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All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago is a welcoming, inclusive and prayerful community, which celebrates and embodies the love of God for all people (period).

Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost     

In your compassionate love, O God,
you nourish us with the words of life and bread of blessing.
Grant that Jesus may calm our fears
and move our hearts to praise your goodness
by sharing our bread with others.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640

 

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Dear Friends, 

I ask your prayers for the lives of the US Marines killed this past week in Tennessee. I ask your prayers also for the man, who chose to take their lives. I ask your prayers for the 6 Chicagoans shot and killed last weekend and for the 135 people shot this year in our city. What do we as people of faith do with such killings? How do we respond? What do we tell our children about our world? Where do we find healing? These are the questions I find myself wrestling with this beautiful morning. These are the questions that will influence my prayers and words as I write my sermon later on today. At this moment I lack answers, which leads me to believe that it will be a long day and night, trying to find appropriate words for tomorrow’s homily. Pain, death, sadness. Joy, hope, life. How do we move from one end of the continuum to the other? Where is Christ in this mix? I am looking. I invite you to join me in this search, wrestling and balancing the pain and blessings of our daily lives.

I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow. I’ll be preaching. Dent Davidson will be creating amazing music and Emily will be learning everyone’s names!

All the best,

Bonnie

 

The UN is predicting about 4.6 million people will be severely food insecure by the end of this month in South Sudan. Our friends in Renk have begun to use the funds from All Saint’s Bake Auction ($7,000) to purchase seeds and plant crops like sesame and sorghum in the face of this severe food shortage. Finding a local and sustainable solution like this not only provides much needed food and employment, but it helps ensure our friends in Renk are not depending on food aid which is difficult to transport and deliver in such unstable conditions.

We also are in the process of sending critical funds set aside in our operating budget to Father Isaac Chol and St. Peter’s Church in Geiger, near Renk. St. Peter’s is part of Bishop Joseph’s diocese and has been feeling the strain of the conflict and food shortage.While things are calm in Renk and Geiger, other areas of the diocese are under attack or threats of attack. Recently, nearby Melut was bombed, and the people have fled. This insecurity puts stress on all the churches, as they try to support each other. For perspective, Renk is at the upper most north east corner of South Sudan near the boarder. It is 1,200 miles from Juba, the capital, in a country with very few roads. Getting critical supplies to communities in and surrounding Renk is no small task. Supporting communities in Renk and Geiger is critical. Our support and prayers matter!

If you want to learn more or receive regular updates about our friends in South Sudan, email Abigail Sylvester (abigail.sylvester@gmail.com). Or read this recent article from the New York Times.

 

Please join us for conversation and viewing the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. The film looks at the structural and institutional nature of racial injustice by using engaging personal stories, anecdotes, and insights from a variety of people to address the deep complexities of race and racism. Our conversations will become a foundation for the continued actions we want to take as a community. Also, if you bring snacks to share it will add to a happy time of fellowship!

Discussion groups will consist of 5-6 folks and be available throughout July and August sign up through this link as an individual or group: 

http://goo.gl/forms/nURF2ItQbg

After signing up you will receive a confirmation email with a link to two documents to look over prior to your meeting.

Thank you for taking time and contributing to our effort of entering into sacred conversations about race that lead to action! 

If you have any questions please contact Staycie Flint at crackingthecodesatallsaints@comcast.net

Our new Associate Rector, Emily Williams Guffey, is enjoying getting to know everyone in our congregation. Help her put names and faces together by adding yourself to our online directory!

If you are a member of All Saints' and haven't already registered for the directory, please contact our resident web guru Jim Crandall at website@allsaintschicago.org and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

The Episcopal cathedral in St. Louis has started an online fund to support the black churches devastated by arson. They set an initial goal of $25,000 but already have collected about $100,000 from around the world. To contribute, visit Rebuild the Churches Fund.

Santa María Virgin continues to thrive, and we at All Saints’ are happy to be able to help them in their work. Padre Bayron was so impressed by our RCS Community Kitchen, which he saw in action when he was here for our Fiesta in May, that the Santa María Virgen vestry has decided to start its own community kitchen. Beginning in August, they will be serving meals twice a month to families of patients in a nearby cancer hospital as well as to people coming into Xalapa from the surrounding countryside to sell their goods in the market. We have sent some money to acquire additional cookware and plates for the church kitchen as well as to pay off the last of the loan they needed to buy the pickup truck last year.

The new mission in Alchichica is growing rapidly. They have been meeting regularly in a (roofless) abandoned, partially-completed church building and sitting on rented chairs, as well as holding regular prayer services in homes. They have already had seven baptisms of children, adults and entire families. Padre Bayron and his assistants, Jonathan, José Luis and Rodolfo from Santa María, have been instructing the people on Anglicanism and the prayer book. We have recently sent money to purchase 60 folding chairs and have shipped them 44 Spanish prayer books. Thanks to Eileen Krause, they also have a new sound system for the mission. Padre Bayron has been able to get a Mexican social security card (he is from Guatemala) and sign up for government health insurance for himself and his family. Thanks to the generosity of Tony Price, a friend of Santa María who lives in Texas, and twelve All Saints’ members, we have been able to cover the cost of the first year of the policy. Many thanks to those who donated!

 

Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

vestibuleWork on This Old Church and the 1883 Project continues! The secondary peak and roof of our vestibule has been removed uncovering the initial roof and its original shingles. Apparently the only thing attaching the secondary roof to the East wall was the flashing between the vestibule roof and the East Wall and two nails. (My O My!)

It seems clear that the vestibule sank very early in its creation. If you stand on the South side of the vestibule and look at it in relation to the East Wall it is now wildly apparent how the front portion of the vestibule has sunk. Next week scaffolding will be erected around the East wall and the bell tower. Then having shored up the underside of the East Wall our amazing contractors will begin to jack up the wall, bit by bit, day by day, using a manually turned “screw-jack.” How cool is that?

Monthly Forum for Leaders & Caregivers at ASEC

While it is indeed "more blessed to give than receive," those who provide pastoral care to others need care, too. These monthly sessions will offer participants a chance to de-brief their experiences, enhance skills of empathy and communication, learn strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries, and explore the spiritual foundation of caring for one another. Sessions will be facilitated by M. Jeanne Wirpsa, long-time member of ASEC, Keeping God's People Safe Trainer, and professional chaplain.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Ushers, lay chaplains, Sunday school teachers, Tuesday night volunteers, vestry members, youth group leaders, and others involved in leading various ministries and in providing hands-on care at ASEC.

WHEN: 1st Monday of the month, starting Monday, May 4th, 7:30-8:30

WHERE: ASEC Reading Room

Contact Margaret McCamant with questions.

The book club continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM rotating among the homes of participating members.  We post the details of the club on Facebook. Currently we have 5 active members. Anyone who likes to read and share their thoughts on what they read is welcome. Here is the lineup of books for the coming months:

July 9, 2015 “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. This book is about the joy of reading and the enhanced enjoyment from sharing your reading with others.
August 13, 2015 “Maus” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.
September 10, 2015 "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn

October 8, 2015

 "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo

November 12, 2015 

"A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren

December 10, 2015

"Three May Keep a Secret" by Susan Van Perk

January 14, 2016

 "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

Do you pray? How? Do you keep a list of intentions to meditate upon while praying? Do you pray while moving? Do you pray most often alone or with other people? Do you want to pray more but feel stuck? If you’re interested in exploring the ways in which other women pray and how we may lend support to one another, please join us in our exploration of prayer and how we fit it into our lives.

Launching during Lent, 2015. Email Angie Schlater: angelaschlater@mac.com for more information.

This is the handout from the Annual Meeting that explains the development of our new logo.

Registration is now open!

campOur hope at Camp Chicago is to give our campers the best week of their entire year. We want them to have fun and know what it means to laugh so hard you're gasping for air. We want them to feel challenged and know they can dare to attempt new things. We want them to make lasting friendships. And we want them to know they are loved by God and called to a life of purpose and meaning. So if that sounds like something you'd like to be part of, you can sign up today!

Online Registration for 2015 camp sessions is now open!

Learn more about Camp Chicago here.


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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