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.
Meet members of St. Mary’s community for a meal and fellowship.
This is not a gourmet dinner group, just good food with very nice people. The Dinner Group is open to anyone in the parish, couples and singles.
We meet in groups of about eight people at each other’s homes, a restaurant or place of host’s choice. Each gathering is hosted by a member couple/person.
The dinner group meets approximately four times a year beginning in January.
Don’t be shy. We’d love to meet you.
Call or email Chris Provost at 847-696-7956 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. Sign up deadline is November 1, 2018.
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.
The report for the 2017 Annual Meeting is attached.
The men of St. Mary's meet for breakfast in The Marshall Dining Room on the first Saturday of each month from September thru May.
Please plan to join your fellow St Mary's brothers for food, fellowship, and to discuss future activities. Please RSVP to Bill Olbrisch at email@example.com or Rob Bowe at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The St. Mary's Book Discussion Group meets the 1st Monday of the month from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Grauer Lounge.
On January 7 we will be discussing The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros,
110pgs - the story of a young girl growing up in Chicago
You do not need to have read the book to attend. Participants are invited to bring a snack or beverage to share. Contact Jeanie Forrest at email@example.com with any questions.
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: Exodus World Service. And get ready for your time in the SPOTLIGHT !
Information regarding governance and various leadership reports 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:
St.Mary's Annual Reports are available for viewing here...
The explanation of the new Vestry Leadership Structure is attached...
Located in the Southwest Corner of the Grauer Lounge...
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.