January 10, 2019
From the Associate Rector

Unsurprised by Love

This week, many of you likely received an email that looked like it could have come from me. This email was asking for your help to round up gift cards for a friend in need. Unfortunately, I never sent such an email which meant that my account was hacked. However, many of you from this community called to check in with me to say "this email seems strange, but if you do need something, call me," while others came by prepared to help because they saw a perceived need.

Despite the hacking, I cannot begin to tell you what joy it brought me to hear from so many of you ready and willing to help. You all have proven time and time again to be a community that is devoted to one another, that gives in meaningful and sacrificial ways, and that is intent on being love in the midst of a sometimes-chaotic world. Certainly, I wish I could say this was an epiphany -- but I already knew this about you. Thank you for being a caring and loving community to me, to one another, and to all those who come this way.

If you missed last Sunday, then you missed out on my reference to a song by the band Queen. Should you like to hear the song for its lyrics about the magi and the journey to Christ, or for the guitar solos, you may click here to listen to that song.

I look forward to celebrating the Baptism of our Lord with you this Sunday where we will have the opportunity to reaffirm our baptismal vows. If you have questions or curiosities about the baptismal vows, or about baptism in general, please call or email me.
Annual Meeting Soup Sign-up

Sign-up on the bulletin board to volunteer for the Soup Brigade and support our 2019 Annual Meeting diners on Sunday, January 27, 11am-1pm in Puhlman Hall. We need cooks (soup/salad/bread), servers, set-up and clean-up help. Please email Henry Eckstein for more details.
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.
Prayer Shawl Guild January 19

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, January 19, 2-4pm, at Mary Ellen Davis' house (744 Jonquil Terrace, Deerfield). New participants are always welcome; patterns are provided. Bring some refreshments to share if you like. Please email Mary Ellen to let her know if you can attend. We have a host for February, however if you can host in March or April, please contact Kristie Webber, Carolyn Eby or Mary Ellen Davis.
Equipping the Saints January 20

Equipping the Saints will continue their study of the book  White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by sociologist/academic/author Robin DiAngelo. They will meet Sunday, January 20, at 11:00am in the Church Lounge. All are invited and encouraged to read through the end of Chapter 11 in preparation for the session. Questions? Contact Sam Love.
Legal Assistance Foundation Discussion February 3
In 2018, St. A's Christian Outreach Commission (COC) made a grant of $3,300 to support the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) in providing free legal services in civil cases to the eligible poor. The COC invites you to attend an engaging talk about LAF on February 3 to hear from an LAF leadership representative about the work that LAF does to help the most vulnerable who cannot afford legal representation. The discussion will take place in the lounge on Sunday, February 3, following the service, and will include refreshments. Questions? Please contact Pam Shu.
Diocesan Antiracism Commission Hosts The Long Shadow
In January and February, the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago will host free screenings of The Long Shadow, a powerful documentary on the origins and legacy of slavery. Each screening will be followed by a conversation about strategies to build understanding and promote racial healing. The nearest screening currently scheduled will be held at St. Matthew's (2120 Lincoln St., Evanston) at 6:30pm, Wednesday, February 13. For  other screening dates and locations, please see the latest Diocesan eNewsletter. Please click here to learn more about the film and watch the trailer, and click here to rsvp to attend a screening.
Al-Anon/Alateen Workshop February 10
"The Road to Recovery," an open Al-Anon and Alateen workshop, will be held at St. Augustine's on Sunday, February 10, 1-4pm. All are welcome.
The office has accumulated more binders than we could ever need! Extras are in Puhlman Hall. If you could use a binder or two (or three or four!), please help yourself.
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, 1/10
7:30pm       Vestry meeting

Friday, 1/11
7:00am        Eucharist in the Chapel 

Sunday, 1/13
Second Sunday Food Drive
9:30am       Holy Eucharist
10:20am     Church School

Monday, 1/14
7:00pm       Education for Ministry

Wednesday, 1/16
7:30pm       Choir Rehearsal
Serving this Week:

9:30am Eucharist at the Church
The Rev. Andrew Suitter
Preacher The Rev. Andrew Suitter
Eucharistic Minister
Sam Love
Mary Ellen Davis, Jerry Todd
Leader of the Prayers Pam Shu
Chalice Bearers
Joy Witt, Terry Haight, Janice Hurley, Pam Shu
Carol Gourley, Martha Jacobson, Rick Daspit, Bruce Caris
Acolytes Jasmine Kelso, Rosie Kelso
Children's Crucifer Lauren Shedivy
Children's Book Bearer Asher Mysen
Children's Chapel Gray Curchin, Andrew Gill
Godly Play Dan Shedivy, Audrey Shedivy
Godly Quest Linda Laatsch, Beatrice Love
Feasting on the Word Mike Shedivy, Sarah Fields
Altar Guild Mary Ellen Davis, Tina Haight, Kathleen Todd
Good Samaritan
January 14-27 Kathleen Todd
kmarytodd@comcast.net(847)  475-1597
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, Kimberly Miller, Rev. Mark Sims, Schentrup family, Tim and Pam McCollum, Norm Mysen, Vivian, Holly, Luca, Jan Johnston, 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.
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