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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Weekly Message for December 17

Weekly Message for December 17

Dear Friends,    

Tomorrow is our long awaited and much anticipated #HamiltonMeetsJesus Christmas pageant. As I write this note, I remember Fonzi and the writers’ of that beloved 70s TV show, Happy Days, and conclude that this year’s pageant may truly have "jumped the shark." That said, our young people have spent an inordinate amount of time working on this year’s production. Tomorrow you will see that the camel and sheep legislators are busy amending the celestial republic’s founding documents, the shepherds are trying to figure out their new tax bills, the innkeeper offers Joseph some sage advice, “Smile more, talk less,” Mary is adjusting to a new donkey, the archangels have an opening rap that really puts some flesh on the notion of the virgin birth, and King Herod is quite sure that the immigrant Wise Men will be back. All of which is to say, it’s pretty much business as usual for the All Saints’ Christmas Pageant which will be premiering at the 9 and 11 o’clock worship services. 

In the midst of the Hamilton hoopla one truth I hope to offer to all of us is that God, in the infant Jesus, came into this world to show each of us the unending power of love. While Alexander Hamilton and the founding parents of our republic took a step toward liberty and justice, I invite you to remember and hold dear that the real revolution, the true up-ending of our world, comes not through government policy, but through our ability to live our lives in such a way that the love of God is made real in all we do. Please let that revolution begin.

To avoid donkeys, camels, and chaos, attend the 8:00 service and then return for the absolutely amazing Advent and Christmas Lessons and Carols that our choir will be offering at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon. To end a long day at 5:30 we’ll all journey to the back room of O’Shaughnessy’s Pub for Beer and Caroling! At noon—we’ll be serving a light lunch and transforming our sanctuary from Advent austerity to Christmas greenery. Please come and join in any or all the activities that may feed your soul in this season of expectation and birth. 

All my very best to you on this my MOST FAVORITE WEEKEND of the year,

Bonnie

Working Against the Virus of Racism

Working Against the Virus of Racism

kellybdWe are very excited that the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will be spending a weekend with us this fall, September 23 and 24. Kelly was formerly the Canon Theologian at our National Cathedral. In the fall she will become the first Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, now located at Union Theological Seminary. We've invited Kelly to spend the weekend with us so that we might again return to our work on confronting racism. Kelly is an amazing preacher and theologian and we are beyond honored that she is making time in her incredibly busy schedule to be with us. Look for more details in the next few weeks on the spirituality and theology that we will be exploring together. 

In the event that you find yourself looking for some interesting summer reading, here are some books she has suggested we investigate: HomecomingThe Color of Law, and one by Kelly called Stand Your Ground. She also suggested that watching 13th on Netflix would be helpful.

Racism is an issue that we are called to confront and challenge and end. It is not something that will just die a gentle death. Our hope is that with our time with Kelly and one another, we may again return to this important work. 

All Saints' Book Club

All Saints' Book Club

midnightFall Reading List Selected

The All Saints Book Club has defined its reading list through the fall. The meetings start at 7:30 PM usually at the home of a member. The locations and further details are on our Facebook page. Here is the schedule for the next several months:

  • August 10 - "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt
  • September 14 - "Operation Breadbasket" by Martin Deppe (meet in the Reading Room at the church)
  • October 12 - "Saints and Villains" by Denise Giardina
  • November 9 - "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson
  • December 14 - Pick your own poetry book and share favorite poem(s)

For additional information, contact Mike Burke (mebcat@gmail.com)

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!

Evening Prayer at The Breakers

Evening Prayer at The Breakers

 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!

 

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.

New Opportunity: Hospitality Ministry

New Opportunity: Hospitality Ministry

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.

Join Our Member Directory!

Join Our Member Directory!

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 website@allsaintschicago.org and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

Love on a Plate

Love on a Plate

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 care@allsaintschicago.org. You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.

 

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 

This OLD Church

This OLD Church

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.
 
 
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.