Advent Pageant & Parish Celebration

Sunday, December 17, 10am
This year on Advent 3, our children will present an Advent pageant recalling salvation history from the Creation through Abraham, Moses, David, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph complete with a burning bush, and all the stars of heaven. This pageant will end with Mary and Elizabeth awaiting the births of John the Baptist and Jesus.

Following the service, we will continue the celebration with a party in the Parish Hall.

New this year: Cookie Exchange
Celebrate the joy of the season and wonderful children’s pageant by joining us in the parish hall for a Christmas cookie exchange. Bring a dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies (baked or bought). Then chose from a selection brought by others to take home.

Walk In Wednesdays

Wednesdays @ 6pm
Walk In Wednesdays is a relaxed opportunity to enjoy a few minutes of conversation and a meal with our sisters and brothers in Christ. Bring a dish to share, if you are able. All ages are welcome. The evening ends with a brief service from Daily Prayer for All Seasons.

Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 20, 7pm
A community service which gives us the chance to express the grief, fears, anger, and confusion that are all a normal part of living and loving. We will ask God for healing, and become, ever-so-gently, ready to face a future sustained by hope and grace. There is space for you to sit, remain silent, weep, or even pace, as you feel the need throughout this worship service. There are people here who will sustain you with their singing, praying, and healing love.

An Invitation to Christmas

Sunday, December 24—The 4th Sunday of Advent
8:00am        Holy Eucharist

Sunday December 24—Christmas Eve
3:40pm        String Prelude & Carol Sing
4:00pm        Instant Pageant & Holy Eucharist

It’s a pageant telling of the birth of Jesus in which everyone can participate! The empty stable will be filled with the traditional figures of shepherds, sheep, the holy family and angels, angels, and more angels as children of all ages are called forth to place the figures during the Gospel. Stuffed animals will be blessed when the creche is completed, all kinds of stuffed animals are welcome.

9:30pm Instrumental Prelude& Carol Sing
10:00pm Festival Choral Eucharist

Monday, December 25—Christmas Day
10:00am Christmas Festival Eucharist

Sunday, December 31—PJ Sunday
8am Holy Eucharist & Fellowship
10am Holy Eucharist & Fellowship

During the twelve days of Christmas, we celebrate the gift of the Incarnation, that God becomes human in Jesus. On this Sunday, parishioners are invited to come to church in their PJ’s, if they so desire, as a concrete reminder that God enters into our everyday lives, just as we are.

Interested in Baptism?

Baptisms are held in the midst of the primary Eucharistic celebration four times a year. In 2018, baptisms will be available on The Baptism of Our Lord (January 7), Easter Day (April 1) the Day of Pentecost (May 20), and All Saints Day (November 4). Please speak with Pastor Elizabeth or Pastor Stephen if you or your child is interested in being baptized.

God Spotting Hidden Treasures: Altar Guild

. . .  I pour water and wine. While I set the table for the Lord’s Supper, I’ve often
wondered what it would have been like to set the table for Jesus and his friends. I’ve meditated on what it must have been like to be there with him. I’ve considered what it will be like when we eat with him in heaven. And I’ve learned a thing or two about service and beauty and community. You know, I’d like to share that with you. I’d like you to learn that too.—Diane Butler Bass, from “Christianity After Religion”

Each week members of our Altar Guild prepare the church and altar for our worship services. They work behind the scenes, performing quotidian duties with a sacred purpose as they prepare the bread and the wine, the linens and the vestments.

If you would like to join this team of community members who serve on the Altar Guild, please contact Sandy Ladd at 847-392-5860 or sa58ladd@sbcglobal.net.

God Spotting Hidden Treasures: Helping Hands

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.—Teresa of Avila
Working without fanfare are members of our community who are there when someone needs a helping hand—a meal, help with household chores, a ride to church or to a doctor’s appointment.

You, too, might be a hidden treasure! We are always happy to have more people who are willing to assist other members of our community in a tangible way. If you are able to help out, please contact Amy Stomper at stomper261@comcast.net.

If you could use a helping hand, please contact Amy or the parish office.

God Spotting Hidden Treasures: Sunday School Teachers

Many times things which are hidden are treasures: the creamy filling in a Hostess cupcake, the pirate’s gold, or the honeycomb of wild bees. St. Simon’s Sunday morning programs for children and youth are a lot like treasure.  Hidden away in our classrooms are the most amazing kids being formed in their faith by dedicated, caring leaders who carefully construct experiences to demonstrate God’s love.  A team of 14 leads the Sunday school and Children’s Chapel, bringing their own gifts to the curriculum and being walking examples of God’s love and acceptance.

You, too, might be a hidden treasure! We are building teams now for the fall program. Speak to Sara, Elizabeth or Jo if being part of a ministry with children and youth might fit your gifts and talents – Bible knowledge not required (that’s what curriculum does for us) but having HEART is a vital treasure indeed.

Youth Group Mission Trip

We had a wonderful turn out at the Making Connections Potluck between the services last Sunday with time to enjoy one another and also hear Mission Trip tales.  Enjoy this video by Abby Butler capturing the heart of the week. Once again, I am deeply grateful for our adult leaders, Carl Raezer, Julie Wood and Michael Medsker–all of whom gave up their time to make this week possible–and also to the parish for your incredible support in so many ways!

Thanks from our two families:

Just wanted to wish you a great day. I wish I could stay here with you. I have really enjoyed working with you. Just in case something happens and I don’t get to see you Friday, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your help with my home. I hope you have a safe trip home and may God bless you each and every one. Thanks again. — Bev

Thank you for all you have done. We are so grateful to have had you come into our lives and family. We will miss you so very much. Keep in touch. We love you. Keep us in your prayer as we will do the same with you all. — Karen