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Parish Newsletter 12/19 - Christmas Eve Services at 3pm & 9pm

On December 19, 2018
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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S

NO FORMATION THIS SUNDAY! 

ADVENT MESSIAH CHOIR – 10AM

Come raise your voices in celebrating the expectant joy of Advent! Each Sunday in December, join the choir in singing an offertory anthem selected from one of the greatest masterworks, Handel's Messiah - culminating in a singalong Hallelujah Chorus with the brass quintet on Christmas Eve. The selections chosen are accessible to anyone with a little practice, so ALL are welcome! 

If you're interested in singing with the choir this Sunday or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org. This Sunday, you are welcome to join us at 9am to rehearse!

 

CHRISTMAS FLOWER & MUSIC: IN MEMORY OR FOR THANKSGIVING ENVELOPES AVAILABE

If you would like to honor a loved one this Christmas season, 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, contact Charlene (847-945-1678, parish@stgregoryschurch.org). Please submit your information by Thursday, December 20, to have your name printed in the Christmas bulletin.

 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, 3:00 PM

Christmas Pageant is open to all children of all ages! We will have one rehearsal at 9:00 on December 23. The presentation will be the gospel at the 3:00 Christmas Eve service! 

 

YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY- DECEMBER 23, 7:00 PM

Youth Group Christmas Party was rescheduled for December 23 at 7:00! Bring your White Elephant Christmas gift (no more than $15 - re-gifting is fun too!) and wear your Christmas sweaters! We will have munchies and movies and games! 

 

NO WEDNESDAY MORNING SERVICE ON DECEMBER 26 – BUT START THE NEW YEAR WITH WORSHIP!

Because we will worship together on Sunday Advent 4, then Christmas Eve, then Christmas Day – the Wednesday morning service next week is cancelled. We will reconvene on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8am in the Chapel. Consider making the Wednesday 8am service and breakfast a part of your new year’s spiritual practice.

 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 30, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Mother Anne and The Jollys invite you to drop in and join them for a Christmas Open House at the Rectory on Sunday, December 30th from 5-7pm. There will be beverages and festive treats – come share the Christmas season with us! RSVP: http://evite.me/MmFnPEZUpk

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY WITH PADS AND PRESBYTERIANS!

On Monday, December 31, 2018, 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 60 men, women, and children a hot breakfast of casseroles, hard-boiled eggs, fruits, and juice; FPCD will provide coffee and tea and the ovens, plates, cups, utensils and serving pieces. Please sign up to help serve/clean-up breakfast or to prepare a breakfast casserole.  Here is the link to the sign-up sheet and we will email the casserole recipe to you - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084AA8A729A4F49-breakfast4

As a reminder, please have the fully-cooked casseroles and the hard-boiled eggs in the St. Gregory's kitchen refrigerator by Sunday, December 30th at noon.  

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Snyder at 847-651-6772 or sesnyder67@gmail.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.

 

EPIPHANY PARTY – JANUARY 6, 11:00 AM

On Epiphany, January 6, we celebrate the arrival of the Wise men to meet our Lord, Jesus. There will be NO formation at 9am, but join us after the 10am for a festive celebration with lunch, games, and activities for ALL AGES! Please RSVP so we can have a food head count by emailing Shelley (shelley@stgregoryschurch.org) or signing up in Founders’ Hall.

 

FUN NIGHT FOR ALL AGES – JANUARY 11, 6-8 PM

Mark your Calendar for Family 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. 

 

ALTAR FLOWER DONORS NEED                                

If you would like to be an altar flower donor on December 30th or January 6th, please contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aol.com).

 

PLEASE MAIL IN YOUR PLEDGE!

We have about 60% of pledges in and would like to get the rest before January 4. Pledging is an important spiritual practice because it involves reflecting on all the gifts God has given us and, in prayer, determining what we will give to God’s work in and through St. Gregory’s in 2019. Pledge cards are available on the table outside the sacristy, by the sign up sheets and on St. Greg’s Table in Founders Hall.   Thanks for joining us at St. Greg’s Table!   ~ The Vestry 

 

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. 

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – FEBRUARY 17

Our soup kitchen volunteers this past Sunday were Amy and Josephine Call, Scott Hamilton, Janet and Bill Foltz, Debbie and John Welker, Sybil Ten Eyck, Barb, Matthew and Scott Schaper. Thanks to the following people who donated desserts:  Debbie Welker, Lynne Pike, Schapers, Carol Porter, Lisa Halpin, Mary Keller, Karen Nicholas, Scott Hamilton and Sybil Ten Eyck.  Our next opportunity to serve is February 17th. 

Janet and Bill Foltz and Barb Schaper

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on December 11: 

To date, our giving campaign has received 60% of pledges.  We want to thank those people who have taken a seat at St. Greg’s table through their generous offerings.   Those of you who have not yet pledged, please do so soon, so that we have a good understanding of our 2019 budget to start the year. 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! 

We want to say thank you to the parishioners who attended the St. Gregory’s Faith in Action Listening Session last month.  The St. Gregory’s Faith in Action task force will be presenting the Vision, Guidelines, proposed Process Outline, and Next Steps at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

 

VESTRY NOMINATIONS PROCESS AND SERVICE

At our Annual Parish Meeting on January 27th next year, parishioners will vote on a slate of new members for the Vestry to include a new Warden and one to two new Vestry Members. To begin discernment for these new leaders, the Parish Nominating Committee, consisting of the outgoing Warden (that's me, Leigh Stewart!) and Vestry Members along with our Rector Anne, met on November 13 to prayerfully consider and lift up names of recommended parishioners for this ministry. The Parish Nominating Committee invites parishioners to contact Leigh Stewart at 847-846-5162 with names of potential candidates for Warden and Vestry service.  We ask that parishioners who nominate candidates not speak to the candidates about their nomination in order to avoid hurt feelings if the person is not selected for the slate. 

The leadership of our Vestry is vital to the life of our church, and a representation of those first disciples long ago who answered Jesus' call to serve in a leadership role. The Vestry is made up of the Rector, two duly elected Wardens, and duly elected Vestry Members who serve on a three-year rotation. To serve on the Vestry in our Diocese of the Episcopal Church, one must:

·  Be a baptized person aged 16 years or older who 

·  Regularly attends services and 

·  Is recognized as members of the Parish by the Rector and at least one of the Wardens and

·  Is a 'giver of record' financially during the 6 months prior to the annual meeting.

A comprehensive Ministry description for Wardens and Vestry Members is posted on the Vestry bulletin outside the Rector's office. 

I would like to take this opportunity to say that serving with this Vestry has caused me to grow spiritually and personally in ways that I could never have foreseen and I am deeply grateful for this experience and for my fellow leaders.  Joining this Vestry is one of the most rewarding efforts you will ever experience, forging new and lasting friendships and feeling a true part of the body of Christ.  If you receive the call to serve in this way, I strongly encourage you to consider that call as maybe coming from Jesus and respond as those first disciples did.  It is a great adventure! 

Yours in Christ,

Leigh Stewart

 

LAKE FOREST EXPLORING GRIEF GROUP – JANUARY 2, 3PM

Are you or someone you know grieving the loss of a family member, partner, or friend? If so, find comfort in our Lake Forest Exploring Grief Group. Area congregations are supporting this community program, making it available at no charge to participants. Our Exploring Grief Group provides a confidential, educational, and nonjudgmental environment. It encourages attendees to come to terms with the tremendous loss they are experiencing and continue to find meaning in their lives. This group is led by a professional counselor. The winter session will be held at St. James Lutheran Church and will take place from January 2 - March 13. This group will meet every other Wednesday from 3pm-4:30pm. To register, please contact Denise Kitanovski, JD, MA, LCPC at 847-446-6955, ext. 22 or dkitanovski@northshoresamaritan.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 info@lakecountyunited.org.

 

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.

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sick, and those who need prayer, especially Myra Stone, Audrey Baer, Sue Mueller, Margaret Stewart, Kate Lenington, Susan Haerle, Miriam Satinoff, Nellie Kerrigan, Vanesa Erhlich, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Grant Geis, Don and Phoebe Caldwell, Chris Hartley, Margaret Tueax, Harry Sterney. 

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

For the departed… Dave Schulz, Ralph Tassistro, Rev. John Lloyd, Eduardo Marmolejo, Conrad Gary.

 

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