News for the Week of:

February 11, 2024

Dear Friends,


We face an interesting dilemma next week: Valentine's Day or Ash Wednesday? Intimate gourmet dinner or fasting? Chocolates or ashes? Celebration of romantic love or reminder of our mortality?

I'm sure you know what I'd recommend!

But before then, we celebrate the last Sunday after the Epiphany when Jesus goes up the mountain with Peter, James, and John and is transfigured before them. God's voice booms out, as at Jesus' baptism--"This is my Son!"--but instead of following that with words to Jesus ("with you I am well pleased"), God gives a command to the witnesses: "Listen to Him."

Listen to Him. That is for those on the mountaintop and for us. That is a word for us as we enter Lent and acknowledge how we've fallen short and our need to turn again to God. That is the way we allow God to work in our everyday lives and in our life together at All Saints: Listen to Him, then follow where he leads.

Looking for ways to do that? See below for some Lent-specific ideas as well as opportunities to serve both inside the church and our larger community, including a conversation about how God is calling us to "make good trouble" in our neighborhood.

See you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+

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Coffee Hour needs you!

The warmth and welcome of Coffee Hour needs you! Please consider signing up to host coffee hour in January, February, or March. The sign-up can be found here.

Also, please remember that using your personal tumbler for coffee hour is fine! Bring them and use them so we can continue reducing the carbon footprint of hospitality.  

Please reach out to Chad Kruse at [email protected] with any questions.  

Centering Prayer Retreat on Saturday

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Evanston (939 Hinman Ave)

Saturday, February 10, 2024 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Prepare for Lent by trying out the ancient/modern practice of Centering Prayer, Christianity’s version of silent meditation. Our time together will begin with an overview and introduction to the concept of Centering Prayer. Then we will move into the practice. If participants are interested, we can explore continuing the practice during Lent, but the retreat is really intended as a single introduction. Contact: Tim O’Brien ([email protected]) This group will meet in-person. $10 fee includes lunch.



Shrove Tuesday, February 13 

7:00pm - Palm Burning Service

Ash Wednesday, February 14

7:00am - Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

7:00pm - Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Not the Last Supper Lenten Supper Groups | Sign up by February 18

The time has come to sign-up for the Not the Last Supper Lenten Suppers, four weekly pot-luck suppers organized at members' houses or restaurants beginning the week of February 25.

You can choose your preferred night and indicate whether you want a group with kids or have any allergies, and share other information.These small group suppers are a great opportunity to meet others in a more intimate setting with great food and fellowship and have created long-lasting friendships in the All Saints community. (They are so fun, groups often have reunions!) Questions? Contact Nancy Lischer at 773/791-5548.

Fill out a registration form online (see button below) or pick up a paper registration form in the back of the church. Registration Deadline: February 18 at 5:00pm. 



Scripture and Compline on Zoom

 Wednesday Evenings at 7:00pm

FEB 21, 28, MAR 6, 13, and 20

Deepen your understanding of scripture and spend time in prayer with others at All Saints. We will explore the Scripture for the upcoming Sunday using Lectio Divina and other meditative methods. We’ll close with the church’s “bedtime prayer” of Compline.

Scripture & Compline Resources

An Invitation to Weekday Morning Prayer at 8:30am on Zoom

Give this Small Group a try during Lent. This “small group” is a cross-section of All Saints folks from near and far, people who attend daily or once a week, who participate just before they start work, or when they wake up. Morning Prayer Resources, including Zoom, available below.

Morning Prayer Resources


Volunteer for Love on a Plate!

Cooking and delivering a meal to a fellow parishioner through the Love on a Plate ministry is a great way to meet new people in our congregation. It also helps make some of life’s challenging chapters — illness, grief, welcoming a new baby — a little easier and less lonely. Love on a Plate is looking for new volunteers to meet the needs of our growing community. Participation is simple:

1) Sign up as a volunteer by emailing Kelly McNees.

2) When a request comes to you via email, sign up for a date that works for you.

3) Cook and deliver a simple meal on your assigned date. No minimum required time commitment. Participate when you can, and help lighten someone’s load. 

Bishop Anderson House

Bishop Anderson House: Spiritual Care Visitor Training

This Saturday

Saturday, February 10 from 9:00am-3:00pm

Offered throughout 2024, the first retreat is Saturday, February 10. The next two retreats will take place outside of the Chicagoland area in April and September. The training begins with an in-person retreat followed by online modules.

Bishop Anderson House is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. If you have any questions, please contact program registrar, Kim Lessner, at 312-563-4825 or via email

Several All Saints parishioners have completed this terrific program in the past including Kelly McNees, Andrea Garland, and John Sattelmaier. If you’re interested in the program, feel free to reach out to Courtney or Suzanne.

Learn more about this program

Click here to apply


Repairing What is Broken: Soup Supper & Kintsugi Workshop

Friday, February 23 at 6:30 in the Parish Hall

This Lent we will consider the various covenants that have been made by God with us, how we break them, and how God repairs what we have broken. An image for this is the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which repairs broken pottery with gold, highlighting rather than disguising the brokenness and the repair. Objects are made stronger at the broken places.

Come for a soup supper and conversation, followed by a workshop practicing the art of Kintsugi.

Soup Supper provided. Bring your favorite beverages and desserts to enjoy and share. Questions? Contact Colin Collette at [email protected].

Register by February 21

Newcomers’ Lunch

Sunday, February 25 at 12:30 in the Parish Hall

Are you new to All Saints? Are you interested in meeting other newcomers and learning more about our community? If yes, please join us for our next Newcomers lunch. We’ll gather in the parish hall for a casual luncheon, conversation, and a chance to learn more about All Saints and ways to continue connecting with our community. Please register so we can plan food accordingly.

If you have any questions, please contact Courtney at [email protected]

Register for the Newcomers’ Lunch
Bake Auction

This Calls for Cake!


Donate a cake, pie, cookies, donuts, or any other scrumptious treat you can dream up, to be auctioned off to your fellow parishioners during our 24th annual All Saints’ Africa Bake Auction on Sunday, March 3. 

Over the past 20+ years, this thrilling and delicious event has funded needed projects and services for our friends and partners in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, including education, medical care, agricultural projects, and small businesses.

Help make sure this crucial funding continues. Bakers, to sign up, email Polly Tangora ([email protected]).

Want to learn much more about this event and how it got started? Learn More HERE

Sign Up for the Bake Auction!


Creating Good Trouble: Justice Ministry Planning Discussion

Sunday, February 18, 12:30 – 2:00 PM, Parish Hall

The All Saints’ community has a hunger for justice and is full of Trouble Makers willing to show up and work for justice. We continue our work with North Lawndale and the push for 2000 new affordable homes. It’s time we also ask, “What good trouble shall we make in our neighborhood so that all people flourish?” Lunch will be served.

Questions: Barbara Manley, 312-953-8802

Sign Up for Creating Good Trouble

Volunteers Needed for February 2024: RCS After School Pantry 

Thursday Afternoons

The Thursday Afternoon Pantries are designed to provide families with kid-friendly staples over the weekend when school meals are not available. 

Ravenswood Community Services is partnering with Brennemann, Goudy, and McCutcheon elementary schools in Uptown. The schools have experienced an overwhelming increase in participation. If you have a flexible schedule and can be available for 60-90 minutes on a Thursday afternoon, sign up here for one or more of the available volunteer spots. Thank you!

Can you help veterans make their homes complete?

Once again, All Saints is collecting new or gently used kitchen items, especially flatware, utensils and anything needed for cooking and eating. The Midwest Veteran’s Closet in North Chicago helps Veterans and active Military transition from homeless to housed. Don't know what to donate? Check out this list here.

You can drop off items in the bin at the entrance to the church, or call Katie Nolan and Therese Stasik at 573-727-9164 to arrange a pick-up or ask questions. Please no texts. You can also email Katie at [email protected].

All donated items will be transported to North Chicago from January 14 to February 18. All pick-up arrangements must be made by then.


The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00pm

Serving This Sunday

8:00am Service
Altar Guild: Bryan Matias

9:00am Service
Acolytes: Isabella Maki & Julia Sweeney
Altar Guild: Matthew Sanders & Clarine Stephens
Chalice: B.A. Church & Chad Kruse
Intercessor: Lynn Bowers
Lectors: Reader 1) Jose Sanchez-Perry & Reader 2) Chad Kruse
Ushers:  Mike Mattson & Katie Nolan
Vestry Announcement: Craig Maki
11:00am Service
Acolytes: Carly Andrews & Skip Yates
Altar Guild: Ashley Gilmore & John Tyler
Chalice: Liz Morris & Skip Yates
Intercessor: Nanyc Kipnis
Lectors: Reader 1) Gina Shropshire & Reader 2) Terry DeLisio
Ushers: Jim Hanna & Bill McHugh
Vestry Announcement:

Facebook Greeters at the 11:00am Service

Audio: Dylan Masterson 

Camera: June Coyne 

Facebook Announcement: Maureen Kupstas

Facebook Greeter: Lorraine Painter

We Pray For

Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: especially for Rose Murray, Iranice Tavares, Eric Sorensen, Sarah Booten, Stephen F., Carol Griffith, Billy Auth, Sandy, and for those whose hurts, burdens, and fears go unspoken.

For those on our long-term prayer list: Lark Syrris, Anne Gellman, Carl Youngberg, Noel McGraw, Eugene Washington, Helen LoRusso, Jane Dobrowski, Chester Richard, Peg Deppe, Ken Reid, Kirsten Rehnberg, Debi Armstrong, Suzanne Shear, Ann J, James Guite, Nina Chinn, Jim Crandall, Lionel Edes, Clara Maddox, Kamila and Kathy

For those around the world: the people of Gaza and Israel, 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:

2/11 - Sandhya Matthew

2/11 - Anne Schuette

2/13 - Nella Maheshwary

2/13 - Nora VanDerLaan

2/13 - Mae VanDerLaan

2/13 - Jacqueline Saldaña-Refior

2/14 - Henry Belton

2/14 - Dale Patton

2/16 - Douglas Matteson

2/17 - Jonah Kruse

We celebrate the birth of Daniel Jay, born January 31 to Hannah Cashman and Phil Garland.

For those who have died: Ora Washington, mother of Carmichael Washington and mother-in-law of Gina Shropshire; John Cruz, brother of Bobbi Sanjuro-Torres. 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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