THE DOVE April 2010

Succession Process Update

Since the March 1 announcement of his retirement in 2011, Father Myers and the Executive Committee of the Vestry have been working on the selection of the Succession Committee. The makeup and selection of the Succession Committee is critical and the Executive Committee has ascertained that all members must meet the following criteria:

  1. be official members of the parish;
  2. be willing to devote the necessary time, energy, and hard work required to complete the process of call with excellence;
  3. make this process a very high priority in their personal lives;
    be available to travel at parish expense to interview potential candidates in their own environment;
  4. commit to remaining in the process however long it may take; 
  5. strive during the transition to live into and to model our Vision Statement;
  6. keep the parish and the process in prayerful consideration.

Once the members of the committee have been chosen, the Vestry will review and approve the final list at their April 10 meeting. The names will be announced as soon as the process is completed.

Updates on the succession process and the Succession Committee will be posted regularly on the parish bulletin board and on our website at Succession Update.  Additionally, Listening Sessions are scheduled on Sunday, April 18, and Sunday, May 16, at 10:00 am in the Great Hall, opportunities to hear from the Succession Committee and to ask questions.

As we move through this succession process, Father Myers and the Vestry ask that each of us live into our Vision Statement and pray for our parish with the following:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We are grateful, O God, for the gift of the Holy Comforter that binds us together in Christ and inspires our life and our Vision.  We pray for open hearts, for love of one another, for trust in our leaders, and for wisdom and discernment in the selection of our ninth Rector.  Bless us with faithfulness, patience, and determination for the work that lies ahead, and keep us steadfast in our mission of service to you, to one another, and to our world.  All of this we ask in the name of Jesus whose Body we are and whose life we share. Amen.

We want you . . . They NEED you

HOUSEWALK 2010

As each of us is asked to live into our Vision Statement, it is a perfect time to also review how we are called to serve the greater community. "We have a history," the Vision Statement says, " of sharing our lives, our gifts and our resources.  From the abundance of grace we have received, we minister to one another and to the larger community . . ."

Currently, the Vestry Outreach Committee is gathering 2010 outreaching funding applications from local non-profit organizations.  These organizations provide affordable housing, meals, jobs and education to the neediest members of our community.  Additionally, several are global organizations whose work supports the Millennium Development Goals: striving to improve social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries.

Our parish annually provides support to an average of 12-15 various organizations with the $60,000-$75,000 outreach funds raised annually.  Through the generous giving of our parishioners, half of the funding comes from our Easter and Christmas offerings.  Our greatest potential for bringing in funds from the greater community is through our annual Holiday Boutique and Housewalk.

This year's Boutique and Housewalk will be Wednesday, October 6, and plans are well underway.  Obviously money is raised through ticket, boutique and luncheon purchases.  But none of this is possible unless we have the volunteers who organize, promote, and work the day of the event.  Committees include house procurement, vendors, house heads, publicity, invitations, luncheon, decorations and ticket sales.  These committees are forming now and will meet regularly through the summer.  Your time is needed as much as your financial support.  Even if you can only give a day or a few hours, we want you.  But more importantly, the organizations that depend on our outreach support NEED you.  Sign up to volunteer now.  It will make a difference in your life and in the lives of those who benefit from the success of our Housewalk.  Volunteer here>>>

In the Vineyard

We express our sympathy to . . . 
Don Biehl on the death of Gilda, his wife of 56 years, March 26.

We welcome to the parish . . . 
Jonathan and Karen York of Winnetka and their 5 yr. old daughter, Hannah.  Hannah is in ATB&B's junior kindergarten.

If you have news you'd like to share, contact the Vineyard.

2010 Easter People

Each year, two parishioners graciously come before the parish to tell their faith stories - significant events that were turning points in their lives and their awareness of God at that point.  Since its institution in 1992, we've heard stories of bravery, struggles with illness, and tests of strength. We've shared their laughter and tears, and appreciated the opportunity to get to know them more personally.

This year's Easter People are Marcia Cleveland and Peter Harlan.  Marcia and her husband, Mark Green, have been members at Holy Comforter since 2004, and if you don't know them, you certainly know their children, 12 year old Julia and 9 year old Sam. Peter and his wife, Tina, and their sons, 8 year old Christopher and 6 year old Dylan have been parishioners since 2005. Peter is a currently a member of our Vestry.

We welcome Marcia as our Adult Forum presenter on Sunday, April 25, and Peter on Sunday, May 2.  Our Adult Forum, a time for fellowship and education, is held every Sunday at 10:00 am in the Great Hall.  All are invited.

Volunteers Needed!

Misericordia Jelly Belly Candy Days

Dates: Fri, April 23 & Sat, April 24
Location:  Lakeside Foods, Winnetka
Time:  9:00am-3:00pm


Misericordia, a non-profit organization that is near and dear to all of us at Holy Comforter, is home to 550 disabled children and adults, including Father Myers' son Andrew.  Jelly Belly Candy Days is one of their biggest annual fundraisers and, as a parish, we join forces to help them raise money.  Please consider signing up for a 2-hour shift to hand out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations at Lakeside Foods, a site specifically chosen for Holy Comforter volunteers.  Family participation is welcome!  Register here>>>

WHAM - Mission: Nicaragua

Our high school youth group continues their preparation for their mission trip to the Fabretto Children's Foundation in Nicaragua this June. Each Sunday morning, we begin our class with a review of common Spanish phrases that will help us better communicate with those we will visit.  On a recent Saturday evening, 12 of the 14 participants and their parents viewed "Dreaming Nicaragua," a documentary produced in partnership by Fabretto  and Marcelo Bukin, independent filmmaker and 2006 International Documentary Association winner.

In the film, five Nicaraguan children share their lives through painting and unscripted narrative. Thanks to exceptional cinematography and the astonishing candor of the children and their families, we are given a close up view of the conflicts, both small and large, that they face as a result of extreme poverty. With gut wrenching honesty interspersed by moments of outright humor and pure joy, "Dreaming Nicaragua" offers an intimate and lyrical portrait of the lives of the poor in Nicaragua today - and the children and families our high schoolers will be meeting while on their mission trip.  A preview of the documentary can be found here>>>.   Details about Mission: Nicaragua can be found on WHAM's webpage>>>.

An update of activities taking place in our Church School and Youth Groups is available here>>>.

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "Been There, Done That"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles: "Degree or Education?"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes: "Light's Glittering Morn" 
by Derek Nickels, Music

Rector's Message >>>