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Parish Newsletter

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

 

SUNDAY, MAY 27 FORUM – “THE HOLY TRINITY AS DEPICTED IN ART THROUGH THE AGES”

Join us for a Special Trinity Sunday Forum, Sunday, May 27, at 9 am in Founders Hall. Mother Meredith will present a special forum on "The Holy Trinity as depicted in Art through the Ages."

 

GRADUATING SENIOR RECOGNITION THIS SUNDAY!

This Sunday, we will bless and honor our graduating seniors during the 10a service. Many of them will share their faith journeys during the service, and we will have a reception afterwards – make sure to be here to honor them and their families.

 

YOUTH PICNIC NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 3 – ALL YOUTH, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS!

Come meet our new Family Minister, Shelley Byrnes, NEXT Sunday, June 3rd after the 10a service! All the youth, their families and friends, and all who help ministering to the youth will have a festive picnic and activities in Mitchell Park. Rising 6th graders and their families are invited to join us to get to know their new youth group. Let’s enjoy all those fun activities we wanted to do on Pentecost outside – along with some great picnic food. See you there!                        

 

SUMMER BOOK CLUB READING – JUNE 20 AT 7PM

All are welcome to join in lively discussion. We meet on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm, in the Conference Room at St. Gregory’s.

June 20 - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
August 15 - Outliers: The Story of Success: Malcolm Gladwell

 

COMMUNITY MEALS – JUNE 24

Our next opportunity to serve a meal to our neighbors in Waukegan is Sunday, June 24th. Mark your calendar now, and signups will come soon. Dessert bakers – they love iced cake.

 

ST. G’S IN THE JULY 4TH PARADE?

As an important part of the Deerfield community, wouldn’t it be fun for St. G’s to be a part of the July 4th parade? Donna Shelton is willing to help coordinate this effort – so if you are interested in dreaming about fun ways for us to radiate God’s grace in this way, or in being a part of it, please contact Donna at prairie94@aol.com.

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially…Susan Porter, Olivia Rich, Lois Smith, Kathryn Kelly, Lin Reichenbach, Dori Carlson and Adam Montiel.

 

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

 

For the departed… James Cartwright, Alan Swartz, Bill Thiel, George Councell

 

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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PENTECOST CELEBRATION– MAY 20 – WEAR RED!!

Pentecost is the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, and a joyful end to the Easter season. This year, we will celebrate Pentecost with prayer flags strung in the nave of the church, and with a PICNIC following the 10a service! The youth have already planned a very fun assortment of games and activities (teaser: there will be a giant sling shot game and flamingo ring toss!), so bring your sense of adventure.

·         Please bring a salad or dessert for the picnic – fried chicken will be provided!

·         Wear red – it’s the traditional color to represent the Holy Spirit, and it’s fun to have it fill the church.

·         If you can help set up and/or clean up, please contact Sharon Henley-Gramer (slgramer@comcast.net)

In preparation for Pentecost, prayer flags are in Founders’ Hall – come by any time and write your prayers on the flags we will string throughout the rafters of the Nave.

Patsy McGregor will be joining us for the 10a service and the Picnic  - so make sure to talk with her and learn about her ministry in Madagascar.

 

ST. GREGORY’S BOOK CLUB – TODAY, MAY 16 AT 7PM

On May 16th, book club will discuss books written by David McCullough (your choice).  It could be “Truman”, “The Wright Brothers”, or whatever you decide.  The April meeting was canceled due to weather so the April selection, “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles, will also discussed.

 

YOUTH GROUP UPCOMING EVENTS

May 26                        Senior Dinner at St. Gregory’s

May 27                        Trinity Sunday 10:00 am  -  Graduating Senior Celebration

June 3                          Youth Picnic at Mitchell Park (youth and families) – rising 6th graders and families invited!

June 17  -  June 22      Kanuga Youth Week

 

PRESIDING BISHOP PREACHES AT ROYAL WEDDING ON SATURDAY

Bishop Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will preach at the Royal Wedding this Saturday at St.George’s Castle. The invitation from the couple to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to preach at the service is a departure from tradition for British royal weddings. While previous royal weddings have involved clergy from other Christian churches saying prayers for the couple; sermons are usually given by senior C of E clergy. The service will be televised around the world, and it is likely that the Presiding Bishop, who refers to himself as the CEO of the Episcopal Church – the Chief Evangelism Officer – won’t resist the opportunity to talk about what he calls the Jesus Movement.

“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said. “And so we celebrate and pray for them today.”

FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR AND CHAPEL IN MAY AND JUNE

There are still opportunities to donate for flowers in May and June: 5/20, 6/3, and 6/10. Please contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aol.com) if interested.

 

ST. G’S IN THE JULY 4TH PARADE?

As an important part of the Deerfield community, wouldn’t it be fun for St. G’s to be a part of the July 4th parade? Donna Shelton is willing to help coordinate this effort – so if you are interested in dreaming about fun ways for us to radiate God’s grace in this way, or in being a part of it, please contact Donna at prairie94@aol.com .

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on May 8 with representatives from three committees: 

The Faith In Action Task Force has formed and is beginning work on how we use our time, talents, and treasure to have more impact in our community, the nation and the world. As a next step they will be scheduling listening sessions with various groups within the Parish to discern a focal area for our outreach efforts. Thanks to Jon Dutcher who is leading this initiative along with Catherine Martin, Barb Schaper, and Sarah Snyder. 

The Finance Committee is finalizing our 2018 budget for review at the June Vestry meeting and it is very important to have the remaining parishioners submit their pledge cards over the next few weeks. We thank everyone for their support to keep our Church strong throughout 2018. 

Safety Team- A comprehensive blueprint that covers a range of safety strategies for fire, natural disasters, and medical emergencies was approved. The Vestry is grateful for all the investigative and insightful work this team led by John Welker has done to keep our congregation safe.  BGMT will be developing a team to train and distribute the Emergency Action Plan to the congregation by the Fall.

 

COMMUNITY MEALS

Thanks to our many volunteers - Amy and Josephine Call,  Jenny, Grace and Ellie Stadelmann, Ruth Reichenbach, Debbie and John Welker, Elizabeth and Scott Hamilton, Catherine and Ron Martin, David, Anne, Mary Katharine and Christina Jolly, Bill and Janet Foltz and Barbara, Matthew and Scott Schaper who prepared a delicious meal for our neighbors in Waukegan on Mother's Day.  We also gave roses to all the women. Thanks also to our many dessert makers - Mary Keller, Lynne Pike, Lisa Halpin, Debbie Welker, Cherie Thompson, Susie Dutcher, Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton, Karen Nicholas, the Schapers and the Foltzs.  Our next turn to serve is June 24th. 

Barb Schaper and Janet and Bill Foltz

 

DEERFIELD AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

The Deerfield Area Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee is Sunday, May 20, 11am-3pm, at the Deerfield Historic Village, 450 Kipling Place. Featuring tours of historic buildings, blacksmiths, spinners, historic games and activities, antique cars and trucks, farm animals and traditional music. Admission is free. 

All funds raised will go toward repairs and improvements to the historic structures, including the oldest building in Lake County, the Caspar Ott log house built in 1837. This community event is made possible through a partnership between the Deerfield Area Historical Society, the Village of Deerfield, District 109 Schools, the Deerfield Public Library, the Deerfield Park District and the West Deerfield Township.

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sickand those who need prayer, especially… Kathryn Kelly, Olivia Rich, Cheryl Trevithick, Stuart Siegel, Victor & Vickie, Lois Smith.

 

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

 

For the departed…Heidy Arteaga, James Cartwright, Alan Swartz

 

PARISH E-NEWSLETTER DEADLINE - MONDAY9:30 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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Dear St. Gregory's,

The Search Team, Vestry, and I are very excited to announce that after our nationwide search, Shelley Byrnes has accepted our call to be St. Gregory's Family Minister! Shelley will be coming to us from Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, AZ. She has abundant experience in life and ministry with children, youth, and their families, and brings a vibrant energy along with her wealth of knowledge. She will join us for the Youth Picnic on June 3, and then will move to Deerfield before going with the youth on their trip to Kanuga on June 17th

As Family Minister, Shelley's ministry will be to carry the vision for Family Ministries to insipire, support, and connect families in Deerfield and the surrounding areas to build and share faith and meaningful relationships. She will work with our entire parish to support these ministries by inviting people to work with children, youth, and their parents in fulfililng this vision. Her skills, experience, and passions make Shelley the perfect person for this ministry at St. Gregory's. Stay tuned for more information about her first Sunday, and ways to help her move in and welcome her to our parish!

God's Peace,

Anne B Jolly+

Rector

 


 

Dear St. Gregory's, 

I am so excited to accept the position of Family Minister at St. Gregory's! For those of you who have not met me yet, I am the proud mom of two grown daughters: Gracie and Ruthie. Grace will be joining me at St. Gregory's and Ruthie will stay at University of Arizona to finish her senior year.  I have worked in church ministry for over 20 years, serving at locations in Washington, DC, Denver and most recently in Scottsdale, AZ. I can't wait to move before the temperatures reach 115!  I went to high school and college in Wisconsin so I am not totally unprepared for an Illinois winter.  My most recent job was as Director of Children, Family and Youth Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity where my most enduring contributions were to set up a VBS program (in it's 6th year) and create a young adults group. I enjoy kids of all ages and empathize with today's parents who are juggling so many activities and issues. 

I look forward to getting to know you all better so we can co-create an exciting and vibrant program for our families. Truly it is the best job to be able to create the space where young people feel safe to explore who and whose they are! I am thrilled at the opportunity to work along side so many dedicated volunteers as you help our children see the face of God in our church!

Shelley Byrnes


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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
7:00 AM Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
 

UPCOMING EVENTS