News for the Week of:

January 22, 2023

Dear Friends, 


We’re just a little over a week out from Hot Ones: The All Saints Annual Meeting


Things are going to get spicy as our host interviews folks from All Saints after first asking them to try a hot wing. As the meeting continues, the hot sauce gets hotter! In between, we’ll hear about our finances, from how we ended 2022 to the vestry-approved 2023 budget, from a new gifts acceptance policy to a shift in how we approach investments (you have to be there for the unveiling of the name!). We’ll consider an amendment to our two-year-old bylaws, and we’ll elect new members to the Vestry and delegates to Diocesan Convention and thank those who have served on Vestry and now get retire. The big question of the meeting: who will be the challenger for Co-Warden this year (Baby Yoda and Mary Berry have decided NOT to run this year). And of course we’ll celebrate another year together at All Saints!


The All Saints Annual Meeting is one of the High Holy Days in our parish, so you don’t want to miss it. This year, we’re back in person! But we also have an online option, so you can Zoom in, too. Either way, you’ll be able to hear all the reports, see the slide shows, and vote. Unfortunately, if you’re on Zoom you’ll have to bring your own snacks.


So, please clear your schedule for NEXT Sunday morning, attend church at 8 am or 9 am—you don’t want to miss outgoing Co-Warden John Williams’ sermon!—and mingle and snack at 10 am and then attend the meeting in the parish hall or online at 10:30. 


Look for an email midweek that will have the Rules of Order, the candidates for Vestry and to be Diocesan Convention delegates, and information about the Budget discussion on Wednesday.


In this season after the Epiphany, we focus on how people recognize Jesus as sent from God, how God is revealed in the world. What better way to celebrate that than by gathering together as the Body of Christ and celebrating the ways in which we, together, experience the Holy at All Saints?


See you in Church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+

P.S. If you have NO ideas what Hot Ones is, you can watch it on YouTube. Just search for it and enjoy!

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Masks Strongly Encouraged


As people return from traveling during the Christmas holiday and a number of viruses are circulating, we know masking is an effective way to protect one another from contagion and illness. We strongly encourage the wearing of masks when in large groups at church. If you have forgotten your mask and would like one, there are masks near the front doors of the church; ask an usher. 


As we continue to care for one another and stay healthy in this time,

  • Please do not come to church if you or your child has any cold or flu symptoms (cough, sniffles, congestion, fever, etc.); instead, worship with us online at 11:00am!
  • Choose an effective mask; N95 and KN95 masks are best.
  • Ensure that you and your children are fully vaccinated.


If you have questions or desire a conversation, please contact Suzanne at or 773.724.1352.

Budget Discussion on Zoom, Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00pm

Join us as our treasurer Margaret Ferguson gives an overview of the proposed 2023 budget. Ask questions, offer suggestions, and get informed for the Annual Meeting when we will receive the final budget passed by Vestry. 

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 892 0252 8914

Annual Meeting: January 29 at 10 am.

In Person and Online!

This year, we'll have a hybrid Annual Meeting: you can join the meeting in person in the parish hall or online. Whether you are in the house or online, you can comment, vote, and stand for election. 


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, competing for that elusive “seconds” prize, and dreaming about the upcoming year. It’s sort of like the State of the Union but without partisan drama. And this year, it’s going to be SPICY! 


Stay tuned for more (including an email with a Zoom link and rules of order), but plan to be there at 10:00am!


On Annual Meeting Sunday, we have an 8:00am and a 9:00am service, but no 11:00am service.

Interested in set up, clean up, or food for our Annual Meeting?

Sign up here to let us know if we can count on your help:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chicago

Notice of Resolution to be considered at the 

Annual Meeting, January 29, 2023

Subject: Amend Section 9. Treasurer.  Article 9.1 of All Saints’ Bylaws


Resolved, that Section 9. Treasurer. Article 9.1 of the Bylaws of All Saints’ Episcopal Church be amended as follows.

Section 9.1 Eligibility.  The Treasurer shall be a Parish Member and of 21 or more years of age.  The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Vestry or Rector for a term of one two years.  A person may not serve more than two consecutive terms.  The Treasurer may be reappointed after the first two-year term for a one-year term.  A person may not serve more than four consecutive years.  However, that person may be reappointed after 12 months has elapsed since their last term.


The role of Treasurer is complex, and a one-year term is insufficient to become familiar with the finances of the church. By currently limiting the Treasurer to two consecutive one-year terms, the church loses a Treasurer just as that person has become competent in the role. An initial two-year term guarantees the Treasurer time to learn the role and complete the associated tasks with confidence. If the person desires and the Vestry or Rector agree, the Treasurer can be appointed for up to two additional one-year terms.

NOTE: According to Section 16 of the Bylaws of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, the Bylaws may be amended by 2/3’s majority vote at any annual meeting or at a special meeting called for the purpose pursuant to the applicable Canon.  No such amendment shall be valid unless public notice shall have been given of the proposed amendment at all regular services on the two Sundays preceding the date of such meeting.

Join webinars on racial reconciliation work

“Past Reckoning: Exploring the Racial History of the Moravian and Episcopal Churches,” a webinar series presented by the Moravian-Episcopal Coordinating Committee Racial Reconciliation Working Group, examines racial histories of the two churches and how new methods for racial reconciliation are working in ecumenical contexts.


You can join the webinars on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Central (7:00 to 8:30pm EST) on January 25, February 1, and February 8.

Register here.

Catechumens Among Us: Adults Preparing for Baptism.

We admit Catechumens this Sunday!

One of the ancient orders of the Church is that of the “Catechumen”—an adult preparing for baptism. During the first four centuries of the church, when Christianity was suspect and following Jesus invited persecution from the Roman government, initiating people into the life of the Church required careful intention and some stealth as the community determined whether someone was truly ready for this life-changing Way. Once Christianity became accepted as the public religion and infant baptism became the norm, the Catechumenate faded from church practice. It was revived, however, during the liturgical renewal movement and is present in The Episcopal Church, most mainline Protestant denominations, and the Roman Catholic Church. 


Here at All Saints, we have some adults who wish to be baptized, which will occur at the Easter Vigil. This is a big deal for us as a community and for these parishioners. Stay tuned to special events as we admit and enroll people to the Catechumenate and have special moments of prayer and blessing during the 11:00am services from now until Easter.


If you would like to join the Catechumenate and prepare for baptism or want to know more, contact Suzanne. You can also read more HERE.

Bread, Wine, and Word: "Love Stories, Love Songs”

Friday, February 10, 6:30 - 8:30pm.


Just in time for Valentine's Day, our stories will focus on that loftiest of emotions. We'll provide a hearty soup or stew. Please brings drinks, simple food (cheese, bread, dips, etc.), and possibly a story to share. Or bring nothing and just come!


If you do plan to tell a story, prepare a 3-5 minute story about love: love for your spouse, love for your children, love for your pet, love for your favorite casserole recipe… The point of gathering is to connect with one another, so your story should be real, your own, and focus on events and feelings rather than proving a point or teaching a lesson.


No pressure if you don’t want to tell a story, but if you do, stay within 3-5 minutes and consider taking a risk. If you are new to storytelling, The Moth offers these great GUIDELINES


Interested? Sign up here!

Questions? Contact Colin Collette at

All Saints Youth Group

The All Saints Youth Group (ASYG) will continue to meet in the Parish Hall on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 3:30-5:30pm. All youth (7th Grade and older) are welcome. Please email Liz Bartels with any questions. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29.

United Power: Come Make Good Trouble in 2023!

January 22: North Lawndale Update

Come hear an update on our efforts to build 2,000 homes. We've made a lot of progress in 2022, but there's so much more we want to accomplish! 


Richard Townsell from North Lawndale will be joining us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, January 22 at 10:00am. Join us and get inspired to continue making Good Trouble in 2023!


February 18-20: Community Organizing Leadership Training 

Offered by United Power: this training will provide an overview of key concepts and critical components essential to building strong community groups and connecting those groups into a broad based organization necessary to create power.



Cost: $85.00. Scholarships available, speak to Courtney.


2022 Year-End Report

United Power’s work is tackling pressing issues in our communities—housing, mental health reform, gun violence—and holding the public and private sectors accountable for doing their part to address those issues. Learn more, check out the United Power year end report.

Curious? Want to Make an Impact? 

United Power’s next Collective Leadership Meeting will be on Thursday, January 26 from 7 – 8:30pmLeaders from member organizations across Chicago will join this meeting to plan our work for social justice, including how to engage with the mayoral candidates this spring. If you're interested in learning more or getting more involved in our social justice work, you're invited to join us in representing All Saints at this meeting. 


Contact: Barbara Manley at or 312-953–8802.

Food donation needed for RCS After School Pantries

On the first and second Thursdays of each month, Ravenswood Community Services distributes a variety of grocery items from the dismissal doors of Goudy, McCutcheon, and Brenneman Elementary Schools. 


The program is seeking donations of food items to stock the pantry for the upcoming months.  Specific items are needed - 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.

Can You Help Veterans Make Their Homes Complete?

We’re collecting gently used (or new) small kitchen items - especially flatware, utensils, and anything needed for cooking. The Midwest Veteran’s Closet in North Chicago helps veterans and active military to transition from homeless to housed. A list of those needs can be found here.

We'll set up a box at the Church entrance to collect all donated items for four weeks starting January 22. We can also do car-to-car transfer on Sundays for larger loads or call Katie Nolan at 573-727-9164 for pick-up. We'll transport items to the site in North Chicago. 

Any questions you have about this endeavor please contact Katie Nolan or Therese Stasik at

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.

If enough of us from All Saints participate, we'll host our own book discussion after Easter. The Diocesan Peace and Justice Committee will also offer online discussions on Zoom on April 13 and April 25 at 7 pm.

Pre-Lenten Men’s Retreat 2023

February 10-11

The 20th Annual Diocesan Pre-Lenten Men’s Retreat will be held at the DeKoven Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin from Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11. This 24-hour event will be the first in-person Diocesan Men’s Retreat since February 2020, following a two-year break due to COVID.

The retreat will be led by Bishop Whayne Hougland Jr., interim rector of St. Chrysostom’s. The theme of the retreat is “Renewal and New Beginnings.” Find more details and a registration form online.

Like to cook? Volunteer for Love on a Plate! 

Cooking and delivering a meal to a parishioner in need is a great way to connect with other members of the congregation. It also helps make some of life’s challenging chapters — illness, grief, welcoming a new baby — a little easier and less lonely. No minimum commitment required.

Email Kelly McNees to add your name to our volunteer email list and receive a message when care opportunities arise. Participate when you can and help lighten someone’s load! 

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 reading plan starting in 2023. 

The All Saints Book Club continues to meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM on Zoom. If you are not a regular attendee, email Mike Burke at for a meeting invite and our spring schedule.

Our next scheduled meeting will be on February 9, 2023 during which we'll discuss A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

Seeking Adult Acolytes

Have you been wanting to become more involved in our liturgy? Are you intrigued by the idea of leading the procession into church by carrying a cross? Would you like to help set the table and making sure the presiders have all they need? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perhaps you’d like to serve as an Adult Acolyte for the 11:00am service. There will be a training on Sunday, January 22 from 12:30-1:30pm for anyone interested in learning more. 

Please email Courtney if you have any questions.

We Pray For

Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: especially for Lynn Goodman, Cynthia Flores, Jenna Rabideaux, Cynthia Flores, Hubert Hawbecker, Janet Morris Jones, Bob Hannah, Berenice Mascorro, Lori Fitzgerald, and for those whose hurt, burdens, and fears go unspoken.

For those on our long-term prayer list: 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; all affected by the pandemic; and our brothers and sisters in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Renk, Sudan; and throughout Latin America and East Africa

For those who celebrate birthdays this week:

1/22 - Kathy Rutledge

1/23 - Betty Douglas

1/24 - John Williams

1/25 - Tina Tchen

1/26 - Alison White, Jodi Hoard, Daniel Barron

1/27 - Debby Maddox, Rich Futrell

1/28 - Ada Medill

For those who have died: for Sandra Hazen Burke, sister of Lynda Hazen. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, and may God comfort those who grieve.

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

please email:

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