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Welcome to the weekly parish newsletter of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Deerfield, Illinois.

THIS SUNDAY AT ST. G’S

8AM – WORSHIP

9AM - FORMATION FOR ALL AGES

IMPORTANT INFORMATIONAL MEETING - St. Gregory’s is going to the Holy Land with Congregation BJBE October 19-30, 2020. On Sunday, March 17th, our Adult Forum will be about Pilgrimage as a spiritual practice, and we will also have information about this upcoming pilgrimage. THE TUESDAY SESSION IS CANCELLED.

10AM – WORSHIP

11:00AM – COFFEE HOUR

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – FRIDAYS IN LENT - BEGINNING MARCH 15 AT 7PM

Stations of the Cross are a 14 step moving devotional that commemorates Jesus’ last day on earth. We pray the Stations all the Fridays of Lent to call to mind the Passion of Christ, that is, the journey Jesus took from his condemnation to his death.

 

INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL – NOTE TUESDAY CANCELLATION

St. Gregory’s is going to the Holy Land with Congregation BJBE October 19-30, 2020. On Sunday, March 17th, our Adult Forum at 9am will be about Pilgrimage as a spiritual practice, and specifically our trip to Israel in 2020. All interested in the trip are invited to attend. The Tuesday session is cancelled. We will be meeting with BJBE in April.

 

BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 AT 7PM

Join us in the Conference Room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to discuss the following selections: 

March 20 – “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger

April 17 – “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern

May 15 – “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

 

Holy Week at St. Gregory’s

“The … mystery of the dying and rising again of Jesus Christ and our participation therein is the theological core of the gospel, and its liturgical celebration is the central event of the church year.”

(Leonel L. Mitchell) 

How we engage with Lent and Holy Week can have a direct correlation to how the great truth of Easter is lived out in our lives. Throughout the forty days of Lent, and in the week leading up to Easter, we have the opportunity to live into our death with Jesus. We can examine our lives and open ourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit in drawing us closer to God through Christ. Once we live through the death, the resurrection takes on new meaning in us and in our community. At St. Gregory’s, we have the opportunity to observe Holy Week together, with worship every day of the week. Together we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior!

 

April 14 - Palm Sunday- 8am and 10am

Palm Sunday is a day of transitions. We begin worship with the procession of the Palms, celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We then turn our attention to Jesus’ passion with a dramatic reading.

 

April 15-17 - Monday-Wednesday in Holy Week- 7am

We will worship at 7am in the Chapel each of these mornings, walking towards death on the cross with Jesus.

 

April 18 - Maundy Thursday- 7pm

The name Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment Jesus gave the disciples in John 13:34 – to love one another as Christ first loved us. At this service, we celebrate the events of the Last Supper, including the foot washing and the institution of the Eucharist. Learning to be served by others is an important step in our walk as children of God. Those who desire are invited to celebrate the non-liturgical, non-holy feast of the pedicure on Wednesday to prepare for the foot washing on Thursday!  See Mother Anne if you are interested.

 

April 19 - Good Friday- Noon and 7:30pm

On Good Friday, we observe the crucifixion and death of Jesus. At Noon, we will observe the traditional Good Friday solemn liturgy with the liturgy of the Word, solemn collects, and veneration of the cross. We do not celebrate the Eucharist on Good Friday in observance of Jesus’ death, but rather receive communion from sacrament reserved on Maundy Thursday. At 7:30pm, we will observe a final Stations of the Cross with musical offerings from our choir.

 

April 20 - Holy Saturday- 4:30pm – Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is an ancient liturgy that includes fire, light, word, water, bread, and wine – and takes the worshipper from death to life. The Easter Vigil helps us all embrace the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. This first Easter service is the traditional time for Baptism in the church calendar.

 

April 21 - Easter – 8am and 10am

We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with joyful worship including special music (at 10am). After the 10am, there will be a reception with festive beverages, and an egg hunt!

 

THE NOT-SO-SACRED FEAST OF THE HOLY PEDICURE – WEDNESDAY APRIL 17 5-7:30

On Maundy Thursday, we wash each other’s feet in remembrance of Jesus’ servant ministry. So on Wednesday, we get pedicures! J Join us for this annual treat of fun, fellowship, and fancy feet. You must sign up and pay ahead of time – cost is $42 per person, including tip. Friends are welcome to join you, and all ages and stages are welcome! Josie Nail Spa in Glenview treats us to fantastic pedicures, Korean BBQ, and beverages. To sign up, email Mother Anne, and indicate preferred start time (40 minute intervals starting at 5pm). This is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, so sign up early!

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS - APRIL 21 (EASTER SUNDAY)

Our next time to serve is April 21st, Easter Sunday.  If you are able to help, we would greatly appreciate your time.  We would also appreciate wrapped Easter candy and plastic takeout containers with lids. 

Barb Schaper and Janet and Bill Foltz

 

ALTAR GREENERY DONOR OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE  

If you would like to donate altar flowers for Sunday, April 28, contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aol.com).

 

KNITTING MINISTRY - 3RD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6 PM

The Knitting Ministry meets at 6:00 pm on the Third Tuesday of each month. Knitters of all skill level are welcome. Come and learn to knit or come and teach. We have supplies so just show up! We'll be making more prayer shawls to give to folks who are in the hospital, ill, injured and gifts for our high school graduates as they go off to college. Come for fellowship and creativity.

 

REMEMBER, REFLECT AND RESOLVE: AN INTERFAITH VIGIL - APRIL 11 AT 6:30 PM

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, handicap and family status. On April 11 at 6:30 PM in Jaycee Park, the local interfaith group Religious Leaders United will recall that historic day with an opportunity to remember, reflect and resolve. We will remember the fight to integrate Deerfield that began in 1958-59. We will reflect on the opportunities currently presented to Deerfield for fair and affordable housing. And we will resolve to make Deerfield the welcoming community that it can further be, one that demonstrates that in diversity there is strength. All are encouraged to join us as we lift our voices together to support of our common values of inclusion and fairness.

 

FREE JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE – SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 10:15AM - Noon

Topic:  Job Search Preparedness by Skip Newman

Location: Holy Cross Church Community Room, 724 Elder Lane Deerfield

Organization: Career Renewal Ministry (www.careerrenewal.org) 

Career Renewal is 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

·         an explanation of Career Renewal and how it works,

·         brief introductions of both the Career Renewal Advisors (who cover a wide range of industries, skills, and experiences) and the individuals seeking jobs,

·         a presentation by a speaker on a topic of interest to job seekers. 

Our speaker is – employment attorney Lori Goldstein

Topic: Negotiating Job Offers, Rights at Hire and Fire, and Paid Sick Leave

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Tom Dexter, Synda Nelson, Julia Nelson, Ann Shields, Olivia Rich, Kamen family, Jim Mitchell, Yvonne Sharpe, Spencer Family, Jackson Family, Ian Schmidt, Mary Sullivan and Family. 

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

For the departed… Scott Spencer, Simon Jackson, Ernest Ouderkirk.

 

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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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. G’S

8AM – WORSHIP

9AM - FORMATION FOR ALL AGES

10AM – WORSHIP

11:15 AM – COFFEE HOUR: GIRL SCOUT COOKIES FOR SALE!!!!!!

Troop 41163 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies during Coffee Hour in Founder’s Hall. Cookies are $5/box.  Cash or check accepted. Thank you so much for our support of our Girl Scouts.  

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IS SUNDAY, MARCH 10 AT 2AM

This weekend, we 'spring forward' one hour. Please change your clocks as not to be late for Church!

 

LENT BEGINS TODAY

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 – LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS 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 (parish@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - BEGINNING MARCH 15 AT 7PM

Stations of the Cross are a 14 step moving devotional that commemorates Jesus’ last day on earth. We pray the Stations all the Fridays of Lent to call to mind the Passion of Christ, that is, the journey Jesus took from his condemnation to his death.

 

INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL – IMPORTANT INFORMATION (3/17 AT 9AM, 3/19 AT 6:15PM)

St. Gregory’s is going to the Holy Land with Congregation BJBE October 19-30, 2020. On Sunday, March 17th, our Adult Forum will be about Pilgrimage as a spiritual practice, and we will also have some information about this upcoming pilgrimage. Tuesday, March 19th at 6:15, we will gather at Congregation BJBE on Lake Cook Road to talk more in depth about the trip, and to begin to meet and be in conversation with our fellow travelers. All interested are invited to both sessions.

 

BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 AT 7PM

Join us in the Conference Room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to discuss the following selections: 

March 20 – “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger

April 17 – “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern

May 15 – “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

 

Holy Week at St. Gregory’s

“The … mystery of the dying and rising again of Jesus Christ and our participation therein is the theological core of the gospel, and its liturgical celebration is the central event of the church year.”

(Leonel L. Mitchell) 

How we engage with Lent and Holy Week can have a direct correlation to how the great truth of Easter is lived out in our lives. Throughout the forty days of Lent, and in the week leading up to Easter, we have the opportunity to live into our death with Jesus. We can examine our lives and open ourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit in drawing us closer to God through Christ. Once we live through the death, the resurrection takes on new meaning in us and in our community. At St. Gregory’s, we have the opportunity to observe Holy Week together, with worship every day of the week. Together we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior! 

April 14 - Palm Sunday- 8am and 10am

Palm Sunday is a day of transitions. We begin worship with the procession of the Palms, celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We then turn our attention to Jesus’ passion with a dramatic reading. 

April 15-17 - Monday-Wednesday in Holy Week- 7am

We will worship at 7am in the Chapel each of these mornings, walking towards death on the cross with Jesus. 

April 18 - Maundy Thursday- 7pm

The name Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment Jesus gave the disciples in John 13:34 – to love one another as Christ first loved us. At this service, we celebrate the events of the Last Supper, including the foot washing and the institution of the Eucharist. Learning to be served by others is an important step in our walk as children of God. Those who desire are invited to celebrate the non-liturgical, non-holy feast of the pedicure on Wednesday to prepare for the foot washing on Thursday!  See Mother Anne if you are interested. 

April 19 - Good Friday- Noon and 7:30pm

On Good Friday, we observe the crucifixion and death of Jesus. At Noon, we will observe the traditional Good Friday solemn liturgy with the liturgy of the Word, solemn collects, and veneration of the cross. We do not celebrate the Eucharist on Good Friday in observance of Jesus’ death, but rather receive communion from sacrament reserved on Maundy Thursday. At 7:30pm, we will observe a final Stations of the Cross with musical offerings from our choir. 

April 20 - Holy Saturday- 4:30pm – Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is an ancient liturgy that includes fire, light, word, water, bread, and wine – and takes the worshipper from death to life. The Easter Vigil helps us all embrace the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. This first Easter service is the traditional time for Baptism in the church calendar. 

April 21 - Easter – 8am and 10am

We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with joyful worship including special music (at 10am). After the 10am, there will be a reception with festive beverages, and an egg hunt!

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS - APRIL 21 (EASTER SUNDAY)

Thanks to our volunteers, Sybil TenEyck, David Jolly, Cathy and Mark Leimbeck, Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton, Janet and Bill Foltz  Barb's co-worker Brit Budzon and Barbara, David, Matthew and Scott Schaper.  Thanks to those who provided desserts - Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton, Sybil, Karen Nicholas, Lynne Pike, Fran Ingram, and the Schapers.  Cherie Thompson provided wrapped Valentine's candy which was very much appreciated. 

Our next time to serve is April 21st, Easter Sunday.  If you are able to help, we would greatly appreciate your time.  We would also appreciate wrapped Easter candy and plastic takeout containers with lids. 

Barb Schaper and Janet and Bill Foltz

 

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/FLOWER  DONORS NEEDED  

If you would like to donate altar greenery for Sunday, March 31, or altar flowers for Sunday, April 28, contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aol.com).

 

KNITTING MINISTRY - 3RD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6 PM

The Knitting Ministry meets at 6:00 pm on the Third Tuesday of each month. Knitters of all skill level are welcome. Come and learn to knit or come and teach. We have supplies so just show up! We'll be making more prayer shawls to give to folks who are in the hospital, ill, injured and gifts for our high school graduates as they go off to college. Come for fellowship and creativity. The prayer shawls that are already finished will be blessed at the 10:00 service on March 3! Come see them and get inspired to help!


VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on February 12: 

● We held our first meeting with the new Vestry Members on February 12.  Anne started the meeting with a fun ice-breaker activity.  We then got down to business and discussed and approved many of the Church Action Items.  We are asking the Congregation to reach out to any Vestry member with questions or ways you can help our Church and Ministries during the year. 

● Our 2019 Budget & Forecast has been approved.   We will be providing updates of our Financial Condition to the Congregation on a quarterly basis.  

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Tom Dexter, Synda Nelson, Julia Nelson, Sally Swenson, Ann Shields, Betty and David Hughs, Jean McKinnon, Jane and Larry Smith, Olivia Rich, Kamen family, Jim Mitchell, Yvonne Sharpe, Elizabeth Hamilton, Barry Larson, Spencer Family. 

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

For the departed… Ed Collins, Rose Marie Jancola, Mary Lou Jancola, Pete Nory, Scott Spencer.

 

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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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. G’S – PANCAKE AND BROADWAY SUNDAY


8AM – WORSHIP

9AM - FORMATION FOR ALL AGES

10AM – WORSHIP

The 10am service will have music chosen entirely from well-known Broadway musicals, and played by a professional jazz trio! You'll get to sing along with selections from Les Miserables, Rent, Godspell, and more. Listen with fresh ears to the profound messages that are shared in the context of liturgy instead of plot!

11:15AM - PANCAKE BRUNCH

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.

FEED THE HUNGRY RED BAGS GO TO DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP

They are in need of: jelly, canned carrots and canned peas, canned stews, canisters of oatmeal, baking items (flour, sugar, etc.) cookies and crackers, condiments, toothpaste, deodorant, paper towels and toilet paper. Remember to pick up some red bags from church and fill them when you shop. 

 

LENT IS COMING

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 7pm 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 (parish@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL – IMPORTANT INFORMATION (3/17 AT 9AM, 3/19 AT 6:15PM)

St. Gregory’s is going to the Holy Land with Congregation BJBE October 19-30, 2020. On Sunday, March 17th, our Adult Forum will be about Pilgrimage as a spiritual practice, and we will also have some information about this upcoming pilgrimage. Tuesday, March 19th at 6:15, we will gather at Congregation BJBE on Lake Cook Road to talk more in depth about the trip, and to begin to meet and be in conversation with our fellow travelers. All interested are invited to both sessions.

 

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/FLOWER  DONORS NEEDED  

If you would like to donate altar greenery for Sunday, March 31, or altar flowers for Sunday, April 28, contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aol.com).

 

KNITTING MINISTRY - 3RD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6 PM

The Knitting Ministry meets at 6:00 pm on the Third Tuesday of each month. Knitters of all skill level are welcome. Come and learn to knit or come and teach. We have supplies so just show up! We'll be making more prayer shawls to give to folks who are in the hospital, ill, injured and gifts for our high school graduates as they go off to college. Come for fellowship and creativity. The prayer shawls that are already finished will be blessed at the 10:00 service on March 3! Come see them and get inspired to help!


VESTRY MEETING NEWS

 Our Vestry met on February 12: 

●      We held our first meeting with the new Vestry Members on February 12.  Anne started the meeting with a fun ice-breaker activity.  We then got down to business and discussed and approved many of the Church Action Items.  We are asking the Congregation to reach out to any Vestry member with questions or ways you can help our Church and Ministries during the year. 

●      Our 2019 Budget & Forecast has been approved.   We will be providing updates of our Financial Condition to the Congregation on a quarterly basis.  

 

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, Olivia Rich, Kamen family, Jim Mitchell, Yvonne Sharpe, Elizabeth Hamilton, Jay Branson, Barry Larson. 

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

For the departed… Ed Collins, Rose Marie Jancola, Mary Lou Jancola, Pete Nory.

 

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
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

06/17/2019 07:30 PM Al-Anon Family Group

06/18/2019 07:00 PM Youth Commission

06/19/2019 08:00 AM Holy Eucharist

06/19/2019 07:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 50

06/19/2019 07:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 50
Boy Scout Troop 50 meets in the Basement of St. Gregory's Church every Wednesday evening during the school year. For more information contact Don Anderson 847-405-9301 Dranderson.2@juno.com