News for the Week of:

January 14, 2024

Dear Friends,


During the “snow bomb” that has hit / is hitting Chicago, I hope you can stay warm and dry inside to watch the snow descend! It’s a little messier and less lovely than I had hoped, but there is something wonderful about the first true snowfall of winter. 

We’ll be staying warm inside on Sunday with some great hymns to resonate with this weekend’s observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I promise I’ll turn the heat up on Saturday night so the cold weather on Sunday won’t deter us from worshipping!

As we enter this weekend when we remember Dr. King and all that was fought for and accomplished by him and all those in the Civil Rights Movement, I invite you to learn more with these podcasts recommended by NPR and offer some ways to observe the day from our friends over at Block Club. One of our own, The Rev. Martin Deppe, is leading a peace vigil on Monday night in the spirit of Dr. King, an apostle of non-violence, to focus on the ongoing war and violence in the Holy Land; see the article below for more information.

Our commitment to a just and peaceful world, one where racism is dismantled so that we might live together in beloved community, must never waver. We have done some powerful things together in the past at All Saints, and I believe in 2024 we are being called to listen to where God is calling us next to share God’s love and justice in the world. 

Stay warm and see you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+

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Children's Epiphany Celebration Cancelled

Please note that the Children's Epiphany Celebration originally scheduled for Saturday, January 13 has been cancelled due to low enrollment. We look forward to celebrating together next year, but during this season after Epiphany consider sharing with family and friends where you see God at work in the world.

Proclamation of the Date of Easter

Atrium 3 students recently devoted some time to following a thousand-year-old church tradition for Epiphany: calculating the date for Easter Sunday and, subsequently, the remaining feast days in the church year calendar.

You can reading their proclamation here.


All Saints Annual Meeting: The Eras Tour!

Sunday, January 28 at 10:00am

Annual Meetings at All Saints are joyous, festive affairs. Yes, we handle the business of the church—reviewing the past year, examining past financials, receiving the budget passed by vestry for the current year, electing members to the vestry and delegates to diocesan convention—but we also have fun sharing food and stories, and dreaming about the upcoming year. It’s sort of like the State of the Union but without partisan drama. Stay tuned for more, but plan to be there at 10:00am!


Please note: on Annual Meeting Sunday, we'll conduct services at 8:00 and 9:00am, but not at 11:00.

Annual Meeting: We Need Your Photos!

Every year at annual meeting, we have a year in review slideshow. We’ve got some great photos, but we’d love to add yours!

We ALSO need your photos from the various ERAS of All Saints! If you've got some photos from events at All Saints over the decades, please share them.

If you have photos from events at All Saints, especially our big events, please share them in this Google Photo Folder and make sure they have a clearly identifiable name like “All Saints Day” or “Christmas Pageant.” We’ll use as many as we can! 


Please submit photos no later than January 19!

Worship and Service

Marques Garrett at

St. Paul and the Redeemer:

January 13

The Church of St. Paul & the Redeemer in Hyde Park is hosting a free, day-long workshop with Marques Garrett, editor of the new, indispensable Oxford Anthology of Music by Black Composers, a 2023 publication which centers the non-idiomatic music of Black composers. All are invited to join this day-long event on Saturday, January 13 to learn about the composers featured in this anthology.

More info:

Vigil for Peace in the Middle East:

Monday, January 15 at 7:00pm

Parishioner Martin Deppe will lead a Vigil for Peace in the Middle East on Monday at 7:00pm in the Community Room on the 3rd floor of The Breakers at 5333 N Sheridan. The vigil will include moments of silence, readings from the prophets, poems by both Jewish and Palestinian poets, and singing of both Israeli and Palestinian peace songs. Our own Colin Collette will be at the piano, leading the singing. We'll send any donations for humanitarian needs to Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, or a charity of your choice. All are welcome.

May the spirit of the true apostle of peace, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., be present with us at the vigil.

Formation and Fellowship


All Saints Youth Group is heading to the cinema!

On Sunday, January 14, the ASYG will meet at the Davis Theatre in Lincoln Square to see Wonka!

IMPORTANT: All Saints is in conversation with the Davis about our group, but they won't have the exact showtimes for that day until this Tuesday. We'll confirm the film and start time that day, or we'll let you know as soon as possible if this plan has to change!

The movie runs two hours, and we're hoping for a start time as close as possible to our normal youth group start time of 3:30pm. Assuming all goes to plan, let us know you're coming and All Saints will take care of the tickets and some popcorn. 

Let us know if you'd like to come, and be on the lookout for waivers to sign and bring with you to the Davis.

See you soon, and happy new year!

Next Caregiver Connections meeting:

Monday, January 15 at 7:00pm

Caregiver Connections is a monthly gathering for caregivers to share experiences, listen, vent, get a break, compare notes, and occasionally hear from experts on specific resources. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 15 at 7:00pm in the Reading Room. 

Please email Kelly McNees with any questions. All are welcome!

All Saints Nursery Family Gatherings

We're holding monthly meet-ups for families with children in our Nursery (ages 0-2) to build connections with one another, have fun times with our kids, and offer support to each other as parents during a very intense and hectic time!

Even if you don't send your child to the nursery, come spend time with us and meet other families of our littlest ones! Reach out to John Dufour ([email protected]) to be included in future communications.

The next gathering will be in the Parish Hall on Saturday, February 3 from 9:30-11:30am.

Outreach and Justice

Bring Chicago Home

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're highlighting Bring Chicago Home - a critical initiative for housing justice. Dr. King was clear that housing justice was connected to the fight for racial and economic justice. 

On March 19, voters in Chicago will have the opportunity to vote for the creation of a $100 million annual fund for homelessness prevention and affordable housing. In addition to the thousands of new arrivals to our city in need of housing, there are over 68,000 Chicagoans experiencing homelessness (

ONE Northside is conducting a voter outreach campaign to educate Chicagoans about this binding ballot initiative. If you're interested in being trained to contact voters, sign up here or email Fred Kinsey at [email protected] to learn about other ways to get involved. 

For more information about the ballot initiative, you can learn more here.

Volunteers Needed for January 2024: RCS After School Pantry 

RCS' After School Pantry is back for the 2023-24 school year and we are looking for additional volunteer help! Partnering with Brennemann, Goudy, and McCutcheon elementary schools in Uptown, these Thursday afternoon pantries are designed to provide families with kid-friendly staples over the weekend when school meals are not available. This school year, we've seen an overwhelming increase in participation, which means we need more help! 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.

LCDC Fundraiser: Support our Friends in Lawndale!

On January 19, you're invited to a joyful and powerful tribute commemorating LCDC’s 37-year history during the same week commemorating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The LCDC will honor his work and vision for racial equity and economic justice. Enjoy an evening of inspiration, music, and great food, helping them reach a $250,000 fundraising goal to execute their “Plan for Hope.”

For tickets, follow this link!

Church Business

2024 Budget Meeting: Coffee Hour on Sunday, January 21

Join us for noshes and numbers as our treasurer Margaret Ferguson gives an overview of the proposed 2024 budget. Ask questions, offer suggestions, and get informed for the Annual Meeting on January 28 when we'll receive the final budget passed by Vestry.

Thanks again for your generous donations in 2023 and your commitment to support All Saints' ministries in 2024. As we enter the new year, be sure to contact Edward at [email protected] if you encounter any problems with online giving or need help updating your 2023 giving to your 2024 giving.

All Saints Annual Meeting Elections

We will send out a longer email next week with bios and photos, but here is a sneak peek of who the candidates are for the elections we will hold at our Annual Meeting:

Co-Warden: Ann McKenzie and Chester Jones (Vote for 1)

Vestry, Three-Year Term: Halley Hoffman, Josephine Coo, and Gretchen Schlabach (Vote for 3)

Vestry, One-Year Term: Tobias Lohse and José Sanchez Perry (Vote for 2)

Diocesan Convention Delegates: TBD

All Saints Office closed Monday, January 15

Please note that the All Saints office will be closed this Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If you have a pastoral emergency, such as a death or hospitalization, you can contact Suzanne at 773-724-1352.

Serving This Sunday

8:00am Service
Altar Guild: Bryan Matias

9:00am Service
Acolytes: Isabella Maki & Julia Sweeney
Altar Guild: Matthew Sanders & Clarine Stephens
Ushers: Michael Mattson & Tony Swain
Lectors: David Springer & Paula Stevens-Contey
Intercessor: Ben Sweeney
Chalice: Chad Kruse & Krys Springer
11:00am Service
Acolytes: Carly Andrews & Skip Yates
Altar Guild: Liz Morris & Gretchen Schlabach
Ushers: Jim Hanna & Nancy Kipnis
Lectors: Amy Healey & Bill McHugh
Intercessor: Allison Loecke
Chalice: Skip Yates & Bill McHugh

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 Billy Auth, Sandy, Liz Lashmet, Mark Cornell, Ken Herceg, and for those whose hurt, burdens, and fears go unspoken.

For those on our long-term prayer list: Lark Syrris, Anne Gellman, Carl Youngberg, Noel McGraw, Ora & 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:

1/15 - Halley Hoffman

1/16 - Sally Smith, Caroline Moore, Stephanie McWilliam

1/17 - Bob Gannett

1/18 - Scott Porterfield, Katrina Kasten, Zach Belton

1/19 - Suzanne Wille

1/20 - Lauren Parran

For those who celebrate anniversaries this week:

1/18 - Tracey Lemon & Suzanne Wille

For those who have died: especially for Mary Logue, mother of Annie Logue; Alvaro Araica, priest of our diocese; and Henry Thomas, brother of Frances Thomas. May their souls 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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