All Saints’ is a loving, welcoming, inclusive and prayerful Christian community in the Anglican Communion, which celebrates and embodies the love of God for all people in and outside of our church community.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Luke 1:26-38)

Eternal God, you do not abandon us in exile but hear our plea for returning and rest: Visit us we pray with your presence and raise us to greet with hope and joy the promised day of salvation; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen. 

written by William H. Peterson

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Sunday, December 21
9am and 11am Services
All Ages Christmas Pageant

Christmas Eve Wednesday December 24
Children's Candlelight Christmas Eve Eucharist

Congregational Carols

Festival Candlelight Christmas Eve Eucharist

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day Eucharist

Dear Friends,

Here it is: installment 3 of "It's a Wonderful Pledge: What happens if Beau, our amazing music director were not here...." Now that you have watched the clip and finished laughing, thank you so very much for pledging. If you haven't yet pledged, please take a moment to do so here.

As most of you know at All Saints' this coming Sunday is not so much Advent IV as it is Pageant Sunday. Who knows how it will go. We have 75 speaking parts and two very key rehearsals yet to go.... your children are amazing so I have great hopes. Please bring your friends and your friend's children to watch this epic. One way or the other it will be quite the event!

If you'd prefer a quieter Sunday morning experience please join me at the 8:00 am Eucharist where Northwestern Chaplain and parishioner Jeanne Wirpsa will be our guest preacher.

Between the 9 and 11 service and possibly after the 11:00 worship service I'm looking for four people to deliver some door hangers to our neighbors who live on the surrounding blocks. Send me an e-mail if you'd like to help.

Then: after the sheep and donkeys, and Lego construction workers have returned their fields, barns, and boxes we'll gather at 12:30 to green the church and prepare for our much more traditional celebration of Jesus' birth on December 24th and 25th. (Here's the Christmas schedule) If you have a good eye and a heart for design and decoration we could use your assistance as we decorate the church from 12:30 to 2:30. We'll provide a light lunch for all who assist.

If you'd like a lovely, contemplative time to finish your final Advent preparation for Christmas, please join us for our ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS THIS SUNDAY AT 4:30. The readings are provocative and the music is wonderful. And the quiet is probably something for which you are long-overdue.

Following the Lessons and Carols, we'll continue with our caroling, albeit in a slightly more boisterous fashion. At 5:30 we'll gather in the backroom of O'Shaughnessy's Public House (The Irish Pub next to the church on Wilson and Ravenswood) for an hour of caroling, chatting and quaffing. All in all quite the day.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all this week and next. If you are traveling for Christmas, smile lots, drink plenty of water and pull over when you are tired.

All the best,


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

Here's another article about All Saints' from Huffington Post.

Each Sunday in December, the Level I Atrium for 3 to 6-year-olds will be open at 9 am and 11 am.

Saturday, December 20th - Mandatory Dress Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

  • 3:00-7pm - Major speaking parts (3 lines or more)
  • 4:30-7pm - Minor speaking parts (2 lines or less)

What Parents Should Know About the Pageant

  • The "Dress Rehearsal" on Saturday December 20th will be from 3:00 to 7:00 and is REQUIRED for anyone with a speaking part. (If you're not there, we give your part to someone else!)
  • SPEAKING PARTS - Children with speaking parts are needed at both the 9am and 11am performances
  • HOLIDAY BRUNCH will be served for cast members between the 9 am and 11 am performances on pageant Sunday, December 21st. (And we'd LOVE some help preparing this!)
  • Immediately after the 11 am performance, children will join their parents for the Eucharist.
  • COSTUMES - We generally have costumes for all the performers. (Unless we have discussed this personally with you.) Costumes will be fitted at the end of the rehearsal, Saturday, December 20th. Children should not leave the rehearsal until they have their costume organized and in a marked grocery bag.
So hallow’d and so gracious is the time... 
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent
Sunday, December 21 at 4:30pm
Join us for this All Saints’ Advent tradition, a service of readings from Scripture and poetry from throughout the ages with lots of wonderful Advent Carols and music of the Advent season.  
Featured choral music includes G.P da Palestrina’s “Matin Responsory” from the 1500’s, “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah, and Paul Manz’s exquisite “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come.” 
Following this beautiful meditative service, we’ll adjourn to O’Shaughnessy’s Public House for our annual Beer and Carols celebration.

Here’s some history of the Advent Lessons and Carols tradition lifted from the website of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora, Ontario:

In 1934, sixteen years after he had introduced to King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve, the Dean, Eric Milner-White, composed a further service, ‘A procession with Carols upon Advent Sunday’. His concern for more imaginative forms of worship appears in the Preface he wrote to that service. “In the old English liturgies, the Advent offices made a preparation for the coming of our Lord to this earth far more vivid and eager than those of our present Prayer Book.” So an Advent Carol Service, if without precedent, is not without suitability, if it helps to express “the desire of all nations and ages”. The purpose of the Service is “not to celebrate Christmas, but to expect it”.

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. 

Pre-baptismal Sessions December 13 and 20, 9:00am

Are you interested in being baptized or having your child baptized at All Saints'? We will have services of baptism The Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, January 11, 2015 at both the 9 and 11am services.

You will need to attend one of two pre-baptismal counseling sessions, on either Saturday December 13 or 20 at 9am in the Reading Room. Please RSVP to Andrew in the church office to sign up for a particular session.

To find out more information about baptism, you can speak with Bonnie.

Sunday, January 17th at 2pm

A Celebration of New Ministry for the Reverend Fran Holliday, the fourth Rector of St. Mary Episcopal Church in Crystal Lake will take place on Saturday January 17th at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Jeffery D. Lee will preside and the Rev. Bonnie A. Perry will preach. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. Please RSVP by January 10th to Amy Noe at or call the office at 815-459-1009. Clergy are invited to vest and process (Festival color is white). St. Mary's is located at 210 McHenry Avenue in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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


Christmas Services

Sunday, December 21
9am and 11am Services
All Ages Christmas Pageant

Christmas Eve Wednesday December 24
Children's Candlelight Christmas Eve Eucharist

Congregational Carols

Festival Candlelight Christmas Eve Eucharist

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day Eucharist

Contact Us

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Phone (773) 561-0111


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