mission and outreach

Our Outreach Team sponsors ways for parishioners to meet the needs of the larger community through programs such as Christmas Baskets and a coat drive, as well as opportunities to donate funds to specific programs.  See upcoming news and events for current opportunities.  Contact Barb Drummond.

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.

From the Viator House of Hospitality

Dear St. Simon’s,

I saw God last Sunday…in your eyes and in your sanctuary.

Thank you for the opportunity to share the impact you’re making on the men of Viator House of Hospitality – 15 young men, 18-23, from 9 different nations – during your service.

Thank you because – not only are you making a difference in the men’s lives – but you also are reflecting the hope and compassion that only comes from Heaven through your actions. So your impact on all of us is much deeper and more profound than you realize. You remind us constantly that God’s light cuts through the darkness that at times seems so present in our nation during discussions on immigrants.

Where do we see that Divine Light….

  • In the tutors from your community who guide our men, so hungry for education, in their homework and test preparation.
  • In the Welcome Baskets you have donated to each of our men, who receive sheets, bedding and hygiene supplies upon their arrival because of you and, therefore, feel welcomed to a caring home.
  • In the medical treatment members of your community have offered for free to young men so far from home who are at times hurting and afraid.
  • In the guidance and advice your community members have offered on our Advisory Committee and Ad Hoc Marketing Committee.
  • In the garden that sprouted just outside our front door and fed our men fresh produce this summer because community members helped them plant and tend it.
  • In the weekly rides to the Rosemont Blue Line that community members offer our guys on their 75 minute commute to school each morning.

So you see. God has shown upon Viator House of Hospitality through your commitment to welcoming these young “strangers” and making them strangers no longer, but brothers to us all.

You are in all of our prayers. Please keep us in yours.

peace,
Fr. Corey

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

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.

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 astomper261@comcast.net 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.