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  • Celebrating 125 Years

  • 1895 - 2020

  • Rev Patrick J Skutch

  • Deacon David Grauer

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About Saint Mary's

St. Mary's Purpose is to pursue and recognize heaven on Earth through relationship with God and service to others and one another.

Welcome to our web site. We would be delighted to have you visit St. Mary's Episcopal Church. 

Everyone is welcome to participate in our frequent acitivites or study groups on spirituality, social justice, education, health, and fellowship. If you are interested in exploring membership please contact Father Patrick Skutch at patrickskutch@stmaryspr.org or 847-823-4126.

About the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church is a gathering of all kinds of people who put their trust in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior, who believe that God loves all people, and who want to share God’s love, peace, and forgiveness with everyone we encounter. We want to follow Jesus and his teachings in our daily lives

LET’S START THE 125TH CELEBRATION NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

We may not turn 125 until next year, but let’s start celebrating now! Commemorate St. Mary’s anniversary by purchasing this beautiful ornament for your tree for a mere $20 or get 3 for $50! This fund raiser will contribute to our budget while providing a lovely addition to your Christmas tree.     Ornaments will be sold following our Sunday services starting November 17th. We take cash,  checks or credit cards!

                        Don’t delay! Buy early! Don’t be disappointed when we sell out!                  

Community Thanksgiving Service | Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30

An Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service will take place on Tuesday Nov. 26, at 7:30 pm at Park Ridge Community Church, sponsored by the Park Ridge Ministerial Association. 
In this time of Thanksgiving we praise God and give thanks for blessings both seen and unseen— All that God has done and continues to do for us. 
A combined Community Choir will perform at the service;  followed by Desserts, Coffee & Fellowship. 

 

Updated Contact Information For Church Photo Directory

If you want to be listed in the photo directory or if you would like to submit updated contact information and/or a new photo for the Church Photo Directory, please review your current listing in the directory, located in the narthex, and fill out the attached change request form and submit it to the parish office  by Sunday, November 24th.

New Photos must be submitted  in a JPEG format to parishadmin@stmaryspr.org 

 

Light of the World | Wednesdays, December 4th, 11th, and 18th from 7:00-8:15 p.m

A Beginner’s Guide to Advent-by Amy- Jill Levine

Books can be purchased individually from Amazon.com or from Father Patrick. Please RSVP to Father Patrick (patrickskutch@stmaryspr.org) by Monday, November 25. Reading assignments will be given in advance.

In Light of the World, esteemed biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine takes a fresh look at the sacred, beloved stories we tell this time of year. This is a wonderful study even for those who have heard the familiar stories year after year. Here is a preview:

St. Mary’s Book Discussion Group | December 2 at 7 PM

We meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grauer Lounge on the first Monday of each month

 Dec 2       Music for Wartime, by Rebecca Makkai, ( 2015, 228 pgs.)
                   -a short story collection from a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist

Jan 6        A Year by the Sea, by Joan Anderson, (1999, 195 pgs.)        
                    a woman tries to find herself during a break from marriage                  -

Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange | Sunday, December 8th

Our Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange ~ Sunday, December 8th   Following the 10am service You can't buy them, but you can exchange them!

Here's how it works:

Everybody bakes 6 dozen cookies, all the same kind

Cookies are divided into portions depending on how many bakers we have

Bring your bagged cookies to the Auditorium before the 10:00 a.m. service

After church, return to the auditorium to take home an assortment of all the cookies!

2019 CHRISTMAS PAGEANT - DECEMBER 15th AT 3 PM

Plans are underway for St. Mary's annual Christmas pageant, and we are seeking all interested children and parents!  All children from the Atrium to Grade 5 are welcome to be in our cast. There are a variety of both speaking and non-speaking roles (of the traditional Nativity type).  If you want to participate, here are important dates to keep in mind:

Sunday, December 1st & December 8th: Costume pick-up after 10 a.m. service in Beyer Auditorium

Monday, December 9th: Speaking Parts’ Rehearsal at St. Mary's 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Petite Opera Productions Presents: "The Falling and The Rising”

Petite Opera Productions (Park Ridge IL) presents the Chicago premiere of The Falling and The Rising from November 2-24. Following the journey of a female soldier after she is wounded, The Falling and The Rising is a soldier's operatic odyssey that captures the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military. Originally created from interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans, the opera shines a light on their inspirational and often untold stories of family, service and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty. The production features a military chorus comprised of veterans. Suitable for all ages. Music by Zach Redler. Libretto by Chicago’s own Jerre Dye. Based on a concept by Sgt. Ben Hilgert.

Purchase Tickets online: petiteopera.org/purchase-tickets-online

Ticket Reservations by Phone 847-553-4442 or by Email tickets@petiteopera.org 

More information on this production: petiteopera.org/upcoming-productions

CHILDREN AND YOUTH FORMATION | Sunday Schedule

Children ages 4 to grade 5 are welcome to join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Grauer Lounge for a gathering time.
At 9:45 a.m. children 4-6 years old will spend time in our Atrium classroom. The curriculum is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Children grades 2-5 are welcome to join us in Classroom 1 for stories, crafts, and more.
Every 1st and third Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. from September to May our middle school age children participate in a youth group. Our time together is spent sharing a meal, discussing our faith, and participating in an event, game, or outing.
Our High School age friends are welcome to participate in our High School Youth Group. We meet once a month. We do outings, service projects, peer ministry lessons, and more. For more information please contact Zach Dyrda.

ONE BIG THING 2019-2020: SUNDAY SUPPERS

Sunday Night Suppers is a collaborative food ministry of Park Ridge churches and the Park Ridge Ministerial Association. On Sunday evenings from September to May, members of our community experiencing food insecurity are invited to share a meal together, no questions asked. 

 St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Park Ridge Presbyterian Church are co-hosts of this vital ministry. As the 2019-2020 program year will be the first year of our joint partnership, the Vestry has chosen Sunday Night Suppers as our One Big Thing for 2019-2020. One Big Thing is about rallying ourselves and working as a team doing something that we enjoy, something that fits our strengths as a parish, and something that challenges us to dig deep together. And Sunday Night Suppers is just that: a prime opportunity to live into our gift and enjoyment of feeding our neighbors!

More information at sundaysupperspr.org/

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