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NEWS from
September 15, 2023
Can't worship with us in person this Sunday? View the 10:15 AM Service broadcast on YouTube!
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 parish resumes an Adult Formation series this fall, showcasing members of the parish speaking about things that matter to them. This conversation series is a space to gather around the humanity of the things that matter to those in our community and notice for each other the divinity in them. Whether it be our life’s vocations, professions, our loves, or interests, there is no limit to the topics that may be discussed. 
The Rev. Sam Portaro, our Theologian-in-Residence and author of “Transforming Vocation”, will introduce this series. Following week’s topics will include Hospice Care, History, Palestinian Rights, Parenting, and Marriage. After brief presentations, generous space will be opened for conversation on the topics shared by our speakers. Coffee and sweet treats will be available.
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.
“PRE-CHURCH” CHILDREN’S FORMATION BEGINS THIS SUNDAY!   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.
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.
Join us for a festive celebration of Chicago choral music sung by
Vox Venti – Ed Frazier Davis, Artistic Director & William Baker, Guest Conductor
La Caccina – Carling Fitzsimmons, Artistic Director
Spirito Singers – Carling FitzSimmons, Artistic Director
Chicago Choral Artists – Michael D. Costello, Artistic Director
These stellar groups will each perform choral works and join together in works by Ed Frazier Davis. Tickets are $25 and available at the door or at www.festivalsingers/org/concerts
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. Please contact Lynn Belding by emailing [email protected].
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!
Oct. 11 - The Marriage Portrait - A Novel by Maggie O’Farrell, led by Caroline Cracraft
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
Let’s have some fun! Join the Young Professionals for games and pizza in the Guild Room on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 PM.  Our “St. C’s Young Professionals” fellowship group is a place to meet new friends, gather for good conversation, eat together, explore all that Chicago has to offer and discuss the mysteries of faith. The group has informal gatherings to get to know one another and grow in fellowship through social events. Email Lauren Rector ([email protected]) for more information!
Please join the Women of St. Chrysostom’s as we celebrate with our annual Toast to Fall! Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with a lovely view of the city as our backdrop! The event will take place on September 20 from 6 – 8:00 PM at The Rooftop Room in Chicago. Event parking available across the street, SW corner, Goethe/State for $14.
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE   St Chrysostom’s began its Rector Search almost one year ago, when the Vestry approved a Search Committee. We are very pleased to announce the position is officially posted as of August 4 and will be open for 60 days.  We anticipate reviewing applications in October with interviews of the best candidates to follow. (View the Parish Profile) The application opportunity will remain open until September 29, 2023, at which point, our work of applicant review and selection will begin.
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
ST. CHRYS’S CLOSET UPDATE   Response to our newest outreach initiative, St. Chrys’s 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’s 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!
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