THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, ALL THREE SERVICES: FEED THE HUNGRY! INGATHERING
Please bring your red tote bags and place them before the Altar before we distribute them to the West Deerfield and Vernon Township Food Pantries. Your bags will be returned the following week after they are used to transport them to the pantries. And here are two thank you notes expressing appreciation for our Feed the Hungry! Ingatherings:
August 8, 2014, from William E. Peterson, Vernon Township Supervisor
Dear St. Gregory's Congregation:
On behalf of Vernon Township Food Pantry, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your very kind donation of a very full van of groceries, cash and gift cards. Your support is so appreciated by many of our residents.
The Vernon Township Food Pantry's goal is to provide nutritionally balanced food to individuals and families in need. Your generosity will make an immediate impact for these families.
Due to the economy, Vernon Township expects more families will need the services the township provides. The township will only be able to meet this challenge because of the thoughtful contributions from people such as you.
September 8, 2014, from Alyson M. Feiger, West Deerfield Township Supervisor
Dear St. Gregory's Parishioners,
Thank you for your very generous donation today of multiple bags of food for the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry! We appreciate the planning, time and effort that went into making this collection such a success. Your commitment to helping your fellow community members is truly commendable. The many bags of food you provided will make a big difference to those the pantry assists.
As you probably know, the Pantry serves over 250 people each month. Some of these are seniors on fixed incomes, while others are families with children. The rising cost of food and necessary household items makes it increasingly difficult for many of our clients to fulfill their needs. Donations like yours go a long way in helping us fill the gap.
On behalf of all those who will benefit from your kindness, please accept our sincere thanks.
ACOLYTE TRAINING, THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 10:10 AM, IN THE SANCTUARY
For all youth, third grade and up, we will be having an Acolyte Training.
Serving as an acolyte is an excellent way to participate in leading worship.
During this training we will go through Torchbearer, Server, and Crucifer roles.
Current acolytes are encouraged to come.
If you are interested in learning about becoming an acolyte, please contact Bret Chandler, Barb Schaper, or Archacolyte Andy Boutros.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 8:30 AM – 2:15 PM, HERE AT ST. GREGORY'S
"Scott and I were quite new to St. Gregory's when the 2013 parish retreat was held.
"It was a perfect opportunity for me to put names with faces and learn about fellow parishioners in an informal yet structured setting.
"That one-day experience helped me get to know the parish and its people and feel instantly 'at home.'" Cindy Cheski
This year's Parish Spiritual Retreat will center on the theme of Getting to Know in three dimensions:
Getting to Know Oneself,
Getting to Know the Community, and
Getting to Know God.
The retreat will include a delicious catered lunch, presentations by our Spiritual Growth Team, and opportunities for Getting to Know your fellow parishioners, all for a requested donation of $25.00.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2:00 PM: JIM'S AND MIKE'S WEDDING
It's not too late! Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet opposite the Parish Office, or call Charlene in the Parish Office to add your name.
PREPARE FOR THE PUMPKINS!
Our annual Youth Fundraiser Pumpkin Patch is coming up!
A whole truck load of pumpkins is coming to St. Gregory's on Oct. 10 at 4:30 pm and we need YOU—yes, every one of you at St. Gregory's--to come out and help unload.
Last year we had a fantastic turnout and were able to unload 2000 pumpkins in a little over two hours.
I think we can match that record this year!
We'll have pizza and drinks ready for everybody.
So come out, bring your friends and your neighbors, and unload the pumpkins! Bret Chandler
HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE AND UPDATE
Last November, St. Gregory's gave us a wonderful gift of $2,000.
We just wanted you to know that your investment in women here is making a difference in the lives of many.
We are including a couple of items to keep you in the loop of how we are putting your gift to good use.
Sending love from Thistle Farms, Rachel
The accompanying signed picture of some of the Thistle Farms employees, and the update on their ministry, is on the Missions Board bulletin board near my office.
THE 2014 PRESCHOOL DINNER AND AUCTION IS HISTORY
Thank you Preschool Board; Catherine and Michele; Earl and Maryellen; Martha Sutton; Barbara and David and Matthew and Scott Schaper and Lyle and Sybil Ten Eyck; Pam Dorband; Bartenders Mike Hill and Art Bielski, and Kevin, husband of Debbie Ham-Bolger; Maggie and Chris Nodland for the wine pull; and all who contributed baskets and pulled pork and helped with the cleanup.
I am so grateful for all who attended and starred as our philanthropists—
as people who knew how to have fun with their money, and that being generous is one of life's great privileges and joy—
and whose support for our Preschool netted some $13,850, including $1,275 for Raffle Tickets!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Preschool Board
And here are some pictures by Casey Kremer:
. . . and a quick taste while almost no one is looking. . .
Suzanne Francis and Barbara Schaper welcome Sara Lemrise. . .
Jeff and Earl preparing more pork as the sun sets beautifully . . .
. . . and the winners of the $100 bottle of wine are Preschool Parents Germaine and Brett Whitney!
And here's little video of Ac•Rock in ac•tion!
AND THE 2014 YOUTH GROUP RETREAT IS ALSO HISTORY!
The Youth Group had an overnight retreat last Saturday at Camp Manitoqua.
We had a great time working together through challenge courses, wall climbing, and zip-lining during the afternoon.
In the evening, we had group time and an amazing fire pit.
This was a great way to finish up the month of September and kick off the Youth Group year!
Here are some photographs courtesy of Bill Foltz:
CHRISTMAS BASKET SIGN-UPS ARE UNDERWAY
St. Gregory's has received our families and seniors recipients for the Christmas basket program.
There are 11 seniors, including one senior couple, and 30 families.
As a reminder, the amount to spend on the basket is about $50 for each person in the family, although you can spend more if you choose to do so.
You will be given the name, age, gender, and gift request for each person you sponsor.
Next, purchase the gifts, wrap each present (we ask that there be at least one present for each person), and finally box up all the gifts.
The baskets are due at St. Gregory's during the first week of December for pick-up.
The day after our boxes are taken, they will be distributed to the families and seniors.
If you have any questions, e-mail me.
I am hoping that we can sponsor everyone assigned to our parish. Together we can do it.
After you sign up, I will send you the information you need via e-mail. Thanks, Marilyn Knilans
In your prayers this week, please remember the sick, especially Dick Hobbs, Maryellen Davis, Nora, Ray Evans, Kenneth, Don Pearson, Jennifer Peterson, Yvette Carlson, and Judy McCann; and
our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and their leader, Dean Donné, and
for the faithful departed, especially Barbara Tate, Sue Kluender, Charlene Roth, and Laurel Brown.