Louis, one of our contractors working on the North side of our church building, recounted the following conversation he had with some people who were walking past and admiring the work we are doing on the church.
One of the people passing by asked Louis, "So is this a church?"
"Yes," replied Louis.
"Oh what type of church?"
"Episcopalian," said Louis.
"And," said the passerby, "It's being renovated?"
Louis said, "It sure is."
Passerby, "Oh it looks great...
Is it going to be condos?"
"Ah----- no," said Louis.
"It's going to be a church."
There you have it....... It turns out our much maligned "curb appeal" may go so high as to imply that we are no longer a faith community. Heaven help us if we get too pretty to be a church! One thing I know for sure, no matter how pretty our exterior becomes, we will be neither condos nor a museum. We'll be All Saints', Chicago, an Episcopal Church on the North side of the city, committed to living out the Gospel in every way we can. That said, there are 47 new units going up across the street and I do believe they will be condos......!
In addition to admiring the beautifully painted exterior wall please also take a minute to take in the wonderfully restored stained glass windows. Thank you so very much to everyone who has contributed to The 1883 Project. If you haven't yet contributed, but would like to its not too late. (Click here) Currently we have about $1.2 million dollars pledged. To do the South wall we need to raise approximately another $200,000.
This Sunday between the 9 and 11 o'clock worship services we'll have a congregational conversation about what we value in our associate rector. Co-Warden Lynda Hazen will be facilitating this conversation. If you are unable to be a part of this please take a minute to fill out this brief survey. If you are wondering what our process will be for searching for a new associate rector please click here for my earlier letter outlining the process.
At this point I have several names of interested people (I received word of three names today and one name two weeks ago.) The process is likely to take a bit of time. I hope to have hired by January, but I will wait until we find the right person. It's early in the search. I didn't want to begin the process in earnest until after we celebrated with Fran and sent her off, as she said, in fine All Saints' style. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Sunday and I will keep you updated as our search progresses.
Next Sunday, November 2, is the feast of All Saints and our Wake the Dead services. Please remember to fill out prayer flags with the names of loved ones or anyone who has died, whom you would like to have remembered. If you won't be in church between now and next Thursday, please click here to fill out flags on line.
Next Saturday we'll have our Children's All Saints' Day camp from 10 to 2. All children ages 4 to 12 are invited. Please speak with one of the church school teachers to make a reservation for your child.
It is an absolutely beautiful day and predicted to be a lovely weekend. I hope you are able to find some time to enjoy the weather.
I'll be preaching on Sunday and Beau and the choir will be offering some wonderful music.
I look forward to seeing all of you.
All the best,