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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AS ADVENT BEGINS

Our first Sunday of Advent brings opportunities for everyone to welcome the season!

ST. GREG’S TABLE – ANNUAL PLEDGE INGATHERING AT BOTH SERVICES

Our invitation to share our abundance with the life and ministries of St. Gregory’s and beyond should have arrived in your mailboxes last week. Bring your pledges to church this Sunday, and we will all carry our pledges forward – physically presenting our offerings to God during worship. 

RED BAG SUNDAY – 8AM AND 10AM SERVICES

Our Feed the Hungry red bags will go to Vernon Township.   They especially need canned fruit, rice and rice dishes, instant potatoes, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and dish detergent and they always appreciate grocery gift cards. 

WREATHS AND COOKIES AND FUN, OH MY!! – 9AM HOUR

Multi-generational wreath making workshop – gather in Founder’s Hall at 9am and make an Advent wreath for your home devotion, or for a shut in or family who couldn’t get to church. Extend our spiritual practices to our entire church family! We have wreath bases, greens, pinecones, ribbon, and candles! And remember - if you have a wreath base, don’t forget to bring yours in for fresh greens! 

Cookie bake-off - Bring your special homemade cookies - they will be laid out for folks to taste during the 9am hour (and coffee hour for enjoying) and everyone will get to vote on their favorites! Top three will win prizes, and we ALL get to enjoy the treats. 

Advent paper chain making project to help Families bring ADVENT alive at home – available during the wreath making workshop. We will have supplies for this twist on the Advent Calendar for families of all ages and stages to share in Advent meditation and joy.  In addition, we will be practicing our carols to sing next week at our door decorating event!  

ADVENT MESSIAH CHOIR – 10AM

Come raise your voices in celebrating the expectant joy of Advent! Each Sunday in December, join the choir in singing an offertory anthem selected from one of the greatest masterworks, Handel's Messiah - culminating in a singalong Hallelujah Chorus with the brass quintet on Christmas Eve. The selections chosen are accessible to anyone with a little practice, so ALL are welcome! 

If you're interested in singing with the choir during Advent and/or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org for a detailed schedule, practice recordings, and music. You don't have to come to all rehearsals, but the more you attend the more prepared you'll feel. This Sunday, you are welcome to join us at 9am to rehearse and see what it is like!

 

INTERGENERATIONAL EVENT FOR ADVENT – CAROLING AND DECORATING! DECEMBER 9

On December 9 we will have an intergenerational event where we decorate the residents' doors and go caroling at Brentwood North Healthcare Center on Deerfield Road Please sign up in Founders' Hall to bring chili or cornbread for lunch before we go to Brentwood. 

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP& BREAKFAST TIME CHANGE TO 8:00AM BEGINNING DECEMBER 5

Beginning December 5, the Wednesday morning service followed by a continental breakfast will be held at a new time – 8am! We hope this allows some of us (yawn) who prefer to sleep in a little to attend! Please join us, perhaps as an Advent spiritual practice!

 

CHRISTMAS FLOWER & MUSIC: IN MEMORY OR FOR THANKSGIVING ENVELOPES AVAILABE

If you would like to honor a loved one this Christmas season, please look for an envelope in Founder’s Hall and complete the necessary information on the front. If you are unable to pick an envelope up at the Church, please contact Charlene (847-945-1350, parish@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

CHRISTMAS BASKETS ARE DUE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4- HELP PACK THE TRUCK DECEMBER 6

Baskets are due to Founder’s Hall by Tuesday December 4th.  Remember to put labels on the 4 sides of the boxes and to use a marker - not a ball point pen. 

In addition, help is needed on Thursdays morning December 6, when the ReVive truck will arrive to pick up the boxes. The truck will arrive sometime after 9:30am.  Many hands will make quick work out of loading the truck.  If you are able to help out on December 6, or if you have a last minute questions, email Marilyn Knilans (marilyn17@comcast.net).

 

DISCOVERING OUR NERVE: BISHOP LEE’S CONVENTION SERMON

The 181ST Annual Convention of Chicago took place November 16 and 17 at the Westin Yorktown Center in Lombard.

"So I've got a charge for us, church," said Bishop Lee in his convention sermon. "Let's recover or discover our nerve, our confidence that God has given us a way of being Christian, a way of following Christ that leads to life, a way of living not for ourselves alone but for the One who died for us and was raised again." 

Watch the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw-fsOcY8BQ&feature=youtu.be&t=10

 

A FUTURE WITH HOPE: THE REV. ANNE JOLLY’S CONVENTION MORNING PRAYER SERMON

In her sermon at an opening liturgy, The Rev. Anne Jolly called the convention's attention to the plight of refugees making their way toward the southern border of the United States. "The Israelites may have worn sandals and carried their belongings in cloth bundles while the refugees in the caravan wear flip flops and crocs and carry their belongings in back packs, but we know they are the same in so many ways. We can see the fear and desperation mixed with the dust on the roads they all walk." 

Read her sermon online: https://www.episcopalchicago.org/our-stories/2018/11/19/future-hope-rev-anne-jollys-convention-morning-prayer-sermon

 

 


 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

On December 9, St. Nicholas will be visiting Children's Church. If there are any allergies that St. Nicholas should know about before filling children's shoes, please contact Shelley at shelley@stgregoryschurch.org

 

BOOK CLUB – DECEMBER 5, 7PM

Because of Thanksgiving, the next Book Club meeting will be held on December 5. “Holy Rover” by Lori Erickson will be discussed. Several copies are available in the church library. The Book Club normally meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s.

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, NOON

Save the date for our next turn to serve on Sunday, December 16th at 12 noon.

 

ALTAR FLOWER DONARS NEED                                

If you would like to be an altar flower donor on December 30th or January 6th, please contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aol.com).

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on November 13: 

We encourage all parishioners to participate in our Annual Giving Campaign.  Look for a mailing this week that includes pledge cards.  Sunday December 2 is the Annual Giving Ingathering where we will bless all the gifts to Christ in the form of pledges at the 8am and 10am services.   And mark your calendars on Friday, December 7 for a potluck dinner party to celebrate Advent and the abundance of our annual Giving campaign.    The Vestry appreciates everyone’s involvement to support St. Gregory’s. 

 

DONATION INTENTION?

In March 2017 a small cash donation was received from "The Bridge Club" into one of St. Gregory's Designated Funds. Unfortunately the documentation we have does not include information about the donors' intentions about how the funds are to be used and no record of who actually made the donation. I have been asking parishioners I know who might be the donor or who might know who it might be and so far no one I have spoken with has known anything about it.  If you have any information about this donation please contact me, Leigh Stewart, at 847-846-5162. 

 

PADS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (DEERFIELD) ON 2ND SUNDAYS/MONDAYS

First Presbyterian has asked St. Gregory's to assist with cleaning up after the PADS breakfasts on the Mondays after the 2nd Sundays of each month through April 2019.  The congregation providing breakfast on those Mondays could use an extra couple volunteers to run the sanitizer (David Schaper can give you a lesson) and put away the dishes (Sarah Snyder can provide further details). 

The time commitment is roughly 1-2 hours once a month on a Monday morning:  the volunteer running the sanitizer is usually available 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM (done by 7 AM) and the other helper is needed from about 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM (again, done by 7 AM).  The dates in 2019 are: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 15. 

If you are interested in helping with this important ministry on one of these dates, please contact Sarah Snyder (sesnyder67@gmail.com).

 

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…Nellie Kerrigan, Vanesa Erhlich, Dave Schulz, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Ellie Stadelmann, Joyce & Dale Baraks, Hugh, Darius, Jessica and Zach, Scott and Cindy, Charlie Porter, Miriam Satinoff, Carol Harper. 

Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné. 

For the departed…. .Bill Zimmer.

 

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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THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER FEAST – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 11:15 AM

Bring your thanksgiving leftovers or make something new and we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with our St. Gregory’s family. After worship on November 25, we will eat together in Founders Hall and pre-cut wrapping paper into door sizes and creating snowflakes for our inter-generational event to visit Brentwood North Healthcare Center on December 9.

 

INTER-GENERATIONAL EVENTS FOR ADVENT: WREATHS AND COOKIES AND CAROLING, OH MY!!

The multi-generational wreath making event to be held on December 2 will be MORE than wreath making! There will be a Cookie bake-off! Sign up in Founders' Hall to bring your special cookies! All the cookies will be laid out for folks to taste and everyone will get to vote on their favorites! Top three will win prizes! 

There will also be an advent paper chain making project to help Families bring ADVENT alive at home! In addition, we will be practicing our carols to sing next week at our door decorating event!  And remember - if you have a wreath base, don’t forget to bring yours in for fresh greens! 

On December 9 we will have an inter-generational event where we decorate the residents' doors and go caroling at Brentwood North Healthcare Center on Deerfield Road Please sign up in Founders' Hall to bring chili or cornbread for lunch before we go to Brentwood. 

 

RED BAG SUNDAY – DECEMBER 2

Our Feed the Hungry red bags on December 2 will go to Vernon Township.   They especially need canned fruit, rice and rice dishes, instant potatoes, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and dish detergent and they always appreciate grocery gift cards.

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP& BREAKFAST TIME CHANGE TO 8:00 AM BEGINNING DECEMBER 5

Beginning December 5, the Wednesday morning service followed by a continental breakfast will be held at a new time – 8 am! We hope this allows some of us (yawn) who prefer to sleep in a little to attend! Please join us. 

 

ADVENT MESSIAH CHOIR

Come raise your voices in celebrating the expectant joy of Advent! Each Sunday in December, join the choir in singing an offertory anthem selected from one of the greatest masterworks, Handel's Messiah - culminating in a singalong Hallelujah Chorus with the brass quintet on Christmas Eve. The selections chosen are accessible to anyone with a little practice, so ALL are welcome! 

If you're interested in singing with the choir during Advent and/or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org for a detailed schedule, practice recordings, and music. You don't have to come to all rehearsals, but the more you attend the more prepared you'll feel. 


YOUTH GROUP NEWS

On December 9, St. Nicholas will be visiting Children's Church. If there are any allergies that St. Nicholas should know about before filling children's shoes, please contact Shelley at shelley@stgregoryschurch.org

 

BOOK CLUB – DECEMBER 5, 7 PM

Because of Thanksgiving, the next Book Club meeting will be held on December 5. “Holy Rover” by Lori Erickson will be discussed. Several copies are available in the church library. The Book Club normally meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s.

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, NOON

Save the date for our next turn to serve on Sunday, December 16th at 12 noon.

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on November 13: 

We encourage all parishioners to participate in our Annual Giving Campaign.  Look for a mailing this week that includes pledge cards.  Sunday December 2 is the Annual Giving In-gathering where we will bless all the gifts to Christ in the form of pledges at the 8 am and 10 am services.   And mark your calendars on Friday, December 7 for a potluck dinner party to celebrate Advent and the abundance of our annual Giving campaign.    The Vestry appreciates everyone’s involvement to support St. Gregory’s. 

 

DONATION INTENTION?

In March 2017 a small cash donation was received from "The Bridge Club" into one of St. Gregory's Designated Funds. Unfortunately the documentation we have does not include information about the donors' intentions about how the funds are to be used and no record of who actually made the donation. I have been asking parishioners I know who might be the donor or who might know who it might be and so far no one I have spoken with has known anything about it.  If you have any information about this donation please contact me, Leigh Stewart, at 847-846-5162. 

 

PADS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (DEERFIELD) ON 2ND SUNDAYS/MONDAYS

First Presbyterian has asked St. Gregory's to assist with cleaning up after the PADS breakfasts on the Mondays after the 2nd Sundays of each month through April 2019.  The congregation providing breakfast on those Mondays could use an extra couple volunteers to run the sanitizer (David Schaper can give you a lesson) and put away the dishes (Sarah Snyder can provide further details). 

The time commitment is roughly 1-2 hours once a month on a Monday morning:  the volunteer running the sanitizer is usually available 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM (done by 7 AM) and the other helper is needed from about 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM (again, done by 7 AM).  The dates in 2019 are: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 15. 

If you are interested in helping with this important ministry on one of these dates, please contact Sarah Snyder (sesnyder67@gmail.com).

 

INTERFAITH SYMPOSIUM AT BJBE – TUESDAYS, 10-11:30 AM

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…Dave Schulz, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Ellie Stadelmann, Joyce & Dale Baraks, Hugh, Darius, Jessica and Zach, Scott and Cindy, Charlie Porter, Rick Miller, The Lawrence Family, Alexis Lawrence, Miriam Satinoff, Carol Harper. 

Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné. 

For the departed…. .Pam Dorband, Bill Zimmer.

 

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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INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 4PM

St. Gregory’s will join with other houses of worship in the Deerfield area for an Interfaith Thanksgiving service at North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Bannockburn. As we strive to be “One Community, Many Voices”, this time together will remind us of our unity rather than our differences. This once a year special event is sponsored by Religious Leaders United.

 

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER FEAST – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 11:15AM

Bring your thanksgiving leftovers or make something new and we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with our St. Gregory’s family. After worship on November 25, we will eat together in Founders Hall and pre-cut wrapping paper into door sizes and creating snowflakes for our intergenerational event to visit Brentwood North Healthcare Center on December 9. If you can help to set up or coordinate for this event, please contact Anne (anne@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

INTERGENERATIONAL EVENTS FOR ADVENT: WREATHS AND COOKIES AND CAROLING, OH MY!!

The multi-generational wreath making event to be held on December 2 will be MORE than wreath Making! There will be a Cookie bake-off! Sign up in Founders' Hall to bring your special cookies! All the cookies will be laid out for folks to taste and everyone will get to vote on their favorites! Top three will win prizes! 

There will also be an advent paper chain making project to help Families bring ADVENT alive at home! In addition, we will be practicing our carols to sing next week at our door decorating event!  And remember - if you have a wreath base, don’t forget to bring yours in for fresh greens! 

On December 9 we will have an intergenerational event where we decorate the residents' doors and go caroling at Brentwood North Healthcare Center on Deerfield Road Please sign up in Founders' Hall to bring chili or cornbread for lunch before we go to Brentwood. 

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP& BREAKFAST TIME CHANGE TO 8:00AM BEGINNING DECEMBER 5

Beginning December 5, the Wednesday morning service followed by a continental breakfast will be held at a new time – 8am! We hope this allows some of us (yawn) who prefer to sleep in a little to attend! Please join us. 

 

ADVENT MESSIAH CHOIR

Come raise your voices in celebrating the expectant joy of Advent! Each Sunday in December, join the choir in singing an offertory anthem selected from one of the greatest masterworks, Handel's Messiah - culminating in a singalong Hallelujah Chorus with the brass quintet on Christmas Eve. The selections chosen are accessible to anyone with a little practice, so ALL are welcome! 

If you're interested in singing with the choir during Advent and/or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org for a detailed schedule, practice recordings, and music. You don't have to come to all rehearsals, but the more you attend the more prepared you'll feel. 

 

BGMT NEEDS YOUR HELP

A once a year ministry needs your help! On Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 am a group of volunteers will gather to remove the wax from the floor of Founders Hall (stripping) and apply new wax.  Prior experience is not required and a couple of hours of help is all that is needed to supplement the existing core team. Thanks!

 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

The Youth Group will be shopping for the family Christmas Basket we've chosen on Sunday, November 18 right after the 10:00 service.  Each student should bring (or send if they cannot attend) $20. We will drive together to shop for our family and stop to eat somewhere on the way so bring money for lunch. The more who participate, the more we can buy for our family!  

On December 9, St. Nicholas will be visiting Children's Church. If there are any allergies that St. Nicholas should know about before filling children's shoes, please contact Shelley at shelley@stgregoryschurch.org

 

THE DIOCESE OF CHICAGO’S ANNUAL CONVENTION IS NOVEMBER 16-17

The representatives from St. Gregory’s that were elected at the Annual Meeting are Synda Nelson, Cyndi Millspaugh, and Jon Dutcher. Clergy also attend. To read about the issues coming up at convention, and to see who is standing for election to Diocesan office, find it all online: https://www.episcopalchicago.org/our-diocese/governance/diocesan-convention . Please pray for our representatives and clergy as they learn, deliberate, and vote on our behalf.

 

 

BOOK CLUB – DECEMBER 5, 7PM

Because of Thanksgiving, the next Book Club meeting will be held on December 5. “Holy Rover” by Lori Erickson will be discussed. Several copies are available in the church library. The Book Club normally meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s.

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, NOON

Save the date for our next turn to serve on Sunday, December 16th at 12 noon.

 

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.

 

PADS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (DEERFIELD) ON 2ND SUNDAYS/MONDAYS

First Presbyterian has asked St. Gregory's to assist with cleaning up after the PADS breakfasts on the Mondays after the 2nd Sundays of each month through April 2019.  The congregation providing breakfast on those Mondays could use an extra couple volunteers to run the sanitizer (David Schaper can give you a lesson) and put away the dishes (Sarah Snyder can provide further details). 

The time commitment is roughly 1-2 hours once a month on a Monday morning:  the volunteer running the sanitizer is usually available 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM (done by 7 AM) and the other helper is needed from about 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM (again, done by 7 AM).  The dates in 2019 are: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 15. 

If you are interested in helping with this important ministry on one of these dates, please contact Sarah Snyder (sesnyder67@gmail.com).

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially…Dave Schulz, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Ellie Stadelmann, Joyce & Dale Baraks, Hugh, Darius, Jessica and Zach, Scott and Cindy, Charlie Porter, Rick Miller, The Lawrence Family, Alexis Lawrence, Bill Zimmer, Miriam Satinoff, Carol Harper. 

Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné. 

For the departed…. .Pam Dorband, Clarence Addington. 

 

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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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