Make Your Pledge to All Saints’

Prepare Ye the Way…

Godspell anyone?
Remember the song?
Remember going and seeing theater, or music, or sporting events? 

We will do that again. We will laugh, cry, and celebrate with each other again in person without the need for masks. It will happen. We are so looking forward to those days. It really will be a Great Thanksgiving when we can look at all of the faces in our community and share the Peace like we did before.

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For now, though, we prepare. It seems like we are doing a lot of preparing. We are preparing ourselves and our families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are also preparing for a new rector. The search committee has been preparing the parish profile and other documents to welcome candidates to our church. We are preparing for change in our world. We are preparing for change in Washington now that the elections are behind us. We are preparing ourselves by becoming the change we want to see in the world. This means that we are taking action to make a positive impact on those around us — feeding the hungry, seeking justice, and creating peace — we are causing the will of God to be realized.

Preparing is not waiting. It is active and it is now.

We are preparing the way when we feed our neighbors through Ravenswood Community Services. We are preparing the way when we partner with Lawndale Christian Development Corporation to build new homes as part of the Greenlining Campaign. We are preparing the way when we fund schools in South Sudan with Bishop Joseph and ministries in Mexico with Padre Bayron. We are preparing the way as we ready our congregation to call and welcome a new rector.

All Saints’ is actively preparing the way, and we are doing it together. Even while we are apart.

We may not see you in person on Sunday mornings, or Tuesday Nights, or the other days of the week when we used to gather. What we can see, though, is your impact. Our presence may not be physically in the building, but it is felt in our community, our city, and in our world.

Let’s keep going. Let’s continue to ‘prepare ye the way’ by pledging to All Saints’ and each other.

This year we are asking you to make two pledges:

  • One is for our operating budget – to prepare the way, as we do each year, to do the ministries God has called us to do.
  • The second is to repair our Rectory. To fully prepare the way for our new rector we need to repair the place they will live. Due to deferred maintenance over many, many years, the rectory is not as ready to welcome our next rector as it needs to be.

Now is the time for us to make our financial pledges. We know you believe in making our world better. We see it in your actions. We see it in our community.

Please take one more action. Make two pledges to All Saints’ today. Together we will prepare ye the way.

Thanks,

Jack Garland & Katrina Kasten
Stewardship Co-Chairs


Rectory Restoration

Built in 1905, All Saint’s Rectory may be 22 years “newer” than our sanctuary, but you’d never know it. After years of delaying repairs and needed updates, it’s time to bring the exterior of the Rectory in line with the rest of our campus and make the interior warm and welcoming for our next Rector. 

Stephen Christy, Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, has been working with the architects, engineers and contractors who lovingly restored our church during the 1883 Project, to develop a plan for restoring the Rectory. Planned repairs include both exterior and interior work.   

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EXTERIOR

The Rectory exterior is in very poor condition, with work needed on the foundation, windows and doors, as well as the stucco siding. After decades of exposure to the weather, there is water damage and decay throughout. Work will include: 

  • Repairing window openings and replace windows
  • Repair wood and stucco
  • Repair brick and stone work
  • Prime and paint the exterior

INTERIOR

Interior work will include structural repairs and much needed updates, including: 

  • Repairing the stone foundation
  • Structural repairs to load bearing elements 
  • Replacing the century-old boiler system with forced-air HVAC including new ductwork, furnace and AC
  • Removing old, cloth-wrapped wiring and updating electrical with new outlets, switches and fixtures throughout
  • Repair and refinish floors
  • Install a sink in the first floor bathroom – yes, there is a bathroom without a sink
  • Repair cracks in walls and baseboards
  • Prime and paint throughout


Make a Pledge

This year we ask you to make two pledges:

  1. One is for our operating budget – to prepare the way, as we do each year, to do the ministries God has called us to do.
  2. The second is to repair our Rectory. To fully prepare the way for our new rector we need to repair the place they will live. Due to deferred maintenance over many, many years, the rectory is not as ready to welcome our next rector as it needs to be.
Parishioners signing in a light snowfall

Thank you.

Thank you for continuing to ‘prepare ye the way’ by pledging to All Saints’ and each other.