Story Telling Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 9am-12 noon
Have you ever listened to someone tell a story amazingly well and thought “I wish I could do that!”  We are drawn to people who can tell good stories, who seem to have just enough information that we can see the events but not wallow, their timing is perfect and they know how to end it with grace and style.

Story telling is a craft you can learn.  Rebecca Anderson, pastor and story teller, will help us learn the mechanics of this verbal craft and help us mine our experiences for stories to tell. The workshop is full of hands-on experience, tips and downright fun.

Episcopal 101

Wednesdays, November 29, December 6, and December 13, 7pm
Why are you a Christian? Why are you an Episcopalian? What grounds you in what is important, and also what inspires you to be your best self? This class is excellent for those who are exploring St. Simon’s and/or the Episcopal tradition and for the simply curious. Please join us for any or all of the sessions.

Healing and Hope during the Holidays

Wednesdays, November 29, December 6, and December 13, 7pm
When we have experienced the loss of loved ones, relationships, jobs, health, or our dreams for the future, the holiday season can be a difficult time filled with tender memories and powerful feelings. Join us during Advent to learn about strategies for dealing with grief and loss during the holidays and to find healing and hope.

Winter Warming

Sundays in November
St. Simon’s Annual Coat Drive runs during the month of November. We are in need of CLEAN winter coats to donate to the ReVive Center for Housing and Healing. Any gloves, hats, mittens, and scarves—especially adult male sizes—are also appreciated. Donated items may be left on the designated table at the south end of the parish hall near the elevator.

Christmas Gifts for ReVive

Due by Sunday, December 3
Thanks to all who are participating in the ReVive Christmas basket program.  Your wrapped gifts are due back no later than Sunday, December 3, before each service, so they can be packed up by Outreach.

Be sure to attach the gift card to the wrapped gift box (no gift bags, no wicker baskets, no laundry baskets).  If you have more than one gift per person, clearly mark each additional gift with the recipient’s first name and code number. If you have a ‘Gingerbread Man’ family food card, place the card in a small box or envelope (not a bag) and attach the food card. If you have more than one card and the family code numbers at the bottom are different, the cards need to be in separate boxes. If you have questions, please contact Louise Retzer.

Walk In Wednesdays

Off this Week for Thanksgiving, Will Resume on Wednesday, November 29
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.

Making Connections: Indigenous Ministry

Sunday, December 3, 9am
Did you know that there are Native American Episcopalians? You’ll find them both within and beyond the dioceses of Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Navajoland. The Office for Indigenous Ministries for the Episcopal Church, led by The Rev. Dr. Bradley Hauff, works “for the full inclusion of Native Peoples in the life of the church.” Join Brad, and seminarian The Rev. Leon Sampson from Navajoland as they share with us a glimpse of the culture, spirituality and challenges facing our indigenous sisters and brothers

Before the Flood Video

Tuesday, November 21, 6:30pm
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church , 1234 N Arlington Heights Rd, AH
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church , 1234 N Arlington Heights Rd, AH
Take a break from holiday planning and join us for a screening of Before the Flood. This film explores the latest on how climate change is happening now, its effects on people, the Paris Climate Agreement, and solutions.  Discussion to follow about what we are doing in the North & West Suburbs to bring healthy solutions to our local communities. Please contact Amy Sanecki or register here.

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.