About Fr. Manny

Father Manuel "Manny" Borg is the Vicar of St Nicholas, Elk Grove Village

St Nick’s Knacks, A Rummage Sale August 15 and 16 – We Need You and Your Stuff

St Nick's Knacks Rummage Sale August 15-16

Well, good people, the rummage sale is now just over a week away! There is much to do. With this being our largest fund raiser of the year, we really, REALLY need everyone to help out as they can and when they can.

A sign-up sheet is posted in the Gathering Space. Please consider sharing an hour or two of your time with setting things up during the week of Aug. 10 through the 14th and during the two days of the sale on Aug. 15 and 16.
It is crucial we have plenty of our parish family involved in this. If you’re able to sit for a few hours, you are welcome to do so at the check-out tables. There’s plenty of volunteer opportunities for everyone.

This Sunday, Aug. 10th, we will move the chairs and other items out of the Hall and place them in the Noah’s Ark Space. All the rummage items in the Noah’s Ark Space along with everything already in the Hall will be placed on tables and areas for display and purchasing. We need plenty of help. We need YOU.

Also, we need:
1) The donation of your clean, sell-able items (PLEASE NO electronic equipment such as televisions, computers and monitors)
2) Clean newspaper for wrapping glass and fragile items
3) Clean plastic and/or paper bags
4) More folding tables

These items can be brought in any time. Place these items near Manny’s office. Please remember to mark your tables with your name.

This is going to be a great event…share in the fun and excitement by sharing in the work and effort! God bless us, one and all and may this year’s sale be a smashing success.

The Launch of Our Capital Campaign

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On Saturday, July 26, the Bishop and Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago met.  On their heavy docket of Diocesan matters was the proposal presented by the Community of St. Nicholas Church in Elk Grove Village.

In kind and with much joy, we are pleased to announce what the B & T has offered us:

$12,500.00 Grant

$12,500.00  Interest Free Loan to be repaid in a manner yet to be determined

The amount of the loan would change depending upon our cutting the cost of some of the planned renovations and improvements.  However, the total of the grant WILL NOT be altered.

Thus, we delete the title “Boiler Fund” and rename it Capital Campaign.  The loan offered by the Diocese will take time to be repaid, but repay it we shall do.  It may take us years to do so, but little by little, we shall do what we can, as we can and when we can to offer back to the Diocese that which they now provide us.  We are in this together, as a community, as a people of faith and all our efforts are for the greater good and our commitment to St. Nicholas; the church structure itself and the people who call this place home.

Certainly, the replacement of the boiler is front and center.  However, this drive to redo the church and Hall is multifaceted.  A new boiler; new lighting system that will reduce our utility costs and afford us a less expensive means of lighting and replacement bulbs; shades on the west and south side church windows that will also help reduce our utility costs while protecting our soon-to-be-installed stained glass windows while drastically reducing glare; reconfiguration of one of the power units outside that will provide us both additional heat in the winter and cool air during the summer.  For additional information or questions one may have, please contact Bob DeHaven, Hank Mandziara, Bob Kalicki or Manny, all members of the Building Committee.  It is our pleasure provide information and answer any questions.

My dear sisters and brothers, it is my honor and pleasure to announce all this to you.  What a wonderful gift we have been given.  As good stewards of our church and builders of God’s Kingdom here on earth, it is up to each and every one of us to share in this great endeavor.  The Capital Campaign will only be as successful as all are generous and caring.

If you would like to contribute, please write a check to St. Nicholas with “Capital Campaign” in the memo line.

Certainly, I understand not all of us are able to contribute.  Please, I ask no one to take on any additional financial responsibilities that could burden or overwhelm.  I do ask us all to share as we can, when we can and how we can.  Every offering helps.  We will keep the community abreast of how we are doing in our efforts.  And the whole while, we continue to pray for the guidance and direction the our Lord provides…to lead us onward and ever on the path of righteousness and holiness.

Thank you, each and everyone for the amazing efforts all have shared in thus far.  There’s still work to be done…shall we get to it?  You bet!

Amen and as always, my blessings, gratitude and love.



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Father Manny: Storing Up Treasures

It was a long weekend.  A long but very successful and rewarding weekend.  Douglas and I had a garage sale and we were able to move out a bunch of stuff.  What hadn’t sold…it’s coming to St. Nicholas’ sale and that means lots of vintage and antique goodies that hopefully will catch the eye of a prospective and discerning buyer!

Thursday, the first of a two-day sale, we were blessed with visits from a number of neighbors who came and shopped.  More importantly, our neighbors stayed, talked and we shared stories of ourselves.  They brought food and drink to share.  We got to know one another.  We engaged in conversations that have forged newer and deeper relationships with the people who, literally speaking, surround us.  What a better and more pleasant way to live when the people around us are friends and cherished ones and not just “the people next door or across the street.”

Our St. Nick’s Knacks Rummage Sale is our biggest and largest fund raiser of the year (aside from the Capital Campaign which is an on-going fund raiser until all the funds needed are raised). While the primary objective is to raise much needed funds that help sustain and promote various ministries at St. Nicholas, there is some thing even more important: the time spent with one another while we work.  We gather to pray as a community.  We gather to work and toil, to put things together and take things apart as a community, too.  And all the while, we get to know each other better; we grow closer to our sisters and brothers of this wonderful place we call St. Nicholas Church.

My friends, with so much going on in our lives, it is difficult for me to ask yet more of you.  But, this is our church:  this building where we spend a mere fraction of our time but provides the greatest, sacred and most valuable of space for us to gather.  This is why it is so vital that we, each of us, again, as we can, how we can and when we can, pitch in and help make this year’s rummage sale and all our parish events successful, meaningful and the source of many fond memories which, in time, we will look back at and smile.

Come on down…sign up and let’s get our sleeves rolled up and get to the business of selling all these treasures.  And what a good time we will all have.



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