THE DOVE April 2011

Holy Week and Easter

by Father Parkin

As we enter Holy Week, we come to the central events that shape our common faith as Christian people. The heart of the liturgical year is the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Jesus. Our participation in the saving acts of God finds its deepest expression in this great Week. Our celebration of Holy Week is the occasion above all others when we stand before the awesome mystery of redemption, bringing to God all that we are both as individuals and as a community of faith at this moment in our lives.
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PLEASE NOTE:  In addition to the inclusion of Stations of the Cross at noon on Good Friday, there will be two significant changes this year from the pattern of previous celebrations during Holy Week.  First, the 9:00 and 11:15 Palm Sunday services will begin outside-on the front lawn at 9:00 and in the Columbarium Courtyard at 11:15, weather permitting-for the distribution and blessing of the palms before the procession into the church.  In addition, all who wish to have their feet washed by one of the clergy on Maundy Thursday will be invited to come forward at that moment in the service, rather than having one person represent all.  If you think you will want to take part in this moving rite, please come prepared by wearing shoes and socks that can be easily removed.

Easter Outreach and Flower Offerings

During the Easter Season, we remember the gift Jesus gave us of new life, and we celebrate our blessings. It is also a time of sharing our financial abundance with those in need. It is the tradition of the parish to give the Easter offering for outreach to help those beyond our parish community.

This year, we have received a remarkably generous anonymous pledge to match up to $25,000 in donations. Our Easter offering this spring will be dedicated to addressing issues of hunger among children in the Chicago area through Good News Partners, and to alleviating suffering and need among victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March. Please be as generous as possible as we share our gifts with others.

Your Easter Flower Donation supports the Flower Guild and provides the beautiful flowers that grace our church during the Easter Season. Flowers may be given in memory of or thanksgiving for loved ones. To have your name included in the Easter bulletin, please return your flower offering envelope by April 15.

Please look for the special mailing that will arrive in the next week containing envelopes for both Easter and flower donations. In addition, Easter offering envelopes are available in the narthex and parlor.

Adult Lenten Study Series

WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF?
Wednesday, April 6 & 13 in the Great Hall
6:00pm Supper; Presentation @ 6:30-8:00pm
Fr. Hardman's popular Reel Spirituality study series returns during Lent. What are we afraid of? will explore our many fears and discover how God in Christ helps us overcome those fears. Session I identified our fears. Session II places those fears in a theological context, allowing us to discover how the Gospel message addresses those fears and leads us to overcome them and thus live more human lives. Session III takes what we have learned and apply it to one movie, The King's Speech. Reservations are required for supper; RSVP here>>>

RISKS & BARRIERS TO CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY
Sundays at 10:00am in the Great Hall
Using current movies, we will look at today's barriers to Christian hospitality and how to break down those barriers and take some risks. Weeks 1 and 2 previewed the movies The Band's Visit and The Blind Side. Previews of the movies are available here>>> 

  • April 3: Are we abusing our role as guest on this Earth?
    Movie: Wall-E
  • April 10: Is social media hampering hospitality?
    Movie: The Social Network
  • April 17: Are you ready to open to the door to hospitality?
    Movie: The Visitor

Holy Week and Easter Liturgies

Palm Sunday*, April 17
7:30, 9:00 and 11:15am
Blessing of the Palms, Reading of the Passion and Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday, April 21
6:00 pm Agape Meal  (RSVP here>>>)
7:00 pm  Holy Eucharist, Washing of the Feet, Stripping of the Altar, Watch at the Altar of Repose
Good Friday, April 22
12:00pm  Stations of the Cross
7:00pm  The Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday, April 23
9:00am  Liturgy of the Word
The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 23
8:00pm  Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Holy Eucharist
Easter Day, Sunday, April 24
7:30, 9:00 and 11:15am
Festive Holy Eucharist, with guest musicians

*Please considering helping the Altar Ministry prepare palm crosses on Friday, April 15, at 10am in the Great Hall. Instructions will be provided.

Read more about Holy Week and Easter here>>>

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life:  She's A Maniac
by Patti Pateros, Community Building
Formation Principles: We're In Touch 
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries
Music Notes: Shouting Crowd Of Angels
by Derek Nickels, Music

Rector's Message>>>

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A Celtic Spirituality for Today

The Spirit, the Earth and the Human Mind 

The Rev. John Philip Newell, poet, musician, scholar and teacher, is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including his best known titles Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts, as well as his poetic book of prayer, Sounds of the Eternal. His newest book is Praying with the Earth: A Prayer Book for Peace. He is a Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace in the world and a fresh vision for harmony between the great spiritual traditions of humanity. He has played a leading role on both sides of the Atlantic inspiring spirituality that sustains us in today's world. Former warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he now devotes his time to world-wide retreats and speaking engagements.

How are we to view the brokenness of our lives? How can we be a part of creating wholeness in our world? Join this renowned scholar for a two day program where we will consider these questions together.

Friday, May 13: 7:00-9:00 pm, Kenilworth Union Church
Saturday, May 14: 9:00am-12:00pm, Church of the Holy Comforter
Fees: Friday & Saturday $50 ($30 for students)
Friday only $25 ($15 for students)
Saturday only $30 ($20 for students)

Register online at seabury.edu or call 847-328-9300x45.
Sponsored by: Christ Church, Winnetka, Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth Union Church, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary

Hands-On Outreach Opportunities

EASTER LAUNDRY BASKETS FOR CATHEDRAL SHELTER
Please help collect household supplies, toiletries and miscellaneous personal items for residents of Cathedral Shelter.  Laundry baskets are available in the parior while supplies last.  Baskets should be filled, wrapped and returned to the parlor by April 10. Cathedral Shelter is an Episcopal ministry in Chicago that serves the most vulnerable members of society.  Read more about Cathedral Shelter here>>>

MISERICORDIA CANDY DAYS - Friday & Saturday, April 29-30
12,000 volunteers come together for Misericordia's annual fundraiser. It's your typical "tag day." Volunteers simply pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations. Holy Comforter's site is Lakeside Foods, Winnetka.  Volunteers are asked to sign up for a two hour shift either day.    Volunteer here>>> 

Misericordia is an organization near and dear to the hearts of Holy Comforter and is home to Andrew Myers.

Flower Ministry's 20th Anniversary

On Wednesday, May 4 from 1:00-3:00pm, the Flower Ministry will hold a workshop for anyone interested in learning about floral arranging at Holy Comforter. Joan Dodson, a former director, will share her wit, wisdom and expertise as she leads the demonstration. Joan said "this is an art form that you can accomplish, even if it seems scary at first; anyone who is creative can do this." Participants will have a chance to learn some techniques and "tricks."  Jean Britt, the current Chair of the Flower Ministry, invites all women to come join this fun and informative afternoon and see what they, too, can do! Please contact Jean with any questions. RSVP here>>> or call the parish office.

Read about the Flower Ministry's 20 year history here>>>

In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of . . .
•  John Andrew and Margaret Elizabeth born to Jen and John McIndoe on March 25.  Their grandmother is Nancy McIndoe.
•  Tyler Attaway born to Suzy and DA Molloy on March 19.  Tyler's grandparents are Gayle and Dan Sundt.
•  Dylan Khalidi born to Luke and Lana Khalidi Augspurger on March 21.  Dylan's grandparents are Dick Augspurger and Rosie McDonel.
•  Elise Charlotte born to Melanie and Michael Greely on March 16.  Elise is Beth Kemp's first great-grandchild. 
•  Andrew James born to Tory and Cameron Strang on February 28.  Andrew's grandparents are Bill and Barbara Haljun.

We express our sympathy to . . .
•  The family of Caroline Drick who died on her 95th birthday, March 27.
•  The family of Priscilla Hecht who died on March 7 at the age of 96.
•  The Drake family on the death of Margaret's mother, Margaret Kelly, on March 15.
•  The Warner family on the death of Martha's father, Dr. Robert Koch, on February 5.

We welcome to the parish . . .
•  Stacy Hunt and her two sons, 8 yr. old Jack and 7 yr. old Troy. The Hunts reside in Winnetka.
•  Rick and Meta Joutras, who live in Northfield. 

ATB&B Summer Camps

All Things Bright & Beautiful will offer two summer camp options: a 6-week Summer Camp and a 2-week Vacation Bible School. The Summer Camp will be held Tuesday through Thursday, June 21-July 28 from 9:15-11:30am. Vacation Bible School will be Monday through Thursday, August 1-11 from 9:15-11:30am. Both camps will include indoor and outdoor activities. Please contact Mary Johnson for more information.

Father Myers Retirement Party

Church of the Holy Comforter, on behalf of the Bonnie C. Myers Memorial Fund, invites the parish to a celebration of the ministry of The Reverend Robert K. Myers, Ph.D.  The celebration will take place at Misericordia on Saturday, May 14 at 5:00pm.  Cost is $50/person; this tax-deductible donation will go to the Bonnie C. Myers Memorial fund, established as a gift to Bonnie to help support Andrew's residency at Misericordia.  If you would like to make an additional donation to the fund please contact the business office. Invitations to parishioners were mailed April 1; if you did not receive your invitation, please contact the parish office.  Responses are due by April 25.