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Collect for the Last Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 25:31-46)

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

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Dear Friends,


I write this note to you in the midst of our Diocesan Convention. One part of convention I particularly enjoy is seeing so very many people from All Saints' serving in leadership positions. Beau Surratt is one of the convention secretaries, Andrea Knepper is in charge of the election process, Mike Mattson and Polly Tangora are members of the budget committee and Jen Boyle Tucker and Courtney Reid both serve on our bishop's staff. I very much appreciate the time they give and the vision for ministry that they offer to our diocese. Thank you!

I'm delighted that our Transgender Service of Remembrance that we held this past week was simple, powerful and well attended. Many thanks to the many people who worked so hard to make it a success. I hope that we can continue to reach out to and be present to parishioners, neighbors, and friends in the Transgender community. I see this service as just one step in opening our doors as wide as possible. What might be next? I'd love to hear your ideas.

This Sunday, Beau and the choir have some wonderful music planned for us, Douglas our seminarian will be preaching (I've previewed his sermon and it is quite compelling), and I'll be celebrating. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you.

All the best,

This Sunday, after the 11 o'clock worship service I'll be gathering with people who are involved in various areas of pastoral care at All Saints'. If you are interested in being involved with parishioners in times of need, please consider joining us.



Wednesdays at 7pm- December 3, 10, 17
Come join us for an oasis of quiet in the midst of holiday frenzy at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays: December 3, 10, and 17. 
This service of Evening Prayer is in the style of the Taizé community in France. Each candle-lit service lasts about 40 minutes and features meditative music, readings, prayers, and silence. Please join us in the choir area.
So hallow’d and so gracious is the time... 
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent
Sunday, November 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”.


RCS is looking forward to the 33nd All Saints' Cafe, which will be on Sunday, Dec. 7th. The All Saints’ Café is a restaurant-style meal for our neighbors, complete with everything from menus to servers to table decorations, and prepared by (volunteer) professional chefs. Please join us! 
There will be jobs for any volunteer age 8 or older, whether you are interested in setting up, serving or bussing tables, serving beverages, helping in the kitchen, washing dishes, or prepping in the kitchen on Saturday. Most volunteer times are from 4-8pm on Sunday, but there are also volunteer times available on Saturday the 6th. All are welcome - contact Parker to sign up! 



It's time to deck the mitten tree again!
mittensRCS plans to give out warm items to our neighbors on Tuesday, December 16. As always, the item in biggest demand is warm, weatherproof men’s gloves in larger sizes. Also needed are hats and scarves, for both men and women and for a few children. The mitten tree will appear, un-decked, on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, but there will be containers for your contributions starting in mid-November. Most of the recipients are men; plain, dark colors are appreciated. 
For more information, contact Margaret McCamant,, 312.475.9045.

Dear Friends and Parishioners of All Saints',

Thank you so much for the wonderful send-off party that you threw for me last week. It was fantastic and it was the best party I have ever had. All of it was great - the food, decorations, and music. Not to mention the videos, dancing, and all the roasting and toasting. I am very grateful for the generous Lady Gaga purse that you put together and the lovely picture of All Saints'. It was a fabulous event in true All Saints' style. I will miss all of you. I am so blessed to have been with you all these past five years.

Many thank and blessings.



Jewel is running a new promotion - get stamps to trade in for cookware. Many families that participate in the Cathedral Shelter Christmas Basket Program want pots and pans. If you are not using your stamps, please save them for the Christmas baskets! There will be a box in the sitting area outside Bonnie's office.

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


Mark your calendars now for December 21 at 9 and 11am for our annual Christmas pageant. Spoiler Alert: Watch The LEGO Movie. Some members of the youth group will commence work on this year’s epic in mid-October!
There will be a mandatory dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 20 from 2 to 7pm. Talk to Bonnie or Polly if you have questions. 


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


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Phone (773) 561-0111


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