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).

Collect for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost       

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things: 

Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion;nourish us with all goodness;
and bring forth in us the fruit of good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.  Amen.  


All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


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Dear Friends, 


Mariann Budde, a dear friend and colleague of mine will be our preacher tomorrow. Mariann servers as the bishop of Washington, D.C. She is a wonderful preacher and lovely person so I am sure you will enjoy hearing her. I’ll be celebrating and am looking forward to seeing you all!
As the new academic and program year approaches, Emily, Andrew, Scott and I have been thinking about how we might deepen our ties with one another and create space for new people in our midst. One of the areas that we are exploring is how welcoming or confusing our space might be. We’d like to make it less confusing and more hospitable to everyone who walks through our doors. With that in mind we’ll be gathering a group of people to explore the layout of our buildings and to begin rethinking how we use our space. If you are someone who would like to help us “declutter” our interior and refresh our surroundings I’d love to have your input and leadership. Send me or Emily a note if you’d like to be part of the group that works on re-making the innards of All Saints. I imagine that our first gathering will be sometime in mid-September when I return from my trip to Ghana.
On the building front, Ron Young and his crew are doing amazing, amazing work. I was honored to take a full tour and see their good work up close. Standing at the top of the bell tower and next to our great East window was an incredible treat. We are so blessed to have him and his men doing this work so thoughtfully.
After much consideration and listening to people’s input the capital campaign committee, finance committee, wardens and I have decided NOT to go forward with the extensive renovation of the bell tower. Instead we will continue with our plan to care for the structural issues, making everything look beautiful, but unless we find a donor or foundation that would like to fund the additional bell tower restoration ($35,000) we will not stray from our original plans.
That said, now more than ever it is clear to me that we must take steps to raise the additional $250,000 to do the South/West Walls so that the entire church is whole. I invite your thoughts as we begin plans to carry on that work next Summer.  
Enjoy the remnants of summer. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
All the best,



Mark your calendars now for our annual Backpack Blessing Sunday, which will be September 20. As we did last year, we will also be collecting reams of white copy paper (standard 8.5x11) for our neighborhood public schools with a goal of collecting a TON (literally!) of paper!
Stay tuned for details about the service and ways you can donate. Meanwhile, keep your eyes out for any special deals on paper at your nearest office supply store!
Staples currently has a good deal: $29.99 for a case of 10 reams! Click here to purchase, and have your order shipped directly to All Saints' at 4550 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. 

Are you new (or newish) to All Saints’? Would you like to meet people and learn more about this amazing community? 
Please join us on Sunday, September 27 from 6:00-8:00pm at O’Shaughnessy’s Irish Pub (at Wilson/Ravenswood) for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and great conversation. 

Want to know the Bible a little better? Wonder what the Bible has to do with everyday relationships and decisions? Want to learn in a safe, flexible, yet challenging atmosphere? 
Join us for an 8-week, in-depth Bible study course in which we’ll read parts of Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, Mark, and other books, to explore the nature of covenant with God and one another. We’ll meet on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm in the Reading Room, September 24 through November 19 (no class October 29). 
To sign up or ask questions, contact our Associate Rector Emily Williams Guffey.


The UN is predicting about 4.6 million people will be severely food insecure by the end of this month in South Sudan. Our friends in Renk have begun to use the funds from All Saint’s Bake Auction ($7,000) to purchase seeds and plant crops like sesame and sorghum in the face of this severe food shortage. Finding a local and sustainable solution like this not only provides much needed food and employment, but it helps ensure our friends in Renk are not depending on food aid which is difficult to transport and deliver in such unstable conditions.

We also are in the process of sending critical funds set aside in our operating budget to Father Isaac Chol and St. Peter’s Church in Geiger, near Renk. St. Peter’s is part of Bishop Joseph’s diocese and has been feeling the strain of the conflict and food shortage.While things are calm in Renk and Geiger, other areas of the diocese are under attack or threats of attack. Recently, nearby Melut was bombed, and the people have fled. This insecurity puts stress on all the churches, as they try to support each other. For perspective, Renk is at the upper most north east corner of South Sudan near the boarder. It is 1,200 miles from Juba, the capital, in a country with very few roads. Getting critical supplies to communities in and surrounding Renk is no small task. Supporting communities in Renk and Geiger is critical. Our support and prayers matter!

If you want to learn more or receive regular updates about our friends in South Sudan, email Abigail Sylvester ( Or read this recent article from the New York Times.


Please join us for conversation and viewing the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. The film looks at the structural and institutional nature of racial injustice by using engaging personal stories, anecdotes, and insights from a variety of people to address the deep complexities of race and racism. Our conversations will become a foundation for the continued actions we want to take as a community. Also, if you bring snacks to share it will add to a happy time of fellowship!

Discussion groups will consist of 5-6 folks and be available throughout July and August sign up through this link as an individual or group:

After signing up you will receive a confirmation email with a link to two documents to look over prior to your meeting.

Thank you for taking time and contributing to our effort of entering into sacred conversations about race that lead to action! 

If you have any questions please contact Staycie Flint at

Our new Associate Rector, Emily Williams Guffey, is enjoying getting to know everyone in our congregation. Help her put names and faces together by adding yourself to our online directory!

If you are a member of All Saints' and haven't already registered for the directory, please contact our resident web guru Jim Crandall at and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

The Episcopal cathedral in St. Louis has started an online fund to support the black churches devastated by arson. They set an initial goal of $25,000 but already have collected about $100,000 from around the world. To contribute, visit Rebuild the Churches Fund.

Santa María Virgin continues to thrive, and we at All Saints’ are happy to be able to help them in their work. Padre Bayron was so impressed by our RCS Community Kitchen, which he saw in action when he was here for our Fiesta in May, that the Santa María Virgen vestry has decided to start its own community kitchen. Beginning in August, they will be serving meals twice a month to families of patients in a nearby cancer hospital as well as to people coming into Xalapa from the surrounding countryside to sell their goods in the market. We have sent some money to acquire additional cookware and plates for the church kitchen as well as to pay off the last of the loan they needed to buy the pickup truck last year.

The new mission in Alchichica is growing rapidly. They have been meeting regularly in a (roofless) abandoned, partially-completed church building and sitting on rented chairs, as well as holding regular prayer services in homes. They have already had seven baptisms of children, adults and entire families. Padre Bayron and his assistants, Jonathan, José Luis and Rodolfo from Santa María, have been instructing the people on Anglicanism and the prayer book. We have recently sent money to purchase 60 folding chairs and have shipped them 44 Spanish prayer books. Thanks to Eileen Krause, they also have a new sound system for the mission. Padre Bayron has been able to get a Mexican social security card (he is from Guatemala) and sign up for government health insurance for himself and his family. Thanks to the generosity of Tony Price, a friend of Santa María who lives in Texas, and twelve All Saints’ members, we have been able to cover the cost of the first year of the policy. Many thanks to those who donated!


Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

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?

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:

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.
September 10, 2015 "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn

October 8, 2015

 "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo

November 12, 2015 

"A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren

December 10, 2015

"Three May Keep a Secret" by Susan Van Perk

January 14, 2016

 "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

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

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


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