|St. David's August 2017 Evangel
From the Desk of Rev. Sue
Dear friends in Christ,
You may have seen our resident coyotes. There are at least two -- one is larger and fluffier than the other(s). I often see them in the Back 40 or in the Rectory backyard, usually close to the woods, but sometimes venturing closer to the house, closer to where the rabbits, mice, and voles have their dens. I welcome their presence, actually, as they help keep the pesky small mammal population under control, though I might feel differently if our own beloved small mammal were an outdoor cat rather than strictly indoors. As it is, I love catching glimpses of them. Though not remotely domesticated, coyotes seem largely untroubled by human activity. This is no surprise, given that coyotes are reported to be among the most adaptable of North American carnivores. Unlike most other northern predators -- timber wolves, cougars, badgers, and wolverines -- coyotes are actually flourishing these days, even in populated places like Chicagoland.
I wonder if we could learn a thing or two from their capacity to adapt.
And by "we" I mean the Church. Not just St. David's, though St. David's is certainly included in that observation, but Christianity in general. I'm at the end of the Boomer Generation, but I well remember growing up in the 60s when membership and weekly worship in church or synagogue was a given. Those days have been over for a very long time, but we haven't really noticed the extent of the attrition until recently. Suddenly - only not
suddenly - the pews seem more empty. Certainly there are new members joining, but those who do typically worship in much the same patterns of most of American society now - which is to say, far less regularly than 20 or 30 years ago, to say nothing of 40-50 years ago. So at least at St. David's, our membership rolls remain relatively stable, but with each passing year we see an increasingly larger segment of our membership less frequently on Sunday mornings.
So a challenge for the Church (St. David's included) is to adapt to changing cultural norms with respect both to church membership and Sunday worship while continuing to focus energy on being a vital part of the Jesus Movement (as our Presiding Bishop calls the Church): ministry/outreach, faith formation, worship, and hospitality/fellowship.
How do we do that?
Well, WWCD? (What would Coyote do?)
Our backyard coyotes exhibit an interesting blend of curiosity and savvy. How curious are we about the spiritual needs of our members whom we see infrequently? Are there things we can do to encourage connectedness to the St. David's community? (i.e. short weeknight service followed by a simple meal? Informal conversation and fellowship - call it Jubi-latte -- at the Glenview Grind at a designated time each week? Increased youth participation in Sunday morning worship - including dramatic portrays of the gospel? What else?) What about the spiritual needs of our neighbors in Glenview and beyond? Is it helpful to know that well over half of our new members who have joined St. David's in the last two years come from outside of Glenview? Might we benefit from expanding our horizons, perhaps in the very regions in which our newcomers live? How willing are we to move past our comfort zones to check that out?
Coyotes are driven by hunger. The more they eat, the healthier they are and the better able they are both to hunt and to produce healthy litters of pups. What do we hunger for? For God's abiding presence in our lives? For an increase of faith? For fellowship and the deep connections it brings? To share in Christ's concern for justice and mercy for those on the margins? How hard are we willing to work to satiate those hungers, especially when our habitat has changed over the years? How well do we work together for the good of the pack?
And if it turns out that we are mostly hungry for the good old days, what would happen if we simply acknowledged that, so that we could maybe then set it aside, and then get curious about what might lie beyond, and savvy in our pursuit of it?
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing
Second Chance Thrift Store News:
Did you know?
There is a
demand for books and
magazines at the Second Chance Thrift store of the
ReVive Center? This is one area where donated items
deplete quickly! Can you help? Do you have a surplus of gently used books and magazines that you can donate to the Center? If so, simply leave your items at the church. We will be sure they get to the donation spot beneath the stairs at the Sacristy
entrance. Second Chance Thrift is also in need of pots and pans, men's clothing and jeans (both men's and women's). Many* gently used household items that you have to donate are always
appreciated and welcome!
*Visit their website today for a list of what ReVive can and cannot accept:
RAISE THE ROOF! SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Having both razed the old church roof and raised money for the new
one, it's time to celebrate Part I of our capital improvements project fund drive and look ahead to raising awareness and money toward Part II. To that end, join us for a potluck lunch and fun activities in the Back 40 beginning at 10:45. Croquet and other games are planned, as well as information on the next phase of our fundraising. And if you haven't had a chance to get a good look at the church roof, soffit, and gutter upgrade, what better place it check it out?
Hotdogs and lemonade will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share. Suggested: Last name A-0, bring a side; last name P-Z, bring a dessert.
Like to help? We need to borrow 1 or more croquet sets and a badminton set.
We need folks to set up tables & chairs and take them down.
We need someone to get the hotdogs simmering in one of the roasters and onto the serving table when it's time to eat.
We need someone to help organize the games.
Interested in one or more of these jobs? Contact the office at 847.724.1341.
CONSTANTINE KARAGAS: In memory
By Art Sherman
Constantine Karagas was a fixture around St. David's for 20 or more years. Most people didn't know a lot about him. He said I was his best friend.
Most people may remember Connie as the guy who took pictures at most church events and made up elaborate poster boards of church activities. Maybe most people only knew he took the photos, which were of excellent photographic quality and which he would sometimes present to people on occasions after the events. This work was done mostly at his own expense, although he lived on a limited income.
Connie was the oldest son of a Greek family and his father eventually came to own 5 restaurants, becoming wealthy in the process but losing all but one restaurant in the Great Depression. The last restaurant was saved by a friend who appreciated past favors and the excellent cuisine.
Connie was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion and kept his membership in that religion, as well as the Episcopal Church, so that he could be buried with his parents. He also attended the Greek Orthodox Church regularly. He was a devout person who prayed regularly, including saying at least a short grace before every meal. He was proud of his Greek heritage, although he never went to Greece and even turned down a free trip there once.
Connie was a veteran of World War II, and served as part of the occupational force in Germany. Part of his time was served as a member of an Army football team, where he was a pass receiver and outstanding athlete. This led to a back injury, which, after a botched operation, unfortunately by a Greek doctor, left him with a club foot and hobbled him to a great degree in later life. He maintained his health by taking vitamins and rigorous daily exercise, living to a few months before his 90
birthday. Prior to his operation he had excelled at tennis and ballroom dancing.
He attended Law School but dropped out after the second year, due to demands of his job and supporting a young family. He often expressed regrets at not completing his law degree education. His lifelong career was as a salesman in the magazine and book distribution industry, where he had a territory of several states.
He was the father of three children in whom he took great pride and whom he saw regularly. Family dynamics following a divorce limited his contact with them at holidays, leaving him alone at the most significant times of the year.
Besides photography, Connie also wrote poems. At least one was published as part of a book of poems. Generally when I took him to lunch, he would give me something, either a book, magazine, tool, cookies, and often something someone had given to him. Any gift I had given him was soon given away to someone else, I am sure.
Connie will be missed by St. David's members and many others, no small number of which feel their life has been enriched by having met and/or known him. God bless Connie. May his soul rest in peace.
The 2017 Drive for Holy Family School
For many years, St. David's has helped support the students of Holy Family School. In the past, our funds raised have provided toys for the preschool, recess equipment and storage areas for items used in PE, recess and after school programs, and curriculum materials to support expansion of academic offerings. Last year, our funds helped support the Fine Arts programs that so nicely supplements the learning for the students.
For more than 30 years, Holy Family has been creating a safe environment to help students reach their full potential in a strong faith based setting. Communities where HFM children live are located in high crime areas so a calm and safe environment is key to their success at school. The school is now trauma-informed, meaning all faculty are trained to work with students who experience violence and hardship everyday. Holy Family now provides counseling services to offer help when it is needed the most. This year's need is to extend and expand the counseling program and HFM is asking us to help with this.
Counseling addresses trauma related events, including death, loss of home or family member and displacement. Counseling is one to one and provides coping strategies that give the students a sense of a brighter future, when there may seem little hope for today. Every $25 covers the cost of one life changing session for a child and many students may need 10-15 sessions to regain their stability after a traumatic event.
Please consider any size donation; checks may be written to St. David's with Holy Family on the memo line and put in the collection basket or given/sent to Nancy Morell.
We were fortunate to have the new CEO of Holy Family Ministries, Dr. Ciuinal Lewis, present at a forum in the Spring and those attending got a sense of the energy and purpose she shows to continue in Susan Work's footsteps. St Davids' yearly drives are felt to be a valuable addition to the school's efforts to treat the whole student at Holy Family.
Bring the whole family out to Family Camp which will be on August 18th-19th for some s'mores, hot dogs, games, stories, music, camping, and breakfast in the morning. Sign up for Family Camp with Allen and find out ways to help out. It's going to be a great end to summer!
Youth and Family Ministries
We're going to finish off the summer with a few great events for children, youth, and families. First, we'll be eating some delicious tacos and playing some great games with our 6th-12th graders on the August 8th. Then, on the 9th, we're going to have some fun in the sun, playing games, and letting our younger children get to know Allen. Finally, bring the whole family out to Family Camp which will be on August 18th-19th for some s'mores, hot dogs, games, stories, music, camping, and breakfast in the morning. Sign up for Family Camp with Allen and find out ways to help out. It's going to be a great end to summer!
With the end of summer fast approaching, that means it's also time to look ahead to the fall. Our 6th to 12th graders have the Ready 2 Launch Lock-in September 8th-9th. Bring your friends and have a blast! See Allen to sign-up and to volunteer for this event.
Then, on September 10th we will kick off our new Children's program, name TBA,as well as our new Youth program, Rooted. These will both be replacing the old Sunday School programs. Keep an eye out for a later announcement to learn more about these programs. If you'd like to be a guide or mentor for these programs please talk to Allen.
We will also be relaunching youth group but under the name, Transform. Transform will take place every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday beginning on September 20th. It too will have an announcement coming out soon, and volunteers are needed for this program as well.
Northfield Food Pantry Needs...
Summer is a challenge for the families counting on the Pantry to supplement the food available for their family. Because their children are not in school, all food for everyone in the family daily must come their household's ability to provide. Foods from the Pantry, while always vital to these families, are especially needed during this time. Your donations will help keep the shelves stocked so that families can choose foods that they know their children will enjoy.
Below is a updated list of those foods/items that are presently especially needed at the Pantry. You can bring any donations to the red wagon and the items will be taken to the pantry. An updated list of needed items is available above the red wagon; feel free to take on to help you shop!
Cereal (ALWAYS NEEDED)
Beverages (Juices, Coffee, Tea)
Diapers (any size)
Toilet paper or Paper towels
Snacks (crackers, cookies, granola bars)
As always, ANY unopened, unexpired item is gratefully accepted for distribution. The Pantry staff thanks you for all donations received from St. David's.
Market Day at the Glenview Farmer's Market.
Saturday, Aug. 26
St. David's will take possession of the "community booth" at the Glenview Farmer's market on this day. A bake-sale to benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry is planned. We'll also have material on hand to celebrate St. David's to share with passers-by. Contact Susan Tisch for more information on how you can help in this fun outreach - either behind the scenes or at the event.
St Davids is looking for someone to maintain its Facebook page on an ongoing basis, posting relevant articles to broaden our community outreach.
Posting articles is easy if you already use Facebook and this work can be done anytime from anywhere. Commitment is 1-2 hours per week and most articles are copied or summarized from weekly/monthly church bulletins.
Please let the office know of you are able to help with this outreach.
St. David's Book GrouP
St. David's Book Group will meet at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 15th in the church library.
The book selection for
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead. C
ome join us to discuss each person's unique perspective of it!
Glenbrook CROP Hunger Walk 2017
October 15, 2017
This year's CROP walk registration begins at 12:30 pm at St. Gile's Episcopal Church in Northbrook at 3025 Walters Avenue (Northbrook). Step-off time is 1:00 pm.
About the CROP Hunger Walk and CWS
CROP Hunger Walks
are community-wide events sponsored by
Church World Service (CWS)
and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. CWS is made up of over 37 Christian denominations.
Currently, well over 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1,300 CROP Hunger Walks each year. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
Where do CROP Hunger Walk funds go?
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to donate up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community.
Glenbrook CROP Hunger Walk has risen over $650,000 over the past thirty-two years. Last year (2016), walkers raised $33,000. In addition, the St. Peter's Legacy Fund (Northfield) donated $58,300. From these donations, $18,300 went to Northfield Township Food Pantry, and over $4,500 went to West Deerfield Township Food Pantry.
CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs something CWS has learned through some 69 years of working in partnership around the world.
Please contribute to this year's mission if you can, and, if you can, join fellow CROP walkers at St. Gile's in Northbrook. One can choose to walk any distance, including 1K, 5K & 10K. Please contact Susan Tisch for additional information