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May 26, 2023
Can't worship with us in person this Sunday? View the 10:15 AM Service broadcast on YouTube!
We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church this Sunday. To evoke the Spirit we’ll be reading the Lord’s Prayer in a variety of different languages. We’ll have several language versions printed in the bulletin for you to choose from if you like, but if you’d prefer to prepare the Lord’s prayer in a language close to you, we encourage you to do so!

We also invite everyone to continue the yearly tradition of wearing RED - the liturgical color associated with the Holy Spirit - as part of your Sunday morning outfit this week!
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!
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 session: June 4
The deadline is quickly approaching to register for St. Chrysostom’s 130th Anniversary Celebration! The evening of fellowship will also include the opportunity to bid on our wide collection of auction items, including golf outings, hotel packages, theater tickets, Bears and Cubs tickets, and dinners at some of the city’s finest restaurants. Use this link to purchase tickets https://StC130.givesmart.com
Purchase tickets now!
This Pentecost Sunday, May 28, will be the last Sunday we plan to staff our nursery here at St. Chrysostom’s. Children of all ages (and volumes!) are always welcome in the 10:15 service, whether it be in the pews or in our dedicated soft space.
This fun summer tradition is back! Come to church in your bathing suit on these Sundays: June 25th, July 30th, August 20th
and then march over to the North Avenue Beach around 11:30 to play and relax together at this most beautiful spot. We'll be there until about 1:00. Bring your favorite beach toys and snacks to share. See you at the beach!
All members of the parish are invited to a garden party to celebrate Pride Month, on June 17th at 3pm on the North Side. Please RSVP to [email protected] for details.
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!
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.
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