Sunday, June 28, 2015

July and August 2015

St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church
109 S. Elm, Kewanee, Illinois 61443
Volume 27                                 July-August 2015                                      No. 7-8

The Gospel Book


ou likely noticed the change in how the Gospel is read during the Mass lately. Following long-standing liturgical practice, we have begun using a Gospel Book, and reading the Gospel from the Gospel ‘horn’ of the altar, that is, the left corner as one faces the altar.
The Gospel Book, also called the Evangelion, or Book of the Gospels (Greek: Evangélion) is also the ancient word for a bound volume called a codex, containing one or more of the four Gospels of the Christian New Testament — normally all four. The term is also used of the liturgical book, also called the Evangeliary, from which are read the portions of the Gospels used in the Mass and other services, arranged according to the order of the liturgical calendar.
Liturgical use in churches of a distinct Gospel book remains normal, often compulsory, in Eastern Christianity, and very common in the Western Church as well.
The Book of the Gospels, distinct from the book of other readings, is generally placed on the altar before mass, unless it is carried in the Entrance Procession.
It is said to be a praiseworthy practice for the

Book of the Gospels to be placed on the altar.
The reason for this is, first of all, that it is in keeping with the early history of the Church, an age in which the Gospels circulated together, separately from the Old Testament and the Epistles. They formed, and they do still form, the heart of the revelation of God, centered in the Person, the works, and the words, of Jesus.
Secondly, and for this reason, the separation of the Gospel book from the other readings in the lectionary (the list of readings), is that it emphasizes this very thing, namely that the Gospel readings form the heart of the revelation, much in the same way that standing for the  Gospel does this.  The dignity and solemnity that attaches itself to the reading of the Gospel is in order to stir the hearts of the faithful and convey the importance of the Gospel itself.
We do not have as yet a proper Gospel Book (as you also likely noticed). These items are generally produced with gold and silver, and as such are expensive. As a poor congregation we do not have the means to afford such a luxury. Hence we are doing our best to approximate the gravity of the Gospel by at least separating the Gospels from the other readings, now not only in reading them from a different location but also from a different book. We hope to dress the book in a better cover soon, but as is so often the case, we will have to come up with it in a less expensive fashion, though without sacrificing dignity.
For now, think of it as a project that will take time to complete.

+ Pastor Eckardt

Tuesday, August 18th Set for New Bible Class

Current members as well as prospective members are invited and encouraged to attend “Q & A on the Bible and Jesus” beginning on Tuesday, August 18th, at 5:30 p.m.

Tentative topics to be covered:
  • How do we know the Bible is God’s Word?
  • Can we reconcile science with Scripture?
  • What about Islam and other religions?
  • How do we know Christianity is the only way?
  • What must I do to be saved?
  • What does repentance mean?
  • What should I think about marriage?
  • What can a homosexual do with the Bible?
  • What about men and women?
  • What is truth?
  • What is sin?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • What should I do when I must face death?
  • What happens after death?
  • What is heaven? What is hell?
  • What happens at the end?
  • How should we pray?
  • Why go to church?
  • Why can’t I take care of my own faith at home?
  • What is the “fulfilled life”?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What can I do about depression?
  • How do I make big decisions?
  • What does it mean to be a friend of God?
  • What does the name of Jesus mean for us?
  • What are the blessings of my Baptism?
  • Do I really have the forgiveness of sins?
  • What is the Sacrament?
  • Any other questions anyone might have

Hopefully this will accommodate people who have working hours as well as people who won’t want to stay out too late. Bring your friends and neighbors! Young and old! Everyone can come!
First Tuesday events

July’s Altar Guild and Elders meetings are set for Tuesday, July 7th, and Tuesday, August 4th.

July Council: Moved to second Wednesday, to accommodate Pastor’s vacation.

July Ushers: Steve Peart, Grant Andresen, Larry Campbell

August Ushers: Otis Anderson, John Ricknell, David Ricknell, Bill Thompson

Altar Guild News
No mass Saturday, June 27th (Pastor and Carol returning that evening from Missouri)

Sunday, June 28th, color is green.

Wednesday, July 1st Saints Peter and Paul (observed). Color is red.

Color reverts to Green after July 1st    

No mass on Saturday, July 4th.

Mass will be held on Saturday, July 11th, even though Pastor and family will be on vacation Sunday the 12th.

No mass on Wednesday, July 15th.

No mass on Saturday, July 18th.

Mass may be held on Wednesday, July 22nd. If so, the color will be white, for Mary Magdalene. Color then reverts to green.


Wednesday, August 12th, St. Laurence, Deacon, obs. (August 10th) Color: Red.

No mass on Saturday, August 22nd, as this is the day of the church picnic.

Wednesday, August 26th, St. Bartholomew, Apostle, obs. (August 24th) Color: Red.
Shut ins

Mary Hamilton at home; Anna Baker at home; Emmy Wear at Williamsfield Home in Williamsfield.

July, August Anniversaries

7/1/1951 John and Emilie Ricknell

8/1/2009 Chris and Trista Dooley
8/2/1975 Raymond and Carol Robinson
8/21/1998 Daniel and Jill Powers

July and August Birthdays

7/2  Dana McReynolds
7/4 Sarah Kraklow
7/5 Sandra Verplaetse
7/7 Stephen Harris     
7/10 Otis Anderson   
7/10 Dale Baker        
7/13 Gayle Beauprez 
7/14 Pastor Eckardt
7/16 Robert Schoen
7/20 Julie Janik
7/23 Donna Harlow
7/20 Anna Baker
7/30 Peggy Janik

8/2 Shania Kraklow
8/2  Joyce Long
8/9  Donald Kegebein
8/11  Sam Fisher
8/11  Judy Thompson
8/13  Donald Murphy
8/16  Trista Dooley
8/17  Steven Peart
8/21  John Sovanski
8/24  Becky Russell
8/27  Steve Peart

Church Picnic August 22nd!

The postponement of the the picnic, due to  the ordination, is now finalized. It’s rescheduled for Saturday, August 22nd, at the home of Allan and Barb Kraklow in rural Toulon. It’s a potluck (bring whatever you want). We’ll eat at noon, but you can come as early as you want. Coffee, iced tea, lemonade, and table service will be provided. See you there!

In Our Prayers

In addition to our shut-ins, our current list of prayer intentions at mass includes the following.  To update the list, please inform pastor. 
in our parish:
Sandra Verplaetse, Emilie Ricknell, Linda Rowe, Ann Baker, Sharon Hartz
     And also:
Anna Rutowicz [granddaghter of  Harrises]
Julie Ross [Svetlana Meaker’s daughter]
Jill Matchett [at request of Diana Shreck]
Lorene Foglesong [at request of the Kraklows]
Cathy Van Wassenhove [at request of Sandra Verplaetse]
Shelly DeBord [at request of the Watsons]
Liam Hampton [at request of the Murphys]
Maria Thorndike [at request of the Murphys]
Annie Eastman [at request of Svetlana Meaker]
Keith Ruggles [Barb Kraklow’s brother]
David Fowler [at request of the Murphys]
Robin Hampton [at request of the Watsons]
Melissa Hayword [at request of the Kemerlings]
Will Johnson [at request of the Kemerlings]
Emily Corzine [Sarah’s sister]
Barb Corzine [Sarah’s sister]
Dennis Hoag [at request of Diana Shreck]
Nancy Popejoy [relative of Sharon Hartz]
Ray Zarvell  [friend of Pastor and of Steve Harris]
in the military:
John Eckardt
Donny Appleman [at request of the Ricknells]
Thomas Kim [at request of Diana Shreck]
Michael and Katherine Creech [at request of the Murphys]
Richard Heiden [relative of the Eckardts]
Carter Wills [son of Michelle Armstrong]
Luke Van Landigan [grandson of Dick Melchin]
Jaclyn Alvarez [daughter of Kris Harden]
in trouble:
suffering from the earthquake in Nepal
unborn children in danger of abortion
suffering from unrest, persecution, and imprisonment in Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan, China,  North Korea, and elsewhere.
      and for our own church

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with Peter Eckardt’s Ordination

Pastor and Carol wish to give hearty thanks to the many people who helped prepare, put on, and clean up after the big ordination event for Rev. Peter Eckardt. Thanks to you it all, it was a great success.

Pastor and Carol’s Travel Plans

As a very busy summer continues, Pastor and Carol plan to be in Sheboygan from July 2nd to the 4th, to help Pastor’s mother celebrate her 94th birthday and move into a new home. She is moving out of her condominium into an assisted living facility. Travelling back on the 4th will mean there is no mass that evening (besides, it’s the 4th of July).

Next, the District Convention will take Pastor and Steve Harris to Springfield from Sunday afternoon the 5th of July until Tuesday the 7th.

On Sunday July 12th the family vacation begins, in northern Wisconsin, until Wednesday the 22nd.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Pastor Kenneth Wegener, former pastor here and now retired, still living in Kewanee, for filling in on the Sundays Pastor Eckardt will be away.

The Lighter Side / Jazz on the Side

Your pastor and subdeacon are members of the local jazz band that plays here and there, and is expected to play at the Shoppes in Grand Prairie Mall in Peoria, on Sunday afternoon, July 26th, and again on the main stage at Hog Days in Kewanee, Sunday afternoon, September 6th.  Meanwhile, this just in (music aficionados will get it; others may have to scratch their heads):

C, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. D comes in and heads for the bathroom, saying, "Excuse me; I'll just be a second." Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and says, "Get out! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight." E-flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit and everything else, and is au natural. Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of D.S. without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church
   109 S. Elm Street

   Kewanee, IL 61443

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