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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,

If you are around this summer then you won’t want to miss our wonderful line up of guest preachers and the music that Beau has planned for us on Sundays. This week our preacher is parishioner Adam Spencer. Adam is a M.Div. student at the University of Chicago. Please click here for a full list of summer preachers. For information about the upcoming gospel music class (open to all) as well as a full list of musical offerings over the summer, please click here

As most of you know we have received our permit and work has begun on the north wall. Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge to The 1883 Project. It is so exciting to see this work commencing!

This coming Wednesday, July 30, our 7:00 p.m. lawn conversation is a book discussion. We will be discussing Looking Forward Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women's Ordination. This is a quick read looking at what has changed in the church and what has not since women were ordained in the Episcopal Church. I have several copies if you would like one. We will be discussing this book in anticipation of The Rev. Cannon Nancy Wittig’s visit on Sunday August 3 as we Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Women’s Ordination. More information about Nancy and women’s ordination is available by clicking here.

Please don’t hesitate to call the office if you need assistance or if you have a pastoral care concern.

See you on Sunday!

Rev. Fran Holliday 

 

 

Join All Saints’ choir members for a great chance to give singing gospel music a try! If you’ve never sung in a choir before but have thought that gospel music looks fun, this is for you. If you think you can’t sing, we know you can. Give it a try – it’ll be fun! Here are the details:

  • Wednesday, August 6, 7:30pm, workshop/rehearsal at All Saints’
  • Wednesday, August 13, 7:30pm, workshop/rehearsal at St. Mary’s, 306 S. Prospect, Park Ridge
  • Sunday, August 17, sing at 9 and 11am services at All Saints’
  • Wednesday, August 20, 7:30pm, Social Time w/Refreshments and Brush-Up Rehearsal at St. Mary’s, 306 S. Prospect, Park Ridge
  • Sunday, August 24, sing for the 10am service at St. Mary’s, 306 S. Prospect, Park Ridge

Mark your calendars now for this fun opportunity! If you’re interested in participating, contact Beau Surratt at beau@allsaintschicago.org or 773-458- 5194 for the full details. Can’t make all of these dates but want to participate? Let Beau know and we can work something out. RSVPs requested by Monday, August 4 so we know how many singers to expect.

Sunday September 7
 

Please mark your calendars for our annual Backpack Blessing on Sunday, September 7 at the 9 and 11 am services. Students and educators are invited to bring their backpacks and join in the blessing as we raise up and celebrate the education of our young people.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are collecting a ton of paper to be distributed to area schools following the service. Please help us meet our 2,000 lb. goal by pickingsome up when you are out running errands (donations may be dropped off at Bonnie's office) or ordering online and having the paper delivered directly to the church. Order paper from Amazon.comStaples or any vendor of your choice. All kinds of paper are needed -- copy paper, construction paper, or colored paper - and there are usually great deals this time of year. 

School leaders from our neighborhood are invited to join us for the Backpack Blessing. If there’s a school you want to include in our effort, please email agarland@ameritech.net to get involved! 
 
More details and updates on paper sales to come on the All Saints' Facebook page.

Next Meeting: Sunday, August 3 at noon

All Saints' has started up a small study group, which is open to all adult members of the All Saints' community! The group is continuing to meet in August - on August 3 and 17 right after the 11am service- to discuss further planning of discussion topics and to continue the joining process. The study group will get started with discussion chosen topics in September.  

The purpose of the small group is to offer community-building and a space for congregants to reflect with each other in a smaller setting on a variety of topics ranging from the weekly readings, Gospels, and sermons to challenging texts and exegesis to simply discussing how to be a community in faith authentically with our full selves. It's also a chance for small group members to get to know each other better. Our first few meetings have been focusing on creating a vision and agenda for the group.

If you are interested in joining the small group, please contact Katherine Zwick at kmzwick@gmail.com. If we have more than 12 interested people, we will likely need to start two small groups - which is great!

We need people who are willing to be ushers (two are preferred for each service) once a month, or less often if a lot of people show interest - particularly at the 9am service. The job is fairly easy and can be fun, but it requires being engaged for most of the service.
 
The summer is a great time to “try it out,” since there are typically fewer people at Church. Please email Lynn Bowers if you are interested in this very important ministry, or any of the others (Chalice Bearer, Reader or Leader of the Prayers of the People). She will send a checklist to guide you through the service and make sure you are paired up with one of our experienced ushers.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014 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, September 12th so we can have adequate materials available. For further information & to sign up contact:  Jeanne.wirpsa@gmail.com.

 

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."

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.

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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