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May 12, 2023
Can't worship with us in person this Sunday? View the 10:15 AM Service broadcast on YouTube!
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.     Next sessions: May 14, June 4
Join us for this beautiful choral service of Evening Prayer, sung by the Choir of St Chrysostom’s Church!  The service will feature music by Bernard Rose, Herbert Howells, & Gerald Finzi; a light reception will follow. This will be the final opportunity to experience Choral Evensong for the 2022-23 program year!
UPCOMING WOSC EVENTS!   Please mark your calendars and plan to join the Women of St. Chrysostom’s for these exciting events in May!
May 19 - WOSC Annual Meeting - join us for lunch @ the Women's Athletic Club (evite to come)
May 25 - Art Institute - Guided Tour of the Van Gogh exhibit at The Art Institute (evite to come)
Purchase tickets now!
A thrilling evening of 17th century sonic splendor! The Newberry Consort and Bella Voce join forces to present a spectacular concert of works from Polyhymnia by Michael Praetorious for voices, strings, trombones, cornetts, dulcians, continuo, and trumpets. The music is juxtaposed with readings of texts written during and after the Thirty Years’ War, bringing to life Praetorius’s interpretation of Martin Luther’s instruction to “singen und sagen,” or “to sing and say” — a joyous universal musical sermon during a time of war and strife. For information and tickets: https://www.newberryconsort.org/singen
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 SUMMER FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC   We are indeed blessed to have, on the roster of the Choir of St. Chrysostom’s Church, twelve of the finest choral musicians in the city of Chicago. Their singing is a joy each week and enables us to continue our long tradition of offering sacred choral music of the highest quality to our parish, community, and the city! Summer choral music is not included in our annual budget but is supported by the generosity of parishioners and friends. We invite you, once again, to support our summer choral music by contributing to our fund for summer music. Your gift of $420 supports one Sunday’s quartet of singers, keeping our services vibrant during the summer months with anthems, solos, and service music. You can contribute online at https://onrealm.org/SaintC/give/summermusic or with a check to the parish office marked: SUMMER MUSIC. Thank you for your generosity!
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE   In the last two months, your Search Committee has analyzed responses to the congregation-wide survey that was held open in November and December.  Materials from the various small groups of parishioners held in December and January have been compiled. These sources have been the basis for a renewed Parish Profile, just now completed and approved by the Wardens. We have also drafted a document for the Office of Transitional Ministry (OTM), the official job posting to be seen only by eligible candidates.  These draft materials will be sent to the Diocese of Chicago for review immediately after Easter.  We hope for a prompt response so that the position of Rector of St. Chrysostom’s, Chicago can be nationally posted with the OTM.  Once it is “live” the position will remain open for 60 days. Shortly thereafter, the Search Committee will begin to review submissions. We appreciate all the input that so many of you have provided and welcome any questions – you may reach out to us at [email protected] any time!  -Judith Stockdale & Geoff Euston, co-chairs

STEWARDSHIP 2023   The 100% Campaign rolls on!  If you haven't already, we hope you will make your pledge today at https://onrealm.org/SaintC/-/form/pledge/23pledge, or by simply emailing our Director of Operations, Tim Crum, at [email protected]. We will be putting the names of all who make a 2023 pledge on the church website here: https://saintc.org/giving/. Each and every pledge is cherished here at St. Chrys—just as each and every member of our community is cherished.   And each and every pledge furthers the aims of the 100% Campaign, by emphasizing your commitment to membership in our congregation and in our community.
There is no wrong way to come up with an annual pledge amount. The Episcopal Church encourages people to “strive to tithe,” which means identifying a percentage of your household income to give to the work of God through your church, working incrementally year to year toward the Biblical standard of ten percent. The average 2022 pledge was $4,887. Helpful questions to ask yourself include, “What is my annual gift as a percentage of my income—and does this reflect my gratitude for God’s generosity in my life?”; “Do I feel good about my annual gift?”; and “Does my annual gift reflect the importance of St. Chrysostom’s in my life?” 
To those who have already made your pledge for 2023, thank you!

50 DAYS OF EASTER – Donate to make a difference!   This year St. Chrysostom’s is supporting 4 organizations, long known to the parish, who are bringing new life to the areas they touch: Deborah’s Place, St. Leonard’s HouseRefugee OneTell Me the Truth About Racism. Items can be shipped directly to the church, or you may drop them off at the parish office on Sundays or during weekday office hours. You can view the list and sign up via the QR code at left, or by clicking here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0544aeab2da5fe3-50days1?useFullSite=true#/
Featured this week: Tell Me the Truth About Racism  This storytelling program began at St. Chrysostom’s in 2021 through the engagement and support of families and 13 children who participated with perfect attendance. It has since gone on to inspire people around the country and Canada. We’re organizing materials and funding so that new communities can bring these faith based stories to their church communities. Please see the list for ways you can contribute.
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.
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