, and your frustration, and hand them over to God. Find comfort in His love and mercy. Receive His peace as you trust that He is in control and will provide for His people both now and forever. For as St. Paul goes on to say, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”




Be filled with the grace of our Lord Jesus, and the peace and joy which He alone provides.


In Christ,

Pastor Jeremy


Here's the link to sign up for services. All of  the October services are there, so if you are signing up for more than one at a time, please double check your dates and the number of people you are signing up.



St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
09-06 62 5011.76 55.00
09-13 71 2624.00 45.00
09-20 64 1383.00 45.00
09-27 52 1334.0 25.00
Ladies Restroom Renovation 48.00  


Rose Bailey [friend of Jonnita Vogel’s,]

Norman Beitz

Alma Brucker

Michelle Darguzis

Jim Erdman

Stacie Hensley

Barbara Lambert [mother of principal at PCJH]

Donna Leonard [friend of Roger & Pat Wahls]

Trent Nelson [Natashia Nelson’s father-in-law]

Carla Nobis [at Good Samaritan Home]

Dr.Jim May [cousin of Pat Wahls]

Thom Palmer [high school friend of Pat Wahls]

Elaine Rhoda

Dwight Schuler

Gerald Schuler [had eye surgery]

Ramona Schuler

Beverly Sohn

Rick Trachsel [cousin of Roger Seeman]

Jalene Wollford [grade school student at St. Mary’s, Pontiac]


Please notify Joy if anyone could be removed from the Prayer List.



With the Annual Voters’ Meeting coming up, two new Elders are needed,  anyone interested please talk to a current Elder or Pastor.








Thanks to the following for their ministry in delivering Peace Meals this month:  Sharon Barrett, Carolyn Shane, Fred Rhoda, Diane Brandt, Greg and Lois Pulalski, Joe and Judy Bertsche, Loren and Joy Poppe, David Coan and Jim Meyer.







incere thanks and appreciation to Kurt Rhoda, Greg and Lois Pulaski for all their efforts in getting the rental house in shape for us to move into after our fire.  We are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of this family of God towards us.  We are truly blessed.

Our thanks to all of you.

                                                                                     Loren and Joy





Note:  Our church will not be participating in the Garage Sales this weekend in Chenoa. 



From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris


 Until further notice, routine blood pressure checks will be suspended. 


Prayer Tops Pinot

During anxious times when you need to relax, consider wrapping your hands in prayer versus wrapping them around the neck of a bottle of wine.


Research suggests that prayer can calm your nervous system, make you less angry and make you less reactive to negative emotions.


One study found that people who pray 20 minutes a day experienced greater reductions in anxiety and stress. Researchers found that participants felt a sense of emotional support and a connection to God – someone that had more power than them and who was actually in control. That same study found that prayer was more beneficial than meditation.


Source: The Week, printed by permission of Better Health


From our current seminary student who writes:


To the Ladies Group and the saints at St. Paul’s,

Grace to you and peace in the name of Christ.  I pray that you are all well and staying healthy.  My family and I are doing well.  Amadeus is growing so fast [he is almost 2].  Bethany is due September 26th, so soon we will have 2 boys in the house!  Fall quarter will be busy with an infant, but I am excited nonetheless.  I have been busy this summer as the summer sacristan at the Seminary chapel.  It has been a fun job and I have learned a lot.  Thank you all so much for your prayers and continued support, especially during all this Covid craziness.  You are all in my prayers continually.  The Lord bless you all and keep you from all harm.

                                        Gunnar Campbell

Our former seminary student, Dan Golden sent the above letter.