THE DOVE January 2010

Rest Stop Ahead: A Women's Retreat

by Suzanne Priebe, Ph.D.

For the last several weeks I have been preparing for a women's retreat. The theme has to do with our life journey and the difference that spirituality makes. There are several aspects that one could discuss in terms of this metaphor: the preparation and packing for the trip - what to bring what to leave behind; determining your direction or destination detours along the way etc. But one of the aspects of the journey that keeps coming to mind is that of the rest stop: the point at which the journey comes to a halt. Or does it?

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Suzanne J. Priebe, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, will lead our Women's Retreat on Saturday, January 23, from 9am-2pm in the Great Hall. Registration is required; go to event registration.

Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ is one of the great festivals of the Church's liturgical year. Unlike his birth, all of the Gospels record the event of Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. The Gospel writers agree that this was a culminating event in salvation history because in the act of this ritual cleaning, Jesus is revealed to the world as the eternal Son of God and the long-awaited Christ who will usher in the Kingdom of God. It was after his baptism that many of the disciples proclaimed that they had found the Messiah.

Following in our Lord's footsteps, this is one of the four days that we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and renew our baptismal covenant during the liturgy, recommitting ourselves to Christ and to the work which he has set for his church to do.

Please pray for Mackenzie McNish Nieman, Christina Gulden Webb, and Lucien Cole Webb as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, January 10, at the 9:00 am liturgy. Join us for a reception in the Great Hall following the Baptism.

107th Annual Parish Meeting

During the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31, we will conduct the business of the parish, elect new members to the Vestry, review the budget prepared for 2010, and discuss any additional agenda items.

The Vestry has approved the slate which the Nominating Committee will present to the parish for election to the Vestry.  Full biographies of the candidates will be posted later this month.

Upcoming Events

2nd Saturday Service
Saturday, January 9, at 5:30 pm
An informal family Eucharist in the Great Hall

Altar & Flower Ministry Luncheon
Wednesday, January 20, at 12:00 pm
A special thank you to those who faithfully prepare our altar each week; hosted by Fr. Myers

Family Movie Nite
Friday, January 29, in the Great Hall
A pizza dinner at 5:30 pm followed by Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast at 6:00 pm   Reservations required>>>

Dancing with NO Stars
Friday, February 12, in the Great Hall
A potluck supper at 6:00 pm followed by dance lessons with instructor Kathy Brown at 6:45 pm  Reservations required>>>

In the Vineyard

We gratefully acknowledge . . .
An anonymous matching gift to the parish of up to $25,000 to our Christmas Outreach Offering.  This will enable us to more effectively fund our partners in ministry: Connections for the Homeless and Good News Partners. Thank you very much!

We welcome to the parish . . .
• Terry and Stephanie Hyman of Kenilworth and their children, 7 yr old Catherine, 6 yr old Walker, and 4 yr old Marshall.
• Warren and Elizabeth McKenna of Wilmette and their children, 4 yr old Madeline and 2 yr old Annabelle.
• Jon and Susan Newsome of Winnekta, the parents of parishioners Paul and Josh Newsome.
• Holly Shaw of Wilmette and her children, 10 yr old Henry and 6 yr old Caroline.

If you have news you'd like to share, contact the Vineyard.

Mission: Nicaragua

Sixteen high school students and six adult chaperones have registered for the 2010 mission trip to Nicaragua scheduled for June 19-26. This is the first time the parish has sponsored a mission trip outside the United States and WHAM (We Have A Mission) students are excited about this new adventure.

After our yearlong study of the Millennium Development Goals, the parish Outreach Committee unanimously agreed to provide financial support for the Fabretto Children's Foundation in Nicaragua.  Serving over 6,000 children and their families, Fabretto enables impoverished Nicaraguans in underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential through programs promoting nutrition, health, education, community and character development.

Fabretto has teamed up Holy Comforter with Escuela Miramar in the town of Las Sabanas which lies near the Honduran border and is about 160 miles north of Managua. El Miramar Community has a population of 350 and one school with 60 students.  The school is a simple structure with four small classrooms, one of which is a computer lab recently equipped by Fabretto, a kitchen and a lunch hall.  Holy Comforter's financial support will help pay teacher salaries and provide nutritional meals and school supplies.

The primary focus for high schoolers when they visit in June is to work with the children in their afterschool program which includes tutoring and extracurricular activities.  Our students have already begun a "pen pal" program with students in Miramar. They sent them Christmas cards and over the next six months they will continue to write letters and send pictures. 

This is an exciting venture not only for our high school students but also for the parish as we reach out beyond our borders to get to know people of another culture and let them learn about us.  For more information about the Fabretto Children's Foundation, go to their website.

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "It's All About Nothing"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles:  "A Lesson in A Christmas Carol"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes:  "The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord"
by Derek Nickels, Music

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