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NEWS from
September 8, 2023
Can't worship with us in person this Sunday? View the 10:15 AM Service broadcast on YouTube!
Please join us this Sunday at 9 AM for a hot brunch buffet as we kick off the 2023-2024 Program Year! The dedicated staff of St. Chrysostom’s will be preparing delicious homemade dishes including an egg casserole, breakfast potatoes, French toast, fresh-cut fruit and more!
Ministry leaders and clergy will be on hand to discuss and answer your questions talk with you about all the life-giving work that is going on in your our parish, including the success of St. Chrys’ Closet; “YoPros,” our Young Professionals group; “Conversations that Matter”, the Adult Formation program; and a special welcome of Sophie Grosserode, our Seminarian for Children and Family Ministries. All are welcome at St. Chrysostom’s!
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!
All parents are invited to join Rev. Will after the 10:15 service for a tour of our Godly Play classroom. Take a look at where your children will be learning this year, and bring all your questions about children’s ministry!
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.
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. This new ministry will begin Sept. 17. Please write to [email protected] with any questions.
SEPTEMBER 10TH FALL KICK-OFF   COMMISSIONING – VOLUNTEER BRUNCH – BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS   Come on back y’all! All members of the congregation are encouraged to gather September 10th as we mark a new year of programming for our church community. We will celebrate the new beginnings in our church and our world, by commissioning our ministry leaders, blessing backpacks, and gathering all volunteers for an appreciation brunch at 9:00 am!
Come and celebrate the many ministries of St Chrysostom's Church as seen through the eyes of parishioner and photo-documentarian Del Hall. Reflecting the resilient life of the parish post-pandemic, this curation of over 30 photos showcases the fullness of our community in images: our worship, outreach, and fellowship. An opening reception to celebrate this gift will be Wednesday Sept 13th, 5-7. Food and Drink will be served and children can enjoy games and free play in the gym. The photos will remain in the Harding Room for several weeks for all to enjoy. Kindly RSVP for the reception by Sept 6th - [email protected] or (312) 944-1083.
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. September 10th we will introduce the kids to their room and teachers, so it’s a great time to start a new routine for the fall. Formation for older kids to become worship leaders (acolytes, readers, etc.) will take place at 9:30am.
The parish resumes an Adult Formation series this fall, showcasing members of the parish speaking about things that matter to them.
Anglicans foreground the incarnational aspect of Jesus and believe that anything human is a place to notice holiness. 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.
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 MEETS THIS WEEK!   The St. Chrysostom’s Book Club will be resuming in September, meeting 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: 
Sept. 13:  Master Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon Woo, (Anne Brinsmade)
Oct. 11: The Marriage Portrait - by Maggie O’Farrell, (Caroline Cracraft)
Nov. 8: SAVED: A War Reporter’s Mission To Make It Home by B. Hall (Pat White)
Dec. 13 - The Barbizon -The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren, (Eleanor Tippens)
Please contact Dee Jarrett Dow ([email protected]) with any questions.
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. 
We thought it might be helpful to recount where the Committee has been since our commissioning. In the Fall of 2022 the committee issued an independent Parish-wide survey (officially the Congregational Assessment Tool), adapting the survey questions to our needs, keeping it open longer than anticipated to capture a larger response, then analyzing the results. This process over-lapped with a series of small group meetings (no larger than 10-12 people) that ran into 2023 and were designed to gather opinions from different segments of our Parish community. Pulling all this information together was a considerable task but the results valuable. All along we have had excellent guidance and assistance from the Reverend Sierra Reyes, our Diocesan liaison. The Search Committee has met monthly, usually over dinner, often in one another’s homes, building a strong rapport and trust. We have kept the Vestry apprised of progress and they in turn have encouraged us in our efforts.
Writing the Parish Profile was a Herculean effort. Our first draft went to the Bishop for review in June; her content revisions were most helpful as well as the suggestion that we consider professional design assistance. This latter came in the form of parishioner Alex Helfers, to whom we owe a great debt.  It’s hard to understand how many revisions, proof-readings and re-revisions a committee can produce! The Diocese approved the final draft in late July and, as previously mentioned, posted on August 4. (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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