Betty Williams Memorial Service
Betty Williams, one of St. Martin's most senior members, died on May 30th in Denver, Colorado, where she had been living near family for the last year or so.
We are planning a memorial service at St. Martin's for Sunday afternoon, July 8 at 2pm. Please hold her and her family in your prayers.
May Betty rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory!
| New Communications and Operations Manager|
Beau Surratt began serving last week as our new Communications and Operations Manager. He has served in similar positions at St. Elisabeth's in Glencoe and All Saints' in Chicago. In addition to his work at St. Martin's, Beau currently serves as Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Pascal's Catholic Church in Chicago.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-824-2043. Beau's regular hours will be Monday and Tuesday from 12-5 and Wednesday from 12-3.
SCIPP 4th of July Drive
We are preparing for our next Soldier Comfort Item Package Program drive. Pam Jost has several items left over from previous drives such as deodorant and toothpaste, however, we are short on home comfort items that really put a smile on a soldier's face. Please consider donating tuna-cracker kits, beef jerky and snack bags (cookies, chips, nuts, crackers, and candy). There will be a white cooler in Strauss-Betker Hall for items. Shipping costs is an ongoing expense with each package costing approximately 14 dollars to send. If you'd like to make contributions to cover shipping costs, checks can be written to St. Martin's with SCIPP in the memo line. We have streamlined our recording processes, so please be assured your donations will go towards shipping costs. We will pack boxes sometime in July. If interested in helping, please contact Darlene Norton at email@example.com.
The Blessing of the Bikes
We blessed 32 motorcycles, 3 bicycles, 1 tricycle, 1 stroller and 2 walkers, along with their riders on Sunday, June 3. It was a great, fun day. Congratulations and thanks to Ed "Heavy" Kastrul, who was baptized and organized the bikers. Thanks to Jill Morgenthaler, Jim Batchelder and everyone who helped organize a fantastic BBQ lunch! Check out the article in the Daily Herald and more photos here.
|New Nursery Mural! |
A second wonderful mural in our nursery is complete! Soon we will be able to polycoat it and the whole wall will be done. The mural was painted by Bob and Nancy Modrow, Michele and Elizabeth Banda, and Amanda Vandervort, who has led the expansion and decoration of our nursery. Located on the lower level of the church, beyond the big Sunday School classroom, the nursery is open every Sunday during the 10:00 service for babies, toddlers and young children.
God's Mission for St. Martins'
The vestry has discerned God's Mission for St. Martin's as follows below. We hope to formally adopt it as the congregation's mission at our meeting on June 20. The vestry needs to hear from other members before doing that. If you have thoughts about it, please speak soon to a member of the vestry, whose names are listed here.
We celebrate how Christ embraces us in our lives.
We demonstrate Christ's embrace with our actions in the world
- welcoming everyone as Christ welcomes us
- loving our neighbors as Christ loves us
- healing and caring for one another and the world as Christ heals and cares for us
We believe Christ is Love.
This statement grew out of the process the parish engaged during the Lenten dinner programs in March. We have been trying it out since then and talking about it at vestry meetings.
youth camping trip!
Thank you to all the adult leaders and youth who participated in St. Martin's youth camping outing. I think we all pitched in and provided rich experiences that will be remembered for years. The youth seemed to enjoy their outdoor experience and will have stories to share for years. I know I've shared a few stories already about fishing reel handles falling into the lake,
daddy long legs crawling on people, wonderful foil meals being cooked over coals and campfire-cooked desserts. Please share your memories with the St. Martin's members. We may not have caught any fish on that that warm Saturday but we followed Christ's example by feeding them our worms! Let's do this again next year.
Information & Activites
St. Martin's Youth Group Meetings are 11:30am-12:30pm on the first and third Sundays of the month. We meet in the lower level Sunday School room. Contact Darlene Norton (630-726-0098).
Saturday, June 30th: Ronald McDonald House Service Activity: We will be making dinner this time, so we'll meet at St. Martin's parking lot at 2:15PM. Estimated return time is 7:30PM. Volunteer drivers needed. Menu: baked ham with a salald and potato bar. Sweet breads and cookie donations appreciated.
Please RSVP to Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org
by June 29th. We are limited to 10 youth, so please RSVP and, if you haven't already, provide a signed permission slip (download here
). Permission slips are good for YG activities until December 2012.
Tuesday, August 7th: Episcopal Day at Six Flags Great America: Save the date!
The youth group and a bunch of youth wannabes had a great time at Laser Quest!
Episcopal Church Summer Camp
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago's 2012 is accepting youth registrations. Summer Camp provides an opportunity for children and youth to learn about God, themselves, others, and the Episcopal Church through the adventure of outdoor camp. Along with camp activities, Christian Education is a daily part of the camp experience.
2012 Camp Sessions:
|Session I||Mixed Age Camp||June 24-29||For children entering grades three to seven|
|Session I||Introduction to Camp||June 24-26||For children entering grades two and three|
|LIT I & II||Leader in Training||June 24 - July 6||For youth entering grades eleven and twelve|
|Session II||Mixed Age Camp||July 1-6||For children entering grades three to seven|
|Session III||Junior High/High School Camp||July 8-13||For youth entering grades seven to ten|Please see Darlene Norton for a registration form. Forms are also available online.
Visitation Request Card
If you would like to request a visit from our Healing Ministry staff to bring communion, healing prayers, church news or smiles and sympathetic ears for a loved one, please fill out a Visitation Request Card, which can be found in the Prayer & Visitation Request Folder on the table in the church's narthex (entryway).