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.
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 March 4 we will be discussing Dear Life, by Alice Munro, 336 pgs.
This collection, set mainly in the author's Canadian homelandaround Lake Huron,
explores how extraordinary life can be, through chance encounters and simple twists of fate.
The book is available for pick up at the 2nd floor Readers' Services Desk at the Park Ridge Public Library.
Note that the Prospect Ave. entrance has now reopened.
Your Faith Journey: Insights Through Storytelling
Join us March 8-9 at Techny Towers as Susan Haarman, M.Div helps us explore our own faith journeys through the techniques of storytelling. Be prepared to reflect on your own path in new ways as we get to know each other through fellowship.
Cost: Single room- $194 / Double room- $175
Make checks payable to St. Mary’s (with “Women’s Retreat” on the comment line). Please submit to Christina in the parish office.
Use the link here to register, or in person with Bonny Skutch or Nicole Mascheri by February 22nd!
Feel free to contact us with any questions!
Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at St Mary's to celebrate St Patrick's Day. BYOB…We will be entertained by the Irish duo, Banna. The festivities begin at 6:30 for dinner followed by the entertainment. The cost is $25 per person or $60 per family. Tickets are available from Alice or John Medenwald or Sonia Davidson or you can make reservations now at email@example.com. If you are interested in helping at the event please email Alice Medenwald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Meeting Report is attached below.
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.
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 Mascheri family. 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.