All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


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Dear Friends,

During our evening Good Friday worship service we would like to include initial gut reactions to the death of Mike Brown, Eric Garner.

Might you take a moment to answer the following questions:

When I first heard of the death of Mike Brown and or Eric Garner, I thought...

When I think of unarmed black and brown people being shot by police, I think...

If you will e-mail your response to me at I would greatly appreciate it. Your responses will be unattributed.

Many thanks,

Dear Friends,

Here is the link to what's happening this week at church. We have worship services every night M-F at 7:30. Thursday evening is particularly child-friendly with the service beginning with a simple dinner in the Parish Hall. If you'd like to do "Confession or Conversation" with me on Thursday evening, I will be available from 9:00 to 11:00 pm. E-mail me or initial a time slot on the sign outside my office. Friday during the day we will have a 7:00am Morning Prayer and Stations of the Cross at Noon. The church will be open from 1 to 3pm for prayer and contemplation.

Then at 7:30 in the evening our final Good Friday service will take place. In this service we will examine our roles in the deaths of many unarmed black and brown men, women and children in our country.

Saturday morning is our "Rain or Shine" Community Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am. At noon we will have a rehearsal for our Easter Vigil. At 8:00 in the evening we will gather for our first service of Easter--with the Easter Vigil. I will be preaching at the Easter Vigil as well as Easter Sunday Morning.

We will have childcare on Thursday and Friday evening. I regret that we are unable to offer childcare on Saturday evening as we previously promised.

Easter Sunday between the services we'll have a festive coffee hour with bagels and sparkling beverages. No doubt entirely reminiscent of what Jesus and his apostle would have eaten on that first Easter Morning.

AFTER EASTER--We'd like to expand and immerse ourselves with our work on Race Relations. On Sunday April 19th, I invite you to join me for an afternoon of conversation with our friends from St. Thomas in Bronzeville. You can attend their 10:30 worship service, share a meal or drive down with me after our 11:00 worship service for two hours of concentrated-focused conversation. Think speed dating--sort of....

We'll have more details to follow. I understand that this will take up a better part of your Sunday afternoon. In talking with leaders of St. Thomas, it is our belief that the only way we can play a significant role in reducing racial tensions in our city and our country is by making a concerted effort to get to know each other. This will take time. And I believe it will be challenging, compelling and rewarding. In other words, time well spent. Please join me!

Lastly, our interior scaffolding is up. The dust retaining wall has been built. Our work is in full swing!

I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming days.

All my best,

Palm Sunday March 29—9 & 11am
Holy Monday March 30—7:30pm Candlelit Worship
Holy Tuesday March 31—7:30pm Healing Service
Holy Wednesday April 1—7:30pm Holden Evening Prayer
Maundy Thursday April 2—7:30pm
Good Friday April 3—7am, Noon & 7:30pm
Holy Saturday April 4— 
10am - Noon Community Easter Egg Hunt
8pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday April 5—8, 9 & 11am
  • Palm Saturday Camp - Saturday, March 28, 10am – 2:30pm
  • Maundy Thursday Dinner - Thursday, April 2, 4:30 – 900pm
  • All Saints’ Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 4 from 10am - Noon
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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.

Join us for this half-hour contemplative prayer service.

Holden Evening Prayer was written by Marty Haugen in 1985-86 when he was musician-in-residence at Holden Village, a small intentional community in the Cascade Mountains of Northern Washington. This beautiful, contemplative service is rich with beautiful melodies and harmonies, reflection, and prayer. It follows the outline of a traditional Evensong liturgy with Psalms, canticles, Scripture, and prayers, and it uses inclusive contemporary language.

Come pray with this beautiful, singable music on Wednesdays in Lent and Holy Week:

February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1

Questions? Contact Beau Surratt. (YouTube link)

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!"

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.

On Saturday, March 7th from 3 to 4 pm a service of Eucharist prepared by and for this year’s Solemn Communion group will be celebrated. 

Solemn Communion offers children who are about eight years or older the opportunity to consider in a more serious way what it means to receive the Eucharist. Although in the Episcopal Church children receive the bread and wine from the time of baptism, as they grow older they are able to examine the meaning of this gift more deeply.

To do this a special time and place is set aside, apart from regular Sunday classes, for the group to meet. The children meet for five two-hour Saturday sessions, then finishing with a day-and-a-half long retreat. This retreat ends with a celebratory Eucharist planned by the children for their families on Saturday March 7 from 3pm to 4pm. All are welcome to attend the special celebratory Eucharist with our children.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Polly Tangora 773-878-7118 or

Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Parish Hall

Level I: 9:00-11:30am—Learn how to keep our children safe from sexual abuse in the church and in our community. Parents of children and teens in our congregation are especially encouraged to attend. This session is mandatory for anyone working with our children or youth (or hoping to in the future!), clergy, staff, vestry, and persons providing care to home bound members of our community.

Level II: 12:30-3:00pm—How can we sustain healthy boundaries among adults in our community? How do we prevent the misuse of power as we minister to one another? How can we work together to safeguard the more vulnerable members of our community from emotional and sexual abuse? This session is open to all members of our community who are seeking to live into the fullness of our baptismal vow to “respect the dignity of all persons.” Those working with Tuesday night guests would especially benefit from this workshop. It is mandatory for leaders of programs that minister to adults, clergy, staff, vestry, and persons providing care to home bound members of our community.

Level I will be facilitated by Norman Linde, social worker/therapist who has worked extensively in this area and is a certified trainer for KGPS. Level II will be facilitated by Chaplain Jeanne Wirpsa, also certified by the Diocese to teach this material.

Please register by Friday, March 13 so we can have adequate materials available. For further information and to sign up contact: Jeanne.wirpsa@gmail or 773-316-6936 (cell).

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.

Next Meeting: January 8 at 8pm

The All Saints Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading and wants to participate in an informal discussion of the month's book. We generally meet at a member's home and have refreshments while discussing the book and life.

Our next meeting is January 8 at 8:00 PM, where we will be discussing "Santaland Diaries" by Joe Manello and David Sedaris. 

The book club posts its meetings on Facebook. The next several books currently planned are: 

Feb. 12 "Empire of Sin" by Gary Krist
March 12 "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
April 9 "Everything Must Change" by Brian D. McLaren

 Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

Our work is proceeding on schedule. All of you have seen the initial exterior work on the north wall, with the removal of the stucco cladding (ca. 1905) and exposure of the original church wall, hidden for over a century! This sample area was repaired and painted for your inspection with the procedures and colors that will be used throughout. Ron Young and his crew also dug a hole to the bottom of the foundation to ensure the exterior solidity of the brickwork. The wise builders in 1883 had actually parged the foundation exterior with a coating of mortar to prevent water infiltration. We were satisfied with their work, still largely intact, and filled the hole back in.

A number of stained glass windows have also been removed and are being repaired by our widow contractor, Opal Glass.

Largely unseen by almost everyone, however, is the ongoing work in the basement. The original dirt floor is now concrete! The entire interior foundation wall has been repaired, using hundreds of new bricks to replace ones that had simply crumbled over the last 130 years. Ron has, with his subcontractors, completed extensive repairs and upgrades to our electrical and mechanical systems. The organ remains out of service for the moment as we complete a new roomfor the organ turbine and mechanicals, again replacing the one built when the organ was installed around 1924, and now in complete disrepair.

As is to be expected in any project like this, we have run into unexpected extras. Most have been small and are simply repairs to shoddy work done in the past. However we have run into two major extras as described below.

The first is a second structural beam in poor condition. We knew we had to reinforce one beam and budgeted for it. However this second beam could not be seen at the time of our estimating, being hidden by a wall now removed. When we found it we also noted that it has been actively deteriorating, with a new split having just appeared. We have installed emergency shoring while we address the structural issues to repair it.

The second is what we call the North Vestibule. This is the small area you pass through if exiting the Sanctuary to the ramp. Some of you may have noticed here, on the north interior, a long-abandoned wooden door with a stained glass window above it.

This was an addition added after the original Sanctuary, to provide access to Wilson Avenue. Because it was clad in stucco like the rest of the building, we could not see its foundation. Well - surprise! There is no foundation under this small area! Only several cedar posts support it, a common practice a century ago since cedar lasts for decades. This is how the front vestibule was built as well - and as we know, we've run out of time with those posts too, which are failing. So we propose installing a true foundation under this North Vestibule in the same way that we will under the front vestibule in the future.

The long and short of all this description is to let you know all work is going well, and though we have additional costs there seems to be room in our budget. We simply have to repair both the second beam and address the vestibule foundation.

We will remain alert to opportunities for savings as the work proceeds.

We will keep you posted as we proceed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or if you wish to see the basement.

Stephen Christy

Larry Dieckmann

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


Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday March 29—9 & 11am
Holy Monday March 30—7:30pm Candlelit Worship
Holy Tuesday March 31—7:30pm Healing Service
Holy Wednesday April 1—7:30pm Holden Evening Prayer
Maundy Thursday April 2—7:30pm
Good Friday April 3—7am, Noon & 7:30pm
Holy Saturday April 4— 
10am - Noon Community Easter Egg Hunt
8pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday April 5—8, 9 & 11am


Contact Us

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

Phone (773) 561-0111


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