Updated June 2017

The people of St. Anskar's invite you to join us for Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m.


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. 

 Join us July 23
at 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 Theatre

     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. 

 Sign up
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 kitchen

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.


 Wanted: Baggies

 Please grab some Baggies for our Attic Treasures Sale when you out shopping.

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


Altar Guild
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 teenagers.

If you have ever wondered how you can be an integral part of our worship, please contact Gail Shaner at 815-979-4841.

Anointing and prayer
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 bishop. 

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 God's love. 

Deacon Nancy 

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 congregations.  Many 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 the better.

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.

Ministry opportunities
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 training.

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.  


Campbell's offers
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
for education

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 year.

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:
Recycle those cell phones

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 goods.

St. Anskar’s has two collection boxes for phones and PDAs. One is upstairs in the parish hall, and the other is downstairs.  Won’t you please donate you old phones to this good cause. Thanks. 

In need of prayer?
Let Prayer Circle know

All 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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