Christmas in June

The Outreach Committee is sponsoring “Christmas in June” during May/June. Most of the gift tags were distributed on last Sunday; however, there is just a handful of cards left. These cards will be available next Sunday, May 28, in case you missed the chance to select one. Your unwrapped gift should be returned to the narthex no later than Sunday, June 18. Please contact Susan Reinert or Barb Drummond  with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support.

Can you help deliver Meals on Wheels?

Imagine struggling to shop and cook for yourself and having someone deliver several meals to your door. By giving just an hour and a half of your time during a day, you can be the difference–and meet some wonderful people along the way.

Meals on Wheels is part of St. Simon’s Outreach program, and June is our month. Please consider signing up to help deliver. It’s great to do with a friend or with your children. It will be greatly appreciated by both the village and those individuals on the receiving end of the meal delivery. The sign up sheet is available online and in the Narthex. Thank you, and if you have any questions please contact Sandy or Jim Ladd.

Thanks for your generous support of the Viator House!

We made our goal to help the young adult refugees who are settling into the Viator House of Hospitality!  The contributions from the community of St. Simon’s will enable us to purchase the eleven Welcome Baskets we need for the new young men who will be joining the Viator House over the next few months.  And, we will be able to purchase some chairs and lamps for their rooms.  Just a reminder to please return the filled shower caddies by next Sunday, March 5.  Finally, if you signed up for volunteer opportunities, please keep an eye on your e-mail for upcoming training and opportunities to serve.  Thanks again for responding to this ministry!

Questions or concerns, contact Angie Andrews or Kate Rickard.

Viator House of Hospitality

On Sunday, we had an opportunity to learn about the Viator House of Hospitality, a home for young men ages 18-22 who are seeking asylum in the United States. Thanks to all who so generously contributed. With your amazing donations, we are virtually at our goal of being able to purchase 11 welcome baskets for the incoming young adult refugees to the Viator House.  We distributed ALL of the shower caddies (Please try to return them by March 5).  And many of you signed up for volunteer opportunities, working directly with the young immigrants.  The volunteer paperwork is being compiled into a database and you will be contacted soon.

We are especially grateful that Fr. Corey Brost joined us for ‘Going Deeper’ and poignantly recounted his journey through the desert in Arizona and how that experience is currently defining his ministry.  We are grateful to you all.  If you did not have the opportunity to contribute on Sunday and  wish to do so,  there will be representatives of the St. Simon’s team in the narthex after both services next Sunday. Questions or concerns, contact Angie Andrews or Kate Rickard.

When Did I Feed You?

Large baskets
The demands on the food pantry at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Elk Grove Village haven’t lessened. They are most appreciative of our generous contributions! When the large basket in the narthex is filled, members of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew deliver the food. Items in highest demand include: cereals, canned meats (e.g. tuna and chicken), canned fruit, pasta and pasta sauce. However, all non-perishable items are welcomed. Thank you all for your continued support of this project.

Mission Trip

June 17 – 24, 2017
Our Mission Trip this Summer will be in the Appalachian region in Eastern Kentucky. The trip is open to rising 9th graders through graduated seniors. We will be working with an organization called Good Neighbors, Inc. which does home repair for working poor in the area. Please let Carl Raezer, our Associate for Music & Youth, know if your youth is interested.

needed: partners to share in ministry

Helping Hands 
Caring for one another is the responsibility of our whole community, not just the ordained. As the Body of Christ, we are called to share, each according to our various gifts, in the commitment to make God’s love manifest in the lives of those around us and especially those in need. There are many, many ways to do so.

Perhaps you can offer rides to doctor appointments or make meals for those who need them? Please contact Amy Stomper, who coordinates our Helping Hands Ministry at or 847-830-6066.

Do you find yourself praying for others or having a gift for healing? Are you someone who cares about others and is a good listener? Perhaps now is the time to explore being a Lay Eucharistic Minister or even a Lay Parish Visitor. Please speak with Dianne to see how your gifts can be used in meaningful ways.