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Dear Friends,

I am very delighted that this Sunday Matty Zaradich will be our guest preacher. Matty is a parishioner here at All Saints’ and currently serves on the vestry. Matty serves as the Chair of The Peace and Justice Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and this will be the second time that he has been one of our featured summer preachers. If you have not heard Matty preach before this is a great opportunity. Beau tells me he has some fun music planned with members of the All Saints’ choir, which you will not want to miss.

Next Sunday September 7, join us for our Annual Backpack Blessing. Bonnie Perry will be the preacher. We will be blessing backpacks and honoring students, educators, and all those involved in education. I am told we are just reams away from our goal of collecting “A Ton of Paper”. We will be distributing paper to area public schools. You can still donate paper by dropping it off at the church or having it delivered directly to All Saints’. Thank you to everyone who has generously donated paper!

If you are around this Tuesday evening we can certainly use your help at our food pantry and meal program. Volunteers are needed from 5-7:30 p.m. to help distribute groceries, serve dinner and help with set up and clean up. Please note that we do not have a group scheduled for this week and any time you can give us would be very much appreciated. 

I want to thank Beau, all of our choirs and musicians and the wonderful preachers who were with us this summer. Thank you for making “The Summer of Awesome” really awesome!

See you all on Sunday,

The Rev. Fran Holliday

More than halfway to our goal!
 

As we gear up for our annual Backpack Blessing on Sunday, September 7 at the 9 and 11 am services, we are in the final stretch to reach our goal of collecting a TON of paper to be distributed to neighborhood schools. 

To date, we have collected over 1,000 pounds of paper - we are halfway there! To reach our goal by September 7th, we'll need your help! Every ream and case counts. 1,000 pounds is roughly 20 cases. Will you donate one of those 20? Staples has a great deal right now, check it out here and you can have your order delivered directly to All Saints'!

More details and updates on paper sales to come on the All Saints' Facebook page.

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With a lot of long-distance technical assistance from Jim Crandall, Padre Bayron and Dave Howe finally got the Santa María Virgen web page online. It's in Spanish, but take a look just the same; it looks great, contains a lot of information and shows just how far SMV has come in the past three years.

santamariavirgenxalapa.org

Open House: September 7; Welcoming Session: September 20

On Sunday, September 7th, along with the All Saints' “Backpack Blessing”, all are invited to visit the church school classrooms "Open House" and find out more about our programs for children here at All Saints'.

The atrium for 3 to 6 year-olds will also be open for returning students during the 9am and 11am services on the 7th.

On Sunday, September 14th, regular classes for 3 to 6 year-olds, 6 to 9 year-olds, and 9 to 12 year olds will begin, meeting from 10am to 11 am.

There will be a special welcoming session for 3 to 6 year-olds new to our church school on Saturday, September 20th from 9:30 to 11 am.
If you have a child who will be new to our program please contact Polly Tangora at polly@allsaintschicago.org for more information.

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.

Sunday, September 7

ALL Y'ALL are welcome to come and have a great time learning music to lead worship at our annual Backpack Blessing services! We'll gather at 8am in the Parish Hall to prepare for the 9am service and 10:15am in the Sanctuary to prepare for the 11am service.

This is a perfect one-time opportunity to sing even if you can't commit to regular rehearsals, AND, it is a wonderful chance to get a taste for singing with the choir in advance of the Open Choir Rehearsals.

Do you like to sing? Come give the All Saints' choir a try and find out how much fun we have whenever we get together! Whether you have never sung with us (or any choir) before or are a seasoned church choir veteran, we would love to have you join us on Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary for an open rehearsal. We'll begin work on some of the music for the coming year, talk about the nuts and bolts of singing in the choir, have some refreshments, and end by praying Compline (Night Prayer) together.

Want more information? Email Beau at beau@allsaintschicago.org or give him a call or a text at 773-458-5194.

If you know you'd only be able to sing with the choir for the 9am service, join us on Sunday, September 14 at 8am in the Parish Hall

Beginning this fall, we are hoping to build on our strong ministries for children and families as well as our robust music ministry by beginning a more formal/regular children’s music program here at All Saints’. As a part of the possibility of beginning this program, I’m seeking to know of the interest of our community in supporting such a program with the time and presence of our children’s and families. 
 
In order to begin such a program, I would need a minimum of 5-6 families highly committed to making this happen. 
 
I believe that a regular children's music program as a part of our congregation would enrich the lives of our children, our larger community in general, and our church community in particular. It would be my great delight to begin building this with you all!
 
If you're interested in this possibility and/or you have any questions, please let me know. If there is sufficient interest, I will plan times to meet with interested families. 
 
For more information, click here.
 
Beau Surratt, Director of Music
773-458-5194  

 

Sometimes we do music in worship that would work better with accompanied by a band rather than just piano/organ. Do you play an instrument of any sort (guitar, bass, drums, etc. in particular, but any instrument is welcome!)? Would you be willing to rehearse and play in church occasionally? 

Give me a call or send me an email if you would -beau@allsaintschicago.org or 773-458-5194. 

Here’s a YouTube video of “The Valley” by The Oh Hello’s, a band I’ve recently discovered that I really like. I bet we have enough musicians in our congregation that we could create something like this....what do you think?

 

Hi ASYGers and family!

It's that time of year again--school is starting and so is ASYG. ASYG is All Saint's Youth Group and is open to anyone in 7th grade (age 12) through high school. ASYG will begin meeting on Sunday, September 7 at 3:30pm in the Parish Hall. We'll hang out, play games, and eat dinner together. We will be welcoming new members and new volunteers and we look forward to seeing both old and new faces on Sunday the 7th. You can also mark your calendars with the Fall 2014 dates:

  • Sept 7 and 21
  • Oct 5 and 19
  • Nov 2 and 16
  • Dec 7 and 14

If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Waldron at 773-484-3829 or asyg@allsaintschicago.org.

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

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.
September 11 and 25 at 7pm: Mark Your Calendar!
 
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).
 
The prayer circle is an informal prayer service where participants have an opportunity to share concerns, and personal prayer requests in a confidential setting. Beverages and conversation will follow this half hour prayer gathering. This is a great opportunity to connect with others. 
 
For more information please contact the Rev. Fran Holliday at fran@allsaintchicago.org
 
The Prayer Circle is sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee

 

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.

 

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.

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.


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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