9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer on Zoom with a virtual coffee hour
10:30 a.m. Eucharist in person
We will be back living-streaming the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday August 16th, and Sunday August 30th.
If you are joining us in person this week for our 8:00 or 10:30 a.m. services, you are invited to join us for an outdoor coffee hour in the courtyard. We will have coffee and pre-packaged sweets and savory items, and it will be a nice chance to safely gather while we can before the weather changes and we are forced back inside.
It has been so wonderful to see people in person and to celebrate the Eucharist together. If you are considering coming to church please know that our capacity is 40 people in the pews. We have plenty of room at both services and we are following all safety precautions. If you are in need of having home communion dropped off at your door please contact me. Mike Choquette has been helping to deliver communion and he would also be happy to bring communion to you.
Over the past month and a half I have been able to visit people in the hospital. If you or your family members are in the hospital and you wish me to visit, you must make this request with the hospital and they will take my name and give it to the desk. Every hospital is different so it is best to ask about this upon admission. I am currently not able to visit people inside nursing homes or assisted living facilities, however I have been able to have patio and window visits with parishioners inside these facilities. Again, every facility has different rules, but if you wish a visit please let me know or inquire with the staff. I am visiting people at their homes on patios and porches as well, so if you wish to have a visit please give me a call and we can set it up.
St. Mary’s Conversations That Matter – Wednesday August 19 at 6:30 pm
On Wednesday August 19, we will welcome Claudia Marchan, the Executive Director of Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (a United Methodist Immigration Ministry). Claudia will discuss the immigration process and the legal rights of immigrants. Please join us for this very special Zoom meeting. The discussion will begin at 6:30 pm and we will aim to wrap up at 7:45 pm.
Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (NIJFON) provides free high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants, engages in education and advocacy efforts and builds cross-cultural communities. Rooted in the United Methodist Church and moved by our Christian faith to welcome immigrants, NIJFON is a non-profit organization that welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths.
Claudia Marchan is Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors’ first Executive Director. Claudia was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in Mexico and immigrated to the US at the age of 5 and currently has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. She grew up in Chicago and brings her own immigrant experience to her work. Claudia started her passion for community organizing during her time at a non for profit in Pilsen where she worked on social justice issues around access to education, early childhood initiatives, affordable healthcare and comprehensive immigration reform amongst others. Claudia holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and an MBA from National Louis University (NLU) and is currently a part of the Community Psychology doctoral program at NLU where she is focusing her research on the issues of immigration and access to education with a focus on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
To participate by phone only: 312-626-6799; phone meeting ID: 826 0737 1151
If you are participating by phone, you can access the same service document that Zoom participants can see. Click here to view the service on your computer. (The Zoom link, phone number, and ID will remain the same every Sunday.)
10:30 a.m. In-Person Eucharist (This service will also be live-streamed August 16 and 30)
In-Person Worship Guidelines
Maximum of 40 person in the pews.
Stay home if you feel sick.
Masks are required.
Sanitize and wash hands (sanitizer is available throughout the building).
Keep a distance of 6 ft from people you are not quarantined with at this time.
No singing is allowed in the church.
No Coffee hour at this time; you may visit outside wearing masks, and keeping properly distanced.
Communion will be available in a pre-sealed cup with bread / wine, or gluten free bread / juice.
One person in the bathrooms at a time in order to be distanced.
Rev. Fran will be on the altar with one LEM. We will not be using lectors, ushers, acolytes, or the altar guild at this time.
Disinfectant is being used to clean the church and bathrooms.
Prayer Shawls Needed – Large or (very) Small
The chaplain at Stroger Hospital, Deacon Rose Cicero, is requesting prayer shawls for the patients and staff at the hospital where she serves. Prayer shawls need to be a minimum of 20"x 60", but she also has use for tiny squares, or circles, 3" to 5" square, suitable for a pocket or on a desk. If any of you have the knitting, crocheting, or even quilting skills and want to be part of the project, please contact Margaret Wood. Thank you!!
Chair Yoga Resumes (Outside)
The weekly Chair Yoga group has resumed meeting in-person, weather permitting. Participants will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the grass by the circle driveway (south side of the property). If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Carroll.
Online Resources Available for Worship / Devotions
Parishioners: Gail, Gladys, Elmer, Galen & Betsy, Heather, El, Dorothy, Matthew, Emmett, Kristi, Stacy, Elizabeth, Cindy, Glenice, Shirley, and Margaret
Family/Friends: Rob, brother of Amy Noe, his wife Missy, and daughter Cassie; Brenda, friend of Daphne Starr; Tom, brother-in-law of Missy Spengel; Mark, friend of Peter Carroll; Andi, Chris, Sue, Angela, Bill; Ryan, Rev. Jim, Maria, Greg, Wayne, Scott, Rev. Bill, Sue, Sarah, Dave, Brynn, Neil and Des, Ashley, Kyle, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Peggy, Denise and Gabriel, Joanne, Lauren, Lynn, Rachel, Kay, Cora, Saul, Susan, Brian, Tom, Billy, Gary, Kelly, Sue, Nicci, Sarah
Thanksgiving for Healing and Recovery
Rev. Diana Carroll, Adam, friend of Mike & Terry Choquette