THE DOVE February 2013

To Lengthen Our Souls

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin, Rector

I remember the delight I experienced during my first year of Latin in high school when I figured out that the word "Lent" was derived from the ancient word lentus. This word means "slow," and, as such, seemed to reflect well the somber sensation of the season. Having studied the piano for some years by that point, I was already familiar with the musical term lento, an indication that a piece be played in a slow, deliberate manner. Certainly these two linguistics parallels made sense, for, to a high school kid struggling to make it through the day and the season without chocolate or snacking or whatever I had given up that year, Lent did, indeed, seem slow and very stretched out. More positively, Lent struck me then-as it still does-as a time to slow down, to reevaluate, to take stock, to change rhythm and rhyme.
The truth, of course, is that "Lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten.
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Our 2013 Lenten Journey

by Fr. Chris Hardman

Our theme for this year's Lenten Journey is "The Spirituality of the Paschal Mystery." The mystery of suffering, death, and transformation is the foundational mystery of Christianity, but the church has not done a good job helping us to understand it nor live it. As you know Americans are not real fond of death and thus do not want to talk about it very much. Here, I am not just talking about our final physical deaths, but all forms of death like failure, defeat, crisis, aging, and disease-anything that makes us aware of our dependence and lack of control. To counter this trend we are going to focus on this mystery both in our adult forum hour and in our Wednesday night "Reel Spirituality" Class.
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Roots and Wings

by Pastor Heath Howe
This year in our children and youth formation programs we have implemented new curricula that provide both roots and wings for our children to grow spiritually. The two most obvious examples are with our youngest children, Junior Kindergarten through third grade, and our middle school children, seventh and eighth grade.
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The Kids are Alright

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry Coordinator
So! These past few weeks I have gotten to know this community's youth so much better. The Senior High have gone out to breakfast and had a few informal planning meetings about our Summer trip; the Junior High had a special dinner in the church and then a fantastically fun lock-in the Friday after. And let me tell you: this is a special group of kids here.
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In the Vineyard...

We joyously welcome into God's family and the family of Church of the Holy Comforter:
Madison Audrey Arditti
Baptized January 13, 2013
Daughter of Kristy Lynn Arditti & Benjamin Mark Arditti

Save the Date...

Holy Family Ministries is hosting a spring benefit which will be held at Skokie Country Club on Saturday, April 27. St. Gregory's School is now merged with Holy Family. Holy Family is a faith-based school which educates and instills hope for more than 300 children from many of Chicago's most under-resourced neighborhoods. Auction items are needed. Ideas for auction items are getaways, sports events, concerts-theatre tickets, food-wine & related events. Please contact Joan Dodson (847-256-5119) or Sara Wood (847-828-0343) with any questions or ideas for auction items.

It's a Balancing Act

By Mary Johnson, Children's Ministries

I have long been a proponent of the importance of play for children. I will have this discussion with anyone who cares to hear my impassioned plea. The staff of All Things Bright and Beautiful had the opportunity recently to hear an additional
perspective on this topic at the annual Alliance for Early Childhood Networking Dinner in January.
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Lenten Evensong

by Derek E. Nickels, DMA, Director of Music

Our annual Lenten Evensong will be February 24th at 5:00 p.m.  This year's service will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in F major by the English composer George Dyson, and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, Op. 48. While all of our Evensongs are presented as offerings to God, this particular Evensong will be unique since we will be presenting a setting of a Requiem. 
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Find Your Heart's Content

Join a Ministry at Holy Comforter

On Sunday, February 10, between liturgies in the morning, we are going to host a celebration of many of the ministries at Holy Comforter.  The event will provide everyone in the parish with the opportunity to learn about the many and diverse ways in which we serve others in the congregation and in the world beyond;  provide care and compassion to those in need;  and grow in faith and spirit through learning and working together.  Some of the ministries to be highlighted are "behind the scenes" here in the parish, while others involve living out our faith in the larger world and still others focus on fellowship and building community within our congregation.

Each person in this parish has been blessed with unique gifts and talents. Come and learn how you might offer those abilities and skills for the sake of the household of faith and the holy reign of God! For more information please contact Ann Pearce at  

Ash Wednesday

This year, the holy day of Ash Wednesday falls on February 13. In order to provide times that might be convenient for a variety of schedules, we will observe Ash Wednesday with the Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 in the morning, 12:00 noon, and 5:30 p.m. Please note that there is no celebration of the Eucharist that day at the regular 9:00 a.m. time. This schedule has been created in the hope that some people-especially, perhaps, those who work nearby-might be able to come to the Eucharist over the noon hour, and that the later afternoon service will be more convenient to families with school-aged children, and some commuters. Please make a special effort to participate in one of these celebrations in order that, as the Book of Common Prayer exhorts us, we might all make a "right beginning" to the holy and poignant season of Lent.

Daily Eucharist & Thursday Lenten

Eucharist and Breakfast

As we move into and through Lent, don't forget the quiet, thoughtful, and inspiring Eucharists that are offered every day in the church. The liturgies are celebrated at 9:00 a.m. each day, save Thursday, and are a perfect way to be renewed and refreshed during the week.
On Thursdays, the Eucharist is celebrated at 7:00 a.m., and, during Lent, is followed by a filling and nourishing breakfast in the Great Room. During the rest of the year, this service includes a healing rite, but we suspend that practice during Lent in order to provide time for fellowship and food following the Eucharist. If you have never attended the early service on Thursdays, this would be a perfect year to make it part of your Lenten journey. Please join us.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 12th, 5:30 - 6:30
A Live Auction and Raffle will be held to benefit the Senior High Mission Trip. Live Auction features:

Let Them Entertain You!
You and five friends are invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cary Johnson for a "Repast with the Rector!"  Fr. Parkin will entertain you and your dinner companions during cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, playing selections from the Great American Songbook on the piano before dining alongside the lucky winners of this very special prize. Dinner will be lovingly prepared by CHC staff on a date to mutually agreed upon by all. Value: Priceless. Opening Bid: $200.
The Live Auction will take place at 6 p.m. at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Sealed bids will be accepted up until the close of business on Monday, February 11th at the parish office. All proceeds benefit the CHC Youth Group's Mission Trip.
Other great auction and raffle prizes to come soon! If you have something you think would make a great addition, please contact Charlotte Long or Jill Klusendorf at 847-251-6120.

Welcome to our new Vestry Members

New Wardens and Vestry Members:
At the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 27, the congregation elected Eric Beatty to be the new Senior Warden and Shannon Parsons Campitelli as the new Junior Warden.  Three new members of the Vestry were also elected:  Sarah Alt, who will be the Fellowship liaison;  Oscar David, who will chair Canvass;  and Jane Eaton, Music and Liturgy coordinator. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your willingness to serve and lead!
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Sunday, February 10th 9 AM service
Adulthood Ceremony
Every Tuesday, 5:30
Confirmation Classes
Tuesday, February 12th
Shrove Pancake Dinner & Fundraiser
for Sr. High Summer Mission Trip