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Collect for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 21:23-32)

God of strange authority, whose questions challenge the powers of this world: teach us to look beyond appearance, to see your kingly rule emptying itself in cross-stretched arms, through Jesus Christ, the only Lord, the humble Servant. Amen. 

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

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Dear Friends,

Next weekend, October 4-5, All Saints’ will be participating in the Ravenswood ArtWalk. ArtWalk is a tour of industry and the arts here in the Ravenswood community. All Saints’ will be a stop on the ArtWalk tour and we will display photos that show forth some of our own musical and artistic endeavors. We will also be giving neighbors who walk by an opportunity to make prayer flags in memory their friends and loved ones who have died. These flags will be hung in our sanctuary and outside for our Day of the Dead/All Saints’ Day Service on Sunday Nov. 2. 

We are in need of volunteers to come to the church and staff the ArtWalk table. Please let me know if you want to come hang out with me and engage with people in the neighborhood and sit outside in this gorgeous fall weather. I am looking for folks who can come by fora few hours between 11-7p.m. on Saturday Oct. 4 and from 12-2p.m. on Sunday Oct. 5. It should be a fun and relaxing time as well as a great way to get the word out about all the wonderful things happening here at All Saints. If you can help please email me here.

Just a reminder that our annual Pet Blessing is coming up on Sunday Oct. 5. So plan on brining your dogs, cats, snakes, birds and other animals to the 9:00 and 11:00am services. The 8am service is pet free.                                                                                                                                 

I will be preaching this Sunday. See you all then, 

Rev. Fran Holliday 



Tuesday, October 7, 7:30pm

Join us in celebrating Fran's time with RCS on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30 pm following our pantry and community meal. We'll share food, beverages, stories from Fran's time with RCS, much laughter and probably a few tears. Please join us if you can.

To read more about Fran's new call, the process of finding a new associate rector, and the events planned for Fran's last Sunday, October 19, please click here



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! 

At our All Hallows Saturday Camp on November 1, we are hoping to launch a new opportunity for children to make music on a regular basis here at All Saints'. You've may have seen the announcement below in our newsletter and on our website in recent weeks. If your family is interested in participating in children's choir, but you'd like to give it a try first, join us for the All Hallows Saturday camp on November 1 where, in addition to lots of other fun things, we'll do some singing much like what we'll do in children's choir. 

Read more below to find out how you help can make a children's choir at All Saints' a reality.  

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

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 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?


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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Phone (773) 561-0111


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