Sunday Mornings @ St. Simon’s

Holy Eucharist—8:00am
Experience a quieter, more intimate Eucharist in the sanctuary, followed by coffee and conversation.

Nursery Care—8:45-11:15am
Care for infants and toddlers in the St. Priscilla room.

Making Connections Forum—9:00am
Join us for adult formation as we gather in between services for fellowship and enriching opportunities to learn and grow in our faith.

Our first series is called “What’s God Got To Do With It?”  Join Stephen and Elizabeth as we take on some big questions that have life changing implications right in the middle of your ordinary, everyday life. Bring your questions, your friends and your curiosity with you.

Worship Center—9:00am
Bible stories heard and experienced for children of all ages in the St. Priscilla Room.

Church School—10:00am
Church School is offered for children and youth beginning at age three on Sunday mornings.

Holy Eucharist—10:00am
Lively and engaging Eucharist that includes music. Immediately following is a reception for all on the lower level in our parish hall.

At this service, Fr. Corey Brost  will share a brief update about Viator House of Hospitality. This ministry provides housing and supportive case management services for 18-20 male immigrant who have fled their home countries out of fear of their lives and have sought asylum in our country. These young men have aged out of the youth shelters and have nowhere to go but adult detention. Because of the staff and volunteers at VHH, they are able to join a supportive community and learn new skills, build relationships and study/work together while their court cases are pending.

St. Simon’s has supported VHH by providing welcome baskets to every young man, filled with bedding, toiletries, and more. We also have many parishioners who support this ministry as tutors, gardeners, companions and drivers. Question? Want to volunteer? Contact Kate Rickard or Angie Andrews.

Green Team Meeting—11:30am
Dan Huntsha, Faith in Place Outreach Director, will meet with the Green Team at 11:30am on Sunday morning to discuss Green initiatives for St. Simon’s. Whether you are interested in solar and wind opportunities, butterfly gardens, energy efficiencies, or forest walks, please join us for this discussion and learn how you can be involved. Questions? Contact Amy Sanecki 

Youth Group—5pm
Youth in grades 7-12 gather in the parish hall for a shared meal, meaningful conversation, sacred space, and TONS of fun!

Walk In Wednesdays & Growing Together

Walk In Wednesdays
Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm
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.

Growing Together—Troubling Bible Passages
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00-7:45 pm
This is an opportunity to learn more about those passages in the Bible that can leave you saying to yourself, “Really? That’s in my Bible?” Join René Schreiner, a New Testament professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and delve into the social-historical background and literary context of perplexing passages in the Bible. “Troubling Passages” are designed to be stand-alone events, so please don’t feel that if you miss one you can’t attend the others.

Food Donations Needed for Community Summer Supper

Wednesday, September 27, 6-9pm
What happens to folks who rely on PADS when that service is closed for the summer? Area churches work to fill in the meal portion of “neighbor-care” offering dinners each evening at local congregations.  St. Simon’s will partner with our nearest neighbor, CUCC, to serve one more dinner. We need volunteers to help staff the dinner as well as donate food. To sign up, please visit our Signup Genius page — Wednesday, September 27. Questions,  please contact Beth Carter.

Racism, Poverty, and Gun Violence

Saturday, September 30, 9am, St. James Commons
Join us at an open discussion with  the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior pastor of University Church, Chicago, who is also a hip-hop artist known as J.Kwest, will lead an open discussion on racism, poverty, and gun violence. The event is free and open to all, and a light breakfast will be served. Please register at episcopalchicago.org.

Bridge the Black/White Divide

Thursday, October 5, 8:00am
Living Word Center, 800 N. Fernandez
Do you agree that our communities are living at a critical time? How are we to respond as leaders in the Northwest Suburbs? Join us for a breakfast conversation at the Living Word Center. Please RSVP on the slw.org website.

Green Team—St. Francis Fest

Saturday, October 7, Camp Reinberg, Palatine
Join us for an ecumenical service, music, speakers, films, activities, and worship in God’s backyard. Interfaith Green Partners is organizing a Nature Fest in the beautiful new camping and picnic facilities at the refurbished Camp Reinberg, Cook County Forest Preserves in Palatine.

Here’s the schedule:

3-4:30​​pm​ ​ ​Walk in the Woods with a Naturalist

5​​pm​ ​             Outdoor Ecumenical Worship in Pavilion (in Dining Hall if raining)

6 ​pm​             ​Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:30​pm         Campfire at the Pavilion

8:30-9:30pm​ ​Night​ ​Hike
Overnight in cabin or tent optional. Please register here for dinner or cabins/camping. The flyer for this event is available here.

Questions? Contact Amy Sanecki.

Explore the treasures of our local Deer Grove Nature Preserve

Sunday, October 15, 2pm  — Deer Grove East
Join us for a 1.5 hour leisure stroll as we enjoy the beauty of the native prairie at Camp Alphonse, a part of the Deer Grove Forest Preserve.  Walks will be guided by stewards and naturalists who know how to find natural treasures.  Dogs on leash – OK. All ages invited.

Questions?  Please contact Amy Sanecki.

God Spotting Hidden Treasures: Gardeners

Nature itself is the primary Bible. As Paul says in Romans 1:20, “What can be known about God is perfectly plain, for God has made it plain. Ever since God created the world, God’s everlasting power and deity is there for the mind to see in all the things that God has created.”–Richard Rohr
We have been encouraged this summer to take the time  to look for evidence of God’s creativity in the world around us. These “God Sightings” can be a teachable moment of wonder and awe as well as a time to give thanks to the creator right where you are, establishing a habit of “thank you God” at any time or place. A grateful heart is a heart open to the Spirit.

The gardeners in our midst, the community members who each week water and weed, till and tend, have a special opportunity to see God in his creation. We are grateful for their time and attention to our little piece of creation.

If you would like to join this team of community members who care for our gardens, please contact Wendy Davis at wendydavis5@comcast.net.

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.