THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S
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!
BOOK CLUB NEWS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7PM
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
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 (email@example.com).
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!
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
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…
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.)
St. Gregory’s Church will Close on Wednesday and
Reopen on Thursday at Noon Due to Extreme Cold
The Church will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 due to extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills set to impact Lake County and the surrounding area.
The Church will reopen on Thursday, January 31 at Noon.
The 8:00 AM Wednesday Morning Holy Eucharist and
Service with Breakfast is also cancelled.
Please use caution during this extreme weather event.
FUN NIGHT FOR ALL AGES – JANUARY 11, 6-8 PM
Join us for a Fun Night on January 11 from 6 - 8! We will be hosting families from Christ United Methodist Church in an evening of food, games and fellowship! We will provide food (asking for a good will offering) and then spend time playing board/card games and coloring together! A signup sheet will be in Founders' Hall after Christmas.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S
WORSHIP – 8AM
FORMATION FOR ALL AGES RESUMES AT 9AM.
Adult Forum will be led by Mary Maraist, who will discuss Centering Prayer/Contemplative Prayer as a spiritual practice.
BAPTISM – 10AM
Join us to welcome the newest Baptized Christians at 10am with a baptism of a baby and an adult!
SUNDAY JANUARY 27TH – ONE WORSHIP SERVICE + ANNUAL MEETING + FUN AND LUNCH!
9:00AM – ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE
What a joy it is to all be together in worship, prayer, thanksgiving, celebration, thought, dream, and fellowship on this Sunday. We will have one worship service, followed by the meeting and lunch together.
10:00 AM – ANNUAL MEETING
We will reflect on 2018, and look forward to 2019, give thanks for those who are concluding their terms in parish leadership, and elect new leaders. This is both an important and orderly part of our life together as a parish, and a joyful opportunity to come together in prayer and vision.
11:00 AM (ISH) – LUNCH TOGETHER
Well, it IS what we do! J We will continue our time of thought and vision while we spend intentional time together getting to know each other better and thinking together about St. Gregory’s!
PREPARE TO VOTE ON PROPOSED PARISH CONSTITUTION AT OUR ANNUAL MEETING ON JAN. 27
The purpose of our Parish Constitution is similar to the articles of incorporation for a company. We define our name, governance, officers, how officers are chosen and requirements for our meetings. St. Gregory’s original Parish Constitution was adopted in the mid-1950’s. Changes to our Parish Constitution require a full parish meeting to vote on adopting the changes. At our upcoming Annual Meeting on January 27, we will be voting on a Proposed Parish Constitution.
This past year the Vestry undertook an update of our Parish Constitution in order to:
Large sections of our original constitution had been copied directly from the diocesan canons in effect at that time. In this revision each of those sections has been replaced by a reference to the current appropriate diocesan canon. The use of references will keep us in alignment with the diocese without having to make revisions to our constitution.
To enable you to make an informed vote, we have prepared the following versions for your review:
Please take the time to review these versions prior to our Annual Meeting on January 27.
View the digital copy of the Parish Constitution
View the digital copy of the revised draft of the Parish Constitution
Hard copies are available in a blue binder in our Sally Craig Memorial Library.
If you have any questions, please contact Susie Dutcher (847-915-1750) or Leigh Stewart (847-846-5162).
CENTERING/CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER FAITH LAB – JANUARY 16, 12:00 PM
Join us for a guided session of Centering/Contemplative prayer. It’s a great time to try this ancient practice – long held to calm the mind and soul. Meditation/Quiet/Centering is all touted as the way for a more balanced inner life, and contemplative prayer has been doing that for centuries! NO experience necessary – this is intentionally a time to try this practice in a casual, comfortable environment.
BOOK CLUB – JANUARY 16, 7:00 PM
January 16th the book club will meet at 7pm in the conference room to discuss STILL LIFE by Louise Penny.
Looking ahead to February 20th we will discuss PACHINKO by Min Jini Lee. An epic historical novel following a Korean family who eventually migrate to Japan.
START THE NEW YEAR WITH WORSHIP – WEDNESDAY MORNINGS AT 8AM
Join us on Wednesdays at 8am in the Chapel. Consider making the Wednesday 8am service and breakfast a part of your new year’s spiritual practice.
CAREER RENEWAL MINISTRY: JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE – JANUARY 20, 10:15AM - NOON
Topic: Job Search Preparedness by Skip Newman
Location: Holy Cross Church Community Room 724 Elder Lane Deerfield, IL 60015
We are 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:
(1) an explanation of Career Renewal and how it works,
(2) brief introductions of both the Career Renewal Advisors (who cover a wide range of industries, skills, and experiences) and the individuals seeking jobs,
(3) a presentation by a speaker on a topic of interest to job seekers.
Our speaker is Skip Newman: Skip’s presentation will focus on job search preparedness, both from a ‘paperwork’ standpoint (e.g. resumes, handbills, profiles, business cards etc.) as well as networking tips, LinkedIn usage, email accounts and etiquette, elevator pitches and other related topics.
(4) assignment of (and first meeting with) an assigned Career Renewal advisor.
Dress is business casual. Be sure to bring several copies of your resume. In addition, if you have a list of target employers, be sure to bring along an extra copy. Coffee and rolls are served. There is no cost and religious affiliation is not required.
Take Elder Lane is the first traffic light north of Deerfield Road on Waukegan Road. Head East on Elder, then turn left (North) into the narrow driveway between the Administration Center and the Church, then turn right (East) into the large parking lot. Look for steps leading to double doors. Go through the double doors and signs will direct you to Career Renewal. www.careerrenewal.org
INTRODUCTORY ORGANIZING TRAINING/3 DAY LEADERSHIP TRAINING – JANUARY 19-21
The 3-day version of the Industrial Areas Foundation acclaimed national leadership training will be held at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. This training provides an overview of key concepts and critical components essential to building strong community groups and connecting those groups into a broad based organization necessary to create power. Special emphasis will be placed on the identification of leaders and the creation of local allies necessary to effect change at both the local community and state level. Registration deadline is January 11. Reserve you spot at email@example.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.
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Genevieve Stegeman, Myra Stone, Audrey Baer, Sue Mueller, Kate Lenington, Susan Haerle, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Don and Phoebe Caldwell, The Laedlein and Koons Families, Steven Cook, Terry Cummings.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed… James Neubecker, Deacon Chere Bates.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music