Susan Morgan

December 1, 1935 — July 14, 2017
Susan Morgan, a member of the St. Simon’s community and our sister in Christ, died on July 14, 2017.

Susan grew up in Evanston and graduated from Evanston Township High School. She attended two years of college and was a flight attendant with American Airlines before marriage and raising a family. She also worked many years as a realtor with Caldwell Banker.

Susan was actively involved in her church and enjoyed swimming, biking and tennis, and in her later years, Bridge and Mahjong with her many dear friends.

The visitation will be on Monday, July 24, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM  with a service at 7:00 PM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the PADS Emergency Shelter Program where she previously volunteered for many years. Memorial donations may be sent to Journeys, 1140 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60074, or online at

Please hold Susan’s family in your prayers. May the souls of the faithful departed, especially Susan, rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Depart O Christian soul out of this world;
in the name of the Father Almighty who created you;
in the name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;          
in the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace,
and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.        

                                        ~ The Book of Common Prayer, p. 464 

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

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

Walk In Wednesdays & Growing Together

Wednesday evenings—6:00pm
Looking for a way to get to know the folks at St. Simon’s? Bring a side dish to share and come join us for our Walk In Wednesday potluck supper! Every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm, people from the St. Simon’s community get together for a casual dinner and fellowship. Everyone is welcome!

Growing Together
Wednesday evenings—7:00-7:45 pm
As a way to help us grow in depth of relationship with each other and with God, voices from the St. Simon’s community will teach on topics related to faith over the summer.  These short presentations will take place after Walk-in Wednesday and will last no longer than 45 minutes. Please join us as we continue to grow as a community by listening to one another.

Wednesday, July 19
How do you regain your balance when life throws you a curve ball?  Joyce Bowers will share some of her experiences using the Welcoming Practice taught by Cynthia Bourgeault and others.  It has a lot in common with the widely known and appreciated practice of mindfulness.

Adult Gathering: Join a Night at Ravinia

Friday, July 21
The next event for the “adult group” will be an outing to Ravinia. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be performing under the direction of Susanna Malkki, a Finn herself, conducting Sibelius Symphony #2 and Beethoven piano concerto #3. We will meet at the church at 4pm. (Please contact Dave at if you want to carpool.) Gates at Ravinia open at 5 and the concert is at 8. We will reserve space on the lawn near the pavilion for a picnic beforehand. Contact with Dave or Wendy by cell phone will help locate the spot. (Dave – 847-560-1568 or Wendy – 847-870-1308). Participants are on their own to purchase tickets for the event, whether lawn seating at $10 ($8 for seniors) at our picnic location or pavilion $25-70 (depending on location). Please let Dave or Wendy know if you plan to attend so we can save enough room! Plan to bring a dish to share and your own chairs (chairs are available for rental @ and beverage of choice.

Summer Family Worship

On Sunday mornings during the 10am service, we will gather children preschool – 3rd grade right out of the worship service after the opening collect (prayer) for “Simon Says!” a time warp trip to a 1st century village which gets letters from Simon, a follower of Jesus. Kids will return at the Peace to sit with their families.

For families with creepers, crawlers and toddlers we are offering a soft space in the front pews. This carpeted area will be populated with soft toys (quiet) and allow the smallest Christians an opportunity to see the action of the service as well as hear as they keep their hands busy.

Children 4th grade and above also benefit from a separate soft space more focused on doing quiet craft-like activities. Again, bringing the children within sight of the action at the front of the church helps them attend to the actions and words of our worship.

Making Connections

Sunday, July 23, 9:00am
Join us for a time to connect with one another as we share in fellowship and learning on Sunday mornings in between services.

On July 23, Jackie Flores, daughter of Bari and Ernie Flores, will be visiting St. Simons before she embarks on a six-month mission trip to the red light district in Brazil. Jackie is continuing the initiative from the World Cup (in a country where prostitution has been legalized) reaching out to exploited women on the streets of Rio de Janiero. Come learn about the global problem of exploitation and trafficking of women, girls, and boys around the world while focusing on Brazil.

Last Sunday of July — Potluck Brunch
Sunday, July 30, 9:00am

Join us for a Potluck Brunch at 9:00am on Sunday. Please bring a fully cooked or cold dish to share. Coffee and juice will be provided, and a great opportunity to share time and nurture relationships.

During the summer months, join us for refreshments, fellowship, and enriching opportunities to learn and grow in our faith. Making Connections will be held in between the 8am and 10am Sunday services and is a time for folks to gather and connect.

Hymn Singers

Saturday, July 29, 5:00pm
All are invited to join us as we sing Patriotic songs/National Hymns. We will meet in the Choir Room. We will meet in the 3rd floor choir room. Use the west entrance just to the right of the Parish Hall doors, and use the elevator or the internal stairs to go up to the top floor.  For more information please contact Sunita Johnston 847-630-2444 or

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