Outreach: Transforming The World Through Mission and Service
Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly. Yet many in his world and our world lack those things they need for abundant life. We respond to the needs of the world by seeking to live a life of love for our neighbor. Our mission is especially focused on children, hunger, and healing, and we encourage all who are part of our community to use their gifts to help transform the lives of others.
Food Pantry, and Christmas Toys For Children
St Nicholas offers an evening food pantry twice a month on the first and third Wednesday, to fit the schedules of working people who can’t take time off to visit other area food pantries.
At Christmas time, we collect unwrapped toys to benefit a local immigrant services charity that has a children’s program. Click here to see how you might be able to help by volunteering or donating non-perishable food items and personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. Subscribe to News from Nick in the left hand column to hear about upcoming ways to serve others.
Healing Ministry: The Order of St Luke
The Order of St Luke is very active at St Nicholas! We offer a healing ministry on the third Sunday of the month, and will soon be offering a Eucharist with Healing at Asbury Park retirement community. There is no expectation of miraculous cures, just the warm and caring touch of a friend who asks quietly what sort of healing is needed, and offers to pray with you and offer their understanding and support. For more information, contact Jennifer Brundidge or The Rev. Tony Begonja.
Little Boots Rodeo
Each year St Nicholas participates in Little Boots Rodeo, a fun family event that is a little bit like a Wild West rodeo, and a lot of fun. Children compete for prizes and play games, and the proceeds benefit local charitable organizations such as the Elk Grove Village Farmers’ Market, District 59 Education, and our own Second Family Food Pantry. It’s held each year in June, and we always are looking for volunteers to staff our games booth.
AA/GA Support Groups
St Nicholas is proud to host AA and GA support groups. Click here for more information, and check the calendar for the current schedule. There are daily meetings of AA, while GA and Al-Anon meet on a weekly basis.
P.A.D.S. at Christus Victor Lutheran Church
“Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter,” more commonly known as P.A.D.S.serves the area’s poor and homeless with safe and clean overnight shelter; not only that, P.A.D.S. also provides fun and filling meals. The shelter at Christus Victor is open from October 1 until April 30 each year, and there is a shelter open every night of the week at one of the particpating churches. Many services are offered – laundry facilities, showers, hair cuts, and more. We of St Nicholas have begun to work with Christus Victor to provide and serve a meal for our guests, and we hope to make it an ongoing commitment.
Elk Grove Village Parade
St Nicholas participates in the annual Elk Grove Village Parade; in 2013, the year of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we got very ambitious and entered a float.
Actually, it really WAS a boat; the theme that year was recreation and sports, so our non-floating float was titled “Fishers of Men,” with passengers in the boat and walking alongside wearing our blue “Follow Me To St Nicholas” shirts. Construction paper waves and real fishing poles completed the effect. The next year, it was a circus theme, so evidently the parade organizers were on to us. Join in the fun next year with us, designing and executing a float that adheres to the theme, yet expresses who we are as the Community of St Nicholas.
How You Can Be Part Of The Community of St Nicholas
St. Nicholas is not a building, it’s a community that belongs to all of us. All are encouraged to participate to the fullest extent. Below are some of the ways you can get involved, along with contact persons. There are sign-up sheets on the bulletin boards above the drinking fountain at St. Nicholas. Please take time to sign up.
Acolytes (who assist at the Altar at our services)
Contact Pat Kalicki
Altar Guild(care for and prepare the materials used in our worship services)
Contact Katie Black or Audrey Cannon
Book Discussion Group
Current book selections, along with meeting place and time, are found here.
Contact Steve Gruenwald
(our members dust, vacuum, mop, clean our kitchen & bathrooms and wash windows) so that more of our resources can be used for mission & ministry)
Sign up at this link or on the bulletin board at church
(those who lead the prayers of the people at our services)
Contact Pat Kalicki
(those who proclaim the biblical readings at our services)
Contact Pat Kalicki
Liturgy Planning Team
Contact Manny Borg
(weekly News from Nick email)
Contact Douglas VanHouten
(those who bring the gifts of bread, wine, juice, money, donations to our food pantry to the altar during our services)
Contact Pat Kalicki
Contact Bob Kalicki, Val Gruenwald or Douglas VanHouten
Contact Ginny Gibbs
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