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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Leader: Nancy Holmes  | 

Day & Time: Thanksgiving Day

Location: Community Room

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Our Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner takes place at noon on Thanksgiving Day — we began this event in 2006. This ministry is evolving every year with new guests and over 50 volunteers. Our guests are diversified: dozens of sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base and many residents from the surrounding area. We gather in the Community Room for a traditional homemade meal and warm fellowship. Holiday meals are also delivered the day of to homebound neighbors. This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for singles to entire families to come together and create a day of warmth and welcome for those who may have otherwise been alone on the holiday.

 

 

Home Lay Eucharistic Ministry (HLEM)

Leader:  Kim Lessner  | 

Day & Time: Sundays after church service or when scheduled with person needing to receive Eucharist at home.

 

The ministry of the HLEM is “to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration.” 

 

 

Little Red Wagon

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Leader: Ruth Silver |  847-381-1871

 

The Little Red Wagon is parked in St. Michael's narthex and is a collection point for food that is distributed to food pantries throughout the Chicagoland area.  With more people unemployed, food pantries in the area are facing a rising crisis in that the number of families requiring assistance is far exceeding the amount of food available.  Parishioners are encouraged to bring with them any non-perishable items or household goods (paper towels, toilet tissue, etc.) and leave them in the Little Red Wagon when they visit the church.

 

 

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Leader: Vicki Ridges  | 

Day & Time: Last Tuesday of each month @ 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: St. Michael's Library

 

This ministry is a quiet one but has deepened spiritual connections as the members touch the lives of others and remind them that they are loved by God and wrapped in prayer.  Prayer shawls are given to individuals in our congregation, in our community and mailed to loved ones and strangers out-of-state.  Prayer shawls are given for all the circumstances of life where the tangible presence of God is needed.  The group is open to all knitters and crocheters, experienced or not!

 

 

RENK PARTNERSHIP MINISTRY

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Leader:  Jackie Smith| 

Day & Time: Meetings are called as needed.

 

Our ministry raises funds to help support Renk Theological College in South Sudan. 

 

January 2018 marked the 20 year anniversary of St. Michael's covenant relationship with the Diocese of Renk in South Sudan.

 

A fragile foothold of peace has been established in South Sudan, and we are fortunate to have a direct, personal means of helping strengthen it by investing in Christian leadership development and the rebuilding of social structure in Renk. The Renk Theological College was built and supported by St. Michael's Church as a key part of the Diocese of Renk's strategic

plan for reweaving the social and economic fabric of the region so that peace can be maintained. The college chapel is called St. Michael's.

 

The Diocese of Renk has assumed primary responsibility for education in the region at all levels, and the College is committed to providing not only trained clergy but also skilled community leaders who can help foster sustainable social and economic development and thereby "lead the peace."


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