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Friday, September 23, 2022

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This Sunday at COS

Sunday, September 25

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Please join us in-person at 7:45, or in person or online for our 9:00 or 10:45 services.

Brian Hastings will be preaching and presiding at all services this Sunday. 

Sunday Service Bulletins

Sunday Readings

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

1 Timothy 6:6-19

Luke 16:19-31

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If you are unable to attend and wish to receive Communion in your home, please contact the office.

Additional Sunday Parking is available at Lurie Children's Hospital at 2515 N Clark Street. Simply keep the parking ticket provided upon entry and pick up a parking voucher from the narthex table to use when you exit.

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Bishop Nedi Rivera (b. 1946)

Bishop Bavi Edna “Nevi” Rivera was “elected as Provisional Bishop of Eastern Oregon at a special diocesan convention in May 2009, following the 2007 resignation of their bishop diocesan” to become the first Latina bishop and the 12th woman bishop in The Episcopal Church. She served the diocese from 2009 until her retirement in 2015.

“Bishop Rivera is one of three daughters born to a Puerto Rican father and an Anglo mother; her father, the late Rt. Rev. Victor Manuel Rivera, was third bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. Growing up in an English-speaking household, Bishop Rivera worked hard to become conversant in Spanish so she also could celebrate and preach in that language.”

Click here to learn more about Bishop Nedi Rivera.

(Biography excerpted from All Saints Detroit available here.)

Happy 90th Birthday Carolyn!

COS is thrilled to celebrate with Carolyn Sacksteader today as she turns 90!

To read Rector Brian's birthday message for the occasion, click here

Happy Birthday Carolyn! 

Save the Date: Pet Blessing Sunday

Come celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi with us! Pets and their humans are invited to join any of our services on Sunday, October 11th to receive a blessing.

Between the 9:00am and 10:45am services, Rector Brian will be out front of COS to bless neighborhood pets and all those who love them.

Come Support Justin Peters' Steel Drum Band

Our COS percussionist, Justin Peters, will be performing with his steel drum band, Caught Steelin' on Sunday, September 25 from 3-6 pm at On Tour Brewing Company, 1725 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago. We'd love to see COS'ers there to support him!

Click here for more information!

COS Nursery Available, Unstaffed

Nursery Services resume this week at COS!

The unstaffed Nursery is available during the 9:00am and 10:45am services for any parents who wish to sit with their children. Services are now live-streamed to the nursery so you won't miss a thing!

COS is currently expanding our Nursery program, and seeking qualified care providers! If you know any potential nursery staff, please contact Nissa Cox for more information.

Children's Christian Formation is Back!

Sunday School has resumed at COS!

Join us every Sunday from 10-11:30am. If you attend the 9am service, you can come get your kids at 11:30; if you attend the 10:45, we will bring your kids to you in the service. 

We hope you will save the date for our upcoming fall events too:

  • Spooktacular Sunday (Sunday, Oct 30th): costumes, treats, pumpkin decorating at 10am with regular Sunday School starting at 10:30
  • Family Movie Night (Saturday, Nov 12th): popcorn, pizza, potluck sweet treats - movie suggestions?
  • Christmas Pageant (Sunday, Dec 18th): as we have done for the past couple of years, we will do a 1-day pageant! Kids will gather after church to begin creating a show, which will be performed that very afternoon - it is super fun!

CLICK HERE to complete our registration form if you haven't already, and if you have any questions, please click to contact Peter Civetta by email or give him a call at 773-332-4010.

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.

Open Staff Positions at COS

COS is actively seeking to fill two open positions on staff. You can click on the position descriptions below. Each position is part-time, however if someone feels they are suitable for both roles, they may apply to both and if selected the combined positions will become a single, full-time position with applicable benefits.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in these roles, please contact the Br Will in the office, or you can apply with your cover letter and resume to jobs@chicagocos.org.


COS Book Club

Each month, join the COS Book Club in exploring spirituality and the world around us through varied and interesting literature on wide-ranging topics. Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month following the 6:15pm Healing Eucharist. Reading the entire book is not a prerequisite to participate and new faces are always welcome!

For their next meeting on October 11th, Book Club is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

For a list of upcoming Book Club books, click here.

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


  • Charlotte Long
  • Maddie Sharpe
  • Jack Oest
  • Collette Holt
  • Jadzia Lasko
  • Connor Olsen
  • Lindsay Baker
  • Allison Peters
  • Helen Gordon
  • Ralph Johnson


  • Carol & Willie Cade
  • Elizabeth & Frederick Joosten
Need to update your information? Email us to let us know!

The Ordination and Consecration of the Rev. Paula E. Clark as the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago was held September 17 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the chief consecrating bishop.


Bishops Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of Indianapolis, Kimberly Lucas of Colorado, Deon Johnson of Missouri, and Douglas Sparks of Northern Indiana served as co-consecrators, along with Bishop Yehiel Curry of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Bishop Chilton Knudsen, who served as Chicago’s assisting bishop from last September until Monday.


More than 800 people attended the service, at which masks were required to limit the spread of COVID, and 560 people watched a livestream. Watch a video of the service and download the order of service. 

See a photo album and read about the service in Episcopal News Service.

The Seating of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago

Bishop Clark was seated at St. James Cathedral on September 18 during the 11 am Eucharist. During the service, Dean Dominic Barrington welcomed the new bishop to the cathedral and installed her in the cathedral, the ceremonial seat of the bishop. Watch a recording of the service and see a photo album on Facebook.

A Farewell Message from Bishop Chilton Knudsen

Bishop Chilton Knudsen concluded her time as assisting bishop on Monday and sent this farewell letter to the people of the diocese.


To God’s Beloved in the Diocese of Chicago,


Over a year ago, the Presiding Bishop’s Office, through Bishop Todd Ousley, contacted me to ask if I would come to the Diocese of Chicago to serve as an assisting bishop. I would fill in while your Bishop-elect, Paula Clark, continued her rehab and prepared to be consecrated your diocesan bishop.


This homecoming felt right to me. Chicago was my sponsoring diocese in the ordination process. My first two congregations were here. Bishop Frank Griswold called me to his staff and for more than 10 years I was canon for pastoral care. I was elected bishop of Maine from here.


Read the entire letter.

Episcopal Relief & Development Providing Hurricane Aid

As Hurricane Fiona continues its destructive path across the Caribbean, Episcopal Relief & Development is working with Episcopal and Anglican partners in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos to support relief and recovery in the days and weeks to come.


If you are able, please give generously to Episcopal Relief & Development's Hurricane Relief Fund to support the work ahead.

Sanctuary Diocese Task Force Supports Migrants Arriving in Chicago

Urgent need for volunteers continues

An Episcopal church on Martha's Vineyard made headlines this week after taking in 48 migrants who were unexpectedly dropped off on the island. For almost two days, the small parish provided shelter to the migrants, many of whom spoke little or no English and did not know where they were.


In Chicago, volunteer organizations, including the Diocese of Chicago Sanctuary Task Force, are working together to meet the urgent needs of several hundred men, women, teenagers, children, and infants that have been bussed to Chicago by Texas Governor Abbott. To help, individuals and congregations can email the Rev. Sandra Castillo with their contact information.

Episcopal Charities Gala

Friday, October 14 at 6pm at Union Station

To honor Episcopal Charities' mission to create a more just and merciful world, to honor the new ministry of Bishop - Elect Paula Clark, and to celebrate being together again in hope - after a long separation - Episcopal Charities invites everyone in the Diocese of Chicago to attend their annual gala. Visit their website to register.

EfM 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 with the Sisters of 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

Spiritual Direction: An Introduction - What happens in Spiritual Direction? Who are Spiritual Directors? Is it for me? This program will explore these issues and more. Get the information you need to begin exploring how Spiritual Direction may be a gift for your spiritual journey at this point in your life. | October 19 at 11am OR October 26 at 6pm | pay what you can

To learn more about any of the above programs, please visit https://cenaclesisters.org/ministry/retreats-programs/ for more information.

Free Architectural Tour of St. Peter's Episcopal

Join the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Victorian Society in America on Sunday, September 25th at 11:30am to tour the newly refurbished St. Peter's (617 W. Belmont Avenue), built in 1895, hear a pipe organ interlude, and learn how Lakeview was transformed from celery fields to the the ideal Victorian suburb. 

Amateur architectural historian, Jeff Zurlinden, will be your guide on a photo tour of vintage Lakeview to gain a fresh perspective of a familiar neighborhood seen through Victorian spectacles. Former St. Peter's seminarian, Bryan Matias, will also discuss the history of St. Peter's.

IDPH Encourages New Bivalent Booster Shots

20 Illinois counties now in "high" community level

With 20 counties in the state at an elevated level for COVID-19, on Friday the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urged all who are eligible to take advantage of the new bivalent booster shots that have been authorized by the CDC.


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.
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