The Visual Faith Lab scheduled for this evening at 7:00 PM,
has been cancelled due to uncertain weather conditions
and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Please stay safe!
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S
RED BAG SUNDAY
Our Feed the Hungry red bags on February 3 will go to the Vernon Township Food Pantry. They are in special need of canned protein such as tuna, salmon and chicken, Ramen noodles, toilet paper and canned fruit. Grocery gift cards are also welcomed.
All members of BSA Scouts and Girl Scouts are encouraged wear uniforms and be recognized. St. Gregory's is the Chartered Organization for BSA Troop 50 and Pack 50, who will be available after services. We encourage everyone to learn more about these two organizations.
ADULT FORUM – 9AM
This Sunday, we will talk about the ancient practice of structured prayer multiple times a day, and how we can engage our prayer life by using the Book of Common Prayer in the Daily Office. We will then practice praying through the Daily Offices in the Faith Labs next week.
FAITH LABS THIS WEEK AND NEXT!
We have FIVE upcoming Faith Labs - opportunities for experiencing different faith practices together as a community. These practices are presented in short form during the Adult Forum, and we explore them in hands-on sessions during Faith Labs. Upcoming opportunities are:
TOMORROW, THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 – 7-8:30PM – VISUAL FAITH
We will be exploring ways to engage our sense of sight with our faith, especially in kinesthetic forms of learning, worship, and prayer. Some of these ways include: praying in color, prayer doodles, bible journaling, etc. Come ready to experiment with our visual and kinesthetic senses in prayer. We will have supplies, but you are encouraged to bring any art supplies you have, and your bible. NO creative/artistic skill needed, just a willingness to encounter God in a new way.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 – 11:15 AM-12:30 PM – PRAYER BEADS
We will create our own prayer beads, and try out praying with them in this ancient tactile practice of praying with the guidance of a string of beads.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – 7-7:30AM – MORNING PRAYER
This week we will have the opportunity to try out 3 of the Daily Offices in our Book of Common Prayer. This long-held practice of connecting with God at regular intervals through the day reminds us of the source of our time and energy. Many world religions take time out from their days to pray, and this opportunity is also available to you! Come see how it feels to pray in these ways. We start with Morning Prayer – a beautiful way to start the day!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – 12-12:45 PM – NOONDAY PRAYER (AND LUNCH!)
Noonday prayer is BY FAR the shortest of all the Daily Offices in the BCP, so we will say noonday prayer together and eat lunch – BYOL (lunch)!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – 7-8:30PM – COMPLINE, GAMES, AND DINNER – GREAT FOR ALL AGES!
Compline is Mother Anne’s favorite of the Daily Offices, and a wonderful way to wind down your day. We will share in a potluck dinner together (Yay – don’t have to cook or clean up a whole meal, AND get to have the benefit of great time with church friends), then end with Compline.
GOOD SHEPHERD SKIT: SAVE THE DATE – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
The Good Shepherd Skit will be acted out by our 5th-9th graders at 9:10 am during Formation hour. Rehearsals starting soon… you don’t want to miss it!
BOOK CLUB NEWS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7PM
February 20th the book club will discuss PACHINKO by Min Jini Lee. It is an epic historical novel following a Korean family who eventually migrate to Japan.
LENTEN FAITH STUDY FOR ADULTS
Join a small group for a six-week study of how faith informs our lives and is connected to our wellness (mind, soul, heart, and strength). We will be using the Living Compass curriculum (developed in Diocese of Chicago). Two adult groups will meet during Lent: one for adults at noon on Wednesdays, and one specifically designed for parents at 7p on Wednesdays. Both start Wednesday, March 13. The Noon study goes through April 17, and the parent study goes one week longer (we will take spring break week off). Please register by contacting Charlene Vanderhulst (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VESTRY MEETING NEWS
Our Vestry met on January 15:
The Vestry encourages all parishioners to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting on January 27. There will be one combined service at 9am that will be followed by the Annual Meeting and Lunch. We will reflect on 2018, and look forward to 2019, and give thanks for those who are concluding their terms in parish leadership, and elect new leaders.
To date, we have received pledges from approximately 60% of our parishioners. We want to thank those people who have taken a seat at St. Greg’s table through their generous offerings. The parishioners, who have not yet pledged, please do so soon. We believe God has called St. Gregory’s to many ministries in this year, including expanding our hospitality and love to the community beyond our walls. Your generosity enables that to happen, and gives you an opportunity to expand your faith!
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Morgan Carruthers, Cheri Thompson, Lin Reichenbach, Charlie Porter, Olivia Rich, Jim Mitchell, Genevieve Stegeman, The Kamen Family, Steven Cook, Terry Cummings.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed…
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 email@example.com or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)
St. Gregory’s Church will Close on Wednesday and
Reopen on Thursday at Noon Due to Extreme Cold
The Church will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 due to extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills set to impact Lake County and the surrounding area.
The Church will reopen on Thursday, January 31 at Noon.
The 8:00 AM Wednesday Morning Holy Eucharist and
Service with Breakfast is also cancelled.
Please use caution during this extreme weather event.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music