Connecting at All Saints

Dear Friends,

I am writing this before Thanksgiving and am loving all the connection I’m seeing at All Saints. We welcomed a bunch of “old timers” back to All Saints on Sunday, folks returning to Chicago for the holidays who worshiped with us, gathering from as close as the Chicago suburbs and from as far as Montana and Ireland. We also got to welcome many of your family members who were in town to visit. 

After the 11:00am service, over 40 of you gathered for “It’s Just Lunch,” a casual lunch in the parish hall with no agenda other than gathering with folks to get to know them better. A HUGE thanks to Mark Piroch and Megan Turnquist for thinking of this and organizing it; I hope we’ll see more lunches in the future!

On Monday night, a dozen of you gathered at the Caregivers group for great conversation and much wisdom and guidance from parishioner Christina Kapteyn who is also a nurse specializing in the care of geriatric patients in their own homes. In this week’s newsletter, you’ll see that Joe Wernette-Hernden is seeing to gather educators for a similar group of support and comradery. 

One of the ways we know God best is by seeing the face of Christ in those around us, and one of the best ways to “practice” Christian virtues like humility, compassion, and care is to practice with folks in our church community. Seems like we’re getting lots of opportunity here these days!

And for that I give thanks. Hope you all have had some good days of rest and connection and giving thanks wherever you are.

See you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+