September 24, 2019
This Week at St. James the Less
Monday, September 23
1:00 p.m. | Christian Meditation

Tuesday, September 24
7:00 p.m. | Christian Meditation

Wednesday, September 25
2:00 p.m. | Eucharist at The Grove

Thursday, September 26
7:00 p.m. | Choir Rehearsal

Friday-Saturday, September 27-28
Women's Retreat

Saturday, September 28
9:00 a.m. | Garden Work & Harvest Day

Sunday, September 29
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
5:30 p.m. | Reflections on Madagascar
6:15 p.m. | North Shore Mediation Community
Reflections on Madagascar
Sunday, September 29 | 5:30 p.m.
“I want them to be taught by a strong woman Rector with a heart for the gospel,” and thus Bishop Todd invited Rev. Lisa to Madagascar where she had the opportunity to preach at the ordination of the first woman in the Province of the Indian Ocean and lead a daily bible study for the diocesan synod meeting the following week. 

Come and hear about her adventures in Madagascar—the joyful times, the hard times, the deep connections she made with the people. Come and see how we can continue to be a part of ministry in that place. 

Please bring a snack or dessert to share.
Diocesan News:
Delegates to Convention in November and
Listening Sessions for Bishop Search
Diocesan Convention in November
Our next Diocesan Convention will be held on November 22-23 in Lombard. Each parish sends three delegates and one alternate. I invite you to consider being a Delegate for St. James the Less.

To learn more about the Convention go to the Diocesan website. If you are interested please reach out to Rev. Lisa who can answer questions.The deadline for indicating interest in being a delegate for the November convention is Wednesday, September 25.

Chicago Bishop Search Listening Session
Saturday, October 5 | 10:00 a.m.
The Diocese has a timeline that explains the process, step by step, toward electing a new Bishop at a special convention on June 20, 2020.

The Bishop Search Committee has entered into the “listening phase” of developing the profile describing our diocese to potential candidates. One is coming up in our geographical area in Wilmette at St Augustine’s on Saturday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m. These Listening Sessions are designed to make space for individuals to unite, share perspectives, and learn about the process  Learn more details at
Celtic Outdoor Mass &
Blessing of Animals
Sunday, October 6 | 10:00 a.m.
Using a Celtic Earth Mass for the Celebration of Communion by John Philip Newell, our 10:00 a.m. worship will be held in the Courtyard. 

Beautiful earth poetry rising out of Celtic Christianity will inspire a communion with God as Creator and celebrate St. Francis Feast Day. Bring your pets to church. With speakers to enhance sound, you can sit in the grass with your dog or take a seat in the chairs placed in the courtyard. 
Soul Mass
Newcomer Coffee
Sunday, October 20
Small Group Dinners
Saturday, November 2
All Saints Sunday
Sunday, November 3
One service @10:00 a.m.
We are collecting books for Bernie's Book Bank at St. Jame the Less and at Schultz and Odhner’s with collection boxes at both location. The collection will continue through September 30. 

A Little Bit about Bernie Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

Moving children from poverty to gaining knowledge through reading which enables a legitimate pursuit of happiness.

We believe that books and reading are both the vehicle and the road to a better life.
Worship at The Grove
Eucharist | Wednesday, September 25 | 2:15 p.m.
Prayer Service | Wednesday, October 9 | 2:15 p.m.
Twice a month, we offer worship services for the residents of The Grove of Northbrook. Please join us in the ministry if you are able. We need your help to be present with the residents of this place.
Laptops for The Grove
Please contact Sue Babbs if you have unwanted laptops which could be donated to The Grove. The ones the residents used to use are no longer working, and some of the more alert residents would love to be able to use the internet. Ideally the laptops would have Windows 10 installed, and you would need to ensure they had none of your personal information stored on them.
Gardening is Better Together
Saturday Mornings @ 9:00 a.m.
With coming of fall and the winding down of the season, we have dropped our Tuesday night harvest. There is still plenty to do on Saturday mornings -- please join us!

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.
From the Chicago Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:     
We pray for Diocesan Agencies: Bishop & Trustees; Diocesan Council, Diocesan Foundation, Episcopal Charities & Community Services; and Standing Committee; and our Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk, South Sudan.
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 for all the people of the Diocese as they move forward with and adjust to changes in clergy staffing
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.  
Lee Beadle (friend of John Roberts)
Daniel Berry (son of Miriam Berry)
Mary Blair (friend of John Roberts)
Frank Blunt (friend of John Roberts)
Maryann Bovio (friend of Dane Cleven)
David Braun (uncle of Matthew Berry)
Mary Burrington (grandmother of Lisa Senuta)
Debbie Carpenter (sister of David Mason)
Sandra Carpenter (sister of Shari Noble)
Mary Cato (friend of Miriam Berry)
Norman & Cathleen Corfield (parents of Yvonne Watson)
Chase Curtis (friend of John Roberts)
Silvio DeBartelmaise (friend of John Roberts)
Connor Dolge (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Bill Fox (parishioner)
Peggy Greene (parishioner)
Pam Hardy (parishioner)
George Hartnett (friend of John Roberts)
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)
Jenny Kokonas (friend of Yvonne Watson)
Courtney Koshgarian (friend of Peggy Greene)
Gail Kotin (parishioner)
Nancy Lidecker (mother of Katie Synek)
Jon Lind (friend of John Roberts)
Allen Liss (companion of Pam Hardy)
Dorothy Mahrenholz (parishioner)
John Marquardt, Jr. (son of Judy Marquardt)
Peggy Mason (parishioner)
Joe McDonald (son of John & Susan McDonald)
Karen Mills Hensley (daughter of Mike Mills)
Meredith Montross (parishioner)
Bob P (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Dick Peterson (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)
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)
Kathy Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Patti Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Libby Swift (parishioner)
Nancy Thompson (sister of Dorothy Generes)
Jamie Trotter (parishioner)
Scott Trumble (friend of Scott Swank)
Elena Walke (friend of Jack & Tricia Kessie)
Tom White (son of John White)
Fred Zweifel (son of Diane Sawyer)
Addison & her parents, Kara & Mark, & brother, William  (cousin of kClare McKellaston)
Becky  (friend of Katie Synek)
Daniel  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Dominic  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
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.