THIS SUNDAY AT ST. G’S
8am – Worship
9am – Formation for all ages – Adult Forum: Instructed Eucharist
This Sunday and next Sunday, our Adult Forum will walk through our Eucharist service – discussing what we are doing, and why we do it. We will explore the theological, practical, and experiential aspects of our liturgy. Bring your questions!
10am – Worship
11am – Coffee Hour
SHARING OUR LOVE AT SHABBAT – FRIDAY, MAY 3 AT 7:30PM
Mother Anne is going to Shabbat (their worship service) at Congregation BJBE this Friday at 7:30 as a sign of love and solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters in the wake of the shooting at Chabad Congregation in Poway, CA. If you would like to join her in worshipping there, please email her and let her know you will be coming so she can look for you. email@example.com
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
CHILDREN/YOUTH LED FORUM – SUNDAY, MAY 19 AT 9AM
The whole parish is invited to come to a children/youth led Forum on May 19! The children will be teaching all of us lessons! Please join us!
COMMUNITY MEALS - SUNDAY, MAY 19
Please save the date to volunteer. A Sign-up sheet is available in Founders Hall.
SENIOR SUNDAY – MAY 26
Don't miss Senior Sunday! Our two High School Seniors will be speaking at sermon time on May 26! We are so proud of Ross Peacock and Grace Gayhart and want to support them as they get ready to move to the next stage of their lives!
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Last call for Youth Group Members interested in going to the Human Foosball Tournament at Christ Church Winnetka on May 11, 11:30 - 1:00! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this Fun event! Lunch will be supplied!
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!
ALTAR FLOWER DONORS NEEDED
Would you like to donate altar flowers in memory of a loved one, or in honor of a special event or person? Dates are available, especially May 19, and June 2. Please contact Val Seilheimer, (email@example.com).
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.
ANNUAL INTERFAITH IFTAR DINNER – THURSDAY, MAY 16, 6:30PM (DINNER AT 8:10PM)
Gather for a ‘Breaking of the Fast’ dinner with guests from many different congregations and organizations. Islamic Foundation North is located at 1751 O’Plaine Rd. (east side of street) in Libertyville. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 9, as seating is limited.
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Ralph Laurell, Priscilla Condon, Sue Mueller, Audrey Smith, Audrey Baer, Anne Shields, Dorothy Britt, Van Arkel Family, Rhonda Reid.
For the departed… Jean Cummings, Mary Carter, 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 email@example.com or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)
The Adult Forum will continue discussion on our worship service – what we do and why we do it – bring your questions!
FOLDING PRAYERS FOR PENTECOST – STARTING THIS SUNDAY!
As a part of our celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit (who guides us, informs us, inspires us, and gives us prayers), we will write our prayers on pieces of white paper, and fold them into doves to hang in our worship space. The paper will be out starting this Sunday in Founder’s Hall. Come, write a prayer. If you want to fold doves, take paper with prayers, and fold away – instructions will be out on the tables as well. Together, we can lift the prayers of this community for ourselves and the world!
COMMUNITY PLAY GROUP – FRIDAYS, 9:00AM – 11:00AM
We have started a community Play Group for parents and caregivers of children infants - 4 years old on Fridays 9:00 - 11:00 am. If you are interested in attending or in hosting the group (provide snacks, hang out with the parents/caregivers and kids) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN MEETINGS POLICY TASK FORCE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 AT 7PM
The Open Meetings Policy Task Force will be meeting to review the St. Gregory's Open Meetings Policy. We welcome those who wish to give input on this process.
Join us in the Conference Room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. This month we meet to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.
The whole parish is invited to come to a children/youth led Forum on May 19! The children will be teaching all of us lessons- Please join us to learn from our children and show them our support.
GRADUATING SENIOR SUNDAY – MAY 26
Don't miss Senior Sunday! Our two High School Seniors will be speaking during the services on May 26. We are so proud of Ross Peacock and Grace Gayhart and want to support them as they get ready to move to the next stage of their lives.
PENTECOST PARISH POTLUCK PICNIC – SUNDAY, JUNE 9 AFTER THE 10AM
To celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, we will share the gift of good food and community together after the 10am on Pentecost Sunday.
· WEAR RED! Pentecost is symbolized liturgically by the color red (the color of the Holy Spirit)
· Fried Chicken will be provided ($ donations always welcome to cover cost – but not required!)
· Last names beginning with A-K – Side Dish/Salad
· Last names beginning with L-Z – Dessert
· If your food needs to be warm, please bring something to keep it insulated – we have minimal oven space.
· There will be some refrigerator space, but if you can bring something to keep cold food cold, that’s better!
· We could use a few people to help set up, set out food, manage beverages, clean up, etc. If you are willing to help, please email Charlene (email@example.com)
CAN YOU SPEAK SPANISH, ITALIAN, FRENCH, OR GERMAN??
On Pentecost Sunday, the entire congregation will be singing a hymn that has multiple languages singing at the same time – so we will be singing all together – no one voice will stand out – and we need people who are willing to sing the different language parts. NO SINGING SKILL NECESSARY! You just need to be willing. J Please contact Kathryn Duncan to let her know you can participate in one of the languages above. Kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org
YOUTH GROUP YEAR END PICNIC – JUNE 2 AT 11:15AM
Youth Group will 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.
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Lillybeth Quintana-Cristino, Norm George, Ralph Laurell, Priscilla Condon, Sue Mueller, Audrey Smith, Audrey Baer, Anne Shields, Dorothy Britt, Van Arkel Family, Rhonda Reid.
For the departed…
CHILDRENS' PIZZA NIGHTS – SEPTEMBER 14
Starting in September, we will have kids 1st grade - 7th grade meet on the second Friday of every month at 5:30-7:00 pm for food, fun and fellowship! This will be a pre-youth group type of gathering. Parents please plan to stay for the first 15 minutes on September 14 so we can talk about future food arrangements.
SUNDAY MORNING FORMATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16 at 9:00AM!
We are excited about our plan for Christian Formation this year. The adults and children will focus on Practicing our Fatih, and developing Spiritual Practices that help us in our faith journey. The children will focus on fundamental bible stories and the fathers and mothers of our faith. Our Formation calendar includes so much more than just Sunday morning: We will have Faith Labs (where we explore spiritual practices in more depth), and short-term Bible Studies throughout the year. Look for a Formation brochure that gives a detailed description of the topic for each Sunday, and our other offerings.
A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS – EMPOWERED IN SPIRIT & COMMUNITY – SEPTEMBER 28-30
We are joining with the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Lincolnshire for a weekend of exploring how God calls faith communities to live and serve in community. Two well-known Lutheran theologians and pastors, David Tiede and Kathryn Tiede, will lead the weekend and invite us into deeper reflection on our calling and purpose.
Friday, September 28 – Reception at 6:30, Dinner and Teaching 7-9PM - $20 per person (assistance available)
Saturday, September 29 – Teaching, box lunch, and intergenerational service project 9AM – 4PM
Sunday, September 30 – The Rev. Dr. David Tiede will preach at both services, and teach at the Adult Forum at 9AM
REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084AA8A729A4F49-alight
COMMUNITY MEALS – THIS SUNDAY!
We will once again have the opportunity to serve our neighbors in Waukegan at the Soup Kitchen. We meet at Christ Church, Waukegan at noon to prepare and serve lunch. Clean up takes until 3:30pm. We need volunteers as some of our regulars are not available. Contact Barb Schaper if you are available to help in any way (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BOOK CLUB – SEPTEMBER 19 AT 7PM
On September 19th, the book club will be reviewing the book “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. All are welcome to join in lively discussion. On October 18, the group will discuss “Letters of Note” by Saun Usher. The book club meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm, in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s. November’s meeting will be rescheduled due to the holiday.
PUMPKINS ARE COMING!! - OCTOBER 6 (WE HOPE!)
The truck loaded with pumpkins is scheduled to arrive on October 6 in the afternoon. This is an approximate date and time, as we never know exactly how traffic will be, and where the truck may be delayed in route. Everyone is invited to help us unload the truck and set up the pumpkin patch. Many hands make this work a lot easier! We will provide food and beverages for hungry workers – plus it’s FUN. To sign up, email Shelley (email@example.com) and include your cell number, or sign up in Founders’ Hall. We will contact you when we have exact times.
Also be on the lookout to sign up for shifts selling pumpkins.
EPISCOPAL HURRICANE RELIEF FUND
We respond to storms in the United States and U.S. territories through our U.S. Disaster Program. Through our partnerships with Episcopal dioceses, we offer resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide emergency support so vulnerable people can make a sustained recovery after the storm. The benefit of our partnership with Episcopal churches is that these congregations are already deeply integrated within their communities. In other words, the Episcopal Church is there before responders arrive and will remain long after the news cameras have gone. You can help provide critical relief to affected communities by donating to our Hurricane Relief Fund. To donate and read the latest updates, visit https://support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief.
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Chris, David Charles Eubanks, Dorothy Britt, Gerry Lanigan, Scott and Cindy, Terry Lanigan, Mary Withrow, Marjorie Hutcheson, Charlie Porter, Phoebe Caldwell.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed…. Jerry Thomas.
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?
11am – Coffee Hour
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
SUPPORT BSA TROOP 50 PASTA DINNER – MAY 3 AT 6PM
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 (email@example.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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
For the departed… James Neubecker, Deacon Chere Bates.
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
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
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
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
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.
For the departed… Scott Spencer, Simon Jackson, Ernest Ouderkirk.
RED BAG SUNDAY
Feed the Hungry Red Bags go to the Vernon Township Food Pantry. They have asked for rice and rice packets, instant potatoes and cookies and crackers. Please remember the hungry when you shop.
8 AM WORSHIP
9 AM ADULT FORMATION
Will center on Stations of the Cross
YOUTH FORMATION -LOFT
Decisions-Decisions, You get to choose (I get to make decisions about who I am and how I want to live)
10 AM WORSHIP
11 AM COFFEE HOUR
MISSION/ADVENTURE TRIP MEETING
There will be a parents and youth meeting about the Mission/Adventure trip to Michigan this summer
(July 7 - 12) at 11:00 am on April 7. We will have the budget, the schedule, and even pictures of the place we'll be staying, at this meeting. Please RSVP to Shelley at email@example.com to say you will be attending!
OFFER YOUR ART AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS
All parishioners are invited to share their gifts of artistic eye/talent with the congregation for Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 11th. We hope to have each station have a visual representation from someone in the parish. This is not about submitting your greatest work for a juried show – but instead about sharing, out of love and gratitude, a perspective you may have about one of the stations. For a description and accompanying devotion for each station, please see this website: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Please email Mother Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know which station you would like to work with. It is preferable if art is at least 5x7 in size. It can be color or black and white. All art needs to be submitted by April 5.
PALM CROSS MAKING – FUN FOR ALL AGES – SATURDAY, APRIL 13 AT 9AM
Join us for breakfast and palm cross folding. This is a fun and casual time for parishioners of all ages and abilities to enjoy time together and create this visual reminder of Christ’s death. RSVP to Charlene (email@example.com) so we can have enough breakfast.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – FRIDAYS IN LENT 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
CARE PACKAGES FOR FINALS!
We will be sending care packages to our young adults who are out of town or in college just in time for finals. Care Package Sunday will be on Palm Sunday! Please join us after the 10:00 am service on April 14 to decorate and pack the care packages. If you would like your child, grandchild, or loved one to receive a Care Package, please send Shelley their name, address and cell phone number (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to donate to the care packages, please bring 15 of any of the items on the suggested list in individual sizes:
· package of crackers
· individual bags of microwave popcorn
· peanut butter
· cough drops
· hot chocolate packs
· mini marshmallows
· dried fruit (cranberries, etc)
· baby wipes
· lip balm
· gift cards
· gold fish
· bars (granola, protein, etc)
· mac n cheese
· tea bags
· tooth brushes
JOINT PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL: ST. G’S AND CONGREGATION BJBE - OCTOBER 19-28, 2020
The trip dates are October 19-30 (currently – there may be 1 or 2 more days added). The cost is currently $4600/person (again, this is an estimate that is subject to change when the itinerary is finalized). The cost includes hotels, bus transportation, travel agents, most food and tips. This does not include airfare, and the trip dates are not inclusive of travel to and from Israel. Participants need to arrive in Tel Aviv and check in to the hotel in order to begin our travels together in the early evening on October 19th. October 29th is currently scheduled to be a day to travel home (may change). All participants are encouraged to get travel insurance.
We will visit cities and sites important to the Jewish and Christian faith, study, pray, worship, and have fun together. We will be led by licensed travel agents. Karyn Kedar and Anne Jolly will offer times of teaching and worship for the group.
Because space is likely limited, participation will be on first expressed interest. Parishioners will have the first opportunities to join the trip, followed by friends and family. Names are currently being accepted for the trip. Please send an email to email@example.com with the names of those interested in going on the trip, including names of any friends or family interested. A deposit will be required within the month to secure each guaranteed spot. Friends and family will be included if space allows after parishioners have had the opportunity to express their interest.
from his condemnation to his death.
“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)
April 20 - Holy Saturday- 5:00pm – Easter Vigil
April 21 - Easter – 10am
We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with joyful worship including special music at 10am. After the 10am service, there will be a reception with festive beverages, and an egg hunt!
BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS – APRIL 17 AT 7PM
THE NOT-SO-SACRED FEAST OF THE HOLY PEDICURE – WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 5-7:30PM
ALTAR FLOWER DONOR OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE
GO GREEN DEERFIELD OPEN HOUSE -SUNDAY APRIL 7TH, DEERFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2-4PM
Come and learn about Go Green Deerfield, a community group that is striving to make a positive environmental impact in our area. Go Green Deerfield is working to promote renewable energy for Deerfield residents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our village, and increase the amount of native plants, trees, and shrubs in our community. Meet some of our group's members, see visual displays, watch a presentation, and learn about ways you too can help our community grow greener!
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Audrey Smith, Destiny Davis & Family, Gail, Audrey Baer, Kirsten Dexter, Joe Horton, Synda Nelson, Julia Nelson, Anne Shields, Olivia Rich, Kamen family, Jim Mitchell, Jackson Family, Ian Schmidt, Mary Sullivan and Family, Michele Schmidt, Susan Andersen Henderson.
For the departed… Jerry Davis, Sally Todd.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music