August 12, 2019
This Week at St. James the Less
Monday, August 12
1:00 p.m. | Christian Meditation

Tuesday, August 13
5:00 p.m. | Garden Work & Harvest Day
7:00 p.m. | Christian Meditation

Wednesday, August 14
2:30 p.m. | Eucharist at The Grove

Saturday, August 17
9:00 a.m. | Garden Work & Harvest Day

Sunday, August 18
9:15 a.m. | Thirty Worthy Minutes
10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist with Contemporary Language
10:00 a.m. | Sermon Storytime for Children
11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats & Fellowship
6:15 p.m | North Shore Meditation Community
One Service Only During the Month of August
As we move into the dog days of summer, we will be gathering for worship at 10:00 a.m. only. Come early at 9:15 a.m. for Thirty Worthy Minutes. Our topic for the month of August will include: Colossians, Madagascar, and the Sunday Lectionary..

We will resume our schedule of two worship services on Sunday, September 8
Potluck on the Commons
 Sunday, August 25 | 4:00 p.m.
It's time for fun, games, and food out on the Commons. Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate summer in the garden. Please sign up below or in the parish hall, so that we can get a general idea of how many people will be attending.

4:00 p.m. -- A Time to Meet and Greet

5:15 p.m. -- Dinner -- The church will be providing the meat for grilling. Please bring a side dish to share.

What to bring:
  • Lawn games, if you have any
  • Lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets
  • A side dish to share
  • BYOB
Cooking Demonstration
at Potluck on the Commons
As a part of the Potluck on the Commons, Kim Burnson will be offering a cooking demonstration featuring some of the fresh produce from our garden. Please sign up below if you are interested in attending the demonstration, which will begin at 4:00 p.m.
A Concert on the Commons: Mr. Nick
Sunday, September 8 | 4:00 p.m.
Invite your friends and family, children and grandchildren to our second Concert on the Commons featuring Mr. Nick.

Nick Davio performs as Mr. Nick, and teaches music across Chicago as a professional children’s musician. He currently holds teaching artists positions at The Old Town School of Music and Chicago Children’s Theatre. He is also the keyboardist from our famous Beatles Band. We are so thrilled and honored to have him!
Save the Date for the Lobster Sale
It's Lobster Time -- save the date and plan your parties for our annual Lobster Sale on Saturday, September 21. Lobsters are flown in fresh from Maine that morning and cooked at the church for you to pick up and take home for dinner. Or you may purchase your lobsters live and cook them yourself. Information about ordering lobsters will be available in a couple of weeks.

The Lobster Sale is one of the major fundraisers that support our outreach ministries at St. James the Less. Each year through financial contributions and people-hours, we contribute to the following organizations: A Just Harvest, which provides a hot meal to the hungry in Rogers Park; the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which helps residents with food for their families; ReVive Center for Housing and Healing, which works to end homelessness in Chicago, and The Grove, where St.James the Less ministers to the residents who are so often in need of love and friendship by hosting birthday parties, worship services, local outings and holiday gifts. 
The women of St. James the Less and the women of St. Simon's will join together for a retreat on Friday-Saturday, September 27-28, at Techny Towers in Northbrook. Our intention is to gather in community for reflection, story, and prayer, to connect with the Spirit's desire for us. Using the work of Brené Brown, we will explore how wholehearted living can help us to experience the love of God in our lives.

The Rev. Lisa will be our retreat leader. The cost for the retreat is $100 and includes one night's lodging and two meals on Saturday. If you would like to sign up for the retreat, please email Caryl at Payment in full (checks payable to St. Simon's Episcopal Church) is due by August 28. You may drop your check off at the SJTL parish office.
iPhones for eVangelists
Do you have an old iPhone which you no longer use? If so, the Diocese of Toliara would be delighted to receive them to improve communication with the priests (some of whom look after 10+ churches), evangelists and seminary.
Elliott Otis’ donated iPhone was given to evangelist /deacon-to-be Gaston and saw him through university! Class assignments etc were all received on that as (like most Malagasy) he has no computer. 

iPhones need to have working batteries and a charger. 

So that the phone can be used with a SIM card by any Malagasy mobile provider, both SIM and IMEI unlocking need to be done: 

  • the iPhone needs to be unlocked by your provider (AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile, etc)
  • then reset the iPhone to the original settings, removing all previous security settings and passwords.
Please give unlocked iPhones to Simon or Sue Babbs, in a Ziploc bag labelled with the IMEI and ICCID numbers, and your name, so that we can contact you if there are any complications getting the phone unlocked.

Please give any donated phones to the Babbs no later than Tuesday, August 13, as Lisa will be taking them with her when she leaves for Madagascar on August 17
Building the Labyrinth
We still have time to paint more bricks, even after the Labyrinth is installed. So stop by the Garage to paint a brick or pick up a brick to take home with you.
Gardening is Better Together
Saturday Mornings @ 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday Evenings @ 5:00 p.m.
We meet in the Community Food Garden at 9:00 a.m on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. to garden together.

What can you do? Tend your own garden plot, if you have one. No plot of your own, then come and help care for the plots growing food to be given to the Northfield Food Pantry. Enjoy a piece of God's Creation as we work in community.
Slowness remembers
Hurry forgets
Softness remembers
Hardness forgets
Acceptance remembers
Fear forgets

Christian meditation is a short time of restful silence that reunites us to God’s love. We easily lose connection with our true selves in the fog of busy lives, stress and routine. In group contemplative prayer we practice simple quiet presence that guides us toward a sense of connection with God. Rev Lisa uses scripture, nature, prayer and poetry to guide the group toward open presence for God. Every meditation time is for beginners and those who have been practicing for a long time. Our prayer only requires our willingness for God, the rest comes through the power of the Spirit.  

Monday, August 12 -- 1:00 p.m. @ St. James the Less
Tuesday, August 13 -- 7:00 p.m. @ Chicago Botanic Garden
A Just Harvest
Let's get an Early Start on September
We are ready to move on to the September sign up. Our date that month is Tuesday, September 3 -- the day after Labor Day. So sign up early to help our captains, Karie and Allen Smith, to have a smooth beginning to the fall season.
Worship at The Grove
Eucharist | Wednesday, August 14 | 2:30 p.m.
Prayer Service | Wednesday, August 28 | 2:30 p.m.
Twice a month, we offer worship services for the residents of The Grove of Northbrook.

Does your summer schedule allow for more flexibility, more space in your life? Join us to lend a hand or just spend some time visiting with the people who live there. Gather at 2:15 p.m.
From the Chicago Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:     
We pray for Congregations in the Waukegan Deanery: St. Ignatius of Antioch in Antioch; St. Mary in Crystal Lake; St. Gregory in Deerfield; St. Andrew in Grayslake; Annunciation of Our Lady in Gurnee; Companion Dioceses in SE Mexico and Renk.
For the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar:  
We pray for Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor, Assistant Bishop Samy and his wife, Holy, and all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar. We pray too for Nolavy, Gaston, Florent and Benja (the candidates for ordination on August 25th), and for Rev. Lisa as she prepares to visit the Diocese to preach at those ordinations and lead Bible Studies at their Synod meetings. 
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.  
Mary Arnieri (friend of Miriam 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)
Mary Burrington (grandmother of Lisa Senuta)
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)
Peggy Greene (parishioner)
Pam Hardy (parishioner)
Chip Herndon (parishioner)
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)
Tim Lewin (cousin of Heather Mages)
Nancy Lidecker (mother of Katie Synek)
Allen Liss (companion of Pam Hardy)
Holly Madigan (friend of Sandy & Bert Getz Sr)
Joe McDonald (son of John & Susan McDonald)
John Marquardt, Jr. (son of Judy Marquardt)
Peggy Mason (parishioner)
Karen Mills Hensley (daughter of Mike Mills)
Meredith Montross (parishioner)
Timmy O'Donovan (brother of Kathleen Cleven)
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)
Sandy Rapp (friend of Colleen Schipfer)
Nancy Reed (sister of Mary Nelson)
Dorothy Rizzo (mother of Bob Rizzo)
Lucy Roe (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Mary Schwenk (wife of Henry Schwenk)
Emily Senuta (mother of Chad Senuta)
Brian Stanton (resident of The Grove)
Shirley Gately Straub (mother of Susie White)
Patti Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Kathy Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Libby Swift (parishioner)
Nancy Thompson (sister of Dorothy Generes)
Nancy Trevey (friend of Watson family)
Jamie Trotter (parishioner)
Scott Trumble (friend of Scott Swank)
Elena Walke (friend of Jack & Tricia Kessie)
John & Linda White (parishioners)
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)
Bob P (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Daniel  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
David  (son-in-law of Sally Neuert)
David and Cindy  (friends of Miriam Berry)
Dominic  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
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.
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 for further information.