Share your summer vacation photos with your St. Gregory's Family!
Did you go on a really cool summer vacation? Or did you have a fabulous time on a staycation? If so, share your photos with us and we will feature them here in the What's Happening. The deadline for next week's issue is Tuesday at noon. Send your photos to Elena, etayem@st-gregorys.com THANKS!
WHAT'S HAPPENING
The weekly newsletter from St. Gregory's - July 27, 2017


Preacher & Celebrant: The Rev. Andrew J. Sherman 

Holy Baptism: Naya Marian Reid
"The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold
all that he had and bought it." 
-Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Click on the image above to hear the Processional Hymn - O Worship the King, All Glorious Above! -Hanover 
Office Manager/Communication Coordinator 
We are pleased to announce that, effective August 21, 2017, Elena Tayem will become St. Gregory's Office Manager / Communications Coordinator.  Elena has spent the past year working as St. Gregory's Communication Coordinator on a part-time basis.  She has excelled in that role.

The Office Manager position became open last week because Ellen Kreshover resigned from that position

Starting August 21st, Elena will work in the office full-time from Monday through Thursday.  

This is truly a "win-win" for both Elena and St. Gregory's.  There will now be a more consistent presence in the office for Parishioners.  

We wish Elena much success being the Office Manager / Communication Coordinator. 
Mini-Foyer Events - Holy Redeemer 
Hi, Mini-foyer group!

Looking forward to seeing you all this Friday, 4pm for Holy Redeemer, 5:20 for Rosalita's supper!! 

Our mini-Foyer group will arrive at:
Holy Redeemer 3730 Kirk Road in Royal Palm Beach, (formerly Lake Worth) at 4pm this Friday 7/28/17 to tour the facility and see our St. Gregory's team at work.  Directions to the Church of the Holy Redeemer are also on Carol's picture below. We'll depart Holy Redeemer around 4:50 PM and arrive:
Rosalita's Tex Mex Grill 5949 S. Congress, Atlantis, FL (northwest of the intersection of Lantana Road and Congress which is west of 95) around 5:20pm. Anyone who has to work that day is welcome to just join us at 5:20 or whenever you can get there for our supper at Rosalita's.

Thanks to all for the great outing at St. Laurence/ Holy Grill and 4 Rivers BBQ! What an amazing help they are to the less fortunate!! And it was nice to meet our partners in this work from St. Mary Magdalene Coral Springs!! Hope you saw our group's photo (attached below) in What's Happening and also in the Diocesan Grapevine newsletter! Please spread the word about St. Laurence's great needs for support during these early startup phases of their new overnight homeless program!

Please pencil in September 30 around 2:30 for our Gumbo Limbo tour with our own Jim Miller who runs the Gumbo Limbo tanks during the high season. And lunch or supper: any great ideas where?? We're hoping to have Anita Sherman and some of our youth join us that day as well!!

Maralee Pope
847-712-1891
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Monthly Meeting - Thursday, August 3rd
Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m. please plan to join the ECW for their monthly pot luck dinner and meeting.  All women, by virtue of their membership in the church, are considered members of the ECW and are  invited to participate.  Members are asked to bring a dish for the potluck; wear your church name tags; and along with fun and fellowship,  be prepared to discuss the upcoming Autumn Bizarre.  Meetings are held in Harris Hall.  We hope you can make it!  You can also contact Kathy Cottrell (msksc@aol.com) and/or Susan D'Ambrosio (sldambro@gmail.com) with any questions.
Families with Young Children 
As some of you know, Father Andrew has started a new initiave at St. Gregory's. We are hoping to start a group for Families with Young Children (FWYC). Children 10 and under.

The purpose of this group is to connect those families who have younger children. The tasks and challenges associated with caring for these younger ones are slightly different from those associated with teens. Our goal is to have outings and gatherings more suited to these young age groups, share experiences and advice, but most of all make lasting friendships between the kids and hopefully parents too.

We are planning a KICK OFF event for August 5th at 3:30pm. After nap time. :-D. The location is TBA. We look forward to seeing you all on August 5th afternoon. Go and mark your calendars now for this family and friendly event! Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert if you'd like! 

You may contact me or Father Andrew with any questions or concerns. This event is also open to friends and family who have young children and may not be a member of the church.

We look forward to seeing you all there! -Wazim Reid  wazim_reid@yahoo.com 
Speaking the Truth in Love invites the reader to live assertively - just as Jesus did.
 
This spiritual yet extremely practical book and training make clear:
 
- What assertiveness is (and is not)
- the Biblical foundation for assertiveness
- How Jesus is our model for living assertively
- How to be assertive in prayer and praise
- How to make, refuse, and negotiate requests
- How to express and receive compliments
- How to handle criticism, anger, and other tough relational issues
 
You will learn practical ways to relate to others with greater honesty, compassion, and respect.
 
Come and experience the freedom and joy of Christian assertiveness!

A limited number of copies of "Speaking the Truth in Love" will be available for purchase at the first discipleship training session.  Participants can also purchase a copy of the book from www.stephenministries.org .  The sessions will be more meaningful for those who have a copy of the book.
Announcement Deadlines for Bulletin and What's Happening 
As we approach the start of season soon, we would like to remind everyone that if you have an announcement for the bulletin and What's Happening, please send it etayem@st-gregorys.com; office@st-gregorys.comkayholt4140@gmail.com . The deadline to the send announcements is noon on Wednesday. Thank you! 
A Message From Great Give 
For the second year, Episcopal Charities was invited to participate in the GreatGive Palm Beach and Martin Counties; a one day online fundraising campaign. May 17 was a huge success for EC where we raised in excess of $16,000 toward our outreach efforts.

With gratitude for the great support we received, EC is giving back immediately by offering five human needs outreach grants to projects of our Palm Beach and Martin County churches that have never received EC grants.

Grants have been awarded to churches in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Tequesta. Church of the Good Shepherd, Grace, St. Matthew's and St. Gregory's will receive support for their ongoing and new projects.
hable items distributed to sites where homeless 
congregate.

Grace- afterschool tutoring for youth who live in the church's diverse economic and cultural neighborhood.

St. Matthew's- support for the Delray Beach Homeless Initiative Task Force- Operation Homeless Connect.

St. Gregory's- Love Boca Outreach Ministries, St. Gregory's Emergency Food Closet and Boca Raton Rehabilitation Center Ministry.

Congratulations to our newest grant recipients!
FOOD TRUCKS, REPTILE SHOW, WORSHIP MUSIC & MORE AT THIS YEAR'S PET BLESSING!
Save the date for this year's Pet Blessing! October 7th from 11 AM - 1:30 PM

For the first time, we will be turning this into a major community event! Join us in the St. Gregory's parking lot after the Pet Blessing for worship music, a reptile show, food trucks, crafts and more! It's going to be a beautiful fall afternoon filled with fun for you and your family! Invite your friends and neighbors. 

You don't want to miss this event! 
Youth Group - What's Happening? 
FRIDAY, JULY 28 at 4pm
Service Opportunity -- Visit our feeding ministry at 
Holy Redeemer Church in Lake Worth
 
3730 Kirk Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33461
 
Join the Summer Foyer Group as they visit Holy Redeemer with our feeding ministry team and then head to dinner at a local restaurant.
Email Maralee Pope at mpope@accuvoice.com for more information.
 
SUNDAY, JULY 30
Youth Room open IF there are parent chaperones.
 
YOUTH GROUP PARENTS -- WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please volunteer during summer Sundays to chaperone the Youth Room so our teens can enjoy the space after church for fellowship time.  Church policy requires two or more adult chaperones in order to use the space -- it is a matter of safety. 

It's so easy to do -- your presence in the room and attentiveness to those present is all that is needed.  So, grab a cup of coffee and a snack from Coffee Hour and head on up there are comfortable couches and chairs (think Starbucks with a pool and air hockey table!) and you can enjoy social time with fellow parents while the teens enjoy the space.

SUNDAY, August 20 -- Annual Parish Picnic after the 10am service!
Welcome the Rev. Benjamin Thomas, our new Assistant Rector, and his family at the 10am service and afterwards at the picnic!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 and/or SUNDAY, August 27 -- 
YOUTH GROUP KICK OFF EVENT - stay tuned for details!
Bible Study Opportunities at St. Gregory's 
Tuesday
9:30 am - Women's Bible Study

Wednesday 
8:00 am - Men's Spirituality Breakfast (Marlee's Diner)
6:30 pm - Centering Prayer
Join Us In Prayer
We ask you to join us in a prayer for all those who are traveling.

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Announcement Deadlines
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-What's Happening by Noon Wednesday
-Bulletin items by Noon Wednesday 
-Steeple News by 15th of the Month

 
Send your announcements and articles to Elena Tayem at  etayem@st-gregorys.com
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Coffee Hour Schedule 

July 30: Last names A-H
August 6: Last names I-M
August 13: Last names N-Z
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100 NE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561.395.8285
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