From the Desk of Rev. Sue+
You may have seen the St. David's Facebook posts in mid-June celebrating the new roof as well as all of the community activities that were happening that day - a community choir/dance camp for children, our numerous 12-step programs, ReVive pick up, and the Community Supported Agriculture pick-up. What did not get included in that exuberant post was that our tree company, Bartlett, also was here that same week to remove one maple and three crab apple trees from the church and rectory grounds. Suddenly, the Little Lending Library near the parking lot entrance is way more visible. Suddenly, the chapel gets more light. Suddenly, the rectory backyard shade perennials are getting more sun and will probably need some revision as well in the long run.
I don't know about you, but tree removal always makes me melancholy. Even when I know it is part of the Circle of Life (cue Disney tune here), even when their removal makes space for new and equally lovely trees to be planted, the trees were part of the landscape and I miss them.
Change is hard. Change is good. Both are true.
I recently came upon my mom's 1928 Book of Common Prayer. If you were born or joined the Episcopal Church after 1979, you have no memory of this version of the BCP. For those of us who are lifelong Episcopalians d'un certain age, however, we were most likely baptized and confirmed in the '28 Prayer Book. I was. And married and ordained in the 1979. The current BCP has been in use for nearly as long as the 1928 version was; its introduction reflected the Liturgical Renewal Movement that swept Roman Catholicism and liturgical Protestantism in the 60s and early 70s. It shifted the language to reflect modern usage (while maintaining Elizabeth English in Rite I); it removed SOME gendered language in reference to human beings; it assumed that women would be ordained. Most stunningly, it restored Baptism as the entry sacrament and made clear that it was to be celebrated as part of Sunday worship - not a private affair any longer.
I don't know whether St. David's under Fr. Lyall ever used any of the "experimental" texts during the 60s and early 70s in preparation for the Prayer Book revision. Not all churches did because not all rectors and bishops were enthusiastic about the experimental texts or the change itself. The rector of my childhood church was adamantly opposed to ANY liturgical revision, (and wasn't all that happy that our bishop was enthusiastic). Consequently, my parish learned of the existence of the 1979 Prayer Book when they appeared one Sunday in the pews. I still remember that day. It was not a felicitous transition.
The Episcopal Church's General Convention charged the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music in 2015 with devising a plan for the next Prayer Book revision. As we Episcopalians know, nothing happens quickly or unilaterally in the Church, most especially when it comes to liturgical revision. You will recall that any proposed revision must be approved at two successive General Conventions (which meet once every 3 years). They're still working on the PLAN FOR revision, not the actual revision itself!! But work is, indeed, underway and I commend their website to you. When you go to that site, you'll see in the photo that our own bishop, Jeff Lee, is standing in the back row. I have been grateful to Bishop Jeff and his work on the Church's behalf on that Commission, and have been equally grateful for the permission he gives his clergy to experiment in structured ways with the liturgy and to provide feedback. It's helpful to him, the Commission on which he serves, and to the larger Church.
As of this writing, we've experienced two Sundays of our 12-week 9:30 Summer Worship. Feedback thus far has been positive, though I don't kid myself that all of you love it! My hope, however, is that in hearing the ancient liturgy with fresh words, we will not only encounter Christ in new ways but that we will also reconnect with the Eucharistic and post-communion prayers from the BCP this fall with fresh senses as well. Sometimes change is cutting down a tree. Sometimes change is planting different flowers this summer than last. All of it reminds us that God himself built change into the universe. It's hard. And it's good. Both are true.
We'll be gearing up for fall before you know it. There are ample opportunities to get involved at St. David's now and in the future. Here is some info on Sunday morning ministries and the contact people. Remember that all ministries are open to all!!
8:00 ministries: Kathleen Murphy coordinates the scheduling of readers, acolytes, ushers, and chalice ministers for the 8:00 service. If this is your primary - or even occasional -- worship service and you are interested in any of these 8:00 am ministries, contact Kathleen firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is provided.
Below are the 9:30 ministries and their contact information:
Readers.Contact Lyle Jorgenson at email@example.com. Qualifications: big voice, comfort with public speaking, capacity to read Scripture reverently, fluently, and with meaning. Open to children, youth, and adults. Assignments are made quarterly. Lessons may be found onwww.Lectionarypage.net.
Chalice minister. Contact Louise Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.998.5983. Qualifications: mobility, balance, and fine motor strength in both hands; reverence for the Sacramental responsibility of this ministry.Must be 16 years of age, according to the canons. Assignments are made quarterly. Training is provided.
Ushers. Contact Jim Morell at email@example.com or 847.687.0440. Qualifications: Availability to arrive early, and provide a warm and welcoming presence. Trouble-shooting (directions, assistance with mobility-impaired folks, etc.) is occasionally required. In addition to Sunday mornings, ushers are also needed at funerals and holy days. Four ushers are generally on hand on Sunday mornings.Open to youth and adults. Training is provided.
Altar Guild. Contact Phyllis Jannusch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.583.1635. Qualifications: Availability either on weekday morning, evening, or Saturday morning to set up the altar for Sunday morning worship; reverence for the Sacramental responsibility of this ministry, assistance also needed for weddings, funerals, midweek services, and holy days. There are 3 teams at present who rotate weekly responsibilities. Open to youth and adults. Training is provided.
Choir. Contact Rich Spantikow at email@example.com. Qualifications: ability to read music and experience in choral music is very helpful. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings during the program year (September through May). Open to children, youth, and adults. Training is provided.
Greeters: Contact Margaret Robson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.358.6032. Qualifications: a welcoming smile at the parking lot door on Sunday mornings and holy days. Greeters also present the gifts of bread and wine at the altar, so some mobility is required. Greeters are scheduled quarterly. Open to youth and adults. Training is provided.
Acolytes: Acolytes assist in Sunday morning worship as well as at funerals and holy days. Open to children, youth and adults. Training is provided. We are in need of a new Acolyte Coordinator. This person schedules and trains acolytes. If you have experience as an acolyte or are willing to be trained yourself, contact Rev. Sue at email@example.com or 847.724.1341. Acolytes are scheduled quarterly.
Our first Give and Take Offertory on June 2 netted the Northfield Twp. Food Pantry a wonderful bounty of staple food, cleaning supplies, and paper products!
Here's how it works: At both 8:00 and 9:30 services on the first Sunday of the month, ushers have slips of paper with some Pantry item printed on it. As they take up the offering, you are invited to take one of the slips. Then the next time you go shopping, pick up that item and bring it with you to church on the following Sunday. If you don't like what you picked, pick another... and bring BOTH!
Since so many St. David's households make their pledge monthly or quarterly or electronically, this Give and Take Offertory is a way for everyone to participate in the Offering Liturgy on a regular basis. When we say, "All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you," we are reminded that our offerings not only support and sustain ministries within our walls, but ministries in our community as well. We also hoped it would be a good reminder of the importance of regular donations to the Food Pantry, especially during the summer months when school age children do not have hot breakfast and hot lunch as they do during the school year.
Did it work? Well...George Chandler, who regularly delivers St. David's donations to the Food Pantry, observed that he barely had enough room in his trunk and in his car for all of the donations in June.
So...well done! Let's keep up the good work! Let's make George make TWO trips next time!
Our next Give and Take will be July 7.
ST. DAVID'S BOOK GROUP
Please join us at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the St. David's library to discuss interesting books from the classics to bestsellers, mysteries to nonfiction. All are welcome!
The Book Group will read Summer Wives by Beatrix Williams on Tuesday July 9 at 7:30 in the library. On August 20 we will read Americanah by Chimamanga Ngozi Adichie.. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to discussing the books.
SPREADIN THE LOVE
From Father Jim Caldwell
I have been busy of late as a Supply Priest. And wherever I go I always introduce myself and say " I bring you greetings from my home parish, St David's in Glenview and from our Rector, Reverend Sue.
Invariably people respond by mentioning they have relatives near Glenview, or they know Reverend Sue, or some other points of recognition that makes a meaningful connection between our parishes .
More importantly I get to experience some of the really good mission and outreach ideas in practice in the churches I visit.
For example I was really impressed with the outreach program at St Jude's , Oceanview Hawaii. A small parish with limited resources, they have become a major source of help in the community.
Local people without running water ( of which there are many) can sign up for a shower on Saturdays. A new computer lab allows a place to teach seniors how to use their tablets, and for high school kids do on line classes.
Free haircuts are offered once a month. Free WiFi and battery charging stations are available 24/7.
My visits this summer include Grace New Lenox , St John's Naperville, and I'll be going back to Hawaii for four Sundays around Labor Day.
Save the date: Oct 5
for the St. David’s Progressive Dinner!
Father Tom's Mission Trip
Father Tom's Mission Trip Fressnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico will be July 19th to July 26th. This is the tenth summer Fr. Tom will take college students to the mission in Mexico. The Mission was established over twenty years ago to minister to the poor children in Fresnillo. If you would like to contribute to the mission trip, please make your check payable to St. David's Episcopal Church and write Mission to Mexico in the memo.
Just a friendly reminder that there will not be a Vestry meeting in July. Our next Vestry meeting will be August 13.
2nd Quarter Update, July 14
The Second Quarter meeting will follow the 9:30 service on Sunday, July 14 in the Undercroft.
These quarterly meetings give the congregation an opportunity to hear what the Vestry has been working on, to get an update on the quarterly financial picture, to ask questions, and to celebrate our life together as a parish.
In addition, the wardens will give an update on the pilot program St. David's has been running during the month of June, "Vital Together," and look ahead to next steps with respect to the Little Rectory.