CROSSCURRENTS - DECEMBER 2019 - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
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__________________________________________ FROM THE RECTOR DECEMBER 2019 God Moved Into the Neighborhood The first chapter of the Gospel of John is one of my favorite chapters in all of Holy Scripture. The first 18 verses are often referred to as the Prologue of the Gospel, a sort of setting the tone and purpose for the entire book. Due to its deeply poetic language and imagery, many scholars believe that this may have been a hymn of the early Johannine community of Jesus-followers, used in their communal worship. One of my favorite versions of this Prologue comes from The Message, a newer translation from the Greek done by (the late) Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian pastor, scholar, author and poet. He translated John 1:4-5, 9-14 this way: “What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out. . The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into the Light. He was in the world, and the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their Child-of-God selves. These are the God- begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten. “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, Like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” As I sat with this passage in this fresh translation, one phrase kept jumping out at me – The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. In Jesus, God moves into the neighborhood – our neighborhood, with us, right in the middle of us. In Jesus, God makes his home with us, right where we are.
Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) is a season that can be framed in several ways, all of them related and somewhat interwoven. Advent can be seen, not unlike Lent, as a season of penitence and preparation – a house- cleaning to make room for the coming of Christ. Advent can also be seen as a season expectancy, a season focused not only on the celebration of Jesus’ first coming into the world, but also of his return. It can also be seen as a season of hope, leading up to the celebration of the Light of Christ coming into the world (which we celebrate not only at Christmas, but also on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany). Regardless of which theme we emphasize, what we do during Advent is to make ourselves ready to celebrate Christmas, when God takes on flesh and blood and moves into the neighborhood. I believe this time of making ready, of house-cleaning and of preparation takes some intentional effort on our part. The commercial celebration of Christmas provides us with so many distractions – bright, shiny objects (literally!) that can capture our attention and lead us away from what it’s really all about. Our to-do lists grow and our calendars fill up, leaving little mental or physical space for reflection. It’s easy for me to get to Christmas and think, “Where did December go?” The problem with becoming over-scheduled and preoccupied with our many tasks in preparation for Christmas is that we can actually fail to notice God in our midst. I am reminded of another piece of the passage from John’s Prologue: “He was in the world, and the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice.” I know it is possible for me to get so caught up in planning and preparation for having a “good Christmas” – the idealized Christmas of my imagination – that I can miss the very basis for the celebration: that God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. Maybe the same distractedness is possible for you, too. The profound truth of Christmas is that the God of the cosmos came to be with us, right where we are, in the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel (which literally means “God with us”). Advent can be a great time for reflecting on what this really means, not only for us as a church, but for us as individuals. Advent is a time of heightened awareness and intentional noticing. How do I see God at work in my life? In the lives of my family members? In the life of St. Andrew’s? In the neighborhood and community, too? Faithfully, Gregg+
WORSHIP AND STUDY OPPORTUNITIES NEW LECTOR SIGNUP Sign up to read the First Reading at either the 7:45 AM or 10:15 AM service through the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020 ADVENT MEDITATIONS 2019 “Peace on earth! Good will toward all.” In our fractious world the hope of peace seems elusive. How can we realistically cultivate peace in our own lives and in the lives of those around us? How can we contribute to peace within our families, community and nation? Living Compass provides us with a series of meditations throughout the Advent Season to help us practice peace with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Pick up your free copy of Living Well Through Advent: Practicing Peace with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind in the Gathering Space and join us for discussion, as you are able, on Sunday mornings during the Adult Forum, 9:15–10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. CHRISTMAS FLOWERS It is through the generosity of parishioners that the Altar Guild is able to provide the wine, wafers, candles, and flowers for our weekly services. The Altar Guild is responsible for the acquisition and provision of all these elements for all services and is funded solely by the contributions made through flower memorials as well as through other designated gifts. Without them, we would not be able to do so. As the holiday season approaches, won't you please consider additional gifts to the Altar Guild in memory or thanksgiving of loved ones. These gifts will be used to purchase the poinsettias and flower arrangements for our Christmas celebrations. We spend approximately $1,000 for these flowers and your contributions are needed to help defray their costs. We very much appreciate your consideration. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy Nazzarini or Karin Anderson, Altar Guild Directresses. The deadline for the printed bulletin flower list will be on Sunday, December 15. POINSETTIA PROJECT We will again be delivering poinsettias to local businesses in the Community to wish them a Merry Christmas from St. Andrew’s. Look for the sign up in the gathering space to help.
Throughout Advent we will discuss the Advent meditations from the Living Compass booklet Living Well Through Advent: Practicing Peace with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. Free copies of these Advent meditations are available in the Gathering Space. You can drop in on any of the Adult Forums without having read the daily meditations. Each session is self-contained December 1: Deepening Our Understanding of Peace. Table discussions in the Parish Hall, 9:15–10:00 a.m. December 8: Making Peace with Ourselves. Table discussions in the Parish Hall, 9:15–10:00 a.m. December 15: Making Ourselves Instruments of God’s Peace. Table discussions in the Parish Hall, 9:15–10:00 a.m. December 22: Practicing Peace as a “Holy Yes.” Table discussions in the Parish Hall, 9:15–10:00 a.m. December 29: NO ADULT FORUM All-Parish Christmas Open House All of St. Andrew’s is invited to drop in for holiday treats at the home of Earle and Wendee Greene on Sunday, December 15. The Open House will be held from 3:00-6:30 PM (Prior to Advent Lessons & Carols) The Greene House is at 4925 Bryan Place, just north of the Tivoli Theater parking lot. Please note: parking is only allowed on the west (even number) side of the street; due to limited available parking, car-pooling is encouraged
Advent Prayers and Labyrinth Dedication Saturday December 14 10:00am - 12:00pm As we move through the contemplative Season of Advent, we can unintentionally find ourselves worn out from the many celebrations we want to be part of. We are offering a morning of prayers which is intended to help center us, slow us down and set aside time to remember why we celebrate this Holy Season. We will also use this time to properly dedicate our beautiful Labyrinth. Light breakfast fare provided.
CHRISTMAS 2019 The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Tuesday, December 24th -Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. The Holy Eucharist , Pageant & Building of the Creche The service is especially suited for families with young children. The Youth Choir will be singing Reception in the Parish Hall. 10:00 p.m. Festival Choral Eucharist Music by the Parish Choir Incense will be used. Reception in the Parish Hall. Wednesday, December 25th -Christmas Day 9:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist - Rite II Sunday, December 29th - First Sunday after Christmas 7:45 a.m. The Holy Eucharist –Rite I 10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist – Rite II– Enriching our Worship There will be NO Formation classes Regular Formation Classes resume on January 5, 2020 HOSPITALITY/GREEN COMMITTEE MEETING The Hospitality Committee will meet on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 AM in the Phil Room. We will have an IMPORTANT meeting to plan for Christmas Receptions. Everyone is welcome. You can join the committee at any time. CHRISTMAS RECEPTION SIGNUP We are looking for your wonderful Christmas treats, both sweet and savory, to serve at the receptions after all Christmas services. Join in to serve and clean up as well, if you are able. Thank you in advance for your generosity and creativity.
REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING THIS BUSY SEASON! Come to the Healing Circle on December 12th and be relaxed and energized with a gentle session of Theraputic Touch (TT) How does it work? You sit quietly in a chair. The TT practitioner moves her hands over your body, not touching, but about 6 inches away, connecting with your energy system, to balance it. How long does a session take? Each individual session will take about 20 minutes. However, the full healing circle will last about 60 minutes. When is it? The 2nd Thursday of the month from 7 to 8 pm. This month, we meet on December 12. Where is it? Third Floor at St. Andrew’s Church. Who is holding the circle? Madonna Pence, a TT practitioner who is qualified through the Therapeutic Touch International Association. Sally Hedrick, a registered nurse who currently works in mental health nursing and spiritual care. Sally is trained in TT and is pursuing TT qualification. Connie Butler, a licensed physical therapist who works with people with movement difficulties. Connie is trained in TT and has utilized this modality informally through the years. Is this only for sick people? No. Everyone is welcome to feel better! Participation is free. If you have attended before, you are welcome and encouraged to join us again.
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES SANDWICH BOARD The Sandwich Board signup is on the table in the Gathering Space with the menu for the December 12 trip to Trinity, Aurora. You can help by signing up to provide food items to complete our menu. We will be precooking on December 11. LITTLE FREE PANTRY St. Andrew’s and Outreach has a new project to assist people in our community in need of personal items and non-perishable food for lunches and dinners. Our Little Free Pantry has been installed on the church grounds near Saratoga and will contain Blessings Bags and nutritious snacks. Donations of warm hats, socks, underwear, granola bars, small easily-opened soups, and other quick meals are appreciated and can be placed in the Blessings Bags area in the Gathering Space. FOOD FOR FISH FISH Pantry Ongoing NEEDS include: Toilet Paper, Personal Hygiene Articles, Large Canned Meat (Stews, Chili, etc.), Bars of Soap, Pudding and Jello, Canned Fruit, Paper bags & Paper Napkins, Cereal and Paper Grocery Bags. Help us FILL our grocery cart EVERY WEEK. BLOOD DRIVE – DECEMBER 4 The quarterly blood drive will take place at St. Joseph’s from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4th First United Methodist Church Tuesday night and Wednesday morning December 24 & 25 Has been covered
(Public Action to Deliver Shelter) 1st Congregational Church, Downers Grove Monday and Tuesday, January 6 & 7 and January 27 & 28, 2020 Since 2007, St. Andrew’s has staffed the PADS site at First Congregational Church on Curtis Street in Downers Grove two times each January. That tradition is continuing in 2020. While the homeless population in our Western Suburbs is not as large as in some other Chicagoland areas, there are many people who cannot count on a good meal and a warm place to sleep. DuPage Pads is committed to providing safe and hospitable shelter, support services and advocacy to people who are homeless in DuPage County. Vital to this commitment is the collaboration with religious and community groups in the county The Overnight Shelter offers men, women, and families a safe environment. The spirit of hospitality is a priority, as well as respect for each person. Staff and Volunteers provide dinner, breakfast, and a bag lunch; sleeping space; and support activities. On January 6 & 7 and 27 & 28, St. Andrew’s will be cooking and serving dinner and breakfast as well as staffing the site in shifts throughout the night. During this very busy season, please consider joining fellow parishioners in feeding and helping to shelter some of those in our community who temporarily have no place to call their own. It’s a wonderful way to begin the New Year! Signup sheets for January 6 & 7 volunteers and food donations will be in the gathering space December 8. Signups will be available for January 27 & 28 on Sunday, January 5. REMINDER St. Andrew’s will not be serving at 1st United Methodist Church P.A.D.S in January, but will begin again at that site in February.
NOTES FOR DECEMBER Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! Children’s ministry will be gearing up for our annual Christmas Pageant as part of the Family Service at 4pm on December 24! Starting on December 1, the First Sunday of Advent, the children will be decorating our traditional Jesse Tree with Old Testament Story ornaments. The Jesse Tree is like the Family Tree of Jesus from the time of the House of David to His birth in Bethlehem. Be sure to come up closer to the Jesse Tree during Advent to really see the range of creative interpretations of Bible stories! Try to figure out the ornament about Good and Evil! Why is there an ornament with a sling shot on it?-Oh! The story of David and Goliah! The Sundays of December 15 and 22 will be spent learning about the incredible story of the Angel Gabriel telling Mary that she has been chosen to be the mother of our Lord and how Joseph, a carpenter, became her husband and they traveled from Judea to Bethlehem. We have four crèche scenes that our classes will be examining by role-playing. Children will know who Shepherds are and what their job was! They will set up different crèche scenes until the story is familiar to them. Finally, on December 22 we will celebrate Christmas Day in Sunday School and the children will bring home something small for their family to enjoy! We will not be having Sunday School again until Sunday, January 5! DECEMBER 1 - FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Jesse Tree ceremony in place of the sermon at the 10:15 service only. Youth Choir sings in Church; Pre-K has class and comes up for Jesse Tree. DECEMBER 8 - SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Regular Sunday School and focus on waiting for the Birth of Jesus; Creche scenes are rotated through the Sunday School for role-playing. In the Chapel, we light two candles on the Advent Wreath on the altar. DECEMBER 15 - THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (focus on Mary) Regular Sunday School with more sharing of Creche scenes. We light the candle to remember Mary on the Chapel’s Advent Wreath. Main characters in the Christmas Pageant rehearse at noon in the Church without costumes. No Angels or Shepherds yet!
DECEMBER 22 - FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT We celebrate the Birth of Jesus! We bring home a packet of Christmas coloring pages and puzzle pages for Christmas vacation, plus something small for each Family. DRESS REHEARSAL for the Christmas Pageant starts at NOON in the Church Costumes for the Main Characters and All ANGELS will be in Room #4, also called “the Bride’s Room”. Costumes for ALL SHEPHERDS will be in the “Phil Room”, #5. TUESDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE All Children in the Pageant will put on their costume before the service starts. Those not in Youth Choir will sit with their family in Church until Hymn # 99, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” begins! They will then go to their place to act out their Part! Youth Choir kids will rehearse at 3:15 with Mr. Hoover. Youth Choir kids will wear their costumes not their Choir robes to process! Choir kids will also go to their places! Angel Gabriel, Mary and Joseph to the Sacristy, off the Altar: Inn Keeper and ALL other ANGELS and SHEPHERDS to the Narthex. Our Narrator will go to the Pulpit! DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS Congratulations to our December Birthday kids in Sunday School December 13 – Noelle Kelly will be 13. December 28 – Thomas Mountain will be 9 ADVENT CHRISTMAS PROJECT! The Sunday School will be collecting mittens and gloves for men, women and children in all sizes to donate to Hope’s Front Door in time for Christmas! Please choose a pair of mittens with your child for them to clip to our MITTEN TREE which will be in the Gathering Space! Look for a tall Christmas Tree in the corner, across from the stairs! Please be generous! We are off to a long Winter already!!
BOOK REVIEW Looking for a good book to give to a child of any age? This Fall, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD has come out with the poetry and lyrics to the songs that MISTER ROGERS used to sing on his beloved T.V. Show. Yes, there is a popular movie out too which you may enjoy watching with your kids! This book, however is a resource to return to for the words to “What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?” and that poem that you heard him reassure toddlers with, “You Can Never Go Down The Drain”. This book is full of favorites that you and your grown-up kids will never forget such as “It’s You I Like”, “Everything Grows Together” and of course, “Sometimes People Are Good”. All of his poems and songs kept giving children permission to act out their feelings but to realize that their actions would have consequences. So many of the poems and songs have messages for children! This book is one that your Second or Third Grader could read on their own or a very young child would like to have read to them! The ISBN # to order this book is 978-1-68369-113-6. There are colorful water color illustrations by Luke Flowers and the book is from Fred Rogers’ own poems and song lyrics! THANK YOU During the season of Advent I want to express my thanks to all of the Sunday School teachers and teacher substitutes who are Anne Nelsen (Middle School Class), Rev. Earle Greene (Fourth Grade), Mrs. Staci Everaert (Third Grade), Marnie Pyke, Dave Lerette and Patty Sarver (First and Second Grade) and to Grace Cleary, Ruth Winningham, Marjorie Bell, and parents and grandparents who help in the Pre-K and Kindergarten Class! I thank our reliable and best- ever substitutes when staff are out and they include Colleen Loftus, Kara Parker and Jeanine Detwiler as well as James Cohler. I want to thank our Caregivers in the Nursery who include Erin and Will Beatty, Sophia and Chloe Kartsounes, Hillary Morris and others who are so helpful but I do not have your names. Thank you! Thank you! Merry Christmas! Pray for the Children, Dorinda Hicks cell: 630- 709-5135 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH CHOIR A big thank you to all the singers who sang on November 3, for All Saints Day and Bishop Lee’s visit. You did a wonderful job singing our anthem. Thank you also to the parents of these singers for helping to make everything run smoothly. I truly appreciated your help. Now it’s time to prepare the music for the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24. This wonderful, joyful service is especially planned for our younger worshippers. The music provided by the Youth Choir makes this a special service for every member of the family. The adult choir will not be singing with us for this service so it is especially important that all of our Youth Choir members come and sing together. The choir will also be singing on Sunday December 1, for the beginning of Advent and the Jesse Tree decorating. We will have a short rehearsal after this service. The choir will also be having our regular rehearsals after communion, on December 8, 15, and 22, to prepare for the Christmas Eve service. Our rehearsals will begin after communion and end at 11:45 am. On Christmas Eve, December 24, we will rehearse with Mr. Hoover and the organ, in the choir loft, at 3:15pm. This rehearsal is very important because it is right before we sing in the service. The singers will also participate in the Christmas Pageant during the service, and each child will need a parent helper to help them get in and out of their costume. There will not be any choir rehearsal on Sunday, December 29. We will resume our regular rehearsals on Sunday, January 5, 2020. I’m really looking forward to the holidays and all the music our choir will be singing. I hope everyone will be able to join us for our rehearsals and to sing in church on December 1, and on Christmas Eve, December 24. Sincerely, Chris Stansbury.
HOLY BAPTISM Holy Baptism is administered on designated Sundays during the service. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints' Day (or the Sunday after), the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (the first Sunday after Epiphany) and the Bishop's visitation. The First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 12, 2020 –10:15 AM or 7:45 AM if you would prefer Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 7:30 PM The Day of Pentecost – May 31, 2020 - 7:45 AM or 10:15 AM Godparents must be baptized Christians. It is recommended that they be either a confirmed member of this parish or active in their own parish. Please call the Parish Office to arrange for the Baptism and to schedule pre-baptismal instruction. YOUTH GROUPS The Youth Group's holiday service event will be Feed My Starving Children again this year!! We had such a great turnout and so much fun last year that we're excited to repeat this event. Our reserved time is December 7 from 11:30 am–1:00 pm at their Aurora packaging facility, so please plan on having youth dropped off at St. Andrews no later than 10:45 am, and they'll be back and ready to be picked up at 2:00 pm after the event. DRIVERS ARE NEEDED. JT and I cannot fit all of the youth into our car, so we will need help with volunteer parent drivers. If you are a driver, you are more than welcome to stay and help at the event too! Please RSVP to JT or myself for your youth participant or as a driver. JT (773) 217-2471, Melanie (630) 863-1023 LET THERE BE HEAT! Anyone who has been on the third floor in the winter knows that it can be pretty cold. Proper heating is being installed on the third floor the first week of December. Additional electrical will be also be added to make way for the eventual addition of air-conditioning in the space.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN ST. LUCIA GUILD St. Lucia Guild will have their annual Christmas meeting on Wednesday, December 11th at the home of Nancy Stapleton, 1220 – 62nd Street, Downers Grove. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM followed by the Christmas gift exchange and potluck lunch. Please call Nancy, 630-964-4494 if there are any questions about the meeting or directions.
ECW DOLLARS HO-HO-HO! ECW DOLLARS is ready for your CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NEEDS ORDER DATES ARE: December 1 December 8 December 15 UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through the UTO program, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. Twice yearly, these thank offerings are collected and blessed at the Chicago Diocesan ECW Annual Meeting and the Diocesan Convention. All funds collected through these thank offerings are gathered with offerings from across the country to provide grants to parishes and social service agencies connected to the Episcopal Church. We have just completed our Fall UTO ingathering at St. Andrew’s and the final Fall offering was $407.56. Including our Spring ingathering ($325.16), St. Andrew’s will have contributed $732.72 to the UTO program this year. I am very grateful for your incredible generosity. Once again, St. Andrew’s has shown gratitude for the many blessings of this parish. Our Spring ingathering will be on March 15, 2020. Please pick up a Blue Box in the Parish Hall and begin to place your extra change in that box as a way to show your gratitude. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 136. Joanne Schupbach
THE COOKIE WALK IS COMING!! Save the date of Saturday, December 7. The sign up is in the Gathering Space to bake and contribute your favorite Christmas Cookies. Plan to BAKE, BAKE, BAKE (and freeze) over Thanksgiving weekend!! December 7 from 9:00 -10:30 AM cookies will be for sale in the Parish Hall "by the pound" and you get to choose the ones you want. Get variety of cookies without baking them all yourself. Cookie drop-off will be Friday, December 6 during office hours, 9:00AM–3:00 PM and in the evening from 6:30-8:00 PM Questions? Call Joanne Schupbach or Karin Anderson. SAVE THE DATE! Episcopal Church Women Lenten Retreat Day March 14, 2020 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Whole Self Whole Heart: Our lives are divided into many parts. We feel the push and pull of all we ask of ourselves and what others expect of us. We fail ourselves and others too often. When we confess, “I have not loved you with my whole heart” what is it that we are saying? Brene Brown, an Episcopalian and research professor of Social Work and author of many New York Times bestselling books, offers an answer to the question of how to live with a whole heart. During a day long Lenten retreat, The Rev Lisa Senuta will integrate Brene’s work with contemplative practices, large group learning, personal reflection and small group conversation to guide you toward the transformative compassion of God. The Rev Lisa Senuta has been an Episcopal Priest for 18 years, current rector of St James the Less in Northfield IL. She is trained in guiding groups and in Spiritual Direction through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington DC. She is married to Chad and together they are raising their daughters.
NEW SILVERWARE DONATION CORRECTION On Celebration Sunday (October 21), I mistakenly said that the Vestry had purchased new silverware for our use at parish events. The ECW has generously provided the donation to us to purchase the new silverware. I am grateful to the ECW for their generosity, and wanted to make sure to give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Gregg+ Dear People of St Andrew’s Susan and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful reception on Sunday. I am so awed to have seen so many of you, although I felt like the bride at a wedding reception where I could only speak briefly and still missed speaking with many of you. Thanks to everyone who made the day possible and so joyous. I was positively beaming with joy at the worship services as we were in sacred community together, remembering how much we have shared on our journeys. I felt as Father Leswing said in his farewell sermon; “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” St. Andrew’s is a very special place. You are blessed to be growing in numbers and spiritually. You are blessed with growing families as well as wise elders and individuals who devotedly contribute to community. You will always have a warm place in our hearts. Deacon Tom with warmest regards from Susan
It’s not too late to join us for Lunch! Sign up in the Gathering Space by Sunday, December 1 See or call Kurt (630-667-6221) St. Andrew’s Friday, December 6, 2019 $23.00 Cash or Check in advance to Kurt Wiesner. Price includes tax and gratuity – for another great luncheon at RBK A signup sheet is in the Gathering Space. If you didn’t plan on attending and find you can last minute, just show up!
December Birthdays 12 Kathy Seidler 1 Miles Boone 14 Noelle Kelly Joe Parker 16 Dan Mejdrech 2 Noreen Lopez Patty Sarver Patrick Anderson Jillian Morris Al Woitovich 3 Bill Hedrick Bill Johnston 18 Alissa Kartsounes 4 Rolle Burgeson 19 David Pilz Laurie Mack Tim Hickey 6 Jeff Burgeson 20 Holly Hickey Tom Sarver Jim Beatty 23 Ron Williams Jim Fiala 24 Leslie Andersen 10 Barb Minster Esther Anders Bob Von Dreele Jake Morgan Jonathan Platt David Morgan Christine Mountain Diana Rhoads 28 Thomas Mountain 11 Bobbie Sieja 29 Kristi Maher Pat Martin Terese Ciciora December Anniversaries 24 Bob & Jean Beatty 26 Chris & Anne Nelsen 30 Gregg & Laura Morris JANUARY CROSSCURRENTS DEADLINE Friday, December 13
VESTRY RECRUITING St. Andrew’s is looking for Vestry members for 2020. Vestry members commit to attend monthly Vestry meetings (always held the evening of the third Thursday of the month), help to set the parish’s direction, and listen for God’s call to service. At the annual meeting in January, the congregation will elect four new Vestry members to serve for three years. If you are interested in serving, contact one of the following members of the Vestry Recruiting committee: ● Miles Boone ● Wendee Greene ● Kurt Wiesner ● Mike Spitalli ● Laura Howland ANNUAL PARISH MEETING JANUARY 19, 2020 Our 135th Annual Parish meeting will be held on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020 There will be ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9:00 AM. At this meeting we will elect a Warden and four Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention. ANNUAL REPORTS It is also time to prepare reports for the Annual Parish Report. If you are the head of an organization or committee, please type your report and submit it to the Church Office No later than, Monday, January 6th. These may be submitted as a paper copy, faxed or emailed as an attachment in Word to: email@example.com THANKS Watch for 2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES in the gathering space mid-December. Pick up the ones with your mailing label. Reminder: If you give electronically, that form needs to be filled out and renewed annually. Additional forms will be located near the offering envelopes.
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS THANK YOUS Buildings and grounds would like to thank Debbie Wilderman for her participation this year. Deb was our lead person on the Parish Hall remodeling projects. She met with our consultant many times working on color combinations and blind materials. It took a long 6 months but in the end with participation with other church members she finished the project. She also worked with the contractor in developing the design for the Columbarium addition, getting the contract and scheduling installation She also planted the beautiful annual flowers around the church with the help of her husband. The flowers looked beautiful Please thank Deb for her hard work, when you see her around the church. Buildings & Grounds would also like to thank: Jeff Roberts, Jeff Heller, Beverly Lashus, Dave Pilz, and Gregg Morris for their participation cleaning up around the building in preparation for upcoming events at the church. GREEN TIP - FROM HOSPITALITY- GREEN COMMITTEE "THE FOURTH R" When it comes to knowing what to do with our garbage, most of us are familiar with the mantra of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But did you know there's a fourth R? Before we get to that, here's a refresher on the first three: Reduce: Purchase products that require less packaging or to limit the waste you are producing. Reuse: Use a travel mug or reusable water bottle and avoid single-use bags. Recycle: Paper, plastic, glass, magazines, electronics, and more can be processed into new products while using fewer natural resources and less energy. As recycling facilities struggle to keep up with the amount of waste they receive, and China stopped accepting America's waste, recycling isn't the best option. We all need to reduce our waste. For most of us, that means buying less. That brings us to fourth R: REFUSE. Refuse to buy, and use what you have. Refuse plastic bottles, plastic bags, straws, cups and plates that cannot be reused over time. Use long-lasting, glass or paper alternatives. St. Andrew's is committed to refusing to buy single-use plastics (straws, disposable cups, plastic silverware). Most of these items cannot be recycled. Instead, we're reusing silverware, plates, and mugs at coffee hour. Let's practice the 4 R's at St. Andrew's and in our own homes.
AN EVENING WITH LOUISE KELLY A musical performance with special guest artists. and Book Drive for SCARCE’s Book Rescue Saturday, January 25, 2020 Door open at 7:00 PM Show starts at 7:30 PM $20 admission or $15 with a gently used book Original music will be performed from Louise's last album "Cave Paintings and Silent Movies" and from her new album, "Two Gardens" due to be released in April, 2020. www.louisekelly.com
Please Save the Date for a repeat of last year’s fun evening Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:30 - 9:30 PM Plan to join us for an evening that will include…. Conversation, Dancing, Resting, Eating, and Relaxing Friends, Family, Neighbors, Visitors, all Guests Welcome Music will be provided by a surprise guest DJ (aka Fr. Gregg) Rock ‘n Roll, Slow, Fast, Line, etc. - requests accepted Upstairs at St. Andrews - Third Floor More Information in January’s Crosscurrents See Kurt Wiesner if you have any questions DIRECTORY UPDATES ADDRESS CORRECTION: MANKIVSKY, Tony Unit 266, NOT 226 PHONE CHANGE: CHENG / O’LEARY have dropped their landline. CHENG, Elaine 630-915-3564 (Cell)
2020 COLOR PHOTO DIRECTORY FINAL 2 PHOTO DAYS DECEMBER 1 & 8 As previously announced, we are updating our 2018 Color Photo Directory with a 2020 edition to be printed and distributed at our Annual Parish Meeting in January. We have two remaining photography sessions, between and after Sunday services on December 1 and December 8, for family and individual photos. Miles Boone, Senior Warden and professional photographer, is our “Photo Master”. Photos will be taken in the 2nd floor “Brides Room” #4 next to the Nursery from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM, and resume at the conclusion of the 10:15 service until approximately noon. A signup sheet is in the Gathering Space for you to indicate the day you plan to have your photo taken. You do not have to notate any specific time, as the process takes only a few minutes. There will be seating available in the hallway outside the photo room. Everyone will be asked to complete an information sheet verifying names, home address, phone numbers (land line and/or cell), and e-mails, etc. This extremely important information for communicating with our St. Andrew’s members is confidential and is not shared or distributed anywhere. You may have a new photo taken, instruct us to use your picture from our existing directory, or submit a personal photo. Please contact Jennifer Robbins or Kurt Wiesner with any questions. As we all know, having a photo directory to associate names with faces is a great asset for our entire parish family, so please plan to participate in this import event. Nothing will be sold or promoted so this is a totally stress-free, enjoyable process. Please be sure to have your Photo and information included in our Directory!!!!!
Next UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDARS December 14 Advent Prayers & Labyrinth Dedication 10AM-Noon December 15 All Parish Open House - 3:00-6:30 PM @ Earle & Wendee Greene’s Advent Lessons & Carols – 7 PM December 17 ECW Ornament Exchange – 7PM @ Kathy Johnston’s January 19 Annual Parish Meeting One Service – 9 AM January 25 Louise Kelly Concert – 7:30 PM upstairs@standrews February 9 Russ & Heidi Smith Visitation Daughters of the King Tea February 15 Valentine Party/Dance February 26 Ash Wednesday March 6 Life Line Screening March 14 Women’s Retreat The Office will be Closed for Christmas December 24, 25, 26 and December 31
FROM THE PARISH REGISTER Pray for those who have been hospitalized or had surgery Barb Kanzler, Carol Wandschneider Pray for those Confirmed and Received Grace Bell Cleary David Jude Morgan Connor Thomas Hickey Jacob Holden Morgan Russell William Johnston Hillary Jane Morris Frederick William Kuhlman Colin Charles Nockels Rose Nancy Kuhlman Luke Phillip Wilson Harrison Hastings Maher Vera Dicke Barbara Sue O’Dell Michelle Ashley Robbins MILESTONES Pray for those who have died Zane Schubert Colleague of Laura Morris Louis Adams Great Uncle of Melanie Waszkowski
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1125 Franklin Street Downers Grove, IL 60515-3551 Phone 630-968-9188 FAX 630-968-0576 E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Website www.saintandrewschurch.net Diocesan Website www.episcopalchicago.org THE STAFF The Right Rev’d. Jeffrey D. Lee Bishop The Rev’d. Gregg A. Morris Rector Kathryn R. Nazzarini Parish Music Director James Hoover Organist Jennifer Robbins Parish Administrator Chris Stansbury Youth Music Director Dorinda Hicks Children’s Ministry Coordinator Sally Hedrick Chaplain Joanne Schupbach Chaplain Mike Spitalli Chaplain Chris Ponstein Bookkeeper Janine Pickett Parents Day Out Director Melanie & JT Waszkowski Youth Group Leaders THE PARISH VESTRY Miles Boone, Senior Warden Wendee Greene, Junior Warden Mark Frankart, Parish Treasurer Barbara O’Dell, Clerk of the Vestry 2017 2018 2019 Anna Chika Christopher Mountain Jim Haley James Cohler Lisa Pocius Kurt Wiesner Janie Bouzek Cross Cathy Roberts Debbie Wilderman Colleen Loftus Pattie Woitovich WEEKLY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sunday 7:45 am Holy Eucharist – Rite I 10:15 am Choral Eucharist – Rite II Wednesday 7:00 am Holy Eucharist Thursday 9:00 am Holy Eucharist Saturday 7:30 am Morning Prayer
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