This Sunday is the 21st running of the Ravenswood Run. Remember that we will not have our 8 or 9 o'clock worship services. We will, however, have our 11 o'clock worship service. People attending the 11:00 service will have rock star parking! I'll be preaching and Emily will be celebrating and our choir and Colin will be creating amazing music.
I'm currently attending a conference entitled, "The Unholy Trinity: Racism, Poverty, and Gun Violence." What stands out for me, in the midst of this Easter week, is how very intertwined are these three problems. All Saints has, at various times, invested efforts and money in each of these topics. Each is an enormous issue not readily solved. Yet it is clear that in order to live our beliefs and continue to move closer to the Reign of God, we must continue to address each of these issues and the inter-connectedness of each. In this time of Easter, as we relinquish despair, let us continue with renewed energy our work against this Unholy Trinity.
In our next step in this work, I invite you to join me and our staff as we celebrate parishioner The Rev. Martin Deppe's book Operation Breadbasket with a signing and discussion on Wednesday evening at 7:30. Martin was one of the founding pastors who brought the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King to Chicago. His book tells a portion of the Civil Rights History in the city of Chicago. There is much we can learn from our history to inform our future actions. Let us begin now.
Christ is risen from the dead. We can no longer be held captive by these bonds. One bit at a time, deeper and deeper still, I invite us to confront the evils of our world.
All the best,
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
The Ravenswood Run is this Sunday! And it isn't too late to register to run.
Or, just come out and cheer!
The race steps off at 8am. And don't forget: there will be no 8am or 9am services this week.
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm All Saints' parishioner The Rev. Martin Deppe recently published the book Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966-1971
This is the first full history of Operation Breadbasket, the interfaith economic justice program that transformed into Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH (now the Rainbow PUSH Coalition). Begun by Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement, Breadbasket was directed by Jackson. Martin was one of Breadbasket's founding pastors. He digs deeply into the program's past to update the meager narrative about Breadbasket, add details to King's and Jackson's roles, and tell Breadbasket's little-known story.
On Wednesday, April 26, All Saints' will host Martin for a discussion and book signing. If interested you can purchase the book for under $19 using the code number on this attached flyer and just bring the book along for signing! Some copies will be available for purchase on the 26th, as well.
Tuesday, April 25 5:00-8:00pm
Have you ever wanted to volunteer (more) at Ravenswood Community Services but can't because you're, well, parenting? This Tuesday, April 25, childcare will be available in the nursery from 5:00-8:00pm so that you can get involved!
The best time to arrive is either around 5:00-5:30pm to set up the dining room and food pantry and put the finishing touches on the meal, or around 6:15pm to serve the dinner and clean up the dining room. Stay for as long or as little as you like.
Things to know:
Please RSVP to Emily by Monday morning 4/24 to reserve your spot.
Cinco de Mayo Style- May 6 at 6pm
What you ask, is 'What's Cooking at All Saints?' It is a chance for parishioners to come together to prep, cook, and eat a meal, with both adult and equally attractive non-adult beverages. It is a chance for a small group to talk, to get to know each other, and to share fun cooking tips and hacks.
We are looking for 6-8 individuals to join us in the All Saints' Kitchen on May 6 at 6pm. Food (carnitas and more, perhaps) and beverages provided.
Please email Joe Wernette-Harnden to get in on the fun.
Save the Date! May 12th
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Reality Fair! On Friday, May 12th, RCS will bring this powerful learning experience to the seventh and eighth graders at Ravenswood School once again, and you can get in on the fun. Not familiar with Reality Fair? It's a financial literacy challenge where students receive a fictional job and a paycheck and attempt to navigate real-world monthly expenses without going bankrupt. We need volunteers to serve as bankers, utility company reps, travel agents, car salesmen, financial counselors and more. It's a three-hour commitment you won't forget!
To see Helen and Jen talk about the Reality Fair with Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries click here for the interview!
Individual Actions Towards Racial Equality
Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Recommendations
(re)imagining: Racial Justice Summit Sponsored by YWCA Evanston/North Shore:
Sundays at 2pm
We 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!
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.
Signup 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.
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.
Do 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.
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 email@example.com and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.
Join the All Saints' Care Ministry!
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.
Parishioner, 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.
|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|
Occasionally Bonnie's sermons are published on the Huffington Post. Here are some links.
November 15, 2015
October 4, 2015
September 6, 2015
December 24, 2014
November 30, 2014
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.
Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.
Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.