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Why Did Jesus Die?

Sunday Mornings @ 9:00am
As we journey through Lent, a time when we focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection, join us in exploring the life of Jesus, who invites us to follow him into the mystery of divine love. What is the wisdom way of understanding the life of Jesus—from incarnation to passion and crucifixion into resurrection? And what difference does it make for our life? Perhaps you’re drawn to (or have questions about) our preaching and teaching from the starting point of original blessing and Jesus as Plan A—instead of doing clean up duty as Plan B.

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Walk in Wednesday

Potluck Suppers, 6pm
Join us on Wednesday evenings for a potluck meal. Bring a side dish to share and spend some time laughing with and getting to know the wonderful people in our community. The evening ends with a brief service from Daily Prayer for All.

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Growing Together — Lenten Series

Wednesday Evenings @ 7:00pm
Meeting God in Mark: This Lenten season join us as we read through a very short and beautifully written book by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. The book, Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent, is packed with illuminating spiritual insights, and the focus on the Passion narrative makes it a rich companion to the Gospel of Mark.  

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Outreach to the Homeless

Thursday, February 22
St. Simon’s will be partnering with CUCC to provide dinner at their PADS site.  We are still in need of a few items. Please sign up through our website. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Drummond.

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Sacred and Serene: A Musical Celebration of God and His Creation

Sunday, February 25, 3:30pm
Join us for an evening of music by a variety of classical composers featuring baritone, Peter Wesoloski and pianist, Dr. Eugenia Cheng. Peter Wesoloski has sung as a member of both the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Chorus and is a regular soloist with the Chicago Master Singers. Dr. Cheng is a collaborative pianist and mathematician who is currently Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Easter Festival Choir

Beginning Tuesday, March 6, 7pm
This March we will be starting a Festival Choir led by Jim Collins, our new Music Director, that will sing on Easter Sunday. The choir will rehearse Tuesdays in March at 7 PM, starting on March 6th. There is no commitment beyond Easter Sunday, so come join us for an amazing musical experience and an Easter celebration to remember!

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Support for Students at Stoneman Douglas High

If anyone is interested, a teacher from Stoneman Douglas High in Florida would love it if her students had letter of support when they return to school. Please send letters to:

Diane Wolk-Rogers
Stoneman Douglas High School
5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, FL 33076

We will have a station in the parish hall on Sunday if anyone would like to write a letter on Sunday. We will mail them after Sunday.

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Save the Date: Women’s Retreat

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22
Mark your calendar now for the women’s retreat that Pastor Elizabeth will lead for the women of St. Simon’s and the women of The Presbyterian Church of Palatine. We will explore the theme of finding time in the midst of busyness, both individually and in community.

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Book Groups: What are we reading?

Men’s Book Group
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm — Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
Tuesday, April 10, 7:30pmKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Women’s Book Group
Thursday, March 1, 7:30pmThe Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dali Lama by Roland Merullo
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2017 Annual Report

2017 has been a year of continued change and growth for St. Simon’s. As a community, we are deepening our commitment to living out the words of our identity statement, Celebrating God’s love for All, Seeking to Embody Christ in the World.

Read all about it in the 2017 Annual Report, available now on our web site. Limited numbers of print copies will be also available at the Annual Meeting on Sunday.

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Lent: the Art of Possibility

As we enter into Lent we invite you to consider these thoughts from our Lenten issue of Seasons.

The frames our minds create define—and confine—what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.

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