This Sunday I invite you in welcoming the Rev. Peter Lane. Peter is the Executive Director of the ReVive Center for Housing and Healing, an Episcopal Charity Organization in the Diocese of Chicago. ReVive organizes the gift basket program that St. Mary’s has donated to for a number of years. Peter will be preaching on Sunday at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services, and sharing with us stories and information about ReVive and the people who are served by them and by our donations. He will also be speaking with us on our 9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Service on ZOOM. We are kicking off our gift donation program Sunday, and all the information you need to know to sign up or to make a donation is in this newsletter. Our donations to ReVive make a difference to families in need during this Christmas season when need is more keenly felt.
As most of you know the numbers of COVID cases continues to be on the rise and the Diocese of Chicago is closely monitoring the situation. Right now we are allowed up to 40 people maximum in our building at one time, provided masks are worn and proper distancing is observed. This may change in the near future, and I will keep you informed if we must make changes to our in-person worship. This Sunday we have an 8:00 a.m. in-person service, a 10:30 a.m. in-person service, which will also be live-streamed, and our usual Morning Prayer on Zoom at 9:00 a.m.
To participate by phone only: 312-626-6799; phone meeting ID: 967 1461 6954 *Please note that the ZOOM link and Meeting ID is different again this week.*
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.)
St. Mary’s is once again participating in the ReVive Center’s Christmas Basket Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 15 individuals. Because we have so many parishioners who are not attending in-person worship right now, and/or don't feel comfortable doing any shopping, we are offering 3 ways you can participate in the program. The need is great, and your gifts are often the only ones that these individuals will receive.
Option 1:Sign up to sponsor an individual to purchase gifts or a grocery gift card. See the display in the front of the church for the sign-up sheet and all the details.
Option 2:Mail a $50 Jewel gift card to the parish office, or send a check for $50, and we will purchase a grocery gift card for you.
Option 3:Mail or drop off a check in any amount and we will shop for you. We will use all donated funds to purchase gifts or gift cards for any individual that is not sponsored.
Thank you to everyone for continuing to make this fun
outreach ministry so meaningful and successful!
All Saints’ Day – Sunday, November 1
This year our All Saints’ Day Celebration is on Sunday, November 1, and there are several ways you can participate.
Prayer Flags: Colored paper prayer flags and markers will be available at the back of the church throughout the month of October. Please make a flag for anyone and everyone whom you would like us to remember on All Saints’ Day. You may make as many flags as you wish. The flags will be hanging in the church throughout the month of November. You may write the person’s name, dates, and/or a note about them.
Photos: In addition to the prayer flags, you are also invited to submit photos of those family members and friends to be remembered. You can email them to the office, or drop them off and we can scan them. If you submitted photos in prior years, there is no need to resubmit them – we will use them again, unless you tell us otherwise.
Deaths Since November 2019: During the Prayers of the People at our Sunday services on November 1, we will pray for all those friends and loved ones who have died during the past year. There are forms in the back of church, or you may submit their names to the office via email or a phone call.
** Please note: If you are not attending in-person services right now,
we can make the flags for you! Pleaseemail, or call the office
with the names of those loved ones you would like remembered. **
2021 Stewardship Drive is Underway
Pledge cards were distributed/mailed last week. If you did not receive one, there are extra cards on the Narthex table, or you may contact the parish office. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge for 2021 as our pledge dollars are the main source of income we have to fund our ministries at St. Mary’s. Please return your pledge card no later than November 22, Stewardship Sunday.
You've been seriously ill, had surgery, or you are caring for a family member who is ill or recovering and you still have to make dinner. Too worn out, sick, or incapacitated to cook? Your parish is here to help in your time of immediate need!
Amy and Tom Koegel are putting together a list of people who would like to part of a care team to sign up to make or buy a meal for a parish family. There are no committee meetings involved! Here is how it works:
Amy Koegel will reach out to the family or individual to determine how many meals are needed for the week. This is meant to help a couple of times on a one-week or two-week schedule. For example: a family of 2 needs meals on Tuesday and Thursday for two weeks (4 meals total).
An email will go out to all of the members of the Good Samaritan Care Team explaining what is needed and people will sign up to make (or buy) and deliver a meal. Don't have a car? No problem! Just let Amy know that you can only make the meal and she'll coordinate how to get it to the family.
It's that simple! Do you have to make a meal every time? No. The goal is to get enough people who like doing this type of ministry that many hands will make light work. This is an opportunity to care for people in our own parish without overwhelming them (or ourselves). Those of us who have received bread from the Bread Brigade know how much that simple delivery with a smile can brighten someone's day and make you feel like people are thinking of you.
How do you sign up? Please email Amy Koegel and we'll get you on the list.
Galatians 6:2 - Bear another one's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
A Very Special Virtual Invitation!
By the grace of God
and with the consent of the people of God,
The Right Reverend Jeffrey D. Lee,
Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago, will ordain
To the Sacred Order of Deacons
in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
The Transition Committee has scheduled a series of virtual Candidate Conversations to provide the people of the diocese the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the candidates for bishop prior to the election. The conversations are scheduled for various times from November 5-14. Links to the online conversations will be available soon.
Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 pm, hosted by the Joliet / Peoria Deaneries
Friday, November 6 at 10:00 am, hosted by the Elgin / Rockford Deaneries
Saturday, November 7 at 12:00 Noon, hosted by the Hispanic Affairs Committee
Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 pm, hosted by the Evanston / Waukegan Deaneries
Friday, November 13 at 10:00 am, hosted by the Chicago-North and Chicago-South Deaneries
Saturday, November 14 at 12:00 Noon, hosted by the Aurora / Oak Park Deaneries