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October 13, 2023
Can't worship with us in person this Sunday?

Please join us on Sunday as we continue our series on “Conversations that Matter” with parishioner Deborah Alexander sharing her thoughts on the “Art of Witness.” Trained as a fine artist, Deborah has found that her creativity and faith have gone hand in hand throughout her career and her faith journey. 

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Deborah earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. After raising her family in Wisconsin, she settled in Chicago “for the love of the art community.”

Whether serving as an artist in residence at Moffit Cancer Center in Florida, or founding Double Portion, a soup kitchen which has been feeding guests for 20 years, Deborah’s creative and charitable initiatives have defined her life’s work. “I have found in bringing art and people together, conversations can be started and universally difficult topics such as end of life, gun violence, and mental health can be explored.” As a fine artist, Deborah works in a range of mediums, including oil painting, bronze casting and mixed medium. She will share some of her work with us on Sunday.

GRACELAND CEMETERY WALKING TOUR   Get into the spirit of All Souls’ Day with St. Chrys’ parishioner and Chicago history buff Bill Herzog, who will lead a walking tour of Graceland Cemetery that will include the Graceland graves of the known and not-so-well known personalities that have shaped Chicago’s history. All parishioners and friends are welcome to join the tour on October 28th kicking off at 1:30 pm from Graceland’s Main Entrance at 4001 North Clark Street (Clark & Irving Park.) The narrated tour will last until 3:00 pm. Limited parking may be found at the main entrance or along Irving Park, Clark Street or Montrose Avenue. The #22 Clark Street bus also stops at Irving Park. The afternoon is free of charge, but your RSVP is appreciated - [email protected]
“PRE-CHURCH” CHILDREN’S FORMATION CONTINUES   For students who have aged out of our Godly Play program (ages fourth grade and up), we’re offering something new. Older children are invited to “pre-church” every Sunday at 9:30 in the sanctuary. They’ll assist in getting things ready for the service, the acolytes will vest, and, most importantly, we’ll have a chance to talk about what they’re going to hear in the service that day and how they can connect to it. Please write to [email protected] with any questions.
YOUTH ACOLYTES WANTED   An acolyte is someone who participates in our services by carrying crosses and torches in our processions and assisting clergy during the service. Serving as an acolyte isn’t just for kids, but it is a wonderful way for young people to learn more about the service and how important they are to it. We are looking for youth to join our acolyte corps! If you have a child in fourth grade or older, please write to [email protected] or find Sophie after the service to learn more about signing them up.
Sunday School takes place during the 10:15 service. Children follow the cross to their classrooms during our opening hymn and return for Holy Communion. We continue to use our wonderful Montessori-based curriculum, Godly Play, with wonderful teachers from the parish. With enough support from volunteers, we hope to operate two age-appropriate classrooms each Sunday (Age 3- K & 1st -2nd Grade). More helpers are needed, so please consider volunteering to make this ministry possible. Formation for older kids to become worship leaders (acolytes, readers, etc.) will take place at 9:30am.
VOLUNTEER AT ST. CHRYSOSTOM’S!   If you'd like to volunteer at St. Chrysostom’s there are many opportunities to get involved! Serving on a Sunday as an Usher, in the Altar Guild, Flower Guild, or Hospitality Guild, as a lector, acolyte, lay eucharistic minister, or even a Sunday School teacher are all possible ways to help lead worship and serve our community. 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!
Acclaimed as one of the United States’ most phenomenal organists, Daryl Robinson makes his Chicago debut on our magnificent Fisk organ!

He has earned international acclaim from critics and audiences alike, being described as an artist with “… a driving muscular poetry underpinned by nimble technique and nuanced sense of style …” (Choir and Organ) and possessing “… flawless technique and rhythmic verve …” (The American Organist). Winner of both First Prize and Audience Prize in the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Performance. Mr. Robinson currently serves as Associate Professor of Organ and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.
Daryl plays an exciting program of works by Jeanne Demmessieux, Gaston Litaize, Louis Vierne, Melchior Schildt, J. S. Bach, Jason Roberts, and Rachel Laurin. The concert is free – contributions are gratefully accepted at the door.
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE   We are very pleased to announce the position of Rector of St. Chrysostom’s was officially posted as of August 4 and was open for 60 days.  We anticipate reviewing applications in October with interviews of the best candidates to follow. (View the Parish Profile)
As we continue the work we will endeavor to be better, more regular communicators. Our thanks go to all in our parish community for their patience, the thoughts and suggestions that they have passed along, and for the many prayers for this effort.
Judith Stockdale & Geoff Euston, co-chairs
2024 MEN’S RETREAT THIS FEBRUARY   The Diocese of Chicago’s 2024 Pre-Lenten Men’s Retreat will be held at the DeKoven Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin, from 5.00pm on Friday, February 9th, to 5.00pm on Saturday, February 10th, 2024. Our Retreat Leader will be the Rev. Dr. Sam Portaro, Theologian-in-Residence at St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago. The theme of the retreat is “The Nature of God”. Further details and registration details will be available during October of 2023. Questions? Email John Covell at [email protected].
Join us for the launch of Dorothy Ramm’s complete oral history of the parish after the service on Sunday, October 29. Our professional videographer has completed the work of recording Dorothy’s accounts of each period of the parish history from 1886 to 2022, along with her separate commentary on the development of important elements of our parish life over the years.  Dorothy’s oral histories have long been among the treasures of our parish, and it a reason to celebrate that her entire work will now be readily accessible to all on the parish YouTube channel and website.
MUSIC AT ST. CHRYSOSTOM'S: STARE AT THE SUN RETURNS OCT. 27   One of Chicago’s most esteemed choral ensembles returns for a brilliant program which includes the world premiere of the concert adaptation of Matthew Recio’s The Hollow, an immersive, outdoor, linear choral work commissioned in 2021 and produced in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, as well as works by David Lang, Evelin Seppar, Tõnu Kõrvits, and Eric Whitacre. Tickets are pay what you will with no minimum. Cash and card accepted at the door. For more information: www.stareatthesun.org
ST. CHRYSOSTOM’S BOOK CLUB   The St. Chrysostom’s Book Club has resumed its regular meetings, both in-person at the church and via Zoom. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and have lively, interesting discussions led by a different member each month, usually accompanied by mid-afternoon treats! We would love to have new members join us this fall. The books selected for the next few months and the discussion leader for each are below. Contact Dee Jarrett Dow ([email protected]) with any questions!

Nov. 8 - SAVED - A War Reporter’s Mission To Make It Home by Benjamin Hall, led by Pat White 
Dec. 13 - The Barbizon -The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren, led by Eleanor Tippens
GRIEF SUPPORT CIRCLE   St. Chrysostom’s offers a Grief Support Circle that provides a deep level of care for the grieving person who is interested in dealing with the emotions of life stresses following the death of a loved one. Our goal will be to support and pray for one other as we move forward through the loneliness and isolation of grief. We meet at 9:00 AM the 4th Sunday of each month in the Rector’s Study. Email Lynn Belding [email protected], or Mike Sammon at [email protected]
ST. CHRYS’ KITCHEN MINISTRY   St. Chrys’ Kitchen, our parish feeding ministry, offers weekly bagged lunches to people who need them. Parishioners and friends prepare lunch items and drop them off at the church every Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 AM. Each bag should include 1 sandwich (2 if possible), 1 snack, and 1 piece of fruit that’s easy to peel. 
We also serve a hot meal on the third Tuesday of each month on our campus at 1424 N. Dearborn from 4:30-5:00 PM.
Have questions, or interested in participating? Email [email protected].
ST. CHRYS’ CLOSET UPDATE   Response to our newest outreach initiative, St. Chrys’ Closet, has continued to be nothing short of remarkable, both in terms of the great need that exists in the refugee community, as well as the wonderful spirit of generosity that has risen to meet it! We’re excited to share that our friends at Church of the Ascension are joining in this work, and that the physical location of this ministry will now be on their premises at 1133 N. LaSalle Drive in Chicago. We at St. Chrysostom’s will continue to support this work with both our time and resources as we have done so far during this ongoing crisis. 
Items currently in the greatest need are: Suitcases – Housewares –
Men’s T-shirts – School-age children’s clothing – big storage bins
Please note: Donations for St. Chrys’ Closet will no longer be accepted at 1424 N. Dearborn. If you have items you’d like to donate, please contact the Parish Office (312.944.1083) Your generosity continues to be most appreciated!
THE CHIAPAS PROJECT   The Chiapas Project, a lay-led part of the Diocese of Chicago’s Companionship with the Diocese of Southwest Mexico, is an ongoing collaborative effort between four parishes: St. Chrysostom’s, Atonement, Our Savior, and Holy Comforter. Our link is with two churches in Chiapas, at San Cristobal (San Benito) and a mission church in the Mayan Highlands at Yochib (San Mateo). Our major projects now include funding a biweekly food pantry for 45 families facing food insecurity in San Cristobal, scholarships for the children, and a weekly healthcare worker who visits Yochib each Saturday.
Read the most current issue of the Chiapas Project Newsletter here!
Last Sunday’s St Francis Blessing of the Animals was wildly popular!
Thanks to all who came – humans and animals alike!
Photo credit: Del Hall
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