All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

All Saints Day November 2015

Bonnie A. Perry

This is the day, this is the day, when all parts of our lives: mortal and eternal come together, with the beginning, the end and the middle. 

We who are here,
with little ones in our arms
and flags that flutter above,
we are the middle.
The middle. Us.
We who are happy, tired, excited or anxious, bewildered, sad or glad
—we are the ones
who are holding
the beginning and the end together
as best we can.

This day, this Day of the Dead, this All Saints Day
—we in the middle—
are here to remember
the building blocks of the strands of our DNA.
These flags above, the women, men, and children named on these flags,
they are the biological codes
of who we are and how we came to be.
The people of our families,
the friends of our lives,
the giants of our culture,
they have made us.

They have offered to us, bits and pieces of their lives,
wisdom, insights and stories,
love and care.
These people who flutter above us tell the backstory of our lives.




Judy Traverso, and her mother and aunts, Bea Muhleman, Norma Haddleton, Mary Lassiter—without whom this place, this place of faith would not be.

The Rt. Rev. William Wiedrich, Bishop Suffragen of this diocese. He saw hope and resurrection in this place when no one, no one else beyond those doors did.

Cindy Waldron, who brought her young daughter, Hilary, here and made a home when very few others were making that choice.

We remember Saints of this place, Saints of our lives.

Esther Propst—miss you and love you
Daisy Propst—Think of you often and miss you.

Rosa Parks “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Harriet Tubman “I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now that I was free.”

Thurgood Marshall “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody—a parent, a teacher, an ivy league crony or a few nuns bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”

James Baldwin “not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Janet Callahan—An Aunt like No Other. You kept my childhood alive in pictures and stories, and you loved us so deeply. Thank you for your wisdom and your beautiful laugh.

Dad I think I am becoming more like you as I get older. Wish I could ask your advice on things.

Chuck Doerr—I’m glad we danced at my wedding

Baby Eleanor—You were born too soon. Your family remembers you. Your twin brother will know about you.

Joan “the Queen” Steenhausen—Thank you for teaching me to speak. You’ll be glad to know I haven’t stopped since.

Grandpa Gould Your love for God was deep and evident. Thank you for sharing with us.

Nancy John Stone

Dear Uncle Eddie, Our family is not the same without you. Thank you for your generosity, your humor, your love. I hope and trust that you are singing and feasting with God.

Suella Henn—mentor, friend, sister in prayer & lover of God’s adventures. I can’t believe you’re gone. I think of you every day and am indelilibly glad for our short time together.

Lola Sherron—my aunt
Gloria—Dear Cousin and friend—hope the lemonade stand is doing well.

To Debbie—I miss sharing all of our memories; I miss your laugh and your love. Laurie down the street

Lily Lench—Tuesday night neighbor—we will miss you.

My mother—Bettie Joe Johnson born October 26, 1943—Died September 26, 2015

Mom I miss you Sparkle!!!

Melanie Fenton-Reichart, CPS Art Educator, Mother, Mentor Lost to Cancer too soon August 2015

John Michael Mroxzkowski Feb 1946- May 2015 Brother—uncle—Care provider—committee man, Art connoisseur, patron of the Arts, needlework artist, man of faith, friend

Ernie—the best dad! You taught me the importance of reaching out and helping others. Thank you. For sharing your beautiful heart with us! Love and Miss you.

Mom & Dad—Call me please.

Rita, Phipps & Mike my sister, my friend, my brother. I’m grateful for the gift of their lives. Peace to you now.

Wendy—the bunny: tomato, clover, noodles, flowers, apples, dandelion greens

Leo P Thornton Forever in our hearts. Beloved son, brother, nephew, grandson, patriot. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

Robert Welsh—my uncle Bob—ONE GOOD Man

Leonard Nimoy: Live long and prosper!

Carl I still miss you. Your loved ones are doing okay, but would be better with you xxoo

To the three timeless, wonderful people; you filled my life with so much. Not a day goes by that I don’t see your lovely faces and remember you fondly. Until we meet again: Dad, Mom and Moms: Nemecio Rivera, Celestina Rivera and Rick Hambel. I love you.

Karl Krause: Honorable, loving in pain. Please rest.

Grace Lee Boggs: Rest in Power

Dr. Sigmund Freud: Father of psychoanalysis. Champion of love and the dynamic unconscious…

Tom Lacy influential 5th grade teacher. Remembering you 40 years later.

Sofia and Gianna—Did you ever imagine the little seed you planted would grow to shelter so many nests? Thank you. 9:00

Grandma Ruth—These days you must be telling everyone in heaven how brilliant your great-grandson is. You always knew.

Henry Schoenstin, Maria Kazantsis Tikoff 9:00

Cheryl Dipenta—first female assistant V.P. of Bell Canada, who gave me courage

John and Winnie Irmen, Matthew Irmen

Nancy—best cat ever

Sweet Pea—are loved bunny from room 210

Sandra Bland and all other victims of police brutality and racism

Karl Lubenstein—Thank you for helping me figure out what kind of person I wanted to be and to come out and eventually find this church

Doug Beavan—always leave them wanting more

Good friends: Bernie, Sue, Earl, Dick, Butch, Homer, Bill, Bob, and Henry

Marigolde and Ken, My mom and dad, love and peace, Deb

Elaine, “Lainy” Garland—I know you are smiling down on the boys. Love you. Miss you.

Clara McCracken—Nanny you were such a strong woman, who was the center of our family. Fearless.

Gracen Harris July 2, 2009 to October 18, 2009

Charles and Lillian Mondi, Mary and Charlie Raucci

Winifred and John—Dance on 11:00

Robin Williams. Wow. Damn.

Linda Key October 11, 1953—May 16, 2015 Lunch Lady. Elvis Fan. Died suddenly not long before she had hoped to retire.

Victor Wernette 1920-2008 Grandfather, Farmer, Storyteller

Eleanor Knepper—beloved Aunt

Marilyn Wojciechowski July 14, 1931- December 13, 2004
Great cook, wrong way driver, and encourager of bad ideas. Faithful servant of God.

Margaret Harnden Jan 3, 1926- March 18, 2007 A fighter no matter what was thrown at her. Always wished the catholic priest that said her marriage wouldn’t last could have seen it last 62 years. She became an Episcopalian.

Guillermo Castro Good son, Good father and family man. Always in a good mood will always miss you and love you. God be with you.

Kathleen Chin—the voice in my head and my heart

Pete Seeger—your songs nourished generations

Julia—I think of you every day—your untimely death in South Sudan has left us all with grief and an aching awareness of how short life is

Paul & Minnie, Ruth and Mak: Ancestors of Renown

J. Norman Hildebrand “Superman”

Grandparents Chung—we miss you so much!

Warren S. Loud 1921-2010

Hugh Ambrose—Montana Southern Gentleman

Bob Cook Rector, Marine, Friend

Cassie Tiogloy, my beloved Aunt who raised me. Miss you, love you. This name:
“Ti-o-go-le” is the last in the line. Invented when my uncle emigrated from Sweden to avoid the law—there are no other Tiogoly’s in the world.

John Herman Kobs and Lauretta Kobs. We love you! Peter, Sarah, Julie

Nana Dwemoh, Baffour Adu-Owusu, Osei-Kwadwo, Gandmum

Bill, My father and my conscience—Bill Hartman Jr.

Magnolia, most loving animal companion who taught me patience, love, and strength to overcome adversities.

Grandpa: Ronald Ferguson 9:00

Troy Burris aka “Apple”. Took his own life, August 2015. I remember his as a happy guy. Rest in Peace “Surfer”

Grandma Madge

James Ward—Smart and generous dad. You are still missed and loved every day. You would have been an amazing grandpa. Love, Rich, Liz, Lilly and Julieete

Jean Ortlieb: Loving mother to seven children

Ruby Rosheuvel

Jane Varges, Diane Varges Thurlwell, Ann Mullin Renshaw

John Lennon and George Harrison

Robert Koehler Sr—Quiet man, WWII marine. Special Olympics sponsor, wrestling coach an inspirer of countless men. Beloved day and Grandpa

Bette—I miss harmonizing with you

Papa Roy, I love you and miss you

Helen Young, your little angel misses you

Derek Corbett: headmaster, teacher, saint

Frances Argento (if one person is looking down on us, protecting us, it’s her!) B 11

Community of artists: Molly, Julia, Erin, Russ

Number 14—Ernie Banks “lets play two”

Julian Bond—who said, “Violence is black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years worth of education.

Percy Seldge—Former hospital orderly recorded, “When a man loves a woman”

Allison Parker, 27 Adam Ward 24 Virginia Journalists murdered during a live broadcast

The Rev Clementa Pinckney, 41, The Rev. Sharonda Coleman Singleton 45, Tywanza Sanders 26, Ethel Lance 70, Susie Jackson 87, Cynthia Hurd, 54, Myra Thompson 59, Daniel Simmons Sr. 74, DePayne Middleton Doctor 49 --sometimes it seems as if the second amendment is slaughtering the first amendment.

Amelia Boynton, 104 years old. Civil rights activist beaten my Alabama State Troopers on “Bloody Sunday” First woman to run for a seat in Alabama legislature A live well lived.

Judy Traverso Mom, Warden, so resilant, funny, lover of all things frogs, caring, difficult, loving, faithful, so smart, a saint of All Saints. I miss you.

This person has many names. “Loved one” “Aunt” “Nancy”. All names associated with one person. When she took her life, our family was devastated. No more afternoon visits that thrilled us. No more sitting on the living room floor on a Sunday evening playing cards or a board game. These are all memories that we’ve made. I just wish we could have made more. “Aunt” Nancy Gee—a loving person to all who she crossed paths with, whether young or old.

Grandma and Grandpa O Your love and witness to God’s goodness are still alive.

Tio Pancho Descanse en paz Lo queremos mucho Martinez H
Des-can-se en paz . Lo Quer-emos mucho

Uncle Tom It’s only now that I realize how hard, how hard your life must have been. I hope it is always Christmas where you are.

Grandma—I like to think I got some of my best bits from you—storytelling, party throwing, expectation denying and generally being a badass! 11:00

The people who don’t have anyone to remember them. You still mattered.

Mom—even though its been almost a decade now which seems impossible. Even though a lot of time has passed, I feel you closer than ever. I am continuing to strive
to be the person you’d hoped I’d be.

Eric Morse Rest in Peace In 1995 he got thrown out of a 14th story window.

Caroline, my mom’s really close friend. Had three children. Died in a car accident.

Any trans child who has taken their life. They are accepted in my eyes.

Aunt Jeannette I am glad I got to meet you before you died. I wish I could still swim in your pool that was a great summer.

My cat, Touque, you were the one who was always at the end of the bed

My great-grandma Jiji who was almost a 100 (my grandma’s mom)

Emily Williams Grandmother to all

For Uncle David, who served us Fresca in cut crystal glasses

For Granny and Bob bob

Mother Cooper—she was 80 and would not be trifled with

The mighty Ken Mauro

Mom, whose heroes were James Dean, John Lennon, Gandhi and Yoda. Thanks for all the popcorn.

Tracy, you’re so missed (Sorry I know you’d be horrified to be brought to church! But you did like a good party.)

Holly (December 1, 1972—October 9, 2015) Dear Holly, We wish you great peace. You were such a beautiful friend, mother, and now an angel. You left us too soon, yet provided everyone with wonderful memories. We’re here for your lovely girls Bella and Alex and your loving husband David. Until we meet again, we’ll always love you. Love, Vanessa, Dave, Aimee, Addison and Laila

Marie, You nurtured my love of folk-dancing and introduced me to Manhattans. I will always remember your love of life and your steadfast love of all your friends

Dad, thinking of you and your creative problem solving! Who else would get a cat out of a tree, 20 feet up the tree—by getting out the chainsaw. We miss you. Love Dave, Venessa Aime and Addison and Lailal

Carol Smith—missing you at our annual family pieogie making.

Evelyn Remick Russell—Born 1910 oldest of three daughters. Beautiful woman, loving grandmother, Great grandmother to Theodore Remick Herman, being baptized today. We love you.

Dear Lydia and Joe, we miss you and love you

George Stocking—mentor, dragon-slayer

Nemo—a disabled fish with a big heart. RIP RIP forever, Nemo Lilly Soystar

Dear Grandpa, We got a puppy after you passed. His nme is Spikey he is a shitzu and his birthday is on April 11. We got him in June. I miss you. Your granddaughter Maya A. T.

Blanch and Fred the best parents ever—dancing in heaven.

Mom, I miss you all the time. Langon has started asking about Nanna. All of the kids wonder about you. I hope they continue to want to know you. I miss you---Carole Sue Gallagher July 24, 1941-February 15, 1999

Peter—you are missed more than ever

I miss you Dan—the best ever musician dentist

Papi Edwards, Lamia Beard, Ty “Nunee” Underwood, Yazmin Vash Payne, Ashton O’Hara—all Trans people murdered

Nanny, miss how you gave us lots of candy—Love Eli
Michael Jackson, George Washington, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln

Allan Brooke Wetzel 1933-2003 We miss you dad

Sean Bell, Tarika Wilson, Aiyana Jones, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Jonathan Ferrell, Mike Brown. Unarmed shot down. Dead by police

Brett Keller Gorman—We shared dorm rooms, apartments, tents and thirty years of memories, replete with your infectious laughter. Losing you earlier this year was like losing a part of my past. I still can’t believe you are gone. It wasn’t supposed to go this way…pondering the stars in the night sky will forever remind me of you. See you by the campfire.

Janan Jaber 1954-2007 Iraq
I never met you; you were killed by unknown shooters while working for UNICEF in Baghdad. But your wife youlena inspires me everyday with her commitment to forgiven her fellow Iraquis who killed you.

Marion McKenzie Born 1929. Lived with incredible energy. Prayed with determination. Opined often. Listened even more. Would have been a wonderful grandmother.

Virgil Delaney Drunken Angel of Tuesday nights. Died December 2004

Ewald Nicholas Bednorz, 1931-2015 survivor of both Nazi and Communist totalitarianism—and all the children of the Second World War now at rest.

Peter Burke—Has it been a year already? I’m sure you are looking down on your granddaughter with much chagrin as she navigates Europe. We miss you Uncle Peter! --Shelly

Spike McKenzie—Sam runs like the wind. Ella sees like a poet. They both remember grandpa. Wish you were still around to watch them grow.

Grandma Clara Youngberg Finch—I wish you could see the boys. Anton is so much like Dad, it would crack you up. He’s always up for a party and a stranger is just a friend he hasn’t met yet. You would love him.

The “Greatest Grandma” Verna Stewart

Jackson Chance Meghie November 11, 2011—September 7, 2012 Remembered with love.

Caryn Berman Thanks for paying me to eat ice cream and teaching me countless other ways to love life. Your humor and wisdom will never be forgotten. Miss you every day. Love you.

Lynda—so sorry you could find no other way to end your pain.

Dad, I’m lost. I need a swift kick in the pants or a quick work of encouragement But you are not here. I miss you.

Al Osekavage—the Great engineer—such great pain and never complained. He even put up with Gen!

Jake Brewer 1981—2015 who fought for justice and love above all

Len and Betty Becker

John Schaefer—He loved the Texas Hill Country, West Point, the Army, engineering, history, a good chicken fried steak and Western Swing, but most of all his family especially his 4 “little” girls.

Grandpa Bill, I miss your smile and gentle kindness. You’d love Andy and our boys. I still eat chocolate cake on your birthday—and mine.

Don Featherstone, Creator of the pink lawn flamingo.

Our Tuesday neighbor Miss Ellie

#8 Lawrence “Yogi” Berra “Where do you want to be buried, yogi?” “I don’t know surprise me!”

Pop Fahey—he let me date his daughter.

Baby Strauch We think of you with love

Evelyn Waugh—What a writer!

Sweet Gus Kitty—I miss your sweet face and your quiet grace

Blair Perkins Grumman 1936-2003
Your curiosity about the world, your generosity of spirit and infinite love for children –yours and others is missed everyday

My lost tiny baby and the lost babies of so many sweet friends all wanted and loved and missed

Barbara stewart, Grace Hansa, Bruce Ward

Mary and Tommy Hughes—surrogate grandparents dearest friends.

Phyllis rippey
Frank Caleb
Stephen Mark b11

My sweet Aunt Cathy—godmother and chocolate buddy. I love you and miss you so much.

Boomer! You’re a good boy. Woof

Big-Hearted Skip Klatt & his parents Bob and Jane

My Best Friend, Elizabeth Woodworth 1962—1991 No one would have loved this all Saints Celebration better than she. I’m sorry she never saw it.

Baby Strauch—we think of you often

Charlotte Elizabeth Carman Foote—One year? Can’t believe its already. A princess named after you (at least we like to say that) weddings, celebrations you are missed and remembered fondly Love H, G & S

Genevieve Takach, Wilbur Thompson

Lucas Lawson, Charles Lassiter Williams

Michael Garay, Gershon Yang, Harry Berger, Yury Kanzburg, Anatoliy Mayshot, Sumar Adleman
Jews who survived the holocaust, lost their families and came to America to build new lives and new families. They died in 2015. 70 years after the end of the war. May their stories never be forgotten.

Bronson P. Clark, a Quaker peace activist who always said the only conversations appropriate at a dinner table were: sex, religion and politics.

Nate Boyden whose sudden and tragic death is not a part of God’s plan. It is a wound to be carried into the Kingdom.

Ron Guffy—thank you for raising my husband you would love the boys.

Jack Muldoon—“It’s Spring—maybe All Saints should try to buy your house.”

This day we baptize, Jane, Theodore and Nora and then we will begin to give them
bits of wisdom,
times of insight
and mountains of love---
so that we may be for them, as those who flutter above and been for us.

It’s All Saints Day—a day made for the beginning, middle and the end. A day made for all of us.


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Dear Friends,

maryjaneI am so very sad to tell you that my Mom, MaryJane Fahey Perry, has died. I flew to Virginia last night to be with my Dad and siblings. I will fly back Saturday night and will be in church briefly, but mostly I am coming in to celebrate my spouse Susan's installation as Senior Pastor at People's Church this Sunday at 2:00pm. Please join me there if you are able.

All my best,

Friends, this Sunday, March 26, I will be away to attend the funeral of a close family friend, Andy Becker, who died in a plane crash last week at the age of 33. I am incredibly grateful to Carol Reese and Jeanne Wirpsa, who are stepping in to preside and preach, respectively, on short notice. I also am so grateful to Colin and the choir, who will be leading gorgeous music (like this song), and to Polly Tangora and others who will be making sure things run smoothly. The strength and faith and talent of this place run deep.

I am available by email and phone, and I'll return Sunday night.

We will send a note next week with information about services for MaryJane. In the mean time, I ask your prayers for Bonnie, her father Ray, and all of her family during this terribly difficult time.




People's Church of Chicago, Sunday March 26, 2pm

susanhBonnie invites you to join her for the installation of her spouse, The Rev. Dr. Susan Harlow, as Senior Pastor of The People's Church of Chicago this Sunday at 2pm. A reception will follow.

People's Church is located at 941 W Lawrence. Parking is available at 850 W. Lawrence at the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital Doctor's Office building. Although not required to park, use of this "permit" would be appreciated, as it helps give organizers notice as to which cars are connected to Peoples Church.

For more details, see the Facebook event here.


The Communications Summit previously scheduled for this Saturday, March 25, at 9:00am has been postponed, due to Bonnie's and Emily's last-minute travel. It will be rescheduled for later this spring. Stay tuned.


Sunday, April 2 at 10am

asygEver played Human Rock, Paper, Scissors? Ever jammed in a drum circle? Ever had in-depth conversations with teenagers about how faith matters in the ups and downs of our lives? I'm guessing the answers are "No," "Not really," and "Not since I was a teenager." Well, this could be your chance to change all that.

All Saints Youth Group, or ASYG, is (literally) a growing ministry, and we are looking for additional help. On April 2 during Coffee Hour, we will meet in the Parish Hall to share what ASYG is all about and provide information about the many ways you can help support, from joining the leadership team to simply dropping off dinner... and maybe play Human Rock, Paper, Scissors...


Wednesdays, March 8 -- April 12, 7:00-7:30pm 
Evening Prayer with music and candlelight will be offered at the high altar on Wednesdays throughout Lent. 

Come, join us in taking time to pause and listen for God.


Wednesdays, March 8 -- April 12, 7:30-9:00pm 
For those new to the Christian faith or to the Episcopal Church, our 6-week Inquirer's Class, led by both Bonnie and Emily, is an exploration of adult spirituality by way of a "spirited" romp through history, prayer, scriptures, theology, church polity, and more. 
This lively series offers space to question beliefs, imagine possibilities, learn about All Saints', and make new friends. If desired, it may also serve as preparation for the rite of confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church in May or June. Contact Emily with any questions.


Beginning now and ongoing 
The All Saints' Listening Group offers ministry of presence to any member(s) of our church family facing an important decision. Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your career or you're deciding where to move or go to school. The Listening Group is happy to gather with you and provide a supportive, nonjudgmental space in which you can think through your questions more deeply.
Gatherings typically run for a couple of hours and are scheduled as needed. If you're interested in meeting with the Listening Group, or if you're looking to serve on the ministry, please contact Jess Howsam Scholl at


Sunday mornings at 10:15 beginning March 19
The Screwtape Letters by the Christian apologist C. S Lewis never grow old precisely because they are about me, you, and the world we inhabit. In a series of letters, Screwtape guides the young demon - his nephew Wormwood -- through the finer points of temptation, the weaknesses and foibles of human beings, and the disaster of his patient becoming a Christian.
On Sundays March 19, 26 and April 2, Jim Nixon will lead a discussion of these very human letters from 10:15 to 11:15 AM in the Reading Room.
So get the book (easily available on Amazon or local booksellers), grab a cup of coffee and join us in a reading and discussion of this perennial classic. 
Any questions? Contact Jim via email or 678.910.4923.


Individual Actions Towards Racial Equality

Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Recommendations

(re)imagining: Racial Justice Summit Sponsored by YWCA Evanston/North Shore:

Thursday, April 6 from 6 - 8 pm
Friday, April 7 from 9 am - 4 pm
Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL
Goal: "To bring people of all ages and demographics together to deepen their understanding of their own racial identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans and engage with others."

For Information and Registration, click here

"The Scottsboro Boys" at Porchlight Theater through March 12th
A musical production that is getting rave reviews, "nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and presented in the style of the notorious "minstrel show", this true-life story of nine African American teenagers accused and put on trial in Memphis for a crime they did not commit is one America's most notorious episodes of injustice; inaugurating a wave of social changes leading up to the modern Civil Rights Movement."

For information and ticket prices, click here

Suggested reading, non-fiction: 
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson, January, 2017

This book has been described as "...a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted."

Recommended as a "companion piece to the film rather than a stand-alone book." One reviewer recommended "seeing the film first, and then using the book for meditation and revisiting afterward."

Volunteer opportunity: GROWING HOME "We have a vision of a world of healthy people and communities. Everyone deserves to have a good job, and everyone deserves to eat well." Since 2002, Growing Home has trained and employed and, most importantly, given a second chance to people with employment barriers. You may be familiar with their Wood Street farm in Englewood. Their farms are the first and only USDA-certified organic high-production urban farms in Chicago, and because they strive to also feed their community well, all their produce is grown, harvested, cleaned, and sold within a 20-mile radius. Read more at

Volunteer opportunity: Non-profit Reading In Motion has successfully refined its mission over its 30+ years to help give kindergarten and first grade students foundational reading skills they need to start on a path for lifetime learning. They partner with public school teachers and have been extremely successful in making a difference in children's lives. Click here for more info.


Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The Ravenswood Run website is officially open! 

Register now at their website here.

The race times (subject to change) will be 5k - 8:00 AM
Kid's Race - 9:00 AM.

Save the Date! May 12threalityf

The 11th annual Reality Fair will be held Friday morning at Ravenswood Elementary School. Please mark your calendars now, and we'll send more information and sign up instructions later. This is an incredible event which truly affects our children's lives.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Simokaitis or Helen Poot.

We're running low on paper and reusable bags for our Tuesday night pantry. Please bring us your extras! 
We will be taking donations on Tuesday evenings, M-F 9am-4pm, and on Sundays during church services. Look for the bins by the doors. Thanks for your help!

 Sundays at 2pm

breakersbibleWe are very excited to announce that every Sunday at 2:00 pm, All Saints' offers something new at the Breakers - An Evening Prayer Service! Our first event was Sunday, December 4th, and went marvelously well - we had 13 attendees! Folks are very pleased that there's a Protestant service being offered in addition to the current choices (which are Catholic and Moody Bible.) The Prayer Service itself is printed in large print and in bulletin style with scripture taken each week from the Common Lectionary.

The weekly service starts at 2:00 pm, upstairs on the second floor Meditation Room, and lasts about 15 minutes. Please contact Paul Mallatt if you have questions, or comments at 773-860-4649. When you can, stop by the Breakers (5333 N Sheridan Rd) where the parking is free (for 2 hours), the coffee is hot, and the folks are friendly!


Jeff Lee
Dear Polly and All Saint's Kids,
I am writing to you from a meeting of the board of Episcopal Relief & Development in Bogota, Columbia. We are meeting here to visit some of our partner ministries with people in need. I have seen the amazing results of this year's bake sale (in fact, I'm looking at photos of some of the cakes - wow!), and you have reminded me that we don't have to travel to Columbia or South Sudan to make a huge impact for the good of God's people.
I am so proud and grateful for you and the work you do. You guys are heroes. Our friends in South Sudan will be blessed by your effort.
In Christ,
Jeffrey D. Lee
Bishop of Chicago

Sundays at 10am

The phrase Imago Dei means the Image of God. Specifically, the image of God as it is found in humanity. The image of God in us - it is what makes us spiritual people - valued as whole and complete. What does it mean to creatively live as whole people? How do we live in relationship with others - respecting and sharing one another's security and one another's discomfort?

Join us on Sunday mornings between services as we figure out together how to help one another take practical responsibility for living in this world - especially as racial and spiritual beings.

True - our time will be uncomfortable because it will mean talking about race, violence, personal helplessness, and personal failure. Also true - this will be comforting and supportive because it will mean getting to be honest, practicing together, and caring for one another.

Every week we will ask one another "What have you done in these past 7 days with who you are and within your sphere of influence when it comes to the realities of race?" the answers will be different for each person and it won't be a competition. We will be lifting up the everyday choices we make and don't make. Sometimes we will like what happens and sometimes we won't.

And - we will be doing it together.

The Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants served by the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society were deeply moved by the notes of welcome from All Saints. We shared them at our community lunch on Thursday, and now they will hang in our conference room to remind people of your warm welcome in the days to come. Thanks!

Laura Youngberg

breadbakersSignup online to bake for a month

Calling all bakers! If you love the smell of fresh-baked bread filling your kitchen, please consider signing up to bake communion bread for our services. This involves a one-month commitment that you'll share with another baker, and you can do all your baking at once and add to the reserves in our freezer.

Signing up is easy, just click here for our page on Signup Genius and reserve your favorite month.

Contact Jennifer Simokaitis, or Anne Ellis if you have any questions.

Yard Signs Available 

Grow Community has created yard signs for anyone who would like to display support for our local public high schools. Signs and sign holders are available in the Reading Room.



Tuesdays 6:15-8:00pm 


RCS is looking for help serving and cleaning up after dinner on Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00pm.
If you're able to volunteer, contact Emily or Operations Manager Parker Callahan, or call 773-769-0282.


helloDo you feel called to create an open, welcoming, hospitable environment at All Saints? Do you like meeting and connecting with people? Join the new Hospitality Ministry! Members of the Hospitality Ministry will help the clergy and vestry create a welcoming culture by greeting new members, engaging new faces at coffee hour, and helping connect new members of All Saints with our various programs.

Interested? Contact Diane Doran or Michelle Mayes. Include "Hospitality Ministry" in the subject line.

Our new Associate Rector, Emily Williams Guffey, is enjoying getting to know everyone in our congregation. Help her put names and faces together by adding yourself to our online directory!

If you are a member of All Saints' and haven't already registered for the directory, please contact our resident web guru Jim Crandall at and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

Join the All Saints' Care Ministry! 

casseroleThe Care Ministry at All Saints' is a quiet one, simply providing meals after a new baby arrives, after surgery, during an illness. Because when life gets complicated, dinner is often the last thing on our minds--but sometimes a meal and visit from a friend is exactly what we need!

If you can provide a meal, give someone a ride, or run an errand once in awhile, please email You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.


tinaParishioner, Tina Tchen, accepts Bishop Maryann Budde's invitation to preach at the National Cathedral Sunday, May 8. Click here to see the video.


Please consider supporting the restoration project of our historic building. To make a donation, click here

1883 Construction web 

This week’s stories of the bell tower: The beams and posts in the bell tower are being filled with epoxy and fungicide to prevent future insect damage and to restore their strength and integrity. Here are some photos of the work currently taking place. Everywhere you see white is where the post or beam is being rebuilt, restored and protected.
The blue hue in the photo is from the tarp surrounding the bell tower enabling Ron Young and his crew to continue working in the dropping temperatures.

Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

Sunday Service Times

8:00 am Inclusive Language Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir
10:00 am Children's Church School
10:00 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir


Contact Us

4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Phone (773) 561-0111


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Bonnie on Huffington Post

Occasionally Bonnie's sermons are published on the Huffington Post. Here are some links.

Pain. Change. Hope.

November 15, 2015

What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today?

October 4, 2015

Wake Up Calls

September 6, 2015

Christmas Reminds Us That We, Like God, Are Human, Too

December 24, 2014

The Deep Sleep of Racial Oblivion: One Pastor's Sin of Omission

November 30, 2014

Pulpit Swap

The Pulpit Swap between St Thomas and All Saints is part of our ongoing effort to bring our parishes closer together as we engage in a conversation about systemic racism and how we can work together to forge new possibilities and outcomes.

Going Home—Changed

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.  

When Prayers Go Unanswered

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.