Let's help restock
Paper Angel Closet
For the month of July we will be collecting personal items,
cleaning items, paper products, etc. for the Paper Angel Closet,
a ministry of One Body Collaboratives (formerly Love, INC.)
A flyer with a list of needed items is posted in the narthex
along with smaller lists that can be taken with you as a
reminder when you shop. Baskets to collect the items will be
out by the first Sunday in July.
us July 23
the Joint Worship Service and Picnic
The Vision for Mission task force has decided to have the Joint
Worship and Picnic at 10 a. m. on Sunday July 23.
After the service the picnic will follow. It will again be at
Womanspace Pavilion. This year we did not assign congregations
food items to bring—we are asking that each congregation recruit
people to bring appetizers, salads, or desserts to serve ten
people. Hopefully it won’t be quite as hot as it was last year!
Reserve your seats now
for Godspell at the Starlight
The Vision for Mission task force has arranged to get group
tickets for the Starlight Theatre performance of the musical
Godspell, based on the gospel of Matthew.
The play begins at 8 p.m. Sunday July 30. Tickets are $25 for
adults, $21 for seniors, and $10 for children 12 or younger.
Plans are in the works for the congregations to meet before the
performance and share a picnic-like meal. More details will be
provided as the date gets closer.
Please reserve your tickets with Pastor Andrea and pay via check
made out to St Anskar by no later than July 21. We have reserved
30 tickets -- 10 for each congregation. Tickets will be
available on a first-come basis.
to help maintain the church lawn
There is a mowing schedule posted in the
Narthex and slots are slowly filling up.
If you are able to help mow once or twice
during the mowing season, please sign up.
If you haven’t mowed with our type
of riding mower before, don’t worry; contact the office, and we
can get you some instruction and guidance.
Block out July 15
for our next soup
Looking ahead, our next turn to feed some
of the area’s hungriest residents is coming up Saturday July 15.
It’s a bit early to decide on a menu, but
all donations to help defray cost of the main meal and fruit
(bananas or sometimes oranges) is appreciated.
As always if you want to write a
check, you can flag your donation by writing “Soup Kitchen” on
the memo line.
Please grab some Baggies for our Attic Treasures Sale when you out
It’s nice to have a stockpile of various
size bags, ranging from snack to gallon-sized bags.
Name brands aren’t necessary, as we do
not need heavy-duty bags. A collection box for the Baggies is in
the Parish Hall. Thanks a lot.
Attic Treasures Committee
seeks new members
The Saint Anskar's
Altar Guild is looking for new members. This is a dedicated
group who work in teams to set up God's table each week. We are
an equal opportunity unit that is open to all -- men, women, and
If you have ever
wondered how you can be an integral part of our worship, please
contact Gail Shaner at 815-979-4841.
offered on Sunday
Anointing with oil has been used for thousands of years
with events including sacred consecrations, healing, blessings,
prayers and hospitality (Psalm 23:5 & Luke 7:46).
Perhaps, we are most familiar with anointing with holy
baptism, confirmation and holy orders. Chrism oil consists
of a base of aromatic oil and can only be consecrated by a
On March 27, at St. James Cathedral, Pastor Andrea and I
attended the Chrism Mass officiated by Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee; we
brought back some newly blessed oil for the parish.
At our Sunday Service during communion and at the baptismal
font, I will offer anointing using these words from the Book of
Common Prayer, (I will first say your name) "I anoint you
with oil in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen"
I will also make the sign of the cross on your forehead.
In addition, a member of our Healing Team will also be at the
font for prayer requests. All, of any age, are invited to
come and receive anointing and prayer offered in the fullness of
Parish history project
At a conference that Deacon Nancy and Pastor Andrea attended in
March, noted author and American church historian Diana Butler
Bass urged us all to begin recording and collecting the stories
of our parish life that makes up the history of our
people now and from years past have stories and personal
experiences about our church that are not always widely known
and will be lost if not intentionally recorded, and the sooner
This is great advice (if we don’t tell our own history from our
own perspective and experiences someone else will!),
so I am proposing that we intentionally do this.
So far there are two people who have expressed interest
in looking at ways to make this happen (Sue Morris and Dave
Smith-who has the equipment to record people’s stories).
If anyone else is interested, please let Pastor Andrea know.
I would like to set a time to meet (hopefully in June)
and discuss what steps we need to take.
abound for parishioners of all ages
With our young people graduating and going
off to college, we are in need of some people who might be
interested in serving as acolytes.
Older children as well as adults are
invited to consider this opportunity to serve.
No prior experience necessary --
just an interest.
We will be happy to provide the
Please contact Pastor Andrea for more information or if
interested in this ministry.
Do you like to read aloud?
Do you like visiting with people?
As well as putting out a call for
acolytes, we are also looking for people to serve as greeters,
lectors and home cmmunion ministers.
Presently we are visiting four
different facilities to take communion to shut-ins on the third
Sunday of the month.
To get an idea of what being a home
communion minister entails, volunteer to go along with any of
the persons taking communion to our shut-ins.
We will provide the necessary
training and mentoring to anyone who might be interested in
helping out in any of these ministries.
Contact Pastor Andrea or Deacon
Nancy with questions.
labels for education program
Campbell's Labels For Education is a program that helps schools
obtain free educational
merchandise such as computers, software, physical
education equipment, musical instruments, library books or even
a minivan. Either cut out the small label or send along the
complete label and we can have someone cut it out later.
Other products that do have this label on them include
Swanson's, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, V-8 beverages, and Pace
sauces. Please save your labels for our schools; a collection
box can be found in parish hall.
Save your box tops
Ahhh------"If only the schools had all the money
they needed and the Air Force had to have bake sales to purchase
their bombers....." as the saying goes! But we do have a couple
ways we can help our schools in our own personal way.
One way is to save Box Tops For Education labels. Box Tops
celebrated the $250 million mark in 2008 and it has been around
for 12 years. More companies join in this wonderful cause each
It started out with only General Mills products and now you can
find this label on other products such as: Betty Crocker,
Nestle, Frozen Green Giant Vegetables, Juicy Juice, Yoplait
yogurt, snack items, Kleenex, Huggies, personal care products,
Ziploc, Cottenelle, Scott and Hefty products.
Every Box Top coupon is worth a dime. Schools can redeem these
"little" coupons twice a year and individual schools could earn
up to $60,000 if enough coupons were turned in.
Wow! The money can be used for anything the school needs.
However, these coupons DO EXPIRE! so only save those from 2009
on. A collection jar has been placed in parish hall.
Help keep God’s world green:
Did you know that more than 130 million cell phones and PDAs will
be retired this year in the U.S. but fewer than 10 percent of
them are likely to be recycled.
Donate your old cell phones to help women build job skills and
climb out of poverty.
The old cell phones can be refurbished and reporgramed as 911
phones for use by survivors of domestic violence, the elderly
and others at risk. Materials from broken and obsolete phones
and accessories can be reclaimed and used to manufacture other
St. Anskar’s has two collection boxes for phones
and PDAs. One is upstairs in the parish hall, and the other is
you please donate you old phones to this good cause. Thanks.
In need of prayer?
Let Prayer Circle know
names on the St. Anskar's Prayer Circle will
remain on the list for two weeks unless otherwise
requested. If the person is still in need of
prayer, please contact Judy Schultz (chairwoman),
Janet Pavlak, John Pavlak, Chris Eaton, Barbara
Morris, Elsie Estabrook, Julie Morehouse, Don Marsden, or Becky Bradford.
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