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  • Celebrating 125 Years

  • 1895 - 2020

  • Rev Patrick J Skutch

  • Deacon David Grauer

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Christmas Service Schedule

TUESDAY, December 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, with carols and brass

Nursery Available: 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

9:45 p.m. Caroling and Prelude Music

10:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, with Parish Choir

WEDNESDAY, December 25 | CHRISTMAS DAY

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

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

Christmas Flower Memorials

We enter 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. Please return your request in the envelope provided. There are also forms and envelopes in the narthex and a form is attached below. All memorials and thank offerings must be returned to the church office by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019 in order to guarantee publication in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins. If you have any questions, please contact Trish Morris at (847) 698-1014.

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:

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.

Blue Christmas Service | Friday, December 20th 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Join us for an hour of music, readings and prayers.
This service may be especially meaningful for those who find
the overt cheeriness of seasonal music and popular culture
does not resonate with them personally
due to recent losses or emotional or spiritual struggles –and for those who long for a contemplative time.
Blue Christmas provides quiet respite.
All are welcome.

St. Mary’s Book Discussion Group | January 6 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

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

Feb 3       Forged in Crisis, by Nancy Koehn, (2017, 517 pgs.)
                   -profiles of 5 leaders who were effective during hard times

The Episcopal Church: January 15, 22, 29

In January, Father Patrick will be presenting three classes on the history and faith of the Episcopal Church. These gatherings are especially appropriate for those who may be new or who are exploring membership in the Episcopal Church. The seminars will also serve as preparation for those wishing to be confirmed or received by the Bishop in February. Those desiring a refresher in these topics are also welcome to attend.

The Episcopal Church: Our History and Tradition

January 15, 2020: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

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!                  

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  and high school age children (gardes 6 - 12) participate in a youth group. Our time together is spent sharing a meal, discussing our faith, and participating in an event, game, or outing.
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/

SPOTLIGHT ON......

As part of No Strangers at Home, we have installed a SPOTLIGHT board on the wall between the bell tower doors and the Grauer Lounge. We will be spotlighting different parishioners and outreach partners every few weeks so that we can all put names with faces. There will also be a little bio of each - the facts of which may or may not be the subject of a trivia game in the future! Be sure to stop and see our current SPOTLIGHT honorees: The Outgoing Vestry Members: Susan Bruce, Trish Morris and Scott Schiave. And get ready for your time in the SPOTLIGHT !

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