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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Leaders: Catherine Deevy |  

                 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 dozens of volunteers. Our guests are diversified including sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base and 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.

 

 

 

guatemala misstion trip

Leader: Dave Evans  |   

 guatemala mission 2019

Since June 2014, St. Michael's has generously supported Porch de Salomon in Panajachel, Guatemala. Porch de Salomon is a unique and progressive, non-profit ministry which has loved, served, and encouraged “the lost, the least, and the last” of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan basin.

 

In 2016 and again in 2017, parishioners from St. Michael's Church, Barrington and St. Mark's Church, Barrington Hills, came together as ‘Team Chicago’, the first group from Illinois to serve at the mission. Our missioners were involved in indigenous home construction and also assisted with a medical clinic. In the past we have collected vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and medical supplies to bring to Porch de Salomon to assist clinic efforts.

 

If you are looking for an experience or relationship that will challenge you, help start or stretch your faith, and draw you into something bigger than yourself, we welcome you to be a part of what God is doing through Porch de Salomon.

 

 

 

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

Leader: Ruth Silver |  847-381-1871

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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

Leader: Vicki Ridges  |  

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

Location: St. Michael's Library

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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

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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