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Parish Newsletter

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

Funeral Service for Jean Cummings

 

Longtime member Jean Gardner Cummings, died April 29, 2019.  

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:30 am, 

at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 815 Wilmot Rd, Deerfield, IL.


 

 

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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. G’S

8am – Worship

9am – Formation for all ages – Adult Forum: Prayer Walk – what on earth is that? Why/how do that? What difference does it make for me? St. G’s? Deerfield?

10am – Worship

11am – Coffee Hour 

 

RED BAGS FOOD COLLECTION – SUNDAY, MAY 5

Our Feed the Hungry red bags on May 5 will go to the Deerfield Township Food Pantry.  They are in need of toilet paper and paper towels, jelly, peanut butter, oatmeal canisters, pasta and pasta sauce, canned chicken, canned stews, condiments, protein bars and snack crackers.   Please remember to take a red bag or two and fill them when you shop.

 

INFORMATION MEETING/GATHERING FOR ISRAEL TRIP – MAY 7 AT 7PM AT BJBE

There will be a meeting for all interested in the trip to Israel to gather with BJBE to begin our time together discussing our trip. They are so very excited that we have SUCH a large group signed up, and are delighted to begin conversations together. The trip dates are October 19-30 (currently – there may be 1 or 2 more days added).

 

BOOK CLUB – MAY 15 AT 7PM

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

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

 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

The Youth Group is going to a Human Foosball Tournament on May 11 from 11:30 - 1:00pm at Christ Church in Winnetka! There will be food and a ton of fun! RSVP to shelley@stgregoryschurch.org 

Youth Group will also be having an end of year picnic at the Marian House on June 2, at 11:15 am. Sign up in Founders' Hall to tell what food you will bring to share! 

 SUPPORT BSA TROOP 50 PASTA DINNER – MAY 3 AT 6PM

Support BSA Troop 50 for their 43rd annual Pastas Dinner on Friday May 3 at the Wilmot School Gym, 6:00 - 8:00PM. Food is catered by Bonta. Advanced tickets are $10 Adult/ $8 Children 10& under. Tickets at the door are $12 Adult/ $10 Children 10& under. For questions, contact Julia Nelson 952-270-5745.

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – SUNDAY, MAY 19

St. Gregory's provided lunch for our neighbors in Waukegan on Easter Sunday.  Volunteers included David Jolly, Steve and Robin Prebish from BJBE, Max Smith, Sudi Johnson, Meredith Potter, Sybil TenEyck, Scott Hamilton, Janet and Bill Foltz, Barb, Matthew and Scott Schaper.  Catherine Martin donated dyed hard boiled eggs. We received several bags of Easter candy from anonymous people.   Desserts were donated by Jean Schwarz, Scott Hamilton, Sybil TenEyck, Mary Keller, Karen Nicholas, Carol Porter, Lisa Halpin, Janet Foltz' mother Barbara Hoffmann, and the Schapers. 

Our next opportunity to serve is Sunday, May 19th.

 

ALTAR FLOWER DONOR OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE 

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

 

A BIG SHOUT OUT

to all the people who made our Easter reception so special:

Leigh Stewart - coordinating, purchasing, clean up

Ana Soonthornsima - food, decorations, clean up

Cecilia Rodriguez - food, decorations, clean up

Appelbaum Family - food

Casey Kremer, coffee making, room set up and take down

Kelly Gearhart - coffee station

Keith Stewart - room set up, mimosa station, clean up

Shelley Byrnes - Eggcellent eggtivities!

Ob Soonthornsima - clean up

Sarah Snyder - clean up 

"Many hands make fun work!" Thanks for pitching in!

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on April 9:

·      As a follow up to the St. Gregory’s Faith in Action report given at the annual meeting, the Vestry has finalized a charter to allow us to establish a Faith in Action team to help us put our faith in action.  This will include identifying areas of focus, and implementing the parish tithe and activities in meaningful ways for our community. The Vestry is actively looking for 4-5 people to be on this important and rewarding Ministry team. If you are interested, please let a vestry member know. 

 

·      The Finance Committee has finalized the 2019 budget and is pleased to report that we have had excellent participation with nearly 85% of members making a pledge, and our pledges are up 10% from last year.  We believe God is calling us to do more than we have in the past, so we still have a deficit budget, but we believe that we will be able to overcome this with generosity of parishioners past and present over the course of time.  A big thank you to all who have taken a seat at St. Greg’s table.

 

·      A new Ministry is being formed called the Invite Welcome Connect (IWC) Task Force. This new Task Force will help to identify how St. Gregory’s is viewed by the community around us, greeting visitors of all types to our property, welcoming newcomers, communicating about our worship, fellowship, and facilities are all important parts of what this task force will consider.  These efforts will also help expand our reach within the community. We believe this is an important step in fulfilling our vision of radiating God’s grace, equipping all people to change the world.

 

REMEMBER, REFLECT AND RESOLVE- VIGIL HELD AT ST. GREGORY’S IN THE NEWS

Rev. David Kyllo is pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, which wants to build affordable housing in Deerfield that has been resistant to integration and affordable housing in the past. Sixty years ago, the village was nearly all-white when a group of residents blocked integrated housing in the growing post-World War II community. On Thursday night, a group of residents acknowledged that ugly history at a vigil at St. Gregory's. "This evening we gather together on this anniversary in the context of memories about our own village's struggle with the issues of fairness," said Rev. Suzan Hawkinson, of First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield. "We come together to remember, to reflect and to resolve." 

The land right by St. Gregory's was supposed to be the site of luxury housing, and, in 1959, two models homes went up. When the village board found out black families would move in, panic over property values set in, as did racism.

"Racist statements were common at these community meetings as when one resident wondered 'what kind of white people would want to live in that development.' Or another argued that God and nature intended segregation," reflected Dylan Zavagno, of the Deerfield Public Library, which has an exhibit on the fight to integrate. Ultimately, Deerfield blocked the development, and the park district took over the site. Decades later, racial diversity in the affluent northern suburb is only slightly better. About 8 percent of Deerfield's residents are nonwhite, according to the latest census figures. And the suburb still struggles with affordable and integrated housing. 

In 2013, Zion Lutheran Church proposed building affordable housing on land it owns. For many proponents of affordable housing, the conflict harkened back to 1959. And then, last year, Deerfield approved Zion Woods, a 25-unit affordable apartment complex. 

See Rev. David Kyllo at a Thursday night vigil at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Deerfield:

https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/deerfield-residents-gather-to-reflect-and-to-resolve-a-history-of-resisting-integration/f266af5b-7328-4aae-bc8c-b248a1de56be?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Web-Share

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Sue Mueller, Jean Cummings, Audrey Smith, Destiny Davis & Family, Audrey Baer, Anne Shields, Dori Sanderson, Mary Carter, Dorothy Britt, Van Arkel Family, Rhonda Reid. 

For the departed… Arthur Toy, Robert Van Arkel.

 

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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EASTER SUNDAY

10:00 AM Easter Sunday (One Service)

We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with joyful worship including special music.

11:00 AM Easter Reception

After the service, there will be a reception with festive beverages, and egg-tivities!

 

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 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. 

April 19 - Good Friday- Noon and 7:00pm

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 7:00pm, we will observe a final Stations of the Cross with musical offerings from our choir. 

April 20 - Holy Saturday- 5:00pm – 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 – 10am

 

INFORMATION MEETING/GATHERING FOR ISRAEL TRIP – MAY 7 AT 7PM AT BJBE

There will be a meeting for all interested in the trip to Israel to gather with BJBE to begin our time together discussing our trip. They are so very excited that we have SUCH a large group signed up, and are delighted to begin conversations together. The trip dates are October 19-30 (currently – there may be 1 or 2 more days added).

 

BOOK CLUB – TONIGHT AT 7PM

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

April 17 – “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern

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

 

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

 

SUPPORT BSA TROOP 50 PASTA DINNER – MAY 3 AT 6PM

Support BSA Troop 50 for their 43rd annual Pastas Dinner on Friday May 3 at the Wilmot School Gym, 6:00 - 8:00PM. Food is catered by Bonta. Advanced tickets are $10 Adult/ $8 Children 10& under. Tickets at the door are $12 Adult/ $10 Children 10& under. For questions, contact Julia Nelson 952-270-5745.

 

ALTAR FLOWER 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.

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on April 9:

·      As a follow up to the St. Gregory’s Faith in Action report given at the annual meeting, the Vestry has finalized a charter to allow us to establish a Faith in Action team to help us put our faith in action.  This will include identifying areas of focus, and implementing the parish tithe and activities in meaningful ways for our community. The Vestry is actively looking for 4-5 people to be on this important and rewarding Ministry team. If you are interested, please let a vestry member know. 

 

·      The Finance Committee has finalized the 2019 budget and is pleased to report that we have had excellent participation with nearly 85% of members making a pledge, and our pledges are up 10% from last year.  We believe God is calling us to do more than we have in the past, so we still have a deficit budget, but we believe that we will be able to overcome this with generosity of parishioners past and present over the course of time.  A big thank you to all who have taken a seat at St. Greg’s table.

 

·      A new Ministry is being formed called the Invite Welcome Connect (IWC) Task Force. This new Task Force will help to identify how St. Gregory’s is viewed by the community around us, greeting visitors of all types to our property, welcoming newcomers, communicating about our worship, fellowship, and facilities are all important parts of what this task force will consider.  These efforts will also help expand our reach within the community. We believe this is an important step in fulfilling our vision of radiating God’s grace, equipping all people to change the world.

 

REMEMBER, REFLECT AND RESOLVE- VIGIL HELD AT ST. GREGORY’S IN THE NEWS

Rev. David Kyllo is pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, which wants to build affordable housing in Deerfield that has been resistant to integration and affordable housing in the past. Sixty years ago, the village was nearly all-white when a group of residents blocked integrated housing in the growing post-World War II community. On Thursday night, a group of residents acknowledged that ugly history at a vigil at St. Gregory's. "This evening we gather together on this anniversary in the context of memories about our own village's struggle with the issues of fairness," said Rev. Suzan Hawkinson, of First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield. "We come together to remember, to reflect and to resolve." 

The land right by St. Gregory's was supposed to be the site of luxury housing, and, in 1959, two models homes went up. When the village board found out black families would move in, panic over property values set in, as did racism.

"Racist statements were common at these community meetings as when one resident wondered 'what kind of white people would want to live in that development.' Or another argued that God and nature intended segregation," reflected Dylan Zavagno, of the Deerfield Public Library, which has an exhibit on the fight to integrate. Ultimately, Deerfield blocked the development, and the park district took over the site. Decades later, racial diversity in the affluent northern suburb is only slightly better. About 8 percent of Deerfield's residents are nonwhite, according to the latest census figures. And the suburb still struggles with affordable and integrated housing. 

In 2013, Zion Lutheran Church proposed building affordable housing on land it owns. For many proponents of affordable housing, the conflict harkened back to 1959. And then, last year, Deerfield approved Zion Woods, a 25-unit affordable apartment complex. 

See Rev. David Kyllo at a Thursday night vigil at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Deerfield:

https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/deerfield-residents-gather-to-reflect-and-to-resolve-a-history-of-resisting-integration/f266af5b-7328-4aae-bc8c-b248a1de56be?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Web-Share

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Jean Cummings, Audrey Smith, Destiny Davis & Family, Audrey Baer, Kirsten Dexter, Joe Horton, Anne Shields, Olivia Rich, Kamen family. 

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

For the departed… Author Toy, Richard Holtan.

 

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