16 | June 13, 2019 | the new lenox patriot faith newlenoxpatriot.com Pastor column Reflect on ‘watershed’ moments Jim McGuire Joliet Area Community Hospice Have you ever stopped to consider the “watershed” moments in your life? Those turning points of great personal significance. For someone it may be the day you received your driver’s license. Perhaps for someone else it was the day you were accepted into the school of your dreams, or the day you pledged your life in marriage. Certainly welcoming a newborn baby into the family is a watershed moment. We have all experienced at least one watershed moment. March 29, 2019 was a watershed day for me as I published my first book, STAY: Four Pillars for Living Life and Finishing Well. I released it in ebook and paperback through Amazon. The book is a memoir detailing my 19 years as a chaplain with the local hospice. Throughout the book, I use anecdotal stories of some of the wonderful people I have met. The release of the book was the culmination of three years of writing, research and reflection. There were several critical moments in the process. The first being the night I sat down at the kitchen table with an iPad, keyboard and numerous random thoughts and began to type. Another pivotal moment came when I watched a video tutorial and the presenter said, “No one cares about the book you never finished.” In that moment, it was like a kick in the pants. I knew right then that I either needed to finish the book or stop thinking about it. Hiring a professional managing editor was another one of these important moments in moving the book from concept to completion. The editor’s input and expertise helped make for a more enjoyable read. Her work was invaluable. When we think about these watershed moments in our lives, they are usually the culmination of dedication, hard work and perseverance. There are times when we experience such life-changing events with little or no input; however, most of the memorable moments in our lives come about as the result of the many small decisions we make along the way. It’s okay to, “Wish upon a star,” so long as you don’t spend your entire life gazing into space. Watershed moments often come after you and I have made the commitment to put in the work. So what is it that you are working toward today? Do you want the ball in your hand as the clock is winding down and the score is tied? Then practice, practice, practice. Do you want to make the Honor Roll at school? Then you may need to spend less time goofing off and more time studying. Are you looking for significant and meaningful relationships? Then work on being your best self today and everyday. I am pleased to write that the book has been well received. I continue to learn throughout this process, such is life. While we reflect upon the watershed events in our life, we do not remain in that moment in time. Life moves on, as it should. So let’s move forward, anticipating that there will come additional watershed moments, making good decisions each and everyday. Here’s to a life well lived. I can be contacted at jtmcguire63@gmail. com if you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book, STAY: Four Pillars for Living Life and Finishing Well or you can find it at Amazon.com. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author. They do not necessarily represent the thoughts of 22nd Century Media or its staff. Visit us online at newlenoxpatriot.com FAITH BRIEFS Revolution Church (24520 South U.S. Highway 52, Manhattan) More Faith Less Fret Study 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Held at the house of a parishioner. Contact the church for more information at (815) 418-6555. Mass 10 a.m. Sundays, United Methodist Church of New Lenox (339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox) Worship Schedule Traditional worship is at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second Ave., New Lenox) MOMS Monthly Meeting 9:30- 11:30 a.m. first Thursday of the month. St. Jude Franciscan Hall Room 3 and 4, 241 W. Second Ave, New Lenox. Eucharistic Adoration 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. first Friday of the month. Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E. Illinois Highway, New Lenox) Worship Services 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. HERO Family Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This group is open to anyone with a family member currently struggling with addiction, suspected addiction, or currently in recovery. Family support meetings provide helpful tools and information to better equip people to help their loved ones through their struggle. This group provides a supportive environment with others who have had similar experiences and an opportunity to meet and network with others. Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox) Church Service 10:30 Sundays. For more information, call the church at (815) 485- 5152. Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox) Worship 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday Vacation Bible School Miraculous Mission, June 17-21, 9:30 a.m.- noon. Cost $5 per student. To register, go to trini tynewlenox.org Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox) Celebrate Recovery 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday. For anyone struggling with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. For more information, call Deb at (708) 516-6318. St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church Street, New Lenox) A Discussion Group on How to be a Sinner Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit saint johnofchicago.com or call (630) 638-9462 New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New Lenox) Worship Services 10 a.m. Sundays. For more information, call (815) 462-0202. The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox) The Center Youth Group 6:30-9 p.m. every Thursday. Teens ages 12- 19 are welcome. The night features live music, an open gym, an encouraging message and a chance to meet new friends. For more information, call (815) 717-8002. Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749 Lancaster Drive, Joliet) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St., New Lenox) Saturday Service 5 p.m. the first, third and fifth Saturday of each month. Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar Road) Worship Service 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. every Sunday. Parkview Christian Church (2121 S. Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox) Worship Services 4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox) A Man in Recovery 7-8:30 p.m. Every Tuesday. This recovery group is for those who are struggling with addiction or those who love someone struggling. For more information, call Tom at (815) 354-3195. Bible Study 10 a.m. Every Wednesday. For more information, call (815) 485-5327. The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford Drive, New Lenox) Worship Service 10 a.m. Sundays. Reverberate Youth Group 1-3 p.m. Every first Sunday of the month. The group meets to discuss a message geared toward junior and senior high school students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Editor Sean Hastings at sean@ newlenoxpatriot.com or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 48. Information is due by noon on Thursdays one week prior to publication.
newlenoxpatriot.com life & arts the new lenox patriot | June 13, 2019 | 17 Comedy, mystery meet in ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’ Frankfort, New Lenox residents star in production Nuria Mathog, Editor The Drama Group is hoping to deliver a killing performance in its latest production -- figuratively and literally. The Chicago Heightsbased theater group’s version of the “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” written by the American playwright John Bishop, centers around the members of a creative team who gather in a mysterious mansion for a backer’s audition for their new show. Several chorus girls involved in the group’s previous production were killed by a figure called the “Stage Door Slasher,” whose reappearance in the house sparks a comical adventure involving scandal, secrets and intrigue. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13; Friday, June 14; and Saturday, June 15, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16. All shows will take place at the Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre, located at 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. “This show is a murder mystery, but it’s also really a farce, so it’s very funny,” cast member and Frankfort resident Jeannie Markionni said. “There’s lots of doors, sliding bookcases, fireplaces that open, murders. It’s chaos. And not everybody is who you think they are ... Everybody’s a bit of a caricature of what those characters back then would have been.” Markionni and her husband, Nick Markionni, rarely have the opportunity to share the stage, but the two Drama Group members both star in the production. Jeannie plays the “very much over the top” producer Marjorie Baverstock, while Nick takes on the role of the pompous director Ken De La Maise. “I was just called in from Hollywood, where I drop names left and right,” Nick Markionni said of his character. “I know so-andso, I’ve been in this movie with so-and-so.” The production marks the 20th anniversary of the Drama Group’s theater exchange program with Stables Theatre in Hastings, England, which began with the Drama Group’s adaptation of “Spoon River Anthology” and has involved cross-Atlantic performances from both the American and British theater groups. “We selected this play, and they selected a play called ‘The Virtuous Burglar,’” Director MaryEllen Fawk said. “They had a director for it, and they couldn’t do it, so they weren’t able to get another person to step up and direct, so they stepped down from participating in that. But, we were still going to go over there and do it here, so we moved to doing the complete version of it here.” She described the Drama Group as a “wonderful place” for devotees of theater. “The reasons I really love working here are, number one, it feels like a family,” she said. “The people are wonderful. It Liz Yerkovich, of New Lenox, playing the role of Berenice Roth, contemplates a series of murders discussed by the other characters during The Drama Group’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media Geoffrey Purvis (left) and Samm Hilger perform a scene. has the sense of being a repertoire, too. The talent that is attracted to this organization is phenomenal, with people from all over the Chicagoland area that have come here.” The cast members will head to England to perform the show after their final performance on June 16. Jeannie Markionni said she was especially looking forward to seeing how British audiences would react to an American farce. “Farces are not something we do a lot,” she explained. “We do do comedies, but farces are a difficult thing, and it’s interesting that we’re taking a farce for our 20th anniversary to a country where farces are everything. They invented, created, perfected the farce.” Fellow cast member Liz Yerkovich, of New Lenox, said she jumped at the opportunity to perform in a farce. “I think they’re super fun, and the audiences always seem to love them,” she said. “So, it was the fact that it was a comedy and a farce that really got me excited about doing this show.” Yerkovich stars as the lyricist Berenice Roth, a character she described as “very eccentric and kind of a lush.” “She is very flamboyant and self-absorbed,” she said. “I’m so self-absorbed that pretty much through the entire show, she has no clue that there’s even murders happening.” New Lenox resident Jennifer Larkin, the show’s lighting designer, has been involved with the Drama Group for more than two decades and said the best part of her job is the people she works with. “I like that through the lights, you can kind of guide the emotions of the show,” she said. “For me, as a lighting designer, this was a pretty easy production, ‘cause there’s one set, one room. We do have some lighting changes. The cast is tight, they’re funny. ... There really isn’t anybody that is not any good.”