WHAT'S HAPPENING 
The weekly newsletter from St. Gregory's - June 15, 2017
We welcome Norma Jenkins as guest organist this Sunday as Tim Brumfield is on a concert tour in New York and Boston. 

Preacher:  Steve Vinik 

"The Kingdom of heaven has come near."  -Matthew 9:35-10:8
Click on the image above to hear the Processional Hymn -  The God of Abraham Praise
Welcome to our New Office Manager - Ellen!
St. Gregory's is happy to announce that we have hired our new Office Manager, Ellen Kreshover.
Ellen comes to us with the kind of experience and background that will be an asset to our administrative functioning.  She is originally from New York where she earned a Master of Social Work Degree and practiced as an LCSW in Mental Health.  Ellen also has received formal education in Executive Assistant Skills and has worked administratively in teaching hospital settings including Yale University Medical Center and The Weill-Cornell New York Hospital. 

"I am privileged to be working at St. Gregory's as it is a progression of my spiritual path, but also continues a purposeful path by being part of the St. Gregory's Staff always working to help others.  My personal mission is to contribute not only my skills, but engage those who enter our church and assist within my purview as best possible.  I look forward to meeting you."  -Ellen
Check out these new Solar Panels installed at our church in Bondeau! 
Congratulations to our New Vergers!
A Message from Father Andrew:  Ministry Leaders Meeting - June 17 
Dear Ministry Leaders: 
 
Thank you for your leadership of our 90 plus ministries at St. Gregory's! Your leadership enables God's mission to thrive in our congregation.

The Spiritual Life Committee and I invite you to gather on Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 am - noon to review the implementation of our strategic plan and vision.  
 
Topics for the meeting will include:
 
*    How to grow and deepen our spiritual life through our ministries
*    Updates on our search process of an Assistant Rector and Youth Director
*    The development of new structures for managing our ministries
*    A presentation on Stephen ministry
*    Discussion of our new mission statement and a conversation about the mission of the church.
 
The vestry will be joining us for this important time of conversation and training. I look forward to this morning together.

Please RSVP at office@st-gregorys.com to indicate your attendance. A light breakfast will be served.
 
Christ's peace,
Andrew+
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Brown Bag Sunday 
Please remember to bring food., so we can re-stock our pantry. If not today, any Sunday is perfect.

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS OUR 13 YOUTH AND 2 ADULTS AS THEY TRAVEL TO KANUGA. Their bus arrives about 3 AM on Sunday and the group will not return until next weekend.
 
PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING OUT IN SUNDAY SCHOOL this summer.  Many of our dedicated teachers will be out of town at different times and we would appreciate the help.  Please talk to Kristen Chaney or Melanie Bynum.
Steve Vinik & John Holgerson Preaching on Father's Day
Being a father has brought me more deeply into God's love. Living in a family has taught me patience and forgiveness, compassion and grace--qualities that, with God's help, extend beyond my family and into the world. Join me for worship on Sunday, June 18th for the 8am or 10am Service. -Steve 

John Holgerson will be preaching at the 6 PM as well.


Looking for Summer Volunteers!!! 
As Pastor Angela prepares to leave, a number of projects need to be completed at the 298 NE 2nd St. home before the new Assistant Rector starts. We are looking for volunteers to help Jeff with work around the church or projects at the 298 home. If you would like to help, please email Jeff Dinger,  jdinger@st-gregorys.com, or Ron Knowlton, rknowlton@st-gregorys.com. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!


Learn more about Altar Guild this Sunday!
What is the Altar Guild?   
The Altar Guild functions "behind the scenes," before and after each service, preparing the sanctuary for worship.
 
The Altar Guild may be for you if:
  • You would like to serve in a quiet yet important way.
  • You only have a few hours each month available to serve.
  • You want to be involved, but don't feel comfortable "up front."
  • You would enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the elements and symbolism liturgy.
 
Please come to the Chapel after the 8:00 and 10:00 am. services this Sunday if you are interested in learning more about this ministry.
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Organization Update
St. Gregory's and the ECW members would like to thank Lauren Giosmas for leading the ECW over the past several years, and to Reverend Angela Cortinas who lead the ECW in the most recent interim.  With Pastor Angela's departure, Kathy Cottrell and Susan D'Ambrosio have been elected as new leaders of the ECW.  They will share the office of the president presiding over the ECW meetings, preparing agendas, and performing the duties pertinent to the office.  Kathy, a native of Boca Raton, and her family have been members of St. Gregory's for over 50 years. Susan and her family became members of St. Gregory's when they moved to Boca Raton in 1988.  Both Kathy and Susan are excited about taking a more active role in the ECW and are in the process of getting acquainted with their new responsibilities. 
 
All women in St. Gregory's are invited to participate in the ECW monthly meetings.  All women, by virtue of their membership in the church, are considered members of the ECW.  Meetings are held at the church the first Thursday of each month starting with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by any business at hand.  The next ECW meeting will be Thursday, July 6! 
 
Please continue to watch for more information on the ECW. You can also direct any questions about the ECW to the church office or feel free to contact Kathy and/or Susan directly.
Jesse Steelman Scholarship 
The Brother's of St. Gregory's are accepting applications for the Jesse Steelman Memorial Scholarship ($500.00).  Applicants must be accepted to an accredited undergraduate program. To be eligible the applicant should be a high school senior and active in the St. Gregory's Youth Group, or a high school senior and from a pledging family at St. Gregory's, or a high school senior and sponsored by a Brother or the Clergy.  Applicants should submit:
  • Letter of Application stating who you are, your relationship to St. Gregory's and participation at St. Gregory's (or Episcopal church)
  • Essay (500 word maximum) on: How your life at St. Gregory's (or Episcopal Church) has affected you and your future goals.
  • A 1 page Resume'
  • All materials should be mailed to St. Gregory's, Attn. Jesse Steelman Memorial Scholarship
  • All application materials must be received by June 30th 2017
A Celebration of Pastor Angela's Ministry 
On Sunday, June 25 there will be a special Coffee Hour to celebrate Angela and Victoria's last Sunday with us.  Please plan on joining us as we say thank you and Godspeed as they prepare to begin their new life at St. Thomas Church in College Station, Texas.

YOUTH GROUP BOTTLE CAP COLLECTION!  
Our collections have been going well -- many thanks to all who have contributed.  We will continue collection through the last Sunday of June, the 25th.  In July we will be sorting and turning in our collection to Caps of Love to further their work with funding motorized wheelchairs for young people who cannot afford them.


Youth Group - What's Coming Up!
SUNDAY, JUNE 18 - FRIDAY, JUNE 23 KANUGA! REMINDER -- PAY YOUR KANUGA BALANCE!!! 
(online at  https://www.kanuga.org/our-programs/youth-conferences/youth-week/ THANKS BE TO GOD -- With diocesan and Brothers of St. Gregory's scholarship funds,bus costs of all going are covered! 


PRE-KANUGA LOCK-IN!!
Evening of Saturday, June 17. 
9:30pm - 3am-ish
(until the Kanuga bus arrives - EARLY Sunday morning!)
In the St. Gregory's Youth Room
FUN, FELLOWSHIP, CONVERSATION, PRAYER & FOOD (of course!)
PLEASE BRING A SNACK TO SHARE!
 
REMINDERS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
1.  Make sure your Kanuga payments are complete. 
2.  GUESTS:  Bring any required forms.
3.  Make sure to check in with Anita Sherman upon arrival.
4.  You are welcome to stay the entire time or to leave when you need to.  Chaperones will be Anita Sherman, The Rev. Andrew Sherman and Maria Provost.
5.  Remind your teens about responsible, respectful and kind behavior toward all during this event, during the bus trip and during their time at Kanuga.
6.  PRAY FOR THE GROUP!
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 relaxation this summer.

May we make our homes places of relaxation, joy, love, peace and safety. May we be generous and considerate, not thinking only about ourselves,but helping others enjoy the blessings of the summertime. Lord God, Creator of all things, guide our steps and strengthen our hearts during these months of summer and vacation days. Grant us refreshment of mind and body. May we constantly strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our loved ones and in the world around us as we enjoy the warm days of summertime.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Coffee Hour Schedule 

June 18: Last names N-Z
June 25: Celebration of Pastor Angela's Ministry
July 2: Ice Cream Social - Families with the last names beginning A-H, please bring toppings for our ice cram!
Support Our Ministries!
St. Gregory's reaches out to the community through its music and lecture programs, worship services, ministries that benefit the poor locally and internationally, and much more. But we can't do it alone. Join St. Gregory's in giving back to the community by supporting our ministries. Let's do God's work together!
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St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
100 NE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561.395.8285
office@st-gregorys.com
www.stgregorysepiscopal.org