February 7, 2019
From the Interim Rector

Reflection: The Way of Welcome 

This past Sunday we welcomed new members. This coming Sunday we will commission the Search Committee and you will prepare to welcome a new rector. At the annual meeting two weeks ago, our table conversations revolved around questions about welcome and invited us to think about a time when we felt truly welcomed and a time when we did not and to then describe God's welcome and reflect on how we at St. A's can mirror that welcome in our common life.

One of the prayers we prayed when we welcomed the new members included the petition to "Help us to extend to them our heartfelt welcome as a glimpse of your own abundant hospitality." God's hospitality is pervasive throughout scripture and the people of God are encouraged to extend hospitality. The practice of hospitality was not unique to the early Christians however it was reinterpreted by them. Jesus modeled a radical expression of it as he extended and received hospitality with greater depth and meaning, by breaking down barriers between peoples, especially in his table fellowship. As hospitality was practiced by the early Christian communities, it became a distinguishing characteristic of those communities.

In our time, however, the once radical practice of hospitality has been domesticated to planning nice dinner parties, or used to describe the travel industry, or in many church settings, reduced to coffee hour and smiling greeters. During the past two decades there has been an effort to recover and reclaim Christian hospitality once again as a radical practice of the Christian community with theological and missional imperatives.

I wonder, how might we recapture hospitality as a central dimension of faithful living as we participate in God's renewing work in the world?
Suzi+
Email "Spoofing"
      
Email spoofing is when the sender of an email, typically spam, forges (spoofs) the email header "From" address so the email being sent appears to have been sent from a legitimate email address that is not the spammers own address.
Many thanks to everyone for letting us know that you received spoofed emails from Suzi. As you may recall, the same thing happened to Andrew not long ago. Unfortunately, the spoofed emails appear to come from an address very similar to their real email address. Please note their actual email address ( suzi.holding@staschurch.org; andrew.suitter@staschurch.org). If you receive an email from anything other than this, please do not open it and definitely do not reply to it. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you so much for your concern!
The Long Shadow Screening February 13
      
The Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is hosting free screenings of The Long Shadow, a powerful documentary on the origins and legacy of slavery. The screening will be followed by a conversation about strategies to build understanding and promote racial healing.  Please click here to learn more about the film and watch the trailer, and click here to rsvp to attend a screening. A group from St. A's will attend the screening at St. Matthew's (2120 Lincoln St., Evanston) at 6:30pm, next Wednesday, February 13. If you would like to join them, please contact Sam Love or any member of the Equipping the Saints group.
Prayer Shawl Guild February 16
 
Knitters and crocheters of any skill level (and those wanting to learn) are invited to the next gathering of the Prayer Shawl Ministry on Saturday, February 16, 2-4pm, at Carolyn Eby's house (609 Central Ave, Wilmette). New participants are always welcome; patterns are provided. Bring some refreshments to share if you like. Please contact Carolyn to let her know if you can attend. 

Also, please mark your calendar for the March gathering to be held Saturday, March 16, 2-4pm, at Kathleen Todd's home (2414 Thayer St, Evanston). 
Please contact Kathleen to let her know if you can attend. If you would like to host in April please see Mary Ellen Davis, Kristie Webber or Carolyn Eby. 
Family Promise Host Week February 17-24

Many thanks to those who have already signed up to help host our guests from Family Promise who are on their journeys from homelessness to independence. There are still plenty of opportunities for helpers: dinner prep/serving and overnighters.  Please  click here  to sign up to make our guests safe, comfortable and welcome. An opportunity not listed on the sign up is that of helping with shopping. If you feel called to help with this contact Julia Joehl. As always, please contact coordinators Kathy Gander or Julia Joehl if you have questions. All support of our ministry with Family Promise is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
March-September All-Parish Planning Meeting February 24
 
Snacks! Prizes! A chance to participate in one committee that the whole church has been commissioned to join! Bring your ideas and the date for an event you would like to host at St. A's between March and September as we gather for one hour after church in Puhlman Hall on Sunday, February 24. The rules: 1) One person's name goes on the list for each event, though many can help; 2) However the host plans that event will be the way it needs to go; 3) If no one volunteers to host, that event doesn't happen. Questions? Please contact Suzi.

New this year! We would like to begin having two coffee hour hosts per month (on 1st and 3rd Sundays) to get more involvement across the parish and to ease the burden on those who mysteriously replenish us with items like coffee cream, treats and more week in and week out. Unlike first Sunday, third Sunday coffee hour will have children's programming.
 
Shrove Tuesday Host Needed: Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be held Tuesday, March 5, from 5:00-7:30pm. If you would like to host this St. A's tradition, please contact Suzi as soon as possible.
St. Leonard's Ministries Fundraiser February 24

St. Leonard's Ministries is proud to partner with Victory Gardens Theater on Sunday, February 24, at 3:00pm for Pipeline, a breathtaking performance about the family and community impacts of the School to Prison Pipeline. A 1:30pm pre-show reception and a post-show panel discussion will accompany this St. Leonard's exclusive performance. 

Pipeline  Synopsis:  Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students, but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. With profound compassion and poetry, Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline brings to light parents' fears, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our inner city youth in an era of mass incarceration.

Click here to purchase tickets or for more information. Proceeds benefit St. Leonard's Ministries.  Questions? Email  Katie Gonzalez  or call her at 312-780-3192.
Mission Grant Award Applications Now Being Accepted

The Christian Outreach Commission is seeking parishioners who will serve as volunteer Champions for a community organization that does not yet have an existing relationship with St. A's. The 2019 cycle for accepting new applications for the St. Augustine's Mission Grant is now open. Visit St. A's
website  for the  application , the  2018-2019 Mission Grant Outreach Awards booklet , and other pertinent information about becoming a Champion for a community-based or other worthy group. Questions? Contact  Jerry Todd , Chair Person, Christian Outreach Commission.
Al-Anon/Alateen Workshop This Sunday
 
"The Road to Recovery," an open Al-Anon and Alateen workshop, will be held at St. Augustine's this Sunday, February 10, 1-4pm. All are welcome.
Announcements, Calendar, Prayer List Updates

If you would like to submit an announcement for our Thursday e-newsletter and Sunday bulletin, add an event to our church calendar, or add/delete a name on our prayer list, please send to Theresa Kimball, our Parish Administrator, at augustine@staschurch.org .

Please note: To include your one-paragraph submission in the Thursday Parish Life Connections and Announcements in the Sunday bulletin, it must be received  by 5:00pm the preceding Tuesday. Submissions received after that time will be included the following week. Submissions may be edited for length and content. 
Coming Events at St. Augustine's
Access St. Augustine's online calendar by clicking here.

Thursday, 2/7
7:00pm      Vestry Meeting

Friday, 2/8
7:00am        Eucharist in the Chapel

Sunday, 2/10
Second Sunday Food Collection
9:30am       Holy Eucharist
10:20pm    Church School

Monday, 2/11
7:00pm       Education for Ministry

Wednesday, 2/13
6:30pm        The Long Shadow Screening at St. Matthew's
No Choir Rehearsal
Serving this Week:

9:30am Eucharist at the Church
Presider
The Rev. Andrew Suitter
Preacher The Rev. Suzi Holding
Deacon The Rev. Sue Nebel
Eucharistic Minister
Mary Senn
Lectors
Pamela Shu, Debra Bonamici
Leader of the Prayers Linda Walker
Chalice Bearers
Janice Hurley, Terry Haight, Jim Bonamici,
Debra Bonamici
Ushers
Gray Curchin, Bruce Caris, Rick Daspit,
Debbie Buesing
Acolytes Rosie Kelso, Jasmine Kelso
Children's Crucifer Jack Curchin
Children's Book Bearer Edward McCall
Children's Chapel Elizabeth Rhodes, Linda Moser
Godly Play Rene Brandt, Jen Curchin
Godly Quest Juliet Kelso, Beatrice Love
Feasting on the Word Mike Shedivy, Sarah Fields
Altar Guild Joy Witt, Robin Bourne-Caris, Carol Telling
Good Samaritan
February 11-24 Carol & Demetrios Moschandreas
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We pray especially for
Al Ehrbar, Bill Klein, Betty Jenkins, Christine Sammel, Victoria Binz Whaley, Stephanie Kramer, Janice Hurley, Marna Miller, LuAnn Novak, Ted Stephan, Rev. Mark Sims, Schentrup family, Tim and Pam McCollum, Norm Mysen, Vivian, Holly, Bryan Caspersen, Henry Nebel, Catherine Sims, Debbie and Paul, Dana Thompson, Sarah Bryan Miller, Brian Wallach, Lois Overend, the Doughty family, Joanna Poole, Martha Smith, the Lacor family, George Murphy and family, Mary Jane McCluskey, the Lynch family, Gail, Steve Schwartzburg, Charlie Vernon, Phil, Brielle, Mary Lou, Tony Finney, Diane Wolfe, Regina, Gail Wakeen.
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