THE DOVE February 2010

We Are All God's People 

by Father Chris Hardman

I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.    John 17:20-21b

In the above passage, Jesus prays for unity. Most of us want unity. It seems, however, we are finding the opposite. Did you know that there are over 30,000 Christian denominations? Even our own church, the Episcopal Church, is in the midst of another division. What is going on?

Our Lenten program this year will attempt to answer that question. To explain all the splits and divisions would take a lifetime, so don't expect miracles. But we will address some of the broader theological, spiritual, and cultural issues that are at the heart of our divisions. For instance, how do we envision God? Do we see God as being "up there" somewhere looking down upon us in judgment; another object in the universe, a "self-contained absolute" not needing anyone or anything? Or do we see God as being with us, walking with us, talking with us, a part of us in some way, loving us into being?

The debate over those two ways of seeing God has been going on for at least 2000 years. It is at the heart of much of our struggle. During our Sunday Adult Forum during Lent we will travel through history looking at the founding of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Orthodox Church. We will look at the various influences that make each group unique. We will also try to understand how the changes that are happening may indeed eventually lead us back together.

In addition, on several week nights during Lent, we will take some side trips to the other Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Islam. We will look at their origins, visit their places of worship, look at their uniqueness, and try to find common ground among us all.

It should be an exciting trip, with several different drivers along the way. We do hope you will join us.

Schedule of Presentations>>>

Upcoming Events

MOMs Group Valentine Party for Families
Thursday, February 11 at 5:30pm.
Pizza dinner, Valentine craft and eat it here or take it home treat.                                                                                               Reservations required>>>

Dancing with NO Stars: Dance Lessons & Potluck Supper
Friday, February 12 at 6:00pm in the Great Hall; $25/couple and please bring a main course dish to share.  Reservations required>>>

2nd Saturday Service
February 13 at 5:30pm in the Great Hall
An informal, family-centered Eucharist

Lenten Study Series: We Are All God's People
February 14 thru March 28
Review our Sunday and weekday evening schedule here>>> and note that registration is required for the evening events.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 16 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Great Hall
Breakfast-for-dinner with a New Orleans theme

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
Ash Wednesday, February 17
7:00am   9:00am    4:00pm

Tennis and Potluck Supper
February 20 at 4:45pm at Centennial Park, Wilmette; supper hosted by Suzanne Timble and John Ellwood. RSVP to Sid Condit

In the Vineyard

We express our sympathy to . . .
•  Anne Curti and her family on the death of her husband, Joseph T. Curti, M.D., on January 10.
•  Charles and Ann Horstmann on the death of his mother, Helen, on December 27.

We welcome to the parish . . .
•  Dorothy Adams of Winnetka. Dorothy is the mother of parishioner Mary Adams.
•  Chris and Liesel Brown of Wilmette and their children, 6 yr old Madeline, 4 yr old Alex, and 1 yr old Trevor.
•  Barbara Rockwell of Chicago. Barbara's daughter, Sara Litchfield, is a member of our professional choir.
•  Lloyd and Hilary Semple of Wilmette and their children, 4 yr old Peyton and 2 yr old Ashby.

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

Haiti Fund

Once again, our parish stepped up its efforts to help those in need. To date, our Haiti Fund has raised more than $40,000. The Outreach Committee approved an initial donation of $10,000 which was immediately matched by an anonymous donor. The funds have been sent equally to Episcopal Relief and Development and the Red Cross. Our thoughts and prayers continued to be with the people in Haiti, as well as the volunteers and rescue workers. Thank you for your generosity.

Global Outreach

The Outreach Committee received and approved the proposal from the Fabretto Children's Foundation Adopt-A-School program.  A $15,000 one-year grant was given to support Escuela Miramar, a small village school in the mountains of northern Nicaragua.  Our high school youth group, WHAM, has already made plans to visit and work at the school during their MISSION:NICARAGUA mission trip in June 2010.    

Women Making the News

On Saturday, January 23, Sue Priebe, clinical psychologist at the Samaritan Counseling Institute, and Barbara Haljun, co-founder of the women's group GreenHouse, took fifty women on a five-hour respite in their journey of life.  The women's retreat, Rest Stop Ahead,  incorporated prayer, conversation, reflection, movement and laughter, and gave women "permission" to let go of all their excess baggage. Read more here>>>  

Time for Women, a fellowship group that meets monthly for dinner and conversation, is celebrating its one-year anniversary.  Read more about their upcoming event here >>>

2010 Parish Directory

The Parish Directory is a listing of all current pledging members of the parish. The 2010 Directory will be published in late February. If you have not yet returned your pledge card for Canvass 2010, please do so by February 8 in order to be included in the Directory. If you would like to update or check your contact information, please contact the parish office. If you would like to make your pledge for 2010, please contact the Canvass Committee.

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "The Nose Knows"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles:  "It's A Miracle!"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes:  "Choral Matins"
by Derek Nickels, Music

Rector's Message >>>