St Nicholas Figures

St Nicholas Figures by St Nicholas Episcopal

St Nicholas Figures, a photo by St Nicholas Episcopal on Flickr.

Someone has collected some St Nicholas figures for us all to enjoy; they are displayed in the worship space near the large icon of the good saint.

We’re proud of our patron, and this is a nice way to reclaim him from his current role as commercial spokesman and soft-drink salesman.

Everybody loves St. Nick, right? Right!

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I Am St Nick, Volume Two

We hope you’ve taken some time to read the second issue of I am St. Nick email sent earlier this week. And, we hope you’re considering submitting your own story about how the community of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church touches and changes your life.

New ministries have begun and new people are participating in ongoing ministries at St. Nicholas. In addition to your time, talent, love and energy, we hope that you’ll contribute your monetary resources, which, in addition to your other valued gifts, enable us to continue to change lives–our own and those of others who are part of the St. Nicholas Community. As we continue to stress, that community includes those who worship at St. Nicholas, but also those who rely on our community for the many support groups hosted by St. Nicholas which are vital to their lives. Our community includes our guests who come to our food pantry, and those who seek a welcome and warm embrace as they drop by during the week.

We are most grateful for the many ways all the members of the Community of St. Nicholas support, enhance and give life to our mission and ministries.

We hope you are considering your pledge to St. Nicholas for 2012. As we wrote earlier, our hope is for every household at St. Nicholas to submit a pledge form for 2012 as soon as possible so that we may plan for next year’s budget.

Pledge forms are at this link and on the shelf just outside the worship space.

Of course, we are always seeking your gift of time and talent as well. Please take a look at the “Serving” page of our website and see if there is a ministry you feel called to share in.

I Am St Nick: Bob Kalicki

I am Saint Nicholas just like you, as a part of this congregation, are also Saint Nicholas. We as individuals make up the total that is this community that we love and work to make successful.

My journey to Saint Nicholas began when Patty felt a void in her life. Patty went to several churches and eventually visited Holy Innocents in Hoffman Estates. When she walked into the service and saw a woman presiding she felt that this Episcopal Church must be something special. She became very excited and that excitement rubbed off on me and I joined her as a member of Holy Innocents.

When Holy Innocents merged with Saint Nicholas in January of 2007, the energy generated with this merger was apparent. The combination took place seamlessly with members of both congregations working together to make the spring rummage sale a success.

Eventually, I became involved at Saint Nicholas and made a commitment of time, talent and treasure to this place of worship that means so much to me. Saint Nicholas has filled a void in, and given more meaning to, my life. I feel fulfilled by being building manager, treasurer and supporting the food pantry.

This may sound corny, but I have a sense of God when working at Saint Nicholas whether it’s with the landscaping, stocking shelves for the food pantry, overseeing the things that need to be done to keep our building in shape or setting up for our service. This sense of well being is very satisfying.

I know each of you loves this very special place also and I ask each of you to reach deep down inside of yourself to make a commitment to help Saint Nicholas grow by giving of your time and talent and to make a pledge so that Saint Nicholas can continue to grow.

Bob Kalicki

-Bob Kalicki