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Parish Newsletter

Welcome to the weekly parish newsletter of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Deerfield, Illinois.
Charlene Vanderhulst
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Where 2 or 3 are gathered – even when not in person!

Beloved, we gather together when:

·         We pray for each other

·         We write to each other or call each other

·         We meet online

·         We are doing all of this as a community with our Care Circles, with our worship together, and with our worship at home. None of us are alone in this. If you feel isolated, please let us know – we want to make sure everyone feels connected.

 

What can we do for StG’s fun for Holy Week?

·         Color a palm sheet, and place it in your window – Along with many other churches in our area, we are asking all members of our worshiping community to color, draw, cut out, or otherwise put a palm branch representation in your window this week. On Sunday we can see the body of Christ dispersed, but united in proclamation of Jesus as King of kings when we walk through our streets.

·         Record yourself, your children, your family, your dog (why not?) reading Matthew 28:1-10 – and send it to Casey at sexton@stgregoryschurch.org . We are assembling a video of our community reading this – it will be fun – but we need YOU to participate to make it happen. Why not do it now?  

 

What can help us stay centered in God when we are so isolated in our homes?

·         Create a SACRED SPACE set apart in your home for prayer and worship - Once you have identified a place (usually not at the center of household chaos), set it apart as sacred. Often a candle helps to do this, and many people choose to put items that are sacred to them: cross, icon, branches or greenery, prayer book, and/or bible. If you have children at home, let them help pick out the place and items – it’s always fun to see what they consider sacred (you may wind up with Legos, crayons, or other things that add their faithful whimsy). As we move through Lent towards Holy Week, we will have some suggestions of things you may want to add to your sacred space. Since we are physically separate, sharing our sacred spaces may help us to feel more fully spiritually connected. So, if you are willing, send a picture of your sacred space to Casey at sexton@stgregoryschurch.org. See some examples already sent at the bottom of this email.

·         Walk the labyrinth if you are able – this is a physical and spiritual centering, and a gift we share with our parish

·         SERVE OTHERS in God’s name

o    Write notes, make phone calls to fellow members of the StG’s worshiping community, neighbors, and others in our parish

o    Order delivery or gift cards from locally owned restaurants

o   If you can sew, make masks for healthcare workers. Deanna Behrens tells us that her hospital is in need, and many others are also. Here is a link to one suggestion: https://sarahmaker.com/how-to-sew-a-surgical-face-mask-for-hospitals-free-pattern/

·         Give to ministries

o    Food Pantries https://tinyurl.com/qr4l3jq

o    StG’s!! You can still mail your checks, and you can give online – there is a button on our website homepage

o    Episcopal Relief and Development 

https://tinyurl.com/v6eaapu

 

 

Online Worship Shift – We are still worshiping with Zoom, so if you worship with us that way, that will not change. Facebook Live is not cooperating with a lot of churches due to volume issues on Sunday mornings, so we will now be using YouTube Live instead. This is actually easier to access, and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel. Many “smart” TVs have a YouTube app, so we can be large and in person too.  Find us and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxHGApU5hGW4T781ry8Njew/featured

 

Worship with StG’s ONLINE!

9:40am Sunday – Virtual Worship via Zoom and YouTube Live (Zoom starts at 9:40 – FB 10:00)

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/842861148?pwd=TGNvQWdyVUFsRE1JNUQ3WkFJVU1BZz09

Meeting ID: 842 861 148

Password: 414299

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password

 

Find us here, and subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxHGApU5hGW4T781ry8Njew/featured

11am Sunday – Virtual coffee hour via Zoom – Zoom attendees breakout into “virtual tables” and have conversation – it’s even more fun than we thought it would be! BYOC

 

8am Wednesday - Morning Worship and Virtual Breakfast VIA ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/750552357?pwd=T1haZm5yV3lRQjZJaHRlazBXeFFYUT09

Meeting ID: 750 552 357

Password: 587299

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password

 

7pm Friday - Stations of the Cross via ZOOM and YouTube Live

Stations has become a very important spiritual practice for many of us, enabling us to walk Jesus’ walk of humility and death. In this walk, we are reminded that our faith prepares us for the trials of life, and assures us that death is never the final word. Last week, we featured Beverly Falbe’s drawings of the stations. This week, we will use Jon Dutcher’s paintings. Our walk will be accompanied by Tobin Schindler on the cello.

 

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/129588220?pwd=M1FPcGlMN1lMU0tKdGIxdTd3Y0czZz09

Meeting ID: 129 588 220

Password: 657620

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password 

 

Prepare for Sunday’s Worship

If you would like to prepare for Sunday’s Worship Service, please click on the link to read the Lessons and the Gospel from the Lectionary 

https://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/HolyWk/APalmSun_RCL.html

 

Book Club – Tonight at 7pm

Join us tonight to discuss ORIGIN by Dan Brown.

St. Gregory's ZOOM book club meeting Time: Apr 1, 2020 07:00 PM
Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/299980391?pwd=SWxyclRocXNkUkZiQ2JxTVpaZkFtZz09
Meeting ID: 299 980 391 Password: 054721

The next St. Gregory's ZOOM book club meeting will be at 7pm on April
15th to discuss THE OVERSTORY by Richard Powers. I'll send the info for
the ZOOM invite next week.

 

Easter Mosaic – Colored apart, assembled together

Another way we are celebrating Easter together but apart is by offering an Easter Mosaic. If you would like to participate, email Shelley@stgregoryschurch.org and she will email you a tile to our mosaic poster for you to color.  Once we are allowed back into our building, everyone can bring their colored tiles back and we'll have a beautiful representation of our community celebrating Easter! If enough people are interested we may do more than one! 

 

 

Keep in touch!

If you are the creative type, send us your photos of what you are doing at home (your puzzles, your chalk art, your fuzzy socks…) -  we love to hear from you! Thanks to Debbie Kinjo for thinking of us. <3

 

Do you need help with ZOOM?

If you have a computer or tablet or smartphone, you CAN Zoom, and we are here to help you. As in all things, we are in this together. If you would like to join in worship with StG’s and are having trouble connecting to Zoom via any of those devices, let us know and we are happy to troubleshoot with you. Anne, Casey, and Kathryn are quickly moving to expert level on Zoom – so email us and we can call you and talk you through it. Anne, Kathryn, or Sexton@stgregoryschurch.org

 

The best way to contact the church is through email.

The staff is trying to stay healthy and working from home as much as possible.  Charlene Vanderhulst, Parish Administer, (parish@stgregoryschurch.org) will get back to you as soon as possible or direct your email to the appropriate staff member. 

 

Children and Youth Connections

Show and Tell with Shelley continues at 10:00 am every week day. We share something together and then Shelley reads a Bible story and we discuss it! Connect with the following link. 

Topic: Show and Tell

Time: Apr 1, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

            Every day, until Apr 30, 2020, 30 occurrence(s)

            Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Daily: https://zoom.us/meeting/tJMkcuyqpz4pCeEVFm-dYc4-Ur-ZD7GklQ/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCvpz4vGN2Qs139f60qA5X8buG1klJLj5V7kVLhOiMHLzbke9hmZZV0HOmB

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/979552953?pwd=Sk03OXB0YzRud1FkK1NMd1VsUEkzdz09

Meeting ID: 979 552 953

Password: 181288 

 

Youth and Young Adults! 

We are continuing with our weekly photography contest! Week one's topic was "What brings me joy?" And the winner was Sarah Regalado with her photo of chocolate chips on a flour dusted counter top. Week two topic was, "Best Quarantine Vibe." The winner is Anne Regalado with her photograph titled "Covid19 Carrot Cake."  They have each won a Door Dash gift certificate! If you want to join this week, the topic is "Peace and Calm." Text or email your photographs to Shelley by 5:00 pm on Friday. The winner will be announced on Sunday! Any one in middle school, high school or college age is eligible to enter. Photographs are sent anonymously to our extremely qualified graphic artist judge, Casey Kreamer! Join us and have some fun!  

LOFT will meet as usual at 9:00 on Palm Sunday (April 5) at: 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/238921177?pwd=amYxayt1UGduam9YVElNVmgrOVJhZz09 

Meeting ID: 238 921 177

Password: 055349

 


 

 

 

Hymn Madness Continues

StG's Hymn Madness has officially ended and a winner has been crowned......... this song leapt over Lift High the Cross, it trampled Taste and See, it swept Silent Night.... AMAZING GRACE IS OUR HYMN MADNESS GRAND CHAMPION!!!!! 

Many thanks to all who participated - what a fun way to show our love for hymns that have been with us in the best of times, the worst of times, and everything in between! Music is a powerful medium through which we can experience God, and I encourage you to listen with fresh ears to the songs with which you surround yourself - how does God speak to you through them? 

Since we are unfortunately unable to sing this together at StG's in the near future (although we CERTAINLY will as soon as we're back together again!!), please enjoy these variations of Amazing Grace:

 

Bagpipes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpZiPZwwXhM&feature=youtu.be)

Organ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmA6FLiD6w8&feature=youtu.be)

Vocal Solo with Aretha Franklin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGN64GwVIRM&feature=youtu.be)

A Cappella (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n145-J8ejg&feature=youtu.be) 

 

Let's Talk-- Zoom Movie Discussion – Wednesday, April 8, 7pm
Watch "Robot & Frank" (available on Prime Video)
Synopsis: In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

https://zoom.us/j/786888169?pwd=a0YvajBVTWdRN3N0U00vREhvbC9CUT09

Meeting ID: 786 888 169
Password: 035001

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 786 888 169
 

 

Sacred Spaces within our home

Please feel free to send in your Sacred Space to share.

 


 

 

 

 Prayers This Week, Please Remember…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially…   Jean Pock, John Pock, Priscilla Condon, Elizabeth, Chris, Francis & Tavares Families, Chuck Brasford, Finn West and Family, David Kyllo, Morris/Godavitarne Families, Amanda, Ben, The Jacobson’s, Liz & Daniel, Ralph. 

For the departed… Faye Groves.

 

Parish E-Newsletter Deadline - Monday, 9:30 am

If you would like to have something included in the newsletter sent out midweek, please submit your article to parish@stgregoryschurch.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sacred Spaces and Familiar Faces

Beloved, we know that the church is not the building in which we worship – but the people who worship and share God’s love with the world. And – we who were created to worship and serve have a longing for our sacred space. We miss being in a space that feels set apart from our day to day lives to connect with God. This is the perfect time to create sacred space in your home. This can be anything you want it to be, as long as it is intentional. Once you have identified a place (usually not at the center of household chaos), set it apart as sacred. Often a candle helps to do this, and many people choose to put items that are sacred to them: cross, icon, branches or greenery, prayer book, and/or bible. If you have children at home, let them help pick out the place and items – it’s always fun to see what they consider sacred (you may wind up with Legos, crayons, or other things that add their faithful whimsy). As we move through Lent towards Holy Week, we will have some suggestions of things you may want to add to your sacred space. Since we are physically separate, sharing our sacred spaces may help us to feel more fully spiritually connected. So, if you are willing, send a picture of your sacred space to Casey at sexton@stgregoryschurch.org. 

We continue to connect to each other through Care Circles, and are offering assistance to people who need help with rent, utilities, car payments, and other things that have been identified. If you know of other people who need assistance, please let us know. If you would like to contribute to this specific effort, you can donate to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund by donating online (GIVE button on the homepage of our website!). You can also continue to give to StG’s online or by mailing a check. Thank you for continuing to support our ministries in this community and the world. 

It is so great to see many of you on the Zoom worship times. If you aren’t able to join via Zoom, we have had a few people offer to donate technology that could help with this, so let us know and we can figure out a safe way to get that to you. We all love our familiar faces – even when we can’t see them in person. 

 

Worship with StG’s ONLINE!

9:40am Sunday – Virtual Worship via Zoom and FaceBook Live (Zoom starts at 9:40 – FB 10:00)

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/842861148?pwd=TGNvQWdyVUFsRE1JNUQ3WkFJVU1BZz09

Meeting ID: 842 861 148

Password: 414299

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password

 

11am Sunday – Virtual coffee hour via Zoom – Zoom attendees breakout into “virtual tables” and have conversation – it’s even more fun than we thought it would be! BYOC

 

8am Wednesday - Morning Worship and Virtual Breakfast VIA ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/750552357?pwd=T1haZm5yV3lRQjZJaHRlazBXeFFYUT09

Meeting ID: 750 552 357

Password: 587299

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password

 

7pm Friday - Stations of the Cross via ZOOM and FB Live

Stations has become a very important spiritual practice for many of us, enabling us to walk Jesus’ walk of humility and death. In this walk, we are reminded that our faith prepares us for the trials of life, and assures us that death is never the final word. Last week, we featured Jon Dutcher’s paintings of the stations, and this week we will feature Beverly Falbe’s drawings of the stations. Our walk will be accompanied by Tobin Schindler on the cello. 

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/129588220?pwd=M1FPcGlMN1lMU0tKdGIxdTd3Y0czZz09

Meeting ID: 129 588 220

Password: 657620

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password 

 

Prepare for Sunday’s Worship

If you would like to prepare for Sunday’s Worship Service, please click on the link to read the Lessons and the Gospel from the Lectionary  http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Lent/ALent5_RCL.html

·         Ezekiel 37:1-14

·         Romans 8:6-11

·         John 11:1-45

·         Psalm 130

 

Let’s Talk - A movie discussion group TONIGHT, March 25 at 7pm VIA ZOOM!

The Netflix film “The Two Popes” is a story of friendship between 2 adversaries. Each respects and maybe even admires the other, but each also thinks the other is on course to severely corrupt a beloved institution –the Church.

How do we remain in relationship with those whom we are in conflict or disagreement?

Through this story we also see two ways to live a life of faith: one is dogmatic, concerned that one glorious eternal truth must shine forth in our fractured world.  The other insists to follow Jesus we are called to simplicity and to manifest faith by action.

How would we assess their choices? Which one of these paths speaks to you?

Lots and lots of other conversation topics!!

So let’s talk. Facilitated by Max Smith.

 

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, tablet, or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/786888169?pwd=a0YvajBVTWdRN3N0U00vREhvbC9CUT09

Meeting ID: 786 888 169

Password: 035001

OR – Call in on your phone: 1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) – same meeting ID and Password 

 

Do you need help with ZOOM?

If you have a computer or tablet or smartphone, you CAN Zoom, and we are here to help you. As in all things, we are in this together. If you would like to join in worship with StG’s and are having trouble connecting to Zoom via any of those devices, let us know and we are happy to troubleshoot with you. Anne, Casey, and Kathryn are quickly moving to expert level on Zoom – so email us and we can call you and talk you through it. Anne, Kathryn, or sexton@stgregoryschurch.org 

 

The best way to contact the church is through email.

The staff is trying to stay healthy and working from home as much as possible.  Charlene Vanderhulst, Parish Administer, (parish@stgregoryschurch.org) will get back to you as soon as possible or direct your email to the appropriate staff member. 

 

Children and Youth Connections

Children's Church will meet via Zoom again this coming Sunday. Meet me at 11:30 at 
Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/186100429?pwd=a0xhdTBtcGlnTlVBdFRHK3VVYW9QQT09

 

Meeting ID: 186 100 429

Password: 205278

 

Youth Group and LOFT are having a weekly photography contest during the time of social distancing! Judge, Casey Kremer, will receive the photographs anonymously and make their decisions. They will judge on composition and how well the photograph represents the weekly topic. Prizes will be awarded and you may actually see some of the photographs hanging in the church when you can come back! Send your submissions to Shelley@stgregoryschurch.org by Friday at 5:00 pm. Winners will be announced on Sunday. This week's topic is "Best Quarantine Vibe."  Anne Regalado won a $20 Door Dash gift certificate for her submission for "What gives me joy" last week! 

Children's Show and Tell. The Children's Church kids are meeting daily on Zoom for Show and Tell at 10:00 am!  

https://zoom.us/j/501145895?pwd=bXVMdUdtNGorYUhxcFNyclBidi9ZZz09&status=success

Meeting ID: 501 145 895

Password: 534639

Every day one of the children does Show and Tell, we have a scavenger hunt and read and discuss a Bible Story.  

 

Hymn Madness Continues

Well, Christmas hymns finally found their match - they've been decimated from the StG's Hymn Madness bracket! And what could possibly have beaten those leviathans, you ask? Two behemoths of ballad, two masters of melody, two colossal conquerors of chorus, two Herculean heralds of hymnody....  

1. AMAZING GRACE vs. 2. I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE 

Please get your votes in via email (to kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org) or Facebook (via the StG's page) between now and the end of the day Tuesday, March 31! HELP US DETERMINE WHICH WILL TRIUMPH TO BE CROWNED THE HYMN MADNESS GRAND CHAMPION! 

 

Community Meals – Next Time to Serve, Sunday, May 17 at Noon

Please save the date: Our next time to serve is Sunday, May 17th. 

 

Prayers This Week, Please Remember…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially…  Blair/Seabury Family, Judy Epstein, Al, Priscilla Condon, Elizabeth, Synda Nelson, Chris, Francis & Tavares Families, Chuck Brasford, Finn West and Family, David Kyllo, Morris/Godavitarne Families, Amanda, Ben, Cissy & Jeff Singleton, The Jacobson’s, Liz & Daniel, Ralph. 

For the departed… Cynthia Hallis, Helen.

 

Parish E-Newsletter Deadline - Monday, 9:30 am

If you would like to have something included in the newsletter sent out midweek, please submit your article to parish@stgregoryschurch.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)

 

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Beloved,

Bishop Lee has asked all churches to close completely to comply with Gov Pritzker’s Shelter in Place order. We will therefore not be leaving the church open for private prayer, or for the puzzle swap until the order lifts. Unfortunately, our 12 Step groups can no longer meet in the church either. We have been in touch with them, and have offered any assistance we can provide. 

Our Care Circles remain in place, and are bringing a sense of the connectivity of the body of Christ that we are. 

If you, or anyone you know, has need for supplies, food, assistance with paying rent or utilities, or pastoral care, please call the church and select “pastoral emergencies”, or email anne@stgregoryschurch.org. 

Our Communications Director remains in the church building, so if you would like her to light a candle for a specific prayer request, please email her at sexton@stgregoryschurch.org. Sometimes just knowing a candle is lit in a sacred space is what we need. 

The labyrinth is always open, and complies with the Shelter in Place for outdoor walking – as long as you keep a 6’ distance from other walkers. This is a time-tested method for centering your heart, mind, and soul! 

Join us for worship online tomorrow! Zoom begins at 9:40 am, and Facebook live begins at 10am. We will have virtual coffee hour in Zoom after the worship. Because we are not allowed in the building, watch for appearances by any number of the Jolly pets, including Freeman!

Zoom invite:

10am – Virtual Worship via Zoom and FaceBook Live (Zoom starts at 9:40 – FB 10:00)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/842861148?pwd=TGNvQWdyVUFsRE1JNUQ3WkFJVU1BZz09

Meeting ID: 842 861 148

Password: 414299

 

Dial by your location

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 842 861 148

 

 


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SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday
8:00 AM Contemplative Holy Eucharist 
9:00 AM Adult Bible Study

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music

             

 
Wednesday
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers