News for the Week of:

March 12, 2023

Dear Friends,


Well, wow! The All Saints’ Bake Auction—back in person for the first time since Covid!—was off-the-hook joyful! 


The Parish Hall felt like something out of Willy Wonka crossed with Cabaret crossed with The Great British Baking Show: wall-to-wall baked goods—some beautiful, some clever, many both—and your great energy, from our brilliant auctioneers to all of you laughing, competing to outbid one another while tracking items in the silent auction, to excited children, eager to see what their creations earned and to try their hand at bidding. 


We raised a ton of money—over $27K!—which is fabulous and with which we can help our partners do amazing things AND we had a ton of fun together—long-time members and brand-new folks, kids and adults gathered to do good in an old-fashioned, All Saints kind of way. 


Thank you, thank you, thank you! 


I don’t know about you, but no matter how crummy the week has been, a Sunday at All Saints brings me great hope and joy. See you in church!


Faithfully, Suzanne+

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Holy Week at All Saints

Sunday, April 2 (Palm Sunday)

Services at 8:00, 9:00, and 11:00am

Monday, April 3 (Holy Monday)

7:00pm Healing Prayer Service

Tuesday, April 4 (Holy Tuesday)

7:00pm (online) Evening Prayer

Wednesday, April 5 (Holy Wednesday)

7:00pm Service of Tenebrae

Thursday, April 6 (Maundy Thursday)

4:00 pm Maundy Thursday Preparation

6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Dinner and Foot Washing

7:00 pm Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 7 (Good Friday)

12:00pm Stations of the Cross

7:00pm Service with Meditation on the Cross

Saturday, April 8 (Holy Saturday)

10:00am Service of the Morning

8:00pm Easter Vigil with Great Fire, Salvation Storytelling, Baptisms, and First Eucharist of Easter

Sunday, April 9 (Easter Sunday)

Services at 8:00, 9:00, and 11:00am

Worship and Service at All Saints

Lenten Bible Study on Zoom -

Every Wednesday in March at 12:00pm

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Join us on Wednesdays in Lent to reflect on the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday. We'll meet every Wednesday in March from 12:00-12:45pm. You can find the readings here. We'll meet on zoom so that you can join us from home or work. You can join for any or all of the Wednesdays. 

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Solemn Communion

Eight All Saints children continue their preparation for the Solemn Communion Celebration to be held on Saturday, March 18 at 3:00pm. The Solemn Communion program offers children the opportunity to consider what it means to receive the Eucharist in a more thoughtful way.

Although children in the Episcopal Church receive bread and wine from the time of baptism, they're able to examine the meaning of this gift more deeply as they grow older. To do this, the group meets at a special time and place apart from regular Sunday School classes - five two-hour Saturday sessions finished with a day-long retreat that ends with a celebratory Eucharist.

The children participating this year are: Ada Medill, Bridget McDonald, Edvin Glessner, Isabella Maki, Joshua Harris, Sadie Landis, Willem Kapteyn-Dekkinga, and Stanley Housten. Please keep them and their leaders in your prayers during this time of preparation.

Palm Saturday Workshop

In preparation for Easter, All Saints will offer a “Palm Saturday” workshop on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00am to 2:30pm for children ages 5 to 12. A wonderful way to introduce children to the traditions and theology of of Holy Week, the day includes reflection, singing, and simple crafts centered on the events that took place in the last week of Christ’s life.

Lunch will be served with prayers and songs as we remember the evening Jesus and his friends celebrated Passover together. Friends and neighbors (from 5 to 12 years old) are welcome to join us - however, the group is limited to 20 children, so please reserve early. Parents of 5-year-olds should plan on attending with their child for the first part of the morning (10:00am to 12:00pm). We ask a $5.00 fee per child to help cover the cost of

materials and lunch.

If your child would like to attend, please reserve a spot by e-mailing Polly Tangora ( by Tuesday, March 28 so that we can plan for food and materials.

April 2023 Baptism Preparation

Baptisms will be offered at the Easter Vigil (8:00pm, Saturday, April 8) for adults, and on the Second Sunday of Easter (9:00 and 11:00am, Sunday, April 16) for children. If you're interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please let us know by visiting this page and filling out a Pre-Baptismal Form.

Preparation sessions are also offered and little ones are absolutely welcome! If you have any questions, pleasemail Suzanne.

Visiting a Beloved Parishioner: Clyde Propst

Clyde Propst, a long-time parishioner and director of our nursery, has just moved into assisted living at Lincolnwood Place (7000 N. McCormick Blvd., Lincolnwood).


While her memory is not as strong as it used to be, she would love to have visitors from All Saints and to see photos and hear stories of those for whom she used to care. If any of those former nursery and church school students can visit, that would be fabulous!

Contact Courtney or Suzanne for Clyde's unit number (required for when you visit), if you have questions, or would like some guidance about what makes a good visit.

Formation and Fellowship

All Saints Bake Auction 2023: THANK YOU!

Another Bake Auction is history! Thanks again for everyone who participated. Due to your incredible generosity, All Saints was able to raise over $27,000 in just one hour for our partners in Africa.

Calling all visual artists!

Do you draw, paint, or illustrate? Work with fabric or mixed media? We need you! We'd like to gather a group of visual artists to look at our space and help the assembly prayerfully enter each liturgical season with the aid of liturgical art and environment (just as we did with our Lenten cross).

For more information or to get involved, please contact Colin by phone (773-750-8237) or by email.

Green Team Update: we are composting! 

As promised during the Annual Meeting, All Saints is moving forward with a Waste Reduction plan. You'll notice ALL of our single use items are compostable and can be disposed of in the compost bucket stored in the parish hall.

Please pay close attention to where waste, compostables, and recyclable items go (there are signs). Please DO NOT bring any non-compostable single use items (plates, cups, utensils, etc.). 

When washable cups, plates, and utensils are not possible, please use only the compostable items, which are located in the reading room cabinet and in the small white cabinet in the parish hall.

Questions? Contact Allison Loecke.

All Saints Youth Group

The All Saints Youth Group (ASYG) continues to meet in the Parish Hall on the second and fourth Sundays of each 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 this Sunday, March 12.

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 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.

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.

Outreach and Justice

United Power Action with Chicago’s Mayoral Candidates

United Power is holding an action on Sunday, March 19th at 3:30 PM. We'll join with at least 250 fellow United Power members at Harmony Community Church, 1908 S Millard to seek the public commitment of both candidates for a larger action, if elected. We'll highlight Reclaiming Chicago and hear from the candidates on how they will act on Reclaiming Chicago and other issues. 

We've committed to bring 25 people to this action. Sign up here to join us. Our presence at this action bears witness to our belief that our neighbors in North Lawndale, Back of the Yards, Chicago Lawn, and Roseland do not stand alone in fighting for vibrant communities and affordable housing for working families.

Want to know more? Contact Courtney or Barbara Manley.

Saint Leonard's at Coffee Hour

Join us on Sunday, March 19 during the 10:00am coffee hour to learn more about the work of Saint Leonard’s Ministries, an Episcopal agency located on the Near West side of Chicago.

Saint Leonard’s empowers formerly incarcerated persons to lead whole and productive lives through access to an array of services such as housing, life skills, behavioral health, and workforce development all on one campus. The Rev. Wes Smedley, Mission & Strategic Advancement Manager and Chaplain, along with other staff and residents will join us for conversation. It promises to be an engaging and inspiring event. 

For more information, visit their website.

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.

We Pray For

Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: especially for Ann Beal, Carol Reese, Ahn Gallagher, Addison Fawley, Karen Sims, Linda Porterfield, Scott Porterfield, Susie Griffith, Phyllis Elaine Bettison, Sarah Booten, Mary K. Williams, and for those whose hurt, burdens, and fears go unspoken.

For those on our long-term prayer list: 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: those in Turkey and Syria affected by the earthquake, 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 our Catechumens as they prepare for baptism at the Easter Vigil: Cay Allan, Jacob Farmer, and Stephanie Marinelli.

For our children preparing for their solemn communion: Ada Medill, Bridget McDonald, Edvin Glessner, Isabella Maki, Joshua Harris, Sadie Landis, Willem Kapteyn-Dekkinga, and Stanley Housten

For those who celebrate birthdays this week:

3/12 - Jane Schaefer, Mashell Gellman, Russell DeAngelus

3/14 - Michelle McConnell, Lilly Soyster

3/15 - Sarah Wain

3/16 - Marietta Bowman, Jeremiah Dieckmann

3/18 - Jennifer Moore, Carmichael Washington

For those who celebrate anniversaries this week:

3/12 - Alison White & Mary Roberts

3/14 - Helen Poot & Mike Mattson

For those who have died: especially for George Mathew, father of Arun Mathew and father-in-law of Sandhya Mathew; Lynn Goodman, mother of Colby Maddox; and Bill Porterfield, father of Scott Porterfield and father-in-law of Susie Griffith. May their souls 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,

visit our webpage.

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