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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 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52)

Scandalous God, sowing weeds among the crop, raising bread with impure yeast, offering treasure beyond price, casting a net that catches good and bad: throw down our mean idols of purity and possession and let the Son of man show us your inclusive, provocative, wide-branching love; through Jesus Christ, the stumbling block. Amen. 

from Steven Shakespeare’s “Prayers for an Inclusive Church”

 

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Dear Friends,

I am delighted that this Sunday Brooke Lester will be with us as our guest preacher. Brooke studied at Princeton and is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. He is a parishioner here and has graced us with his wonderful preaching on numerous occasions. If you have not heard him preach this is a wonderful opportunity. 

This Sunday we are in for a double treat because we will have our Bluegrass Mass with guest musicians Colby Maddox and Sunnyside Up. Colby is also a parishioner here at All Saints' and has joined us before with his band. This is a Sunday not to be missed.  

This week I invite you to join us for our "Spiritual Grab Bag Lawn Conversation" on Wednesday July 23 at 7:00 p.m. We will gather on the front lawn so bring a lawn chair if you wish. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Bring along a topic you would like to discuss with the group. Past lawn conversation topics have been all over the map, no topic is off limits. Here are some examples: "What is sin?"  "Is Jesus really coming back?"  "Do you need to be Christian to find God?" "Did the virgin birth really happen?"  "What does it mean to share our resources as a Christian?" Please join us for this time to relax, connect and for compelling conversation. (We will meet in the Reading Room in the event of rain).

On Wednesday July 30 at 7:00 p.m. we will meet again on the front lawn to discuss the book Looking Forward Looking Backward Forty Years of Women's Ordination. I have several copies of the book for $10.00 or you can get one from I hope you can join me for this discussion in anticipation of our Sunday August 3rd celebration of The 40th Anniversary of Women's Ordination in the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Cannon Nancy Wittig will be our guest preacher. Nancy is one of eleven women ordained on July 29, 1974 in an "irregular ordination." This event changed the life of the church and challenged the church to live out the gospel message of full inclusion. To read more about Nancy and to find out more about women's ordination click here.

Bonnie is away until after Labor Day. If you should need anything please don't hesitate to call the office.

See you Sunday,

Rev. Fran Holliday 

 

 

We are collecting tons of paper to give to local public schools in the area. We need tons of paper for our Backpack Blessing Service on Sunday September 7. We are looking for construction paper and copier paper. 

Please pick up some when you are out running errands and drop it in Bonnie's office. You can also have the paper delivered directly to the church. Order paper from Amazon.comStaples or any vendor of your choice.  

On Sunday August 3, All Saints’ will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Women's Ordination in The Episcopal Church with guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Nancy H. Wittig. Nancy was one of the first eleven women to be ordained in the Episcopal Church in an “irregular ordination” on July 29, 1974.
 
In recognition of this historic anniversary, The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, recently sent a letter to All Saints' to share some of her own reflections:
 
"We have come a long way, baby, since the summer of 1974. I am grateful that the people of All Saints’ and so many other places across the church are commemorating this anniversary and prompting us all to reflect on the legacy of women’s ordination to the Episcopal Church today.
 
As we pray and celebrate together this summer, I hope that all of us who have benefitted from the ministry of ordained women can challenge the church to be vigilant about maintaining the leadership of women, especially women of color, in the church of the 21st century. 
 
As we strive to bring our world ever closer to the kingdom of God, may we gather our strength and resolve from the women who have gone before us. Thank you for your witness and your commitment to work for justice and equality." 
 
To read the full text of Rev. Jennings' letter, click here. 

More prayers, support needed as the crisis continues  

The crisis in South Sudan, ongoing since December 2013, has devastated our companion Diocese of Renk. The effects of rebel attacks are far-reaching, affecting communities in Maban, Paolch, Geiger and Wadakona. Bishop Joseph Atem reports that 15 of his clergy are displaced and living as refugees. While partner churches in the Diocese of Chicago have been generous, at this point aid is depleted and more assistance is needed. 

"They are hungry," said Bishop Joseph. "They are suffering due to lack of salaries for these past six months. None of them have resources to support their families. They come to me for help, and the little I have, it is not enough."

The Commission on Global Ministry and the partner churches of the Diocese of Renk ask for your prayers and any financial support you can provide. Please send contributions to: The Diocese of Chicago, 65 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, Attn. Rebecca Roberts, "For Relief of Renk Clergy."

Lost Boy, Nak Nun is now readily settled in Carol Stream with his family with a lot of thanks to many of you who shared clothes, household furnishings, dishes, TVs and bikes! Many, many thanks to all who helped!

Another hurdle to be solved is the need for a new used car. Their current van has every yellow and red light brightly lit on the dashboard. It's clearly time for another car! If anyone has a cheap and yet still reliable used car for sale, or know of one or even would like to DONATE a car, please contact Connie Wilson.

Sundays at 10am
 

During July, the level I atrium will be open during the 9 o'clock service. At 10 children are welcome (grown-ups too!) to come help with the children's garden.  All the vegetables we raise are donated to the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry.

“Excuse me, Can you please spare some change?”

We’ve all heard it. How does it make you feel? Obligated? Conflicted?
Do I give cash knowing it can possibly be used to support a drug, or alcohol habit?

Do you know about Chicago Shares?

Chicago Shares is a not-for-profit corporation whose 20 year mission has been to provide a way for individuals, agencies, religious communities, corporations and retail merchants to help the hungry poor through a food voucher system. You give vouchers instead of cash and participants redeem the vouchers at a participating merchant for food and/or other necessities.

Feel good about helping someone in need -- Give vouchers! Buy your vouchers today by clicking here.

Partner Organizations: 
  -Greater Chicago Food Depository
  -Residents for Effective Shelter Transitions (REST) Central Housing
  -Ventures  -Holy Name Cathedral
  -Lake View Lutheran Church
  -Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
 
Merchants:
  -select Jewel Food Stores
  -select Subway Sandwich Shops

Click here to view an informational video about Chicago Shares. 

 

Our "Obscure books of the Bible" classes were a great success! We are taking a break for the summer but will reconvene again in the Fall. Mark these two dates: Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm and Thursday September 18 at 7pm. Please join us for a discussion of I and II Samuel. 

Same format as our previous gatherings. Bring yourself, a bible if you have one, and we'll read the books together and then reflect on their content and meaning for then and now. Following our discussion we may adjourn for a beverage at O'Shaughnessy's Public House.

 The Prayer Circle will resume in the fall and will meet on Thursday, September 11 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. (In the Reading Room).

For more information please contact the Rev. Fran Holliday at fran@allsaintchicago.org

The Prayer Circle is sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee

Consider automatic bill pay through your bank instead of PayPal!

Did you know that if you pay your operating and/or capital campaign pledge via PayPal that 2-3% of the money you are donating gets paid out in fees to PayPal? It doesn't seem like much, but it can really add up. 

You can make sure all of your pledge goes to All Saints' by authorizing your bank to make these same regular payments with no fees involved! This is easily done online and we've got a guide to help show you how. Click here to get started.

Charlie Daas has moved into an accessible building near UIC. He is continuing his rehab and planning to go back to his teaching job at UIC just two blocks from his residence.   If you wish to set up a visit please contact him at 773-968-2667. His address is 410 S. Morgan, Chicago IL. Charlie would love visitors.

As most of you Nina Chinn is at the Breakers and is now on the fifth floor following her rehab. She would love to see people. You can contact Nina directly to set up a visit. For her contact information please email Rev. Fran Holliay at fran@allsaintschicago.org or Andrew Freeman in the office at andrew@allsaintschicago.org.


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

Email info@allsaintschicago.org 

Information about pastoral care.

 

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