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.
We meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grauer Lounge on the first Monday of each month
Feb 3 Forged in Crisis, by Nancy Koehn, (2017, 517 pgs.)
-profiles of 5 leaders who were effective during hard times
Mar 2 Unearthed, by Alexandra Risen, (2016, 271 pgs.)
-a memoir from a woman who digs into her past while rehabilitating her garden
All women are welcome to join us for the retreat Friday, Feb 21st to Saturday, Feb 22nd. The retreat will be facilitated by Reverend Laurie Michaels, and the theme will be about time and how we spend it. The retreat is structured so that you can decide how you want to use your time that weekend - whether coming Friday for a service project, staying overnight, or just coming to the program on Saturday. You're welcome to chose the way that best fits your schedule and budget. Details are in the online registration form.
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 !
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?"
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.
St.Mary's Annual Reports are available for viewing here...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-698-7677.
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.