News for the Week of:

April 30, 2023

Dear Friends,




The Run is THIS Sunday, and we still need over 20 volunteers on the race day to do everything from packet pick up, corralling folks at the beginning of the race, greeting people at the finish line, and more!


You can sign up HERE.


All Saints started the run 27 years ago to support our food pantry, which feeds hundreds of people each week, and each year we welcome thousands of people to our corner at Wilson and Hermitage. It’s our bell that rings at the beginning of the race, it’s our sanctuary folks wander into (yes, sometimes looking for bathrooms), it’s our priest who prays before the race, and it’s our food pantry that benefits from race proceeds and contributions. This Sunday, we have the chance to welcome visitors and show people who we are as a church. 


Thank you for helping to make this year’s Ravenswood Run a success! It’s a fun day and a great way to meet new people and introduce them to All Saints and Ravenswood Community Services. See you there and then at 11 am for church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+

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On Sunday April 30 at 8:00am, the 27th annual Ravenswood Run will step off at the corner of Hermitage and Wilson. This neighborhood 5K, founded and owned by All Saints, benefits the food pantry and community kitchen operated by Ravenswood Community Services out of our church building. Runners make their way through Ravenswood and Lincoln Square, raising money to provide much-needed support for neighbors who rely on the food pantry, meals and services provided by RCS.

It’s always terrific to have a contingent of All Saints runners, walkers, and volunteers

participating in this great event. You can register as a runner/walker at!

Not a runner? Join us on the race morning to watch as thousands of runners kick off the running season and cheer them along!

If you live along the race route, please read this important information about parking restrictions.

Please note that parking restrictions will be in place all along the race route and the City of Chicago will tow cars parked on the course race morning. Alternate parking for residents is available in a few private lots throughout the neighborhood. Cars parked in areas within the course will be unable to leave until the streets re-open, generally around 9:30am.

Visit for alternate parking information and a course map.

NOTE: there will be no 8:00am or 9:00am service on race morning.



Please mark your calendars for a very important all-parish meeting on Monday, May 1 at 6:00pm on Zoom. We'll be presenting and discussing our debt consolidation and management plan for our main campus and 4546 N. Hermitage. See the email that went out this morning for background information, the resolutions up for a vote, and FAQ's.

The poll for voting will be made available during the meeting and sent out via email after the meeting. All voting must be completed by midnight on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. We need a majority of 2/3s of our voting members to vote for the resolutions in order for them to pass.

Thank you in advance for making time for this!

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 892 6545 1384

Passcode: 364393

Worship and Service at All Saints

Update on All Saints Visit to St Leonard’s Ministries

A group of ten parishioners spent the evening of Sunday, April 16 providing dinner and fellowship at St. Leonard’s Ministries in the Near West Side community area, and while the time spent there was brief, the group returned humbled, inspired, and with a renewed sense of conviction in All Saints ability to amplify our outreach to fellow Chicagoans. 

St. Leonard’s provides wrap-around services and the full continuum of care to previously incarcerated Chicagoans, predominantly from South and West Side communities. Many have experienced homelessness in addition to the other challenges of re-entering society. In addition to lodging, St. Leonard’s provides education and mult-disciplinary job training resulting in qualifications and in-demand skills. We toured the educational center and chapel at St. Leonard’s, seeing how alums return as instructors to pay forward the positive change St. Leonard’s has made in their own journeys. The group also prepared and served dinner for the residents. However we spent the majority of our time supping together, hearing their stories, and witnessing the tremendous work the Lord is doing throughout the St. Leonard’s community.

The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi asks the Lord to aid us in not “[seeking] to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand.” That Sunday evening at St. Leonard’s, our group of ten volunteers embraced both of those petitions, and we look forward to participating in the ministry of St. Leonard’s again in our own ways.

Worship Committee:

Sunday, April 30 at 12:30pm

in the Reading Room

Join us for an hour-long meeting to review our Holy Week services. All are welcome—we’d love to hear about your experience of Holy Week! We’ll also look forward to planning for the Feast of Pentecost.

May 2023 Baptism Preparation

Baptisms will be offered during our celebration of Pentecost during the 9:00 and 11:00am services, Sunday, May 28. If you're interested in baptism for your child, please let us know by visiting this page and filling out a Pre-Baptismal Form.

Preparation sessions are also offered and little ones are absolutely welcome! If you have any questions, please email Suzanne.

News from the Vestry

The All Saints’ vestry met on April 18, 2023. Chad Eric Bergman, John Dufour, Susie Griffith, Katrina Kasten, Courtney Reid, Doug Renkenberger, Gina Shropshire, Jacqueline WayneGuite, Nina Wilfred (clerk pro tem), Suzanne Wille, Skip Yates met in person with Margaret Ferguson joining on Zoom.

The following business and discussion items were covered during the meeting:

• A welcome to our new vestry member: Doug Renkenberger.

• A discussion of the current COVID mask policy. We are adjusting to a new way of

operating in the world. Conversation led to the decision that “masks are welcome and available. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.”

• One-on-one check ins: Several vestry members reported successful meetings with reaching out to people. A “no” response or no response is an okay response.

• The vestry had a discussion on debt management and the steps to be taken within our church over the next month.

• There was an update on the success of the “not the last supper” suppers. We want to continue this kind of community building.

• Margaret Ferguson gave the treasurer’s report. We are in a good financial position as we look to manage our debt.

• The concept of a community garden was raised with the note that the soil needs to be checked for lead before we move forward with the idea.

Formation and Fellowship

Masking at All Saints

As we continue to evolve our response to Covid, the Vestry affirms that masks are welcome, but optional at All Saints. During services, we'll have a small supply of extra masks available - please ask ushers if you'd like one. As always, please worship with us from home on our Facebook page during the 11:00am service if you or one of your children is sick or even feeling “under the weather.”


One Book, One Diocese: Resurrection Hope

An invitation from the Peace and Justice Committee

In 2023, the Peace and Justice Committee invites the diocese to participate in its inaugural "One Book, One Diocese" discussion of Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter by the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas.


Please note that we've had to reschedule our original May 7 book discussion date.

We are now hosting a discussion during coffee hour on May 21.

All Saints Book Club

The All Saints Book Club is now supporting the book sanctuary initiative. We plan to include at least one banned book each year in our 2023 reading plan. 

The All Saints Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm on Zoom. If you are not a regular attendee, email Mike Burke at [email protected] for a meeting invite and our spring schedule.

Our next scheduled meeting will be on May 11, 2023 during which we'll discuss The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (a banned book).

Outreach and Justice

From the All Saints Mexico Outreach Committee

Jim Hanna writes, "This week, we'll run to raise funds for the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry. Next Sunday, May 7, we'll celebrate our ongoing financial assistance of the ministries of Padre Bayron Chanchavac in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Join us for a fiesta, complete with piñata and food, during coffee hour at 10:00am.

Bayron, who has become a great friend of All Saints and a personal friend of those who have visited him in Mexico, will address us via video. Our continued support is essential to his efforts to spread the word of God; his congregations, though growing, can still not provide sufficient funds.

This year, we expect to help him meet his goals of providing self-esteem workshops for the children and young adults, training of a new youth leader, and an improved sound system - simple goals that would mean so much. If possible, we'd also like to sponsor a visit to All Saints in 2024 for the first time in several years.

We wish to raise $6,000 during this year's Efecto Mariposa or "Butterfly Effect" campaign, showing how a small movement here can lead to far greater change elsewhere. Please use this link to connect to the All Saints' Mexico Outreach page or use the QR code found in your Sunday bulletin and on postcards at the back of the church. Thank you very much."

Seeking: Resident Assistants to work with adults who are blind!



The Resident Assistant provides quality care and direct support to residents, primarily direct services and assistance through monitoring and supervision; socialization and emotional support; escorting; performing and teaching in areas like doing laundry, cleaning, light housekeeping, emptying trash, etc. No personal care such as assistance with bathing, eating, dressing, personal hygiene, grooming, etc. is involved or may be provided. Friedman Place is similar to assisted living and while all residents are blind and most have medical conditions, as a group they are relatively very independent – far more than nursing home residents.



Full-time and Part-time positions available (20 – 40 hours). Day and overnight shifts available, both during the week and weekends. Ability and interest in working 6:00am - 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday is a plus, but not a requirement.



$17 - $19 per hour, depending on skills and experience. Very generous benefits, including heavily subsidized health insurance; 20 paid days off plus 6 paid holidays to full-time employees; retirement contributions; education and license reimbursement; discounts on products & services, including gym membership, flexible spending account, meals, etc. and a friendly and casual work atmosphere.


Primary Qualifications:

• 18 years of age or older 

• High School Diploma or equivalent. Bachelor’s degree preferred

• 2 years’ experience serving older adults or individuals with special needs, preferred

• Long-term care experience, preferred

• Excellent customer service and relations skills


To apply, please go HERE or (go to "About” and and then go to “Employment”).


Located on the northwest side of Chicago, Friedman Place is a nonprofit residential community that serves adults aged 22 and up who are disabled and blind. Each resident lives in their own apartment. The building is specially designed for people who are blind and staff who are specially trained. Other programs include Navigator, which provides case management and support to people who are blind or visually impaired throughout Illinois, and Rent Assistance, which provides financial support to people in Cook County.


Bach Week Festival Comes to All Saints

Sunday, April 30 @ 6:00pm

Spring in Chicago means it's time for the Bach Week Festival. The second concert of this 50th anniversary season (featuring music of Buxtehude, Handel, Couperin, and Vivaldi as well as Bach) will start at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 30 at All Saints. Admission is free. Go here for more information and tickets.

Did you know you can listen to All Saints sermons on Apple Podcasts?

We Pray For

Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: especially for Patricio Gilchrist and the Gilchrist family, Richard Johnson, Sylvester Miller, Noel McGraw, B.A. Church, Helen D. Lorusso, and for those whose hurt, burdens, and fears go unspoken.

For those on our long-term prayer list: Peg Deppe, Ken Reid, Ashton Christy, Kirsten Rehnberg, Debi Armstrong, Mickey Safranek, Suzanne Shear, Ann J, Clyde Propst, Peter Donalek, James Guite, Nina Chinn, Jim Crandall, Juleigh Ruby, Lionel Edes, Clara Maddox, Kamila and Kathy, Paul, Mary Logue

For those around the world: the people of Ukraine and all affected by war; and our brothers and sisters in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Renk, Sudan; and throughout Latin America and East Africa

For those who celebrate birthdays this week:

4/30 - Sam Wischnewsky, David Wetzel

5/1 - Frank Basso

5/2 - Sarah Bermingham, Craig Berry

5/3 - Joanne Gannett

5/4 - Eric Sinclair, Gabriel Tucker

5/5 - Owen Fayer, Robert Graham, Gabriella Brady, Brendon Hunter

5/6 - Emma Geenen, Daniel Dieckmann, Jack Libert, Isabel Geenen, Peg Deppe

For those who celebrate anniversaries this week:

5/1 - CJ & Lesley Rivers

5/2 - Melissa & Chad Graves

5/5 - Kathy & Staycie Flint, Justin & Meredith Lacaillade, Colleen Mulcahy & Nick Hatzis

5/6 - Judith and Pat Doran

For those who have died: May the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

If you'd like to have someone included in our community prayers, visit our website.

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