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Poetry and Prayer | Wednesday, December 6 and 13 at 7pm in Grauer Lounge

In these sessions, we'll read and discuss selected poems and consider, first, what poetry and prayer share in common and, then, how both can be invitations to God to come into our lives and thus be echoes of the Incarnation, which we anticipate in Advent.

About Chuck Hughes:
Chuck has published two books of poems,
The Evening Sky and Cave Art, both from Wiseblood Books.

Chuck and Bunny Hughes have been part of the Saint Mary'scommunity for several years.
Followed by sung Compline at 8:30


Songs of the Season | Friday, December 15, 6:30-8 pm

The SMEC Invite-Welcome-Connect Committee and our Youth Ministry Program would like to invite YOU to..

An Intergenerational “SONGS OF THE SEASON” Sing-Along & Gathering!

Friday, December 15th, 6:30 P.M. to 8 P.M. – Grauer Lounge

Eggnog! Hot Cocoa! Feel free to bring your own beverage of choice!

Crafts for the kids! Comradery and conversation! A Cookie Exchange!

Songs of the Season Sing-Along!

Christmas Service Times

Sunday Morning: December 24, 10:15 am *

Holy Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve Sunday: December 24,  5:00 pm *
 Prelude Music begins 20 minutes before the service.  *Childcare will be available

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 10:15 am

First Sunday After Christmas Day: Sunday, December 31, 10:15 am

Sunday Night Suppers Volunteers Needed

Sunday Night Suppers is a community ministry which provides a meal and fellowship each Sunday to anyone who needs it, no questions asked. Sunday Night Suppers is currently hosted by Park Ridge Presbyterian Church in partnership with St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
St. Mary's provides 3 volunteers every other week to serve on the host team. We need a Greeter, Kitchen Lead, and a Dining Room Lead. Your list of duties will be provided - we promise it's not hard and help will be available on site.

Christmas Memorials and Thank Offerings

We have entered December and await the coming of the Christ Child. The only decoration in the church is the Advent Wreath with its purple and pink candles for the four Sundays of Advent. Then, we celebrate Jesus’ birth with a beautiful array of poinsettias and wreaths. Those blooms represent memorials and thank offerings from our parishioners. If you had a memorial or thank offering last year, you should have received a letter about participating again this year. There are also forms and envelopes in the narthex. You can also print the form below.

Exodus Welcome Pack Fall 2023

Dear Family, Friends, and Neighbors,
Thank you so much for your support this past year! With your help, we were able to provide 7 Welcome Packs to incoming refugee families in the Chicago area in 2023. Considering each pack consists of 60-80 items - you provided an estimated 500 household gifts for these families! We also supplied Exodus with additional supplies and assistance throughout the year. Our last Welcome Pack for 2023 was delivered last week to 3 Syrian brothers. 

We are in our 7th year working alongside refugee families with Exodus and it is all possible thanks to your continued support. Next year we will work to provide Welcome Packs bimonthly (possibly more). The need is there, coordination is the challenge. If you want to learn more about refugees, how you can help more, or anything related to Exodus - please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

CONTACT: katelhannigan@gmail.com