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Welcome to the weekly parish newsletter of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Deerfield, Illinois.
On September 30, 2019
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The pumpkins were delayed until today, but they are here! 


Unload time is set to begin at 4:30 pm! 


Please come by - we need your help! 

Pizza dinner will be served afterward! 

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On February 25, 2019
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Edward James Collins Junior was born during the Great Depression on March 17, 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts from parents Mary Elizabeth Rogers and Edward James Collins Senior. 


Both parents had recently graduated from nearby colleges in New Hampshire, Edward from Dartmouth College, and Mary from Keene Teachers College.


Elizabeth, a second child was born into the family in September, 1936.


Times were tough and jobs were few.  Friction grew in the family to the point that husband and wife finally divorced, with the court assigning the two young children to the mother.


The children first stayed temporarily with the mother’s grandparents in Haverhill, Mass. Then they moved on – sometimes living together, and sometimes separately- in various foster homes until they reached adulthood. 


Upon graduation, in 1952, from Brighton High School, in Boston, Mass., Ed joined the U.S. Army Security Agency.  His three year period of service included 1 ½ years in South Korea where he was involved in top secret classified work. 


Upon returning home to the U.S.A, he enrolled as a freshman at Boston University for one year, after which he transferred to the University of California, Berkley, at the urging of ones of his Army buddies.  He decided to follow Journalism as a career.  His first job after graduation in 1955 was with the Brawley Daily News, a small community newspaper in Southern California. 


After two years, he returned to the Bay area and accepted a position as Executive Director of the Oakland Junior Chamber of Commerce and followed with a public relations job with the California Medical Association. 


During this period, he met and married Dorothy Jane McCann.  They had a son, Edward James Collins, III.  They made their home in Kensington, CA for the next 13 years.  In 1977, Ed and his family moved to Chicago where he accepted a position with the American Association of Medical Society Executives, headquartered in Chicago, IL.  The family made their home in Deerfield, IL. 


After several years, Ed decided to return to Journalism.  He obtained a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College, Chicago.  Upon graduation, in 2000, he went to work for the Lake County News Sun newspaper as a general assignment reporter for the next 14 years.  He retired in December, 2014. 


Edward passed away on February 20, 2019 due to complications of prostate cancer and shingles.  He is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy and his son Edward Collins, III.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:00 am at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 815 Wilmot Rd. Deerfield, IL.  For information or directions please contact Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home at 847-831-4260 or www.kelleyspaldingfuneralhome.com.





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On March 21, 2018
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Please support the special Easter music and musicians and special Easter 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. March 26 is the deadline in order to have your memorial or thanksgiving printed in the Easter bulletin.


FEAST OF THE PEDICURE – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 5-7PM-ish (a few slots still available!)

Before we wash our feet on Maundy Thursday, join Mother Anne at Josie Nail Spa (2536 Waukegan Rd, Glenview) for a pedicure and fun! We will have some fun beverages, snacks, and plenty of good company. The cost per person, without tip, is $35 – payable ahead of time. Time slots are reserved on a first come, first served basis- we still have some slots available at 5:45 and 6:15.  Email Mother Anne (anne@stgregoryschurch.org) ASAP to reserve your spot and confirm times. All ages and stages are welcome!



Due to the funeral for our parishioner, Irene Besthoff, there will be no Stations of the Cross this Friday at 7pm. Please join us to celebrate Irene’s life and share in a Eucharist with her family, Irene, and all the Saints in light.


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! 

Saturday – 4pm          Come help us fold palm crosses for our Palm Sunday celebration. This is a fun activity for all ages.

March 24                       We will have refreshments and instructions so we can all work together!             

Palm Sunday- 8am and 10am

March 25                    Palm Sunday is a day of transitions. We begin worship with the procession of the Palms,

                                    celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We end the liturgy turning our

                                    attention to Jesus’ passion with a dramatic reading. 

Monday-Wednesday in Holy Week- 7am

March 26-28               We will worship at 7am in the Chapel each of these mornings, walking towards death

                                    on the cross with Jesus. 

Maundy Thursday- 7pm

March 29                    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. 

Good Friday- noon

March 30                    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.

Good Friday - and 7:30pm

March 30                    At 7:30pm, we will observe a final Stations of the Cross – using a narrative format that connects us to each station through a first person point of view.

                                      The day of Jesus’ death is a poignant time to walk this path. 

Holy Saturday- 5:00pm – Easter Vigil

March 31                    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, and we will baptize Olivia Polzin. 

Easter – 8am and 10am

April 1                         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!



Can you help in celebrating Easter with a dish to share after the 10am Easter Service? Any fruits, baked goods, or appetizer to share?  If you are interested please or have any questions kindly contact me, Cecilia Rodriguez, at

913-991-1728 or CYJL2003@mac.com



Please contact Val Seilheimer (valscello1@aolcom) if you would like to sponsor an arrangement on Maundy Thursday (basket with white flowers and ivy), April 8, April 22, or April 29.  Thank you!



During Easter season we want to hear WHAT your favorite hymn is and WHY! Choose any hymn from the red 1982 Hymnal or the Music Issue and tell us why it speaks to your heart. During the season of Pentecost we'll sing these favorites during Sunday worship, and print your name and reason for loving the hymn in the bulletin. Fill out the form that will be included in the bulletin for the next several weeks, or email your request to Kathryn directly at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org.



Please note this month’s donations will be pushed back 1 week due to Easter.



The Sally Craig Memorial Library has a display of books of Lenten meditations available for checkout on the shelves just inside the library door.  Also on display are picture books about Easter, including a few board books for the very youngest.  In addition, many books of prayer and meditation can be found on the shelves under Dewey Decimal numbers 242 and 248.  



At its meeting on March 13, your Vestry:

Decided to Focus our work together on two key Initiatives: Family Ministry and Faith in Action (community and outreach programs).   Prioritizing these two important initiatives will enable us to channel our volunteer resources to create a strong foundation for our parish families and position us for the growth of our congregation.

Reviewed the 2018 Pledge Card submissions. We are at 60% received and want to get to 100% so that we can make sure our parish remains strong and vital during the year.  Please turn in your 2018 pledge soon if you have not done so yet. Thank you.

Continued to build spiritual connection and relationship among Vestry members.  At the all day Vestry retreat, we each shared our hopes and dreams for St. Gregory’s in a fun and meaningful atmosphere. Our goal now is to engage the entire parish and ourselves in doing purposeful work together for the coming year.



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 at noon to read, pray, and grow together.

We are currently meeting on Thursdays from 12-1:30 and will be ending March 22. Please let Mother Anne know if you would like to join the group so we can have enough prayer and study guides. anne@stgregoryschurch.org



“Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate is the book selection for March 21. April 18 will be a selection to be determined by David McCullough. Our May 16 selection is “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles, and for April 18 choose your David McCullough selection.  It could be “Truman”, “The Wright Brothers”, or whatever you decide. We'll discuss the works that have been chosen at our April meeting. All are invited.



Volunteers at the soup kitchen this past Sunday included David Jolly, Suzanne Francis, Scott and  Elizabeth Hamilton, Mark and Cathy Leimbeck, Bill and Janet Foltz, Matthew and Scott Schaper, Desserts were provided by Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton, Mary Keller, Lynn Pike, Cissy Singleton, Sybil TenEyck, the Schapers, and the Foltzs,  Our next opportunity to serve is Sunday, March 25rh, Palm Sunday.


Thank you,  Barb Schaper and Bill and Janet Foltz




The Exploring Grief Group series provides a confidential, supportive and educational environment to cope with grief. Four area congregations have come together to underwrite this service for our community, enabling us to offer it at no charge. Meetings are led by Rev. Dr. Joellen Hosler, LCPC who has extensive experience with grief and loss through her work with clients and as a Pastor. Joellen will design a unique presentation for each meeting tailored to the needs of the group. For more information or to register, please contact Joellen at 847-446-6955 ext. 19 or jhosler@northshoresamaritan.org. Please register to ensure these groups can provide enough support for those who are grieving. Space is limited


Meets Every Other Monday at 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Spring Session: Christ Church Winnetka April 9th - June 18th

Sponsored by Christ Church Winnetka, Kenilworth Union Church, First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, Winnetka Congregational Church



The sick, and those who need prayer, especially…Mark Lanigan, John Dingels, Taylor Gibbs, Mary Sullivan, Kathy Seghers, Sue Mueller, Luke Schneider, Kathryn Kelly, Carrie, Scott Davison, Barbara Rice, Davison/Rice Family, Elizabeth Hamilton, Arlett Fishburne, Dori Carlson, Julie Gibbs, Anita Singleton,.Mitch Nelson, Jeff Bialer and Bill Thiel,


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


For the departed…..Irene Besthoff.



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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8:00 AM Contemplative Holy Eucharist 
9:00 AM Adult Bible Study

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music


8:00 AM Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers