THIS SUNDAY AT ST. G’S
8am – Worship
9am – Formation for adults and discussion of weekly Lessons (held in Conference Room)
The weekly readings are discussed each Sunday morning at 9 am in the Conference Room located at the end of the hall.
10am – Worship
11am – Coffee Hour – Thank you to the Amy Call and Suzanne Francis (and their families!) for organizing coffee hour this Sunday.
2pm – Marshall LeSueur Memorial Service
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/Advent/AAdv4_RCL.html
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
CHRISTMAS FLOWER & MUSIC: IN MEMORY OR FOR THANKSGIVING ENVELOPES AVAILABLE
DEADLINE SUNDAY!! If you would like to honor a loved one this Christmas season through a donation to our Christmas Worship, 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 (847-945-1678, firstname.lastname@example.org).
LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE – TONIGHT DECEMBER 18, 7:00PM
In a season that all but demands joy, chaos, and glee, Longest Night is a reflective service that offers quiet, peace, comfort, and hope. Whatever sorrows or joys you are carrying this season; this service holds space for you. Let this evening be a gift of respite from the relentlessness of the commercial holiday. Join us for cider and desserts afterwards.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES - DECEMBER 24
EXUBERANT WORSHIP, 3PM
Exuberant worship to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Come enjoy a relaxed service with carols and cello music and raise your voices in the most festive carols of the season with choir and brass ensemble! Young people will be participating in all aspects of this service including acolytes, readers, ushers and singing! Additionally, we will be giving each child who attends an ornament to hang on the family tree.
CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP, 9PM
Candlelight worship to ponder the mystery and wonder of the birth of our Savior. Savor peaceful reflection with traditional bells, incense, and the most reverent carols of the season accompanied by choir and brass ensemble.
CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP – DECEMBER 25, 10AM
Celebrate Emmanuel, God with us at this relaxed service with carols.
2020 ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE
If you currently use weekly pledge envelopes, you can pick up your 2020 box set in Founders Hall. If you are interested in using a set for next year, please contact Nancy Buller (email@example.com) or Charlene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NOTES FROM THE TREASURER’S OFFICE
Thank you for your generous support for St. Gregory's mission - your gifts and contributions are greatly appreciated. Up to date Giving/Contribution statements are available. Please reach out to Charlene (email@example.com) or Nancy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll provide one to you ASAP. Also, in order for a gift/contribution to be included on the 2019 Giving/Contribution statement it must be received by the church by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Happy Holidays!
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY WITH PADS* AND PRESBYTERIANS!
On Monday, December 30, 2019, 4:30 AM to 7:00 am, St. Gregory's will be providing breakfast to homeless families at the First Presbyterian Church in Deerfield [FPCD]. We will be serving about 50 men, women, and children a hot breakfast, hardboiled eggs, fruits, and juice. FPCD will provide coffee and tea and the ovens, plates, cups, utensils and serving pieces. We will not be serving breakfast casseroles this time – we have to prepare a more “ready-to-go” menu since the bus picks up the guests from FPCD earlier than usual now. Please sign up to help serve/clean-up breakfast or to prepare 1 dozen hardboiled eggs (unpeeled). As a reminder, please have the hardboiled eggs in the St. Gregory's kitchen refrigerator by Sunday, December 29th at noon. If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for this event, please contact Sarah Snyder at 847-651-6772 or email@example.com.
* PADS is an acronym for "Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter."
The Mission of PADS is to help the homeless get into stable housing. PADS Lake County is the first point of contact for the homeless in Lake County, and it is often the only hope for someone, or some families, facing a long night outdoors.
FEAST OF EPIPHANY – JANUARY 5, 5PM – 7PM
Join us to celebrate the Feast of Epiphany! Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season by commemorating the three wise people arriving to meet the baby Jesus. We will celebrate with food (pot luck - our favorite!), worship, chalking the doors, and games and activities. Everyone will get a star word to help focus the new year; we will watch the Epiphany video made by the Atrium 1 class; and there will be a craft for kids and kids at heart. Sign up in Founder's Hall or by contacting Charlene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Youth White Elephant – December 22, 7PM
Youth Group will have its annual White Elephant Christmas Party at 7:00 on December 22! Come play games, exchange gifts and enjoy each other's company!
Second Sunday Worship/Discussion Collaboration – January 12, 5PM
On January 12 we will be hosting the first of our Second Sunday worship and discussion sessions with other houses of worship in the area. This will be a traveling service for Middle and High Schoolers with an opportunity to share faith and ask questions of each other on a monthly basis. Each service will be exemplary of the house of worship hosting for that month. Then we will share dinner and conversation together. We are the first to host so it is important that we have a good showing! Kaden will be leading our music and the service will be contemporary. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us from 5:00 - 7:00. There will still be time to do homework afterward!
BOOK CLUB – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 7:00 PM
Upcoming selections are:
January 15 – “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John (I have copies available)
February 19 – “Amity & Prosperity” by Aliza Griswold
March 18 – “Origin” by Dan Brown
April 15 “The Overstory” by Richard Powers
The book club will not meet in December and will resume in January. Meetings are held in the Conference Room at the church, and all are invited to join in the discussion.
HARRY POTTER WEEKEND SIGN UP NOW – FEBRUARY 15-17
Get your spot reserved NOW! We have limited spots and a discount if you register by December 15! Go to: https://sites.google.com/view/harry-potter-retreat/home to register online and turn in your $50 deposit to Shelley's mailbox by December 15 for the early owl discount! Muggles (non-magic people) are welcome to come and explore our baptismal covenant in five formation sessions: RESIST, PROCLAIM, SERVE, STRIVE and SEND! Sign up now for a magical weekend February 15 - 17!
DRIVERS NEEDED TO DELIVER FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
We have a good problem! Our Feed the Hungry Red Bag donations have grown to a point where a few more drivers are needed to help deliver the red bags to the two pantries that we support. It takes less than 2 hours per month and there is no set schedule to make the deliveries. You just need a car and some time to do it and if we get just a few volunteers, then you won't even have to do it every month! If you would like to help, please contact John Welker (847 899 7350, email@example.com).
STAY CONNECTED TO OUR YOUTH
Our children and youth are very busy with sports, music, school etc. So we want to make sure they stay connected to our church by bringing the church to them at their events! Shelley has put a Clip board on the "St. Greg's Youth Away from St. Greg's" bulletin board (across from the basement door) where parents and students can put events in which they are participating. Be sure to check it out! If you are interested in attending these events, contact Shelley for details.
BISHOP SEARCH UPDATE
The profile for the 13th Bishop of Chicago is now available!!! Please share this profile on social media, and invite fantastic clergy to apply. The deadline for applications is January 10th. You can access the profile and stay up to date on the process for the search at the Diocesan Search Website:
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Dan and Laura Best, Jim Mitchell, Harriett Fairbairn, Dave Rion, Maddy Thomas, Julia Nelson, Jack Morris, Ellie Stadelmann, Bill Kendell, Chanel Bazzoni.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)
Marshall E. LeSueur
December 24, 1923 - November 19, 2019
Marshall LeSueur, beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 19, 2019. He was a larger-than-life figure who cherished his family, and maintained his indomitable spirit right up until the end of his life.
Marshall was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After his father, Marshall, died, he moved to Chicago with his mother Marguerite and younger brother Robert. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served for three years during World War II in New Caledonia and the Philippines as a First Sergeant. He was awarded six medals for his service.
After the war, he went to Northwestern University Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1950. In 1951, he married his wife Adrienne (Addie). They were married for 66 years, until Addie’s death in 2018, and raised five children—four boys and one girl.
Settling his growing family in Deerfield, Illinois, Marsh was active in the community. He served as Deerfield’s Police Commissioner, and was a longtime member of St. Gregory’s Church, serving on the vestry, as a warden, and as a Eucharistic Minister.
Marsh was an incurable Francophile, a history buff, a competitive tennis player, and a skilled do-it-yourselfer. He was extremely proud of his family, particularly his grandchildren (about whom he boasted incessantly).
Marsh is survived by sons Max, Dave (Dody), Steve (Karen), Chris and daughter Meg; ten grandchildren, Jake, Nia, Henry (Kat), Calvin, Eric (Elizabeth), Ian (Kristin), Christopher, Grace, Frankie and Stephen; one great-grandson Benjamin; and a multitude of nephews, nieces and their children, all of whom he loved and welcomed into his life.
A memorial service will be held at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 815 Wilmot Road, Deerfield Illinois, on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 2 pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, or St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Deerfield, IL. For info or directions please contact Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home at 847-831-4260.
9am – Formation for youth and discussion of weekly Lessons for adults (held in Conference Room)
St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, will be dropping by Children's Church. He will have a nice discussion with the children and maybe even leave something in their shoes.
11am – Coffee Hour – Thanks to Mary Rodgers and Renzo Rodgers-Geiger for hosting this week!
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/Advent/AAdv2_RCL.html
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
The weekly readings are discussed each Sunday morning at 9 am in the Conference Room located at the end of the hall.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING – THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 3PM
We are caroling with Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday December 7, 3 - 5 pm. We will meet at One Deerfield Place which is at 733 Osterman Avenue at 3:00. One Deerfield Place’s mission is to provide elderly, lower income and disabled persons with housing facilities and services especially designed to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs, and to promote their health, security and happiness. It is a joy to be with them during this season. We will sing for an hour and 15 mins or so and then go over to Christ UMC to share cocoa, cookies, popcorn and fellowship!
If you would like to honor a loved one this Christmas season through a donation to our Christmas Worship, 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 (847-945-1678, email@example.com).
CHRISTMAS EVE ALTAR FLOWER DONATION AVAILABLE
Our Christmas Eve arrangement will be a large arrangement of red roses. The cost is $100. If you are interested in donating the flowers in honor of, in thanksgiving for, or in memory of someone, please contact Val Seilheimer (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
COOKIE BAKE OFF – DECEMBER 15, 11:00AM
Don't forget to bake some extra cookies for the cookie bake-off that we will be having at coffee hour on December 15. There will be prizes for bakers who get the most votes for their cookies. So start going through your cookbooks to find your favorite recipes! Gluten free will be in a category by itself.
LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE – DECEMBER 18, 7:00PM
We have a good problem! Our Feed the Hungry Red Bag donations have grown to a point where a few more drivers are needed to help deliver the red bags to the two pantries that we support. It takes less than 2 hours per month and there is no set schedule to make the deliveries. You just need a car and some time to do it and if we get just a few volunteers, then you won't even have to do it every month! If you would like to help, please contact John Welker (email@example.com).
HAVE YOU PICKED UP YOUR COPY OF THRIVE (THE MAGAZINE PRODUCED BY OUR DIOCESE)?
If not, please do! Check out the inside of the back page for an article written by our own, Mother Anne. You can access the article online as a feature on the Diocesan Website here: https://episcopalchicago.org/entering-a-time-of-preparation/
New this Year! Youth produced Epiphany Video – January 5
Instead of a Christmas Pageant the children will be making an Epiphany video! Children who want to be involved must be at Sunday School December 8 and 15 to participate. Because we will be filming, if children want to dress up a bit, that would make it a bit more special. The children will be writing the script and then narrating the story. On January 5th we will present the video at the Epiphany Party!
It's almost SKIT time!
LOFT age youth and above will be having their introduction to the skit on December 8 at 9:00 and Skit sign up and try outs will be on December 15 at 9:00. Please contact Shelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
COMMUNITY MEALS – NEXT TIME TO SERVE JANUARY 19
Save the date and stay tuned for details on when/how we will cook for and feed our neighbors.
LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS CONCERTS TO ATTEND THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
You enjoy the musical offerings of our quartet of section leaders every Sunday, but did you know that they all sing in many volunteer and professional capacities around the city as well? Here are upcoming opportunities to hear some of our quartet outside of St G's! (Contact email@example.com for discount codes/comp tickets where available; more concert possibilities will be posted on Facebook)
Dec 6 @7:30pm: Come hear Kathryn sing a program of all a cappella choral pieces with the William Ferris Chorale at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chicago!
Dec 8 @3pm: a repeat of Kathryn's WFC concert, at Emmanuel Episcopal in LaGrange
Dec 8 @4pm: Come hear Cameo sing with the Downer's Grove Choral Society on a program that will include Messiah, Vivaldi's Magnificat, and other Baroque holiday favorites!
Dec 14 @3pm: Come hear Viki sing a concert focused on Christmas music of the church community with the Wicker Park Choral Singers at St Ignatius Church in Chicago!
Dec 15 @3pm: a repeat of Viki's WPCS concert at Wicker Park Lutheran Church in Chicago
The Search and Nominating Committee for the 13th Bishop of Chicago is hard at work to put together a Diocesan Profile and search for our next Bishop. You can stay up to date on the process for the search at the Diocesan Search Website:
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Dan and Laura Best, Dave Rion, Maddy Thomas, Julia Nelson, Jack Morris, The Owings Family, Ellie Stadelmann, Candace Frazer, Samantha Salinas, Lin Reichenbach, Rick Seekings, Bill Kendell, Chanel Bazzoni, Nancy Johnson.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music