THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 19, THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
1. CHILDREN'S CHURCH RESUMES UNTIL THE END OF MAY!
2. ADULT FORUM AT 10:10 AM—JON AND SUSIE DUTCHER'S VISIT TO CUBA
3. CHRIST CHURCH COMMUNION MEAL (SOUP KITCHEN)
On Sunday, April 19th, it will once again be our turn to serve at Christ Church Waukegan Community Meals.
We meet at 12 noon to prepare a meal for our guests, which we serve at 2 pm. We are usually finished with clean up by 4 pm.
We are also looking for donations of desserts.
Please consider this important ministry where we serve the poor.
A sign-up sheet will be on the hallway table across for the parish office.
For additional information, please contact Barb Schaper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-948-8989 or Janet or Bill Foltz.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY
1. FIRST COMMUNION FOR CHILDREN
Although all baptized children are invited to receive Holy Communion in the Episcopal Church, some parents prefer that their children be older or confirmed before receiving the Sacrament― or that they participate in a ritual like First Communion as practiced in the Roman Catholic and Lutheran traditions.
This is the fourth year that we are offering a First Communion rite at St. Gregory's on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, which is Good Shepherd Sunday.
If your child hasn't received Holy Communion before, and you are interested, please let me know.
2. ADULT FORUM AT 10:10 AM— JOSEPH MALHAM ON SACRED ART
RETROSPECTIVE ON BISHOP EPTING'S EXCELLENT VISITATION
First, congratulations to our newest Christian, Synda Nelson; to our reaffirmed Christian, Monika Reuter; and to our confirmed Christians Kristen Amber Appelbaum, Emily Blair Craig, Sara Anne Craig, Edward Martin Esgar, Warren Walter Esgar, Jacob Erik Fjeldheim, Joshua Paul Hamilton, Lukas Anibal Hernandez, Kristin Beverly Hill, Cassidy Renee Lemrise, Kyle Robert Neumann, Ross Martin Peacock, Ross Elliott St. George Wilson, and Michael Henry Woo.
At 9:00 am, Bishop Epting met with the Confirmands, Baptizand, and Affirmand (!), so we could all introduce ourselves to one another, and he could tell us about himself and the service. Meanwhile, some parents waited. . . . Afterward, pews were taken and the service unfolded.
A special word of gratitude for Donna Hicks who used her calligraphic skills to write each Confirmand's name and the date and place of the service in all of the Books of Common Prayer which were given to the Confirmands from our parish.
The Gregorys never sounded better as they led our musical worship, highlighted by Confirmand Cassidy Lemrise's singing of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah! with Kelley Mooney's Easter lyrics as our Offertory Anthem.
It was also wonderful to have Deacon Emeritus Dennis Lietz participate along with Deacon Incumbent Scott Elliott. . .
. . . and to sing Happy Birthday to Emily on the same day as older brother was confirmed:
And here's an extra special story from our newly Baptized Synda Nelson:
"I am an orchid addict!
"I became interested approximately 20 years ago after buying and sending to the compost heap numerous plants.
"Then I discovered the Chicago area had 3 great orchid nurseries and decided to check one out.
"After spending what seemed like hours, I selected 2 to come home with me, vowing they weren't going to the compost heap.
"Fast forward to today and those 2 orchids have morphed into 300. I've become totally involved in the orchid world, starting out joining a local society, then the American Orchid Society (AOS).
"A society member suggested that I ought to start showing my orchids, and I received my first ribbon.
"Next I was urged to become a judge. Now I travel, meeting people from around the world, and judging some of the most amazing orchids you can imagine.
"When I joined St Gregory's I was told about The Grovers.
"I was warmly welcomed and it's a great group. So great in fact they all were my sponsors for my baptism this past Sunday.
"One of the aspects of growing orchids is being able to bring a plant to a judging center to be considered for a quality award through the American Orchid Society.
"Just this past Saturday, I brought this plant in for consideration at the Chicago Botanic Garden and it received the Award of Merit [AM].
"A nice part of having your plant awarded is that you decide its 'clonal name.'
"Normally I give the clonal name of my children or granddaughter.
"But, I thought, what better way to thank and honor The Grovers, who have taken me in and are helping me in my personal journey, than to give this plant the clonal name 'Grover's Grace.'
The plant itself is called Paphiopedilum Magical Venus, so this plant forever more is Paphiopedilum Magical Venus 'Grover's Grace' AM/AOS."
And a word of thanks from Anne Clark to all those who helped with the Reception:
"I would like to thank the following people for their help preparing for the Bishop's visit.
"First, Donna Shelton for the wonderful scones, and Meredith Potter for ordering and picking up the beautiful sheet cakes.
"Next, Jennifer and Sean Marks for hosting Coffee Hour.
"Fran Ingram helped prepare and set up for Sunday, and to Debbie Welker, Donna Hicks, Cathy Leimbeck and Cissy Singleton for setting up tables.
"Cissy also cleaned the floor in Fellowship Hall and the kitchen and Jean Schwarz provided the supplies to clean, helped locate the silverware, and cleaned the bathrooms.
"And to everyone who came and made the day special."
And thanks as well to Anne Clark who coordinated it all!
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
Last Sunday the Youth Group participated in Feed My Starving Children.
We had great time in service, as we worked hard to prepare 28,080 meals, which feeds 77 kids for a whole year!
Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at Culver's. Thanks to our youth and youth leaders for their hard work!
In your prayers this week, please remember the sick, especially Ardene Ejnik, Malcolm McGee, Allen Fine, Irene Besthoff, Doug Schwert, Sheri Parry, Ed Collins, Ursula Krappel, Roger Loeffler, Peter Eshoo, Richard Babcock, and Maryellen Davis; and
for our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné; and
for the faithful departed, especially remembering Sylvan Hallet.
Keep on loving and taking care of each other,