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.
FUN NIGHT FOR ALL AGES – JANUARY 11, 6-8 PM
Join us for a Fun Night on January 11 from 6 - 8! We will be hosting families from Christ United Methodist Church in an evening of food, games and fellowship! We will provide food (asking for a good will offering) and then spend time playing board/card games and coloring together! A signup sheet will be in Founders' Hall after Christmas.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S
WORSHIP – 8AM
FORMATION FOR ALL AGES RESUMES AT 9AM.
Adult Forum will be led by Mary Maraist, who will discuss Centering Prayer/Contemplative Prayer as a spiritual practice.
BAPTISM – 10AM
Join us to welcome the newest Baptized Christians at 10am with a baptism of a baby and an adult!
SUNDAY JANUARY 27TH – ONE WORSHIP SERVICE + ANNUAL MEETING + FUN AND LUNCH!
9:00AM – ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE
What a joy it is to all be together in worship, prayer, thanksgiving, celebration, thought, dream, and fellowship on this Sunday. We will have one worship service, followed by the meeting and lunch together.
10:00 AM – ANNUAL MEETING
We will reflect on 2018, and look forward to 2019, give thanks for those who are concluding their terms in parish leadership, and elect new leaders. This is both an important and orderly part of our life together as a parish, and a joyful opportunity to come together in prayer and vision.
11:00 AM (ISH) – LUNCH TOGETHER
Well, it IS what we do! J We will continue our time of thought and vision while we spend intentional time together getting to know each other better and thinking together about St. Gregory’s!
PREPARE TO VOTE ON PROPOSED PARISH CONSTITUTION AT OUR ANNUAL MEETING ON JAN. 27
The purpose of our Parish Constitution is similar to the articles of incorporation for a company. We define our name, governance, officers, how officers are chosen and requirements for our meetings. St. Gregory’s original Parish Constitution was adopted in the mid-1950’s. Changes to our Parish Constitution require a full parish meeting to vote on adopting the changes. At our upcoming Annual Meeting on January 27, we will be voting on a Proposed Parish Constitution.
This past year the Vestry undertook an update of our Parish Constitution in order to:
Large sections of our original constitution had been copied directly from the diocesan canons in effect at that time. In this revision each of those sections has been replaced by a reference to the current appropriate diocesan canon. The use of references will keep us in alignment with the diocese without having to make revisions to our constitution.
To enable you to make an informed vote, we have prepared the following versions for your review:
Please take the time to review these versions prior to our Annual Meeting on January 27.
View the digital copy of the Parish Constitution
View the digital copy of the revised draft of the Parish Constitution
Hard copies are available in a blue binder in our Sally Craig Memorial Library.
If you have any questions, please contact Susie Dutcher (847-915-1750) or Leigh Stewart (847-846-5162).
CENTERING/CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER FAITH LAB – JANUARY 16, 12:00 PM
Join us for a guided session of Centering/Contemplative prayer. It’s a great time to try this ancient practice – long held to calm the mind and soul. Meditation/Quiet/Centering is all touted as the way for a more balanced inner life, and contemplative prayer has been doing that for centuries! NO experience necessary – this is intentionally a time to try this practice in a casual, comfortable environment.
BOOK CLUB – JANUARY 16, 7:00 PM
January 16th the book club will meet at 7pm in the conference room to discuss STILL LIFE by Louise Penny.
Looking ahead to February 20th we will discuss PACHINKO by Min Jini Lee. An epic historical novel following a Korean family who eventually migrate to Japan.
START THE NEW YEAR WITH WORSHIP – WEDNESDAY MORNINGS AT 8AM
Join us on Wednesdays at 8am in the Chapel. Consider making the Wednesday 8am service and breakfast a part of your new year’s spiritual practice.
CAREER RENEWAL MINISTRY: JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE – JANUARY 20, 10:15AM - NOON
Topic: Job Search Preparedness by Skip Newman
Location: Holy Cross Church Community Room 724 Elder Lane Deerfield, IL 60015
We are a group of 20 volunteer advisors who provide FREE one on one assistance to help individuals navigate the job search maze. Established in 1986, Career Renewal has assisted more than 1000 people by walking with them through every step in the job search process.
Meetings, which run until noon, include:
(1) an explanation of Career Renewal and how it works,
(2) brief introductions of both the Career Renewal Advisors (who cover a wide range of industries, skills, and experiences) and the individuals seeking jobs,
(3) a presentation by a speaker on a topic of interest to job seekers.
Our speaker is Skip Newman: Skip’s presentation will focus on job search preparedness, both from a ‘paperwork’ standpoint (e.g. resumes, handbills, profiles, business cards etc.) as well as networking tips, LinkedIn usage, email accounts and etiquette, elevator pitches and other related topics.
(4) assignment of (and first meeting with) an assigned Career Renewal advisor.
Dress is business casual. Be sure to bring several copies of your resume. In addition, if you have a list of target employers, be sure to bring along an extra copy. Coffee and rolls are served. There is no cost and religious affiliation is not required.
Take Elder Lane is the first traffic light north of Deerfield Road on Waukegan Road. Head East on Elder, then turn left (North) into the narrow driveway between the Administration Center and the Church, then turn right (East) into the large parking lot. Look for steps leading to double doors. Go through the double doors and signs will direct you to Career Renewal. www.careerrenewal.org
INTRODUCTORY ORGANIZING TRAINING/3 DAY LEADERSHIP TRAINING – JANUARY 19-21
The 3-day version of the Industrial Areas Foundation acclaimed national leadership training will be held at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. This training provides an overview of key concepts and critical components essential to building strong community groups and connecting those groups into a broad based organization necessary to create power. Special emphasis will be placed on the identification of leaders and the creation of local allies necessary to effect change at both the local community and state level. Registration deadline is January 11. Reserve you spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERFAITH SYMPOSIUM AT BJBE – TUESDAYS, 10-11:30AM
In an America that seems to be fracturing along cultural, political, and geographical lines, we have the opportunity to act bravely and wisely by learning with and from people who think and act differently than we do. Over the course of this year, we will hear from clergy and leaders from many faith traditions. We will learn about their history, their inspirational texts, the major tenets of their theology, and what teachings their tradition can bring to bear on the most important questions and challenges of religious life in 21st Century America. Symposium will be taught by some of Chicagoland’s leading clergy, including our rector, Anne Jolly! BJBE is inviting members of congregations to join them in this informative series. We hope we will get to know our neighbors through learning, conversation, and, of course, a little nosh. You are welcome to any and all of the sessions!
Registration is available online: https://bjbe.shulcloud.com/form/symposium1819.
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Genevieve Stegeman, Myra Stone, Audrey Baer, Sue Mueller, Kate Lenington, Susan Haerle, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Don and Phoebe Caldwell, The Laedlein and Koons Families, Steven Cook, Terry Cummings.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed… James Neubecker, Deacon Chere Bates.
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.)
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 - AT ST. GREGORY’S
EPIPHANY PARTY – 11:00 AM
On Epiphany, we celebrate the arrival of the Wise men to meet our Lord, Jesus. There will be NO formation at 9am, but join us after the 10am for a festive celebration with lunch, games, and activities for ALL AGES! Please RSVP so we can have a food head count by emailing Shelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or signing up in Founders’ Hall.
RED BAG SUNDAY
Jill Rosen, the Manager of the Deerfield Food Pantry, on behalf of all of the Township Supervisors, extends heartfelt gratitude for our continued support. They can always count on us to provide generous amounts of what they need at that time. It's not the first time we've been thanked, but it is still nice to hear!
For our January 6 Red Bag collection the pantry needs: (really needs)-toilet paper, paper towels, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, applesauce, pasta and pasta sauce, cookies, crackers, condiments and boxed white rice.
Mark your Calendar for Family Fun Night on January 11 from 6 - 8! We will be hosting families from Christ United Methodist Church in an evening of food, games and fellowship! We will provide food (asking for a good will offering) and then spend time playing board/card games and coloring together! A signup sheet will be in Founders' Hall after Christmas.
VESTRY NOMINATIONS PROCESS AND SERVICE
At our Annual Parish Meeting on January 27th, parishioners will vote on a slate of new members for the Vestry to include a new Warden and one to two new Vestry Members. To begin discernment for these new leaders, the Parish Nominating Committee, consisting of the outgoing Warden (that's me, Leigh Stewart!) and Vestry Members along with our Rector Anne, met on November 13 to prayerfully consider and lift up names of recommended parishioners for this ministry. The Parish Nominating Committee invites parishioners to contact Leigh Stewart at 847-846-5162 with names of potential candidates for Warden and Vestry service. We ask that parishioners who nominate candidates not speak to the candidates about their nomination in order to avoid hurt feelings if the person is not selected for the slate.
The leadership of our Vestry is vital to the life of our church, and a representation of those first disciples long ago who answered Jesus' call to serve in a leadership role. The Vestry is made up of the Rector, two duly elected Wardens, and duly elected Vestry Members who serve on a three-year rotation. To serve on the Vestry in our Diocese of the Episcopal Church, one must:
· Be a baptized person aged 16 years or older who
· Regularly attends services and
· Is recognized as members of the Parish by the Rector and at least one of the Wardens and
· Is a 'giver of record' financially during the 6 months prior to the annual meeting.
A comprehensive Ministry description for Wardens and Vestry Members is posted on the Vestry bulletin outside the Rector's office.
I would like to take this opportunity to say that serving with this Vestry has caused me to grow spiritually and personally in ways that I could never have foreseen and I am deeply grateful for this experience and for my fellow leaders. Joining this Vestry is one of the most rewarding efforts you will ever experience, forging new and lasting friendships and feeling a true part of the body of Christ. If you receive the call to serve in this way, I strongly encourage you to consider that call as maybe coming from Jesus and respond as those first disciples did. It is a great adventure!
Yours in Christ,
BREAKFAST SHARED WITH PADS CLIENTS: NEXT OPPORTUNITY – APRIL 1
On December 31st, several members of St. Gregory's prepared/served breakfast to about 40 guests (including several children) at the PADS shelter at First Presbyterian Church. We would like to especially thank the following:
Set-up/Serve/Clean-up: David and Matthew Schaper, Celeste and Cecilia Rodriguez, Mary Rodgers, Leigh Stewart, Ana, Ob, and Kaden Soonthornsima
Casserole Bakers: Mike Hamilton, Cecilia Rodriguez, Mary Rodgers, Barbara Schaper, and Janet Foltz
Hard-boiled Egg Makers: Cecilia Rodriguez, Leigh Stewart, and Mike Hamilton
We do have one more opportunity to serve this PADS season on the 5th Sunday/Monday - April 1st, 2019.
Thank you to all!
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Genevieve Stegeman, Myra Stone, Audrey Baer, Sue Mueller, Kate Lenington, Susan Haerle, Miriam Satinoff, Nellie Kerrigan, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Don and Phoebe Caldwell, Chris Hartley, Margaret Tueax, The Laedlein and Koons Families, Steven Cook, Terry Cummings.
For the departed… Margaret Stewart.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music