March 26, 2019
Monday, March 25
7:30 p.m. | Dick Peterson's Big Band

Wednesday, March 27
2:30 p.m. | Prayer Service at The Grove

Thursday, March 28
7:30 p.m. | Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, March 31
8:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist with Traditional Language
9:15 a.m | Thirty Worthy Minutes
10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist with Contemporary Language
10:00 a.m. | Godly Play
11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats & Fellowship
11:00 a.m. | Children's Choir
6:30 p.m. | North Shore Meditation Group
Forgive and Live Quiet Day
Saturday, April 6 | 8:30—11:30 a.m.
Forgiveness is the central tenet of the Christian Faith, and yet our issues needing forgiveness are often swept under the rug and left for another day to deal with.

Utilizing Christian Meditation practices, scripture, and silence Rev. Lisa will guide you toward the living spring of God’s mercy and strength. Expect large group teaching, small group conversation and personal reflection time. Though we tend to shy away from thinking about the need for forgiveness in our lives, trust instead that in prayer we discover a power we did not think we had to forgive. Forgive and Live. Please sign up with Rev Lisa by emailing her. 
Thirty Worthy Minutes
Sunday Mornings | 9:15 a.m. 
During Lent consider in community and with Rev Lisa The Way of Love curriculum offered by the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. This week we continue a discussion regarding the principle acts of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
Personal Reflection
For your personal reflection, we offer Living Well Through Lent: Practicing Forgiveness with your Whole Heart Mind Soul and Strength. You may pick up a booklet at church or go online at to sign up for a daily email, download a pdf, or join a closed Facebook group.
Christian Meditation with Rev. Lisa
Monday, April 15, 29 | 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 | 7:00 p.m.
Meditation is a practice of beginning again and again. God invites us to sit still in open presences as we are. When we sit, we learn to be gentle and generous like God. We learn to soften to our distracted selves and find the place of true rest under the surface.
A Just Harvest
Tuesday, April 2 | 3:45 p.m.
Jesus calls us to feed the hungry. One way that we can answer that call is by participating in A Just Harvest, either by donating food or serving on the first Tuesday night of each month. Please sign up in the Parish Hall or on our web site to help with our April dinner. 
Clothing Drive for The Grove
Residents of The Grove sometimes arrive with only the clothes on their back. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus by donating new or gently used clothing.

Most needed are elastic waist pants, zipper or button down shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts and socks. Please drop items off in Ron’s old office. All sizes for men and women, especially larger sizes, are needed. Clothing must be able to be washed in hot water. 
Are you Ready for Spring--It's Time to Sign Up for a Garden Plot!
Spring is around the corner and the St James the Less Community Garden will soon be green, again! You are invited to join other members of the congregation and community in growing your own fruits and vegetables or to help with those plots whose produce is designated for the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Produce from individual plots may also be donated to the food pantry.

Plot sizes will be 5' x 8' and be priced at $25 for the season. Depending on demand, two plots may be requested for a total of $50 for the season. 

As a community garden, gardeners are expected to:
  • participate in Spring and Fall clean-up and regular maintenance of their plots and the food pantry plots
  • use only organic fertilizers and pest control methods
  • use water from spigots If extra water is needed as water is delivered via drip hoses
  • refrain from changing any water settings unless directed by garden coordinators
  • keep apprised of garden news and communicate with volunteers, garden committee and other plot holders as needed 

If you're interested in a plot this year, please send an email by March 17 to:  

In your email, please include the following information:  
  • Name 
  • Phone number 
  • Plot preference – 5' x 8' or 5' x 16' 
  • Acknowledge you’ve read and agree to abide by garden expectations
St James the Less Community Garden Clean-up Days
Saturday, April 6 & 13 | 9:00 a.m.
All members and friends of the congregation are invited to participate in the St James the Less Community Garden Clean-up Days at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday April 6 and Saturday April 13. You not need to have a garden plot to join in this effort and all volunteers will be greatly appreciated. In case of inclement weather, the dates will be pushed back one week. For questions, please send an e-mail to:
Godly Play During Lent
Godly Play is offered for children aged 3-12 years old. Godly Play is a program designed to expand a child's spiritual identity through storytelling.

During Lent, we will be adding additional programming to our Godly Play schedule to appeal to our older children (ages 8-12). Each week will have a directed response (activity) that children will take part in.
March 10: Faces of Easter I: God's Eyes
March 17: Faces of Easter II: Prayer Scrolls
March 24: Faces of Easter III: Sacred Oil
March 31: Faces of Easter IV: Meditation Rocks
April 7: Faces of Easter V: Parable Boxes
April 14: Faces of Easter VI: Palm Crosses

Children and Youth of all ages are welcome to join us for the story and directed response. 
Children's Choirs Rehearsals
Sunday, March 31 & April 7 | 11:00 a.m.
Our children's choirs will rehearse together for the next few weeks in preparation for their next opportunity to sing in a Sunday worship service.
Sewing Club
Sunday, April 14 | 11:00 a.m.
Children ages 8 and up are invited to participate in Sewing Club. Learn the basics of sewing with experts, while making items for Days for Girls and Quilts Beyond Borders, which serve women and children around the world.
Journey to the Cross
An exploration of Jesus' last days on Earth
Friday, April 19 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Children aged 3-12 journey through a sensory experience--smell the Garden of Gethsemane, feel the weight of cross, and hear the ripping of the veil at the Temple. 

This is a great event to invite friends to--it's active, but also clearly represents an important aspect of our faith and ties children to our values as Christians. 

Tuesday, April 2
3:45 a.m. | A Just Harvest

Thursday, April 4
7:30 p.m. | Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, April 6
8:30 a.m. | Forgive and Live Quiet Morning
9:00 a.m. | Community Garden Clean-up

Sunday, April 7
8:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist with Traditional Language
9:15 a.m | Thirty Worthy Minutes
10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist with Contemporary Language
10:00 a.m. | Godly Play
11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats & Fellowship
11:00 a.m. | Newcomer's Coffee
11:00 a.m. | Children's Choir Rehearsal
6:30 p.m. | North Shore Meditation Group

Saturday, April 13
9:00 a.m. | Community Garden Clean-up

Sunday, April 14
9:15 a.m | Thirty Worthy Minutes
10:00 a.m. | Passion Sunday - ONE SERVICE ONLY
10:00 a.m. | Godly Play
11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats & Fellowship
11:00 a.m. | Sewing Club
6:30 p.m. | North Shore Meditation Group

Sunday, April 28
10:00 a.m. | Beatles Mass
From the Chicago Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   
We pray for the spouses, partners and children of our bishops, priests and deacons that their relationships would be strengthened and their own ministries to their families and the church be blessed by your Holy Spirit. We pray too for our own congregation for its corporate life, clergy and lay leadership, and its organizations; and for the city or town in which located and its civic leadership.
We pray for Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor that they might be strengthened, renewed and refreshed on their sabbatical. We pray for all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar, especially for Assistant Bishop Sami during Bishop Todd’s sabbatical. We pray for those struggling with famine, measles and other diseases.
For those who are sick: 
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers; mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servants the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  
Tom Baldwin (father of Amy Berry)
Daniel Berry (son of Miriam Berry)
Maryann Bovio (friend of Dane Cleven)
David Braun (uncle of Matthew Berry)
Liz Bruce (friend of Synek family)
Debbie Carpenter (sister of David Mason)
Sandra Carpenter (sister of Shari Noble)
Mary Cato (friend of Miriam Berry)
Silvio DeBartelmaise (friend of John Roberts)
Vicky Dicks (friend of Dorothy Generes)
Connor Dolge (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Bill Fox (parishioner)
Samantha Friese (niece of Amy Fahey)
Andrew, Chuck and Sarah Hensel (friend of Mary Allen)
RG Heydt (friend of Katie Synek)
Walter Holt (friend of John Roberts)
E. Bradley Jones (friend of John Roberts)
Rev. David Jones (former interim rector)
Ken Killion (friend of Kathy Smith)
Courtney Koshgarian (friend of Peggy Greene)
Gail Kotin (parishioner)
Nancy Lidecker (mother of Katie Synek)
Tom Lund (parishioner)
Holly Madigan (friend of Sandy & Bert Getz Sr)
John Marquardt, Jr. (son of Judy Marquardt)
Peggy Mason (parishioner)
Karen Mills Hensley (daughter of Mike Mills)
Phil Montross (parishioner)
Marcella Oyer (parishioner)
Joanie Phillips (wife of Gary Phillips)
JoAnn Powers (friend of John Roberts)
Joe Pryzbilla (friend of Ron Valentine)
Eric Ramos (resident of The Grove)
Donald P. Rand (friend of John Roberts)
Lucy Roe (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Christopher Rogala (nephew of Karen Peterson)
Patti Ruff (fiancée of Barbara Stutz's son)
Mary Schwenk (wife of Henry Schwenk)
Joan Scott (resident of The Grove)
Emily Senuta (mother of Chad Senuta)
John Sivright (friend of John Roberts and others)
Brian Stanton (resident of The Grove)
Shirley Gately Straub (mother of Susie White)
Kathy Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Libby Swift (parishioner)
Bill Tobey (friend of Denny Scully, John Roberts & Henry Schwenk)
Jamie Trotter (parishioner)
Scott Trumble (friend of Scott Swank)
Elena Walke (friend of Jack & Tricia Kessie)
Tom White (son of John White)
Addison & her parents, Kara & Mark, & brother, William (cousin of kClare McKellaston)
Becky  (friend of Katie Synek)
Beth  (friend of Kathleen Dewey)
Daniel  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
David  (son-in-law of Sally Neuert)
David and Cindy  (friends of Miriam Berry)
Dominic  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Kelly & Josh & baby  (daughter & son-in-law of Carol & Scott Swank)
Will  (brother of Nancy Whiteman)
Yvonne  (mother of Heather Mages)
For those who have died:  
O God of grace and glory, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer. Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will.

We thank you for giving them to us to know and to love as companions on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by the call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Beth Hall (friend of Kathleen Dewey)
And during this season of Lent, while we consider forgiveness, we pray for ourselves:
Merciful Lord, fill my heart with compassion and love as I strive to become someone who forgives and embraces rather than someone who clings and condemns. Help me to take the first step toward healing past hurts. Amen.
Prayers may be added to this list by completing the Prayer Request Card, which can be found in the pews and Parish Hall, or by emailing Sue Babbs at 

We invite you to join the Prayer Network which receives email notifications and prays for needs as they are shared with us. Contact Sue Babbs for further information.