THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S
St. Gregory's members will once again have the opportunity to serve out neighbors in Waukegan at the Waukegan Community Meals program on Sunday, February 17th. If you were in church on Sunday, February 3rd, Mother Anne preached about Jesus' call to us to go outside our church community and help others. She also said that the readings talked about how we are called to do things we might not think we can do or things that are not comfortable for us to do. We hope you take this challenge to join us. We meet at 12 noon and are done by 3:30 pm. We are also looking for bakers to make cakes, brownies and cookies. Many of our guests love chocolate. If you would like to donate individually wrapped Valentine's candy, our guests would appreciate them.
Thanks, Barb Schaper (email@example.com) and Janet and Bill Foltz
EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN (EAP) TO BE PRESENTED AT BOTH FEBRUARY 17 SERVICES
Awareness and Actions in Case of Emergencies
· EAP Procedure Manuals, Locations (7)
· Call 9-1-1 and stay on the line
· Remain Calm, Evaluate the Situation, Take Action
· Call 9-1-1, Fire Extinguisher, Evacuate, Gather at Labyrinth
· Proceed to basement, disabled to hallway outside restrooms and assistance to basement
· Stay away from windows and doors
4. Medical Emergencies and Traumatic Incidents
· Call 9-1-1, stay on line, Need CPR or AED?
5. Other: Gas Leak, Chemical Spill, Explosion, Bomb Threat, Bomb Emergency, Hostile Intruder, Civil Unrest, Drive-by Shooting, Hostage Situation, Firearm and Concealed Carry Policy
LENT IS COMING
PANCAKE SUNDAY – MARCH 3
Pancake Sunday is a much beloved St. Gregory’s tradition. Rather than a Fat Tuesday party, we have pancakes the Sunday before Lent begins. The pancake brunch will be immediately following the 10am service. Stay tuned for more details, and mark your calendar for this fun event.
ASH WEDNESDAY – MARCH 6 – SERVICES AT 7AM, NOON, 7PM IN THE CHAPEL
Ash Wednesday is the liturgical start to the season of Lent. It occurs 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter. We observe Ash Wednesday by putting ashes on our heads to remind us of our mortality as we head into this penitential season. Observing Lent through liturgy, prayer, penitence, and fasting (food or otherwise) helps us connect with God in the suffering of Christ – it also makes the joy of Easter more profound. Join us to begin our Lenten observance at one of our three liturgies.
LENTEN FAITH STUDY FOR ADULTS – REGISTER TODAY!
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).
KNITTING MINISTRY - 3RD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6 PM
Join the group in the Parker room on the 3rd Tuesdays of each month. All levels invited.
BOOK CLUB NEWS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7PM
On 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.
CHRIST UNITED “LOVE FEAST” – FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 6-7:30PM
The friends we made from Christ United Methodist Church at our Parish Game Night have invited us to join in a Methodist "Love Feast." This is a meal that includes hymns, prayers and fellowship. There will also be a Family Activity for folks of all ages! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. It will be a great way to grow our friendship with our neighborhood churches.
ALTAR GREENERY DONOR NEEDED FOR MARCH 17
If you would like to donate altar greenery for Sunday, March 17, contact Val Seilheimer (email@example.com). Please note that since it is lent, the arrangement will consist of greenery only.
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Sally Swenson, Wendy Dackson, Ann Shields, Betty and David Hughs, Jean McKinnon, Jane and Larry Smith, Morgan Carruthers, Olivia Rich, Kamen family, Genevieve Stegeman, Jim Mitchell, Cheri Thompson, Antonio and Deanna Hilario, Justin Geiger, Yvonne Sharpe, Elizabeth Hamilton, Lin Reichenbach, Jay Branson, Barry Larson.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed… Marvin Korte, Kim Dackson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)
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!
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!
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
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!
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…
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music