School Supplies for local students in need
School Supplies for local students in need
Christian Education - Karen Smith
Missions - Barb Kamp
Calling & Caring - Ginny Mursewick
Evangelism - Polly Russel
Worship - Vern Knaak
Stewardship - JoAnn Pate
Fellowship/Hospitality - Janet Werner
Properties - Dan Heinrich
Where there is an opportunity to share Christ's love and build caring community, we want to try. Where there is a need or a program trying to bring opportunity and hope to our neighbors, we want to help. Some of our regular service activities include participating in the Burlington-Hampshire Crop Walk, collecting new gym shoes, school supplies and Christmas presents for local kids in need and winter clothing for the homeless, Adopt A Highway clean-up on Plank Road, and hosting blood drives. We also volunteer every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at a local homeless shelter, PADS of Elgin, making and serving meals.
The ACTS group plans gatherings around service and outreach including seasonal decorating and spring clean-up at the church, cleaning up along Plank Road with Adopt A Highway, planting and tending the church vegetable garden for Food For Greater Elgin, hosting a concession stand at Elgin Summer Movie Nights, caroling to the housebound, build-a-meal food collection for the Elgin Interfaith Food Pantry, and helping run our annual Heritage Fest.
At St. Paul's we believe children should be seen and heard in church! Along with Sunday worship and Sunday School class, kids at St. Paul's are involved in service. For example, pack school supplies and hygiene kits for people in need, help tend the church garden, make Christmas gifts for the home-bound, and walk in the Crop Walk. Our Christian Education leaders work to provide lessons and experiences that teach and model the Gospel call to love: To love God with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself, which also means loving yourself and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Music ministry at St. Paul's is an important part of our worship experience and is a mix of hymns and contemporary songs, ensembles, sing-a-longs, and solos. Under the direction of Jon Kobel, the choir leads opening songs and performs special music. Jon regularly invites guest musicians - vocalists and instrumentalists - to participate as well. In some cases, a small stipend is available. New voices age 12 and up are always welcome! Rehearsal is Wed 7-8:30 PM.
The next bible study at St. Paul's is a 6-week women's video-based bible study of Priscilla Shirer's Gideon. Other women's bible studies have included Shauna Niequist's Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Life and Priscilla Shirer's The Armor of God and Discerning the Voice of God. Contact study leader Linda Schambach for more information at email@example.com
Kids learn about Jesus and the disciples' walk through Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday with storytelling, crafts, and song stops along the way. We end our walk with an Easter Egg Hunt, a recognition and celebration of Easter joy! For children ages 12 & under. The Saturday before Palm Sunday.
The Lenten Retreat is a half-day Saturday gathering for reflection - in discussion and in private - on the costs and joys, questions and challenges of discipleship. We spend time together in prayer. We share our stories. And we end with independent reflection at activity stations. This year's retreat is based on the UCC Lent Devotional Lovers and Fools.
The Advent Workshop is an inter-generational gathering after church focused on song, story, crafts and a meal. We make gifts for our home-bound church members and a keepsake to help us prepare for the joy and promises of Christmas. Last year's workshop also hosted a delicious Chili Cook-Off!
The Ladies' Auxiliary is led and organized by the women of St. Paul's. The auxiliary raises money and organizes projects to meet the needs of the church and the community including donations to UCC special missions offerings and Elgin Crisis Center. They also collect Campbell Soup labels and "Education" Box Tops for schools in Elgin. The women meet the 1st Thursday of each month at St. Paul's Ministry House and gather for seasonal luncheons as well.
The Knitters, a part of the Calling and Caring Ministry, have been knitting for more than ten years. This past year, the group knitted three prayers shawls (over 300 to date), 111 baby hats for the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign, and 17 baby blankets for the nursery at Sherman Hospital. They are always open to more knitters and stitchers. The Knitters meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at St. Paul's Ministry House from 10-11 AM.
The "Page Turners" is a group that meets every 2nd Thursday in a 2nd floor study room at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin. Books are chosen from the library's "Book Club" inventory.