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March 10, 2023
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NO 9:00 AM SUNDAY ADULT FORMATION THIS SUNDAY, 3-12   This Sunday’s Adult Formation session, which meets each week at 9:00 AM, is cancelled this Sunday, March 12. This session will resume at its usual time and location this coming Sunday, March 19!
WOSC is pleased to partner with St.Chrys' Kitchen feeding ministry to offer you a dining experience similar that served to our third Tuesday guests. Before the meal enjoy wine (not standard SCK offering!) and appetizers while visiting stations set up to show everyone attending why we say St. Chrys' Kitchen is so much more than just a meal! At the reception attendees can learn more about several important initiatives. Attendees can stop at the St. Chrys’ Kitchen informational table displaying some of the items we collect and distribute in cooperation with our various meal programs. We accept donations of plastic and large paper bags, and clothing of all kinds to send to numerous organizations. We need odds and ends silverware so we can stop using disposables/save the environment. YOU CAN ALSO DROP OFF DONATIONS THAT EVENING! You can also sign up or ask questions by emailing Liz Kohlbeck at [email protected].
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS “FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH” STUDY   The Young Professionals are kicking off a new Foundations of Faith study to explore the principles of our Christian faith from the ground up. Upcoming sessions are listed below. This will be a great opportunity to explore what we believe and why we believe it! Each session meets on Sunday at 11:30 in the Rector’s Study.     March 12 – March 26 – April 16 – April 30
MUSIC AT ST. CHRYSOSTOM’S PRESENTS CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN – CELEBRATE BACH’S BIRTHDAY WITH US FRIDAY, MARCH 24 AT 7:30 PM   Ars Musica Chicago returns for their annual celebration of Bach’s birthday with our coffeehouse concert. AMC plays music by Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and François Couperin.
Hannah De Priest, soprano           Benjamin Lenzmeier, baroque violin
Cora Swenson Lee, baroque cello            Brandon Acker, archlute
Jason J. Moy, harpsichord
Admission is FREE; a suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the performers.
Our congregation extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of

Alice Evangeline Moss

 Our beloved sister in Christ departed this life on Saturday, February 25, 2023

“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.”
Wisdom 3:1
A service in celebration of Alice's life will be held at St. Chrysostom's Church
Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 AM
Our congregation extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of 
David Squire Belding Jr. 
This beloved son of our sister Lynn Belding departed this life on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 
“The first things have passed away. And the one who was seated on the throne said, See, I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:4-5
A private service in celebration of David's life will be held at St. Chrysostom's Church in the coming weeks. Please keep the Belding family in your prayers.
Vox Venti presents the third concert of their inaugural season, “Incandescence”, a performance of radiant music on the themes of fire and light. Founded by composer/baritone/conductor Ed Frazier Davis in 2022, Vox Venti is a semi-professional ensemble of 30 singers from the Chicagoland area, dedicated to the synthesis and performance of unique, diverse, and emotionally powerful choral repertoire. Featured works include selections by Rollo Dilworth, Cecilia McDowall, Michael McGlynn, Stephen Paulus, Vox Venti's own Rhone Talsma, Eric Whitacre, and Zhou Long, plus Morten Lauridsen's iconic Fire Songs and the world premiere of a new commission from JD Daniel. 
SMALL GROUP ADULT FORMATION THIS LENT    This Lent the parish is gathering in small groups, virtually and in person to consider the spiritual wisdom of the wonderful book Jesus and the Disinheritedby Howard Thurman. This plainly written and accessible classic of theology offers a lens not only on the problems of its day (1940s) but continues to illuminate faith journeys of all people. Each week we’ll share a video reflection from parishioner Michelle Harrington, PhD in Christian Ethics from University of Chicago. Group leaders will facilitate a discussion and spiritual reflection with the group. The reading each week is short and our materials will offer summaries so everyone can participate. The following groups are scheduled. If you’re not already connected to one, please contact the church office by email ([email protected])  with your preference. Classes will begin starting February 28th. Visit https://saintc.org/small-group-adult-formation-this-lent for the most up-to-date information!
Sundays 8:45 am: At Church and On Zoom
Tuesdays 6:30pm: At Church 
Wednesdays 6:30pm: Streeterville Dinner Group *FULL*
Thursdays 10:00 am: Location TBD
Thursdays 5:30pm: At Church Family Group with Childcare
ADULT FORMATION - Sunday mornings 9:00-10:00   Lenten Adult formation will take parishioners into deeper reflection over the core practices of our faith. Rev. Whayne will lead the group in different offerings each week including Reconciliation, The Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Table, and preparation for Holy Week services.
Palm Sunday - 10:15 AM Choral Eucharist
Maundy Thursday - 6:30 PM Choral Eucharist with the Washing of Feet
Good Friday - 6:30 PM Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday
Easter Vigil - 6:30 PM Choral Eucharist
Easter Sunday - 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, 10:15 AM Choral Eucharist
The St. Chrysostom’s Book Club continues to meet both in-person and via Zoom! All are welcome to join. Please contact Anne Brinsmade ([email protected]) for more information.
April 12  The Lion House  Christopher Bellaigue. (Caroline Cracraft)
May 10  Operation Mincemeat  Ben MacIntyre  (Pat White)
VOLUNTEER AT ST. CHRYSOSTOM’S!   If you'd like to volunteer at St. Chrysostom’s there are many opportunities to get involved! Starting on a Sunday as an usher, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Hospitality Guild, lector, acolyte, lay eucharistic minister, Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, just contact the parish office or go online: www.saintc.org/ministries to learn more about volunteer service.  We are always looking for new volunteers!
The Organiste-Titulaire of St-Sulpice, Paris, returns for his fifth concert at St. Chrysostom’s! Daniel will play an exciting program of French organ music as well as finishing the concert with an improvisation on submitted themes. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the world’s most respected musicians here on our magnificent Fisk organ!
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE   The Search Committee is working diligently on drafting both our Parish Profile and candidate-facing documents. More specifically, the Parish Profile will be a public document which thoroughly describes our community, church facilities and ministries.  The OTM document is the official job posting and will only be seen by eligible candidates who are seeking a Rector position.  Once approved, the Chicago Diocese and Episcopal Church will post the documents, which will be available across the Episcopal community.  Once this occurs, the St. Chrysostom’s Rector position will officially be open for applications. We anticipate our posting will “go live” sometime in March and remain open for 60 days, after which the search committee will begin the process of reviewing the submissions and the discernment process. As always, you’re welcome to reach out to any committee member and access more information on the Church website: https://saintc.org/transition/

STEWARDSHIP 2023 – The 100% Campaign
We are in the midst of the 100% Campaign here at St. Chrysostom's.  The 100% Campaign will be running throughout the season of Lent and aims to demonstrate the strength and breadth of our very special community here at St. Chrysostom’s by inviting each and every one of us—from those who have been here for decades to those who have been here for weeks—to stand up and to be counted by making a 2023 financial pledge. We will be putting the names of all those who make a 2023 pledge on the church website here: https://saintc.org/giving/.  Thank you! If you are debating whether or not to make a pledge--or considering how much to pledge--St. Chrysostom's needs your support more than ever this year.  The truth is that we are behind on Stewardship--we've raised about $580k as compared to $800k+ by this time in the prior two years and to our goal of $925,000.   And this gap comes at a particularly difficult time.  As many of you also know, St. Chrysostom's is in the middle of a Rector search, and in order to attract the best candidates, the ones best suited to shape our community over the coming decade, it is important that we demonstrate that we have a strong, broad, and financially supportive community here at St. Chrysostom's. Whether you've been at St. Chrysostom's for weeks or for decades, please consider helping to fill the gap by making a pledge today at https://onrealm.org/SaintC/-/form/pledge/23pledge, or by simply emailing our Director of Operations, Tim Crum, at [email protected].  If you are interested in learning a little more about what a pledge is and what the money goes towards, please see this brochure here: https://saintc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Stewardship-Brochure-2023.pdf. To those who have already made your pledge for 2023, thank you!

REFUGEE SUPPORT “I was a stranger and ye took me in”    Refugees and asylum seekers arriving in sanctuary cities such as Chicago are in urgent need of welcome in the form of new or gently used clothing, including new adult and children’s underwear, warm winter items, hygiene-kit items and toiletries, and baby care supplies. They also need short- and long-term housing. If you can contribute donations, please bring them to the St. Chrysostom’s office. For questions or more details, or to make financial contributions, please contact Priscilla Read at [email protected]. If you can help locate lodging, please contact the Rev. Sandra Castillo, Diocesan Sanctuary Task Force Chair, at [email protected] or 773.899.3579.
FROM CHIAPAS WITH LOVE:  The over 100 children the St. Chrysostom’s Mission team worshiped with this past week in Chiapas send love and thanks for all the wonderful school supplies, toys, sports equipment, and other gifts you sent with us for  them.  At church services, Sunday School, dance and musical performances, programs for young women and girls, sports activities, Bibly Study and other times together, children and their parents heard about how much our church cares for them and their community ministries.  So often the team—The Rev. Conrad Selnick,John Craib-Cox, Mike Sammon,Anne Driscoll, Deb Shannon, and Judy Bross—found our conversation centered on Hope.  Through the pandemic our congregations more than doubled in both San Cristobal and in the tiny Mayan Highlands town of Yochib.  The number of scholarships given tripled and a Pantry to help the community now reaches over 60 families, thanks in part to our church’s donations and to the hard work of our partners in Chiapas. We are especially grateful to the Good Samaritan Fund which has supported the Pantry, Scholarships and special events for our churches there.   We will write more soon, but just wanted to thank you for making so many children so happy with your gifts.
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