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Collect for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 22:34-46)

Lord of the teasing riddle, whose questions undo our certainty and set us on a different path: give us a heart of passion, a searching mind, gentle strength of body and unseen depths of soul, that we might love you wholly and our neighbor as ourself; through Jesus Christ, the law of grace. Amen. 

from Steven Shakespeare’s “Prayers for an Inclusive Church”

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Dear Friends,


Louis, one of our contractors working on the North side of our church building, recounted the following conversation he had with some people who were walking past and admiring the work we are doing on the church.

 One of the people passing by asked Louis, "So is this a church?"

"Yes," replied Louis.

"Oh what type of church?"

"Episcopalian," said Louis.

"And," said the passerby, "It's being renovated?"

Louis said, "It sure is."

Passerby, "Oh it looks great... 

          Is it going to be condos?"

"Ah----- no," said Louis.

 "It's going to be a church."

There you have it.......  It turns out our much maligned "curb appeal" may go so high as to imply that we are no longer a faith community. Heaven help us if we get too pretty to be a church! One thing I know for sure, no matter how pretty our exterior becomes, we will be neither condos nor a museum. We'll be All Saints', Chicago, an Episcopal Church on the North side of the city, committed to living out the Gospel in every way we can. That said, there are 47 new units going up across the street and I do believe they will be condos......!

In addition to admiring the beautifully painted exterior wall please also take a minute to take in the wonderfully restored stained glass windows. Thank you so very much to everyone who has contributed to The 1883 Project.  If you haven't yet contributed, but would like to its not too late. (Click here) Currently we have about $1.2 million dollars pledged. To do the South wall we need to raise approximately another $200,000. 

This Sunday between the 9 and 11 o'clock worship services we'll have a congregational conversation about what we value in our associate rector. Co-Warden Lynda Hazen will be facilitating this conversation. If you are unable to be a part of this please take a minute to fill out this brief survey. If you are wondering what our process will be for searching for a new associate rector please click here for my earlier letter outlining the process.

At this point I have several names of interested people (I received word of three names today and one name two weeks ago.) The process is likely to take a bit of time. I hope to have hired by January, but I will wait until we find the right person. It's early in the search. I didn't want to begin the process in earnest until after we celebrated with Fran and sent her off, as she said, in fine All Saints' style. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Sunday and I will keep you updated as our search progresses.

Next Sunday, November 2, is the feast of All Saints and our Wake the Dead services. Please remember to fill out prayer flags with the names of loved ones or anyone who has died, whom you would like to have remembered. If you won't be in church between now and next Thursday, please click here to fill out flags on line.

Next Saturday we'll have our Children's All Saints' Day camp from 10 to 2.  All children ages 4 to 12 are invited. Please speak with one of the church school teachers to make a reservation for your child.

It is an absolutely beautiful day and predicted to be a lovely weekend. I hope you are able to find some time to enjoy the weather.  

I'll be preaching on Sunday and Beau and the choir will be offering some wonderful music.

I look forward to seeing all of you.

All the best,


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.



Sunday November 2

Are you interested in being baptized?  Are you interested in having your child baptized? Our next baptismal Sunday will be November 2, as part our of All Saints' Day/Day of the Dead celebration. We'll have pre-baptismal classes for those who wish to have their children baptized on Saturday, October 18 and 25 at 9:00 am. 

Please RSVP to Andrew in the church office and let him know which pre-baptismal session you plan to attend. Have questions about baptism? Bonnie would be happy to speak to you! 

Saturday, November 1 from 10am to 2pm

Children 4 to 12 years old are invited to join this "Saturday Camp" day to celebrate the feast days of All Saints' and All Souls' (and Halloween!)

We will begin in the Parish Hall at 10:00am and spend the day with songs, prayer, stories, games and crafts that help us think more about the Holy Spirit and remember saints and loved ones that are no longer with us.

One project will be building an "Ofrenda" (small altar) to remember saints and loved ones.  If you child would like to remember someone particular, bringing pictures or small objects connected with that person (or animal) is welcome. Our ofrenda will be built in the Wilson Ave entrance.

Friends and neighbors (4 to 12 years old) are welcome to join us. 

Simple lunch will be included. 

We are asking for a $5 fee per child to cover the cost of lunch and materials.

If your child wants to attend, please R.S.V.P. to Andrea Garland 773-878-7118 or as soon as possible as we only have room for 25 children and will not be able to accept any reservations after noon on Wednesday, October 29th.

If you would like to make a prayer flag for any loved ones you have lost, there are blank pieces of colored paper at the back of the church. There is also an online form you can fill out by clicking here
We will print your flag for you and include it with the other flags that will be hung in the church for our celebration of the Feast of All Saints and the Day of the Dead on Sunday, November 2.


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.

As we began planning for this year's Backpack Blessing, we had a vision of collecting a TON of paper to be distributed to neighborhood schools. 

Many of you donated reams and cases. Week by week, the paper started piling up. And now, thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal.

In total, we have collected over 2,500 pounds of paper! Here's just a preview of what you can expect to see this Sunday:

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

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.


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

Phone (773) 561-0111


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