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 Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21)  

Creator Spirit and Giver of life,
make the dry, bleached bones of our lives
live and breathe and grow again
as you did of old.

Pour out your Spirit upon the whole creation.
Come in rushing wind and flashing fire
to turn the sin and sorrow within us
into faith, power, and delight. Amen.

All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


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Dear Friends,

Did you enjoy summer? It just seemed to fly by and here we are again in the middle of October! Arrrgh. I don't know about you, but I am so tired of this cold weather!

Ignore the weather and come to church this Sunday. Dent Davidson will be leading our choir in amazing singing. Paula Stevens Contey, Susie Griffith and Matty Zaradich have a wonderful Pentecost reading riff, Andrew will be once again decorating our sanctuary in waves of red cloth, this coupled with a few baptisms should make for a compelling feast of the Holy Spirit. WEAR RED and we can collectively ignore the Fall weather!

termitedamageThis week's episode of "This Old Church" features a completely missing southeast corner of the church, eaten and enjoyed by long ago terminated termites. This is actually our first complete surprise. It's not great, but it isn't horrible. The upside of this revelation is the realization that our termite eradication program that we started 15 years ago seems to have worked, as there are no current signs of the critters. (Large sigh of relief) I suspect that when we raise the money to do the South and West sides of the building that we will find more evidence of a termite banquet. But at least we know it is not an on-going problem.

As we finish the Reading Room exterior and intensify our work on the bell tower look for more scaffolding to be installed on Hermitage Ave.

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours meeting with Tim Crowe our structural engineer, Larry Dieckmann our architect in residence and on-site, Ron Young our contractor, and Luis Cordero, Ron's second in command. What an amazing team we have. We are being so well cared for by this group, we are blessed by their wisdom, creativity and passion for rebuilding this old church of ours. Today's meeting featured conversation and cool drawings about the steel beams that will be installed on either side of our front doors to support our East Wall. Lots of talk about flanges, hurricane ties, LVL's, possible field welds, torque, and weight bearing loads. It looks like the custom made beams will be ordered this week and be installed, with many pulleys sometime in early June! In the meantime the new foundation has been poured, the southeast corner is being rebuilt and shored up, and the bowing wall is being brought closer in-line so that it might approach being straight.

I helpfully pointed out that so many things at All Saints are not completely straight...

Enjoy the long weekend. Come to church on Sunday and pray for warmer weather!

All the best,

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.

Volunteers Needed!

The 33rd All Saints' Café will be held on Sunday, May 31st, and RCS is ready to register volunteers!

As you may know from previous volunteering, the Café is a bi-annual event where the All Saints' parish hall is transformed into a gourmet restaurant for our regular Tuesday night neighbors and their guests. Our fabulous volunteer chefs produce a menu with several entrée options, and neighbors are treated to full wait staff, live music, and drink service. This event requires many hands to make it a success, and we hope that you'll consider joining us.

Volunteers are needed for different areas: servers, bussers, runners, hosts, food preparation (Saturday and Sunday), food service line staff, kitchen clear up. Most of these roles, unless indicated otherwise, are needed between approximately 4 pm - 8 pm on the Sunday. Please indicate if you have a preference for a particular area and we will do our best to meet that request!

This is a popular volunteer event. To ensure a positive experience for all neighbors and volunteers, please sign up in advance to participate as a volunteer. There are limited jobs and physical space at the Café, and we don't want anyone to be on the sidelines without a job! After all neighbors have been served, food will be available to volunteers if there are leftovers.

If you would like to participate, please contact Parker at

If you are registering your family or a group of volunteers, please include the ages of any volunteer under 18, as well as the full name of each volunteer. For safety reasons, we require that volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Thank you!

Sign up by June 14

Is your child interested in serving as an acolyte? Join our All Saints Acolyte team. We are holding training for new and experienced acolytes. New acolytes will learn what to do. Experienced acolytes will learn new roles, brush up on liturgical behavior, and help new acolytes.

And.... Then we all go to GREAT AMERICA!!!!!


Who: Kids 8 years or older who are interested and ready to be in the acolyte ministry.

When: Wednesday July 8 for training at 8 AM. Then, we will leave around ~10 AM for Great America. Returning for a pizza dinner.

Where: Meet at All Saints

Cost: Training is free. Great America is $35/kid (assuming we have enough kids for a group discount), but we have subsidies to make sure everyone can go.

Help Needed: We need some adults who are willing to drive, chaperone the kids, and ride the rides at Great America.

RSVP: Please contact Ken Jones by June 14 so we can plan for transport and tickets. or (773) 575-1629

A big THANK YOU to everyone who ran, walked, volunteered or cheered at the Ravenswood Run this past weekend! Together we hosted over 3,200 runners and raised thousands of dollars to feed hungry people in our neighborhood.

Two Events I Very Much Hope You Will Rearrange Your Schedules to Attend on Friday May 8 And Saturday May 9. Both events are at All Saints.

On Friday May 8 at 7:00pm we will host, in conjunction with our partner parish St. Thomas in Bronzeville, a showing of the documentary Traces of the Trade. Here is a link about the movie. We’ll have some food and beverages, childcare and a facilitated conversation following the movie.

Then the next day, Saturday, May 9 again at All Saints with our partner parish St. Thomas, from 10am to 4:30pm we’ll gather for “An Introduction to Systemic Racism” workshop. Our hope is that by partaking in this workshop together we can begin to build a common language in which we might talk about race and then create steps we can take individually and jointly to address racism in our communities, our congregations, and our city. I am very much aware that I am asking you all to set aside 8 hours on a weekend to discuss race. It is a lot of time. Yet it is difficult topic that, if we are going to make any positive strides for change and transformation, will require time and work. Won’t you please join me and the people of St. Thomas in this work? Childcare can be provided. Please RSVP to me if you will require childcare at either event. We will be happy to make that arrangement.

How do we begin to address the many issues of race in our church and in our community?

Our thoughts are that no real work on racial reconciliation can take place until we have meaningful relationships with more people of different races. With this in mind thirteen people from All Saints’ traveled down to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bronzeville to begin creating those relationships.

We paired up one person from St. Thomas and one person from All Saints’. Each pair had three questions to answer and discuss: What are you passionate about? What scares you? What are you hoping that our two congregations might do together?

At the end of the afternoon each person had a conversation with three other people. Relationships have begun. We have much more to do—but every journey starts with the first step.

The next event is Friday, May 8 for the viewing of “Traces of the Trade” a documentary of a New England Family and town that discovers it had serious ties to the Southern slave trade. We’ll gather at the All Saints’ Sanctuary at 7:00pm. We’ll have light refreshments and a conversation following the movie. Childcare will be provided.

Questions? Send a note to Bonnie Perry ( or Staycie Flint (

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?

Monthly Forum for Leaders & Caregivers at ASEC

While it is indeed "more blessed to give than receive," those who provide pastoral care to others need care, too. These monthly sessions will offer participants a chance to de-brief their experiences, enhance skills of empathy and communication, learn strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries, and explore the spiritual foundation of caring for one another. Sessions will be facilitated by M. Jeanne Wirpsa, long-time member of ASEC, Keeping God's People Safe Trainer, and professional chaplain.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Ushers, lay chaplains, Sunday school teachers, Tuesday night volunteers, vestry members, youth group leaders, and others involved in leading various ministries and in providing hands-on care at ASEC.

WHEN: 1st Monday of the month, starting Monday, May 4th, 7:30-8:30

WHERE: ASEC Reading Room

Contact Margaret McCamant with questions.

Overnight on May 30

ASYG has just 4 meetings left until summer (seems impossible given the weather but it's true!). We'll be meeting on April 12 and 26, and May 17. Anyone who is in 7th grade through high school is welcome to join us on those dates at 3:30 until 7:30 to hang out, play games, have dinner together and generally have all the fun that is physically possible.

We'll close out the wonderful 2014-2015 year with our annual Overnight on May 30 (normally Pentecost, but not this year!).

If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Waldron at

palmsWe have seven palm plants from our Palm Sunday celebration that are available for purchase, $10 each.

If you are interested and would like to make arrangements for pickup, please contact Polly Tangora.

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!"

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:

May 14, 2015 “The Only Way to Cross” by John Maxtone-Graham. This book is about the Atlantic sea crossings from the start of vacation travel to the 1970’s.
June 11, 2015 “Zealot” by Reza Aslan. This book written by a scholar on religious studies at the University of California, Riverside, is about the historical Jesus and the creation of Christianity.
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.

Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

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.

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.

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


Information about pastoral care.


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