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WINTER NIGHT SERVICE – TONIGHT AT 7PM

Please join us tonight in the chapel for a reflective service that offers quiet, peace, comfort, and hope in the midst of a season that seems to demand chaos and glee.

 

THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S

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 during Advent and/or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org for a detailed schedule, practice recordings, and music. You don't have to come to all rehearsals, but the more you attend the more prepared you'll feel. This Sunday, you are welcome to join us at 9am to rehearse and see what it is like!

 

WELCOME NSUC 6/7TH GRADERS AT OUR 10AM SERVICE

Please welcome the 6/7th graders, their teachers and parents from the North Shore Unitarian Church on Half Day Road to our 10:00 service. We are grateful for their presence! 

 

COMMUNITY MEALS – NOON

We will once again have the opportunity to serve our neighbors in Waukegan at the Soup Kitchen ministry.  We meet at 12 noon at Christ Church and are done around 3:30 pm.  We need help to prepare, serve and clean up the meal.  We also need volunteers to donate desserts.  Please sign up in Founder's Hall or contact Barb Schaper at bschaper7@aol.com.

 

YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY

This Sunday 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! 

 

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, please contact Charlene (847-945-1350, parish@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT 3PM CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

We will have a Christmas pageant at the 3:00pm service on Christmas Eve this year. ALL children attending the service will be invited to participate in a simple way during the service. There will be narrators who will tell the story – they will be rehearsing ahead of time.  Shelley will be contacting folks individually about participating!

 

KNITTING MINISTRY MEETING TWICE A MONTH

The Knitting Ministry has agreed to meet twice a month instead of just once a month due to new members who wish to learn to knit and want to practice with more experienced knitters! Join us at 6:00 pm on December 18 in the Parker Room. All ages and skill levels are welcome! 

 

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

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 DONARS NEED                                

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

 

PADS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (DEERFIELD) ON 2ND SUNDAYS/MONDAYS

First Presbyterian has asked St. Gregory's to assist with cleaning up after the PADS breakfasts on the Mondays after the 2nd Sundays of each month through April 2019.  The congregation providing breakfast on those Mondays could use an extra couple volunteers to run the sanitizer (David Schaper can give you a lesson) and put away the dishes (Sarah Snyder can provide further details). 

The time commitment is roughly 1-2 hours once a month on a Monday morning:  the volunteer running the sanitizer is usually available 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM (done by 7 AM) and the other helper is needed from about 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM (again, done by 7 AM).  The dates in 2019 are: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 15. 

If you are interested in helping with this important ministry on one of these dates, please contact Sarah Snyder (sesnyder67@gmail.com).

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP& BREAKFAST TIME CHANGE TO 8:00AM

The Wednesday morning service followed by a continental breakfast is being held at a new time – 8am! We hope this allows some of us (yawn) who prefer to sleep in a little to attend! Please join us, perhaps as an Advent spiritual practice!

 

 

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.

 

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…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, Rev. Eugene Schipper, George H. W.  Bush

 

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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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S

ADULT FORUM – ADVENT DEVOTION PRACTICES – 9AM

Let’s explore together different ways to center ourselves in Christ during Advent. Bring your favorite ideas and ways of observing the season, and we will share with one another! 

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 during Advent and/or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org for a detailed schedule, practice recordings, and music. You don't have to come to all rehearsals, but the more you attend the more prepared you'll feel. This Sunday, you are welcome to join us at 9am to rehearse and see what it is like!

 

INTERGENERATIONAL CAROLING AND DECORATING – After 10AM service

After the 10am service, there will be a CHILI AND CORNBREAD LUNCH (yum), and then everyone who is able will go to Brentwood North Healthcare Center on Deerfield Road  to sing carols for the residents (NO, you don’t have to be able to sing to go), and decorate the residents' doors for the holiday season. Please join us to share Christ’s light and love with those who are at Brentwood this season!

 

ST. GREG’S TABLE POTLUCK DINNER – FRIDAY NIGHT 6:30PM

Join us to celebrate our abundant blessings in life – and to enjoy time together as a parish family. Sign up by emailing Charlene (let her know how many people will be coming, and what you plan to bring to the potluck). If you are able to drive a parishioner or two who can’t get here, but would like to attend, please also let Charlene know. (parish@stgregoryschurch.org)

 

HELP PACK THE TRUCK – TOMORROW AT 9:30AM

In addition, help is needed on Thursdays morning December 6, when the ReVive truck will arrive to pick up the boxes. The truck will arrive sometime after 9:30am.  Many hands will make quick work out of loading the truck.  If you are able to help out on December 6, or if you have a last minute questions, email Marilyn Knilans (marilyn17@comcast.net).

 

BOOK CLUB – TONIGHT AT, 7PM

Because of Thanksgiving, the next Book Club meeting will be held TONIGHT on December 5. “Holy Rover” by Lori Erickson will be discussed. Several copies are available in the church library. The Book Club normally meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s.

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, NOON

We will once again have the opportunity to serve our neighbors in Waukegan at the Soup Kitchen ministry.  We meet at 12 noon at Christ Church and are done around 3:30 pm.  We need help to prepare, serve and clean up the meal.  We also need volunteers to donate desserts.  Please sign up in Founder's Hall or contact Barb Schaper at bschaper7@aol.com.

 

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

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, please contact Charlene (847-945-1350, parish@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT 3PM CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

We will have a Christmas pageant at the 3:00pm service on Christmas Eve this year. ALL children attending the service will be invited to participate in a simple way during the service. There will be narrators who will tell the story – they will be rehearsing ahead of time.  Shelley will be contacting folks individually about participating!

 

KNITTING MINISTRY MEETING TWICE A MONTH

The Knitting Ministry has agreed to meet twice a month instead of just once a month due to new members who wish to learn to knit and want to practice with more experienced knitters! Join us at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4 and December 18 in the Palmer Room. All ages and skill levels are welcome! 

 

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

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).

 

PADS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (DEERFIELD) ON 2ND SUNDAYS/MONDAYS

First Presbyterian has asked St. Gregory's to assist with cleaning up after the PADS breakfasts on the Mondays after the 2nd Sundays of each month through April 2019.  The congregation providing breakfast on those Mondays could use an extra couple volunteers to run the sanitizer (David Schaper can give you a lesson) and put away the dishes (Sarah Snyder can provide further details). 

The time commitment is roughly 1-2 hours once a month on a Monday morning:  the volunteer running the sanitizer is usually available 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM (done by 7 AM) and the other helper is needed from about 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM (again, done by 7 AM).  The dates in 2019 are: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 15. 

If you are interested in helping with this important ministry on one of these dates, please contact Sarah Snyder (sesnyder67@gmail.com).


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

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP & BREAKFAST TIME CHANGE TO 8:00AM BEGINNING DECEMBER 5

Beginning December 5, the Wednesday morning service followed by a continental breakfast will be held at a new time – 8am! We hope this allows some of us (yawn) who prefer to sleep in a little to attend! Please join us, perhaps as an Advent spiritual practice!

 

DISCOVERING OUR NERVE: BISHOP LEE’S CONVENTION SERMON

The 181ST Annual Convention of Chicago took place November 16 and 17 at the Westin Yorktown Center in Lombard.

"So I've got a charge for us, church," said Bishop Lee in his convention sermon. "Let's recover or discover our nerve, our confidence that God has given us a way of being Christian, a way of following Christ that leads to life, a way of living not for ourselves alone but for the One who died for us and was raised again." 

Watch the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw-fsOcY8BQ&feature=youtu.be&t=10

 

A FUTURE WITH HOPE: THE REV. ANNE JOLLY’S CONVENTION MORNING PRAYER SERMON

In her sermon at an opening liturgy, The Rev. Anne Jolly called the convention's attention to the plight of refugees making their way toward the southern border of the United States. "The Israelites may have worn sandals and carried their belongings in cloth bundles while the refugees in the caravan wear flip flops and crocs and carry their belongings in back packs, but we know they are the same in so many ways. We can see the fear and desperation mixed with the dust on the roads they all walk." 

Read her sermon online: https://www.episcopalchicago.org/our-stories/2018/11/19/future-hope-rev-anne-jollys-convention-morning-prayer-sermon

 


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…Nellie Kerrigan, Vanesa Erhlich, Dave Schulz, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Charlie Porter, Grant Geis, Don Caldwell. 

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

For the departed…. .Rev. Eugene Schipper, George H. W.  Bush.

 

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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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. GREGORY’S – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AS ADVENT BEGINS

Our first Sunday of Advent brings opportunities for everyone to welcome the season!

ST. GREG’S TABLE – ANNUAL PLEDGE INGATHERING AT BOTH SERVICES

Our invitation to share our abundance with the life and ministries of St. Gregory’s and beyond should have arrived in your mailboxes last week. Bring your pledges to church this Sunday, and we will all carry our pledges forward – physically presenting our offerings to God during worship. 

RED BAG SUNDAY – 8AM AND 10AM SERVICES

Our Feed the Hungry red bags will go to Vernon Township.   They especially need canned fruit, rice and rice dishes, instant potatoes, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and dish detergent and they always appreciate grocery gift cards. 

WREATHS AND COOKIES AND FUN, OH MY!! – 9AM HOUR

Multi-generational wreath making workshop – gather in Founder’s Hall at 9am and make an Advent wreath for your home devotion, or for a shut in or family who couldn’t get to church. Extend our spiritual practices to our entire church family! We have wreath bases, greens, pinecones, ribbon, and candles! And remember - if you have a wreath base, don’t forget to bring yours in for fresh greens! 

Cookie bake-off - Bring your special homemade cookies - they will be laid out for folks to taste during the 9am hour (and coffee hour for enjoying) and everyone will get to vote on their favorites! Top three will win prizes, and we ALL get to enjoy the treats. 

Advent paper chain making project to help Families bring ADVENT alive at home – available during the wreath making workshop. We will have supplies for this twist on the Advent Calendar for families of all ages and stages to share in Advent meditation and joy.  In addition, we will be practicing our carols to sing next week at our door decorating event!  

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 during Advent and/or at the two Christmas Eve services, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@stgregoryschurch.org for a detailed schedule, practice recordings, and music. You don't have to come to all rehearsals, but the more you attend the more prepared you'll feel. This Sunday, you are welcome to join us at 9am to rehearse and see what it is like!

 

INTERGENERATIONAL EVENT FOR ADVENT – CAROLING AND DECORATING! DECEMBER 9

On December 9 we will have an intergenerational event where we decorate the residents' doors and go caroling at Brentwood North Healthcare Center on Deerfield Road Please sign up in Founders' Hall to bring chili or cornbread for lunch before we go to Brentwood. 

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP& BREAKFAST TIME CHANGE TO 8:00AM BEGINNING DECEMBER 5

Beginning December 5, the Wednesday morning service followed by a continental breakfast will be held at a new time – 8am! We hope this allows some of us (yawn) who prefer to sleep in a little to attend! Please join us, perhaps as an Advent spiritual practice!

 

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, please contact Charlene (847-945-1350, parish@stgregoryschurch.org).

 

CHRISTMAS BASKETS ARE DUE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4- HELP PACK THE TRUCK DECEMBER 6

Baskets are due to Founder’s Hall by Tuesday December 4th.  Remember to put labels on the 4 sides of the boxes and to use a marker - not a ball point pen. 

In addition, help is needed on Thursdays morning December 6, when the ReVive truck will arrive to pick up the boxes. The truck will arrive sometime after 9:30am.  Many hands will make quick work out of loading the truck.  If you are able to help out on December 6, or if you have a last minute questions, email Marilyn Knilans (marilyn17@comcast.net).

 

DISCOVERING OUR NERVE: BISHOP LEE’S CONVENTION SERMON

The 181ST Annual Convention of Chicago took place November 16 and 17 at the Westin Yorktown Center in Lombard.

"So I've got a charge for us, church," said Bishop Lee in his convention sermon. "Let's recover or discover our nerve, our confidence that God has given us a way of being Christian, a way of following Christ that leads to life, a way of living not for ourselves alone but for the One who died for us and was raised again." 

Watch the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw-fsOcY8BQ&feature=youtu.be&t=10

 

A FUTURE WITH HOPE: THE REV. ANNE JOLLY’S CONVENTION MORNING PRAYER SERMON

In her sermon at an opening liturgy, The Rev. Anne Jolly called the convention's attention to the plight of refugees making their way toward the southern border of the United States. "The Israelites may have worn sandals and carried their belongings in cloth bundles while the refugees in the caravan wear flip flops and crocs and carry their belongings in back packs, but we know they are the same in so many ways. We can see the fear and desperation mixed with the dust on the roads they all walk." 

Read her sermon online: https://www.episcopalchicago.org/our-stories/2018/11/19/future-hope-rev-anne-jollys-convention-morning-prayer-sermon

 

 


 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

On December 9, St. Nicholas will be visiting Children's Church. If there are any allergies that St. Nicholas should know about before filling children's shoes, please contact Shelley at shelley@stgregoryschurch.org

 

BOOK CLUB – DECEMBER 5, 7PM

Because of Thanksgiving, the next Book Club meeting will be held on December 5. “Holy Rover” by Lori Erickson will be discussed. Several copies are available in the church library. The Book Club normally meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s.

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEALS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, NOON

Save the date for our next turn to serve on Sunday, December 16th at 12 noon.

 

ALTAR FLOWER DONARS NEED                                

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

 

VESTRY MEETING NEWS

Our Vestry met on November 13: 

We encourage all parishioners to participate in our Annual Giving Campaign.  Look for a mailing this week that includes pledge cards.  Sunday December 2 is the Annual Giving Ingathering where we will bless all the gifts to Christ in the form of pledges at the 8am and 10am services.   And mark your calendars on Friday, December 7 for a potluck dinner party to celebrate Advent and the abundance of our annual Giving campaign.    The Vestry appreciates everyone’s involvement to support St. Gregory’s. 

 

DONATION INTENTION?

In March 2017 a small cash donation was received from "The Bridge Club" into one of St. Gregory's Designated Funds. Unfortunately the documentation we have does not include information about the donors' intentions about how the funds are to be used and no record of who actually made the donation. I have been asking parishioners I know who might be the donor or who might know who it might be and so far no one I have spoken with has known anything about it.  If you have any information about this donation please contact me, Leigh Stewart, at 847-846-5162. 

 

PADS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (DEERFIELD) ON 2ND SUNDAYS/MONDAYS

First Presbyterian has asked St. Gregory's to assist with cleaning up after the PADS breakfasts on the Mondays after the 2nd Sundays of each month through April 2019.  The congregation providing breakfast on those Mondays could use an extra couple volunteers to run the sanitizer (David Schaper can give you a lesson) and put away the dishes (Sarah Snyder can provide further details). 

The time commitment is roughly 1-2 hours once a month on a Monday morning:  the volunteer running the sanitizer is usually available 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM (done by 7 AM) and the other helper is needed from about 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM (again, done by 7 AM).  The dates in 2019 are: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 15. 

If you are interested in helping with this important ministry on one of these dates, please contact Sarah Snyder (sesnyder67@gmail.com).

 

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…Nellie Kerrigan, Vanesa Erhlich, Dave Schulz, Olivia Rich, The Kamen Family, Ellie Stadelmann, Joyce & Dale Baraks, Hugh, Darius, Jessica and Zach, Scott and Cindy, Charlie Porter, Miriam Satinoff, Carol Harper. 

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

For the departed…. .Bill Zimmer.

 

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

12/17/2018 07:30 PM Al-Anon Family Group

12/18/2018 07:00 PM Youth Commission

12/19/2018 07:00 AM Holy Eucharist

12/19/2018 07:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 50

12/19/2018 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