News for the Week of:

January 28, 2024

Dear Friends,


Here we are: The All Saints Annual Meeting: The Eras Tour is this Sunday at 10 am!

The news is good and the vibe is joyful!

Make sure you're ready for the day:

  • Friendship bracelets: wear your bracelets emblazoned with words that represent All Saints to you and be ready to swap them! Still need to make a bracelet? Come to the Parish Hall this Saturday between 10 am - Noon to pick up supplies or make bracelets while there.
  • Dress for the Occasion: Plan an outfit or just an accent from your favorite All Saints era or dress like you're heading to a Taylor Swift concert!
  • Contribute to the buffet: Share an appetizer or finger food from your youth to represent the various eras at All Saints. Now is your chance to explore cucumber sandwiches and pigs in a blanket . . .
  • Worship at 8 am or 9 am: Our fabulous outgoing co-warden Susie Griffith is preaching, and there is no 11 am service.
  • Do Your Homework: Look for the Annual Meeting email tomorrow that will contain the Annual Report with Financials, Rules of Order, and link to the Zoom Meeting. Review last year's minutes, the candidates for elections, and the financials so you're ready to vote! Download the report on your phone so you can reference during the meeting; we're only printing a handful of paper copies (at 55 pages, they have a cost, environmentally and financially).

Not many churches can say that one of the great events of their year is the Annual Meeting, but for us, it's a can't miss event!

See you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+

The All Saints Annual Meeting is this Sunday!

Sunday, January 28 at 10:00am

Services at 8:00 & 9:00am

There is no 11:00am Service

Joyous. Festive. Entertaining. Fun & Informative.

We'll share food and stories and dream about the upcoming year, our ERA!

It’s sort of like the State of the Union but without partisan drama.

AND, we'll handle the business of the church: review the past year, examine past financials, receive the budget passed by vestry for the current year, elect members to the vestry and delegates to diocesan convention.

Be on the lookout for an email on Saturday with all the relevant details, including the Annual Meeting Report and Zoom info if you're joining us remotely.


Bring your All Saints Friendship Bracelets to the Annual Meeting.

We'll be swapping them!

If you don't have any bracelets, we have great supplies!

Come to the Parish Hall this Saturday 10 am - Noon

to pick up supplies or stay and make bracelets there!

You can also make bracelets during the Annual Meeting. 

Get in the spirit of Annual Meeting:

Dress up from your favorite All Saints Era

or in your favorite Swiftie outfit!

All Saints Annual Meeting Elections


Ann McKenzie and Chester Jones (Vote for 1)

Vestry, Three-Year Term

Halley Hoffman, Josephine Koo, and Gretchen Schlabach (Vote for 3)

Vestry, One-Year Term

Tobias Lohse and José Sanchez-Perry (Vote for 2)

Diocesan Convention Delegates

Annie Logue, Jennifer Reft, and Skip Yates (vote for 3)

Diocesan Convention Delegate, Alternate

Lynn Bower (vote for 1)


Bake Auction

Bakers, Start Your Ovens

 Shine up your baking pans and get ready for our 24th annual Bake Auction!

Sunday, March 3


The kids of Atrium III will be cruising by this Sunday’s annual meeting with more information.


Help Craft the Prayers of the People for Lent!

Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00pm on Zoom

We invite you - the people of God - to join us for reflection and conversation as we prepare to write the prayers of the people for this season. Where, as the body of Christ, have we broken the covenantal promises of our baptism? How is God inviting us to return? What does our communal prayer mean or do in this season of Lent - why does it matter? As we explore these questions, we hope to see where the Spirit is leading us - together - to return to our covenant with God. 

Learn More & Get Zoom Link

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.  


A Discussion for Trans Folks: Celebrate Who God Made You To Be

Sunday, February 4, 10:00am


Are you a trans or non-binary person who has or is planning to change your name and/or pronouns? Would you be interested in having your name or pronouns publicly affirmed by the All Saints community? Would you like to explore the connections between your trans identity and the promises made at your baptism? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we'ld love to hear from you!


All Saints is planning a renaming/repronouning as part of this year's Easter Vigil. As this is the first time we're trying something like this, we'd love to get input from people who'd like to be a part of it. Please join us in Suzanne's office on February 4 at 10:00am for an informational meeting to learn more.

All Saints Nursery Family Gatherings

Saturday, February 3 at 9:30-11:30am

We're holding monthly meet-ups for families with children in our Nursery (ages 0-3) 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 with little ones! Reach out to John Dufour ([email protected]) to be included in future communications.

Bishop Anderson House

Bishop Anderson House: Spiritual Care Visitor Training

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


Cross-Cultural Training hosted by Missio Dei Church

Wednesday, January 31 from 6:30-9:30pm.

Would you like to strengthen your cross-cultural skills?

Are you interested in befriending refugees in Chicago?


Members of the All Saints community are invited to attend a Cross-Cultural Training in Uptown. Training will be led by Exodus World Service, a refugee-serving organization that has enjoyed partnership with All Saints for many years. Cross-Cultural Training is a prerequisite for serving with ExodusNew Neighbor program, but it is open to everyone.

Learn More & Register

Volunteers Needed for January 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.



Serving This Sunday

8:00am Service
Altar Guild: Steve Larson

9:00am Service
Acolytes: Anderson Bergman & Jonah Kruse
Altar Guild: Margaret Dunn & Emily Feldhake
Chalice: Raquel Flores-Maki & Gretchen Schlabach
Intercessor: Raquel Flores-Maki
Lectors: Lorraine Langer
Ushers: Jim Hanna & Katie Nolan
11:00am Service
We Pray For

Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: especially for Carol Griffith, Billy Auth, Sandy, Liz Lashmet, Mark Cornell, 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:

1/28 - Ada Medill

1/29 - Jesse Marinelli

1/30 - Charlie Simokaitis

1/30 - Laura Youngberg

1/31 - Matthew Hanes

1/31 - Priscilla McGraw

2/01 - Lionel Joseph

2/03 - Stephen Christy

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

Request Prayer

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