All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago is a welcoming, inclusive and prayerful community, which celebrates and embodies the love of God for all people (period).

All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


Two Events I Very Much Hope You Will Rearrange Your Schedules to Attend on Friday May 8 And Saturday May 9. Both events are at All Saints.

On Friday May 8 at 7:00pm we will host, in conjunction with our partner parish St. Thomas in Bronzeville, a showing of the documentary Traces of the Trade. Here is a link about the movie. We’ll have some food and beverages, childcare and a facilitated conversation following the movie.

Then the next day, Saturday, May 9 again at All Saints with our partner parish St. Thomas, from 10am to 4:30pm we’ll gather for “An Introduction to Systemic Racism” workshop. Our hope is that by partaking in this workshop together we can begin to build a common language in which we might talk about race and then create steps we can take individually and jointly to address racism in our communities, our congregations, and our city. I am very much aware that I am asking you all to set aside 8 hours on a weekend to discuss race. It is a lot of time. Yet it is difficult topic that, if we are going to make any positive strides for change and transformation, will require time and work. Won’t you please join me and the people of St. Thomas in this work? Childcare can be provided. Please RSVP to me if you will require childcare at either event. We will be happy to make that arrangement.

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Dear Friends,

Many of you have asked for Andrew Freeman's home address to be able to send him, his family and his father Bob condolence cards. Andrew will be back in the office on Monday, and his Chicago address is:

Andrew Freeman
4838 N. Winchester Ave 2
Chicago, IL 60640

And his father's home address is:

Bob Freeman
41 Foxridge Rd
West Hartford, CT 06107.

Andrew's mom's memorial service will be Saturday May 9th. Andrew will be back in the office this week and then returning to Connecticut the following week. Andrew's dad, Bob, has asked that gifts given in honor of his mom's life be directed to "Mission Friends for Inclusion" the advocacy group for LGBT inclusion in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Here's the link to a memorial page we've established in her name. (All Saints' will keep track of the funds but the Mission Friends for Inclusion people will send you an acknowledgement.)

How do we begin to address the many issues of race in our church and in our community?

Our thoughts are that no real work on racial reconciliation can take place until we have meaningful relationships with more people of different races. With this in mind thirteen people from All Saints’ traveled down to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bronzeville to begin creating those relationships.

We paired up one person from St. Thomas and one person from All Saints’. Each pair had three questions to answer and discuss: What are you passionate about? What scares you? What are you hoping that our two congregations might do together?

At the end of the afternoon each person had a conversation with three other people. Relationships have begun. We have much more to do—but every journey starts with the first step.

The next event is Friday, May 8 for the viewing of “Traces of the Trade” a documentary of a New England Family and town that discovers it had serious ties to the Southern slave trade. We’ll gather at the All Saints’ Sanctuary at 7:00pm. We’ll have light refreshments and a conversation following the movie. Childcare will be provided.

Questions? Send a note to Bonnie Perry ( or Staycie Flint (

vestibuleWork on This Old Church and the 1883 Project continues! The secondary peak and roof of our vestibule has been removed uncovering the initial roof and its original shingles. Apparently the only thing attaching the secondary roof to the East wall was the flashing between the vestibule roof and the East Wall and two nails. (My O My!)

It seems clear that the vestibule sank very early in its creation. If you stand on the South side of the vestibule and look at it in relation to the East Wall it is now wildly apparent how the front portion of the vestibule has sunk. Next week scaffolding will be erected around the East wall and the bell tower. Then having shored up the underside of the East Wall our amazing contractors will begin to jack up the wall, bit by bit, day by day, using a manually turned “screw-jack.” How cool is that?

Volunteers Needed!

Reality Fair 2015 at Ravenswood School is just a few weeks away!

realityfairOn Friday afternoon, May 8, Ravenswood School's 7th and 8th graders will participate in the 9th annual Reality Fair, where they'll be given a heavy dose of "reality." Armed with a fictional job and a paycheck, students attempt to meet their monthly financial obligations -- without going bankrupt! They'll find out who their spouse is (big-dollar airline pilot or stay-at-home parent?) and how many children they have, and then they'll set about making financial choices and paying their bills. Some will even suffer the "fickle fingers of fate" to make the experience more realistic.

Can you help? In order to make this event work, 40 volunteers are needed to staff the various stations (the bank, transportation station, credit counseling, etc.) on the day of the event. The time commitment is about three hours: 12:15 until about 3:30 p.m. We are also looking for a small number of volunteers to serve as interviewers during mock job interview sessions to be held from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 6th. Please join us! You'll help to provide an experience that changes children's lives and you'll have a great time yourself. Sign-up on our page at Sign-up Genius:

It'd be great if you could use the link above, but if you'd prefer to email you can get in touch with us at or

The Reality Fair at Ravenswood School is produced by Ravenswood Community Services with financial support from the MAXIMUS Foundation.

Monthly Forum for Leaders & Caregivers at ASEC

While it is indeed "more blessed to give than receive," those who provide pastoral care to others need care, too. These monthly sessions will offer participants a chance to de-brief their experiences, enhance skills of empathy and communication, learn strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries, and explore the spiritual foundation of caring for one another. Sessions will be facilitated by M. Jeanne Wirpsa, long-time member of ASEC, Keeping God's People Safe Trainer, and professional chaplain.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Ushers, lay chaplains, Sunday school teachers, Tuesday night volunteers, vestry members, youth group leaders, and others involved in leading various ministries and in providing hands-on care at ASEC.

WHEN: 1st Monday of the month, starting Monday, May 4th, 7:30-8:30

WHERE: ASEC Reading Room

Contact Margaret McCamant with questions.


This Saturday, April 11th, we will be sending our 14th group from all All Saints down to Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina hit in back 2005. We have a group of 12 people traveling down to down on this trip. Those traveling this week include: Joey Sylvester, Larry Dieckman, Johann Juan, Matt Sorokac Juan, Lynn Bowers, Linda Toelke, Sue Sullivan, Sarah Kobs, Kevin Goodman, Anton Pulung, Dan Acosta, and Rob Book. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they travel. 

On Sunday, April, 12th, we will worships with our friends at our sister parish in New Orleans, St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The first half of the week we will be working in New Orleans with Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative clearing and revitalizing blighted properties. We will be helping to clear vacant lots in Central City in to hopes to bring value to the neighborhood while also reducing crime, dumping, and health hazards. The second half of the week we'll be down in the bayou working for BTNEP (Barataria Terrebone National Estuary Project) on two wetland restoration projects.

Overnight on May 30

ASYG has just 4 meetings left until summer (seems impossible given the weather but it's true!). We'll be meeting on April 12 and 26, and May 17. Anyone who is in 7th grade through high school is welcome to join us on those dates at 3:30 until 7:30 to hang out, play games, have dinner together and generally have all the fun that is physically possible.

We'll close out the wonderful 2014-2015 year with our annual Overnight on May 30 (normally Pentecost, but not this year!).

If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Waldron at

palmsWe have seven palm plants from our Palm Sunday celebration that are available for purchase, $10 each.

If you are interested and would like to make arrangements for pickup, please contact Polly Tangora.

Interested in exploring your faith, finding out more about the Episcopal Church and the role of sacraments? (How could you not be, by this time you've probably already binged watched most of the third season of House of Cards so why not now use that free time to think about how you may or may not be connecting with God and the Holy? Beau Surratt and Bonnie will be co-leading a class on Sacraments on Monday evenings beginning March 16th at 7:00. We'll meet for an hour and a half for five weeks and at the end if you are interested in making an adult profession of faith our Bishop Jeff Lee will be visiting on Sunday, April 26th and will be happy to offer confirmation to all interested. Please e-mail Bonnie if you are interested or have questions.

Online sign up available

Spring is coming (really), and it is time to sign up to host coffee hours during April, May and June. You already know the drill (if not, just ask), so all there is left to say is "Please sign up here!"

The book club continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM rotating among the homes of participating members.  We post the details of the club on Facebook. Currently we have 5 active members. Anyone who likes to read and share their thoughts on what they read is welcome. Here is the lineup of books for the coming months:

May 14, 2015 “The Only Way to Cross” by John Maxtone-Graham. This book is about the Atlantic sea crossings from the start of vacation travel to the 1970’s.
June 11, 2015 “Zealot” by Reza Aslan. This book written by a scholar on religious studies at the University of California, Riverside, is about the historical Jesus and the creation of Christianity.
July 9, 2015 “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. This book is about the joy of reading and the enhanced enjoyment from sharing your reading with others.
August 13, 2015

“Maus” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.

Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

If you are unable to be with us during our Africa Bake Auction on February 22 but would still like to ensure that we are able to fund scholarships and pay the salaries for two mid-wives and for Doctor Paul, please feel free to donate online by clicking here.

bayroncitoIn the few weeks since we announced Bayroncito's medical issues, the good people of All Saints have donated more than $1,200 to help with medical expenses. Padre Bayron and his wife, Lupita, are extremely grateful for our assistance.

The good news is that doctors have determined that Bayroncito's problems were caused by a milk allergy; he has been off of dairy products and on medication for several weeks now, and his condition is much improved. On the other hand, Padre Bayron is suffering from a persistent ear infection that is affecting his hearing; our donations are also helping with his expenses. Any remaining money will be put aside for future medical expenses.

By the way, this is the first time since we met Padre Bayron four years ago that he has gotten sick. Hopefully it will be the last.

Mil gracias! (a thousand thanks) to everyone who donated!

bblPadre Bayron’s almost-3 year old son began suffering from a severe cough and respiratory problems several months ago. It required numerous tests and significant expense to determine that Bayroncito has a milk allergy. Individuals at All Saints’ contributed more than $1,200 to help cover the expenses. Bayron’s wife, Lupita, is trying to get a visa for herself and Bayroncito to accompany Padre Bayron when he comes to Chicago in May to help us celebrate our Fiesta fund-raiser.

We sincerely thank you for the financial support you have sent us, and want to let you know that our son, Bayroncito is better and stable although he continues with treatments. I still have the ear discomfort and will be having further tests. Thank God Lupita is okay, and we ask God that she not get sick.

Next week we will be going to go to Mexico City to submit the visa applications for Byroncito and Lupita. I hope we will have better luck this time. We will see you soon and it will be a great pleasure to get to know you and that you will get to know us and this beautiful mission of the Virgin Mary Xalapa. May God continue to bless each of you and your families. Thank you for your generosity and for caring for us. Thanks, Rev. Bonnie, Karen and David for coordinating this beautiful work which I'm sure is from God.

Do you pray? How? Do you keep a list of intentions to meditate upon while praying? Do you pray while moving? Do you pray most often alone or with other people? Do you want to pray more but feel stuck? If you’re interested in exploring the ways in which other women pray and how we may lend support to one another, please join us in our exploration of prayer and how we fit it into our lives.

Launching during Lent, 2015. Email Angie Schlater: for more information.

This is the handout from the Annual Meeting that explains the development of our new logo.

 At the Annual Meeting Bonnie mentioned the photo directory. Would you like to be able to use it? Would you like your family's information and photo to be included? Are you a member of All Saints? If so, please contact me at I will send a user name, password, and instructions.

—Jim Crandall

Registration is now open!

campOur hope at Camp Chicago is to give our campers the best week of their entire year. We want them to have fun and know what it means to laugh so hard you're gasping for air. We want them to feel challenged and know they can dare to attempt new things. We want them to make lasting friendships. And we want them to know they are loved by God and called to a life of purpose and meaning. So if that sounds like something you'd like to be part of, you can sign up today!

Online Registration for 2015 camp sessions is now open!

Learn more about Camp Chicago here.


This August will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Since Katrina hit, All Saints' has sent 13 teams down to Louisiana to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.   We have also raised over $90,000 to help in the recovery effort.   The first few years, the teams spent all their time in New Orleans gutting and rebuilding homes.   About 5 years ago, we heard a presentation on the importance of the wetlands in protecting New Orleans by acting as buffer during storm surges.  This presentation also brought to our attention the rapid loss of the wetlands due to many manmade factors.  Since then we have been spending part of our trip volunteering to help restore the wetlands.

This April we will be sending our 14th group down.   We plan to spend the first half of the week in New Orleans working with Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative clearing and revitalizing blighted properties.  The second half of the week we'll be down in the bayou working for BTNEP (Barataria Terrebone National Estuary Project) on a wetland restoration project.

Our next trip will be  April 12 - 18, 2015.  If you are interested in coming or have questions, please contact Lynn Bowers at or Rob Book at shoresmaller

Bonnie's sermon about Ferguson and Race from November 30 as published in the Huffington Post.

A dot on the map, a difference in the world. All Saints’ is proud to be making a difference in the lives of people as far away as Africa, Mexico, and Louisiana and as nearby as our neighbors in the Ravenswood neighborhood. Less trumpeted, but of no less importance, is the care quietly provided for members of our congregation by members of our congregation. Sometimes called love on a plate, or love on wheels, this ministry might mean providing a meal for a family with a new baby, driving someone to an appointment or to church, babysitting for a few hours, shoveling snow, picking up groceries, etc. These are usually short-term needs, limited to a few weeks’ duration.

When a need is identified, volunteers are contacted and invited to participate. Each person decides what fits his or her schedule. In many cases, a care calendar is set up that specifies what service is needed, alerts you to special conditions like dietary restrictions, and provides locations and schedules. Information for accessing the care calendar is shared with members of the volunteer team, not the whole parish. When you sign up to deliver a meal or offer a ride, the care calendar software confirms the appointment and will even send you an email reminder.

If you would like to be part of this group of volunteers, please send your contact information (name, street address, phone numbers [home, work, cell], email address) to Please specify what you are able to do: meals only, driving, childcare, special skills you have, etc.

Questions? Margaret McCamant (, 312.475.9045.

Sunday Service Times

8:00 am Inclusive Language Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir
10:00 am Children's Church School
10:00 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir


Contact Us

4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Phone (773) 561-0111


Information about pastoral care.


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