News for the Week of:

April 9, 2023

Dear Friends,


Today we contemplate the mystery of the cross.


It reminds us how we fall short, how we fail. It is a reminder of death and pain, shame and vulnerability. A reminder of our sinfulness and of all that is wrong in our lives and in the world.


We might rather skip this day and head straight to Easter. The world certainly does, preferring springtime hope and cuddly bunnies.


But the cross also promises us that we have a God who knows suffering and is with us in it. That no matter how deep our pain we are never alone.


So, don’t skip the cross.


For the cross tells us that despite ourselves, despite the worst that we or the world offers, God can do more. God in Jesus took in all the worst--our pain, our selfishness, our sorrow, our cruelty--and transformed it, declaring us free and forgiven, changing our pasts and our futures with this universe-altering act of forgiveness and love.


We don't want to look at the cross. But it's the only hope we have.


Today, gaze upon the cross and allow your heart to be broken open, just as God's heart and Son were broken on the cross.


And, then, come Easter, you’ll be ready.

Faithfully, Suzanne+

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Good Friday: April 7

Stations of the Cross at 12:00pm

Evening Service: The Seven Last Words at 7:00pm

The evening service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

Join us for prayerful meditation with music and art on Jesus' last words and veneration of the cross.


Holy Saturday: April 8

Service of the Day at 10:00am*

Keep the solemnity of the service - the quietest day of the year - with this prayer service. Stay after to help prepare the church for the Easter Vigil.


Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am

All children between 0 and 8 to come and hunt for eggs, and rumor has it the Easter Bunny will be stopping by!

Easter Vigil at 8:00pm**

The evening service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

Join us for Christianity's holiest of nights where we experience light piercing the darkness as we light the new fire, hear the story of God's salvation, baptize and renew our baptismal vows, and celebrate Christ's triumph over death!


Easter Day: April 9

Holy Eucharist at 8:00, 9:00, and 11:00am**

Our Easter celebration continues with our service on Sunday. Dress up in your Sunday best--bow ties and fun hats welcome! The 11:00am service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

* Volunteers needed to help clean the Church after the 10:00am service.

** All are invited to bring bells to ring during services.

Worship and Service at All Saints


Deadline: THIS Monday, April 10!

Interested in volunteering at St. Leonard’s Ministries?

Sign up to join us on Sunday, April 16 when we gather with residents to prepare and share a meal. We'll depart from All Saints around 3:00pm and return by 7:00pm. 

We can only accommodate 10 volunteers. Sign up here to volunteer. And contact Courtney with questions. 

Are you curious about the Care Ministries at All Saints?

What has been your experience with Love on a Plate?

What makes you feel cared for?

The Care Ministry team wants to hear your thoughts on these and other care questions at our coffee hour discussion on Sunday, April 23. Join us to learn more about Love on a Plate and the other ways we care for each other during times of challenge and change. Share your thoughts on needs within our congregation and how these ministries could expand in the future.

Questions? Get in touch with Kelly McNees or Abby Wentworth Joseph.

Formation and Fellowship

All Saints Holy Saturday Egg Hunt –

Saturday April 8, 10:00 to 11:30am

(rain or shine!)

Children ages 0-8 are invited to participate in one of the season's most joyous traditions. There'll be Easter craft projects as we gather before the hunting proper begins promptly at 10:45am - don’t be late! Afterwards, snacks will be served. Older children are welcome to come and assist.

Please RSVP to Polly Tangora with names and ages of your children so we can plan for the eggs needed and the food.

ALSO: we could really use some help to make this a success!

Donations of boiled/dyed eggs, chips, raw carrots, and cookies

Help to set up from 9:00-10:00am

Help with craft projects and hunting from 9:45-11:00am

Help with clean-up from 11:30am-12:00pm so the parish hall is ready for Easter

Volunteers should feel free contact Polly Tangora for more details at [email protected].

New to All Saints?

Ready to throw your lot in with us?

Participate in the Rite of Welcome on Sunday, April 16.

If you've been coming to All Saints and think this is the place where you want to grow in faith through worship, fellowship, and service, consider participating in our Rite of Welcome on Sunday, April 16 at the 9:00 or 11:00am service.

During the service, we'll recognize you and ask if you're willing to commit to All Saints for a time, the congregation will commit to walking with you, and then we’ll say a brief prayer. Though this isn't necessary to be a member at All Saints, participate, or be involved, it's a nice way to mark your next step in faith. 

Let us know you’re interested by signing up here. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Courtney or Suzanne.

Save the Date - Episcopal 101 is coming soon! 

Are you new here at All Saints? Been coming for a while, but still have lots of questions about what this “Episcopal” church is all about? Would you like a deeper understanding of our worship and why we do what we do? If so, the Episcopal 101 Class is just for you!

This four-week class will meet on Wednesdays beginning April 26 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Parish Hall. Topics include an introduction to the Episcopal Church, discussion about how Episcopalians view the world, sacred scripture, theology and ethics. The class also serves as preparation for adults seeking to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church.

You can sign up here. The sign up form includes a place to note topics or questions you want to make sure we cover in the class. 

Please consider hosting coffee hour!

We have lightened the burden of coffee hour on our hosts and on the earth by adding new compostable materials and collection receptacles thanks to our All Saints Sustainability Committee. 

Please sign-up HERE  to host coffee hour during the months of April, May and June. Email Chad Kruse at [email protected] with any questions.

Thank you all for making coffee hour more sustainable!

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.


We’ll host our own book discussion at All Saints during coffee hour on May 7. 


The Diocesan Peace and Justice Committee will also offer online discussions on Zoom on April 13 and April 25 at 7 pm. Kelly Brown Douglas will be part of the discussion on April 25. 


Register for the Diocesan Conversations HERE.

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 April 13, 2023 during which we'll discuss The Splendid & the Vile by Eric Larson.

Outreach and Justice

We're gearing up for the Ravenswood Run!

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. Mark your calendars and get ready to walk, run, cheer, and/or volunteer as thousands of runners join us at the corner of Wilson and Hermitage on the morning of Sunday, April 30. Registration is open for runners AND volunteers!

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

Mexico Outreach Sunday

On Sunday, May 7, we'll celebrate the Efecto Mariposa, a recognition of our fourteen-year relationship with the ministries of Padre Bayron Chanchauvac, currently in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The Butterfly Effect reflects that a small alteration, such as the beating of butterfly's wing, can cause a far greater response elsewhere and calls attention to the importance of migrating butterflies to the region.

Over the years, All Saints parishioners have provided funds to support the needs of Padre Bayron's congregations and supplement the small stipend he receives. In addition, he has visited us on several occasions, and a group of All Saints members have witnessed his efforts in person.

We hope to provide assistance to San Pablo in Cuernavaca for workshops on issues of self-esteem and sexuality with young people in the congregation. Our donations have also allowed Bayron to bring services to remote villages lacking formal church settings.

Further information on how you may contribute to our Mexico Ministry will follow over the next few weeks. Please contact Jim Hanna with questions at [email protected].

Food donation needed for RCS After School Pantries

Ravenswood Community Services is seeking donations of food items for its after school pantry program. Specific items are needed and include - canned pasta sauce, plastic jars of peanut butter, kid friendly cereal, and cans of chicken noodle soup.  Any brand of these items is acceptable, however, please do not donate any item in a glass jar. 

How to help:

● You may purchase any of these items and bring them to church where we will have collection boxes just inside the front doors.  

● You can purchase any of the items using the links below and ship them directly to Ravenswood Community Services, 4550 N. Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.


Canned pasta sauce

Plastic jars of peanut butter


Kid friendly cereal


Cans of chicken noodle soup


● Or you can donate directly to RCS here.


Any way that you choose to give will make a difference for the families we serve. And if you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, you can learn more here or email Parker Callahan.

All Saints Office closed April 10

Please note that the All Saints office will be closed this Monday, April 10. If you have a pastoral emergency, such as a death or hospitalization, you can contact Suzanne at 773-724-1352.

We Pray For

Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: especially for Sylvester Miller, Noel McGraw, B.A. Church, Helen D. Lorusso, Johnathan Larson, Ora Washington and the Washington family, Carol, Christina, Katrina, Frederick Johnston, Ruth Lantz, Melodee, Romey, and Jane, Susan Bowers, Patrick Crowley, Mary K. Williams, 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:

4/9 - Danny Roberts, Peter Donalek, Sophie Davies

4/10 - Frances Caldwell, Dana Christy, Rachel Jacobs

4/11 - Mike Kozubek

4/12 - Matthew Juan, Elizabeth Lucchese-Soto, Austin Heller, Anika Lohse, David Jennerjahn, Paul Ruffolo

4/13 - Alice DuBose, Ella Wischnewski, Emily Feldhase

4/14 - Tamara Bodnar

4/15 - Bonnie Perry, Jack Quigley

For those who celebrate anniversaries this week:

4/12 - Rebecca & Steven Kismohr

For those who celebrate: especially Anika and Tobias Lohse who welcomed the birth of their daughter Lucia Margret

For those who have died: especially Gerry Delgado, friend of Ahn Gallagher. May his soul and 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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