Connecting

We are a fun-loving and celebratory community. Playing and praying together is an important part of our common life and how we celebrate our gratitude to God for bringing us together.

We serve many outside our walls through our outreach and partnership programs. We are aware we are a mostly white, suburban church, yet we value diversity and we hope to be more diverse in membership and to promote greater understanding and appreciation of people different from us. As disciples, we actively promote social justice.

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!

Save-the-Date: St. Mary's Women's Retreat - February 21-22, 2020

The Women's Retreat will be Friday evening 2/21 into Saturday, 2/22 at Techny Towers in Glenview.  Please join us for fellowship and spiritual reflection.  Friday night will be a service project, and Saturday will be a program led by a guest speaker.  You can stay overnight, or come just for the program on Saturday.  Costs for the different options are as follows:

- Overnight, Single Room, $150

- Overnight, Double Room, $125

- Saturday only, $65

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

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 !

Vestry Meeting Agenda for December, 2019 | Parish Leadership and Governance Documents

Information regarding governance and the most recent Parish Annual Report can be found here. 

St. Mary's Core Values:
Seek God.  Love one another.  Serve others.

St. Mary’s Provides:
Worship, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Formation, and Fellowship

Anchors For Decision Making:

  • Use and share our physical resources/space to do outreach service  
  • Engage the geographic community of Park Ridge and the surrounding region
  • Form vital spiritual practices to launch disciples into the world
  • Ask "What is God up to here?"

Introducing Saint Mary's Ministry Directory

As part of our "No Strangers at Home" campaign, the Vestry is pleased to introduce the attached Ministry Directory that will provide information on the fellowship activities and service opportunities that exist at our parish. If you always wondered who is in charge of a particular committee or ministry, or better yet how can I get involved, take a few moments to review the Directory and see what might be of interest. Our special thanks to Nicole Mascheri for all of her hard work in developing this wonderful resource for our parish.

Care Corp

St. Mary's Care Corp brings dinners made by members of the church to people who are overwhelmed or stressed by any form of crisis. Families and individuals in distress are comforted when their basics needs are attended.
If you know of any one in need please feel free to reach out to St. Mary's clergy or Sandra Kreger (Care Corps coordinator).
Sandra can be reached at kregerfam@hotmail.com or 847-698-7677.

Ushers

The first face you’re likely to see on Sunday morning is that of one of our Ushers. Ushers provide parishioners with bulletins, help people find available seats for Sunday worship, and, on behalf of the whole community, present our offerings of thanksgiving to the Lord at the altar. Dick Chandler coordinates this ministry.