All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Why do we give to All Saints? Because All Saints gives to us.

Why do we give to All Saints? Because All Saints gives to us.

By Liz Futrell

Rich and I found All Saints about six years ago. We were both raised Catholic, but as adults our views (and even professions, as I work in family planning) diverged from the church. But when I was pregnant with our oldest daughter, Lily, we knew we wanted to baptize her and raise her in the church. We had just moved back to Chicago after years away and didn't have a church. But we had recently joined Rich's brother's family for Easter at their Episcopal church in Pittsburg, and I was struck by how similar the service was to the Catholic masses we had grown up attending—but joyful, and with a female priest!

We made a list of churches to visit. All Saints was first on our list, and, of course, once we came here, we felt no need to go anywhere else. But why do we give to All Saints?

One Sunday morning when Lily was a baby, we were sitting in the front row, and she was making noise. Bonnie just sauntered over, picked her up, and carried Lily around with her like it was nothing. She made us feel like our child belongs here.

That feeling has swelled over the past few years as wonderful Miss Clyde and Miss Polly and all of the Atrium teachers have lovingly cared for and taught our girls. But it's not just that this is a great community for the girls to grow up in—it's that they're being given a spiritual foundation. I've walked into our backyard to find Lily happily praying in the garden and pushed the girls around Mariano's in a cart while they joyfully belted out songs they sing in church school.

We give to All Saints because of what All Saints gives to our girls.

Admittedly, we came to All Saints more for our kids than for ourselves.

I had no idea back when we first came here how much I would grow to rely on this place and the people in it for a sense of peace and sustenance. Life feels a little more intense now than it did six years ago when we first came here. Kids, careers, frequent work travel, aging parents, loss of parents, politics, drive-by shootings, mass shootings. Every Sunday morning I know that no matter how gut-wrenching the news has been that week or how overwhelming the demands of life have felt, Bonnie and Emily's words of wisdom will help me put it all in perspective and prepare to navigate the week to come. I know that I can count on a couple of hours of peace and prayer. And I know that however busy the week has been and how little time we've had for our social lives, we will get to have coffee with good friends on Sunday morning.

We give because these things matter to us. It matters to us that when Rich's dad passed away this spring, Bonnie called us immediately, and Emily came to the funeral. It matters to us that when our dual international travel schedules overwhelmed our family in September, more than one friend from All Saints offered to help without hesitation. (Sometimes even just hearing the offer is all the support you need.) It matters to us that All Saints Day, the Christmas pageant, and so many other events and celebrations are so uniquely awesome here. We've evolved from complete sticker shock at the first bake auction we ever attended to now having a growing group of friends we can go in with on a really amazing cake.

All Saints has made our lives richer and sweeter, and that is why we give. Thank you.

 

Why I Give to All Saints

Why I Give to All Saints

analuzGood morning.

My name is Ana Luz, I have been a member of All Saints for about three years now. Though I may stay away at times, All Saints is a place I know I am welcomed and where I can grow and contribute.

Today I am grateful to have been invited to tell you why I give to this community.

All Saints fosters a culture of community among its members and neighbors.

It was almost Christmas when I first arrived here and Bonnie invited me to the church greening, which was to start after the last Sunday service and meant spending a whole day at church. The experience turned out by miles and miles less painful than that last part sounds. It was my first social event at All Saints. What stands out most to me of that early All Saints experience is the immediate warmth and welcoming spirit of this beautiful church and its people.

In this way, every Tuesday night All Saints is brought to life by neighbors and volunteers gathering for our weekly pantry and community dinner. I know that as soon as both volunteers and neighbors walk through our doors they experience what I felt that Sunday. Tuesday nights here are made special by the way parishioners, volunteers, and neighbors each week build a home in this space that rests on respect and understanding.

I whole-heartedly encourage you to experience a Tuesday night at All Saints.

All Saints supports and encourages its members to share their gifts with the parish and community.

Everyone has a gift to share, and All Saints is a place that strives to help you find yours or lets you express it. About two years ago I was encouraged to participate in the Bishop Anderson House Spiritual Care Visitor training. It's this experience that continues to provide me with opportunities to learn about myself, and the gifts I have to share. In this same way, I have seen how everyone at All Saints find their own way to contribute in the wonderful and much needed work the parish offers the community.

Whether it's through home and hospital visits for parishioners, facilitating a group, singing in the choir, hosting coffee hour...washing dishes on Tuesday night, cooking, baking to raise funds...No contribution is too small in this community.

All Saints is a place that encourages growth.

This community really is blessed with having two champions in Bonnie and Emily, and what I most admire about them is that together they encourage growth, both for their parish as a whole, but also in each of its members. They've made a space here for honest discussion and reflection on race, they've made All Saints a place where we not only pray about but also question and challenge the scourge of gun violence that plagues our city, and they create opportunities to learn about our faith and provide us an example how to give it meaning in our daily lives.

Thank you.

 

 

 

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Annual Meeting Jan. 28, 2018: Rector's Address

Annual Meeting Jan. 28, 2018: Rector's Address

Here is a link to download Bonnie's address.

Weekly Message for February 18

Weekly Message for February 18

Dear Friends,    

 

How much longer will the killing continue? 
 
Here are some groups and activities you might consider supporting with your time and your money: 
 
  • The IL Council Against Handgun Violence 
  • Moms Demand Action 
  • Gabby Giffords' PAC 

  • And here's a list of congressional representatives who have received the most amount of money from the National Rifle Association. Apparently they are all praying for the people in Florida directly affected by our country’s latest mass shooting. I invite you to pray for their souls and to drop them a note wondering if God is answering their prayers. Will it make a difference? I don’t know. But, being held hostage by a diabolical association that has convinced our elected officials that it is the God-given, constitutionally-sanctioned right of every American to wander around with a semi-automatic rifle is absurd. Seems like all of us ought to start loudly pointing out this insanity.
     
    I’ll be at the Moms Demand Action Lakeview gathering on the 24th of February. Let me know if you’d like to come with me. Please let me know what other courses of action you plan to take to end gun violence in our country.
     
    This evening, All Saints’ will be hosting a gathering for the friends, family, and neighbors of our long-term neighbor John Vanzo at 7:00. Tomorrow morning at 10:30 there will be a visitation in the sanctuary and a memorial service at 11:00 am. All are welcome. 
     
    I’m super excited that we will finally kick off the All Saints’ Youth Group with an overnight this Saturday. Please RSVP to Hilary Waldron if your 7-12 grade child is planning on attending. 
     
    Following the 11:00 Worship service we will have a Newcomer’s Brunch at O’Shaughnessy’s at 12:15. Please join us!
     
    This Sunday, Emily will be preaching, I’ll be celebrating, and our choir will be singing some wonderfully moving Lenten music. It seems like the right time to be praying and repenting. So please come and join me.
     
    All my best,
    Bonnie

     

    Memorial Service for John Vanzo

    Memorial Service for John Vanzo

    AUGUST 13 2013 11The memorial service for our friend and neighbor John Vanzo will be held at All Saints' this Saturday the 17th, at 11:00 am. There will be a visitation in the sanctuary prior to the service, beginning at 10:30am. All are welcome. 

    On Friday evening, the 16th, we will host a time of conversation and story telling for John's friends and family. All are invited from 7 to 9pm to share a drink, and hear and tell a favorite story of the very many sides of John.

    May John's soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

     

    Lenten Evening Prayer

    Lenten Evening Prayer

    On Thursdays, February 15-March 22, brief services of Evening Prayer will be offered at 7:00pm, with scripture, poetry, and song. Come find rest for your souls.

    Inquirers’ Class

    Inquirers’ Class

    On Thursdays, February 15—March 22, the Inquirers’ Class will take place in the Reading Room next to the sanctuary. Designed especially but not exclusively for those new to All Saints’ and/or the Episcopal Church, this 6-week series is an exploration of adult spirituality through history, prayer, scriptures, theology, church polity, and more. If desired, it may also serve as preparation for the rite of confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church in May or June.

    The book we’ll refer to occasionally in the class is called Jesus was an Episcopalian (and you can be one, too!): A Newcomer’s Guide to the Episcopal Church by Chris Yaw. If you’re interested in joining the class, consider getting a copy to look over.

    Contact Bonnie or Emily for more info.

    Bags for RCS

    Bags for RCS

    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!

    Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

    Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

    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.

    Donate to The 1883 Project

    Donate to The 1883 Project

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

    1883 Construction web 

    Fixing This Old Church

    Fixing This Old Church

    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

    Email info@allsaintschicago.org 

    Information about pastoral care.

     

     


    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.