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Dear Friends,

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering if you are making the best use of your life? Do you sometimes question decisions you've made and worry about choices you will make in the future? I cannot imagine that there isn't one of us who happens to be reading this piece who hasn't had these thoughts or ones like them. It's all part of the human condition. This week--as we begin Holy Week, as we begin to remember the week before Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross, we can see that he too had his doubts and his questions. He too wondered if he was making the best use of his life. What might those last days have been like for Jesus? If you or I had been present would we be the ones, waving palm branches one day and shouting for blood another? Would we have snuck into the governors' courtyard to hear his trial? Would we have walked to Golgotha--to witness his death? Would we have returned to the tomb to anoint his battered body? Or would we have quietly gone about our lives ignoring the momentous events around us? 
 
On different days I have very different answers to these questions. What remains constant is my longing for certainty, my wish for certitude about all aspects of faith. But lo, like so many others I have moments of deep belief and times of flooding doubts. To wrestle with this theological pendulum, I try to immerse myself in one or two the services we have during Holy Week. I refrain from officiating, so I can more fully enter into the questions and insights offered during the music, prayers, preaching or silence of the liturgy. I invite you to do the same. Join us for Palm Sunday where the story of the last week begins and then pick one of the other services during the week just to immerse yourself and let your questions, your hopes, and your doubts mix and mingle with the liturgy taking place around you. See what comes to you by way of peace or unsettledness.  
 
Welcome to Holy Week. 
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
 
In Christ,
Bonnie
 
I'll be preaching this Sunday, and Fran and I will both be available for confession or conversation on either Holy Thursday evening or Good Friday Afternoon. Sign up sheet that you can initial with 30 minute time slots will be hanging on my office door.
 
The staff has spent some time finding just the right prizes for the newly-reinstituted "Anglo-Catholic" award. This award is given to the three people who attend the most Holy Week services. In the midst of our very serious prayer and reflection there is always a spirit of whimsey in our community. The much-contested "Anglo-Catholic" award is one such example.
 
I'm still looking for two more people to assist with the Easter Brunch. If we were to have it, we'd need folks to buy a bunch of bagels and cream cheese, make some coffee, maybe a few colorful plastic tablecloths, and some OJ for people to drink plain or to mix with Champagne.  I have one volunteer, (thank you Lauren!) but I don't want to just put this on one person's shoulders. Contact me if you can assist.
 
The service times for all of the Holy Week services are below. We'll have childcare a half-hour before and on through each of the services on Holy Thursday evening, Good Friday Evening and at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.   

On a personal note, my mom, MaryJane Perry, will be visiting this Holy Week and Easter. Dad has elected to hold down the fort at home, but mom has decided that she wants to see how we do Easter. So if you see someone with lovely eyes and a big smile who looks a bit overwhelmed with all we do, please say Hi!

The Ravenswood Run, a great way to kick off the running season AND support RCS' Food Pantry and Community Kitchen, will be held on Sunday, April 27th. This neighborhood 5k benefits both RCS and the student health centers at Lakeview and Amundsen High Schools.

Please join us! Click here to register.

And there's more! There will be pancakes. Andy Kalish, owner/operator of the Ravenswood Event Center and good friend to RCS, will again provide a pancake breakfast for $10, 100% of which will benefit RCS' hunger relief programs. Pancakes must be purchased ahead of time on the race registration page (link above) whether or not you are running. Yum!

Want to experience this amazing community event, but prefer not to run? We need more than 100 volunteers on race day, beginning at 6am - there's an opportunity for everyone! Click here to contact Anna for more information on ways you can help.
 

There are also volunteer opportunities in the days leading up to the run, posting signs and doing other outreach to let our neighbors know about the race. Contact Rachel and Anna if you would like to help on these days:

  • Sunday, April 20th (Easter) 10am - posting windshield flyers on parked cars
  • Monday, April 21st, 4pm - posting "no parking" signs on trees along the route
  • Saturday, April 26th, morning - posting windshield flyers on parked cars, round two

We received the following special request from our friends at Jericho Road in New Orleans (click here to learn more). Please take a moment to vote for them and support their important work!

We’re on a quest to grow a healthier community and need your support! Jericho Road’s Faubourg Delassize Community Garden is competing to be the recipient of a $10,000 or $20,000 grant through Seeds of Change®. Community based gardening in Central City has and can continue to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of the community. To win we NEED YOUR VOTE!
 
You can vote once per day until April 21 by clicking here:www.seedsofchangegrant.com, enter our Zip Code (70115), select the Faubourg Delassize Community Garden and CAST YOUR VOTE!!  Please also forward this on to your FaceBook friends as well as any other interested contacts.
 
If you'd like a daily reminder to vote, please emailinfo@jerichohousing.org with your request.  
 
THANK YOU for your support!!
We will have two childcare providers available at the following times during Holy Week:
 
  • Maundy Thursday: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Good Friday: 7:30-9pm
  • Easter Vigil: 7:30-10:30pm
Please note that childcare begins ahead of the service to accommodate members of the choir and other service participants. 
3 Thursdays in the Easter Season: April 24, May 8 & 22
7-8pm in the Reading Room
 

All are welcome to attend this candlelight prayer service.

The service is a time for prayer, quiet mediation, a time to share your concerns, and your prayer requests. Come and pray for yourself, others, and the concerns of our world. Find support and connect with others. Light refreshments will follow.

For more information please contact the Rev. Fran Holliday at fran@allsaintchicago.org
 
The Prayer Circle is sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee

April 19 and April 27, Pre-baptismal Sessions April 5 and 12

bonbabyAre you interested in being baptized or having your child baptized at All Saints'? We will have services of baptism on two upcoming dates: The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 19, at 8pm and The Second Sunday of Easter, April 27 at the 11am service only. 

You will need to attend one of two pre-baptismal counseling sessions, on either Saturday April 5 or April 12 at 9am in the Reading Room. Please RSVP to Andrew in the church office to sign up for a particular session. 

To find out more information about baptism, you can speak with either Bonnie or Fran. Full schedule of 2014 baptisms available on our website here.  

You can help feed others by eating some post-Ravenswood Run pancakes! 100% of your $10 donation to the post-race pancake breakfast will go to secure food for our hungry neighbors: $10 can buy 100 pounds of food for the RCS Food Pantry. Your donation means that others will eat, too.

You don't have to be running the Ravenswood Run 5K in order to indulge in some pancakes! Pancake breakfast purchases are available to runners and non-runners alike. Pancakes and tables will be located near the finish line on race day.

Many thanks to RCS friend and supporter Andy Kalish and his crew at the Ravenswood Event Center for underwriting the pancake breakfast!

Register Here

Wednesdays in Lent, 7:30pm in the Parish Hall

Want to find our more about All Saints', the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion?

Join Bonnie and Fran on Wednesday evenings beginning March 12 for engaging conversation as we take a whirlwind tour through the Reformation, the Episcopal Church, and All Saints' history. Other topics include: sin and salvation, the Eucharist, baptism, and the liturgical year.  

This is a great opportunity to meet other folks and connect. For more information or to let us know you're coming, please contact Andrew Freeman at andrew@allsaintschicago.org

Sundays at 10am, Reading Room

What is the meaning of what we do in Holy Week worship and liturgy? Join Gail, our seminarian, in the Reading Room to learn, discuss, and engage in theological reflection between the 9 and 11am services on Sundays during Lent. Each week we will reflect on a different Holy Week service - we hope you'll join us!

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Holden Evening Prayer: Wednesdays in Lent at 7pm

Join us for this half-hour contemplative prayer service.

Holden Evening Prayer was written by Marty Haugen in 1985-86 when he was musician-in-residence at Holden Village (http://www.holdenvillage.org), a small intentional community in the Cascade Mountains of Northern Washington. This beautiful, contemplative service is rich with beautiful melodies and harmonies, reflection, and prayer. It follows the outline of a traditional Evensong liturgy with Psalms, canticles, Scripture, and prayers, and it uses inclusive contemporary language.

Come pray with this beautiful, singable music on Wednesdays in Lent and Holy Week: March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16

Questions? Contact Beau Surratt (beau@allsaintschicago.org).

Save the Date!
Saturday, May 10th 
 

Save the Date for our second annual Mexican Fiesta. On May 10, 2014, we will feast on authentic Mexican food, dance to traditional Mexican music, vote on the Margarita competition, and raise money for our friends at Santa Maria Virgen.  

Cost is $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and free child-care will be provided. Stay tune for more details!

Consider automatic bill pay through your bank instead!

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.

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Thank You

A big shout out to all the Friends of Sudan group that helped make our 2014 All Saints' Episcopal Church bake auction a miraculous success with bringing in over $25,000! Thanks to Joey Sylvester for being the Queen of the silent auction tables; to her helpers Alison Ball Mankowski, Courtney Mankowski, Colleen Mulcahy, Karen Schrage, Barb Giloth, David Gee and Zach, and Caty Norman-Burke; to our check-out specialists Gina Shropshire, Michael Mattson, Liz Morris and their church school helpers; to Anneliese Gallagher and Polly Tangora for their work with the children in collecting donations, baking, decorating, selling cookies and walking around the items for the live auction; Andrea Knepper for her media support; to Andrew Freeman for administrative support; and to Bonnie A. Perry for her never ending dedication and support of our commitment to Renk Diocese. Finally thanks to our auctioneers Nick Hatzis and Andrea Smith Garland who did a super bang up job bringing in that $25K!!! What a great team and awesome team work! You're all just the best! Thanks ever so much!!! Mama Connie (Connie Wilson)


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

 

Lenten Activities

Holy Week Services

Contact Us

4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Phone (773) 561-0111

Email info@allsaintschicago.org 

 

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