News for the Week of:

May 7, 2023

Dear Friends,


Thank you for showing up for our all-parish meeting on Zoom last Monday and for taking time to vote on our two resolutions: one to take a loan to pay our balloon payment on 4546 due to the diocese and one to take a loan to pay off our line of credit on the rectory. Well, the votes are in, and 141(!) of you voted, easily passing both resolutions (100% voted “yes” on the 4546 resolution; 98.5% voted “yes" on the Rectory resolution).


Our next step is to go to the Standing Committee (sort of like the Vestry for the Diocese) next week, share that our parish has approved the resolutions, and ask them to approve our taking these loans. It is required of parishes to get permission from the diocese before selling their property or taking mortgages on that property. We’ll let you know the results of our meeting next Friday!


But before then, I hope to see you this Sunday. We’re going to have a great time supporting our Mexico Outreach Ministry as we hear from Padre Bayron in a video greeting and have a quick fundraiser at a fun coffee hour with a piñata and delicious homemade Mexican food. See you church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+

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This Sunday, May 7, you can support our Mexico Outreach Ministry!

Jim Hanna writes, "Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone! All Saints will be celebrating Siete de Mayo this Sunday at 10:00am in the Parish Hall. The Mexico Outreach Committee invites you to a festive Hora del Cafe between services to recognize our continued support of the ministries of Padre Bayron Chanchavac in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Bayron, a friend of All Saints for over a decade, requires our assistance to fulfill his goals with minimal support from his local diocese, goals which include the development of lay leaders, increased programs for youth groups, and providing economic education for members of his congregations. Our initiative, El Efecto Mariposa, or the Butterfly Effect, recognizes that a small effort on our part can result in a significant change in the fortunes of Bayron's parishioners.

We hope to raise $6,000 during this year's fundraising push and that you will assist us in this important ministry. Please donate by connecting to this link to help reach our goal. You can also find a QR code in your Sunday bulletin. Thank you."

Please note: cash in this week's offertory plate will be given to our Mexico outreach ministry.

A Message from Ravenswood Community Services

Dear All Saints,

Many thanks for hosting another Ravenswood Run! Thanks for running, volunteering, cheering, and raising money to support the food pantry and community kitchen!! The proceeds will help RCS feed hundreds of our neighbors.


Lori Gee, Executive Director, RCS

Worship and Service at All Saints

Diocesan Confirmation at St. James’ Cathedral:

Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am

Join us on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am at our Cathedral downtown for a service during which people will be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. This service gathers folks from all over our diocese to make a mature public declaration of faith—the music, the service, and the preaching will be great. A number of folks in the Episcopal 101 class will participate.


All are welcome to join us at the Cathedral for this service!


But perhaps YOU would like to be confirmed or received? If so, contact Suzanne by email or phone (773-724-1352) by Monday morning so we can let the Cathedral know how many people we expect to join us.

May 2023 Baptism Preparation

Baptisms will be offered during our celebration of Pentecost during the 9:00 and 11:00am services, Sunday, May 28. If you're interested in baptism for your child, please let us know by visiting this page and filling out a Pre-Baptismal Form.

The preparation session for this service is on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00am, and little ones are absolutely welcome! If you have any questions, please email Suzanne.

Calling all young musicians, singers, their families, and friends! 

Youth Sunday is June 4, and that's just around the corner! We'd like to involve as many young musicians and singers as possible. We'd also like to have an intergenerational choir sing that morning. 

The multigenerational choir will sing one special song for Youth Sunday. Our Music Director Colin Collette will post the music and practice tracks online for you and your family to listen to and learn. We'll have one rehearsal on Saturday, May 27th, the week before. 

For more information or to sign up, please email Colin.

Calling All Liturgical Ministers

and All Interested in Being a Liturgical Minister

Liturgy is the “work of the people,” and it truly takes many people to create vibrant, meaningful, and welcoming liturgies each Sunday. We are so grateful for all who serve as liturgical ministers and welcome others to join.

On Saturday, June 3 from 9:00am - 12 noon, all liturgical ministers - Altar Guild, MC’s, Chalicers, Adult Acolytes, Ushers, Lectors, and Intercessors - and anyone who is interested in learning more or joining the corps of Liturgical Ministers are encouraged to join us for a time of training and reviewing, along with time for prayer and reflection. Please follow this link and sign up if you're able to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney or Suzanne.

Formation and Fellowship

Masking at All Saints

As we continue to evolve our response to Covid, the Vestry affirms that masks are welcome but optional at All Saints. During services, we'll have a small supply of extra masks available - please ask ushers if you'd like one. As always, please worship with us from home on our Facebook page during the 11:00am service if you or one of your children is sick or even feeling “under the weather.”


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.


Please note that we've had to reschedule our original May 7 book discussion date.

We are now hosting a discussion during coffee hour in the Rector's office on May 21.

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 [email protected] for a meeting invite and our spring schedule.

Our next scheduled meeting will be on May 11, 2023 during which we'll discuss The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (a banned book).

Outreach and Justice

What Makes You Angry? Upset? Saddened? 


Injustice ought to make us angry, upset, and/or saddened, especially if we or those we love are the ones being affected. Come join an All Saints Listening Session in the Parish Hall on either Wednesday, May 24 from 7:00-8:30pm or Sunday, June 11 from 12:30-2:00pm to share and hear each other’s personal stories. 


These Listening Sessions are an extremely important part of our social justice and community organizing (United Power) work and ministries. Our stories help us identify community problems so that we can bring systemic change to our community while deepening our relationships with each other. 


Won’t you join us? Sign up here.

Questions? Contact Courtney or Barbara Manley.

You can also call Barbara at 312-953-8802.

Love on a Plate

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the April 23 discussion of Love on a Plate, All Saints' care ministry providing short-term meal delivery for parishioners experiencing a life transition.

If you missed this talk and have a Love on a Plate experience to share, are interested in volunteering to cook, or just want to learn more, email Kelly McNees.

Care for Caregivers

Are you currently involved in caregiving for a parent, spouse, relative, or friend? Would you be interested in receiving information about an All Saints caregiver support group that would meet monthly to share experiences and resources and offer support around the challenges of caregiving? Please email Kelly McNees for more information. 

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 Julie Donalek, Anne Gellman, Patricio Gilchrist and the Gilchrist family, Richard Johnson, and for those whose hurt, burdens, and fears go unspoken.

For those on our long-term prayer list: Peg Deppe, 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: 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:

5/7 - Spencer Zirkelbach

5/8 - Kate Aquino, Polly Tangora, Staycie Flint

5/9 - Melissa Graves, Lynne Marek, Katie Roberts

5/10 - Julie Donalek, Sam Hernandez

5/11 - Mike Burke, Rick Lumsden

5/12 - Alice Erbach Barnfield, Margaret McCamant

5/13 - Mark Ballard

For those who celebrate anniversaries this week:

5/9 - Jeff & Sarah Wain

5/10 - Mashell & Anne Gellman, Bruce & Mary Merrill

For those who have died: 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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