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Friday, August 5, 2022

COS News & Events
Chiapas Project -- A Message from the Rector:
Earlier this week we, along with other parishes who are part of ‘the Chiapas Project,’ received a letter from Bishop Chilton Knudson. The bulk of her letter to us was concern about sharing photos of the children in San Cristobal and Yo Chip, the two communities where we interact with Episcopalian congregations. She reminded us that sexual predators troll the internet in search of vulnerable and accessible children, and that there remains an active international (underground) market and sexual slavery. She asked us to be careful about including names and photos in social media.

However, this concern was bracketed by compliments about our commitment to the ‘ministry of connection’ we’ve developed over the years with the people who populate these two congregations and to the work of the Diocese of Southeast Mexico in general... Click Here to Continue Reading
Contribute to the Memory Book for The Rev. Anthony Vaccaro
Deadline for parishioners to submit items is 8/15/22. Ingrid Burnett has graciously agreed to create a “Memory Book” with memories/stories/photos from parishioners recalling stories and best wishes of our time with Fr. Anthony Vaccaro. Please email Ingrid with your favorite memories/photos and best wishes. 
Attend the Consecration of the Rev. Paula Clark!
The Diocese of Chicago has invited Church of Our Saviour to send eight members to the consecration of the Rev. Paula Clark as the next bishop of Chicago. The consecration will take place on Saturday September 17th at 10 a.m. at the Westin Hotel in Lombard. The Revs. Brian Hastings and Jess Elfring-Roberts will take two of those invitations, but that means six other members of the congregation are eligible to join them.

Kevin Kamraczewski, our Vestry Member who leads the Ministry Cluster ‘Ministry of Bishop and Rector,’ will be taking the lead on selecting parishioners to attend. We’re looking for anyone who’d like to be present (your interest in being there is enough to qualify you as an attendee). At the same time, those who’ve served the diocese in any capacity, or any of the agencies of Episcopal Charities (including Care For Friends) might find this event of special interest.

Sunday Volunteers Needed
Please take a minute to visit our new webpage: Serve the Church. There you can review information and signs up for Liturgical Ministers and Hospitality Ministries. There is also a page with our Volunteer Form if you with you provide us with your areas of interest/skills so we can match you with opportunities at COS to serve with others.

The vibrancy of COS depends of all of us, including Sunday worship and we look forward to seeing many new faces in these ministry roles as we continue to make COS a meaningful place to explore our love to God, love for neighbor, and love for self.
COS Farewell to The Rev. Anthony Vaccaro
Join us on Sunday, August 28 as we wish The Rev. Dr. Anthony Vaccaro a fond farewell before he moves to Italy. Anthony has been a devoted and caring member of our COS family for many years and we will miss him terribly, but we look forward to sending blessings and some COS-love with him on his journey.
Provide Relief and Help Communities Recover from Flooding and Fires
Deadly flooding and fires in southern and western parts of the US are displacing thousands and creating a financial burden on the most vulnerable. Episcopal Relief & Development is working with church and local partners to provide help where it’s needed the most. Your swift response and compassionate gift to the Episcopal Relief & Development Disaster Fund will provide supplies to help communities in Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, California and other places make a full and sustained recovery. Visit episcopalrelief.org to make a contribution today. 
Power Hope: Care for Friends 7th Annual Fall Benefit
Care for Friends invites you to join them on September 8th for their annual benefit and awards celebration!
Each fall, CFF gathers together to honor the dedicated volunteers and community members who help build pathways out of homelessness. This year, CFF will be celebrating from Floating World Gallery, with an early VIP hour. There will be live music from Routine Faces, a silent auction, and more.
By attending, you support Care For Friends' CarePacks, which provide families with essential groceries and supplies, and help ensure the continued growth of our core food, healthcare, toiletries, and clothing programs that serve more than 12,000 Chicagoans annually. With your help, we can keep bringing our community together for years to come!

Chiapas Newsletter - updated biweekly
Click here to view the regular biweekly bulletin about what is happening in our Companionship Churches in Chiapas!
Celebrations at COS!
Birthdays --

  • Ian Kilpatrick
  • Dan McCormick
  • Betsy Peterson
  • Eliza Elfring-Roberts
  • Katie Roeck
  • Leo Stopa
  • Matthew Kinzer
  • Ernst karris
  • Roland Price
  • Stacy Roberts
  • Tom Harper
  • David Watson
Anniversaries --

  • Don & Peg Swanton
  • Angela & Bernie Allen
  • Denise & Keith Olsen
  • Michael Jordhamo & Christine Steinmetz
  • Deborah & Shannon Hagman
Need to update your information? Email us to let us know!
Around the Diocese
Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Lambeth Call on Human Dignity
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is among an estimated 650 Anglican bishops worldwide—including more than 100 Episcopal bishops—attending the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, through Aug. 7. He shared a video message after bishops discussed the Lambeth Call on Human Dignity on Aug. 2. Read all Lambeth Calls.
Ordination and Consecration of Bishop-elect Paula Clark Set for September 17
This week the people of the Diocese of Chicago received some long-awaited news.
 
"Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has set September 17 as the day he will ordain and consecrate the Rev. Paula E. Clark as the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago. The service will take place at the Westin Chicago Lombard in Lombard, Illinois.
 
“Bishop-elect Paula E. Clark of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, in collaboration with diocesan leadership, has worked through tremendous challenges over the past year, and I am pleased to announce that I will serve as her chief consecrator in a liturgy now scheduled for September 17, 2022,” Curry wrote in a statement.
 
“I am overjoyed that God has brought us to this day!” Bishop-elect Clark said. “On September 17, we will make a new beginning together, and I could not be more excited to discover where the Holy Spirit will lead us in our ministry.”
 
Learning Opportunities
EfM Recruiting for 2022-2023 Program Year

Education for Ministry (EfM), a four-year adult formation program developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South, is recruiting for the 2022-2023 year. EfM provides lay people with a theological education that supports their faith and helps them to connect that faith to their daily lives. The facilitator-led program is flexible and portable, with groups meeting around the U.S. and globally.
 
Several EfM groups in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago have openings beginning in September and January. Learn more and contact the nearest EfM group for details.
DeKoven 2022 Fall Retreat -- Come Away to a Quiet Place: Finding Spiritual Resilience in Difficult Times
October 21-23, 2022
Upcoming Events at the Cenacle

Christian Meditation - Tuesdays 7pm with Sr. Anelie Arao. Practicing the meditation form taught by Christian meditation pioneer, Fr. John Main, free  

Centering Prayer - Mondays , 10am Facilitated by Jackie Herbach, learn to center through contemplative prayer employing lecio divina and visio divina free

The Merton Prayer: An Exercise in Authenticity - Explore the Merton Prayer with facilitator Steven Denny through visual metaphors, scriptural bases, exegesis, personal stories, and questions as you discover how this well-known prayer might change your life. Wednesday, August 17, 10am, zoom, free


To learn more about any of the above programs, please visit https://cenaclesisters.org/ministry/retreats-programs/ for more information.
News & Events About Town
CDC Guidelines for High Community Transmission
Several Illinois counties now in "high" community level
The CDC recently reported that 20 counties in Illinois are now rated at High Community Level for COVID-19, including counties around the Chicago metropolitan area and counties around Peoria. Find a map online.
 
The CDC recommends a number of measures for people in areas that are rated at High Community Level for COVID-19 transmission. Learn more online.
 
As a reminder, the diocesan COVID-19 advisory team recommends that congregational teams continue to meet regularly, monitor local conditions, and make changes as necessary. Read the February 16 letter to the diocese from Standing Committee President Anne Jolly in English and Spanish.
Vaccines Now Recommended for Ages 6 months to 4 years
Vaccines for young children are continuing to be shipped nationwide and locations offering vaccines are being updated every day. Visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a provider near you. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens.