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

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST/BAND SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 11

Traditionally saved for Shrove Tuesday, it is a St. Gregory's tradition to eat ALL. THE. PANCAKES on the Sunday before Lent begins. Hosted by our youth, Pancake Sunday is full of fun and food. Jim Swager’s band, Power Chord, plays at worship, and we feast on stacks of pancakes afterwards!

 

LENTEN STUDY GROUP: MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN – THURSDAYS 12-1:30

Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time?
Meeting Jesus is a seven-week journey into deeper intimacy with God through reflection and prayer on the Gospel According to John. We will come together on Thursdays atnoon to read, pray, and grow together.

We will meet on Thursdays from 12-1:30 starting February 8, and ending March 22. Please let Mother Anne know if you will be attending, so we can have enough prayer and study guides. anne@stgregoryschurch.org

 

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 14 – SERVICES AT 7AMNOON7PM

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent, and is set aside to give us space to recognize our mortality, and pray for the forgiveness of our sins. We impose ashes on our foreheads, and come together to pray. Our 7am and Noon services are quiet, and our 7pm service has music.

 


 

COMMUNITY MEALS – FEBRUARY 18

We are serving our neighbors in Waukegan on Sunday, February 18th. We need volunteers to prepare, serve and clean up after our meal.  We are also in need of people to provide desserts.  Please contact Barb Schaper bschaper7@aol.com or Bill and Janet Foltz with any questions. 

 

PLEASE HELP YOUR 2018 VESTRY

The main role of the Vestry is to discern God's will in how we at St. Gregory's achieve our mission and live out our core values.  To help us do that, the Vestry invites each and every parishioner to pray for us, just as we are responsible for praying daily for St. Gregory's parishioners.  We also invite each parishioner to talk with at least one vestry member prior to March 9 - that is when we go on retreat to discern our goals for 2018 and beyond - so we really want to hear your thoughts about St. Gregory's before that!  Thank you in advance for your help!" 

Our Vestry members are Michele Appelbaum, Julie Ann Ariano, Ed Bayer, Caroline Bielski, Nancy Buller, Kevin Christenson, Bill Foltz, Kelly Gearhart Mike Hamilton (Warden), Scott Hamilton, Ann Jolly (Rector), Dan Nicholas, Scott Schaper, Ob Soonthornsima, Leigh Stewart (Warden). 

 

Please call the Parish Office at 847-945-1608 to receive the phone number of the Vestry member you would like to call.

 

 

ST GREGORY’S BOOK CLUB – FEBRUARY 21 AT 7PM

The group will discuss the classic selection “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. 

 

SCOUT SUNDAY SHOW SCOUT SPIRIT – FEBRUARY 25

Scouts of all ages are encouraged to show your Scout Spirit and wear your uniform as we honor the ministry and tradition of scouting at St.Gregory’s.  St. Gregory’s is the Charter organization for Troop 50, Pack 50 and Pack 109, and we sponsor Girl Scout troop 41163. We are honored to have them participate in the service, and they will be available to answer questions about their activities during Coffee Hour. 

 

CHILDREN’S YOUTH AND MINISTRY VISIONING WORKSHOP – MARCH 2 & 3

We will build clarity and consensus through a fun, positive process, so we hope to see a wide variety of people involved. We will come out of the process with four documents pertaining to our children’s and youth ministry’s future:

  • Mission Statement
  • Core Values
  • 3-year goals
  • Structure of the ministry

Everyone is welcome.  Come help us set forth a vision for our children and youth.  Attendance at both meetings is encouraged. If you cannot come to both meetings, please come to one. 

  • Session 1: Saturday morning from 9:00-11:30am  
  • Session 2: 11:30-2:30 (a light meal of sandwiches will be served)

For more information, please contact Suzanne Francis (suzanne.tavares@gmail.com), Julia Nelson (Julia.a.nelson@earthlink.net) or Scott Schaper (sschaper19@gmail.com). 

 

DO YOU HAVE KEYS TO THE CHURCH?

If so, please contact Charlene (parish@stgregoryschurch.org847-945-1678) or David Schaper (bschaper7@aol.com), as we are trying to take inventory. If you no longer use your key, please consider returning it as soon as possible. Thanks!

 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD – AND HAVE FUN DOING IT!

Music can be one of the most empowering and transformative aspects of the worship experience - it moves us in ways that words often cannot. This year, I invite you all to join with me in making Colossians 3:16 the cornerstone of our musical worship at St. Gregory’s: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God." Music embeds the word of Christ deeply into our hearts, it facilitates both teaching and learning, and can be one of the more profound ways we pray to God. One excellent way you can enjoy its blessing is by singing in the choir! I know there are plenty of reasons to NOT sing in choir, but (spoiler alert): those reasons aren’t very good. :)

  • "I don't have a good voice!" You don't have to be a Broadway star or the next American Idol! Every voice has something unique to offer, and the beauty of choral singing is that it lets you share your voice in a safe place where the whole invariably becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
  • "I'm busy on Wednesday nights!" This year our Wednesday rehearsals will be used more for advance prep for special services like Holy Week or Christmas. Feel free to come only to the pre-service rehearsal at 9:15am on Sunday mornings and then share the fruits of your labor at the 10am service!
  • "I can't commit to every single Sunday morning!" Not a problem! Come as often as you can/want - once a month, only during Advent, only on the leap year. :) You are welcome anytime you feel like you need a little more music in your life.

So why SHOULD you sing in choir? Maybe singing is a skill you've always wanted to learn, maybe you sang/played an instrument in school and would like to rediscover an old talent, or maybe you've never sung in a choir before and are just curious what it'd be like. :) Or maybe you're giving up a vice for Lent (like your fear of public singing!) and suddenly feel a little extra motivation to "let the word of Christ dwell in your richly." :) Join us for a Sunday or two and find out for yourself! 

If you’re on the fence or want more info, email me at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org or visit this link to join an email list for occasional updates on what the choir is singing in upcoming weeks/months!

  

DIRECTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES SEARCH UPDATE

Following the structure laid out in our report from Ministry Architects, we have formed a Search Team to give structure to our needs, and run the search for a new Family Minister for St. Gregory’s. We have had over 20 people apply, and we have had phone interviews with six. Please continue to pray for the search team, and the candidates we are interviewing. 

Search Team members are: Butler Sharpe, Mary Rodgers, Mike Hamilton, Julie Ann Ariano, and Ana Soonthornsima.

 

SCOTT AND CINDY TAKE A SABBATH LEAVE.

As announced on Sunday, January 29, Deacon Scott Elliott and his wife Cindy Cheski will be taking sabbath time this Summer and Fall. Specifically, their last Sunday with us will be Trinity Sunday, May 27, and they will return on Advent 1, December 2

It is an ordinary thing for clergy, like college faculty, to take leave from time to time, for rest and refreshment, to complete special projects, or simply to take a step back to get perspective. Their last (and only!) one was almost ten years ago when they were at St Peter’s. The purpose of this time is simply to step back a bit, relax, reconnect with God and one another, and return.

 

SPIRITUAL CARE VISITOR TRAINING 2018

Spiritual Care Visitor Training is open to all who wish to add more tools to their pastoral care skills toolbox. You will be exposed to the Active Listening technique that will change how you communicate with others forever. Learn how to better understand the cognitively impaired and elderly, and get important skills in assisting with those who are facing death and those who will grieve their loss. The training is ideal for people serving on Pastoral Care Teams, or for congregations who wish to serve others more deeply. 

Bishop Anderson House presents this 10-week class every Saturday, February 24 to May 5. Choose between meeting at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron, Chicago) or St. Simon's Episcopal Church (Arlington Heights). 

The St. James course will meet from 9:30 to 12 in Kyle's place, on the main level of the Commons at 65 E. Huron. The 10-week course runs on Saturdays, from February 24 through May 5th.

If you are nearer the northwest suburbs, join us at St. Simon's, 717 W Kirchoff Rd, Arlington Heights. That class will be held Saturday afternoons, 1:30 to 4 p.m., also Feb. 24 to May 5. 

After 10 weeks of course work and weekly 2 hour volunteer work at a field site, you will be well prepared to serve in your congregation and community. You will develop a comfort level and ability to be a ministry of presence and peace whether you visit people in a medical facility or in their homes.

Tuition is $325, plus an additional non-refundable $50 for the Diocese of Chicago credit check. Clergy or professional chaplains must sign the application and supervise each student during the course. Applications are due February 1. Students select their own field site for volunteer work during the training.  Call the church office (847-945-1678) if interested.

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sickand those who need prayer, especially…Luke Schneider, Harry Moseley, Ed Collins, Dorothy Collins, Kathryn Kelly, Herb Landon, Synda Nelson, Clete, Mary Bryce, Rebecca Bernhardt, Harvey Rion, David Schaper, Grace Stadelmann. Anita, Jerry & Terry Lanigan. 

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 parish@stgregoryschurch.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)

 

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ANNUAL MEETING – THIS SUNDAY – ONLY ONE WORSHIP SERVICE!

Our Annual Meeting will be a celebration of our ministry together in 2017 and of our vision for St. Gregory’s in 2018 and beyond! Please come for combined worship, the meeting, and a wonderful lunch together.

9:00 am – one worship service

10:00 am – Formation for Children (SKIT sign up day for older kids – they don’t want to miss this!!)

10:15 am – Annual Meeting

Lunch immediately following –we will have delicious pasta, salads, bread, and LOTS of yummy desserts!

 

RED BAGS FOR VERNON TOWNSHIP - FEBRUARY 4

Our red bags on February 4 go to Vernon Township.   They are in need of tomato products (sauce, paste, stewed, pasta sauce, diced), prepackaged rice dishes, canned peas and canned meat.  They have plenty of mac’n cheese.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HONOR A LOVED ONE OR CELEBRATE GOD’S BLESSINGS? FEBRUARY AND MARCH ALTAR FLOWERS/GREENERY AVAILABLE FOR THE CHAPEL

Would you like to donate the chapel altar flowers for the February 4th, February 11th, and greenery for Lent on February 18th, February 25thMarch 4thMarch 18th, or March 25th? Please contact Val Seilheimer

(valscello1@aol.com224-578-9888). The arrangements for February 4th and 11th are $45, the remaining dates will be greenery for Lent are $35, and are billed directly to you by the florist (Swanson’s Blossom Shop).

 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD – AND HAVE FUN DOING IT!

Music can be one of the most empowering and transformative aspects of the worship experience - it moves us in ways that words often cannot. This year, I invite you all to join with me in making Colossians 3:16 the cornerstone of our musical worship at St. Gregory’s: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God." Music embeds the word of Christ deeply into our hearts, it facilitates both teaching and learning, and can be one of the more profound ways we pray to God. One excellent way you can enjoy its blessing is by singing in the choir! I know there are plenty of reasons to NOT sing in choir, but (spoiler alert): those reasons aren’t very good. :)

  • "I don't have a good voice!" You don't have to be a Broadway star or the next American Idol! Every voice has something unique to offer, and the beauty of choral singing is that it lets you share your voice in a safe place where the whole invariably becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
  • "I'm busy on Wednesday nights!" This year our Wednesday rehearsals will be used more for advance prep for special services like Holy Week or Christmas. Feel free to come only to the pre-service rehearsal at 9:15am on Sunday mornings and then share the fruits of your labor at the 10am service!
  • "I can't commit to every single Sunday morning!" Not a problem! Come as often as you can/want - once a month, only during Advent, only on the leap year. :) You are welcome anytime you feel like you need a little more music in your life.

So why SHOULD you sing in choir? Maybe singing is a skill you've always wanted to learn, maybe you sang/played an instrument in school and would like to rediscover an old talent, or maybe you've never sung in a choir before and are just curious what it'd be like. :) Or maybe you're giving up a vice for Lent (like your fear of public singing!) and suddenly feel a little extra motivation to "let the word of Christ dwell in your richly." :) Join us for a Sunday or two and find out for yourself! 

If you’re on the fence or want more info, email me at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org or visit this link to join an email list for occasional updates on what the choir is singing in upcoming weeks/months!

 

DIRECTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES POSITION POSTED!

Following the structure laid out in our report from Ministry Architects, we have formed a Search Team to give structure to our needs, and run the search for a new Family Minister for St. Gregory’s. Please share the posting with all of your friends and family around the country. You never know who will pass that along to our next Family Minister! The position is on FB here: https://goo.gl/w7zVtm - please share on your FB wall. 

Search Team members are: Butler Sharpe, Mary Rodgers, Mike Hamilton, Julie Ann Ariano, and Ana Soonthornsima.

Also as suggested by Ministry Architects, we have formed a Design Team to establish systems and structure around our Family Ministries. The Design Team has met, and has prioritized their work. Design Team members are: Suzanne Francis, Julia Nelson, and Scott Schaper.

 

2018 ANNUAL GIVING AND OFFERING ENVELOPES

Did you love the 12 Days of Christmas at St. G’s? If you missed it, you can watch all the videos on our YouTube channel:

Be on the lookout for Annual Giving materials and pledge card in your mailbox sometime soon. The 2018 offering envelopes are here! They will be in Founder’s Hall, so you can pick them up at your convenience.

 

 

 

ST GREGORY’S BOOK CLUB – FEBRUARY 21 AT 7PM

The group will discuss the classic selection “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier.

 

SPIRITUAL CARE VISITOR TRAINING 2018

Spiritual Care Visitor Training is open to all who wish to add more tools to their pastoral care skills toolbox. You will be exposed to the Active Listening technique that will change how you communicate with others forever. Learn how to better understand the cognitively impaired and elderly, and get important skills in assisting with those who are facing death and those who will grieve their loss. The training is ideal for people serving on Pastoral Care Teams, or for congregations who wish to serve others more deeply. 

Bishop Anderson House presents this 10-week class every Saturday, February 24 to May 5. Choose between meeting at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron, Chicago) or St. Simon's Episcopal Church (Arlington Heights). 

The St. James course will meet from 9:30 to 12 in Kyle's place, on the main level of the Commons at 65 E. Huron. The 10-week course runs on Saturdays, from February 24 through May 5th.

If you are nearer the northwest suburbs, join us at St. Simon's, 717 W Kirchoff Rd, Arlington Heights. That class will be held Saturday afternoons, 1:30 to 4 p.m., also Feb. 24 to May 5. 

After 10 weeks of course work and weekly 2 hour volunteer work at a field site, you will be well prepared to serve in your congregation and community. You will develop a comfort level and ability to be a ministry of presence and peace whether you visit people in a medical facility or in their homes.

Tuition is $325, plus an additional non-refundable $50 for the Diocese of Chicago credit check. Clergy or professional chaplains must sign the application and supervise each student during the course. Applications are due February 1. Students select their own field site for volunteer work during the training. Apply here.

 

BECOMING THE STORY WE TELL: A PRE-LENTEN RETREAT – JANUARY 27

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church are holding a one-day pre-Lenten retreat – BECOMING THE STORY WE TELL – on Saturday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s (1509 Ridge Ave., Evanston). The retreat is being led by The Rev. Canon John Hill and The Rev. Debra K. Bullock.  This one day retreat is for current and future church leaders (lay and ordained) who are interested in helping themselves and their congregation re-enter the deep drama of the gospel and reclaim the deep connection between baptism and the story of Christ’s passion.  There will be two tracks during the retreat – one for clergy and one for lay leaders.  The cost of the retreat is $20. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  To register, email office@stmarksevanston.org. For more information, go to http://www.stmarksevanston.org/pre-lenten-retreat/

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sickand those who need prayer, especially…Luke Schneider, Harry Moseley and Ellie, Denny Scully, Ed Collins, Dorothy Collins, Dorthea White, Francis, and Kathryn Kelly. 

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 parish@stgregoryschurch.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)

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THE NATIVITY COMES TO LIFE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 10AM SERVICE

For those of you who have a part, on Saturday, December 16, from 9am - 11am, there will be a full dress rehearsal. This year we are also looking to mentor someone who would like to lead the Christmas pageant next year. If interested, please contact Michele Appelbaum (appelbaums@comcast.net).

 

ST NICHOLAS BRUNCH – DECEMBER 17, 11:15AM

Join us for brunch on December 17 after the 10:00 service. Look for the sign-up sheet in Founders Hall to bring something to share or call Charlene in the office to let us know (847-945-1678).

 

DONATION ENVELOPES FOR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND ALTAR FLOWERS AVAIABLE NOW

Please support the special Christmas music and musicians and special Christmas altar flowers by making a monetary donation in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one, a ministry, or any of God’s tremendous blessings. Pick up your envelope by the table outside of the Sacristy or in Founder’s Hall. Completed envelopes can be left in the basket. Contact Charlene (847-945-1678) to phone in your request to accompany your donation if you are unable to pick up an envelope. December 18th is the deadline in order to have your memorial or thanksgiving printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

 

ST. GREGORY’S NIGHT AT THE BULLS!

Curtis Baddeley has offered St. Gregory’s 40 seats at the Bulls game on Monday, December 18 at 7pm for the Bulls v. Philadelphia 76ers.  The first 40 requests will get tickets. Please email Meredith Potter (meredithpotter@comcast.net) and let her know how many tickets you would like. Friends and family are welcome. Go Bulls!!

 

LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7PM

The Longest Night Liturgy is designed to create a place for people who are not joyous this holiday season. We acknowledge that the holidays can be painful, and worship together in asking for God’s peace and grace. It is a beautiful, quiet liturgy for those in grief and sorrow.

 

SALLY CRAIG MEMORIAL LIBRARY – ADVENT READING

The Sally Craig Memorial Library has a number of books for Advent reading displayed on the shelves along the north wall of the library.  In addition, books in the 242 and 248 sections of the shelves make good reading, meditation, and prayer companions.  Check out our selection!

 

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AT ST. GREGORY’S

CHRISTMAS EVE

9:00 AM          Combined Service for Advent IV

4:30 PM           Pre-Service Special Music with St. Gregory's Choir and Brass Quintet

5:00 PM           Celebration of the Nativity (Nursery Available)

10:30 PM         Pre-Service Special Music with St. Gregory's Choir and Brass Quintet

11:00 PM         Celebration of the Nativity   

CHRISTMAS DAY

10:00 AM        Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

ALTAR FLOWER DONOR NEED ON DECEMBER 31

Would you like to donate the altar flowers for December 31? Please contact Cathy Leimbeck (cleimbeck@comcast.net or 847-541-0058). The arrangements are $45 and are billed directly to you by the florist (Swansons Blossom Shop).

 

JANE HUSH POTTERY STILL AVAILABLE

Dear Friends: Did you buy some pottery at my recent show in Founder's Hall and wish you could buy some more items? Did you miss this event for one reason or another? Even though most of the items were sold, there are still many lovely pieces of all sorts - large, small, tall, short, colorful, subdued, textured, smooth! I am available on December 17 to sell and will meet of you after church, 11:30 am in Founder's Hall. If this Sunday doesn't work for you, call me (847-945-4233) and perhaps we can meet in the near future.

 

PADS AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH -NEXT TIME TO SERVE – JANUARY 1

Our next turn to serve is Monday, January 1; please see if you can reserve some time to love your neighbor as yourself. We will need the following items listed below. A sign up will be available soon.

·  Preparing casseroles (6) - using same recipe that we used in October

·  Serving (5 people)

·  Preparing/providing hard-boiled eggs - 5 dozen

 

ST GREGORY’S BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS

The Book Club will skip meeting in December because of the Longest Night Service, and will resume in January. 

On January 17, the book club will meet at 7 o'clock to discuss our spiritual selection: Bishop Jefferts Schori's book:”The Heartbeat of God:  Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything”. It is available - new and used - from both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. In addition, Sue Koy ordered two copies for the church library. It is also available through the Northbrook Public Library consortium on inter-library loan. Hopefully with this information those who would like to read and join the discussion on this book will be able to secure a copy. 

The group also chose our classic selection for February 21: “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier.

 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…

The sickand those who need prayer, especially…Loest Family, Julia Prosser, Connie Clibourn and Synda Nelson. 

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

For the departed….Gene Schipper.

 

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
7:00 AM Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

02/21/2018 07:00 PM St. Gregory's Book Club

02/21/2018 07:00 PM St. Gregory's Book Club
February 21: “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier.

02/21/2018 07:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 50

02/21/2018 07:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 50
Boy Scout Troop 50 meets in the Basement of St. Gregory's Church every Wednesday evening during the school year. For more information contact Don Anderson 847-405-9301 Dranderson.2@juno.com

02/22/2018 08:00 PM Alcoholics Anonymous

02/24/2018 08:30 AM ACoA Step Group